A Year in Review: 2018 Gaming

BY DEAN MOSES

With 2018 now behind us, it is time to look back at some of last year’s most impressive games. We were treated to breathtaking action, groundbreaking game mechanics, a historic roster of characters, and the pinnacle of video game writing. So, without further ado, let’s look back.

Red Dead Redemption 2

As mentioned in our previous issue, Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 is our game of the year, so we won’t spend too much time on this one. Still, in my mind, this is one of the greatest video game narratives ever put to disk, next to the likes of Metal Gear Solid, Alan Wake, and Bioshock. I literally had goosebumps during the final few missions. The sound design, music, gameplay, acting, and writing were all tweaked to perfection. Red Dead Redemption 2 is not only one of the best games of last year, it is also one of the best of all time.

God of War

God of War won game of the year at the December 6th, 2018 Game Awards, and it is easy to see why. The graphical achievement in this game alone is astounding, it is like playing through a Pixar film. Not only that, the narrative is truly touching. We follow Kratos and his young son as they embark on an emotional journey to carry out his wife’s last wishes. On this adventure Kratos not only combats Norse Gods, but also learns how to be a better father along the way. It is tales like this that make video games the number one form of entertainment and shows how the art form has grown up over the years.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate

The classic fighting game, Super Smash Bros, returned last year on the Nintendo Switch with the greatest number of fighters to ever appear in the franchise. Smash Bros really is the ultimate crossover experience, with characters battling it out from a variety of different series, including Mario Bros, Kirby, Donky Kong, Metal Gear Solid, Fire Emblem, EarthBound, Street Fight-er, and many, many more. This addictive fighter comes compete with online play, local multiplayer, arcade mode, and an extensive story mode. Unlocking new characters soon becomes a fun and re-warding experience. There is nothing like watching your roster grow while spotting recognizable faces from beloved games of the past. Plus, new fighters will soon be available via downloadable content. It is because of games like this the Switch has grown exponentially in popularity.

Spider-Man

Exclusively on the PlayStation 4, Spider-Man almost made it to our game of the year spot thanks to its astounding game mechanics. With an engaging story set in its very own Marvel universe, this super hero outing does an incredible job of putting the player in Spider-Man’s tights like no game has since 2004’s Spider-Man 2 on PlayStation 2 and the original Xbox. Developer Insomniac Games crafted an intricately detailed New York City in which you can swing through and perform jaw-dropping stunts. You can also fight classic villains like the Kingpin, Scorpion, Tombstone, Shocker, and more. Not only that, there are numerous collectibles and side-missions to keep players distracted from the main story.

These have been last year’ greatest games, but what about the worst game of the year?
The Spring Creek Sun’s dis-honorable mention goes to…
Fallout 76

Fallout 76 has been widely regarded as last year’s most disappointing game. Plagued with a whole host of glitches, and tedious gameplay, this latest edition in the beloved series has left fans speechless due to developer Bethesda’s handling of the issue, remaining silent for a long period of time and refusing to respond to complaints. This comes in tandem with grievances from those who purchased the game’s special edition, stating the package did not include what was promised in pre-orders. All in all, Fallout 76 has failed to live up to its predecessors’ fantastic game design.

Here at the Spring Creek Sun we hope this list will help you pick out the games you may have missed last year.