GOTY 2017 | Number 7 — Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Naughty Dog always starts off devel­op­ing DLC with the best of inten­tions. Build­ing upon the themes and lore of their most recent game by explor­ing rela­tion­ships either hinted at or nonex­is­tent in the main game, the DLC grows in size and scope. Inevitably, every story-based DLC that Naughty Dog pro­duces breaks off and becomes a bite-sized bit of bril­liance. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy con­tin­ues this tra­di­tion in great form by tak­ing some of the best things from Uncharted 4 and expand­ing on them in some smart ways. The rela­tion­ship built between Chloe and Nadine dur­ing the short adven­ture is a lot of fun to watch and the ban­ter is bril­liantly per­formed. The open design imple­mented in the mid­dle sec­tion of the game improves on what was in the main game by giv­ing you rea­sons to explore the beau­ti­ful envi­ron­ments. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy gives plenty of rea­sons to be an excel­lent 7th best game of 2017.

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GOTY 2016 | Number 1 — Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

No joke, I lis­ten to the Uncharted theme while walk­ing by myself fairly reg­u­larly, because I like to pre­tend I’m off on an epic adven­ture. Need­less to say, I have some feel­ings for this par­tic­u­lar series. If you’d asked me at the end of Uncharted 3 that there was any way they could suc­cess­fully make another Uncharted game with­out mess­ing it up badly, I would’ve been hard pressed to take the leap. Thank­fully, the team over at Naughty Dog man­aged to stick the land­ing on Nathan Drake’s final adven­ture for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Focused on deliv­er­ing a nar­ra­tively dri­ven final chap­ter, the game makes good on devel­op­ing Nathan Drake as a char­ac­ter and shines in some of the qui­eter moments just as much as the beau­ti­ful set pieces.

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ESH | The Best of the Big Ones

Now that a lit­tle time has passed since E3 2015, I’ve had some time to reflect back on some of the awe­some titles from the big devel­op­ers. A few of them we’ve seen before and there were even some that are brand new, but all of them are going to rock my socks off when they finally come out. You might be sick of hear­ing about them by now, but I just wanted to take a minute to give props to all of the big games that excite me most from E3 2015.

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