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Well said! I still remember seeing pre-release coverage of this game on X-Play, buying it, and giving up after a few levels despite a general fascination with the game. I could see it was cool and unique in some really special ways, but I just couldn't handle tougher games back then. I came back to it years later (2014 I think) and now it's an all-time favorite of mine along with Dark Souls 1. I also think it's aged well conceptually because it has a much stronger emphasis on an oppressive atmosphere and the level-based structure feels pretty distinct from the Dark Souls series. Mechanics feel a bit more clunky but I'm still happy to go back to it every now and then. I mostly have my PS3 around for Demon's Souls specifically. Oh, and I think Demon's Souls won GameSpot's GOTY, right? I remember that being a shock to a lot of people, especially for an experience so weird and bold back in 2009. That was the same year Uncharted 2 and Batman: Arkham Asylum came out.

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@slag: Thanks for reading! I'm probably the only person with SpyParty at the top of their list, but I truly feel like it's a special game to the small community that spends a lot of time with it. I wasn't expecting to like it so much when I bought it but video games can continue to surprise us! And yeah, I love that Discord makes it so much easier to set up multiplayer sessions with others, regular SpyParty matches wouldn't really be possible without it.

I have a feeling 2019 will be a big year for Slay the Spire since it officially comes out in a couple weeks and the Switch version is slated for this year. I wouldn't be surprised to see it on a lot of lists at the end of this year.

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Great list! It's crazy how much your first two paragraphs describe my year with games as well. I was less enamored with the Red Deads and God of Wars of the world and preferred a lot of smaller, more focused projects. And I also gravitated towards a lot of games where the mechanics and the way you play are the main hook, they just appeal to me more and more with each passing year.

Happy to see Bloodstained on this list, it wasn't on mine but it was close. It felt like playing a modern Castlevania III and that's rad. And I'm looking forward to finally trying out Hitman 2, I bought it on sale for $30 on PSN last night.

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I really need to go back to BattleTech soon, serious technical issues plagued my experience at launch but I hope that stuff has been ironed out by now.

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@sparky_buzzsaw: Thanks!

@fram: If you ever want someone to play with or walk you through it just let me know. I got so much help from the community and I'm always willing to pay it forward!

@majormitch: Thanks for reading! For as much fun as I had with Astro Bot, I feel like I've gotten a lot out of my PSVR this year. Tetris Effect is great in VR and I had a lot of fun playing Superhot VR, Moss, and Job Simulator. Feels like that platform really came into its own in 2018.

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Very cool to hear them talk so positively about SpyParty, I'm probably the only user on the site with it at the top of their GOTY list. Great game with a super friendly and encouraging community.

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I played about 20 hours of the first PoE and enjoyed it, but I get so easily overwhelmed by the combat system. I LOVE the Divinity: Original Sin games in large part because I find the turn-based combat a lot more approachable. I'd still like to give PoE 2 a shot at some point though, it sounds great. Very cool to see Yoku's Island Express on this list, I enjoyed that one a lot. Very clever mix of genres.

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Great list! Celeste also reminded me of Super Meat Boy, I consider them two of the best platformers I've ever played. I ALMOST thought about putting Hades on my list because I'm already having a ton of fun with it. Really looking forward to seeing what they do with it in 2019.

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Great list! Astro Bot was definitely the biggest surprise for me. I was very skeptical of VR just a year ago and that game convinced me to buy a PSVR (which I'm very happy with). Really great platformer and great use of the tech. I need to spend more time with Tetris Effect in VR, what I played of it was cool.

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