Game of the Year 2018

Around September, this list was looking grim, a lot of my enjoyment was coming from games that were released in previous years or remasters, thankfully, a strong group of games hit at the end of the year which really reinvigorated me. One funny thing I’ve noticed is that a lot of my picks are informed by these old games and remasters that I played through the year and I’ll list them where applicable.

Previous Lists: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017

Honourable Mentions:

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon – I’m not a big fan of classic Castlevania but this hit a sweet spot at just the right time giving me something to play on a couple of long train journeys. So close to making my list.

Minit – Cute and clever game but I didn’t really get much more from it and found the ending abrupt.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider – It was flat, but I still really loved the exploration aspects that the previous games had and the tombs are again top notch.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – This is the first Smash I’ve bought and it’s really hitting a sweet spot. Will be interesting to see how much of it I play from here, but for now this is great stuff.

Disappointments:

Monster Hunter: World – I don’t know what it was but I just reached a point in this game where I dropped it and had no interest in going back. I actually think that it might have something to do with this one not being handheld. Maybe I just like playing these games and having something going on in the background?

Yoku’s Island Express – Great first half that just dies in the second half as backtracking becomes a complete slog and you gain a power that is far too hard to master.

Mario Tennis Aces – I wanted to love it, it just came off a little dull in the end with its single player modes not delivering.

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom – I’m still working my way through this one but something seems off when I compare it to the remake released last year. I’m not rushing to go back to it.

Didn’t play (or play enough of) that I intend to:

Frostpunk – I gave this a bit of a shake but things go in the way and I was filled with anxiety at the idea of going back to it. I do want to give it another go though.

Unavowed – Played a couple of minutes and enjoyed what I played but never got to sit and put time in.

Return of the Obra Dinn – Picked this up based on the GOTY discussions around it, can’t wait to try it.

Dragon Quest XI: Echos of an Elusive Age – My January JRPG, 2017 I played Final Fantasy XV in January and this year I played Xenoblade Chronicles 2. I’ve been happy with this tradition so far.

Red Dead Redemption 2 – My need for tech got in the way, I got it but then made a decision to upgrade to an Xbox One X…then decided I needed a 4K TV which I just got. I’ll get there in the New Year.

Tetris Effect – This could have made it, unfortunately the two game stores I went to in the town I was visiting over Christmas didn’t have it. Pretty annoying really.

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