The Best Games of 2017 So Far

More than 30 must-play video games of 2017

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'Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia'

When Fire Emblem hero Marth started showing up in Smash Bros. games nobody in the west knew who he was, but the blue-haired prince picked up fans anyway – enough that Nintendo began releasing the games in English. The earliest Fire Emblem games were never localized, however, and it's only with this remake that the second has been released here. Marth wasn't in this one, and it was also lacking the marriages that would give later games in the series their “waifu and husbando simulator” reputation. But what it had was tactics-heavy turn-based fantasy warfare with pegasus knights flying over enemy walls and wizards hurling fireballs at pirates. The remake also added 3D dungeon-delving so that the heroes, who are star-crossed teenage royalty of course, hunt for treasure and fight dragons together. What could have been a historical curio aimed at completists was instead straight-up fun.

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