Top 20 Most Played Games of 2018 - Part One

By Mark Delaney,
New Year's Day is nearly here, which means it's time to say goodbye to the past twelve months of video games and clean our slates for the busy 2019 ahead. Today we look back on some of the biggest games of 2018. We're continuing our long goodbye with the third year of our popular feature looking at the biggest games of the year. Below you'll find the bottom half of the top 20 most played games all year on TrueAchievements, as measured by the number of new players starting each game. Stay tuned as later in the week we will break down the top ten.

20. Defiance 2050 - 18,286 Players

Closed beta

Perhaps a surprising addition to this list, Defiance released in July as a free to play MMO, and who can turn down free? If you recall, Defiance was a game made for the last generation in step with a SyFy channel original series, and the gimmick was the show and game would affect each other. Now as the show has ended, the game world lives on.

19. Burnout Paradise Remastered - 19,717 Players

Announcement screens

EA has stayed out of the remaster market almost entirely, but Burnout Paradise is one of the very few exceptions and apparently it was a welcome one around here. TA has always had a greater appreciation for racing games than a lot of other gaming communities and it shows with this strong support for what many consider to be one of the genre's greatest games. Now can someone get EA on that Mass Effect trilogy remaster?

18. ONRUSH - 20,323 Players


Unique and consistently fun, ONRUSH appears to have flopped commercially and that's really too bad. It's like Overwatch with cars, where players work together with class-based vehicles to complete objectives rather than cross a finish line. It's received several free weekends, is now featured in Game Pass, was recently a PlayStation Plus offering and is often on sale. It even got its new development team disbanded at Codemasters after just this one game. When you wonder why we mostly get sequels to proven successes, this is why.

17. Warface - 21, 311 Players


The only other free to play game on this list, Warface certainly has more mass appeal than Defiance given its modern military shooter setup. Ultimately neither has done too well critically, but these games are built like wide nets that hope to catch a few spending whales now and again. Warface failed to do so on Xbox 360. Maybe this time things will be better.

16. A Way Out - 21,654 Players

A Way Out

The forced co-op of A Way Out was a novel idea when it released, but it proved worthwhile in the end with one of the best co-op experiences you can find on consoles. The story isn't perfect but it's a lot of fun and demonstrates some of the most interesting cooperative gameplay elements ever devised. You really rely on your partner in ways that pay off in huge ways down the line.

15. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy - 23,098 Players

Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy

Having to wait a year to play this gorgeous remaster wasn't ideal, but ultimately it all seems to have worked out. Who would've thought in the year 2018 that Crash Bandicoot would be one of the most popular games? Both critically and commercially this collection seems to have outperformed even publisher expectations. Bring on Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.

14. FIFA 19 - 23,837 Players


Surprisingly missing the list last year, FIFA is back among the year's most popular. It depicts the only sport that's truly internationally adored so that explains why it's the only sports game that ever has a chance of hitting the top 20 annually.

13. Super Mega Baseball 2 - 26,969 Players


SMB2 is not only our highest ranking sports game, but it was also the most played ID@Xbox game. That's due to it being a Games with Gold title, but it certainly helps that it's also a fantastic baseball game on a console severely lacking baseball games.

12. Battlefield V - 28,718 Players


Appearing much lower than its series predecessor, Battlefield V is one of many fall 2018 games hit by the Red Dead Effect, but for fans of the series it's still a fun, if somewhat sparse at launch game. In a few months it'll likely be just as great as everything else DICE does — like in March when Firestorm, the studio's take on battle royale, is added in a free update.

11. Shadow of the Tomb Raider - 29,433 Players

Preview screens

Releasing in mid-September, this is the sort of game that would've usually done much better on TA where we love our single-player games. Lara's struggles this season have been rumored often, and it seems despite Square Enix calling this the end of her three-part origin story, we may already be done with her again for several years.

We'll be back soon with the top ten most played games. Any guesses what that list will look like? No peeking!
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He has written for GameSkinny, Gamesradar and the Official Xbox Magazine. He runs the family-oriented gaming site Game Together.