2017 was one of the good years for gamers. From new gaming consoles to Games, we saw it all. Nintendo Switch successfully made its mark in the gaming community. Iterations of classic games like Resident Evil and Zelda kept the gamers hooked up to their keyboards.

Following five (in no particular order) are the best games I played this year.

Horizon Zero Dawn

The UK Telegraph gave this game an honorable mention. It is a new title in the world of gaming dominated by sequels to successful franchises. However, that did not stop it from dominating and giving the oldies a run for their money.

The gameplay is addictive. Horizon Zero Dawn revolves around an engrossing story set in a future post-apocalyptic world. The basic idea is to fight the various robot dinosaurs.

The visuals are fantastic, so much that one would love to take screenshots at various points in the game.

It is PS4 exclusive, but I expect it to soon cater to other platforms given its success. I also suppose sequels are planned in the upcoming years.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

This version of the Zelda game is different from all the previous variants in the sense that it feels like a combination of all its ancestors. There is no set order of passing through dungeons or temples; one is set loose in the middle of a vast world and allowed to roam freely.

The entire gameplay seems unscripted. Things happen randomly based on the weather and time of the day/night, making the game appear more realistic and dynamic.

The 'physics' are strong with this one. Start a brush fire to burn an entire group of monsters, or lure them into a water body and zap them electricity. The possibilities are endless.

One can play Breath of the Wild for hours-and-hours without getting bored.

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

As the name suggests, this game is a crossover between Nintendo's Mario and Ubisoft's minions. The combination might not be enough to attract your attention, but trust me on this one. Even I am surprised as I include Kingdom Battle on this list.

The idea is to hire Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Yoshi along with four other Rabbids to get rid of the invading Rabbids. The two sides progress in the combat turn-by-turn. Every character has unique abilities, stats, and weapons. The story is humorous, and there are lots of collectibles to be found.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Over the past few versions, Resident Evil was turning into yet another zombie shooter game. Thankfully, with the Resident Evil 7, the series is back to its basics of the survival horror genre, the Telegraph reported.

The player plays as Ethan Winters who is trapped in a deserted house in Louisiana. He is stalked by the ruthlessly insane and immortal Baker family. He can fight back to slow them long enough to run and hide in a corner.

The game comes with an immense terror factor. With a whole lot of new downloadable content including two new stories, it is one of the best horror games you can play right now. It can also be played in Virtual Reality on the PS4!

Super Mario Odyssey

This variant of the game retains the simplicity of previous versions. However, the famous Mushroom Kingdom is replaced by strange new worlds like a modern city, a huge kitchen, and a prehistoric mountain.

No more mushrooms or fire flowers; Mario's hat is the only power-up in the Odyssey. There is a whole new set of powers to explore and collectibles to find. There are tons of new outfits for the character as well.

Make sure you play all the games above if you have not already.