Darkstation's Game of the Year 2018 - Part 2
Yesterday we posted our picks for best Sports, RPG, Shooter, Action, Strategy, Platformer, and Racing game of 2018. Today we’re here with a couple more awards before tomorrow where we announce the official Darkstation Game of the Year. But before we get there our editors pick the best graphics, our most disappointing game, and our most anticipated game of 2019.
Darkstation's Game of the Year 2018 - Part 1
It’s that time of year again, where we as a website come together to pick our favorite games of 2018. Unlike previous years we’ve limited ourselves to a dozen categories. Today we’ll be looking at the first half-dozen which includes Best Sports, RPG, Shooter, Action, Strategy, Platformer, and Racing game of the year. So without further ado lets get to the winners!
Mark's Top 5 Games of 2018
Although it didn’t quite hit as many high notes as 2017, this year’s standouts were as awesome as they come. Maybe it was just the luck of the draw, but so many of the smaller/indie games I reviewed this past year were disappointingly derivative. That said, there were quite a few mid-level games from established developers that impressed me.
Ed's Top 5 Games of 2018
It’s been a crazy year, and unlike many, my list contains a large amount of dark horse nominees. As someone who’s budget and time didn’t allow, popular games such as Spiderman, God of War, and Red Dead Redemption 2, didn’t make it on my list. Still, this was a great year for gaming outside the conventional, and hopefully you learn of a game you might not have before.
Brandyn's Top 5 Games of 2018
After a bevy of amazing releases last year, one might be forgiven for thinking that 2018 wouldn’t possibly compare. And yet, it has proven to be immensely difficult to choose five games to represent a “best of” list for 2018. In retrospect, this year feels as though it truly had something for everyone. Featuring addicting multiplayer games and immersive, evocative single-player experiences on both the indie and AAA front, 2018 provided us with releases that both represent this console generation at its best and give us a glimpse towards the future.
Rom's Top 5 Games of 2018
With each year I find myself increasingly less interested in the AAA game space, but man, I usually have SOMETHING in here as like a pity entry at least. This year, though, I just couldn’t have cared at all, with most of the games coming out holding no interest for me at all. I wound up picking a few of them up just to give them a try and bounced off quickly.
Allen's Top 5 Games of 2018
2018 was an incredible year for single player gaming. In these last twelve months, I battled the Japanese mafia, chopped my way through Norse mythology, hunted ferocious and terrifying beasts, toppled a cult bent on world domination, battled cow rustlers with my shootin’ iron, and saved Manhattan from a villainous octopus.
Alex's Top 5 Games of 2018
2017 was such a momentous year for gaming that I was already primed to believe 2018 couldn’t outdo it. Well, it ended up being true. 2018 wasn’t as strong, but it actually came pretty close. Although there weren’t as many big, new titles for me, my top five games of 2018 have made me unbelievably happy.
Joel's Top 5 Games of 2018
I think 2018 may go down as one of the best years of video games ever. Every game from #5 to #1 on my list are games that I’d put up as not only some of the best games of the year, but of the generation. When I look back on video games in 2018 it was never a question of what should I play, it was how do I prioritize this abundance of riches.
John K's Top 5 Games of 2018
I have lately gotten into the habit of buying almost all my games on Steam sales. As a result, I have an excellent Top 5 list – for games that came out in 2017. My hardest decision of the year was choosing between Prey, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Big Pharma, and the game below as my favorite game released before 2018.
Jonathan P's Top 5 Games of 2018
With next generation consoles seemingly on the horizon, this year and next may very well be the final years of current generational games. 2018 started off very strong with titles such as Monster Hunter: World, Detroit: Become Human, and God of War, and finished just as strong with Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Forza Horizon 4. It’s always hard to make top 5 list because there are so many great games out there, but I’ve finally managed to choose my top 5 games of 2018.
David's Top 5 Games of 2018
While people love to say it every single year, 2018 really has been an incredible year for games. As we near the end of the console cycle for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, studios and publishers have been ratcheting up production of AAA games, bringing us more big-budget games with each passing month than anyone could possibly hope to play.
Jonathan M's Top 5 Games of 2018
It is crazy that 2018 has already come and gone. I feel like I haven’t had time to soak it all in but wow, what a year. I feel like I say that on all of these lists. Yep, I just checked and I pretty much say that each year. You’d think every year is amazing and life is always getting better by my GOTY lists and that’s not necessarily true.
Sam's Top 5 Games of 2018
I was not ready for the bombardment of masterpieces to come our way this year. 2018 has been a year to remember for game releases, with many of these titles I’m going to mention now being placed in my top games of all time. I am so impressed and so happy with how far the creative industry has come, and I can’t wait to continue to be a part of it as we move forward in the coming years.
Brian's Top 5 Games of 2018
Are we actually at the end of 2018? This has felt like an extremely long year, although I probably don’t have to say that. You’ve lived it, you know. So, here’s my list, because in this year long cycle of outrage and resistance, these are the games that made me happy, each in their own way.
Gregory's Top 5 Games of 2018
As always, these types of lists are pretty subjective and, for me at least, are usually highly influenced by what I actually got to play this year (for example, I'm still in the middle of Dragon Quest 11 and oh man, is that a fun game so far), but still, doing these types of articles is good fun, so let's get into it!
Brandon's Top 5 Games of 2018
This year has seen a lot of really great games that are truly shaping our growing community of gamers around the world. So many games, in fact, that I have not had the chance to play a good number of them. While I had the chance to come up with enough money to afford a fraction of the great releases this year, I spent a lot of my time looking back on the past and reintroducing myself to the world of multiplayer gaming.
Jukka's Top 5 Games of 2018
Instead of falling into writing yet another typical comparison to the previous gaming year, I’m going to say I’m satisfied with what the year 2018 brought along: some great games, some bad games, few deep disappointments, those typical overhyped titles that nevertheless will sweep table at the game awards anyway, and everything between.
Joel's Top 5 Games of 2017
Although 2017 will probably not be looked at fondly by most for its political and social turmoil. It sure was an amazing year for video games to come in and provide an incredible escape from it all. All three major platforms had an amazing year and one that I think when we look back on in a decade will go down as one of the best years in video games ever.
Hiram's Top 5 Games of 2017
This is one of those years where every game even in the runner-up list could easily be in a conversation for the number one spot every other year. The industry was just on fire this year, with swaths of great releases of all shapes and sizes, giving everyone more options for what to play than they know what to do with.