Everyone needs a break sometimes.

When it comes to reviewing video games, mine was this year. So I only reviewed about 15, which is less than half the amount I've reviewed each year since I started doing this a decade (!) ago.

That's not to say I played fewer games in 2017. I just played more of the ones I wanted to play, not the ones I felt obligated to play. Crazy, right?

Still, if there's one review I can't duck out of writing, it's the year in games. And I did play enough of 2017's releases to confidently scrape together a list of five favorites:

Lake Life Editor David Wilcox can be reached at (315) 282-2245 or david.wilcox@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @drwilcox, or find him on PSN or Xbox Live under the name davewiththeid.