The Best Games of 2017 So Far

More than 30 must-play video games of 2017

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'Splatoon 2'

Like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe the release of Splatoon 2 on Switch was a godsend for people who didn't buy a Wii U. Though not exactly the same game as the original, Splatoon 2 was still a third-person online shooter about kids who transform into squids shooting ink all over a level to control it, sliding across and diving into day-glo paint before leaping out to spray other players. New to Splatoon 2 were gear and abilities that encouraged teamwork, and a co-op horde mode called Salmon Run that provided a step between the single-player tutorial campaign and competitive free-for-all. At heart it's still all about territory, getting to know maps and control them with ink. Not being able to use the Wii U gamepad as a minimap emphasized that – you either find a safe spot to pull up the map, or learn to navigate each level without it.

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