My Top Ten(ish) Games from 2018 (more or less)

So I've never really written anything for myself but I figured I would give this a shot. 2018 has been a weird year for me. I spent the first few months in a hotel while waiting to mobilize on a project and then moving cross country back in March for said project, which probably short-changes some of the larger releases from the first part of the year. Once that was all settled I've gotten into a pretty good routine and seem to have the best work/life balance I've had in a while. And with delays in our project, I actually have time to play more games then I have in the past few year.

So with out further ado my list is as follows. I know not all of the games that follow did not all release in 2018, however these are the games that had the most impact on me in 2018 and It's my list I'll do what I want to.

Honorable Mentions:

Monster Hunter World: Played most of this game while I was in a hotel while waiting to move for our next project. I enjoyed my time with it, but fell off hard after moving across the country.

God of War: Absolutely gorgeous, fun combat, however the story lost steam for me about 2/3rds of the way trough and I never really hopped back on.

DisHonorable Mention:

Red Dead Redemption 2: The original Red Dead Redemption was one of my favorite games of the Xbox 360 era so I was disappointed when I fired up 2 only to find it not grabbing me at all. I've put maybe 10-12 hours into this game but cannot seem to stick with it for more than an hour or two before getting bored. I can appreciate the effort that went into creating this massive and beautiful open world, however when I am fighting the controls to do just about anything it makes me just not want to stick around. I may come back around to it sometime next year to see if it gets better, but I'm not feeling it now.

List items

  • I wasn't even planning on playing this as I'm not that big a fan of this style of platformer until Jeff mentioned it as a contender on the Bombcast a few weeks ago. I had a flight coming up so I bought it on switch and woah boy. The story of depression and self-doubt hit close to home and was well told through the interactions between Madeline and the other characters. The controls are tight and the gimmick for each stage felt inventive and didn't overstay they're welcome. I could easily see myself hating this type of game, except for the fact that the game wants you to succeed. It doesn't punish you on death and the restart is quick enough that it takes longer to get burnt out. This game may not have been the longest or best looking game I played all year, but as of now it has had the most affect on me. It made me feel things.

    Someday I'll build up the confidence to try to beat the B-sides.

  • Advance Wars With Mechs, I'm sold. I love games like this where it turns into a puzzle of how do I complete my objective with the fewest losses. Having all of the information available at all times just makes it feel that much more impactful when I make a dumb move, only to realize I've already used my one reset.

  • Like a lot of people I loved Hitman (2016) and this is a refinement on that game. The new maps are fantastic. The disguises and situations 47 gets into are just as good as ever, though I don't think I've seen anything that tops the drum solo from the first one just yet. The only negative I have to say is that dropping everything at once led me to powering through the missions, and not really playing through the levels while waiting on the next to release. But, that's more of a personal problem and I'm sure I'll get plenty of mileage out of this over the next year.

  • Batman: Arkham City is one of my favorite games of all time, and this game feels like an upgrade on that. It is one of 2 games I've actually put effort into getting the platinum trophy for (HZD got robbed). Being able to keep me around to clear up all the crimes and bases after the story was over is something in and of itself.

  • This is one of the best feeling games I've played all year. The art style is gritty in the best way, and everything looks like it's wet.

  • I have no nostalgia for the SNES/NES era Castlevania games so I was surprised when I tried this game that it hooked me like it did. I died so many times trying to beat that final boss that it felt so good getting in that final hit. I'm real excited to see what they do with the new one coming out.

  • Between the original smash, melee, and brawl the smash brothers series is probably one of my most played franchise of all time. Spending hours in the basement just playing 4 player free-for-alls are some my favorite memories.

    Since release last week Ultimate has grabbed me and won't let go. Just the love and care that went into every detail is astounding. The fact that it can be used as a universal nintendo soundtrack would get it on this list all on it's own.

  • I find that picross seems to hit this sweet spot for me where I can throw on a podcast or music and just zone out for hours. It has just enough challenge to it that makes this type of logic puzzle incredibly appealing to me and I am incredibly disappointed when I run out of puzzles.

  • This game looks and plays like I imagine the original DBZ Budokai did when I was in 6th grade. The way FighterZ lets you use most specials with just quarter circle inputs went a long way to getting someone like me to play it as I can never remember/pull off longer input strings.

    Although it's mainly here for reawakening my love for Dragonball Z and then sending me down an anime hole that I have not yet dug myself out of.

  • DOOM IS PERFECT.

    I built a pc last year, but haven't gotten much use out of it as I like using my ps4 on the TV. So back in April I decided to put it through it's paces with something I haven't played before.

    Playing through DOOM over the course of a weekend in a dark room with headphones blasting was a transcendent experience(not sure if im using that right but I dont care). The way the music blends with the combat is just perfect. I played through on one of the lower difficulties, which I feel is the way to go as it just makes you feel like a demi-god ripping and tearing through the ranks of hell.

    All of this to say, if you haven't you should play doom.

  • I started playing this a few months after it released and seem to go back to it every few months. I've put maybe 70 hours into it since release and only just beat the fourth divine beast. I don't normally go back to single player games I've stopped playing so that definitely says something about the way BOTW is able to bring me back, even if its just to clear a few shrines.