Leaderboard: What was the best new NSM game in 2017?

A few weeks ago, we posted our pick for best not-so-Massively game of 2017. Warframe narrowly won our award, firmly validated by the reader poll where Warframe came close to sweeping.

Of course, that award was open to all NSM games, not just those that made some sort of effort to launch something playable this year. What if we cut the pool down to just those? What was the best new NSM game in 2017?

Leaderboard: What was the best new not-so-Massively game of 2017?

  • Absolver (4%, 5 Votes)
  • ARK: Survival Evolved (5%, 7 Votes)
  • Dauntless (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Destiny 2 (16%, 21 Votes)
  • Dreadnought (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Fortnite (13%, 17 Votes)
  • Gigantic (6%, 8 Votes)
  • LawBreakers (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Paragon (0%, 0 Votes)
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (22%, 29 Votes)
  • Splatoon 2 (7%, 9 Votes)
  • StarCraft Remastered (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Something else (tell us in the comments). (17%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 129

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CasualSlacks

I’ve spent a time with at least four of the games in the running. Even though PUBG seems to have the momentum that Overwatch had last year, I’m voting Destiny 2 because it’s the game that feels the most recommendable right now as a satisfying single-player and multiplayer experience that’s almost an MMO.

PUBG is fun, but limited. It’s like listening to a really good song that keeps getting reset before it’s over. Sometimes you don’t make through the second verse and sometimes you don’t make it pass the intro, but at least it doesn’t take long to get back in.

I’d love to vote for LawBreakers because I think it’s a really good arena-shooter, but I can’t recommend someone spend $15-$30 on a game with such a small community that has to put up with so much negativity from the outside whenever the game is mentioned.

It’s not really my genre so don’t know exactly what Motiga should have done with Gigantic to reach SMITE levels of success. The game does have wonderfully designed, beautifully animated, unique heroes and playing the game is fun once you’ve found the heroes that facilitates your playstyle. However, the grind-walls/paywalls are too high for unlocking more heroes and cosmetics; with match queues the way they have been for months, grinding is miserably impractical. It doesn’t help that if someone else on your team has the hero you love, you’ve got to pick an alternative that might not be fun for you.

Finally, Destiny 2 looks great and plays great. It’s greatest weakness is that it asks you to repeat content for optional unlocks. However, you can get your money’s worth out of the game while never repeating content, only playing through the story, taking side missions, and PVP’ing in the Crucible. Grinding is only required for best-in-slot gear hunting players. That said, as you’re riding through maps on your speeder bike, you’ll probably pass through a public mission area while something’s going on more than once and join in because shooting aliens feels great. So since you’re already repeating public mission content, you might as well queue up for Strikes and start repeating those! Some people do want a better story than Destiny 2 offers, but I don’t understand why anyone would expect it and now be disappointed by it’s absence.

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rafael12104

PUBG because it is fun as hell.

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Melissa McDonald

ARK. Because dinosaurs.

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scrapper

I’m rooting for Dauntless, I like that they are a small indie studio making a game competing with a giant like Monster hunter

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Sunken Visions

VRChat has entertained me more than any game released in 2017. It was a pretty terrible year.

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Oleg Chebeneev

This looks fun

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rafael12104

Sponge Bob snuck in there… LOL!

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Melissa McDonald

That was freaking hilarious.

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Mr. Bigglesworth

Divinity: Original Sin 2

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Crowe

Damn, now that you’ve mentioned that, I wish I’d selected the “something else” option. You’re dead on; that was an awesome game. I managed to find a new bug that killed my story progress though. (somehow I “lost” the ability to talk to ghosts or whatever that was)

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deekay_plus

if i mentioned grw i should definitely vote for dos2 as well. tho i’m just getting into it this month i’ve heard so much positive about it.

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McGuffn

You have the correct answer.

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Timber Toes

I was in Teamspeak with my guildies from Black Desert when I first heard about Ark. It sounded cool until they said the word “survival” then I lost all interest. But I have since tried the game and let me tell ya, it’s amazing! The game can be customized for every play style. You can create your own server and make it into a PVE sandbox with cheats, mods and basically anything you can imagine. Very, very cool game and worth every penny!

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Melissa McDonald

And it supports Nvidia ANSEL for super-resolution screencaps, and 360-degree VR pictures.

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BalsBigBrother

Personally think if Spaltoon 2 wasn’t console locked it would have done better than most others on that list

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Schmidt.Capela

While not completely original, I don’t think small scale territory control by literally painting your claim over the territory had been done before by a well-funded studio (apart from the first Splatoon, but that one was seriously gimped due to being tied to a lemon of a system). So it’s a well polished game (like everything Nintendo does), with mechanics that are at the same time intuitive and novel for the vast majority of players, and the game seems to be legitimately fun to boot.

It’s why I’m still bummed at Nintendo’s insistence in making their own hardware. Between how good at making games Nintendo is and how little third-party games sell on their consoles, I believe Nintendo would make far more money by making their games more widely available — and it would also allow me to play their current games despite my refusal to ever purchase any console that hasn’t been hacked.

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Brendan Drain

Can we count No Man’s Sky since they finally finished the game in 2017? :D

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CasualSlacks

Actually, I’m still expecting that they’ll keep developing it.

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mysecretid

No Man’s Sky is most of what I’ve been playing on my PS4 since I bought it last week. Hours every day, most days, if I have the time.

I ended up taking Elite: Dangerous off my console entirely — not because E:D is a bad game (it’s certainly not), but because No Man’s Sky is the space-and-spaceship game I actually wanted , with its emphasis on exploration, discovery, first-contact, and dealing with alien races.

I’m having fun, and fun is always the goal. :-)

Cheers,

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Alex Willis

Seriously — the number of people on my Steam list who play it now has skyrocketed in the last 6-7 months.

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Schmidt.Capela

If the game had released the way it is now (or if it had entered Early Access instead of being released) a huge amount of drama would have been avoided. It still falls way short from what was promised, but now it actually feels like a game worth playing.

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Brendan Drain

When the launch date was first announced, I remember being very surprised that development was far enough along to release. I’d been following it very closely and thought it was at least a year further out, and in retrospect it looks like they really did need that extra year. Shame!

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deekay_plus

iirc you and i or someone else on the writing staff had a few tiffs about their bullshot videos being unrealistic. lol. >>

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Suikoden

Path of Exile

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Dug From The Earth

LEADERBOARD: WHAT WAS THE BEST NEW NSM GAME IN 2017?

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deekay_plus

ghost recon wildlands or pubg. both flawed but ultimately pretty fun and neat games.

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Dug From The Earth

wildlands is an amazingly great game.

4 players though… seems like they need a “not massively at all” award category.

Or maybe just a “Co-op” only category

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Crowe

Honestly, I’d take a good co-op game any day of the week. My wife and I both like to game together and since we’ve been a drought for good MMOs for a few years now, co-op games are about the only video gaming we can do together.

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deekay_plus

eh alot of the games on here are no more massively than grw really :P

i only got i think less than 100 hours in grw and i felt like we squandered it by not modifying the dificulty in the main campaign. but i still had atonne of fun with it and rate it a bit higher than div where i got 150+ hours.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Battlerite. Definetly one of the best competitive multiplayer games launched in 2017.

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Dantos

IS Dauntless out yet? I know they are in paid founder alpha/beta with F2P coming later, but is it one of the no wipe kinds with F2P coming later like what Fortnite was trying to be?

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Tobasco da Gama

That’s a good point. They’re still in open beta, with their actual launch planned for IIRC Spring 2018?

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