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The Critical Hit Games of the Year 2018 – Best Action Game

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You could say that every game is an action game technically, but for this category? We’re talking about the games that had a very specific kind of action. The games that swung swords, gave the richest of explosions and landed the most devastating haymakers possible were what we were after this year, and 2018 didn’t disappoint.

So grab a telephoto lens, set up the pyrotechnics and hold on to your butts, because we’re about to engage in some lights, camera and action!

Honourable mentions

Marvel’s Spider-Man


Marvel’s Spider-Man was a pitch-perfect execution of having all the power and none of the responsibility to temper that amazing arachnid powers. Swinging out of the school of Arkham action, Marvel’s Spider-Man set its own pace with a rich selection of sensational agility that resulted in a lean and mean webhead, turning New York City into a playground of webs and gadgets that flowed beautifully together.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

If Assassin’s Creed Origins was the next chapter in Ubisoft’s vision for their franchise, then Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was the big budget sequel that took what worked and fine-tuned it even further. As usual, players had a massive sandbox to explore, but it was the tight Spartan combat and character building that made this entry the best in the Assassin’s Creed series.

Monster Hunter: World

Monster Hunter World

Capcom has a tradition of kickstarting a new year with a bang, but 2018 saw them go for the full baysplosion instead. Monster Hunter: World is a monumental success in the hunting department, a deep and engrossing safari of epic proportions that gives players all the tools that they need to succeed and then unleashes them on a wild and merciless world.

Hitman 2

Hitman 2

While all the games above are examples of constant flurries of action, Hitman 2 is a masterpiece in achieving a single action and then seeing your consequences unfold. Whether it’s a round from a sniper rifle that starts a cascading chain of events or even something as simple as smuggled broadsword to the face, Hitman 2 delights in that one moment when you finally introduce a target to oblivion.

And the winner is…

God of War

God of war (2)

Who else could it be? Sure, God of War may be a touching story of a father connecting with his son, but it’s also a tale of an old god connecting with various ghouls, demons and Nordic monsters through axe-based means. Everything about God of War felt just right. That swing of the Leviathan axe, the satisfying thud whenever it returned to your hand or any of the lethal gratification that came from the numerous other weapons available made God of War a sight to behold.

Factor in some of the most epic boss fights ever devised, and no game on the planet could touch God of War this year thanks to its epic and intimate design that emphasised a triumphant return to form for Kratos.

Last Updated: December 11, 2018


  1. Yes, I am pleased with this result


  2. Admiral Chief

    December 11, 2018 at 15:55



  3. Umar

    December 11, 2018 at 16:24

    Kinda disagree here. As an action game, I feel like Monster Hunter is much better. The combat is much more involved and technical and while GoW has some amazing set pieces, Monster Hunter forces you to constantly get up close and personal with creatures 100 times your size. I think GoW is the better game, but when it comes to pure action, Monster Hunter is better


    • Pariah

      December 11, 2018 at 16:28

      See I think GoTY has to be something people actually WANT to play and stuff. I wish I had a PS4 for GoW. I can already buy and play MH:W and I never will. Even on special. I think, even if I get it in a Humble Monthly, I’ll give the key away.

      And for sure I’m not the only one who’s indifferent towards MH in general.


      • Umar

        December 11, 2018 at 16:38

        True, but this isn’t GoTY it’s best action and Monster Hunter is a better action game. You might feel indifferent towards to it, but it’s a massively popular game. It already sold over 10 million copies. This was a huge title this year and many people want to, and still play it, evident by the Witcher 3 collab and new expansion


        • Pariah

          December 11, 2018 at 16:41

          Lies and slander! How dare people enjoy it?! How DARE they?


      • For the Emperor!

        December 11, 2018 at 17:05

        I was close to buying a PS4 for GoW this year (and dumping the XBone one my older brother). Stopped by needing to upgrade my TV first…and then there is the whole “retrenchment 3 days before Black Friday” thing and those who caused the fuck up but were “safe” still walking around with smiles asking people what they plan to buy on Black Friday!


        • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

          December 18, 2018 at 14:24

          Damn dude. That’s terrible news. Good luck for your next adventure.


          • For the Emperor!

            December 18, 2018 at 16:13

            Spanks, appreciate it.

          • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

            January 17, 2019 at 11:20

            Dude.. Hope things are looking better for you now.. Cheers!

          • For the Emperor!

            January 17, 2019 at 11:27

            Not fully yet, but have funds to last till October. So just casually looking for the best job as I can afford to be picky for now. And at least I will be playing more D&D soon 🙂

          • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

            January 17, 2019 at 11:40

            Ah, great news man! All the best 🙂

    • RinceThis

      December 12, 2018 at 11:46

      Found the combat clunky as all hell in Monster Hunter, the main reason I stopped playing.


  4. Original Heretic

    December 12, 2018 at 08:11

    I’m doing pelvic thrusts of victory!
    In my head. Only in my head. My work colleagues will look at me weirdly otherwise.


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