Greatness Begets Greatness
2018 was an amazing year for video games, across the board we saw genre defining experiences released that will influence how other games are made for years to come. 2018 was so full of games that it was hard to narrow it down to only 10 games. For official purposes though, no games released before 2018, were in beta throughout 2018, or had any extra content released this year such as a full DLC will be considered. Which means that there will be no mention of Fortnite in this article, you’re welcome. And one last thing, while these are the top 10 games of 2018, this does not include the game of the year, Game of the Year will receive its own article tomorrow. And with that, lets begin!
10. Mario Tennis Aces
I love Mario Tennis as a series, I have always enjoyed playing the games and dominating my friends when they would come over to play. However this is technically the first Mario Tennis game since the N64 era that I have owned, so there was a lot of catching up to do. The mechanics require a bit of practice to understand well, which is why the story is there. However, when you do it right and you volley with someone it can be extremely tense and be genuinely nerve wracking to go through. Mario Tennis Aces provides a surprising amount of tension for a tennis game with fire breathing lizards.
9. Sea of Thieves
Rare’s first major game in many years had a rocky start when it launched in early 2018. After spending considerable time in the beta exploring and getting used to the world, it felt empty to me. The quests were repetitive and there were only three types to choose from. However, with multiple expansions and a little TLC to the base gameplay, Sea of Thieves turned into one of the better games of 2018. The commitment to making a better game has turned an alright game with a couple hours of content into a more fleshed out world with a varying amount of things you can do. The true treasure is playing with your friends and finding shenanigans out on the high seas. Personally I played the role of the drunk, making sure the barrel of mead was gone before we got to our destination so there weren’t any… distractions.
8. Dragon Ball Fighterz
It is hard to believe that this game released on;y last year, it already feels like this game has been popular for so long that it shouldn’t only be a 2018 game. The short story with this game is that it is by far the definitive Dragon Ball game. The stories are real, interesting, add depth to the characters, and even adds a brand new character that was created by the creator of Dragon Ball, Akira Toriyama. This game really has everything a Dragon Ball fan could ask for, cheeky references, hidden Easter eggs for some characters, and the DLC characters have really been what everyone asked for. While there is an annoying amount of Gokus in the game, along with Vegetas, it still holds up really well. The gameplay is incredibly fun too, the fighting is fluid and makes it easy to combo with tight and responsive gameplay mechanics. The tag team style suits the nature of this game very well and creates interesting strategies when battling your opponent.
7. Detroit: Become Human
Detroit: Become Human is up so far on this list because of how much of an achievement in writing it is. While not always the strongest writing, tending to be heavy handed with the themes at times. This game is still a marvel for the sheer amount of content that has been packed into it. Thousands of pages of script writing was done for this game, which means that there was so much more work put into animating and voicing characters in a very story based game. The trifecta of Connor, Kara, and Markus work together well enough and offer different perspectives of this world that has been created. Sometimes it feels like if the story had been just a tiny bit more focused and trimmed down, the extra development time could have been used for tightening up the script and providing a more thorough story.
6. Octopath Traveler
Octopath Traveler is a surprisingly good game. It has a unique battle system, the music is better than I would have hoped, and the art style pops in a way much different that almost any other RPG to date. The almost diorama aesthetic lends itself well to the formula of a portable and home console hybrid. If this game were released on other consoles it probably wouldn’t have been received as well because of the art style. I was uneasy about how I would like this game at first however after spending some time with it hands on I can say that it definitely pleasantly surprised me. My main complaint, which is a common one with the game, is that I wish the different story lines connected more. It certainly has its pros and cons and I understand why they created the game the way they did, however it would have been a bigger achievement if they could have added a little more to the story.
5. Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4 is one of the best driving games ever. Exploring the beautiful British countryside in a bevy of vehicles is exciting yet relaxing at the same time. Exploring, collecting, and customizing is all fun and totally non intrusive. Its a very open game that allows you to do close to whatever you want. Personally I enjoyed finding old abandoned cars around the map, generally I dropped whatever I was going towards next and did not stop looking for the barn until I finally found it. Some of the races really stand out as special from the rest of the game, the showcase races are dynamic and fun, although they do feel scripted, or at least the rubber banding makes it much more competitive. The Halo mission probably stands out as my favorite however, there were so many little details that they got right, I’m not even a huge fan of Halo however I still recognize how cool the mission was.
Spider-Man is quite possibly one of my personal favorite games ever. The mobility and acrobatic feel of the game is unrivaled. Insomniac really knows how to make traversing to areas more fun than anything else in the game. Swinging around feels very freeing and serves as the best way to get around town, I actually forgot about the fast travel system in my playthrough because I never wanted to use it. The map was concise enough to not make traversing a chore and it provided enough space to let things naturally happen in the world around you. It feels organic and true to the lore of Spider-Man, although it plays it safe at times, and it slows itself down with some unnecessary segments, it is still an Amazing game.
3. Super Smash Brothers Ultimate
Just as Dragon Ball Fighterz was the definitive Dragon Ball game, Super Smash Brothers Ultimate is the definitive Smash Brothers game. The flow of the game feels much better than any other game before it, there is something of a story packed into an extremely dense adventure mode, and while the online isn’t great by any means the rest of the game over delivers on every other aspect of the one could wish for. Even with such a huge roster the game feels incredibly well balanced and every character is at least somewhat viable. The amount of depth in this game is jaw dropping and the work done to make it all work as well as it does is truly a monument in modern gaming.
Less is more. Celeste proves this by providing a deeply moving story line that invests the player into the relatable character of Madeline. This game makes you feel all of her feelings on the way up the mountain, struggling and and eventually triumphing over any and all obstacles in your path. The gameplay is tough as nails too. Although you realize every time that it is your fault and not at all the games, it only encourages you to play more with its lack of real punishment. It is a difficult, yet rewarding platformer that feels like if a Mario game had mature themes and took itself seriously. This game is everywhere and if you haven’t played it yet you are genuinely missing out on one of the greatest platformers ever.
1. Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a marvel of modern achievement. A hyper realistic game that pays pain staking attention to its details. This game, more than any other game ever, makes you feel like you are just part of the world and that truly is an achievement in world building. So often games can make the player feel like they are the center of the universe and it helps to create the dynamic of the hero in the game. This game in particular is the complete opposite and it works so much better for it. With an epic western tale of cowboys in changing times providing the backdrop for a 100 hour game that involves you in Arthur Morgan’s life, it is do or die as you always try and land that last one big score for Dutch. Even if this game isn’t for you, you should at least try it, get past the tutorial and decide if you want to keep playing from there, let the game set itself up and you will see it return the favor and it will take you on an adventure.
Now, there is one game in particular that has been left off the list. That is why this list is kinda the top 10 of 2018. While it may be obvious by now what the game will be, come back tomorrow to find out what Bring Your Own Game’s Game of the Year for 2018 will be.
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