LETS DO GAME OF THE YEAR!
Persona 5. Like Thor, I didn't start playing this until September (in my case I blame my stupid job.) To be completely honest, the rather poor description of the story and the fact that it took so damn long to come out after it was announced made me start losing interest. After I played 2 hours I got really into it and couldn't put it down. If it didn't fall down so much at the end, I'd probably consider it a better game than Persona 2 and I fucking love Persona 2. BEST NEW CHARACTER! Just Monika
P5's Yusuke, my favorite socially awkward artist. He stole the scene at the beach. BEST GAMES TO WATCH
I wasn't interested in Horizon: Zero Dawn, but my wife played through a bunch of it and some of the late-game fights are pretty cool.
BONUS: I've been meaning to watch a LP of Danganronpa 3, because I love me a good mystery, but I thought the first game was such trash that I'm not buying DR3. also, i'm really bitter that DR gets 4 games and 2 anime, and meanwhile Zero Escape 3 had its funding slashed even though it's a way better series THAT'S MODULAR! BEST MOD! BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT!
Mass Effect: Andromeda. I am nuts for the Mass Effect trilogy. I own like, four sweaters. Admittedly I only played about 5 hours of this when it first came out, so I barely got into the meat of things, but I didn't like what I saw. The combat system feels really stripped down, and like Falcon said, it's hard to focus on the main story with all the endless side-content. The terrible facial rigging didn't help.
I know I am biased because Mass Effect 2 & 3 had already established the world and characters and could throw you right onto the ride, whereas Andromeda doesn't get that luxury. I'm planning on giving it another shot, but I'm going to artificially lower my expectations by pretending its a game that riffs off Mass Effect rather than actually being a Mass Effect title. SUCH MOMENT! MUCH INTENSE! WOW! DAY LATE, DOLLAR SHORT!
Life is Strange. I bought this sometime in 2016, and WHY THE FUCK DID I WAIT UNTIL NOW?! I like Telltale's Walking Dead games, so if someone had told me this game starts out as Gone Home: The Telltale Adventure Game I probably would have played it instantly. Unlike The Walking Dead games, the characters have nuance and the choices you make actually change the story. BONUS ROUND: MOST FRUSTRATION
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood. If you pre-ordered, you could start playing the new content 4 days before the official launch. Early in the main story quest, you had to go into a solo instance to do a fairly easy fight. Due to the sheer number of people all trying to do the story or other dungeons, the instance servers got bombed. As a result, everyone on early access spent hours sitting at a NPC trying to enter the instance, skipping a cutscene, and then getting kicked out with an error. Some servers tried to be nice and have people line up.
We all made jokes about how the NPC was the hardest boss ever to be released in the game, and in retrospect it's funny in one of kinds of ways.