The year is almost over. 2019 is rushing at us faster than an oncoming train, but before we dive headfirst into the new year, let’s take a moment to review what the year 2018 has given us in terms of video games.
2018 has been a fantastic year for gaming. Game developers have really been on point in giving us phenomenal content to gush over. Open-world games have never been so engaging, role-playing games have never been so immersive, and fighting games have never been so iconic.
Of course, some games from this year have stood out from the crowd more than others. Here is our list of great games from 2018. If you play anything from this year, it should be one of these bad boys.
10. “Dragon Ball FighterZ”
The “Dragon Ball” series has not always been lucky when it comes to video game adaptations. 2018 saw a change in its fortunes. “Dragon Ball FighterZ” was not only a wonderful game that exemplified the original series; it was also a wonderful fighting game in its own right. If you’re a fan of the series or a fan of the genre, then “Dragon Ball FighterZ” is the game for you.
9. “Dead Cells”
A roguelike game done right can be a thing of magic, and “Dead Cells” is pretty magical. If you need more than our stamp of approval in order to try the game out, you should know that The Game Awards presented Best Action Game to “Dead Cells” this year. While it can be frustrating to die so often, you never lose a sense of progression throughout the game.
8. “Overcooked 2”
Year after year, it feels as if couch co-op games are getting left in the dust. 2018 gave us a delightful couch co-op game that is perfect for the whole family. In “Overcooked 2,” up to four players can create mass havoc in a kitchen as they try to turn in orders on time as the world’s cutest chefs.
7. “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate”
While “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” came out late in the year, it’s easy to see that it is still one of the best games to come out in 2018. The “Super Smash” series has been held to a high standard of excellence for years. With more fighters on the roster than ever before, “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” maintains that standard for the years to come.
Even mobile games have their place in gaming excellence. “Florence” was a delightful indie mobile game that told the short, sweet, and sad story of a young woman falling in love with a young man. Through simple controls and a straightforward story, “Florence” gets its point across succinctly, and it is all the better for it.
5. “Marvel’s Spider-Man”
“Marvel’s Spider-Man” is a great game in its own right, not just because it has an extremely popular IP behind it. Of course, having your video game protagonist be one of the greatest comic book heroes of all time definitely doesn’t hurt your game. In all seriousness, “Marvel’s Spider-Man” reminded us of why super heroes are great in video games as well as in movies.
4. “Monster Hunter: World”
“Monster Hunter: World” was a game that showcased the power of modern consoles. Other entries from the “Monster Hunter” series have been relegated to the tiny screen of handheld devices. This vast and ambitious open-world game deserved the move to console, and gamers around the world deserved the chance to play it.
3. “God of War”
Many were unsure of the new direction the “God of War” series was taking this year. Kratos was no longer going to be the bloodthirsty god we knew, the narrative was going to take a place of higher importance than before, and the Blades of Chaos were not going to be Kratos’ main weapons. Despite all of that, or maybe because of it, 2018’s “God of War” was one of the best video games to come out in the history of ever.
“Celeste” proves that you do not need to have a fancy triple-A studio behind your video game in order to make it one of the greats. On its surface, the game is just about a girl trying to climb up a mountain. However, “Celeste’s” fantastic controls, music, and underlying themes make it so much more than that.
1. “Red Dead Redemption 2”
It is rare that a game awes us to such an extent as “Red Dead Redemption 2” has. People always use the phrase “getting lost” to describe their feeling of playing a deeply immersive game. In 2018, only one game got us feeling well and truly lost in the wonder of playing it. And that game was “Red Dead Redemption 2.”