2018 was nothing but a blockbuster year for video games. The entire year has slapped us in the face with amazing titles, one after the other. Sure, it’s quite hard (not to mention unfair) of us to pick just 10 of those and tell you about it, but you know, someone’s gotta do it. So here are our top 10 games of 2018.
- Red Dead Redemption 2
God of War may have won GOTY at TGA 2018, but for us, Rockstar’s telling of Arthur Morgan’s story had a much bigger impact. Whether it’s looks, or story, or characters, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a work of art. It’s a memorable story of loyalty and trust, of murder and betrayal, set against a beautiful but unforgiving environment in the Wild West days. Some gameplay issues notwithstanding, it’s seriously hard to overstate what an amazing job Rockstar has done with this title.
- God of War
Just because we feel that Red Dead Redemption 2 should be GOTY, it doesn’t mean we’re going to disregard the game that actually won the award. The reboot is quite amazing, both from a visual and a narrative standpoint. Changing the formula from an angry, young man, Kratos is back as an angry, old father. Taking his son on a journey to scatter his mother’s ashes, the game gives players deep insight into his relationship with his son, Atreus. Moments where Kratos struggles to express his affection, and a terrible secret that may very well change his son’s life forever. It’s polar opposite of what the original God of War games were about, and the direction it’s taking is impressive to say the least.
- Marvel’s Spider-Man
What more can we say about the title that is the only game to ever receive the Marvel Stamp of Approval? It’s got everything you’d want from a Spiderman game. Multiple suits? Check. Swinging across New York from the tallest skyscrapers? Check. Webbing guys up in awkward positions? Checkity check. Also, Mary Jane is really cute, so that’s also there.
- Return of the Obra Dinn
From the makers of Papers, Please comes another unique, impressive title in the form of a murder mystery. Playing as an insurance agent on an abandoned ship, your job is to piece together the story behind the disappearance of the crew. The visual style of the game is quite novel and refreshing, and so is the story and gameplay.
- Dead Cells
For people who like super hard games (alternatively, people who hate themselves), Dead Cells is an absolute must play. To put it simply, the game is a rogue-like metroidvania, with procedurally generated levels and impressive pixel art visuals. And brutal, unforgiving gameplay. Seriously, you’ll die a lot.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Black Ops 4 breathes fresh new life in the Call of Duty series that was in desperate need of it. It brings back the fast-fluid gameplay, while keeping everything grounded. Plus, Blackout, the new Battle Royale mode is easily the best in the genre right now.
- Dragonball FighterZ
Apart being an excellent fighting game, Dragonball FighterZ looks absolutely fantastic. It completely nails the crisp, over-the top action that Dragonball is known for. It’s also easy for beginners to get into, due to the auto-combo feature, but also offers deep systems and a good challenge to those willing to master the game.
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the last in Lara Croft’s reboot trilogy, and it’s a great finale. While the story is throwaway, the tombs and puzzles are top-notch. It’s incredibly exciting and rewarding to explore the new regions, and there’s always a new challenge around every corner. And to top it off, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is damn good looking game.
- A Way Out
A Way Out was the most fun I had playing a game with a friend in 2018. It’s is an exclusively co-op adventure about two strangers coming together under dire circumstances to break out of prison. The narrative is compelling, the moment to moment action moves at an excellent pace, and the co-op gameplay is immensely fun.
- Hitman 2
Hitman 2 can be summed up as more Hitman with some refinements. And it still is as much fun as the original reboot, with massive levels, tons of ways to eliminate targets, and leave the level in utter chaos. Killing someone with an ax to the head in the middle of a crowded conference room never gets old.
So those were our picks for the best games of 2018. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below.