Another year down, which means it’s time for my best of 2018 list! Just FYI, I didn’t play Spider Man, Red Dead 2, or Into the Breach, so this list may be amended in retrospect. Although I doubt anything will budge the #1 and #2 spots!
Tag: Top 10 of 2018
Another year is in the books.
While 2018 was basically a screaming horror show in real life, it was still possible to retreat for a while into gaming, and my mental health was glad of it. For brief moments, some of the wonderful works released over the last 365 days soothed the ragged edges of living in America, and I thank them for the respite.
It feels like each time I start writing one of these, the whole world is a little crazier. And frankly, it doesn’t appear to be about to get any better. 2018, however, was a stellar year for games — there wasn’t a single month where I wasn’t overwhelmed by choice. It’s been a great year for reviewing too. A lot of the standout games on this list I had the good fortune to visit for GameCritics. I can’t help being effusive about the year to come, even if I am less enthusiastic about who is going to die next, and what political drama is going to unfold.
Let 2018 forever be remembered as the year in which I was bedridden for several months due to a back injury and still couldn’t work up the energy to finish Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. Indeed, 2018 was a year so full of misfires that I can’t even confidently state that Metal Gear Survive was one of the five worst games I played.
2018 has been a solid year for videogames, including some great ports (looking at you Diablo III, Gone Home, Hollow Knight and more), strong sequels to old franchises, and exciting new indies. However, although many of these titles pushed to the limits of the industry (Red Dead Redemption 2 with its attention to detail and the incredible mechanics of Marvel’s Spider-Man) none of them were as well-made the best games of last year — things like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Persona 5 and Doki Doki Literature Club, which all were fierce in their own way. So, even though 2018 has been a softer year, there have still been great titles.