The Best Games of 2017 So Far

More than 30 must-play video games of 2017

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'Hitman: The Complete First Season'

The episodic release of Hitman was one of the best games of 2016 and now that it's complete and available to play at your own pace it's one of the best games of 2017 as well. It's worth slowing down to appreciate Hitman, however, as each level is packed with murderous potential. The opportunities system, which at first seemed a little hand-holdy, turned out to be an essential way of managing the many ways to ingratiate ourselves into locations from Paris to Hokkaido, finding the perfect disguise or backdoor, smuggling in the right weapon, getting the target into the right position – and then, if things went just right, waltzing back out in stylish slow motion. Hitman was a good time even if things went wrong though, all emergency leaps through windows and slides down drainpipes with bullets flying past. Now that developers IO Interactive are independent and in control of their property, the chances for a second season look good. But even if they didn't, the first season would comfortably stand as one of the best assassination simulators around.

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