Overtime’s best games of 2018 (so far)

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This is 2018 in a very cramped and in no way comprehensive enough nutshell. I’ve tried to be as inclusive as possible in terms of platform, genre and popularity but oh man, it’s still been difficult. 2018 has been fantastic and Game of the Year will be highly contested.

(Featured image credit: Marvel 2018, Santa Monica Studios, Rockstar games)

January

Monster Hunter: World

A game about hunting monsters. Customise your own character and head into the New World with new, huge monsters to hunt and capture. Great for multiplayer, constantly updated with new, free content and on sale often.

Available on: Steam (PC), PS4 and Xbox One.

Celeste

A game about climbing a mountain. Play as Madeline and struggle with your inner demons in a super-tight platformer that released early this year so there is a chance to pick it up on sale.

Available on: Steam (PC), Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One.

February

Shadow of the Colossus

A game about killing Colossi. Play as a boy called Wander as he ventures into a forbidden land to restore the life of a girl called Mono. Partake in the hunt on PS4, often on sale and ready to go without paid DLC.

Available on PS4

UFC 3

A game about fighting people however you like. The mixed martial arts competition brings all your favourite fighters and places them in your hands, or fists.

Available on PS4 and Xbox One

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

A game about knightly revenge and rightful heirs. You’re Henry, your family is dead. Seek justice for them and see if you can’t inconvenience a king in the process.

Available on Steam (PC), PS4 and Xbox One

March

Far Cry 5

A game about a doomsday cult. A nameless deputy takes on a radicalised cult with a charismatic and dangerous leader. Far Cry is famous for its well-written villains, this one is no different.

Available on Steam, PS4 and Xbox One

A Way Out

A game about a jailbreak. And then a lot more. Play co-op with a friend as there is no single-player option. If you have no friends you can play online, don’t worry.

Available on Origin (PC), PS4 and Xbox One.

April

God of War

A game about a Father and his son. Regain control of an older, less angry Kratos. Suffice to say this game is almost certainly many reviewers Game of the Year so it’s worth picking up.

Available on PS4

May

Detroit: Become Human

A game about androids and questions of morality. Bladerunner? Or is that not… That’s not what this is? Oh…

Available on PS4

Moonlighter

A game about dreaming. A stunning roguelike, action-packed with some charming pixel art. The nature of this game means it’s best played on the go. Pick it up on the switch if you have one.

Available on Steam (PC+Linux+macOS), Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One

Interlude ~

I’m going to skip a couple of months because nothing really happened…

Sorry, Octopath.

August

Dead Cells

A game about trying again. And again, and again, and again. If you’re not tenacious and maybe slightly masochistic I’d give this one a miss. You play as a dead cell (surprise!) and you need to complete the game in one life. Or you get sent back to the start. Have fun dying!

Available on Steam (PC, Linux, macOS), Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One.

World of Warcraft: Battle For Azeroth

A game about bad relationship management. The Horde and Alliance have been at it for many years now you would have thought they would have sorted it out. Here’s hoping this is the last tiff, I’m getting slightly tired of hearing it.

September

Marvel’s Spider-Man

A game about a guy in over his head. Also, the web-swinging is amazing. Not to mention the gripping story that will keep even long-time Spider-man fans engaged till the end. They’re still releasing DLC for this beauty so it’s an ideal time to pick it up.

Available on PS4

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

A game where you don’t raid as many tombs as the title may suggest. Although this may not be a bad thing. Still here are the overly grisly death animations and the fluid gameplay we all know and love.

Available on Steam (PC), PS4 and Xbox One

October

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

A game about Greece. Really it’s a love letter to ancient Greece and it works, massively. Play as either Kassandra or Alexios and explore the mysteries of the land and sea.

Available on Steam (PC), PS4 and Xbox One

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

A game about shooting people. Well, it’s CoD, you know what it is. It’s that, with a little bit of Battle Royale because Fortnite is a thing.

Available on Steam (PC), PS4 and Xbox One

Starlink: Battle for Atlas

A game about space. Fly around the cosmos with a mission to free a planet from the grip of a deadly invader. Also, you can play as Fox if you get it on the Switch so that’s pretty cool.

Available on Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One

Red Dead Redemption 2

A game about family. Oh and also guns and cowboys and horses and shooting and hunting and drinking and fighting and robbing and cheating and stealing. It’s a pretty varied game with a lot to do and all of it fun. It’s basically GTA in the wild west.

Available on PS4 and Xbox One

 

Notable upcoming

Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu / Eevee

A game about forcibly catching and fighting your pets. Animal cruelty aside, this game looks like a combination of the mainstream Pokemon games and the recently released Pokemon Go by Niantic on the mobile. It has co-op play as well so good times with friends all around.

Available on Nintendo Switch – November 16

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

A game about putting your pride on the line. Possibly the most competitively spirited game of all time, master of the genre and wildly popular. If you have a Switch this is a must buy. If you don’t, buy a Switch – Then buy this.

Available on Nintendo Switch – December 7

 

This year has been incredible, and I’m shaking in my boots for Smash Bros. Look forward to these games as Christmas approaches, I have no doubt many of them will be on sale.

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