2018’s top games11 December 2018
“History repeats itself,” developers remind us. In 2018, we saw relaunches, sequels, and prequels of our favorite series. There were also several new excellent projects. However, it is gaming market mastodons that still receive key rewards and popular passion.
Let’s review the most amazing gaming novelties presented in 2018.
1. God of War
God of War has gained the honored title of the game of the year at The Game Awards 2018. GOW has become extremely popular due to a spectacular protagonist, major fights, and successful application of ancient Greek mythology. The eighth part was announced as a sequel of previous ones, but in fact, everything was changed in the game: from its plot to location of character’s living.
Santa Monica Studio decided to refuse a slasher in favor of a new and more popular action RPG. A gaming process was elaborated from scratch. It significantly differs from previous game series. Kratos sprouted a beard, moved from sunny Greece to severe Norway, obtained a son, and replaced legendary Blades of Exile with a battle axe.
In a word, there is almost nothing left from the common world of war god, save for the character. Nevertheless, developers have kept a great deal of Easter eggs seamlessly integrated with the core setting for actual series fans.
2. Red Dead Redemption 2
RDR2 is a record holder in the amount of awards at The Game Awards this year. The prize was adjudged to it for a soundtrack, sound design, narration, and acting. The award was given to Roger Clark for the role of Arthur Morgan.
It is a third-person shooter game with an open adventure western world. A plot of a single-player campaign focuses on human life and survival within complex conditions of the core of the Old West at the end of the 19thcentury. According to developers, the game will feature quite a spacious and thoroughly developed open world that will become a framework for a new network mode.
Detailed elaboration of this game is indeed impressed: weapon is based on unique samples, horses ask for food and require communicating; besides, if an enemy takes down a protagonist’s hat, it will show bullet damage in further cinematic.
3. Detroit: Become Human
At the time when disputes over the ethic application of artificial intelligence is reaching the apogee, Detroit could not have come at a better time. The console game designed by a French company Quantic Dream using motion capture has obtained lots of positive feedback. Its average point on Metacritic is 79/100.
The story is told on behalf of three android characters. Each of them has their own plot, but they ultimately come into a single picture.
Can robots experience emotions? Should one treat it with the same respect as human beings? Will robots be able to conquer the world? Who should be blamed if the system suddenly crashes? Lovers of cyberpunk and theories of robots capturing the world will be definitely fond of this game.
P. S. Detroit will likely disappoint slasher fans because it is an interactive movie requiring minimal intervention of players.
4. Spider-Man (2018)
Spider-Man is an adventure third-person action game developed by Insomniac Games Studio. Spider-Man also laid claim to being the game of the year in The Game Awards 2018 nomination but lost to God of War.
The game is eye-catching and easy: from color sensation to intuitive control. Detailed elaboration of the game should not go without mention: Insomniac Games has done its best here. Howling of the wind during flights, roar of car traffic, siren horns, rustling of leaves when Spider-Man flies past just above tree crown, camera angles, and animation: all these things areup to the mark.
5. Shadow of the Tomb Raider
One more nominee of The Game Awards 2018 is Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Noteworthy is that the game is designed by a Canadian studio Eidos Montreal (Thief, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided) rather than founders of Tomb Raider’s previous parts – Crystal Dynamics.
Similar to Kratos, Lara Croft looks pretty different in 2018, while the plot has almost nothing in common with previous series parts. Although many gamers complain about both the plot and Lara Croft herself, the game is worth playing because of authentic and incredible locations. We have never seen so wonderful sunsets.
6. Far Cry 5
This year, Ubisoft decided to impress fans with the fifth game of the Far Cry series. The action takes place in rural America controlled by the Eden's Gate destructive cult led by a self-proclaimed prophet – Joseph Seed.
In general, the fifth part has received positive feedback. It offers awesome and exciting action, stunning amount of game mechanics, and four flamboyant villains who could easily compete in madness with Vaas Montenegro.
To game developers’ credit, they have thoroughly explored Montana and meticulously recreated it in exquisite detail. Moreover, Far Cry 5 artists have a real talent for turning routine views into epic landscapes: Far Cry graphics is on the ball as usual.