Gavin’s Top 10 games of 2018.

I gave you my Top 10 games of 2018 midway through 2018. Now it’s time for the end of year list. This is my own subjective opinion; you may agree, you may disagree. As usual, number 1 is not better than 10. These are my top 10 games of 2018.

10. Nier: Automata

The hack and slash bullet hell madness from the eccentric Yoko Taro following 2B and S9. As you play through the high-speed action, the story unfolds as the two unravel a mystery that could upheave all that the Yorha organization has worked for. With stunning graphics, and an epic soundtrack, you can’t go wrong with this classic.

9. Red Dead Redemption 2

A prequel to the events of the first game. You play as Arthur Morgan, after a botched ferry heist in 1899 results in the deaths of several members, the Van der Linde gang flees Blackwater, forced to leave behind their substantial money stash. Realizing that the progress of civilization is ending the time of outlaws, the gang decides to gain enough money to escape the law and retire. They rob a train owned by Leviticus Cornwall, who responds by hiring Pinkerton Agents led by Andrew Milton to apprehend them. The gang performs numerous jobs and heists, as Dutch continually promises that the next heist will be their last.

8. God of War

Once again, you play as Kratos as he faces off against the Nordic gods, tries to keep his son safe, and follow his fallen wife’s last wishes to have her ashes spread over the tallest mountain. As Kratos, you will fight through hordes of Nordic monsters, complete puzzles, and challenges along the way.

7. Subnautica

You are the only survivor of the Aurora, a vessel sent on a terraforming mission. You must survive the wild life, and stave off hunger and disease. As you unravel the cause of the Aurora’s accident, and the mystery surrounding the planet.

6. Pathfinder: Kingmaker

Pathfinder: Kingmaker widely follows the Pathfinder Adventure Path of the same name published in 2010. It is set within the Stolen Lands, part of the greater region of the River Kingdoms south of Brevoy. Which is, in turn, part of Golarion, the default setting of Pathfinder. It features the player carving their own realm out amongst the wilderness as a local lord and expands upon the corresponding Kingmaker tabletop module.

5. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

The original trilogy of Crash Bandicoot Remastered with new HD graphics, music, and sound quality. A nostalgic, fun, and difficult series of games that will have you remembering your childhood (if you played it then), and bring a new generation into a much beloved franchise.

4. Battletech

BattleTech is a turn-based strategy video game. Players assume the role of a mercenary commander leading a “mech lance”, or group of four giant humanoid-shaped combat vehicles. The developers state that the game will have the spirit of the board game but will not use the board game’s rules. The player selects each mech’s chassis, the weapons and armor mounted on that chassis, as well as smaller details such as actuators and gyros that influence a mech’s turning radius. In addition to choosing hardware, the player can also specialize the mech’s pilots (called “mechwarriors”), by selecting talents from a skill tree.

3. Surviving Mars

Surviving Mars is a city builder style game, which takes place on Mars and is modelled after real Martian data. Your job as the player is to build a colony and keep the colonists alive and well, completing milestones and other tasks.

2. Monster Hunter: World

Monster Hunter: World is an open world action role-playing game played from a third-person perspective. Similar to previous games in the series, the player takes the role of a player-created character who travels to the “New World”, an unpopulated land mass filled with monsters, to join the Research Commission that studies the land from their central command base of Astera. The Research Commission tasks the Hunter to hunt down, and either kill or capture large monsters that roam outside Astera, to both protect the Commission and to study the monsters there. The player’s character does not have any intrinsic attributes, but instead, these are determined by what equipment the character is equipped with. This includes a weapon, selected from the series’ fourteen archetypes (such as the longsword, bow, or hammer). You can either hunt with friends or alone with your Palicoes (combat pets that aid you during hunts). Complete quests, challenges, and compete for loot, glory. Explore Astera as you hunt increasingly dangerous monsters, including series favourites like the Rathion.

1. Owlboy

The player controls Otus, who is capable of flying and carrying objects during flight. These objects vary in use as ranged weapons, thrown weapons, and puzzle-solving tools. As the game progresses, Otus gains allies that accompany him during his journey, each having their own weapon with exclusive properties. Owlboy is set in the land of the sky; the islands of the world below have been separated by a catastrophic event. The player controls a boy named Otus, who is a member of an owl–humanoid race called the Owls. When Otus’ village is attacked by a band of pirates, he sets out on a journey to save it from them and uncovers the lost truth of the Owls.