This year has been full of awesome games that made us laugh, cry and say, “holy shit”. With 2018 now over, I wanted to stop and take a moment to talk about my top five favorite games of 2018. Before I say anything else, I want to point out that these are just my personal favorites of the year, not the list of games that I think were the overall best by other standards. These are the ones that I just happen to love the most.
5. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Odyssey built upon AC Origins and dared to make it even better. They really hit the nail on the head with this one. It stepped away from being a stealth/adventure game to a more RPG/action game. If you’re a hardcore AC fan like myself, you might understand why I was scared about this change at first. Mostly because it is a very big transition to the serious.
I was more than surprised when I played the game. I fell in love with the story, the characters and the setting. It was such a great experience to feel like an actual Greek hero. I fought the Minotaur and battled against hordes of Spartans and Athenians. The game really allowed you to play it your way. So I’m the vain of sticking to classic AC style I was always a sneaky assassin.
4. Spyro Reignited Trilogy
I know technically this isn’t a new game but I don’t care, I’m putting on this list because it is a remaster that came out this year. I love this game. I also just love Spyro. He has such a great personality and is a fun character to play. The game is just a simple platforming game with all kinds of fun mini games and gems to collect. SO MANY GEMS. I adored Spyro as a kid and I am so happy to see him come back to life in the modern age of gaming. If you haven’t picked this game up yet, why not do yourself a favor and grab it.
You can also see my full review of this game on the multimediamouth website!
3. God of War
This game was incredible. It starts as a simple story about a father and son spreading their wife’s/mother’s ashes on a mountain and turns into an incredible adventure about self-discovery and destruction, lots and lots of destruction. Kratos is a father in the game and he is much older as well. Gone are the ways of his straight kill anything that moves method. He becomes a man who tries to forget his violent tendencies and really just wants to be left alone.
The relationship between Kratos and his son is a truly great one. You can feel that they have no connection with each other at all in the beginning of the game but you get to watch as they become a team that truly care for one another. Plus, throwing and catching that sweet, sweet leviathan axe was one of the best feelings all year.
2. Red Dead Redemption 2
This game was everything I wanted it to be and so much more. It is such a different beast from the likes of the Grand Theft Auto series. Rockstar tells a more mature story in this game. Arthur Morgan might be a better protagonist than good ole John Marston. Yes, I said it. Arthur really tired to seek redemption towards the end of the story and was constantly questioning what Dutch was doing. Even Dutch himself was easily one of my favorite characters in this game. The charming yet cunning Dutch always made me want to see what he had “planned” next.
I got to feel like a real life cowboy gunning my way through the law and all kinds of other bandits. Bonding with your horse was a really amazing feeling as well. I actually cared about something other than just myself in the game. While playing, I had to take care of my horse and I really developed a bond with him. RDR 2 was an example of gaming as an art form and it truly felt like I was watching the best Wild West movie since The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
1. Marvel’s Spider-Man
This game right here is now one of my favorite games of all time. If you have been reading my articles since the beginning, you know how much I love this game. What Insomniac did with this character feels like a breath of fresh air for Spider-Man. We got to play as a veteran super hero this time around, not someone who trips over his own webs. The combat felt like that of the Batman: Arkham games but with more focus on dodging and aerial attacks than straight counter punch gadgets.
The story was spectacular. The relationship between Peter and Otto felt fresh and made me feel like I understood what happened to Otto in a much deeper way. Of course, you can’t forget the web-slinging. I’ll always remember the opening moments of the game that throw you right into swinging around New York City. I felt like Spider-Man every second of the game and that feeling still hasn’t gone away even after my 4th, yes 4th, run of the game. I love this game and that’s why it’s my number one game of 2018.
I hope you all had a great 2018 and happy New Year. 2019 looks to be an even better year in gaming. So let’s game on!
Currently playing: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey