Now that I’ve thrown out my Top Ten Games of 2018, I thought it would be fun to throw out other random awards that are relevant to 2018. All of these are just off the top of my head, and will have no overarching rhyme or reason in their choice.
Without further ado, let us begin.
Game I Most Wanted to Play in 2018, but Just Didn’t, and Still Really Want To Play Now: Moonlighter
This game looks amazing, but for some reason every time I went to pick it up on Switch I was dissuaded by the hefty pricetag. It has been cheaper on PS4 and Xbox, but I would really like this on my Switch. Stupid Switch tax.
Biggest Disappointment of 2018: Red Dead Redemption 2
I was surprised to find what I was sure to be a home run be so contentious in the gaming community, but even though I adored the first one design decisions that sacrifice gameplay to the alter of realism ultimately turned me away from this one. I might go back, but I’m certainly in no hurry.
Best DLC of 2018: Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion
The campaigns of Splatoon are often not talked about enough, which is a shame as they are extremely fun. This expansion though blew every other bit of solo content away in quality. I struggle to think of a time I’ve ever had more fun playing a bit of extra content.
Game I Bought, But Only Played Once, And Really Want to Eventually Finish: Dead Cells
I’m not really a roguelite fan, but the buzz around this was so intense I had to pick it up. I enjoyed what I played the first two hour period I had with it, but once I turned it off I never booted it up again when I thought about starting all over. I hope I find time in 2019 to go back to it.
Best 3DS Game: WarioWare Gold
Maybe I did make this category specifically because this game was nudged out of my Top Ten and I think it really needed some love. You can’t prove anything!
Worst Game I Played in 2018: Eternal Edge
I saw a lot of what was intended here, but it was just a really bad game.
Best Mobile Game: Dragalia Lost
I’m not a mobile gamer typically, I just can’t seem to stay committed for any length of time to these things and I usually can’t stand the Gachapon mechanics popular in many of them. That being said, for some reason I’ve really stayed committed to this Nintendo original and am still enjoying it.
Biggest Flip-Flop of 2018: Labo Love
Originally I wasn’t the biggest fan of the idea of Labo. I was concerned about price, durability, and longevity. While I was right that my kids fell off hard from playing the super simplistic games, I wouldn’t trade my experiences with Labo and my family for anything. I went from not sure who the market was, to realizing it was exactly me, and buying all three available sets.
Best Amiibo of 2018: Octoling 3 Pack
Is it cheating to pick three of them? Perhaps, but that is the only way you could get these. While Ridley was a standout, and I loved the Loot Goblin from Diablo since I also collect Cute and Deadly figures, these look exactly like the concept art from the game come to life. Amazing design, set up, and paint jobs.
Best Totaku of 2018: Marcus Fenix
I also collect useless plastic called Totaku, and while they aren’t as well done as amiibo they do cover a more broad spectrum of gaming. Xbox in particular is kind of hard to find any sort of collectibles for, and while some of the paint isn’t the best on the Marcus Fenix one, the pose is so dynamic that I just love the way it looks on my shelf.
Best Surprise of 2018: Smash Brothers Ultimate’s Everyone Is Here Announcement
My biggest hope for Smash on the Switch was simply that we didn’t lose all the high profile DLC characters, and that we retained the roster from the Wii U. I was fine with just a port, so imagine my utter delight when I found out that every character in the franchise’s history was coming back! Add to this the fact that this happened during a random Direct I don’t think ANYBODY was expecting, and it was truly one of those jumping and cheering in your seat moments.
What were some of your favorite moments of 2018? Let me know in the comments below, and as always, have a great day!