RANKED: The 11 best video games of 2017 so far

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Having just crested the half-year mark of 2017, it’s the perfect time to play the best games of 2017. It’s been quite a year already!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Somewhere in between exploring the massive, adventure-filled world of "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild," and the massive, adventure-filled world of "Horizon Zero Dawn," it became clear that 2017 was shaping up to be one of the best years in the history of video games.

Before we look ahead to the second half of 2017, let’s look back on all the excellent games that have already arrived this year. Here are the best video games of 2017 (so far), ranked:

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11. "Persona 5"

Devotees of the "Persona" role-playing game series aren’t saying that "Persona 5" is the absolute best the series has to offer — that distinction tends to rest with the third game in the series. Instead, fans are calling "Persona 5" a strong new entry in a beloved series. It’s not without its flaws, but there’s plenty to love.

Like previous games in the series, the story of "Persona 5" focuses on a Japanese teenager. Also like previous games in the series, there’s much more to the story of "Persona 5" than what’s on the surface. You’ll explore the confines of high school life during the day, making friends and completing various tasks. When night comes, you’ll head into battle with those friends in a turn-based RPG format.

If you’ve enjoyed the "Final Fantasy" series, or have a particular fondness for narrative-driven, quirky games, you’ll want to check out "Persona 5."

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4

10. "Tekken 7"

In a surprising twist, there are several excellent fighting games competing for your attention in 2017 already. The most recent game to enter that fight is "Tekken 7," the latest entry in the long-running "Tekken" fighting series.

Mainstays like Heihachi and Jin are back, as well as fan favorites like Eddy Gordo and Panda (who is a literal panda). After months of playtesting the game in Japanese arcades, the version released for home consumption this year offers the most sophisticated gameplay of any "Tekken" game to date. The inclusion of a meaty — albeit silly — story mode makes "Tekken 7" a strong game for a larger audience than usual. If nothing else, it’s a killer weekend rental to play with friends.

Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Arcade (really!)

9. "Prey"

More than anything else, 2017 has been an incredible year for variety in gaming. "Prey" is an excellent example of that. It’s a game in the style of "BioShock," mixing first-person gameplay with horror elements and environmental storytelling. 

Beyond just being beautiful to gawk at, it’s a thrilling game to play. You’re not simply shooting enemies — you’re attempting to decipher them from the environment you’re in. The enemy aliens can take the form of everyday objects, thus making your task all the more suspense-filled. An ordinary jaunt through a rote office turns into a panic-inducing creep; "Prey" revels in fear of the unknown.

Though the story in "Prey" stumbles in places, as does the gameplay, it’s an overall worthwhile game to check out. 

Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC

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