For decades, video games have been part of everyday life for certain groups of people, from the '90s kids who swore by their Game Boy Colors to the college crowd who made Guitar Hero and Rock Band sound like unicorns making sweet, sweet love to "Free Bird." But with each passing year, as the quality and range of games improve, they become more and more appealing to a wider portion of the population -- it's no surprise, then, that 2017 is one of the best years yet.
While much has been made of the death of single-player games, it wasn't enough to deter anyone from the year's endless swarm of shooters, platformers, action RPGs, and narrative adventures. Hell, Nintendo launched a new handheld console in March, and nine months later, it's become a hotbed for both indies and DOOM. It's a wonderful time to be a gamer, and these 25 picks for the Best of 2017 underline why.