2018 was a great year in gaming.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is my favorite game of the current generation, overachieving in so many ways that sometimes it’s impossible to grasp how much the technology and design have evolved in so few years.

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LENNY!!!!!

An experience to behold that feeds the soul through an explosion of creativity, engineering and testing. I imagine so much testing must have been done on this game to bring it to us in such a finely crafted, near bespoke form.

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It presents excellent narrative, soundtrack, acting and gameplay, a controversial decision that I’ve only recently understood fully why. There were some complaints about the player character having a slow response time, or a “dragging” feeling, but it was only in the fiery endless battles of free-roaming in Red Dead Online that I’ve understood that it is the most realistic depiction of leaving inertia ever presented in a game. I won’t go into this much, but the response time is currently the most accurate as a simulation from the act of leaving stillness to full movement. We’ve just been used to no response time because most games don’t care about that particular realistic accuracy, choosing to put a speedy output as a crucial priority to keep from frustrating players anxious to move.

Red Dead Redemption 2  also works as a tool for teaching patience to a world that demands instant gratification. RDR2’s rewards are subtle, may they be a simple breathtaking view from the mountains, a hot-air balloon ride or a soul-flaring song from the legendary D’angelo rising from the unexpected depths of a dense narrative to arrest your mind to a journey into its strangely alluring world, while the creeping civilization of the frontiers gradually overtakes the surrounding nature and surrounds our characters.

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There is still plenty of nature to go around in the game, so be on the lookouts for pumas  that can jump you at any time or camp along the shore to bask into the sounds of the river while cooking some fish. Featuring many sidequests and people to interact with through a simple but effective schema of Greeting or Antagonizing, unique dialogue written by the finest wordcrafters in the business, endless entertainment and a sad, sad story that features a character that was an actor’s best performance ever portrayed on this medium by the now legendary Roger Clark,

Red Dead Redemption 2 is my Game of the Year.

but

The Game Awards 2018’s Game of the Year was God of War. And I’m Ok with this.

God of War uses the best technology available in motion capture and crisp, fast and fluid gameplay as its core, wrapped in a fine blanket of storytelling, featuring narrative and acting that trades a little edge out of the raging spartan Kratos for the troubled life of a heartbroken God teaching his son to be better while being chased by the sins of others. It’s a masterpiece. It’s a brilliant achievement. Definitely well deserved.

Congratulations to the Sony Santa Monica team for this stunning victory!

 

Honorable mention – Spider-Man:

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Orchestral music

 

Here is the full list of The Game Awards 2018 Winners I’ve shamelessly copied off the internet just to get you here to read my opinion:

GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)
  • Celeste (Matt Makes Games)
  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)
  • Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

BEST ONGOING GAME

  • Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)

BEST GAME DIRECTION

  • A Way Out (Hazelight Studios / EA)
  • Detroit: Become Human (Quantic Dream / SIE)
  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

BEST NARRATIVE

  • Detroit: Become Human (Quantic Dream / SIE)
  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

BEST ART DIRECTION

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)
  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)
  • Octopath Traveler (Square Enix / Acquire / Nintendo)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
  • Return of Obra Din (3909 LLC)

BEST SCORE/MUSIC

  • Celeste (Lena Raine)
  • God of War (Bear McCreary)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (John Paesano)
  • Ni No Kuni II (Joe Hisaishi)
  • Octopath Traveler (Yasunori Nishiki)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Woody Jackson)

BEST AUDIO DESIGN

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Treyarch Studios / Activision)
  • Forza Horizon 4 (Playground Games / Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios)
  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

BEST PERFORMANCE

  • Bryan Dechart as Connor, Detroit: Become Human
  • Christopher Judge as Kratos, God of War
  • Melissanthi Mahut as Kassandra, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker, Marvel’s Spider-Man

GAMES FOR IMPACT

  • 11-11 Memories Retold (Digixart / Aardman Animations / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment)
  • Celeste (Matt Makes Games)
  • Florence (Mountains / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix)
  • The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories (White Owls / Arc System Works)

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME

  • Celeste (Matt Makes Games)
  • Dead Cells (Motion Twin)
  • Into the Breach (Subset Games)
  • Return of the Obra Dinn (3909 LLC)
  • The Messenger (Sabotage Studio)

BEST MOBILE

  • Donut County (Ben Esposito / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Florence (Mountains / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • PUBG MOBILE (Lightspeed & Quantum / Tencent Games)
  • Reigns: Game of Thrones (Nerial / Developer Digital)

BEST VR/AR GAME

  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission (SIE Japan Studio / SIE)
  • Beat Saber (Beat Games)
  • Firewall Zero Hour (First Contact Entertainment / SIE)
  • Moss (Polyarc Games)
  • Tetris Effect (Resonair / Enhance, Inc)

BEST ACTION GAME

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Treyarch / Activision)
  • Dead Cells (Motion Twin)
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken (Bungie / Activision)
  • Far Cry 5 (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)
  • Mega Man 11 (Capcom)

BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)
  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Eidos Montreal / Crystal Dynamics / Square Enix)

BEST ROLE PLAYING GAME

  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Square Enix / Square Enix)
  • Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (Level 5 / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment)
  • Octopath Traveler (Square Enix / Acquire / Nintendo)
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (Obsidian Entertainment / Versus Evil)

BEST FIGHTING GAME

  • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle (Arc System Works)
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ (Arc System Works / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment)
  • Soul Calibur VI (Bandai Namco Studios / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment)
  • Street Fighter V Arcade (Dimps / Capcom)

BEST FAMILY GAME

  • Mario Tennis Aces (Camelot Software Planning / Nintendo)
  • Nintendo Labo (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Overcooked 2 (Ghost Town Games / Team 17)
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Ubisoft Toronto / Ubisoft)
  • Super Mario Party (NDCube / Nintendo)

BEST STRATEGY GAME

  • BATTLETECH (Harebrained Schemes / Paradox Interactive
  • Frostpunk (11 bit studios)
  • Into the Breach (Subset Games)
  • The Banner Saga 3 (Stoic Studio / Versus Evil)
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Sega CS3 / Sega)

BEST SPORTS/RACING

  • FIFA 19 (EA Vancouver / EA Sports)
  • Forza Horizon 4 (Playground Games / Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios)
  • Mario Tennis Aces (Camelot Software Planning / Nintendo)
  • NBA 2K19 (Visual Concepts / 2K Sports)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 (PES Productions / Konami)

BEST MULTIPLAYER GAME

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Treyarch / Activision)
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken (Bungie / Activision)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)

CONTENT CREATOR/STREAMER OF THE YEAR

  • Ninja
  • Pokimane
  • Lupo
  • Myth
  • Willyrex

BEST ESPORTS GAME

  • CSGO
  • DOTA 2
  • Fortnite
  • Overwatch
  • League of Legends

ESPORTS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

  • Dominique “SonicFox” McLean
  • Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi
  • Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao
  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
  • Sung-hyeon “JJoNak” Bang

 

What about you?

What was your Game of the Year of 2018?

 

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