From big exclusives to multiplatform hits, our best games 2018 roundup features our favourite games of the year.
Like many other avid gamers, I felt spoiled with how many great video games came out in 2018. Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft all offered plenty of immensely enjoyable games on each of their respective consoles, and I spent countless hours delving into the best of them.
Now that the calendar year has flipped forward, I wanted to take a look back at some of the best games that 2018 had to offer. Whether you like classic shoot ‘em ups or prefer a role-playing experience, I think you’ll find some excellent video game recommendations below.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best video games of 2018, all available now at Walmart Canada!
Best Video Games of 2018
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- God of War
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Marvel’s Spider-Man
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Forza Horizon 4
- Far Cry 5
- Pokémon Let’s Go
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
- Monster Hunter World
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Rockstar Games [ESRB Rating: M]
Red Dead Redemption 2 is not just one of the best games of last year, but one of my all-time personal favourites. RDR2 is the long-awaited prequel to the original Red Dead Redemption, which released back in 2010. To make an immersive setting, Rockstar Games created a large western world and filled it to the brim with life: cowboys, criminals, and wildlife. All co-existing (well, to an extent) in the finest open world experience to date. With a deep cast of interesting characters and a gripping, evocative plotline that hooks you from start to finish, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an unforgettable experience that takes you on a harrowing journey. Whether you’re playing online or off, Red Dead Redemption 2 delivers the best gaming experience of this console generation. To put it simply, it’s more than the best game of 2018: it’s absolutely must-have.
God of War – Sony Interactive Entertainment [ESRB Rating: M]
In God of War, Kratos—now a father—must adventure through a world based on Norse mythology. This PS4 exclusive juggernaut delivers wonderous scenes and plot twists that will leave you breathless. Both the gameplay and setting are incredibly polished, delivering intense action that both series veterans and newbies will enjoy. This reimagining of the God of War franchise consistently delivers beyond expectation, making it not only one of the best PS4 games of 2018, but quite possibly Kratos’ greatest adventure yet.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Nintendo [ESRB Rating: E10+]
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate delivers the pinnacle brawler experience through its fast-paced multiplayer action, creative single player campaign, and its 74-fighter roster chock-full of amazing characters. Whether you’re playing solo or with up to eight friends, Nintendo delivers polished, sharp gameplay as beloved characters face off against one another in frantic combat. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the gold standard for what a fighting game can do, and all fans of the genre should considering picking it up for Nintendo Switch.
Marvel’s Spider-Man – Sony Interactive Entertainment [ESRB Rating: T]
With the immense processing power of the PS4, fans had hoped that Marvel’s Spider-Man would turn New York into a veritable web-filled playground—and that’s exactly what it became. Marvel’s Spider-Man delivers excellent gameplay, witty one-liners, and a detailed world filled with iconic supervillains from the Marvel universe. Insomniac Games was given great power and great responsibility with Marvel’s Spider-Man, and the studio delivered arguably the best superhero game of all time. If you’re a Marvel fan who hasn’t played this yet, you’re missing out!
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Ubisoft [ESRB Rating: M]
In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Ubisoft takes the legendary Assassin’s Creed series to the spartan era. Ubisoft has cleverly blended the classic Assassin’s Creed gameplay formula with new RPG elements and an evolved form of Black Flag’s naval combat. The result is you have a huge number of quests to complete across a vast world filled with interesting characters and a dramatic, overarching plot. Odyssey is the best Assassin’s Creed title to date, and that’s no small statement coming from a longtime fan like me!
Forza Horizon 4 – Xbox Game Studios [ESRB Rating: E]
If you’re an open world racing fan, Forza Horizon 4 delivers everything you could want: a shared-world online experience featuring over 450 cars and jaw-dropping dynamic weather. This Xbox One exclusive delivers amazing, realistic graphics that are complemented by a weather system that impacts car handling. When you’re racing through Great Britain with the rain coming down, your adrenaline gets pumping and you feel like you’re there. Forza Horizon 4’s ability to transport you into the moment is exactly why it’s on my list.
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Far Cry 5 – Ubisoft [ESRB Rating: M]
In Far Cry 5, Ubisoft expanded on the traditional Far Cry formula to give us more to do: including capturing outposts, and enemy leaders to take down. Set in rural Hope County, Far Cry 5 tasks you with stopping a religious cult that has laid claim to the land. You’ll go head-to-head against the most memorable Far Cry protagonist of all time (which is a big statement in itself) as you shoot, drive, and slide your way through the game. I couldn’t get enough of the world that Far Cry 5 created, so it’s fortunate that a sequel called Far Cry New Dawn picks up the storyline several years after it concludes!
Pokémon fans have long wanted a full console RPG adventure, and Pokémon Let’s Go delivered this in spades. It’s a reimaging of Pokémon Yellow, a game which holds a nostalgic place in the hearts of many fans. With enhanced graphics and a new twist to the tale, Pokémon Let’s Go takes you on an exciting adventure that gamers of all ages can enjoy. Plus, its integration with Pokémon Go means you can bring your Pokémon from the mobile application into the Nintendo Switch game, too!
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Activision [ESRB Rating: M]
In 2018, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 scratched my Michael Bay-esque itch for explosions, hectic combat, and non-stop visceral action. Treyarch hit it out of the park with Black Ops 4’s plentiful multiplayer modes, which even include a Fortnite-style Battle Royale mode called Blackout. The immensely fun Zombies mode returns in Black Ops 4 as well, delivering the iconic bullet-riddled action the series is known for. As expected, Black Ops 4 is hard to put down.
Monster Hunter World – Capcom [ESRB Rating: T]
2018 brought with it the Monster Hunter series’ biggest and brightest entrant yet! Monster Hunter World throws gigantic monsters at you, carefully introducing its intuitive combat system in a manner that’s welcoming to new fans and series veterans alike. The game is filled to the brim with exotic monsters, a fun landscape to explore, and tough challenges. Whether you’re playing solo or hunting with friends, this is one hunt you’ll want to keep coming back to. The game is also getting more DLC later this year, too!
2018 marked a truly wonderful year for gamers. There’s no shortage of great games, though not all of them could make the elite list above (honourable shout out to Detroit: Become Human!) If you’re looking to pick up some new titles and haven’t had the fortune of dipping your toes into some of the games listed above, I highly recommend them all! Happy gaming!
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