2018 Game of the Year Nominees: Year of the RPG!
As nerdy individuals who love video games, I’m sure we are all itching to find out what game will be deemed ‘Game Of The Year 2018.” Luckily for us, the nominees were recently announced, check out the rest of the catagories here! As an avid gamer, I try to keep up with the games really making a buzz in the industry. So, if you haven’t played these games yet, or would like to know my opinion on who will be taking the crown, keep reading!
The first gem on this list came to us early this year, and what a fantastic game it is. Celeste is a modern 8/16-bit platformer that captivated our hearts with a motivational story of a girl who does more than just climb a mountain. I think this is a fantastic game on the Switch in particular, as it was a great game to play on the go! I personally love these modernizations of the retro style of games that many of us grew up with! Not to mention that this is an indie title that is holding its own against some being studios is quite the win in its own right! With a meaningful theme and brutal old school mechanics, it’s no doubt that this game deserves its spot in the GOTY catagory.
2. Monster Hunter World
Believe it or not, but the very next day after the realease of Celeste, Monster Hunter World was bestowed upon us! This game was not my first of the franchise, but I can’t stress enough how much easier this game is to pick up that it’s predecessors! I would be lying if I said there wasn’t a learning curve that comes along with the Monster Hunter games. Not to mention the shock that some players will have when they realize how long it takes to bring down one of these beasts! If your a fan of sword slinging combat and adorable cat sidekicks, this is the game for you!
3. God of War
God of War is one of those games that’s going to stick with me for a long time. As someone who owns every God of War game, I have to admit that this one was a game changer. With more RPG elements that ever before, hoards of enemies to mow down, and a deliciously addicting axe mechanic, this game really raised my expectations for PlayStation exclusives. Kratos’ journey with his son, Atreus, was an emotional roller coaster! As well as containing some of the most frustrating boss battles I’ve ever experienced in a video game. If this game takes the cake, I wouldn’t be surprised at all!
4. Marvel’s Spider-Man
Imma let you finish reading this post, BUT INSOMINAC HAD THE BEST GAME OF ALL TIME! If you follow me at all on social media, you would know that this game got my vote for game of the year. Now let’s be clear, this isn’t Spider-Man’s first video game by any means. He’s actually had many games, a couple of which I have in my retro collection. But here’s the thing, this game has the absolute best mechanics of any game that I’ve enjoyed this year. Web slinging and wall climbing through the city, collecting backpacks filled with iconic Spider-Man memorabilia and dropping in on enemy hideout were so thrilling. I can’t say enough good things about this game, if you want to read more good things I’ve said, check out my review!
5. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
I’m not going to lie to my readers, Assassin’s Creed is not one of my favorite franchises. To be quite frank, I was shocked that this new installment was in the running for GOTY. Do I have four other AC games in my collection? Yes. Am I ashamed? Slightly. But my attraction to the series is mostly the freedom to goof off, climb shit, and *cough cough* assassinate people. After much deliberation, I decided that I would pick the game up and give it a shot, for uh, research purposes. I can truthfully tell you that this game is a step in the right direction for Ubisoft. The game was gorgeous, and Ubisoft never fails to come through with beautiful setting for this franchise. After spending the weekend with this game, I can see why it’s a nominee.
6. Red Dead Redemption II
We’ve all been waiting on this little beauty for quite some time... 8 years to be exact. I actually debated buying this game, strictly because I’ve been feeling a bit of RPG fatigue this year. And that statement by the queen of RPGs herself! So, I bought the game, then let it sit on my shelf for a while, just dreading the install time. But, I’m so happy that I decided to get back on the RPG horse and take this bad boy for a test ride. All I can say is... YEE HAW! RDR2 really fulfilled all my cowboy fantasies, er, not in a freaky way... you know what I mean! I found myself engrossed in the story and lingering on Dutch’s every word. After finally break free if the tutorial exposition, I finally got a chance to explore this magnificent open world that Rockstar does so well. I couldn’t be more impressed with this game, and it was totally worth the 8 year wait.