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Friday Debate – What’s the best game of 2018?

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2018 has been a fantastic year for video games, hasn’t it? The world may be burning, but over on the digital frontier there has been a stellar push towards unleashing games that haven’t just met expectations, they’ve surpassed them. 2018 came out swinging when the year began, dropping gems such as Monster Hunter World and Far Cry 5 on audiences, continuing to unleash a salvo of high quality titles along the way.

It didn’t even need to be massive AAA-budget games either that got your attention. Hollow Knight and Dead Cells can easily stand shoulder to shoulder with the likes of God of War and Destiny 2: Forsaken, while other games such as Celeste and Return of the Obra Dinn went on to claim wild success and devoted fanbases along the way.

The Critical Hit gang could wax lyrical about their favourite games of 2018 for years to come, and we certainly will do so with our annual awards that are clearly more important that Geoff Keighley’s upcoming big budget show. Y’know, if you don’t mind an awards show that has the budget of used chewing gum, guest cancellations a’plenty and is being held in the stately location of my kitchen. Top that, Keighley.

Today isn’t about our opinions however.

We want to hear what you consider to be the best of the best. Which games tickled you in all the right places? What’s the one game that had you smiling frome ar to ear, crying the next and flabbergasted by the time the end credit have rolled? I’ve gone and made a poll below for you to vote in, because this year we really do want to do justice to you, our readers.

While Critical Hit will have game awards to dole out based on behind closed doors discussions that have led to some heated arguments and shots to the plums, we also want you guys involved. So cast a vote, and let us know in the comments below who you think deserves top honours. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some protective cricket gear to don as I try to convince Kervyn that Fallout 76 should win the award for most polished game.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Critical Hit as an organisation.

Last Updated: November 30, 2018

28 Comments

  1. Fortnite.

    What else?

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  2. Gavin Mannion

    November 30, 2018 at 11:32

    The only new game this year that really grabbed me was Dead Cells, I played a lot of Dead Cells and really loved it.

    The others are probably all awesome but since I had no console while travelling I have missed out on all the exclusives, 2019 is going to be a great year for me

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  3. The D

    November 30, 2018 at 11:35

    Hiiiiiiiiiiiiitman 2 you guys
    Hitman twwoooooooooooooo

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  4. Steffmeister

    November 30, 2018 at 11:54

    RDR2 is my personal game of the decade, never mind year.

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    • Gavin Mannion

      November 30, 2018 at 12:05

      All I’m hearing from people is that it’s SUPER slow which has turned me off it a bit, I don’t have 100 hours to sink into a main story line

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      • Tarisma

        November 30, 2018 at 12:32

        This has been my issue with it, I’m really busy at the moment so am only able to grab small bursts of playtime. I often feel like a lot of that playtime is me slimly existing, kinda feels like I’m not doing much a lot of it.

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        • Marius Nell

          November 30, 2018 at 12:47

          It might seem slow but it is with purpose. you build relationships, you discover the world and you get to a point where you as player can relate to the character you play as you go through this journey together. rushing through this game will make is not as impact-full. I agree RDR2 is the best game game-play story world and polish wise of this generation

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      • Steffmeister

        November 30, 2018 at 13:01

        Its definitely slow, but that’s part of what I like about it. Its not for everyone, and you need lots of time for it. For me its a very relaxing game, with a very good story.

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      • GooseZA

        November 30, 2018 at 13:53

        It can be slow but the quality of the writing and voice acting, the way the world looks, the details in the side activities more than make up for it.

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      • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

        December 3, 2018 at 15:29

        Those who complain have missed the point entirely. Get rid of the NEED to get to the end of the game and you’ll realise that you’ve bought a game that will last months, probably years, and at least 3 play-throughs.

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  5. Original Heretic

    November 30, 2018 at 11:57

    God of War. Not even a maybe in my mind.

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  6. BradeLunner

    November 30, 2018 at 12:15

    God of War, for taking risks and then backing it up. And then also somehow being deeply emotional

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  7. Sageville

    November 30, 2018 at 12:17

    Raboobi!

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  8. G8crasha

    November 30, 2018 at 13:38

    3 pop out for me. RDR2 (which I haven’t played yet), Assassin’s Creed or God of War. If I was to choose one, it would have to be RDR2, even though I haven’t played it yet, although I have watched gameplay videos, so I have a strong idea of what the game is like.

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    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      December 3, 2018 at 15:30

      Videos don’t do that much justice. For me it was hands-down God of War, but judging by playtime, RDR2 wins.

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    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      December 3, 2018 at 15:30

      Videos don’t do that much justice. For me it was hands-down God of War, but judging by playtime, RDR2 wins.

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  9. Magoo

    November 30, 2018 at 13:44

    For the 3rd year running, Rocket League is my GOTY.

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    • GooseZA

      November 30, 2018 at 13:53

      This.

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  10. Craig "Crios" Boonzaier

    November 30, 2018 at 14:50

    Fighting Games might not be everyone’s cup of tea.
    However, Soul Calibur VI is my winner this year.
    It lived up to the hype, incorporating new systems and bring back the speed and feel from earlier editions.
    Yes, there are some bugs and exploits, few games are perfect at launch.

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  11. HvR

    November 30, 2018 at 17:02

    Actually haven’t touched AAA this year, can not justifying spending 3/4 of tank of petrol on one game.

    Battletech definitely my GOTY, small crowdfunded independent team manage to deliver a almost bug free strategy game with an awesome story driven single player campaign perfectly capturing the Battletech universe had me sinking 200 hour into it. Best R250 rand I spent this year.

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    • Pariah

      November 30, 2018 at 17:27

      You know you don’t have to buy collector’s editions of games. You can buy regular versions for just 1/4 of a tank…

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      November 30, 2018 at 18:40

      I loved it too.

      Reply

  12. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    December 3, 2018 at 15:30

    Spec Ops: The Line

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