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DualShockers’ Game of the Year 2018 Staff Lists — Michael’s Top 10

December 27, 2018 2:00:23 PM EST

As a lot as 2018 felt like a hit-or-miss yr for video games, there have been nonetheless a ton that I loved. From The Messenger to Rainbow Six Siege, these are my prime ten.

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. As an example, any recreation — not simply 2018 releases — could be thought-about.


Ah, sure. It’s that point of yr as soon as once more. With 2018 coming to an finish, we have fun our love of video video games with arbitrary lists naming our favourite video video games of the yr. Does this record matter? In all probability not. However I’m right here to carry out my obligation of telling you what’s good.

Joking apart, 2018 has had the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in video video games. We have been graced with a number of “masterpieces” whereas additionally coated — excuse my language — in absolute shit. We’ve additionally had some sudden duds; video games we thought can be, at the very least, good however simply ended up being one other disappointment. It has been a combined bag in 2018, which made creating this listing the most troublesome it has ever been for me.

With all that stated, listed here are my favourite video games of the yr. No, WWE 2K19 shouldn’t be on this listing, I identical to the image quite a bit.

10. Rainbow Six Siege

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I do know what you’re considering: “why is a game from 2015 on a list dedicated to games released in 2018?” Rainbow Six Siege is clearly not the greatest recreation of the yr, nevertheless it definitely made a huge effect on me and the way I’ll play video games shifting ahead.

You could recall an editorial featured on DualShockers I wrote earlier in the yr titled “Red Dead Redemption 2 Made Me Realize That Long Games Aren’t For Me.” Whereas RDR2 was the catalyst to this realization, there are tons of video games this yr, like Murderer’s Creed Odyssey or Monster Hunter: World, that I simply couldn’t get by way of primarily resulting from its size. I loved every part that I performed, however there have been simply different video games on the market that felt extra rewarding after just some minutes with them.

Let me additionally iterate on one thing that I’ll not have touched on in that editorial: I’ve additionally accomplished some longer titles this yr. God of Struggle and Misplaced Sphear are, not at all, the longest video games to finish, however they do take at the least 20 hours of your time. Even with video games like Monster Hunter: World or RDR2, I spent a minimum of 20 to 30 hours enjoying these video games. It turned extra about participant satisfaction relatively than that they’re “too long.” Though, RDR2 is just too lengthy…

Anyhow, this brings me to Rainbow Six Siege: the 2015 recreation that made it on a “top 10 games of 2018” record. This recreation is pure satisfaction: whether or not I win or lose, each minute by no means feels wasted, and I really feel like I’m always enhancing and studying after each match. It additionally helps that every match could be very brief, permitting me to get a couple of rounds in even when I simply have 30 minutes to recreation.

This “short but sweet” path is one thing I’ve appreciated for some time now. However as I’ve grown to the ripe previous age of 27, that appreciation has grown exponentially and enjoying Rainbow Six Siege, particularly with my buddies, has been one of my most satisfying gaming experiences in years. In some methods, this recreation symbolizes all the high quality shorter experiences, like Gris or Florence, than simply saying “Rainbow Six Siege is my number 10 game of the year because it’s a good shooter from three years ago.”

9. Mutant Year Zero: Street to Eden

DualShockers' Game of the Year 2018 Staff Lists -- Michael's Top 10

This was a late entry. Releasing earlier this month, Mutant Year Zero: Street to Eden completely entertained me greater than any techniques recreation in current reminiscence. Sure, much more so than Into the Breach, which might be occupying this spot if I had not performed this.

What actually impresses me with Mutant Year Zero: Street to Eden is its world. Set in an alternate timeline the place nuclear warfare ended humanity as we all know it, you comply with a speaking duck and pig who’re tasked to assist out the Ark, one of the final beacons of civilization left on Earth. I’m not too far into its story — therefore why it’s so far up my listing — however it’s a story that I discover intriguing and I’m continually considering of it virtually each hour. The synth-laden soundtrack, together with snarky dialogue from some speaking animals, provides the recreation a tacky vibe that I completely adore.

Whereas its world is at the forefront, its gameplay shines simply as vibrant. As partaking as the techniques video games earlier than it, Mutant Year Zero: Street to Eden manages to face out with what I’ll name its “exploration phase.” As an alternative of simply dropping you into the fray, you possibly can transfer round the world freely. You possibly can discover any space at your leisure to select up scraps or new gear to enhance your arsenal.

This exploration part additionally permits you to carry out some reconnaissance earlier than you rush into battle. As an alternative of moving into weapons blazing, you will get the lay of the land and determine the place are your enemies are earlier than you proceed. A serious half of succeeding in Mutant Year Zero: Street to Eden is stealth: for those who can stealthily decide off enemies, the larger the probability that you’ve of defeating the opposition, even when you’re outnumbered.

Though my time has been restricted with Mutant Year Zero: Street to Eden, its difficult gameplay and the interesting world has acquired its hooks in me and I can’t wait to leap again in.

eight. Starlink: Battle for Atlas

Starlink: Battle for Atlas

Earlier than my current obsession with Tremendous Mario Sunshine‘s Il Piantissimo, there was Fox McCloud and his Star Fox fleet. Star Fox stays my favourite Nintendo franchise to ever grace the many tv screens all through my life. The unique Star Fox, together with DOOM, Mortal Kombat, and Galaga, makes up the basis of my online game pursuits; Fox has performed an integral position in my life, in additional methods than an anthropomorphic fox in all probability ought to.

Once I noticed the Star Fox fleet present up in Starlink: Battle for Atlas throughout Ubisoft’s E3 press convention this yr, it was like my childhood goals got here true. Not solely will I be capable of fly round an open galaxy in the Arwing, however I’ll additionally get an superior toy I can show on a shelf. Ubisoft definitely obtained my consideration as a Star Fox fanboy, however the toys-to-life style has, for all intents and functions, died. I wasn’t fairly positive how a lot I might truly take pleasure in this recreation past enjoying as Fox.

Luckily, Starlink: Battle for Atlas made me consider there’s nonetheless room for the toys-to-life style to thrive. Though its story and characters are paper skinny, its gameplay is a blast. Is that this the Star Fox recreation I’ve been wanting since the disappointment referred to as Star Fox Zero? Sure truly, it’s.

Take a look at the DualShockers evaluation of Starlink: Battle for Atlas.

7. Quarantine Round

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Final yr Mike Bithell’s first brief, Subsurface Round, made it onto my prime ten for 2017. Like beforehand identified with Rainbow Six Siege, it was a recreation that revered my time. Solely lasting roughly two hours, I used to be capable of play it in a single sitting and get that feeling of satisfaction I all the time search for when enjoying video video games. Subsurface Round‘s religious successor, Quarantine Round, is one other brief that also hits the similar satisfying notes as its predecessor however in a barely totally different method.

Whereas it does deliver again the text-based gameplay from Subsurface Round, the puzzle parts are principally non-existent in Quarantine Round, as an alternative favoring storytelling and participant selection. It was a bit of a bummer that the phrase puzzles have been very sparse, however because of its distinctive and thought-provoking story, I used to be simply as captivated by it.

Take a look at the DualShockers evaluate of Quarantine Round.

6. Name of Obligation: Black Ops four

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Sure, Name of Obligation Black Ops four (or IIII) is on this record. It isn’t good, however BLOPS four is the most enjoyable I’ve had with a multiplayer recreation since Name of Obligation: Superior Warfare. Sure, you learn that appropriately.

I’ve a ton of issues with Name of Obligation: Black Ops four: the Zombies mode is scorching trash, Blackout is a ripoff of a greater battle royale, and a few of the technical elements of its gameplay are fairly terrible. Even with all of these issues, I really like its multiplayer. The map choice is fairly robust, the gameplay continues to be tight regardless of some of its horrible technicalities, and the newly-introduced methods makes it stand out from its predecessors. It is probably not good, nevertheless it’s the Name of Obligation that basically simply clicked with me greater than any entry from the previous three years.

Take a look at the DualShockers evaluate of Name of Obligation: Black Ops four.

5. Dragon Ball FighterZ

DualShockers' Game of the Year 2018 Staff Lists -- Michael's Top 10

Final yr, a preventing recreation was my favourite recreation of the yr, as Tekken 7 opened my eyes to aggressive gaming. Positive, I watched EVO and different tournaments from time-to-time, however I by no means tried to play competitively. That modified with Tekken 7 and continued with this yr’s greatest preventing recreation, Dragon Ball FighterZ.

Dragon Ball FighterZ is the epitome of the expression “easy to learn, hard to master.” That is the good recreation for somebody not accustomed to preventing video games: the easiest combos are legitimately accomplished by mashing the punch button. Simply understanding the fundamentals of the assault and countering will truly see you conquer your opponent greater than not. The complexities of the recreation come from stringing collectively these easy combos and particular strikes in efficient methods. Whenever you do inevitably get to that degree, Dragon Ball FighterZ is one of the most satisfying preventing video games you’ll ever play.

Take a look at the DualShockers evaluation of Dragon Ball FighterZ.

four. Forza Horizon four

DualShockers' Game of the Year 2018 Staff Lists -- Michael's Top 10

It’s spectacular what Playground Video games, Flip 10, and Microsoft Studios have carried out with the Forza Horizon franchise. With each entry, they someway discover a approach to enhance upon it in superior and artistic methods. Forza Horizon four is not any totally different. This entry proves that this collection isn’t just some Forza Motorsport spin-off: Forza Horizon stands by itself, and really is the greatest racing collection any console has to supply.

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

three. Beat Saber

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Throughout Black Friday, I purchased one of these PSVR bundles that included the Transfer controllers, SUPERHOT VR, and Creed: Rise to Glory for the low worth of $250. For that worth, it was completely value it. Not as a result of of the pack-ins — though I’m tremendous excited to attempt SUPERHOT VR sooner or later — however as a result of of Beat Saber.

This rhythmic masterpiece isn’t only a recreation, it’s a life-style. Though I’ve fallen off a bit just lately, I used to be enjoying Beat Saber daily as a strategy to train. Simply after 4 or 5 songs, a beneficiant quantity of sweat would cowl my headset as I took fast, drained breaths from being so exhausted. It actually does check your physicality simply as a lot as your reflexes.

Beat Saber additionally exhibits that VR doesn’t should be restricted to brief, on-rails experiences: they are often full-fledged video games which you can play for hours on finish. Tapping into the addictive rhythmic nature of Guitar Hero or Rock Band, I discovered myself enjoying Beat Saber for hours, continually making an attempt to prime my final excessive rating. It is probably not the recreation that made me a believer of VR — that accolade goes to Thumper — however it definitely strengthened that perception.

Take a look at the DualShockers assessment of Beat Saber evaluate right here.

2. God of Warfare

DualShockers' Game of the Year 2018 Staff Lists -- Michael's Top 10

Rising up, I used to be primarily a Nintendo child. I had solely recognized the Mushroom Kingdom, Hyrule, the Lylat System, and all the different worlds the Nintendo household of consoles needed to supply. It wasn’t till the Xbox 360 launched the place I actually ventured away from the acquainted and cozy locations of the previous and appeared in the direction of the future.

With that being stated, I scarcely performed a PlayStation console; it wasn’t till the PS4 launched once I delved into the franchises unique to that platform. So, when a brand new God of Struggle was introduced for PS4 – one that you simply didn’t have to play the different six to know what was happening – I used to be intrigued. It was not the violent and monotonous motion recreation I had as soon as seen, however a extra grounded take set in the realm of the Norse gods.

I’ll admit, I used to be lukewarm in the first few moments of God of Warfare. I assumed the story appeared nice and the characters apart from Kratos have been fascinating, however I actually was not into the gameplay. Heck, I nonetheless have issues with some of the mechanics. It wasn’t till the dragon boss struggle the place every thing clicked for me. The gameplay, the story, the world… every little thing was simply extra pleasant from that time on. It was this bizarre “voila” second that I haven’t had since I performed Mass Impact.

God of Conflict is a really particular recreation. It’s the one from this yr that transcends into “greatest of all time” terrain. I’m positive that is the new litmus check for nice video video games shifting ahead.

Take a look at the DualShockers evaluation of God of Struggle.

1. The Messenger

The Messenger

Alright, women and gentleman: I current to you the greatest recreation of 2018. Truly, scratch that. I current to you one of the greatest video games this era: The Messenger.

Earlier than I gush about how superb this recreation is, let me inform you a narrative first. Throughout PAX East this yr, I sat down with the recreation’s director, Thierry Boulanger, the place he confirmed me the first few moments of the recreation. In the event you’ve performed, you realize that the first degree is like some other Ninja Gaiden-inspired platformer. Positive, it had its personal distinctive tackle it, nevertheless it wasn’t out of the abnormal. Then, he spoiled one of the major plot factors for me…

So, that appears fairly crappy, proper? However after he advised me that the scroll I used to be carrying to the prime of that mountain was truly a map and that when the Messenger opens that map, the recreation turns into a Metroidvania, my mind melted. It was, far and away, my favourite recreation I noticed at PAX East, and one I used to be eagerly anticipating.

As soon as I lastly acquired my palms on it in August, I assumed I knew what I used to be moving into. I already knew the massive twist, proper? What different surprises might this recreation have?

Quite a bit. The reply is so much.

It turns on the market was a minimum of one factor in every stage that stunned or delighted me. Whether or not it was some ridiculous commentary from the Shopkeeper — the precise greatest character of the yr — or a time-traveling boss struggle, there was all the time one thing that made me verbally query simply what mind-blowing factor occurred.

The Messenger is the most intelligent amalgamation of storytelling and recreation design I’ve ever had the pleasure to play. With such a killer soundtrack by Rainbowdragoneyes, enjoyable gameplay, and an enticing story, Sabotage Studio’s first outing is the interactive definition of why I play video video games.

Take a look at the DualShockers evaluate of The Messenger.


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, Evaluations Editor
December 19: Ryan Meitzler, Options Editor // Tomas Franzese, Information Editor
December 20: Reinhold Hoffmann, Group Supervisor
December 21:  Scott Meaney, Group Director // Ben Bayliss, Staff Author
December 22: Ben Walker, Staff Author // Chris Compendio, Staff Author
December 23: 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 27, 2018 2:00:23 PM EST