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!
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.
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.
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.
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…
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