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DualShockers’ Game of the Year 2018 Staff Lists — Ben Bayliss’ Top 10

December 21, 2018 2:00:36 PM EST

From Sea of Thieves, to Purple Lifeless Redemption 2, to older classics like Rocket League and Ocarina of Time, right here have been the video games I most loved all through 2018.

As 2018 involves an in depth, DualShockers and our employees are reflecting on this yr’s batch of video games and what have been their private highlights inside the final yr. In contrast to the official Game of the Year 2018 awards for DualShockers, there are little-to-no-rules on our particular person Top 10 posts. For example, any recreation — not simply 2018 releases — might be thought-about.


This yr has been an thrilling one, with highs and lows throughout the place in addition to some remarkable-looking titles being launched throughout all platforms. Xbox Video games Cross has additionally been a unbelievable service to me this yr, permitting me the probability to check out some of the largest Xbox exclusives this yr, and on prime of all these new titles, I’ve additionally discovered myself delving into some titles that weren’t launched this yr, however nonetheless maintain up nicely sufficient to take pleasure in.

So with out additional ado, I’m going to undergo some of my prime titles from 2018, however I’ll attempt to hold it as near 2018 launches as I can:

10. Decksplash

DualShockers’ Game of the Year 2018 Staff Lists — Ben Bayliss' Top 10

This un-released and (now lifeless) Decksplash from Bossa Studios was a completely superb skateboarding title that ought to have been launched in 2017. Sadly, the enterprise aspect of Bossa determined that it wasn’t value pushing reside after a free week did not hit their goal aim of 100,000 gamers.

Regardless of these circumstances, Decksplash utilized fascinating and bizarre controls that earlier Bossa Studios titles corresponding to I Am Bread and Surgeon Simulator are famed for and had gamers driving skateboards that might be flipped, carry out grinds and manuals to tie giant combos collectively. The core concept of Decksplash was that the greater the combo that was landed, the extra of that staff’s paint protection would splash out from the skateboard. I performed this weekly all through the closed alpha testing from about February 2017 till the free week that led to the fall later that yr. It’s definitely one of the greatest skateboarding titles in years, it’s only a disgrace it by no means noticed the mild of day.

9. Portal 2

DualShockers’ Game of the Year 2018 Staff Lists — Ben Bayliss' Top 10

Whereas I did take pleasure in Portal, I felt extra related to the sarcastic humor in addition to the addition of multiplayer that got here with Portal 2. The story mode offered me with greater than sufficient playthroughs, as every time had me making an attempt to raised my earlier run. Nevertheless, the distinctive portal mechanics thrown right into a cooperative world led to me replaying ranges with buddies time and again; to not higher my earlier run, simply to take pleasure in myself and have amusing. It’s definitely up there as one of my favourite titles I’ve performed, and revisiting Portal 2 proves that it has aged splendidly.

Take a look at the DualShockers evaluation of Portal 2.

eight. The Witcher three: Wild Hunt

DualShockers’ Game of the Year 2018 Staff Lists — Ben Bayliss' Top 10

Why is one of the most adored video games ever listed at quantity eight you cry? Properly, I agree with the plenty: The Witcher three: Wild Hunt is an unimaginable recreation. The graphics are superb, the story had fascinating twists and turns, and the fight felt higher than the first title.

However whereas I misplaced myself for hours exploring the world taking photographs with Nvidia Ansel, I noticed that my want to return to the storyline I’d regularly depart trusted how prepared I used to be to take a position myself in it. I adore it, however I felt like I might by no means do it justice with brief playthroughs and so I solely return, dipping my toes into Geralt’s boots for a short time, then depart feeling responsible I didn’t overstay my welcome.

Take a look at the DualShockers assessment of The Witcher three: Wild Hunt.

7. Forza Horizon four

DualShockers’ Game of the Year 2018 Staff Lists — Ben Bayliss' Top 10

I’ve all the time been a fan of Forza Horizon video games, however I’ve solely had the pleasure of enjoying demos previous to launch. Fortunately, 2018 noticed Xbox Video games Move deliver Forza Horizon three to Xbox One customers, however then shortly after we obtained Forza Horizon four absolutely launched onto Xbox Video games Cross.

Forza Horizon four is an unimaginable driving title that felt prefer it was dwelling and respiration as the seasons modified and different gamers racing round doing their very own factor in the British countryside. In fact, the visitors didn’t really feel as sensible as it’s over right here in the UK, however at the least Playground Video games captured our wet days completely and the simulation facet complimented the arcade racing fashion. It’s only a disgrace that the subtitles have been terrible, so I do not know what occurs in the story actually.

Take a look at the DualShockers evaluation of Forza Horizon four.

6. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS

DualShockers’ Game of the Year 2018 Staff Lists — Ben Bayliss' Top 10

My all-time childhood favourite Legend of Zelda recreation has to go on this record as a result of after shifting home this yr, I discovered my Golden Triforce 3DS and whacked the recreation in. I ended up finishing the recreation as soon as once more, and nonetheless do not know what number of occasions I’ve accomplished it to today.

Whereas the unique N64 model of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time will all the time stay true to my coronary heart, I’m an enormous fan of the 3DS model. That’s not solely as a result of of the means it brings a brand new perspective to take pleasure in the recreation, however the handheld and movement management elements have been one thing else. It’s a timeless basic that acquired an unimaginable remaster.

Take a look at the DualShockers assessment of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.

5. Overcooked 2

DualShockers’ Game of the Year 2018 Staff Lists — Ben Bayliss' Top 10

Overcooked 2 is a recreation that I feel deserves to go up right here as a result of of how highly effective its sofa co-op mode is. Whereas on-line play with no microphone and dealing with strangers is a nuisance, being in the room with pals —and even together with your child, when you have youngsters— is a superb expertise.

Shouting at your mate to cross the flour after which swearing at them to cease throwing dozens of eggs at you is an expertise I’ll by no means develop drained of. Moreover, the bond that may type between you and your youngster is healthful as they descend into guffawing matches over dropping a pancake in the swamp.

Take a look at the DualShockers evaluate of Overcooked 2.

four. Sea of Thieves

DualShockers’ Game of the Year 2018 Staff Lists — Ben Bayliss' Top 10

Not everybody was a fan of Uncommon’s pirate-themed on-line recreation Sea of Thieves, however I used to be. After making an attempt out some of its closed alphas, I used to be virtually bought as I had been in search of an honest pirate recreation that wasn’t Sid Meier’s Pirates! or Pirates of the Burning Sea for years.

Sea of Thieves ticked all the packing containers for me; it allow you to freely sail a ship, discover treasure, battle, and be a part of pals and strangers to sail the seas alongside different pirates. Whereas most didn’t appear to take pleasure in the “lack of a story,” I adored being given the freedom to carve out my very own journey, after which, afterward, inform the tales with associates. The water seems incredible as nicely.

Take a look at the DualShockers assessment of Sea of Thieves.

three. Pink Lifeless Redemption 2

DualShockers’ Game of the Year 2018 Staff Lists — Ben Bayliss' Top 10

It goes with out saying that as my most anticipated title of 2018, Purple Lifeless Redemption 2 ended up being an exquisite work of artwork however suffers from feeling so huge, equally to my feedback on The Witcher three: Wild Hunt. The cowboy setting is all the time a winner for me and I all the time discover leaping into the world fascinating and interesting.

Whereas the story is informed brilliantly, I nonetheless haven’t completed it, nor have I gotten far into it resulting from not having the time to spend money on it. On prime of that the new on-line mode has arrived, inflicting my odd adoration for managing an internet avatar to tug me away from the single-player. Nevertheless, I’m nonetheless having fun with the whole title once I take my time with it as each time I enter the Wild West, there’s all the time one thing new occurring.

Take a look at the DualShockers assessment of Pink Lifeless Redemption 2.

2. Two Level Hospital

DualShockers’ Game of the Year 2018 Staff Lists — Ben Bayliss' Top 10

I’ve by no means favored hospitals. As a toddler they creeped me out, after which I began stepping into Theme Hospital, which ended up giving me nightmares. Regardless of that, I nonetheless liked the basic recreation, so when Two Level Hospital arrived this yr, I needed to have it. I used to be not dissatisfied and was overwhelmed with how comparable that Two Level Studios had stored it true to the unique, however with tasteful, trendy reimagining.

Managing the hospital felt refined and left me feeling assured in managing funds, and treating sufferers felt each difficult, however easy-to-understand. The graphics seemed cutesy and reminiscent to Theme Hospital and the music stored me hooked.

Take a look at the DualShockers evaluate of Two Level Hospital.

1. Rocket League

DualShockers’ Game of the Year 2018 Staff Lists — Ben Bayliss' Top 10

I’ve all the time needed Rocket League however I by no means thought I’d take pleasure in it, so I held again from buying it. Nevertheless, in 2018 I made a decision to only seize it and check out it out. Since then, I’ve raked in over 200 hours on the PC, and just lately over 10 hours on the Change.

I’ve performed it with buddies and owned them, however then the massive shock for me was once I informed my father about it. He grabbed maintain of it on the Change, desperate to check out this recreation I used to be boasting about. Collectively, we took benefit of the cross-platform play, and shortly Rocket League turned a weekend exercise for us each. The title continues to be thriving with a group that retains rising, and subsequent yr we should always see full cross-platform play arriving with RocketID.


Take a look at the different DualShockers’ employees Top 10 lists and our official Game of the Year Awards:

December 17: DualShockers Game of the Year Awards 2018
December 18: Lou Contaldi, Editor in Chief // Logan Moore, Critiques Editor
December 19: Ryan Meitzler, Options Editor // Tomas Franzese, Information Editor
December 20: Scott Meaney, Group Director
December 21: Reinhold Hoffmann, Group Supervisor // Ben Bayliss, Staff Author
December 22: Ben Walker, Staff Author // Chris Compendio, Staff Author
December 23: Eoghan Murphy, Staff Author // Grant Huff, Staff Author
December 26: Iyane Agossah, Staff Author // Jordan Boyd, Staff Author
December 27: Max Roberts, Staff Author // Michael Ruiz, Staff Author 
December 28: Noah Buttner, Staff Author // Rachael Fiddis, Staff Author 
December 29: Steven Santana, Staff Author // Tanner Pierce, Staff Author
December 30: Travis Verbil, Staff Author // Zack Potter, Staff Author

December 21, 2018 2:00:36 PM EST