PA Game Of The Year 2018 - VOTE NOW!

InfidelInfidel HereticRegistered User regular
Sorry for the delay, life has been busy!

No fanfare, just


You can find the nomination thread here.



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    davidsdurionsdavidsdurions Your Trusty Meatshield Panhandle NebraskaRegistered User regular
    And done.
    1. Octopath Traveler (NS)
    2. F1 2018 (PC, PS4, XBO)
    3. Starlink: Battle for Atlas (NS, PS4, XBO)
    4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS)
    5. Surviving Mars (PC, PS4, XBO)
    6. Just Dance 2019 (NS, PS4, WII, WIIU, X360, XBO)
    7. Jurassic World Evolution (PC, PS4, XBO)
    8. Spider-Man (PS4)
    9. Mario Tennis Aces (NS)
    10. Assassin's Creed Odyssey (PC, PS4, XBO)
    11. The Banner Saga 3 (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    12. Monster Hunter: World (PC, PS4, XBO)
    13. Dragalia Lost (MOBILE)
    14. Gwent: The Witcher Card Game (PC, PS4, XBO)
    15. Yoku's Island Express (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    16. Paladins: Champions of the Realm (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    17. Pokémon Quest (NS, MOBILE)
    18. Fortnite (MOBILE, NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    19. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (PC, PS4, XBO)

    And there’s an incredibly long list of games from last year that I didn’t get to.

    I’d say my top 15 were all at least good games. The bottom 4 not so much but I did play them.

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    HenroidHenroid Mexican kicked from Immigration Thread Centrism is Racism :3Registered User regular
    edited January 2019
    Mama mia, I feel like I didn't play that much this year but I wasn't far off from total amount of new games played last year. Funny thing is, as of this post I actually haven't finished ANY of these games. DBFZ is at the bottom because I mistakenly bought a multiplayer driven game in a genre I am trash at. Mega Man 11 felt odd to play and I dropped out of trying it further. Iconoclasts I just totally forgot about. <_<
    1. Valkyria Chronicles 4 (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    2. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (NS, PC, PS4, PSVITA, XBO)
    3. Dead Cells (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    4. La-Mulana 2 (PC)
    5. The Jackbox Party Pack 5 (NS, MOBILE, PC, PS4, XBO)
    6. Iconoclasts (NS, PC, PS4, PSVITA)
    7. Mega Man 11 (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    8. Dragon Ball FighterZ (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)

    Henroid on
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    TehSpectreTehSpectre Registered User regular
    Metal Gear Survive was in my top 3.

    Don't @ me

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    BionicPenguinBionicPenguin Registered User regular
    edited January 2019
    Apparently, I didn't play many new games this year and even fewer new indie games.
    1. Assassin's Creed Odyssey (PC, PS4, XBO)
    2. Far Cry 5 (PC, PS4, XBO)
    3. Monster Prom (PC)
    4. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (PC)
    5. God of War (PS4)
    6. Super Mario Party (NS)
    7. Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! (NS)
    8. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS)
    9. Fallout 76 (PC, PS4, XBO)
    10. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (PC, PS4, XBO)
    11. Pathfinder: Kingmaker (PC)
    12. DayZ (PC)

    AC Odyssey is easily my number one. I haven't finished a game in that series since AC2, but I put about 100 hours into this one and I'll definitely be coming back for each bit of DLC.
    DayZ is mostly on the list because of the great times I had years ago with the Arma 2 mod. I haven't played the game since shortly after it was released in early access.

    BionicPenguin on
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    Zombie HeroZombie Hero Registered User regular
    I guess I didn’t play much this year, but what I did play I really, really liked.
    1. Octopath Traveler (NS)
    2. Celeste (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS)
    4. Mega Man 11 (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    5. Into the Breach (NS, PC)
    6. Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! (NS)
    7. Dead Cells (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    8. Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk (NS, PC, PS4)

    Octopath Traveler is an easy #1 for me. 2-4 could be in any order, gave Celeste the nod because I frequently work to its soundtrack.

    If MTG Arena was out of open beta I would have voted it just behind into the breach.

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    Road BlockRoad Block Registered User regular
    1. The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS)
    3. The Hex (PC)
    4. Octopath Traveler (NS)
    5. Celeste (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    6. Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country (NS)
    7. The Banner Saga 3 (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    8. CrossCode (PC)
    9. Deltarune: Chapter 1 (PC)
    10. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (PC)
    11. The Shapeshifting Detective (PC, PS4, XBO, NS)
    12. GRIS (NS, PC)

    Not the greatest year for AAA games for me. With the exception of Smash. But it did have a surprisingly big selection of jrpgs. And The Missing and The Hex were absolutely phenomenal indie works that I can't recommend enough.

    Also apparently a good year for games starting with "The", considering they make up 1/3 of my list.

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    TomantaTomanta Registered User regular
    1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS)
    2. Dead Cells (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    3. Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! (NS)
    4. Pathfinder: Kingmaker (PC)

    I really didn't play much new stuff this year. Which fits my "buy on sale" ethics and lack of time to play.

    Octopath Traveller would be on the list if I wasn't still working through Smash. Mario Kart 8 and Breath of the Wild would be on it if they released in 2018.

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    KoopahTroopahKoopahTroopah The koopas, the troopas. Philadelphia, PARegistered User regular
    As usual, I played less stuff than I thought I did. Hell, half of the list is indies.
    1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS)
    2. God of War (PS4)
    3. Wandersong (NS, PC)
    4. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (NS, PC, PS4, PSVITA, XBO)
    5. The Messenger (NS, PC)
    6. Moonlighter (NS, PC)
    7. Celeste (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    8. Subnautica (PC, PS4, XBO)
    9. Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, XBO)
    10. Dead Cells (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    11. Dragon Ball FighterZ (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    12. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (PC, PS4, XBO)
    13. Mario Tennis Aces (NS)
    14. Darkest Dungeon (NS, XBO)
    15. Spider-Man (PS4)
    16. Fortnite (MOBILE, NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    17. Assassin's Creed Odyssey (PC, PS4, XBO)
    18. Sea of Thieves (PC, XBO)
    19. Deltarune: Chapter 1 (PC)
    20. Distance (PC)

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    GroveGrove Los AngelesRegistered User regular
    1. Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia (MOBILE)
    2. Monster Hunter: World (PC, PS4, XBO)
    3. Dragon Ball FighterZ (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    4. God of War (PS4)
    5. Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, XBO)
    6. Spider-Man (PS4)
    7. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (PC)
    8. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (NS, PC, PS4, PSVITA, XBO)
    9. Mega Man 11 (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    10. Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden (PC, PS4, XBO)
    11. Dead Cells (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    12. The Messenger (NS, PC)
    13. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS)
    14. Subnautica (PC, PS4, XBO)
    15. Mario Tennis Aces (NS)
    16. Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation 2 (PS4)

    My shame is palpable. Having a mobile game as my 1 in a year with such epic releases...but I'll be damned if I haven't played Opera Omnia EVERYDAY for a year.

    Some of the better games are ranked a little lower only because I haven't played much of them. Like Smash Bros will be highers, but I only played a few minutes.

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    Andy JoeAndy Joe We claim the land for the highlord! The AdirondacksRegistered User regular
    Managed to beat more games this year than last, thanks to clearing out a bunch of short indies near the end.

    1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Truly "Video Games: The Video Game." The gameplay is as satisfying as its ever been (the slow and zoom on finishing hits is great, regardless of whether it was taken from Tekken 7), but the real highlight is the love of the history of video games on display. The new custom Classic modes pay homage to each fighter, and seeing how every new Spirit is represented in World of Light is delightful every time.
    2, Octopath Traveler - This game reminds of Breath of the Wild, in that there are a ton of obvious ways a sequel could improve...but it's still so good. Yes, the individual stories don't come together until very late. Yes, the cutscenes are all written as if each character is alone and frequently don't make sense if there's a full party. But all that falls away in light of the game's amazing qualities. The battle system is superbly engaging, avoiding the usual slow wearing-down of boss HP common in JRPGs to focus on timing; combining Boosts, Breaks, buffs, and debuffs to maximize burst damage. Dramatic sound and visual effects make turn-based combat feel exciting and engaging. Visually, it looks and sounds the way classic JRPGs do in your memory, with gorgeous landscapes, amazing music, and gigantic boss sprites. Using the path actions reveals so much about the inner lives of individuals and the secret workings of the world.
    3, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age - DQ XI, for better or worse, feels like it took part of my soul. A huge adventure, it takes you across the world multiple times in multiple times. I got the platinum trophy after more than 100 hours and still didn't do everything there was to do. Toriyama's monster designs have never looked better, animated with goofy vitality. The localization is a marvel, filled with (barring some unfortunate accents on a few minor characters) amazing and heartfelt vocal performances that really drive the story home emotionally. The game is held back from higher ranking by some problems: overworld mechanics feel half-baked; there is crass sexualization, particularly in Jade's Act 2 story; pep power and rarefied and monster quests can go to hell; and of course the music, which has been discussed by much more qualified persons than me at length elsewhere.
    4.Celeste - Precision platforming at its finest, Celeste wisely advises you up front not to be discouraged by failure. Death is barely a punishment, putting you nigh-instaneously back at the start of a relatively short platforming challenge. What needs to be done is usually clear, and progress is a matter of execution. This structure meshes well with the story of overcoming anxiety, doubt, and depression, which nevertheless maintains positive tone without wallowing in grimness. The music is the best game soundtrack of the year, full of funky electronica that perfectly suits the mood of the challenge on hand. The bonus stages present some of the most diabolical challenges I have ever seen in almost three decades of playing platformers, and I must admit I was not able to beat all of them without the built-in assist options. The game doesn't judge you for this; we all need help sometimes.
    5. Spider-Man - I won't say it made me feel like Spider-Man, because I honestly don't think about what it feels like to be Spider-Man much, if at all. I will say it feels good, with a movement system dedicated to maintaining momentum (though this makes small, precise movement feel a bit squirrely) and fighting that adapts Arkham's style to Spidey's toolset. It is harder than Arkham; you take a lot of damage even from melee attacks, and takedowns are much more precious with how long it takes for the focus gauge to fill and how you need to spend that resource on healing, too. The pacing is excellent, the best I've seen in a Western AAA action game; the final act in particular features a thrilling sense of escalation. There's the usual open-world flotsam, but it rarely feels like a chore and there's not that much compared to other games of this ilk, although waiting for crimes to spawn can be tedious. The stealth sections vary in quality; the early ones are dull, but the later ones that throw some sort of twist in are all right.
    6. Kirby Star Allies - It's more Kirby, with cutesy platforming that slowly gives way to a surprisingly epic conclusion, zooming across planets to face down a giant evil god in a shmup minigame. You know how this goes. The multiple characters gimmick lends itself to some neat puzzles. The later boss battles are surprisingly tough; let down your guard and you can lose a lot of health real quick.
    7. Timespinner - This is unapologetically trying to be an Igavania, and for the most part it succeeds. Crisp character and background art, intricate maps filled with place to go back to when you get new abilities or keys, satisfying combat and movement controls, and amazing music that could fit right into the Dawn of Sorrow OST. The focus on sidequests offers a new wrinkle, and the characters involved are very diverse, which is nice. The variety of items, abilities, and enemies is lower than in a genuine Igavania, but I won't begrudge that against an indie Kickstarter game.
    8. Megaman 11 - Had to turn the difficulty down to Easy to get through this with any speed; I must be getting old. Enemies new and old are presented with a ton of charm and energy. The Robot Master weapons all have unique properties and feels, and each has lots of applicability in the levels. A worthy successor to the franchise.
    9. Deltarune Chapter 1 - The most unexpected game this year. You can tell the Undertale system had to kludged quite a bit to accommodate a playable party, but somehow it works. The characters all grow on you, whether new, old, or both(?), and the story that ends with the final boss battle feels reasonably complete, while at the same time leaving open huge questions about what will happen next and the relationship of this universe to Undertale's...and that's before the stinger!
    10, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon - I played Dracula's Curse last year, too, and while this spiritual successor is arguably less ambitious (much more linear, and probably has fewer levels overall) it's definitely a much more accessible experience. Switching characters is snappy, their powers are all useful in a variety of situations. Visually, Curse of the Moon outdoes its predecessor, with gorgeous tilesets and huge boss sprites. The final boss of Nightmare Mode I want to give a particular shoutout to, it's very rare you see a boss battle that seems so totally overwhelming at first, but that with practice you can get good enough to barely get hit in just a few tries.
    11. GRIS - A beautiful metaphor about dealing with loss and grief, every screen of this game looks and sounds beautiful. The ludic elements are better than I would have expected, too; moving, jumping, and special abilities all feel pretty good, and progress involves platforming and puzzle challenges that are mildly, sometimes even moderately challenging.
    12. Wandersong - A goofy adventure about someone who is explicitly not the hero and all the wacky people he meets trying to save the world at the end of the universe. The game is not strict at all with its rhythm challenges, and engagement comes more from talking with weird and wacky cast of characters and the puzzle platforming in the spirit world. The latter show surprising inventiveness, although they tend to go on for a screen or two too long.
    13. The Messenger - Ranked this low because I didn't have time to finish it, only getting to where it really opens up. A tribute both loving and irreverent to classic action platformers, filled with sarcastic fourth wall-breaking jokes, cool chiptune music, and escalating challenge. There was a difficulty spike around the Glacial Peak level; the cloud-stepping mechanic, where you can airjump after hitting something, isn't crucial up to that point and you don't have to get good at it, right up until you really, really need to get good at it.

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    captainkcaptaink TexasRegistered User regular
    1. Spider-Man (PS4)
    2. Return of the Obra Dinn (PC)
    3. God of War (PS4)
    4. Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, XBO)
    5. Moonlighter (NS, PC)
    6. Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (PC, PS4)
    7. The Messenger (NS, PC)
    8. Assassin's Creed Odyssey (PC, PS4, XBO)
    9. Dead Cells (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    10. Octopath Traveler (NS)
    11. Vampyr (PC, PS4, XBO)
    12. CrossCode (PC)
    13. The Room: Old Sins (MOBILE)
    14. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (PC)
    15. Holedown (MOBILE)
    16. Pathfinder: Kingmaker (PC)
    17. Pocket City (MOBILE)
    18. Subnautica (PC, PS4, XBO)

    Top 3 I feel really strong about. 3-12 could probably change based on the day. Down at the bottom is stuff I need to get back to and decent mobile games.

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    UreshiiAkumaUreshiiAkuma Registered User regular
    I did not play many new games at all this year...
    1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS)
    2. Forza Horizon 4 (PC, XBO)
    3. Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus (PC)
    4. Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit (NS)
    5. Just Dance 2019 (NS, PS4, WII, WIIU, X360, XBO)
    6. Mario Tennis Aces (NS)
    7. Pokémon Quest (NS, MOBILE)

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    Blackhawk1313Blackhawk1313 Demon Hunter for Hire Time RiftRegistered User regular
    The Messenger just resonated super well with me, old school ninja gaiden sensibilities with modern flair. Really any in the top 5 could have been my favorite and all were at one point not another. Good year for games.
    1. The Messenger (NS, PC)
    2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS)
    3. Assassin's Creed Odyssey (PC, PS4, XBO)
    4. Monster Hunter: World (PC, PS4, XBO)
    5. Dead Cells (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    6. CrossCode (PC)
    7. Spider-Man (PS4)
    8. Return of the Obra Dinn (PC)
    9. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (NS, PC, PS4, PSVITA, XBO)
    10. God of War (PS4)
    11. Ashen (PC, XBO)
    12. Octopath Traveler (NS)
    13. Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! (NS)
    14. Mega Man 11 (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)

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    NogginNoggin Registered User regular
    1. Spider-Man (PS4)
    2. Into the Breach (NS, PC)
    3. God of War (PS4)
    4. Dead Cells (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    5. Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, XBO)
    6. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS)
    7. Darkest Dungeon (NS, XBO)
    8. Octopath Traveler (NS)

    Have to give it to spidey because I was really craving a good superhero game, and we got a great one.

    Everything else is pretty great in it's own way, but RDR2 lost points with me for being so dauntingly long, and while octopath didn't really click with me I'm still glad it exists.

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    jammujammu 2020 is now. Registered User regular
    I did my part:
    1. Six Ages: Ride Like The Wind (MOBILE)
    2. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (PC)
    3. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (PS4)
    4. Spider-Man (PS4)
    5. Artifact (PC)
    6. Gwent: The Witcher Card Game (PC, PS4, XBO)
    7. Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales (PC, PS4, XBO)
    8. Soulcalibur VI (PC, PS4, XBO)
    9. Valkyria Chronicles 4 (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    10. Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, XBO)

    Six ages was my clear favourite this year. It's sequel to King of Dragon Pass. It's a clan management / choose your adventure-story with and epic story based on Glorantha and its cow stealing bronze age societies.

    Pillars 2 was a clear improvement on its precedessor. Real fun pirate themed RPG.

    Yakuza 6 is more of the same yakuza goodness. Yakuza 2 is better, but that's remake. Many manly tears were shed over the issue.

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    JazzJazz Registered User regular
    edited February 2019
    I was surprised to find I played more 2018 games in 2018 than 2017 games in 2017. All too often I end up with them in later years.
    1. F1 2018 (PC, PS4, XBO)
    2. Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, XBO)
    3. Assassin's Creed Odyssey (PC, PS4, XBO)
    4. Shadow of the Tomb Raider (PC, PS4, XBO)
    5. Far Cry 5 (PC, PS4, XBO)
    6. Jurassic World Evolution (PC, PS4, XBO)
    7. Forza Horizon 4 (PC, XBO)
    8. Conan Exiles (PC, PS4, XBO)
    9. The Hex (PC)
    10. CrossCode (PC)
    11. BattleTech (PC)
    12. Wreckfest (PC, PS4, XBO)

    F1's always been the bridesmaid, never the bride - always high up on my list, certainly the last couple of years after the missteps of 2014 & 2015, but not quite on the top spot. This year, though, it takes it, and I should mention that's on merit, not just for the sake of putting it there. Given the remarkable competition this year, that is extremely high praise. That game is terrific.

    2018 was a good year for video games. And this year, there isn't even a crap one that grudgingly makes the bottom of the list just because I played it. Those are all damn fine games. I feel bad for Wreckfest that it's at the bottom, it's good!

    (Edited to add in Far Cry 5; resubmitted the form above and it was confirmed accepted.)

    Also, seriously, did only 8 games come out for the 3DS in 2018? Casualty of the Switch's success. I know it's getting long in the tooth, but... :sad:

    Jazz on
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    Maz-Maz- 飛べ Registered User regular
    This is probably the shortest my list has ever been, heh. I actually played a decent amount of games last year, but a lot of them were older games, ports and so on. Still, all of the games that are on my list are pretty good, so that's something.
    1. Octopath Traveler (NS)
    2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS)
    3. Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country (NS)
    4. Valkyria Chronicles 4 (NS)
    5. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (PS4)
    6. Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! (NS)

    Octopath Traveler was just fantastic all-around. It also had the best soundtrack this year.

    Smash Ultimate is the best Smash yet. Maybe it would've landed on the top spot if it came out earlier last year, but I simply haven't played it enough yet. It'll probably end up being one my most-played games in 2019.

    Torna was amazing. I loved the original Xenoblade Chronicles 2, but Torna actually managed to improve on it in many ways, especially in terms of the combat. Great soundtrack, too.

    I ended up liking Valkyria Chronicles 4 more than the original, but I still had a few problems with it. Most of all probably the various bosses, all of which were just plain not fun to fight.

    Gameplay-wise, Yakuza 6 was actually kinda disappointing. The new engine kinda sucks, fighting isn't as fun anymore, large parts of the map aren't accessible and I didn't care for most of the side activities this. However, amazingly enough the main story was actually really good this time. It actually made me tear up a couple of times - partially because of how Kiryu's story wrapped up, but mostly because of the main theme of this game. While I'm not a father, I am an uncle and my nephew is actually around the same age as the kid in the game, so some of the scenes had a really strong emotional impact on me.

    Despite being last on this list, I actually liked Let's Go Pikachu more than I expected. Playing a Pokemon game on the big screen is great, the game looks and sounds good and eliminating random battles was a fantastic idea. However, it was dumbed down way too much, there's way too much of a focus on catching Pokemon instead of battling and it's just the same old Kanto again.

    These are some of the older games, ports or non-eligible games I played that are worth mentioning (I might do a more detailed writeup on them later once I have more time)
    • Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology
    • West of Loathing
    • Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion
    • The World Ends With You: Final Remix
    • Yakuza 0

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    RamiRami Registered User regular
    edited January 2019
    1. Into the Breach (NS, PC)
    2. God of War (PS4)
    3. Return of the Obra Dinn (PC)
    4. Monster Hunter: World (PC, PS4, XBO)
    5. Octopath Traveler (NS)
    6. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS)
    7. Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country (NS)
    8. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (PC)
    9. Dragon Quest XI (PC, PS4)
    10. Frostpunk (PC)
    11. Hitman 2 (PC, PS4, XBO)
    12. Iconoclasts (NS, PC, PS4, PSVITA)
    13. Warhammer: Vermintide 2 (PC, PS4, XBO)
    14. Subnautica (PC, PS4, XBO)
    15. Dead Cells (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)

    Some summaries:

    Into the Breach
    An incredible amount of tactical depth in bite sized portions. There's more going on here in tiny maps and half a dozen units than in most other strategy games. I've never played a game before that so often invoked a feeling of success being impossible, only for you to realise a minute later that through a specific sequence of events a flawless victory can be achieved.

    I devoured this until I cleared everything with every squad and then I wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer.

    God of War
    It's fucking gorgeous. The writing is fantastic and the combat is satisfying. My main complaint: not quite enough enemy variety. Needed more variation in kill animations, and backtracking through the linear areas was pretty dull.

    Never imagined I'd like a GoW game, let alone rank it this high. I'm glad they decided the franchise should grow up.

    Return of the Obra Dinn
    A delightful idea for a puzzle game executed wonderfully. I needed more, and greater variety.

    Monster Hunter World
    My first MH game. After an adjustment period I began to love it, but I'd like for it to rely less on grinding the same fights over and over again. Some of the environments (ancient forest..) also proved just kind of irritating to traverse and a huge PITA to do anything on in the long run.

    I'd like various consumables and specialty items to mean more in terms of tactics (bouncing bombs etc.), it seemed like there was a lot of optional stuff there that wasn't really needed for anything.

    Octopath Traveler

    Solid JRPG, fantastic music. Needed better writing, especially for weaving the party members' stories together, to place higher.

    SSB Ultimate
    I don't really like World of Light, it's all easy gimmicks until it's a face stomping gimmick that requires grinding and/or specific cheese. Aside from that, it remains the only fighting franchise to ever make me care. The actual fighting is still super fun and the detail and history on display elevates it to something quite special. It's lacking as a single player game, but to me all fighters are really.

    Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country
    Not finished yet so liable to change. But XC2 was great and I didn't get to vote for it last year.

    Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
    Also not finished yet, so it could go up. It's an improvement on the first game which I liked a lot. And this time it's pirates, multiclassing and class kits!

    A short but fun survival/builder. I love a good builder and this one is quite unique. There isn't a huge amount to it, but it also doesn't overstay it's welcome so it all works out quite nicely.

    Hitman 2
    Needs a fucking fast forward. I like these games but I'm tired of [at least] 1/3 of my playtime being just waiting for a certain point in a character's patrol route.

    Fast. Forward.

    Competent Metroidvania with bizarrely deep lore and worldbuilding. As a 1 man developer effort it's really quite impressive, unfortunately it's also just kinda... there? It's all very well made, it just doesn't excite you to play it.

    I had my ups and downs with this game. It annoyed me often, but I still liked it on the whole. Kinda buggy, not really as deep (ho ho) as it might appear. Spent way too much time farming copper and lithium though. Ugh.

    Noticeable misses

    What a disappointment. Samey maps, samey missions, AI that just comes straight at you in every scenario. So much potential wasted. Into the Breach's tactical depth makes this look like a game for toddlers.

    Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
    I hate this shit. But it's kind of my fault really, I've never liked this NES era stuff. I'm not sure I could call it a bad game, it was trying to achieve something very specific and I think it probably succeeded.

    Cultist Simulator
    This guy needs a new trick. Turn over random cards, collect 32 of X to make 16Xa to make 8 Xb to make 4Xc to make 2 Xd to make Xe and then that lets you win. You've been doing this for 10 years or more, figure out something else.

    Bizarrely little writing in a game that is nothing but cards and writing. And for a game that has 'Talk' as one of it's 5 main actions, you can't actually have a conversation with anybody. And that about sums it up for me.

    Notable games I haven't played (yet)
    AssCreed Odyssey
    Red Dead Redemption 2
    Far Cry 5
    Valkyria Chronicles 4
    Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales

    Rami on
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    Goose!Goose! That's me, honey Show me the way home, honeyRegistered User regular
    I forgot to copy and paste mine, so I'm gonna try to remember as best as I can:

    1. Marvel's Spider Man (PS4)
    2. Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee (NS)
    3. Deltarune: Chapter 1 (PC)
    4. Into the Breach (NS)
    5. Super Mario Party (NS)
    6. Assassin's Creed Odyssey (PC)
    7. God of War (PS4)
    8. Red Dead Redemtption 2 (PS4)
    9. Donut County (PC)
    10. The Messenger (PC)

    I think that's correct.

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    PoochPooch Registered User regular
    When does the voting end? Tonight?

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    Undead ScottsmanUndead Scottsman Registered User regular
    Pooch wrote: »
    When does the voting end? Tonight?
    The polls will close at the end of February 11th, midnight CST. (Feb 12, 2018 06:00 GMT)

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    PoochPooch Registered User regular
    edited January 2019
    Pooch wrote: »
    When does the voting end? Tonight?
    The polls will close at the end of February 11th, midnight CST. (Feb 12, 2018 06:00 GMT)

    Ah thanks, I hadn't actually clicked in the link yet since I didn't have time to start my voting these past few nights.

    Pooch on
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    LawndartLawndart Registered User regular
    Up until Yakuza 6 are unqualified GOTY votes, after that are games that were various levels of enjoyable but either didn't inspire me to play as much as expected or had some serious drawbacks. Apparently I like a lot of co-op games, too.
    1. Subnautica - Reflects the entire spectrum of human experience, from parenting a cuddlefish to constructing a giant underwater glass dollhouse/nuclear-powered coffee dispenser to wondering if you accidentally left your cuddlefish behind to be devoured while fleeing from the pants-shitting terror of giant translucent fish monster.
    2. Kingdom: Two Crowns - No, really. Improves upon the previous games by forgetting that whole rogue-lite thing. Plus, the co-op is awesome.
    3. Spider-Man - Oh hey, a good superhero game. Like, a really good one, mandatory stealth portions be damned.
    4. Moss - VR's best mouse adoration simulator.
    5. A Way Out - Contains the single best co-op moment ever, where two escaped prisoners break into a house and then take as long as they damn please to play guitar and piano together, cursing like sailors on every missed note.
    6. Overcooked 2 - My relationship has survived both Overcooked games and Mario Party. I'm a keeper!
    7. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life - Still waiting for more playtime, as is Kiwami 1 & 2. But, you know, it's a Yakuza game.
    8. Marvel Powers United - Playing as the Hulk was by far the best VR moment not involving mice this year, but of course everybody stopped playing it after a week or so. Sigh.
    9. Fallout 76 - Yeah, I know. But I got to play as a drunken, drug-addicted, gas-mask wearing clown who quickly abandoned the supposed goal of rebuilding America to hunt down Super Mutants, beat them to death with a sledgehammer, and then eat them. Which is already a more compelling story than Fallout 4.
    10. God of War - I can't recall why I stopped playing this, but what I did play was lovely.
    11. The Forest - There's nothing really bad about The Forest, other than you should probably be playing Subnautica instead.
    12. State of Decay 2 - Hey, instead of improving on the janky yet promising first game, let's just fuck it up with new game mechanics that are just as annoying. Dear player, could you drop what you're doing and dash across the entire goddamn map to appease some gaggle of drunken assholes and then blow up a plague heart? Isn't that more fun than actually killing zombies and exploring stuff? Wait, where are you going?
    13. Donut County - Needed more holes.
    14. Cultist Simulator - An empty box of a game, but it's a pretty box.
    15. Conan Exiles - aka Fallout 76 with full frontal nudity. Don't judge me.
    16. House Flipper - There's something oddly relaxing about procrastinating cleaning up my apartment by scouring the virtual filth off of a pretend house.
    17. Beat Saber - I'm probably the only VR person who really didn't like this game all that much, but at least the concept was executed well and VR could always use more compelling games. Alas, it was executed with ear-destroying dubstep music as the default and an aesthetic that makes playing any other user-mapped song less relaxing and fun than it should be. I'll be playing Audioshield instead, though.
    18. Vampyr - This should have ticked all my RPG boxes, what with the plot freedom and meaningful choices, but tying difficulty to plot choices is more annoying in practice than in theory.

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    VeagleVeagle Registered User regular
    As usual, I didn't play a whole lot of new releases this year. Number one spot easily goes to Assassin's Creed Odyssey. A game so good, that I can now spell odyssey without double-checking to make sure I got it.

    I also decided to start clearing out my backlog in reverse alphabetical order this year, which means I finally got around to playing Witcher 2 & 3, The Witness, Wildlands, Wolfenstein: New Order, Yakuza 0 and XCOM 2, so it was a pretty banger year!

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    SmrtnikSmrtnik job boli zub Registered User regular
    Apparently the only game i played in 2018 that came out this year is Pillars of Eternity 2 (and WoW expansion)

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    TeeManTeeMan BrainSpoon Registered User regular
    This year was certainly unlike many others as I was able to fill the whole top 20 with games I'd played and a good couple of them even finished! Well, with the exception of TBS3 which I'll get around to this year, I'm sure. So without further adieu:
    1. Into the Breach (NS, PC)
    2. Unavowed (PC)
    3. BattleTech (PC)
    4. Dusk (NS, PC)
    5. Book of Demons (PC)
    6. Wreckfest (PC, PS4, XBO)
    7. Assassin's Creed Odyssey (PC, PS4, XBO)
    8. The Red Strings Club (PC)
    9. Dead Cells (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    10. BallisticNG (PC)
    11. Subnautica (PC, PS4, XBO)
    12. Yoku's Island Express (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    13. Space Tyrant (PC)
    14. Warhammer: Vermintide 2 (PC, PS4, XBO)
    15. Tanglewood (MD, PC)
    16. The Hex (PC)
    17. Quarantine Circular (NS, PC)
    18. Chuchel (MOBILE, PC)
    19. Paratopic (PC)
    20. The Banner Saga 3 (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)

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    FremFrem Registered User regular
    edited February 2019
    1. Monster Hunter: World - This has become my new "default game;" the thing I play when I want to flop down and play a game. It needs a pause button badly, and the PC port still has more performance issues than it should for how it was delayed. But hunting with my friends is amazing, and any pretty good game with multiplayer is automatically my GOTY.
    2. Into the Breach - This is extremely clever and I love it, but it's so stressful that I never play it, but I always want to play it when I think about how clever it is.
    3. BallisticNG - This game made me realize that I love Wipeout. Specifically the old PS1 games it imitates. The handling in the PS3 game feels super weird to me. Also, the campaign is unapologetically, unrealistically hard and I fear I'm never going to unlock the next set of circuits. BUT I'LL KEEP TRYING ANYWAY. It's just that good a game.
    4. The Messenger - I heard that this was the best thing since Shovel Knight, and I didn't believe it because that's impossible. But it is! It is to Ninja Gaiden what Shovel Knight is to Mega Man. Amazing. I think I got some major spoilers, but it's still managed to surprise me a few times. Just excellent.
    5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - I don't actually own this, but I've played enough of it to seize on Dark Samus as a new main. More Smash, 10/10.
    6. Celeste - This is absurdly well done, and I hate all the optional challenges, but I love everything by Matt Makes Games.
    7. Assassin's Creed Odyssey - I did everything on the tutorial island during Project Stream, and am eagerly awaiting my promised free copy so that I can keep playing.
    8. Deltarune: Chapter 1 - I loved Undertale, so this was just about pure distilled joy. If it was a complete game it'd be right up there with Monster Hunter.
    9. Dragon Quest XI - I don't really like the old-school JRPGs this builds on that much? But it's just so charming.
    10. Dragon Ball FighterZ - This is the only 2D fighting game that isn't Smash, Towerfall, or Slap City that I have fun with while also being garbage.
    11. Warhammer: Vermintide 2 - This setting is so much more compelling than Left 4 Dead, and anything I've had fun with friends automatically jumps a few spots up in my rankings.
    12. Dead Cells - It's fun and super tight, but I got bored playing Early Access a while ago, and all my unlock progress was wiped at release, so the final version is probably much better, but this is about where what I played would land.
    13. Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia - This might actually be the apex of the turn-based Final Fantasy battle system? Like, I think this is as good as it gets. It's very good. Alas, the plot and writing attached to seems very bad, which makes it a little difficult to muster the urge to keep playing.
    14. Super Mario Party - Remember what I said about multiplayer elevating games? Fun with friends while being mad at games.
    15. Dragalia Lost - This is an amazing game with constant events that want a lot of grinding. I'm burned out, I think. I like the meta-management aspects, but the core Diablo-style gameplay got boring pretty quickly.
    16. Pocket City - A proper Sim City mobile game! I haven't given this one a fair shot.
    17. My Hero One's Justice - Multiplayer battle mode is fun. Might rise in my rankings when I've played more of it.
    18. Suzy Cube - A blatant clone of Super Mario 3D Land without an understanding of what made SM3DL so great.
    19. Fortnite - I think I see what the appeal is, but I have no desire to actually play any more of it.

    Frem on
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    StupidStupid Newcastle, NSWRegistered User regular
    Two of my favorite games played in 2018 were not on the list: Destiny 2 and Burnout Paradise Remastered. I know exactly why, but those games were still on my favorites for the year. So there!

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    edited February 2019
    Looking back on 2018, I'm still kind of leaning towards 2017 being the better year, though we still had some real crackers. Like I did in the discussion thread, I want to preface this list by saying that given the opportunity I'd put Katamari Damacy Reroll at the very top, but the rules are rules and the rules are fair! For real though, if you have a Switch or PC and need a real strong tonic to flush 2018 out of your system, do yourself a favour and get it. It's one of the purest expressions of wholesome joy you could ever get from a videogame.

    1. BattleTech (PC)

    Battletech is a franchise that is near and dear to my heart, despite never having had the resources (or time) to commit to its tabletop roots. The MechCommander games were a formative part of my early youth, and hearing that Battletech was returning after all these years under the guidance of the guys who made the earlier games all those years ago got me really excited.

    Although turn-based and not real-time, the game they released are the same strategy principles writ large into an equally fully-realised set of systems - strategic movement, positioning, distinct ranges of engagement, and a deeper level of progression based on money and salvage that really hammers home that desperate feeling of leading a company forward on a thin financial margin, surviving from payday to payday. It's a complex, often difficult game but the most beautiful part about it is that no system feels vestigial, unimportant, arbitrary or unnecessary, and every decision made on the micro scale carries forward to decisions on the macro scale.

    A triumphant return for the franchise.

    2. Monster Hunter: World (PC, PS4, XBO)

    I've always admired Monster Hunter but I've never liked playing them, particularly on the 3DS versions that my social circle played on so much. Truthfully I felt they handled like ass on a lazy susan and their systems could get tedious and obtuse, busywork for the sake of 'immersion' and not much else.

    Trimming the fat for Monster Hunter World and rendering its environments on current-generation technology has finally helped me fall in love with the game as a whole, and not just its setting. It mostly keeps to the gathering-crafting-hunting loop that makes the gameplay fun, and its unpretentious spirit and bright-faced enthusiasm is incredibly infectious. It kept pushing me forward along its main quest path, even as I swore at bullshit stunlocks or other awful shittiness that popped up along the way.

    Can't wait to see how Paul Anderson shits all over this iconic Capcom series!

    3. Forza Horizon 4 (PC, XBO)

    Horizon 4 is basically everything I loved about 3 and more, except with a slightly less cool setting. It's still my favorite racing series of this generation because it's less about a love of cars and more about the things people did and played in service of their cars.
    To be sure, there's all the expensive supercars and street racers and all that jazz, just like the other Forzas, but its in those little "story" vignettes and a greater focus on player avatar individualism that make everything less about some weird fixation on the art of racing and more about the wacky hijinks and the games that racing fosters.

    4. Dragon Ball FighterZ (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)

    I barely play this game anymore but when I do I feel the love of the series dripping out of every nook and cranny of that game. It gives off that pace and feeling of the show in a way that previous games tried to do but never really did, from its masterful camerawork and signature Arcsys flash. It's so good at making me feel like a badass even though I've never put much time into any Arcsys game since Persona 4 Arena, and watching the competitive scene has been the best fucking hype thing to watch since Tekken came back. Bandai Namco are absolutely killing it for the FG scene.

    Though seriously I get they're all just functions but stop with the fucking Gokus man, holy shit

    5. The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)

    It's really hard to describe Swery65's game this time around, but I spent most of it slowly and lengthily exhaling and going "huhhhhhhhhhmygooooood whathefffffffffffffuuuuuuuuuuuuck"
    Just... if you're into sidescrolling, completely bonkers shit, and indie jank, this has some dark messages to offer and is totally worth supporting. Please go experience it.

    6. Ashen (PC, XBO)
    7. Hitman 2 (PC, PS4, XBO)
    8. Sea of Thieves (PC, XBO)
    9. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS)
    10. Shadow of the Tomb Raider (PC, PS4, XBO)
    11. Battlefield V (PC, PS4, XBO)
    12. Below (PC, XBO)
    13. State of Decay 2 (PC, XBO)
    14. Overcooked 2 (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    15. Unravel Two (PC, PS4, XBO)
    16. Soulcalibur VI (PC, PS4, XBO)
    17. Lethal League Blaze (PC, PS4, XBO, NS)
    18. Return of the Obra Dinn (PC)
    19. Mega Man 11 (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    20. Guacamelee! 2 (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)

    A few words on some others:
    In an alternate universe I would have placed Sea of Thieves higher on the list. The act of travelling itself is simply a joy despite how many moving parts are involved, and it's therapeutic in a way I wouldn't expect, both solo and in a group.
    I dropped off in the end because I was playing it casually at best, but I don't regret my purchase for a minute.

    I'm still wrestling with my enjoyment of Battlefield V, because it is a good game, albeit hamstrung by a generally bleh multiplayer experience. Progression and challenges are fun, but the actual act of winning and losing can still feel just as disappointing as always.
    More granular customisation is incredibly welcome and bringing some sense of ownership to the player avatar helps keep me invested, but here's hoping that the content keeps on rolling and someday we find the games actually being close.

    Unravel 2 is fucking adorable holy shit

    Some of the games lower down on my list I haven't necessarily played to completion or for long enough to the extent I could put it down and definitively say I liked them better than the others further up

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    SurfpossumSurfpossum A nonentity trying to preserve the anonymity he so richly deserves.Registered User regular
    I think my votes were basically Kingdom: Two Crowns in first place and Sea of Thieves in second.

    We sank hours and hours into the first Kingdom game, and there's just something about its atmosphere and pacing and style that I absolutely love. It feels like a fairytale or a daydream condensed into videogame form.

    Regarding the latter, my wife and I got ambushed by a kraken today in our little sloop, and in the midst of our furious battle a friendly galleon sailed by and offered to help. We took it down before they got the chance to do much, but we found this on our map after they left:


    GOTY material right there.

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    mccmcc glitch Registered User, ClubPA regular
    I'm glad y'all are still doing this!!

    I voted:
    1. Return of the Obra Dinn (PC)
    2. Exapunks (PC)
    3. Tetris Effect (PS4)
    4. Yoku's Island Express (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    5. Dead Cells (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    6. Iconoclasts (NS, PC, PS4, PSVITA)
    7. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS)
    8. ESC (PC)
    9. Timespinner (PC, PS4, PSVITA)
    10. Mega Man 11 (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    11. GRIS (NS, PC)
    12. Quarantine Circular (NS, PC)
    13. Russian Subway Dogs (PC, PS4, PSVITA)
    14. Celeste (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    15. Minit (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    16. one night, hot springs (PC)
    17. Heaven Will Be Mine (PC)
    18. CrossCode (PC)
    19. The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    20. Dragon Ball FighterZ (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)

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    Mr_GrinchMr_Grinch Registered User regular
    mcc wrote: »
    I'm glad y'all are still doing this!!

    Weirdly I tried to tag you in the original op, but it didn't pop up with your username so I took it out. Thanks for starting :smile:

    I need to get mine submitted, just trying to finish God of War and then give Detroit a try before voting!

    Steam: Sir_Grinch
    PSN: SirGrinchX
    Oculus Rift: Sir_Grinch
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    Undead ScottsmanUndead Scottsman Registered User regular
    Trying to decide if I want to finish a game I started out loving but am now struggling to go back to.

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    cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    edited February 2019
    Ooh, I still need to make my votes.

    I like this system because it allows me to just pick out games I played and whittle them down. It helps me to remember which games I played at all.

    edit: Why is Darkest Dungeon on the list? Didn't that come out a while ago?

    cooljammer00 on

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    akajaybayakajaybay Registered User regular
    If we were going by what I played in 2018 Slay the Spire and Night in the Woods would be on here, and Crosscode wouldn't. But I recently played Crosscode and it rules.
    1. Return of the Obra Dinn (PC)
    2. Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, XBO)
    3. God of War (PS4)
    4. Spider-Man (PS4)
    5. CrossCode (PC)
    6. Into the Breach (NS, PC)
    7. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (PS4)
    8. 428: Shibuya Scramble (PC, PS4)
    9. Tetris Effect (PS4)
    10. Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PS4)
    11. BattleTech (PC)
    12. Valkyria Chronicles 4 (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
    13. Unavowed (PC)
    14. Cultist Simulator (PC)
    15. Vampyr (PC, PS4, XBO)
    16. GRIS (NS, PC)
    17. The Hex (PC)
    18. Moss (PS4, PC)
    19. Chuchel (MOBILE, PC)
    20. Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (PC, PS4)

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    PoochPooch Registered User regular

    edit: Why is Darkest Dungeon on the list? Didn't that come out a while ago?

    Looks like that one got missed in the nominations thread. The original list included a bunch of remakes/ports/etc. and we went through and removed what we could.

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    cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    Well I forgot to write my list down, but my number 1 was SpiderMan. It's one of the few games on my list I liked enough to bother to finish.


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    EtiowsaEtiowsa Registered User regular
    I was gonna do this, but after going through the list I discovered I'd only played like 4 games this year and had a sad.

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    cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    How do I know if my vote went through?


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    InfidelInfidel Heretic Registered User regular
    How do I know if my vote went through?

    PM'd you your link. It went through.

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