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GOTY 2018: Community Voting Begins Now!

Vote early, vote often for your favorite games of the year!

Our 2017 Community GOTY was Zelda! Good game!
Our 2017 Community GOTY was Zelda! Good game!

2018: That Sure Was A Year That Happened!™ It's not quite over yet, but we're letting you put your voice in for the 2018 Community GOTY with this handy form! Hey, have a bunch of text I copy/pasted from last year's poll because I don't see much of a point in writing it all over again!

If you're curious to revisit the days of yore, have a link to our 2017 GOTY, our 2016 GOTY, or our 2015 GOTY lists!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE!

When does voting end? January 5th!

Can I change my votes later after I play more stuff? Sure, up until voting ends! Just clear out your choices and select new ones, then hit Submit again.

I haven't played ten games this year; can I still vote? Sure, just vote for whatever your favorite games were. You can just vote for one game, if you want.

How does this work? This is a weighted-voting system, so your first-place game will be weighted more heavily than your tenth-place game when we tally up the votes in the end. We'll also include pure voting results without weights for the data nerds.

I can't find my favorite game in here! Our search system is very special and might not always return the expected results. Some games might have older-than-expected release years in the search, or may not appear at all. Let us know in the bug reporting forum if you can't find something!

Hah, I'm going to vote for ET on Atari ten times, suckers! Feel free! You can add any games you want to your list, but we'll just remove anything that wasn't released in 2018 when we run the final results. We're mostly focused on American release dates here; Jeff will ultimately decide on any edge cases. But vote for anything you fancy!

If you have any issues finding a game in the search box, please let us know via this thread in our Bug Reporting forum.

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By "released" in 2018 does that include early access.

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What about games such as Darkest Dungeon and Hollow Knight that were out on Steam before 2018? They released on consoles this year and really felt what I would consider a "true release" in terms of sales and buzz.

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I genuinely thought BOTW came out this year. Time needs to slow the hell down.

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Thanks for posting this Rorie! I'm glad Botw won last year, it deserved it!

This year I've barely had any time to play anything new, only an hour into Hitman 2. Arf.

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Don't forget about the criminally overlooked gems of this year. Stuff like Unavowed, Red Strings Club, Parkitect, Dusk, Slay the Spire, Kenshi, The Gardens Between, Mutant Year Zero, Frostpunk, The Hex, etc.

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Aw, but I just started playing Breath of the Wild and it's great!

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Trying to do these lists always make me feel like a dumb hipster.. It's not that I don't love the new Blackout or Spider-Man, but I have several slots dedicated to lower visibility games or odd picks I never get to mention other worthy titles. Sorry, Into The Breach.

Anyway, I hope it's ok for me to vote on Yakuza 0, since the PC version released in April and I don't have a modern console. Also, that's just a really dope port tbh.

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Can we include live games that got significant updates?

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Alright, so yall are all voting for Hiveswap Friendsim, right? We gotta show Ardata that we love her and will protect her, so please...vote your conscience

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I don't constrain myself to games released this year, just what I've played. That's for my personal list. I'm not sure about games released only in 2018 for this list.

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So Dark Souls Remastered came out this year. I don't know if that really counts, but I'm slapping it on the list anyway. That said, there doesn't seem to be a separate entry for the remaster, so I'm actually just slapping a years-old game on there. Which... I guess I was kinda doing anyway.

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Does No Man's Sky count for its Next update? I'd never played the game until that patch, but I had a real good time with it.

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I really don't play new games that often.

Welp, time to vote for one game 10 times again.

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?Ce?les?te?

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@rorie: Hey Rorie, I'd add Divinity Original Sin 2's console release to that. I'd love to update my list to reflect it, is there any way to separate the console release to show 2018 on the selections?

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Oop, guess it's time to think about GOTY.

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Yakuza Kiwami 2 is absolutely Game of the Year 2018

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Are we counting Slay the Spire as 2018? It was in early-access starting last year, I think, and I'm not sure it has actually officially "released" yet. I put it and Dead Cells on my list, even with the whole early-access shenanigans. Release dates are weird.

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@andythemez: You can use filters here on the right to narrow it down to this year.

https://www.giantbomb.com/games

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@ayopch said:

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Are we counting Slay the Spire as 2018? It was in early-access starting last year, I think, and I'm not sure it has actually officially "released" yet. I put it and Dead Cells on my list, even with the whole early-access shenanigans. Release dates are weird.

I had the same issue, but according to their steampage it is still in early access, so I assume it is a 2017 game until they fully release it.

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@nordom said:

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@ayopch said:

ayopch

Are we counting Slay the Spire as 2018? It was in early-access starting last year, I think, and I'm not sure it has actually officially "released" yet. I put it and Dead Cells on my list, even with the whole early-access shenanigans. Release dates are weird.

I had the same issue, but according to their steampage it is still in early access, so I assume it is a 2017 game until they fully release it.

You are welcome to vote for whatever you like and we'll figure out the edge cases when the votes are tallied!

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Yeah the current games environment where updates/expansion dlc make me spend more time on some "old" games than new releases this year--particularly the Holy Fury expansion for Crusader Kings 2 and the Tomb Kings AND Vampire Coast expansions for Total War: Warhammer 2 (those were both this year, jeez 2018 has been long)--means I feel obligated to put them on my list even if they don't make the cut there. I don't envy your having to rule on edge cases for this stuff.

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I'm waiting to play Below before locking in my top ten.

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A vote for Obra Dinn is a sign of a good and decent human being.

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For me it's Monster Hunter World and.. then the rest.

Yakuza 0 PC; Darksiders III; Ashen; Yoku's Island Express; Hades; Assassin's Creed Odyssey; Minit; Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom; Hitman 2; Dead Cells; Ghost of a Tale; Shadow of the Tomb Raider

There's a list in there somewhere. And probably Below but we'll have to see.

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Yes, #2 is correct. Fight me.

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With Tetris Effect, Into the Breach, Celeste, Dead Cells, Obra Dinn, Donut County, and Minit to name a few, this year has been really good for smaller/non-AAA games.

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I did not play a single game released this year. ?

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Any reason Katamari Damacy Reroll isn't in the system?

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@mamba219 said:

Mamba219

I did not play a single game released this year. ?

I played 2. x

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C'monnnnn Yakuza Kiwami 2!

#1 #1 #1!!!

ice_queen

Yakuza Kiwami 2 is absolutely Game of the Year 2018

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If you want to vote for Spidey, be sure to type "Marvel's Spider-Man." Otherwise enjoy sifting through dozens of "Spider-Man" database entries!

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@rorie: Sooo if I vote for Prey(2017) because Prey Mooncrash came out this year and is phenomenal (better than the main game) you'll know that's what I mean... right?

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Put Octo Expansion up for a vote, you cowards!

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does anyone have a recommendation of an underrated game of this year that's a must play?

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I didn't play 10 games released this year. But here's my list.

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Last year I played zero new games. But it turns out that I've actually played like... 6 this year? I was surprised by that. That's a lot, for me.

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I'd like to nominate Prey: Mooncrash, though it is DLC.

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Easiest list I've made in years. Into the breach 10 times. Literally the only game I've played this year which was released in 2018.

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Not seeing enough Forsaken love so I just voted for Destiny 2 ten times... I don't think I played anything else that came out this year.

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@b00ch: If your into unique platformers I would suggest Octahedron.