Best Video Games of 2018

Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4 and Xbox exclusive) was released on October 26, 2018 by Rockstar Games. Even though it was released in the latter part of 2018, and it is still one of the top grossing games for the year. The game is almost flawless in every aspect the main storyline is long and alone provides over 40 hours of gameplay. The main objective is to get your gang of outlaws out of debt and away from civilization, it provides a constant challenge because you have to keep up with the bounty that is constantly on your head. The game has an immersive part of it where it provides the player to feel as if you are a part of the game. Due to the fact that Red Dead is such an incredible game, that is why it takes first place on this list.


Subnautica is a one-of-a-kind game where the developers take feedback from the players and adjust the game to what the players want. Released in early access on January 17, 2018, the developers (Unknown Worlds) have been working non stop on getting the bugs and glitches out of the game for the official release date on December 4, 2018.  The game doesn’t have a set storyline besides escaping the planet; you can choose to follow the storyline or play the game in an explorers’ attitude. The planet is entirely made of water and has no land. This open world feel of the game provides players with a feeling of freedom and challenge because most players don’t really know what to expect.  With the beautiful environment and interesting fauna, the game comes in at 2nd place.


Super Smash Bros Ultimate is one of the top grossing games for Nintendo Switch in 2018. Many fans who have been around Nintendo when it first came out love this game. It has all the known Nintendo characters in all the published games. You can choose to play as any of them in the original smash mode playing against the computer or with friends. There is also a very long solo campaign providing lots of hours of gameplay which is why Super Smash Bros Ultimate comes in at 3rd place.


Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the 7th main game in the series, released on October 5, 2018, by Ubisoft. This Assassin’s Creed is the first game where you don’t receive a “hidden blade,” the signature weapon in all assassin’s creed games. Instead you play as a Misthios (mercenary) taking down a cult that separated your family when you were a child.  The story is immersive and provides the player with tons of hours of gameplay. This makes Assassin’s Creed Odyssey come in at 4th place.


Coming into 5th place is The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild – another Nintendo Switch exclusive. Released in 2017, this game became very popular early in 2018. The game has an unlimited feeling of freedom and is full of opportunities. The game has lots of ways to play as you progress through the story mode to liberate your home from the calamity demon Ganon. However, the challenge is finding out how to do so, because you have lost all your memories and go on your own quest to retrieve them.


Far Cry Five is a unique game because it is set in the present day. The game takes place in Montana. In order to take back your home, you must liberate your home from the Project at Eden’s Gate Cult, who are trying to convert the region to their own satanic rituals.  In order to complete the game, you must take down three of John Seed’s lieutenants (the founder of the Cult). To take down these lieutenants, you must have enough resistance to back yourself up when you choose to take them down. The feel of importance in the game is what brings Farcry 5 into 6th place.


Rimworld, a strategy-based colony builder game comes in at 7th place. You control a group of colonists as they crash land onto an alien world. The game throws you in to fend for yourself in this harsh world where you have to lead your colonists off the planet back to home or to build a new one. You get to choose the fate of your survivors which provides the player with a feeling of power and responsibility. There are unlimited outcomes of your colonist’s survival, providing the player with theoretically infinite hours of gameplay.


God of War is a PS4 exclusive that holds the 8th place position in the best videogames of 2018. You are playing as Kratos, a half human-half demigod protagonist. In this puzzle strategy game, you are forced to leave your home with your teenage son on a perilous journey to keep him and yourself safe. While you are out in the world surviving monsters, you are constantly being hunted by other demigods and their goal is to kill you. This game is challenging because you never know what is going to come at you next, a pack of ghouls that want to feast on your flesh, or an ambush by the demigods hunting you. In this world, the only thing that will save you is yourself.


The Pokemon Let’s Go Series for Nintendo Switch comes in at 9th place. This nostalgic Pokemon game is the first remake of the Kanto region, the setting of the first Pokemon games, Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue.  You start off with either an Eevee, or a Pikachu (the face of the Pokemon game). Your goal of the game is to become the champion if you have never played pokemon before. This means training a team of skilled and high-level pokemon, beating 8 specific pokemon type specialists, know as gym leaders, challenging the elite four all at once. This is no easy task; the Elite Four alone are a 24 pokemon team against your 6. After all this, you must beat the champion, a 6 vs 6 battle of the two best trainers in the game. This all might sound very difficult, which it is if you don’t prepare enough; however, it is actually relaxing and provides the player with a fun challenge.


The last game on this list, but nowhere near a bad game, is The Elder Scrolls V, Skyrim Remastered Special Edition. This is a remake of The Elder Scrolls V, Skyrim, originally released back in 2011. This is a better-looking game in terms of graphics, runs on more platforms than the original, and has additional DLC’s (Downloadable Content). These DLC’s are a great addition to the game and provides more gameplay than the original. This game, if you didn’t play the first, is set in a medieval world where dragons exist. Your main goal is to save your dying home from the dragons as you are gifted with a power no one has ever seen before. Skyrim gives to a player a feeling of freedom because of the large world and neverending opportunities Skyrim has to offer.