We usually don’t like doing year-end lists as they seem to be a relic from the days of magazines and newspapers or Buzzfeed, a recap of the recommendations you missed previously because you were too busy reading the latest Kanye rants but here’s our look at the Top 10 Best Video Games of 1018. With 2017 being a huge year for video games, it was surprising that 2018 was equally as strong if not stronger with blockbuster titles like Spider-man and Red Dead Redemption 2 leading the way. Tetris Effect even managed to rebreathe life into the otherwise stale Tetris formula.
With a year’s worth of dope titles to choose from, we’ve settled on our top 10 best games of 2018. Check them out below.
10. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo Switch) – One of the most iconic game franchises of the last decade, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate gives fans the opportunity to create their dream match ups as the game brings together a diverse cast of characters that evolves from one iteration to the next with every previous fighter typically available. Over the years, Super Smash Bros has evolved from a mere fighting game into an RPG among other things. Even with all the new modes and parts of the game, Ultimate is a great fighting game for Nintendo fans and gaming fans alike. I mean who wouldn’t want to see Pikachu electrocute Sonic the Hedgehog?
9. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Telling the saga of the Peloponnesian War, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a charming game with lovable characters some coming from history and others being completely fictional. The graphics and animation in Odyssey really being to life the current generation of game consoles with the world looking extremely pleasant as users visit mountains, islands and more. The story mode tells familial tale with twists and turns along the way.
8. Monster Hunter: World (PS3, Xbox One, Windows PC) – I’m not going to lie, growing up I always heard all the hype about Monster Hunter titles but they didn’t always feel the most accessible. The controls were often a bit confusing with the game play being quite intricate, which I’m not complaining about but it definitely kept me from revisiting the titles. Monster Hunter: World does what the series has been trying to do for the longest in making Monster Hunter accessible. Monster Hunter: World even has a bunch of funny cameos including appearances by Street Fighter, Mega Man and Devil May Cry characters. With a ton of content for gamers and numerous updates, Monster Hunter: World has only improved since its release.
7. Celeste (Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PS4, Windows PC) – Celeste is a classic style retro platform that finds players moving through a bunch of single screen puzzles. The level of difficulty on Celeste is up there with the game introducing new mechanics without any instructions at times. Celeste takes it’s retro nature to the next level by omitting any cut scenes and choosing to tell it’s story strictly through game play.
6. Tetris Effect (PS4) – Tetris Effect is a refreshing reimagining of the time-tested classic Tetris with music and amazing colors thrown in, Tetris Effect manages to make an otherwise stale puzzle game extremely fun and addictive yet again. The unique art style and sounds to each of the boards in the game help to make Tetris Effect engrossing. Who would think that a new version of Tetris would be so fun?
5. Fortnite – If we were talking societal influence in general, Fortnite would easily top this list and arguably any video game list you could make. From the numerous dances to the viral YouTube videos, Fortnite: Battle Royale was a wildly popular success that allows mobile phone players to play against both console and PC gamers making it a ton of fun. For a free game, Fortnite is extremely expansive with numerous modes including Creative mode, solos, duos, squads, and even a 50 vs 50 mode. Fortnite’s cartoonish style isn’t particularly stunning but Fortnite isn’t about the graphics it’s about the fun and playing with friends. Fortnite was arguably the most important video game of 2018.
4. Spider-Man (PS4, Xbox One) – It’s been a while since we’ve gotten a great licensed game. Marvel’s Spider-Man is so good that many fans would argue that this is the best iteration of Peter Parker to ever grace their screens. The PS4 exclusive title draws inspiration from the comics, movies, tv shows, and games with the writers also taking the liberty to make their own twists and turns. The plot line is predictable if you’re a fan of Spidey. Overall, this is a great opportunity for Marvel fans to wear the Spider-man mantle and zip around New York fighting Doctor Octopus and other iconic Spider-man villains.
3. Into the Breach (Nintendo Switch and Windows PC) – A surprisingly fun game, Into the Breach is a special title that sees users make numerous decisions that impact the game. The turn by turn battles allow games to control a trio of time traveling mechs utilizing a top down camera angle similar to that utilized in Final Fantasy Tactics and other Strategy RPG titles. With a minimalistic battle system that incorporates the landscape, weather and more this is an intriguing strategy title.
2. God of War (PS4) – God of War is a holistic action game that excels in the established world of the God of War Franchise. Serving as a sequel to as well as a reboot of the franchise, this new take of the God of War franchise is a welcome addition that was beautifully crafted with enhanced combat mechanisms, an over-the-shoulder angled camera as well as new evasion mechanics this time Krato’s story is brought to life in a whole new way. The refreshed camera is a great upgrade to the series typical automatic camera angles. The dramatic story is the icing on the cake for this title, God of War seems to borrow from a number of popular titles including The Last of Us and Dark Souls while also tying in the classic God of War gameplay. Having been 13 years since Kratos last outing, welcome back Kratos.
1. Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One) – Red Dead Redemption 2 was the top selling PS4 game of 2018 and for good reason. The title set the bar with it’s graphics and the detailed realism that makes it’s open world a treat to explore. Combine the crazy graphics with an epic story mode and this sequel was easily the most memorable game of 2018. Filling Arthur Morgan’s boots is an extremely fun affair.
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