My Top 10 Games of 2018
Rayjay2 here once again with my annual list of the 10 best games I've played in 2018. This is the 12th year in a row that I have written this list and I have to remind everyone that this is a list of the best games I have personally played this year and not necessarily games that came out this year. Usually I play many games and have to leave a few out but this year was an odd one for me in that I struggled to even come up with 10 games this year! The reason being is that I kept on coming back to a particular game that dominated my gaming time in a way that hasn't been seen since the days of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and Rock Band. Read on to discover more about what that game might be.10. Race the Sun
This was one of the free Xbox Live Gold games and I started playing it not really expecting much but I found a surprisingly addictive high score arcade racer. In Race the Sun you move automatically at high speeds towards the horizon, racing the sun as it were. The sun is constantly setting and since your ship is solar powered you'll need to collect powerups to move faster and prevent the sunlight from setting fully, which will end the game.
Crashing your ship will also end your game, which is more likely since you are constantly being boosted at such high speeds through a randomly generated world filled with obstacles right in your way. I didn't do too well at first. The speed of the game was actually too fast for me when I first started playing, but after some practice I was able to get used to the speed. I have a fondness for arcade style gameplay where it's just your wits and your reflexes until you get into the 'zone' and set a new high score. It's easy to get lost in the trap of 'just one more game' with this one. 9. SuperHOT
I'm putting this game on here because it's one of the most unique ideas for a first person shooter I've ever seen and something everyone should try out at some point. In SuperHOT, time only moves when you move. This allows you to plan out movement and shots. For the first time an FPS felt more like a puzzle game than an action one. You'll be able to dodge bullets in slow motion, body swap to different enemies, and experience a trippy computer world with an intriguing story. The main storyline is short but keeps you interested. Once you are done with the campaign there are a variety of high score challenges and mini games to try out. Even the menus has all sorts of hidden easter eggs to discover. If you ever wanted a wealth of ASCII games and wallpapers it's all here.8. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call
I can't resist a good rhythm game and this is one of the best on the Nintendo 3DS. With over 200 songs to choose from you'll be tapping and sliding along the touch screen for a good while. You can assemble a party of classic Final Fantasy characters and go on quests while listening to the best music Final Fantasy has to offer. The amount of music here surprised me. Becides the main Final Fantasy games there is a lot of music from spin offs such as Advent Children, Crystal Chronicles, and the Game Boy exclusive Final Fantasy Adventure. The only real ommision is music from Final Fantasy XV, although I understand that game came out after this one did. I spent a lot of time in this game and leveled up quite a few characters, running dungeons and fighting bosses for loot. Unfortunately after some time with the game the challenge went away. As far as rhythm games go it would have been nice if this one had a little more challenge. 7. Metroid
I finished the original Metroid for the first time this year after years of trying and failing at it. Metroid is quite a hard game! The main motivation for finishing it this year was when it was brought to Nintendo Switch as part of the NES app. Despite the game being old it still provides a nice sense of atmosphere and exploration. I enjoy the Metroidvania genre so it was nice to finally go back and finish the game that started it all. The game starts out brutally difficult but once you know the location of a few key items, Energy Tanks especially, the game goes from unforgiving to challenging but fair. I ended up finishing this game three times. The first time took about 15 hours while the next two attempts took less than two hours. It becomes a fun game to speedrun at that point and to get the best ending you'll need to finish in under one hour. Not sure if I'll make it but I'm getting there!6. Pac-Man Championship Edition 2
Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is another take on the classic Pac-Man formula that I found to be fun and addictive. It's not as good as the previous game in the series but it adds it's own twists that surprised me. I came expecting something similar to the previous game but Championship Edition 2 actually provides something unique to the old Pac-Man formula while staying true to the original. Gameplay is a timed score attack and to get the most out of it you'll have to follow the patterns provided by the dots. Perhaps this game keeps a little too close to the old pattern gameplay of older Pac-Man games. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of improvisation if you want to get a high score. Sure, there are minor techniques you can use to squeeze out the most score and get those elusive A ranks, but for the most part you'll be moving along a maze eating dots while trying to take corners as sharply as possible. But at the end of the day it's still Pac-Man and it's as addictive as ever. 5. TrueAchievement's Ultimate Head to Head Contest 4
This was my third year participating in this contest and since it took up so much of my gaming time again this year I feel I have to mention it. Ultimate Head to Head is a contest on the website TrueAchievements where each week you are faced with another gamer in a race to unlock the same 20 achievements within a week. Tiebreakers are settled by whoever unlocked the hardest achievements first. I decided to play more casually this year yet still ended up in the top 16 matchups. Not bad.
The main appeal for this contest for me is motivation to go back and complete some of the many Xbox games I own. During this year's contest I went back to games such as Crackdown, Cuphead, Watch Dogs, Bioshock, and had a lot of fun. And isn't that what gaming is all about?4. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy
The original Crash Bandicoot games on Playstation were some of my favorite platformers of that era. They still hold up quite well. As far as platforming goes the first game is one of the most pure platforming experiences out there. I was very excited to play the remastered versions of these games but since I didn't have a Playstation 4 I had to wait for the games to arrive on Xbox. The wait was well worth it though. While I still prefer the original games due to slightly altered physics in the remasters, the new games hold up well to modern standards.
Getting three games in one collection is quite a good deal. I'm surprised Activision didn't try to sell these games separately. Each game will have you smashing boxes, collecting gems, and fighting bosses. Getting 100 percent is as challenging as it's always been. Like most great platformers it looks simple but it's deceptively challenging. One of the harder stages in the first game is nothing more than a series of basic jumps over a bridge. And if you want a real challenge you can try to go for the time trial relics where you'll have to speedrun each level without dying. The original Crash games hold up so well that I am hoping we can get new games in this style.3. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is a 2D indie game that takes lots of inspiration from Castlevania 3: Dracula's Curse, one of my favorite NES games. Both games have multiple playable characters with different abilities that you can switch between on the fly, opening up new pathways and secrets.
Bloodstained has multiple ways to play. Each character is a twist on the classic Castlevania gameplay. The main character, Zangetsu,is the most similar to the Castlevania games complete with a dedicated jump that provides no air control so spacing and planning ahead before leaping is very important. Other characters are more forgiving, providing air control or longer attack range. For a real challenge you can choose to ignore all teammates entirely and go in alone. Or if you want a more powerful Zangetsu you can choose to kill your allies instead of recruiting them, stealing their powers and giving you all sorts of fun abilities. The game is as challenging as you make it. Bloodstained is a great tribute to the NES era. 2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
This game advertises itself as the ultimate Smash Bros game and it pretty much is. Every playable character is series history returns for a total of 70 fighters. Before selecting a fighter you are hit with a screen of over 100 stages to choose from. Music tracks included add up to over 800 songs. This game goes big with an adventure mode that keeps going on and on and a Spirit Board that doubles the amount of assist spirits in the adventure mode. You can have up to eight players fighting it out or go competitive one on one. In terms of sheer amount of content this game is a fighter's dream. Long waiting fan favorite characters like Simon Belmont from Castlevania or Ridley from Metroid make their long awaited appearance as playable characters. The gameplay is the fastest it's been since Melee and there are lots of subtle gameplay changes this time around to master. This is no port of Smash 4, this is an entirely new game that will be played for years to come. 1. Overwatch
No other game dominated my gaming time this year like Overwatch. A class based Hero shooter, Overwatch has a variety of characters who are all unique and fun to play. You have damage class, tank class, and healer class. Each match is a team effort and you'll have better odds of winning if your team plays well off each other. Every character is fun to play but every person eventually settles in on their 'mains'. For me it's Lucio as he is really close to a first person Jet Set Radio experience. Sometimes I'll just load up a private game and practice wallriding, taking me back to my old free skate sessions in Jet Set Radio and Tony Hawk. After a year of practice I was able to rank myself up from the Silver tier to Platinum and the game continues to be as fun as ever. Overwatch also happens to be a social game for me. I've met new friends throughout the year and still have frequent sessions with them. If you're wondering where I spend my nights it's usually in an Overwatch session.
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on 31 December 18 at 21:35
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