2017’s All-Star GOTY Spectacular

Better late than never: We asked 25 of the smartest people we know–game developers, critics, professors of theater and history, comedy writers, political journalists, podcasters–for their favorite video game of 2017, and got 20 answers.

Counting Chris and JJ, that’s 27 people and 20 video games (21 if you count an honorable mention).

STARRING, in order of appearance:

‘Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture’ & Harvey Smith on ‘Dishonored: Definitive Edition’

JJ and Chris disagree on the merits of The Chinese Room’s new walking simulator. Plus, Chris talks to Arkane’s Harvey Smith about bringing Corvo to Xbox One and PlayStation 4–and letting him speak in “Dishonored 2.” If you were hoping to hear JJ’s thoughts on “Shadowrun: Hong Kong,” patience, grasshopper. Consider this one a double album.