2018 is almost at an end and that means it’s time to look back on what happened this year. When it comes to gaming, 2018 has given us some quite big changes already. From the rise and rise of Fortnite and other Battle Royale games to the worldwide release of Let’s Go Pikachu (and Eevee), which opened up the world of Pokemon to a new generation. As we learn from 2018 and head into 2019, developers will be able to ascertain what fans might want next, what they should adopt, and what they should immediately drop. But what are the 10 most recommended video games of 2018?
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No list of the most recommended video games of 2018 can be complete without the standout star of the year, Fortnite. The year began with 45 million players and the last count for November 2018 has reached 200 million players. The game’s popularity has increased since 2017 due to the rise in Battle Royale style games, and the game is arguably the most recommended game of the year.
- Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee
Pokemon is hitting out at a new fan base, a new generation of Pokemon trainers. The Detective Pikachu live-action film is likely to stoke a newfound appreciation for the series, while the Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee games are aimed at audiences that haven’t previously played Pokemon – as well as providing entertainment for those familiar with the franchise.
- DragonBall Fighter Z
The latest addition to the DragonBall Z series is another 2D fighting game and is listed as one of the best video games of 2018. Given the pantheon of characters available to play as and play with, both casual fans of the franchise and more hardcore players will find something enjoyable about the game. An early release back in January, DragonBall Fighter Z shows that an appetite still exists for traditional fighter games, especially those crossed over with popular franchises.
- Red Dead Redemption 2
Often cited as the Grand Theft Auto in the Wild West, Red Dead 2 was infamous for the number of hours it took staff to complete the game for its release date. Fans applauded the finished product and deemed the 100-hour weeks to have paid off massively with one of the most sought-after games of the year. The game features similar gameplay to its predecessor, while also harnessing the latest in gaming technology and graphics.
The latest iteration of Spider-Man, played onscreen by Tom Holland, takes the new Spider-Man to a different level, especially as Spider-Man is more advanced than the origin story of the screen. Not only is the functionality of Spider-Man praised, including his swinging from webs and combat ability, but the story that threads through the game also receives a great deal of praise, especially from Metacritic, who are famously stringent.
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The platform game involves players portraying protagonist Madeline as she navigates her way up a deadly mountain, avoiding hazards as they do so. The game is reminiscent of Super Mario and the way in which you interact with your environment, with obstacles, power-ups, and bonuses increasing as you progress through the levels. The game reportedly received ‘universal acclaim’ from critics and fans alike, with the simple plot developing a stronger character narrative.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
The fourth edition of the Black Ops series of COD leaves nothing to the imagination with its release, yet still becomes one of the most popular games upon its release. The developers still wanted to make the game feel like a worthy sequel. Some have criticized the lack of a campaign in the game, however. The developers have claimed that the game was always intended as a multiplayer game, so was never intended to have a campaign option. In spite of this, fans are still enjoying reconnecting with the shooter.
Developers are always striving to create something different in the hopes that it will become the next big thing in gaming. Subnautica is played solely underwater and involves the many aspects of peril and gameplay that games have been preparing for. The first-person exploratory aspect means that you are fully immersed in the character and the worlds created underwater, which amps up the excitement factor, especially as you face the sea creatures in the murky depths.
- Battlefield V
Battlefield V leads on from the First World War elements of the first game by sending you directly into the battlefield of the Second World War. The game focuses more on realism with a scarcity of resources aspect of the game, while also developing the party dynamics. The game is part-shooter, part-strategy game and takes away the luxury of weaponry that other shooter games depend on to give true realism of the 1940s.
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- Spyro Reignited
Following the success of the Crash Bandicoot series of games that were remastered, PS1 favorite Spyro received the same treatment. The gameplay remains the same while the graphics have been majorly updated. Not only will fans of the original be able to reminisce with the nostalgia of playing a game they loved, but a new generation of Spyro fans will be born to enjoy the game just as much.
2018 has been a stellar year for gaming, and some of the developments are likely to be advanced on themselves by 2019 as gaming continues to break barriers and offer something new to its fanbase.