The Best Reviewed Games on TrueAchievements in 2018 - Part Two

By Dave Horobin, 1 month ago
Following on from part one of our TrueAchievements Games of the Year 2018, it's time for part two and the final 12 games that received a score of 4.5 or higher in this year's official site reviews.

Here are the final 12 games, in order of date published:

Overcooked! 2 — Published August 7th — 4.5/5

06/08/2018 - Carousel

Overcooked! 2 is a Michelin Star game. As a co-op experience, there are few games better at bringing together players of different skill levels for some fun. Each level is thoughtfully designed with co-op in mind, offering a depth of challenge and strategy that makes beating a level very rewarding while also still being accessible to those who don’t often play games. The sheer variety keeps things fresh and online play allows you to experience the game as it was meant even when you don’t have someone playing right next to you. If you want a fun game you can pick up and play with a friend, kid, sibling or significant other any time, there are few alternatives that could offer a better experience. Overcooked! 2 was prepared perfectly, and you’ll love every bite.

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The Banner Saga 3 — Published August 7th — 4.5/5

24/07/2018 - Carousel

It's true that from an innovation standpoint, The Banner Saga 3 doesn't do a lot different than its predecessors, but that also means the same great tactical RPG system that has been in place since the beginning makes one final push for the endgame. That endgame is what really makes the game so worthwhile. With heavy decisions to be made and fantastic character closure, The Banner Saga 3 is the most riveting and remarkable the series has ever been, and it establishes the trilogy as one of the greats in gaming.

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 — Published August 31st — 4.5/5

Press Kit

Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a game about choice in every aspect. It's an RPG where it truly is your story, with no two playthroughs being alike thanks to the vast number of ways to tackle any given situation. If you want to be the hero, you can; if you want to be the villain, you can do that too. More often than not, you're going to be playing in the gray, making choices and living the outcomes. The combat is likewise complimented by choice, from how you build your party to what actions you take against enemies that are incredibly challenging but also rewarding to square off against. Every enemy is a threat, but so are you. The world of Divinity is exceedingly vast, but it's full to the brim with meaningful content that you'll enjoy exploring for dozens or even hundreds of hours. There are few RPGs we'd dare to call essential, but Divinity: Original Sin 2 stands out among all others as deserving of that accolade. It's undoubtedly one of the best tactical and role-playing experiences you'll ever have on any platform.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds — Published September 4th — 5/5

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Approaching a review for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is difficult. At its core, it is a simple game wracked with a multitude of performance issues and questionable design decisions worthy of significant criticism, but to discuss the game only through the lens of a faux-objective critique of each and every aspect of the game would entirely miss everything that makes the game so wonderful. We are, after all, talking about a game that catapulted the battle royale genre from total obscurity into a genre that’s astronomically more popular than any other. A game doesn’t succeed in that without merit, and PUBG has it by offering a level of storytelling and gameplay intensity that is absolutely unmatched.

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F1 2018 — Published September 7th — 4.5/5

23/08/2018 - Carousel

F1 2018 is the best game in the series we've seen in this console generation. It is just about as complete an F1 experience as it can get without going into the realm of full-blown simulation both from the action and management side. The extra depth added by contracts, rivalries, media and team management may not be for those who just want to race, but diehard fans of the sport who follow the headlines day in, day out will have a sense that they are really being involved in a virtual version of the sport. Racing remains the core of the game and Codemasters has continued to make this accessible to all players regardless of their racing proficiency. Like all of the other parts of the title, it has been tweaked, improved and is more engaging than ever. This year's entry may not have quite the same wow factor as 2017's game, but it doesn't need to. It quietly and in an understated way surpasses its predecessor quite brilliantly.

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Dead Cells — Published September 16th — 4.5/5

Dead Cells

Dead Cells is an excellent game that will challenge and delight seasoned roguelike addicts, yet Motion Twin has also made it accessible to newcomers. The combination of roguelite and Metroidvania genres wraps the bitter pill of permadeath in a sweet coating of exploration, with a solid progression system and plenty of reward loops to help inexperienced players get into the game. Meanwhile, expert players can speed run, ramp up the difficulty level and equip the gear and mutations designed for skilled users. Dying repeatedly has never felt this good.

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Forza Horizon 4 — Published September 25th — 5/5

Forza Horizon 4

By this stage, it should come as no surprise that Playground Games finds a way to raise the bar for each release in the Horizon series, and they've once again found another gear in Forza Horizon 4 that leaves its competitors trailing in the dust. The roster of cars is bigger than ever, the setting of Britain is stunningly recreated down to the finest detail, the shared online world is a resounding success, and the addition of seasons adds something completely new and unique to the series both in terms of the gameplay and the aesthetics of the world. I don't know how they do it, but Playground Games has once again set the standard for which other racing games should strive.

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey — Published October 5th — 4.5/5

01/10/2018 - Carousel

Assassin's Creed Odyssey is an ambitious game that takes a huge leap in the right direction for the series by building on the solid foundations laid by last year's Origins. The world is stunning, the combat feels better than it has in any other game in the series, and the inclusion of choices both big and small impacts the world and creates a much deeper narrative experience. There are still some rough spots then need addressing in future titles, and some of the new additions don't work as well as they should, but Odyssey sets a new bar for what an Assassin's Creed game can be.

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NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 — Published October 16th — 4.5/5

NBA 2K Playgrounds 2

NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 takes a fun foundational first game and improves on it in nearly every way. With subtle touches to the on-court gameplay, better and more numerous game modes, and an addicting player upgrade loop, it's a tough game to put down. The noticeably slower player unlocks are annoying, but given that the only purchasable player pack is a one-time full roster unlock, it doesn't end up seeming so predatory, just grindy otherwise. For basketball fans that don't always want the true-to-life simulation of the mainline 2K series, NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 is a slam dunk.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 — Published October 25th — 5/5

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2's vast, detailed and stunningly beautiful open world sits as the perfect backdrop for its compelling and well-paced story filled with epic set pieces. With deeper gameplay mechanics, a larger cast of diverse and interesting characters to meet, and a wealth of content from side objectives to mini-games, RDR2 is a shining example of what makes Rockstar's games so special. It might have been a long eight-year wait for a follow-up to Red Dead Redemption, but it's been well worth it as the game may go down as the greatest of this generation. Few games have ever had as much hype around them as this one, and yet few have ever met and even exceeded their expectations in the way Red Dead Redemption 2 has.

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SOULCALIBUR VI — Published October 25th — 4.5/5

17/10/2018 - Carousel

The developers of Soulcalibur VI made it clear they were focusing on making a great and, most importantly, fun game. If competitive players liked it and wanted to make it a staple in the fighting genre, they’d work with them to ensure the game achieved what it needed to, but the focus was never on competition. With that in mind, the game is an unqualified success. It’s fun, challenging, accessible and deep enough to keep a casual player around, and the few negatives can’t stand in the way of what makes the game so excellent. We’d recommend this to anyone with even a passing interest in the fighting genre, and especially to those who just want a fighting game that’s fun to play.

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HITMAN 2 — Published November 15th — 4.5/5

08/11/2018 - Carousel

It's certainly true that a lot of what Hitman 2 does well are things that Hitman from 2016 did well too, but much of what made that game great is taken a step further this time, making this new sequel the best Hitman game in almost 20 years. IO deserves praise for knowing their series so well and bringing the types of changes to this sequel that longtime fans will appreciate most of all. It's the most accessible Hitman to date thanks to improved information sharing, but it also runs deeper than anything before it, making it a game truly built for the fans that know Agent 47 best. No other stealth game plays like Hitman, and Hitman 2 is the best this unique series has ever been.

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Dave Horobin
Written by Dave Horobin
Dave is the TrueAchievements Social Manager and has been a Newshound since 2010. When he's not chasing developers and publishers for early review copies, he can usually be found on the TrueAchievements social pages discussing all things TA related.