The Best Games of 2017 So Far

More than 30 must-play video games of 2017

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The high point of the recent crop of digital card games has been Faeria, which took their abstract battles between summoned monsters and laid it out on a living board, a hex grid of tiles that looks like Settlers of Catan in mid-setup. Players summoned land as well as minions, drawing mountains and prairies out of the sea to march across and battle over. This simple change made every match feel different, adding an additional layer of strategy based on where you placed that land, whether you constructed paths that let you rush or flank or consolidate. Its fairy tale art style, with yaks and sword-wielding toads among its combatants, and wealth of single-player quest matches also marked it out as one of several games in the shadow of Hearthstone that were, just quietly, much better than it.

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