By Melody Klink
As 2018 comes to a close, we all should take a moment to reflect on the year; did it suck?
A lot of it did.
But it didn’t all suck. I managed to take in some great books, movies, and video games along the way, and today, I’m listing my Top 5 Games of 2018!
Now, this list OBVIOUSLY isn’t all-inclusive. And I might have started sweating profusely trying to pick just f-i-v-e titles from the year that stood out. To help me narrow it down, I focused on the feeling-- my overall enjoyment or investment in the story, or even the fun I had playing it. As RuPaul once said, sometimes you have to make decisions that aren’t popular. SO LET’S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS!
(Please note: these aren’t in any sort of greatness order. Because I ALREADY PICKED FIVE WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT?! *cries*)
Detroit: Become Human
Earlier this year, I reviewed Detroit: Become Human, praising it for the incredible and immersive storytelling that Quantic Dream managed to pull off. And it’s a game I still think about; the depth, the consequences, the other paths I could have taken. I’m still interested in a few more replays, and that says a lot about the title! It’s beautiful, engaging, and thought provoking. I was super happy to see this one get nominations at The Game Awards, because it certainly deserves some love!
Monster Hunter World
Capcom’s really pulled all the stops when it comes to Monster Hunter World: ambitious cross-overs, massive events, and tons of free updates to the story and game itself. I’ve seriously logged over 330 hours in it, and I’m still out there hunting! (Behemoth ala Final Fantasy is FRACKING HARD you guys.) From squeezing in almost every popular Capcom franchise as armor and weapons, to crossing over with the likes of Square Enix and Ubisoft, the world of Astera is fun, lush and often awe-inspiring. With nearly a year on the books, Monster Hunter World’s got even more in store for us-- look forward to a year in review on this one from me!
Final Fantasy XIII: Xbox One Enhanced
I know what you’re thinking: a damn game originally from 2013 made the list?!
The answer is yes.
The Xbox One enhanced version of Final Fantasy XIII, which released in November, is a masterpiece, and it really shows off what Microsoft is capable of when it comes to restoring games. Everything about the game is souped up; while this is a backwards-compatible title, the quality leans towards a remaster with the giant leap in technology used to restore it. The graphics are incredible-- they’re on par with titles made today, which honestly shows off Square Enix’s prowess from the original, too. I’ve always loved FF13 (XIII-2 though, man… I got stories. And not the good kind), and this version is as perfect as the game will ever be.
Another title I reviewed this year, Vampyr is a Victorian-staged action title that hinges on morality; as a Doctor-turned-vampire, you’ve got to choose. Do you help those around you, feeding solely on rats, or do you let your inner darkness rule and kill everyone in your path?
You can save or ruin the whole of London with a single choice.
I love how this game made you pick your guns and stick to them. You could judge it situation-by-situation, but you’ll only end up with half the story. Some of the fights were challenging, employing a Dark Souls-esque mechanic to survive. Dark and haunting and requiring thought and questionable moral compass? AW YISS that’s my kinda game. Another game worth replaying!
Super Mario Party
Yeah, this entry kinda clashes with that last one.
*puts on Deal With It shades*
This game makes the list for straight-up FUN. The good times to be had with friends and family sitting around the Switch makes this game SO worth it. The minigames are fun and funny, and gamers of all levels can participate. Plus, with the kind of games I love to play, Super Mario Party is a light palette cleanser and a breath of fresh air.
With a list as short as 5, you know there are some incredible titles missing. God of War comes to mind. Vampyr beat out A Way Out for one of my spots. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, for all its shenanigans, was still good. All the amazing Indie titles that released this year, and the remakes that propped up our old favorites (like the Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy remaster which is so fun!) Alas, not everyone can make the list.
Next time, Gadget, next time.
So what’s your Top 5 list look like? Was 2018 good to you in terms of pop culture? Sound off!