The end of the year is only a few days away and 2018 has definitely given us a whole slew of amazing games, from reboots and remakes to new and fresh entries of long-running franchises. Whether you’re into fighting games, RPGs, shooters, indies, or more, 2018 had something great for everyone to play. Here are just some of the games from the past year that we think you should definitely check out.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
2018 saw the release of what would become one of the best fighting games of the past few years. Made by Guilty Gear developer Arc System Works, Dragon Ball FighterZ finally gave fans of the series and fighting games in general something they could both enjoy. With its amazing aesthetics as well as accessible and familiar mechanics, FighterZ became one of the year’s most popular fighting games, enough that it was even included in this year’s EVO.
Monster Hunter: World
Monster Hunter: World was a big deviation from the usual Monster Hunter release formula as it was the first in the series to be released worldwide simultaneously. It was also the most accessible game in a series that’s known to be difficult to get into, which not only brought more people into the franchise but also helped it become the biggest selling Monster Hunter title to date. And you also get a cat companion.
Celeste stars a young woman named Madeline on her quest to climb Celeste Mountain all the while trying to deal with her anxiety and depression, which are aptly named Part of Madeline. The indie game by Canadian video game developers Matt Thorson and Noel Berry combines a challenging platformer with charming visuals and a rich story. Those unaccustomed to difficult platformers can use the game’s Assist Mode to make the experience much easier.
God of War
The latest entry into the God of War franchise felt less like a reboot but more an evolution of the series. It doesn’t completely throw away everything the previous entries established but the new, fresh story gives us a different look into the franchise’s world and characters while the new, diverse combat mechanics and RPG elements made the entire experience feel like playing the series for the first time again.
Back in 2015, many fans of the original BattleTech tabletop wargame were excited to hear that the franchise’s creator Jordan Weisman was developing a new BattleTech video game. And after a successful Kickstarter campaign in the same year, the new game was finally released in April 2018. It features challenging tactical mech gameplay, deep customization and progression, as well as a complex and epic story.
Ever since 2004’s Spider-Man 2, fans of the comic book hero and the game itself have been waiting for another Spider-Man game that would be just as good or better. And this year’s Marvel’s Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4 fits that bill incredibly well. The new game does away with tying into the Spider-Man movies that released around it and instead provides amazing and quality gameplay that both new and veteran fans will be able to enjoy.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
Last year’s Assassin’s Creed: Origins somewhat gave the franchise a new lease on life, with its revamped combat mechanics and RPG elements. And this year’s Odyssey, doubled down on the positive changes introduced by its predecessor to give us one of the best entries into the franchise. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey not only gives us an engaging and epic story but also sets us free into a vast world with a seemingly endless amount of content to experience.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 was one of the most anticipated games of the past couple of years, being released eight years after its predecessor. And while the wait was long, it was definitely worth it as the game is not only the best in the series but also one of the best titles Rockstar Games has ever produced. Its sheer vastness coupled with its immense yet careful detail makes for a rather different yet unforgettable gaming experience.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
One of the games that Nintendo and Switch fans have been waiting for earnestly ever since the new console launched is the platform’s inevitable iteration of Super Smash Bros. And with Ultimate bringing in all the characters from all the previous games, fans became even more excited for itl. So when it finally came out in December, it instantly became the Switch’s and arguably the months’ most popular title, which got even more people to pick up the console.
Just like Celeste, Gris tries to explore and present the depths and complexities of human emotion through gameplay. Gris brings players through the different stages of grief via its stunning visuals, beautiful score, and engaging puzzles. The game comes with no text prompts or voice acting, leaving players to explore and discover the game’s world and story by themselves, which helps give players a deeper sense of involvement.
What other games do you think are also must-plays from 2018?