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.
Favorite Game Released Before 2018, Played in 2018: Divinity Original Sin 2
When Divinity Original Sin 2 came out on PC last year I didn’t have time to play it, but I got around to it earlier this year, and just like the original, it remains one of the best old school RPGS. Being fully voiced with a wonderful range of unique diverse characters as well as a engaging story and a complex, but rewarding turn-based combat system makes this one of my favorite RPGS of recent years albeit a very hard one.
2018 Honorable Mentions
Red Ded Redemption 2, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Dead Cells, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Top 5 Games of 2018
5. Detroit: Become Human
After the debacle that Beyond: Two Souls had become when it was released, I was cautiously optimistic for Quantic Dreams new IP. To my surprise, I really enjoyed the game, much more than expected and it’s remains one of my favorite video game stories of 2018. Voice acting is amongst the best in the business and even popular actors such as Grey’s Anatomy Jesse Williams lends their voices and likeness to the game.
4. Dragon Ball FighterZ
I’ve never been a fan of fighting games, but I love Dragonball Z. Fighter Z wasn’t the Dragonball Z game I thought I wanted, until I actually played it. Developer Ark Systems Works did a phenomenal job of merging the gameplay of their other fighting games into the Dragonball universe. Despite a rough start to the game because of server issues, it remains one the the top fighting games of 2018 and surely my personal favorite one.
3. God of War
More than likely I’m in the minority, but I wasn’t too impressed with God of War leading up to its launch. The changes to the series, primarily the camera angle and pacing, wasn’t something I took a liking to because I thought I would have preferred Santa Monica to expand on the mechanics of the original trilogy. It took all of 10 minutes to prove those worries wrong. God of War impressed me from start to finish, and surely elevated the franchise to levels it had never seen before. It’s hard to find a game that has both exceptional gameplay as well as a beautiful presentation and story to go along with it like God of War does.
2. Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon is an absolute masterpiece. Playground Games has been one of the best racing game developers for years and Horizon 4 just adds to that. The implementation of seasons really stood out and added much more the the franchise than was already there. I purchased an Xbox One X around the time the game released, and the extra put into that version just makes the game that much better and fun to play. One of my favorite features was the implementation of a shared world, which makes the game feel much more realistic than previous titles.
1. Monster Hunter World
Capcom managed to achieve something special with Monster Hunter World. Being recognized as one of the more hardcore RPGS leading up to its release, many people thought that Capcom would “water down” the franchise to make it more accessible to the bigger audience on Xbox and PS4 they were targeting. Instead they found a way to please both sides and has made World by far their most successful game in the series and surely converted me into a fan moving forward.
Writer for Darkstation since 2014. I've been playing games my whole life and starting writing about them in 2010. Outside of gaming I enjoy anime and watching my Philadelphia Eagles let me down every Sunday. Follow me on Twitter @jsparis09