Hey everyone! It’s Christmas! To everyone out there who has taken the time to visit and read my thoughts, thank you! To everyone who has subscribed to our podcast, THANK YOU! We’ve had a great 2018 and I expect good things for 2019 and beyond. Till then, I thought I’d gift you all the present of my top ten games of 2018. It took a moment to realize I had played at least 10 games this year, but below is my bottom to top synopsis of what made each game fun to play. Enjoy!
10. Hollow Knight
Hollow Knight initially drew me in with it’s creepy style. It’s a hardcore platformer with a mysterious story that unveils itself as you descend deeper into the world. What really kept me coming back was the degree of difficulty. I think a really great mark for a game is when it challenges you with difficult bosses, but after a few attempts, the game rewards you by making you feel like some sort of video game master for winning. Do note, this game is by most accounts, hard, so it might take you awhile to play it through.
9. No Man’s Sky NEXT Update
I pretty much fell in love with this game back in 2016, even with all of the flaws it had. With the small crew at Hello Games, they accomplished an initial goal of adding multiplayer to the game and overhauled the overall look of the game. Missions that expanded the lore also made this space adventure game super fun. I spent a lot of time in NMS after the update and will have more to share about this soon. This update and the recent sea and story expansions made me love this game even more.
8. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
As I have stated before on the site, I’m not a big Smash fan. But this game made me change my mind. There’s so much fun to have with this ambitious game. Getting together with friends and playing is worth the cost alone. Ultimate also adds a Spirit mode with a full adventure and nostalgic gaming material to unlock. There’s just a ton of stuff packed into this game. Get some friends together and play this game!
7. Monster Hunter World
I DEFINITELY have more to say about this game and completely ignored it when we recently thought about our games of 2018. But Capcom made a really fun and engaging fantasy world with Monster Hunter World. Friend of the show You-de-craze, and I spent a lot of time together defeating giant creatures in this game. There are some highs and lows to how online works, but when it does, this hack and slash game really shines.
6. Fire Pro Wrestling World
I love wrestling video games. I love, No Mercy. It is to me, the quintessential wrestling game. Everything else, just a cheap imitation. Fire Pro filled the void in my life that was previously filled with bad wrestling games. It brings a classic art style, fast paced action, and realism. It’s also coupled with NJPW which expanded the game further. Myself and E_HUFFY love this game!
5. Shadow of the Colossus
I completely forgot I played this remake in 2018. It’s also kind of crazy to rank it up this far this year. But if you have never played it before, now is the best time to play this game. This remaster adds a lot of clarity to the originals muddy visuals and even improves some of the controls. I had a lot of fun playing this version and think it’s a great example of what technology can do. There are very few games I’ve played in one sitting, this was one of them.
4. Hitman 2
Boy oh boy this sandbox assassination game is loads of fun. Mess around in the world of Agent 47 and watch the mayhem. I’ve had every experience from silent assassin to barely escaping by the skin of my teeth in this game. Hitman 2 also packages all of the content from Hitman 1, giving players more opportunities to explore each level. Pick up Hitman 2 and create some chaos.
3. Tetris Effect
Tetris is fun in 2018! Woo! Funny to say but Tetris has always been fun when you think about it. And when that formula doesn’t need to be altered that much, you get Tetris Effect. This time around, Tetris Effect comes with outstanding visuals and lovely procedural music. Tetris Effect is also a game that makes me consider buying a $200 VR peripheral just to play it more.
2. Marvel’s Spider-Man
Did you like Spider-Man 2 on PS2? Did everyone who told you to play the latest Spider-Man game tell you that before you played this? Well if they didn’t, there’s your opportunity. That being said, if you’ve ever wanted a fantastically produced high definition super hero video game, then Marvel’s Spider-Man is for you. Its orchestral swells, quick wit and frantic fighting push the open world genre further. I also think it has the best Spider-Man story ever told.
1. Red Dead Redemption 2
It seems a little crass even for me to say this is my favorite game of the year but, screw all that, it’s my favorite game this year. Rockstar pushes the envelope with this open world western story. The staggering amount of detail is something to marvel. We may look back on the release of this game as a defining moment in the industry. This game contains a story that compliments the first Red Dead in such a beautiful way that it may be my favorite game of all time. It wasn’t without it’s rough spots (cough, ONLINE, slow pace). But like I’ve said before, a good story will always win me over.
Rather than a longer explanation of why, here are the other games I found to be good this year:
- God of War (I couldn’t list it since I just purchased it)
- Stardew Valley
- God of War III Remastered
- Kerbal Space Program
- Fifa 19
- Gang Beasts
- Sea of Thieves (at least it looked cool…)
- Yakuza 0
- Yakuza Kiwami 1 and 2
Happy Holidays everyone!