A look at OpenCritic’s Top 10 Games of 2018.

2018 is over, and with it comes a slew of end of year lists. Today, will be counting down OpenCritic’s top 10 games of 2018. This list is based on the review aggregator’s 10 highest scoring games that released in 2018. We’ll be excluding remasters, ports, and updated games as we what to focus on new games. Let’s get to it:

10. Dead Cells

Score: 89

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Critic’s generally consider Dead Cells to be one of the best roguelikes on the market. Due to its fast pace, emphasis on skill (as opposed to luck), and satisfying combat system. Dead Cells seems to be a game that is accessible to even non-fans of the genre.

9. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Score: 89

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Praised for it’s challenging combat system and character-defining dialogue system, (oh! and it introduces pirate ships as well!). Despite reports of technical issues, it impressed enough to make the cut.

8. Astro Bot Rescue Mission

Score: 89

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Using new technology to push the boundaries of what can be achieved in a platformer. Astro Bot Rescue Mission earns itself the highest scoring VR title of the year.

7. Monster Hunter: World

Score: 89

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The first Monster Hunter game to grace PC and consoles. Praised for retaining the franchise’s core formula, whilst simultaneously managing to make it accessible to newcomers. Critics were also impressed with the game taking advantage of the more processing power on offer to make the world feel more real.

6. Return of the Obra Dinn

Score: 91

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Garnering widespread acclaim for it’s importance of deductive skills, patience, and storytelling. Return of the Obra Dinn seems to understand what’s needed to make an excellent mystery puzzle game. The game’s 1-bit monochrome art style also turned a few heads.

5. Celeste

Score: 92

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Possessing classic platforming gameplay, a powerful story, a retro inspired pixel art style, and a great soundtrack. It seems like critics were hard-pressed to find anything wrong with this indie platformer.

4. Forza Horizon 4

Score: 92

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The Forza franchise continues to impress with this latest instalment. Praised for it’s stunning visuals, astonishing amount of content, vast open word, and new team modes.

3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Score: 92

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With all the characters and maps from previous games returning (plus some new additions), Smash Bros. Ultimate seems to have lived up to it’s name. Problems with online features didn’t seem to stop this popular fighting game franchise from making it so high up on the list.

2. God of War

Score: 95

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Praised for it’s Norse mythology inspired art direction, combo-based combat system, narrative, cinematic techniques, and … well almost everything. Lauded as one of the best games of the generation.

1. Red Dead Redemption 2

Score: 97

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As universally acclaimed as God of War is, it couldn’t quite stop Red Dead Reception 2 from reaching OpenCritic’s top scoring game of 2018. Though not without it’s fair share of criticisms, Rockstar seems to have yet again raised the bar of what can be achieved in open world games.