Welcome to the First Top 5 Article on Gaming Masters, in a very very long time. It’s something I have been wanting to do for a while, it’s also probably one of the best ways for me to get back into writing, as they are simple. Which is perfect for me after the past few months break from GM. First up, my personal Top 5 Games released in 2017. I have had a very limited playing time of games this year, and most of that time I have played where released in 2016. So I have a little bit of catching up to do with some of the more recent titles. But, out of the games that I have played, here are my Top 5.

Also, just as a heads up this list isn’t in any specific order, it’s just a list of games that I really enjoyed.

Player Unknown Battlegrounds

Player Unknown Battlegrounds almost missed out making the list for 2017, as no Early Access games are considered for Top 5’s on GM. The game went into Early Access in March, but only fully released 8 Days ago, on the 21st December. In PUBG you’re faced with up to 99 other players online in a deathmatch on one of the two currently available maps.

You jump out of a plane and then need to hunt for loot and survive until the end of the game, in an ever-shrinking playable area to get the almighty chicken dinner.

If anything, the reason behind me not playing many other games this year is because most of my time playing PUBG. As have many other people, just today the title reached a milestone of 3 Million Concurrent players on PC and launched on Xbox just a few weeks ago.

PUBG doesn’t come without its problems though, the game has had poor performance issues on many PC Configurations, Empty Servers in some regions and has been plagued with Hackers and Bugs. Of which, the bugs actually in some cases make the game more enjoyable.

Buy Player Unknown Battlegrounds on PC – Gamesplanet.com.

Buy Player Unknown Battlegrounds on Xbox – Amazon.co.uk.

Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn only really got my attention when the title launched. Developed by the Killzone Franchise Developer Guerrilla Games, this is the first time the studio has created a new IP since 2004. Horizon is an Action RPG, whereby you are playing a character called Aloy. A hunter in a world overrun by mechanical dinosaurs. I haven’t finished the game just yet, but, the story and world is marvellous. Which is why Horizon just had to be on the list. Along with the recent The Frozen Wilds DLC, the game has almost 80 Hours of gameplay, according to howlongtobeat.com. If you’re looking for a unique world with a rich story, Horizon is definitely a game for you.

Also, as a bit of a side note, check out NoClips Recent Documentary about the game

Buy Horizon Zero Dawn on PS4 – Amazon.co.uk

Buy The Frozen Wilds DLC –  PSN Store

Tom Clancy: Ghost Recon Wildlands

Ubisoft’s latest instalment in the Tom Clancy franchise is Ghost Recon Wildlands. A title which launched in March of this year which launched to “Fair” Reviews. Is actually one of the most enjoyable Open World Games I have played in a long time. The story isn’t amazing, and solo play sucks. However, when playing the game the way it’s meant to be played (In Online Co-Op with friends) it’s actually one of the best games of the year. Planning out an attack on one of the members of the cartel with mates is an enjoyable experience. Do you go in all guns blazing with an attack helicopter? Or do you go in all sneaky around the back like in Assasins Creed, that decision is for you to make! The Recent Free DLC enabled PVP in close quarters combat, which adds, even more, content to this vast open world. It’s a shame that there isn’t a Battle Royale mode, but that idea is something I might write about in the future.

Buy Tom Clancy Ghost Recon Wildlands on PC – Gamesplanet.co.uk

Buy Tom Clancy Ghost Recon Wildlands on Xbox One – Amazon.co.uk

Buy Tom Clancy Ghost Recon Wildlands on PS4 – Amazon.co.uk



Middle Earth: Shadow of War

At the start of the year, I picked up Shadow Of Mordor. As soon as I learned that there was a sequel on the way, I knew I had to pick it up. I managed to get an hour of gameplay at Gamescom, which enforced my excitement even more. Check out the gameplay below.

As the release came around, I realized how much of my spare time would be spent in this gorgeous world, killing Orks, destroying Fortresses and much much more. Sadly, I haven’t had as much spare time as I wanted, but, this game is a must buy for 2017. I’m not going into the story because spoilers, and also I haven’t completed it just yet. But, with countless hours of gameplay, side missions and DLC on the way. This game is probably one of the best titles to pick up if your looking for value for money. It’s also Native 4K on the Xbox One X.

Buy Shadow Of War on PC – Gamesplanet.com

Buy Shadow of War on Xbox One – Amazon.co.uk

Buy Shadow of War on PS4 – Amazon.co.uk

Dirt 4

Now, I’m not one for racing games usually. But, after playing Dirt Rally for countless hours last year, I had to pick up Dirt 4 and I wasn’t disappointed. In Dirt 4, the team at Codemasters worked on some impressive procedural generation tech, which meant that the tracks you drove where unique, and not the same tried and tested ways of building tracks. With so many different courses, car classes and customization, Dirt 4 is the best racing game released this year. It’s made me even more excited for the next Codemasters Adventure, On Rush. 

Buy Dirt 4 on PC – Gameplanet.com

Buy Dirt 4 On Xbox One – Amazon.co.uk

Buy Dirt 4 on PS4 – Amazon.co.uk 

That’s it for 2017, my Top 5 games released this year. I hope you enjoyed and that this list has also been useful, I’ll be back with my Top 5 Games due out in 2018 list very soon. Let me know in the comments if you have any feedback, I’d love to hear it as I get back into writing about video games 🙂