This list took awhile for me to make because 2018 has been filled with gaming disappointments for me. It was also filled with some pretty good games and even though I don’t think any of them are 10/10 kind of games, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t played some good ones. Here are my top 10 games of 2018!
10. Fallout 76
I have a little over 30 hours of gameplay in Fallout 76. I’m pushing level 20 and I’ve explored three different biomes. I don’t love this game, yet, but it’s actually pretty good. I love exploring the world around me, interacting with other players, completing quest, and, of course, finding some sweet loot along the way. Fallout 76 isn’t a great game, but I’m having a lot of fun playing it and I think it’s the perfect game to start my top 10 games of 2018 with. It’s no near as bad as I’ve heard and if you want to know what I think of the game click here.
Insomniac knocked it out of the park with this game. It’s not the best superhero game ever made or the best open world ever designed, but the story, gameplay, and characters are amazing. This was the first game I played on my PS4 Pro and it was a great introduction to it! If there’s ever a sequel I would like to see more meaningful side content added in the game and fewer of those forced stealth segments. If you want my full thoughts on this game click here for the review.
8. Dynasty Warriors 9
This game got a lot hate when it released. Yes, this game was a buggy mess at launch, but it’s not a bad game at all. This game took Dynasty Warriors in a bold new direction and I like it. The funny thing is people asked for something different and when they got it they hated it and wanted things to be the way they used to be. You can’t make everyone happy. Dynasty Warriors 9 is just a good time and I can’t wait to revisit this game so I can try the new co op features. You can find more detailed thoughts here.
7. Ni No Kuni 2
Ni No Kuni 2 is another game that released to mixed reactions from everyone. Some people absolutely hate this game and others really love it. The fact that this game is on this list means that I love it. Ni No Kuni 2 is fantastic. I loved every minute of it and it was the front-runner for game of the year for quite awhile after I completed it. I love the base building, gameplay, and incredibly visuals. The only downside was the story, but it’s by no means bad. It just didn’t have enough character building for a game like this and that’s why it’s so low on my list. Click here for my review.
6. Warriors Orochi 4 (PS4)
This game is fantastic. I do have some issues with it. I think the story is kind of meh right now, but the gameplay is so freaking good. It also has 177 characters to choose from. 177! I’m constantly switching between my favorites (I have about 25 of them unlocked so far) because I can only choose 3 to fight with. I don’t have as much time in this game as I do the other games on this list because I just got it yesterday, but It’s already one of my favorite games I’ve played this year. I prefer the open world of Dynasty Warriors 9, but I love that I can use both Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors characters in this game. Right now I’m all over the Samurai Warriors characters because it’s been a long time since I’ve played one of their games, but once I get Cao Cao, Guan Yu, and Zhang He I know that’ll change. This game is fantastic!
5. God of War
This is the only good God of War game I’ve ever played. I fell in love with this game at the very beginning of it. Kratos is actually an interesting character now. I never liked him in any of the previous games. His son, Atreus, is equally awesome and grew as a character as the progressed. The gameplay is good, the story is amazing, the characters are likable, and this game is pretty as hell. God of War is fantastic and is the second best game I’ve played on the PS4 this year. Click here for my review.
Where do I start with Frostpunk? It’s incredible. It takes place in what I can only assume is another Ice Age and most of the planet’s population is dead. Your task is to the keep the only remaining human settlement alive by any means necessary. Will you stick to your beliefs and do what’s right or will you do what’s required for you to live? I did what was required. I put signed a law to put children to work, built a prison, and don’t let personal feelings cloud my judgement. This game is awesome and it’s made by the talented developers that created This War of Mine so you know you’re in for a good time with this game. I can’t recommend this game enough. It’s not quite a city builder and it’s not quite an RTS. It’s somewhere in the middle and I love it. Here’s a pretty long first impression I wrote.
3. Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition
The long wait for this game was worth it. PC gamers had to wait a long time to get their hands on this game and it should have been mess at launch, but it wasn’t. This game is optimized really well on PC, has good gameplay, amazing characters, and a very depressing story. The only downside is the second half of the game. It’s not as open, or as fun, as the first 8 acts. It becomes super linear, but the story never let up. It was one hell of a ride that I’ll happily take again and it totally deserves to be mentioned in my top 10 games of 2018 even though technically it didn’t originally release this year. Click here for my very positive review.
2. Soul Calibur VI
Soul Calibur VI only has one problem. The microtransactions. That’s it. Everything else is fantastic. The gameplay is butter smooth, the roster is small, but really good, and we got the best mode to release in a fighting game this year with Libre of Souls. I LOVE this game and I don’t see myself putting it down any time soon. The reason why I play games is to have fun and that’s what this game is. It’s just plain, simple fun and was my game of the year before I played the next game on my list. Click here for my review.
1. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
I’ll be honest with you… I never expected this game to be anywhere near number 1 for me this year. I expected Pokemon, Red Dead Redemption 2, and God of War to be fighting for that number 1 spot. I purchased this game for $40 on one of Sony’s many PSN sales and the more I played it the more I fell in love with it. I love sailing the open seas and terrorizing Athens, Sparta, Pirates, and everyone in between. I love the story, protagonist (I played as Alexio), and gameplay. The gameplay isn’t perfect. It could use some tweaking and it’s not grounded enough for me, but it’s better than Origins. The open world is beautifully crafted and I love getting lost in it. There are other games I wished I had played before making this list, but I only have so much time and I don’t regret the games that I chose to be on this list. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is my game of the year.
What are the best games you’ve played this year?
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