Prey by Arkane Studios did not have a lot going for it at launch. The complete reboot of a series that already spent years in development, Arkane decided to do what they always do: Make something completely different. What we got was a sleeper hit in terms of game design, and another game that blurs the line between action and abstraction gameplay.
The Sexy Brutale earned a cult following from fans who played it in 2017 for its unique structure and style. Combining aspects of Groundhog Day, Clue, and even Columbo, it’s going to be hard to find another game like it. And while this game has a great concept, I just wish the gameplay was as imaginative as the story.
Shadowhand is the latest game from Grey Alien Games whose previous hit Regency Solitaire struck a chord with casual and core gamers. Taking things further, Shadowhand adds RPG-styled combat and progression to deliver a very unique game. While it may not be for everybody, the game certainly has some cards up its sleeves.
The Mummy remake earlier in 2017 came and went pretty fast for moviegoers. I’m sure if it did well enough we would have seen a full AAA game based on the movie. Instead, Wayforward was handed part of the license to create a metroidvania. While the game fortunately isn’t as bad as the movie, it’s just as forgettable.