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Counting down the top video games of 2017

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2017 wasn’t exactly a great year for yours truly. As the year began, I found myself mired in a rut and with zero desire to pick up a controller, something I wrote about in this space last summer. And as some of you may know, the year ended with the passing of my dad after a short battle with leukemia. The time in between? That frankly wasn’t much better.

While 2017 is, by and large, a year I would just as soon forget, it was a surprisingly good year for gaming — Nintendo recaptured its magic with the Switch, Sony struck gold with console exclusives and Microsoft brought the phenomenon known as “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” to the console market.

Before completely shifting the focus to what lies ahead in the new year, let’s take one last look back at 2017 as I count down my picks for the Top 10 games of the year:

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To celebrate Friday’s release of “The Evil Within 2,” publisher Bethesda has released a new launch trailer, which you can view above.

“The Evil Within 2” continues the story of detective Sebastian Castellanos as he braves unspeakable horrors in search of his daughter, Lily. The original game, directed by Shinji Mikami of “Resident Evil” fame, helped usher in a new era of survival-horror games and the sequel looks every bit as terrifying.

Fittingly, “The Evil Within 2” arrives on Friday the 13th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.