Wooderon Games of the Year 2018: #1

We arrive at the final day of entries before I decide what the hell I’m going to do for tomorrow. In the time since writing this list and posting it, I’ve had the chance to look at a lot of other writer’s game of the year lists. In doing so, I have seen a common sentiment. One that 2018 wasn’t as strong a year for video games as the year that came before.

Sure, Nintendo didn’t have another year in which they put out both a Mario and a Zelda game, but otherwise, I thought 2018 was just as strong a year for great video games as 2017 had been. I’ve still got a bit of laundry list of games I eventually want to get to when I find that rare combination of time and them being on sale. But, at least in terms of video games, 2018 was another good year. Even if everything else in the world is falling to pieces.

My number one entry is one I can’t see being controversial. If anything, I’d imagine that the majority of lists like there out on the internet either have this or Red Dead Redemption 2 at the top of it. They’re both very similar games in a lot of ways, one simply makes a much more… economic use of its open world than the other. But let’s get into it proper.

Before we get into it proper though, let’s reflect on the entire top ten list to end this year of video games and blogging:

#10: Dead Cells

#9: Into the Breach

#8: Dragon Ball FighterZ

#7: Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

#6: Forza Horizon 4

#5: Spyro Reignited Trilogy

#4: Red Dead Redemption 2

#3: Spider-Man

#2: Monster Hunter: World

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God of War: A big spectacle telling a small story

I never really played the original God of War titles. They were just not something that ever caught my attention, they existed in a time where third person action games were abundant, and wearily edgy. So it was nothing but relentlessly positive word of mouth that forced me to pay attention to a series that I’d otherwise completely ignore

Through osmosis, I knew a few things about the series going in. I knew the game was centred around a very angry gentleman having fights of ridiculous scale against gods and mythical beasts of the greek pantheon. I was just expecting more of the same here, but with Thor and pals. Instead, what I ended up getting was a very small, personal story with the giant, God of War wrapping just around it.

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Should you play Monster Hunter

Monster Hunter World just came out and it’s literally all I want to do right now. This always happens when a new one of these comes out. The Monster Hunter grind is like some insatiable drug I can’t resist. It was enough of a struggle to break myself away for long enough to actually write this.

I actually took a short break from the series when I just couldn’t play the game on a handheld anymore. So, the time that had passed, combined with this being on a console meant that when I got my hands on this game, it was like some beast had been unleashed and no amount of Monster Hunter seemed able to sate its hunger.

Putting my fanboyisms aside for a moment: Monster Hunter World is probably the best stepping on point the long running series has ever had for people new to the series. Monster Hunter has always been something of an impenetrable series of games to get into. This new entry does a lot to streamline the experience, removing the unnecessary bits of upkeep that used to add extra layers of complexity to a game that was dense enough already.

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