Joel's Top 5 Games of 2018

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.


Favorite Game Released Before 2018, Played in 2018: Middle-earth: Shadow of War

I adored Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor when it was released in 2014. Shadow of War, its poorly named (and often misremembered) sequel, came out to far less fanfare than its predecessor. And as such I completely missed it during its fall 2017 release. Luckily, the early months of 2018 were light and that allowed me to love every second of the epic Shadow of War.


2018 Honorable Mentions

Madden NFL 19, Overcooked 2, FIFA 19, The Golf Club 2,


Top 5 Games of 2018

5. NBA 2K19

Each year I feel both obligated and privileged to be able to put at least one sports game on my top-five list. This year it was really a toss-up between Madden NFL 19, FIFA 19, and my ultimate choice NBA 2K19. The edge continues to go to Visual Concepts who continue to make the most fully fledge, visually appealing, and all around impressive sports game on the market.

4. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

I struggled where to place Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on my list. On one hand it will be the game that by the end of 2018 I will have put the most time into (that’s not a sports game). On the other I think I preferred the story/world of Assassin’s Creed Origins more. And so as much as I love Kassandra and Odyssey, it just didn’t hit the same highs as the three games that landed above it. That’s still saying something given that I consider my top three games of 2018 not only some of the best games of the year, but of the generation.

3. God of War

Had you asked me a couple of years ago if I’d ever be interested in another God of War game after I reviewed Ascension, my answer would have been probably not. And yet Sony Santa Monica made one of the most insightful, expertly crafted games of the year. It made me care about Kratos something that I thought would never happen. I did not hesitate to give God of War a perfect score when I reviewed it earlier this year and still stand behind it. I think its a master piece.

2. Red Dead Redemption 2

I’m not the first, nor will I be the last to say that I have mixed feelings about Red Dead Redemption 2. It’s a game that demands patience, something that at this point in my life I’m fully aware that I lack. It’s a game that doesn’t necessarily value or reward time spent in it. But its also a game that rewards your patience with incredible stories, great action, and the most visceral and beautiful world ever created in a video game.

1. Marvel’s Spider-Man

Hands down the most fun I had with a video game in 2018 was Marvel’s Spider-Man. Also I don’t want to sound contrarian but I’m actually not a big fan of Insomniac’s previous work. I always preferred Jak & Daxter & Sly Cooper over Ratchet and Clank, and never loved Sunset Overdrive. But what the team at Insomniac was able to do with Marvel’s Spider-Man is something I’ll never forget.

I'm the Owner & Editor in Chief of Darkstation.com. After spending seven years as the reviews editor I took over the site in 2010. The rest is history. Now I work with our amazing staff to bring you the best possible video game coverage. Oh and I really like sports games.