The Fun We Had: Best Games of 2017

As years in video games go, 2017 has been a big one. Loot Crate gambling systems and exploitative tactics are finally being noticed by people outside the game-o-sphere. The whole saga illustrates that the video games industry still views itself as a cultural niche, rather than a multi-billion pound industry. People got away with the uniquely exploitative practices because video games are to an extent ignored by the wider society. Still, it’s not all bad. This year we saw more games recognising LGBT identities with some excellent games and PlayStation sponsoring Pride in London. There was also the addition of Co-pilot on Xbox which makes games far more accessible for people with disabilities. See it isn’t all money grabbing corporations, there is a lot of good in the world of video games. Speaking of good, nay great, here are our best games of 2017.

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Best Bits – Until Dawn

Until Dawn is a game where you play all the roles in a teen horror movie. You get to choose how each character acts, what they say and whether they live or die. It is a game where your decisions matter and affect the direction of the story. All of which is brilliant, but isn’t the best bit.

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The 8 Best Ways to Keep Your House Warm This Winter

Winter is coming! And while this may not be Game of Thrones, you will still want to make sure that your home is ready and prepared to keep you warm during these cold months. Here are some handy hints on the best ways to keep your home nice and cosy this winter.

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6 Pieces of Advice for a Healthy Smile

Our teeth are important. We don’t get an extra set like a shark, and they don’t continuously grow like a beaver, so we need to take care of them to ensure they last throughout our lives. Thankfully, though, there are things everyone can do improve the quality of their teeth. If you follow these steps, then you shouldn’t have any problems with oral health and your teeth will last a long time.

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ICEBOX: Speedgunner – Review

You take your first steps into this strange world, unsure where you are or why. Charging forward you grab a weapon, it will probably come in useful. Surprised by your speed, you listen to the strange voice as it compels you to run forward. Humanoid enemies try to stop your journey, but you shoot them down or leap past, always continuing toward your destination. The floor begins to break apart, and you find yourself falling, but the voice comes to you again advising you to ‘glitch’. The world slows, and you jump on the air as if it was the ground until you land on a solid surface once more. Just like that, you are back on the path, the path to the exit of this strange world.

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Turmoil – The Most Relaxing Game Ever

Have you ever wanted to be an oil baron? Live at the top of the world looking down those poor miserable peons below? Have unlimited wealth and have every possible door open to you? Ever wanted to manage excessive budgets and make decisions that affect millions? Fortunately, Turmoil is nothing like any of that. Instead, it is a light time management puzzle game where players take on the role of 1800’s American oil hunters. While drilling for black gold, you will begin to accrue a small fortune, upgrade your equipment and if you are doing really well then obviously you can buy a small town.

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Mount Everest – Review

Ain’t no mountain high enough! Ain’t no mountain low enough! Other song lyrics! Yeah!

In all honesty, though, Mount Everest is high enough. Especially when it comes to the board game. Even more so when you have to drag tourist and amateurs up its deadly heights. Mount Everest is a cruel euro-game with some light card play and a really interesting theme.

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Mini Metro – The Most Relaxing Game Ever

We all have those days. You feel tired for one reason or another. A long day at work or maybe you’re feeling a little under the weather. You want to wind down and play a game, but nothing overly complicated or taxing. Fortunately, Mini Metro exists and is possibly the most relaxing game ever.

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Why You Should Play The Witcher 3 on Death March Difficulty

The Witcher 3 might very well be one my favourite games of all time. It has an intricate and well thought out main plot alongside a myriad of other really interesting and engaging side stories. The combat is fun, reinforces the narrative of the game and who/what witchers are. I love it and you should definitely play it, but I’m not here today to sell you on why The Witcher 3 is amazing – it does that all by itself. Instead, I’m going to try and convince you to replay this glorious game on its highest difficulty setting – Death March.

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Divinity: Dragon Commander – Less is More

Less is More is a series of articles that looks at games mechanics, gameplay elements, locations and other such design choices that weren’t needed and how they retract from the overall experience of the game.

I really wanted to like Divinity Dragon Commander. On paper, it ticks all my boxes. Unique-ish fantasy world, a rich tapestry of characters, turn based world conquering, oh and RTS battles where you play as a dragon with a jetpack. Honestly, they had me at jetpack dragon but the rest did sound really interesting as well. The problem with Divinity Dragon Commander is that it is the very same rocket fueled dragon that lets the rest of the game down, too. I know, I was disappointed, too.

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