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5 Biggest Sleeper Hits of 2017

5 Biggest Sleeper Hits of 2017 - Gamers Heroes
2017 was a phenomenal year for gaming, with AAA blockbusters like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Persona 5 making their debut. However, there were also a considerable amount of titles that appeared out of nowhere, making a huge impact in both sales and quality. Put simply, these five sleeper hits are not to be missed.

5 Biggest Sleeper Hits of 2017

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The Escapists 2

The original release of The Escapists was a YouTube sensation, The sequel to Team17’s prison-based title, The Escapists 2 tasked players to craft, steal, brawl, and escape. It made for a winning formula, one that wowed people on the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. With more than a million videos on YouTube, it’s safe to say that this one is a hit as well.

You can find our review of The Escapists 2 here.

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SteamWorld Dig 2

Four years after the release of SteamWorld Dig, Image & Form Games’ SteamWorld Dig 2 improved upon the already solid original in almost every way. Inspired by classic Metroidvania style games, its mining aspects and exploration were a breath of fresh air. From the sound of things, other people enjoyed this journey as well – it turns out this release was the IP’s best launch to date.

You can find our review of Steamworld Dig 2 here.

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Ninja Theory has brought the AAA experience with an indie price tag via their release of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. Seeing Senua torn between her own thoughts, the impending darkness, and the voices of loved and lost ones made for a memorable experience. The development studio was pleased with the sales, stating that they were “better than expected.”

You can find our review of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice here.

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Yakuza 0

Before Yakuza 0, SEGA’s action-packed series did not get much love. Titles remained unlocalized, content was cut, and older entries became harder to find. However, their release of the 80s-themed Yakuza 0 sold well, selling 108k units in the first week alone. Since then, we’ve seen a localized release of Yakuza Kiwami, and can expect a localized release of Yakuza 6 in 2018.

You can find our review of Yakuza 0 here.

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Nier: Automata

A sequel to a relatively underground RPG, the release of Nier: Automata was designed by a dream team of developers. With Square-Enix, PlatinumGames, and Yoko Taro at the helm, they managed to create something that brought in more than two million sales to date.

Those who have yet to experience this over-the-top action title are in for a real treat – here’s hoping it gets another sequel sooner rather than later.

Casey Scheld

Casey Scheld has more than 15 years of experience in the gaming industry as a community manager, social media director, event specialist, and (of course) gaming editor. He has previously worked with gaming start-ups like Raptr, publishers like Konami, and roller derby girls at PAX West (check out Jam City Rollergirls)! Gamers Heroes is a passion project for him, giving him a chance to tap into the underground side of gaming. He is all too eager to give these lesser-known heroes of the indie space the attention they so rightly deserve, seeking out the next gem and sharing it with the world. Previously making appearances at events like CES, GDC, and (the late) E3, he is all too happy to seek out the next big thing. For those that want to talk shop, send over a tip, or get an easy win in a fighting game of their choosing, be sure to check out his social media channels below.

One Comment

  1. Gotta admit, Senua’s Sacrifice was a hard hitter on the emotional scales. It really fucks with your own mind to try and understand how another person’s mind works, especially in the situation she was in. I truly couldn’t have asked for a better interpretation of it.

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