2018 Community Game of the Year

Ok, well. Not quite 10.

1.) Into the Breach
2.) Dead Cells
3.) Marvel's Spider-man
4.) Battletech
5.) Dragonball Fighters Z
6.) Smash Bros Ultimate
7.) Wolfenstein: The New Colossus
8.) Red Dead Redemption 2

Did Phantom Doctrine make it onto anyone's list and if so did they do a write up? I'm interested and wanna hear what people have to say.

In order of when I played them:

1.) Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
This is such a weird entry in the franchise as a whole, but I really enjoyed how "meaty" it felt as an RPG and as a setting to explore. Of the Finals Fantasy I've played, it felt the most like a western RPG in terms of the cities to explore, people to talk to, and side quests to take on. The Ivalice setting obviously has a ton of backstory and worldbuilding for the game to rest on, and it made exploring feel meaningful. There was a weight and history to the places you encounter. The mix of automating your party to handle most things, while occasionally pausing and micromanaging, is right up my alley, similar to Dragon Age: Origins' systems. While the plot and exploration has some serious pacing issues, those were mitigated by the remaster's fast forward options.

2.) Kentucky Route Zero
This is definitely a case where I was kicking myself for waiting so long to play, but I'm glad I finally did. In many ways I don't know how to articulate why it's so good, or why I liked it so much. There's a melancholy permeating the experience, beautiful artwork, and delightfully odd characters. It reminds me of the many road trips I've taken, and the curiously lonely feelings created by driving on an empty interstate at night.

3.) Murdered: Soul Suspect
In retrospect, I should have figured that such a punny title would indicate a lot about this game. It's the kind of short, focused, mid-tier game I wish there were more of. It has a great mix of cheesy horror and touching writing. Its puzzles are simple enough not to be frustrating, but involved enough to make walking around fun. Sneaking around ghosts sucks, but honestly it's fine. I would be down for a sequel in a heartbeat, but sadly I expect we won't ever get one. Games like this don't sell 50 million copies, so obviously they're a waste of publisher resources, right?

4.) DOOM
This game reminded me why I like first person shooters, and first person games in general. It's so relentlessly focused on making sure you're having fun. As a whole, and level to level, it doesn't overstay its welcome. I loved that it gave you the option to save and quite after every level. The bite sized feel made it easier to enjoy at a reasonable rate, rather than getting tired of it in a few sittings. It makes this genre look easy, but it's clear some very talented people cared very deeply about the experience they provided to the player. I'm very excited for the upcoming sequel.

5.) Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
The story of where everyone went to is fairly standard sci-fi stuff, but the story of the individuals in this abandoned English village are what I remember most. Somehow, this extremely detailed, realistic presentation of its setting prevented the stylized presentation of its characters from being jarring. Every character was nuanced, wonderfully performed, and many reminded me of people I've met in small towns. There's a lot of empathy for the people who meet, and piecing together their stories was a compelling reason to explore. One of my favorite walking sims from the last few years.

6.) Titan Quest: Anniversary Edition
I don't know why this game clicked so well for me this year. The art is old, the character upgrade system is too fiddly (I just followed a guide), the loot drops aren't compelling, the story is barely more than a bare premise, and it has none of the mechanical or narrative innovations championed by Torchlight, Diablo 3, or Grim Dawn. Regardless, I fell hard into its own peculiar rhythm. Perhaps it was just what I needed during a low emotional point this year. Maybe my character build had just enough satisfying oomph to carry me without having to think too hard. I don't think I need it anymore, but I'm glad it was there for me when I did.

And I did the usual 'I am so going to add Kentucky Route Zero to my wishlist'.
Only to find out I own it.

EverythingsTentative wrote:

Did Phantom Doctrine make it onto anyone's list and if so did they do a write up? I'm interested and wanna hear what people have to say.

There was some discussion of it in a thread I read today. Can't remember which, but the upshot was "entirely disappointing"

Shadout wrote:

And I did the usual 'I am so going to add Kentucky Route Zero to my wishlist'.
Only to find out I own it.

At least I already knew I own it. Think it was from last holiday sale. Might try to play it next week and start on my 2019 list.

beanman101283 wrote:

In order of when I played them:

Because.... you were unable to separate them any other way?

As opposed to best to worst ranking

beanman101283 wrote:

As opposed to best to worst ranking

Fwiw, don't think they'll count toward the overall voting.

My guess is Eleima is gonna rank 'em as they're numbered unless you specify otherwise. That number determines how many votes each game gets, so...

Ah I see. Well in that case that ranking is fine. I don’t know how I’d order them anyway, so how it is is good enough.

EverythingsTentative wrote:

Did Phantom Doctrine make it onto anyone's list and if so did they do a write up? I'm interested and wanna hear what people have to say.

We talked about it a little bit earlier in this thread. But I think J-man's remembering the Steam Sale thread. I'll quote myself:

kazooka wrote:
Robear wrote:

I'm also contemplating Phantom Doctrine. Is it good?

No. It looks like it should be good. It is almost good. You will play a number of hours trying to convince yourself that once it gets going it will really shine. But it never gets there. It's a wreck of ambition. I hope they're one day able to realize that original vision. But you probably shouldn't fund that vision without knowing what you're in for.

First of all, thanks again Eleima for running this, my favorite thread of the year. There is a lot of negativity in the world of games, and while it is important to call out the problematic aspects of our hobby, I also appreciate the opportunity to share the joy.

Short list:

Spoiler:

1. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
2. Celeste
3. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana
4. Return of the Obra Dinn
5. Monster Hunter World
6. Marvel’s Spider Man
7. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
8. God of War
9. Donut County
10. Vampyr

10. Vampyr

As an upper class doctor in WWI era London, Jonathan Reid has been recently turned into a vampire. Due to his vampiric hunger, he can choose to be be good and weak, or evil and strong. My read on the character was a man who felt he knew better than anyone else, and thus I played the evil path. Dr. Reid was an arrogant son of a bitch, who may have saved London, but he got what he deserved in the end.

9. Donut County

Come for the dropping things into holes. Stay for the wonderful characters, dialogue, and Trashopedia.

8. God of War

Boy. Boy. Boy!

7. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee!

Let’s Go, Eevee is my first white whale of the year. I have played Pokemon games for 20 years, but this is the the first time I actually finished one. All my kids have finished these games, so they were more than happy to give me advice as I played through this refreshingly grind-free experience. No random battles and not needing to get Pokemon to low HP in order to capture has spoiled me. Now I can’t go back to the older Pokemon games, and I’m only interested in future games if they keep these innovations.

6. Marvel’s Spider Man

Thwip!

5. Monster Hunter World

Monster Hunter World is my other white whale this year. I have also tried to play Monster Hunter games over the years, and World has been the first one that I’ve finished. Well, finished in the sense that the credits rolled. At that point, the grind become too much, but overall the streamlining of the systems was very welcome. The biggest innovation for me was the continuous map. Running through the wilderness chasing after a wounded animal was much more thrilling without constant loading screens. I hope Capcom continues to build on the series and provide more variety, and clarity, in the future.

4. Return of the Obra Dinn

I cannot remember the last time I stayed up too late playing a game. In Return of the Obra Dinn, you play an insurance investigator, charged with identifying the fates of the 60 members of the ship Obra Dinn, which mysteriously was lost at sea in 1802. The presentation is designed to both be detached (simplistic looking graphics, scenes frozen in time) and at the same time completely enthralling (the music that’s played when you have deduced 3 fates). I wanted to keep playing and solve the wide open mystery. In the end, I had to make a few guesses, and afterwards I learned how everything is hidden in plain sight. It was a wonderful experience.

3. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

Washed ashore on a seemingly deserted island, you are changed with rescuing the passengers and devising a way off the island. Along the way, you will save the world. A JPRG by way of Lost, I was captivated with exploring the island and uncovering the mysterious history of Dana. I have never played a Ys game before, but this game hooked me from the start and it was a perfect way to begin my summer.

2. Celeste

I do not like masocore games. I loved Celeste. That contradiction lies at the heart of the game. Celeste wants to climb the mountain, but she also wants to go home. I’m not good enough, your brain tells you, and while it may be a lie, it may also be the truth. No matter, just keep climbing. Seek the support you need. Get 125 strawberries. Die 4095 times.

1. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

It’s really long. Some parts are brilliant, and some parts don't make sense. It spends a ton of time on military equipment. Homer’s Odyssey may be all of these things, but it is also considered a classic. AC: Odyssey shares these traits, and is now my favorite in the series, encouraging me to play even after I’ve finished the main quests. The word is huge and the characters are fun. Stealth is strategic, but when it goes to hell, the combat is satisfying. Kicking people off cliffs does not get old. Finally, it features the original Aristophanes, who is quite a jerk. Malaka!

Honorable Mentions:

Picross S2

I love Picross. This is more Picross. I love this game.

Yoku’s Island Express

A pinball themed metroidvania that is a joy to play.

Ni No Kuni II

I rarely go back to games, yet I came back to this lovely action RPG several times this year. It helped that someone put an idle game into a JRPG.

kazooka wrote:
EverythingsTentative wrote:

Did Phantom Doctrine make it onto anyone's list and if so did they do a write up? I'm interested and wanna hear what people have to say.

We talked about it a little bit earlier in this thread. But I think J-man's remembering the Steam Sale thread. I'll quote myself:

kazooka wrote:
Robear wrote:

I'm also contemplating Phantom Doctrine. Is it good?

No. It looks like it should be good. It is almost good. You will play a number of hours trying to convince yourself that once it gets going it will really shine. But it never gets there. It's a wreck of ambition. I hope they're one day able to realize that original vision. But you probably shouldn't fund that vision without knowing what you're in for.

Thanks for that. I'm filling up and Steam cart right now. That ones off.

EverythingsTentative wrote:

Thanks for that. I'm filling up and Steam cart right now. That ones off.

When a game that’s only been out a couple of months is already being discounted up to 40% in the sales, that sort of tells its own story.

3 Moves Ahead did a good review on it and they weren’t that impressed.

Sorbicol wrote:

When a game that’s only been out a couple of months is already being discounted up to 40% in the sales, that sort of tells its own story.

Fallout 76 has been 50% off in stores for a week or more, that dropped faaast.

It brings a smile to my face seeing that both Mega Man 11 and Pokémon: Let's Go! have gotten votes. I'm very happy for them!

I didn't expect to be asking questions about how to vote, but... Eleima, will it make your life harder if some people are voting for Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! and others are voting for Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!? And would it be easier for you if we just said Pokémon: Let's Go!? (Asking for a friend...)

beanman101283 wrote:

In order of when I played them

But... but... but... that's not how any of this works!!!
Cces is right, I'm going to take them in order, if only because it pleases me greatly to see Murdered: Soul Suspect to gets points (yes, it was cheesy, but it was good cheesy!).

I never thought I'd write this, but... Cookie goes to ZeroKFE for this post. I'm pretty sure I've written this in last year's thread, but in the end, it's up to you, really. It's only you and your conscience. I can't go back and check if you're being straight or not, I don't have the manpower for it. We're on an honor system. And we operate this way, because we have busy lives, budgets to abide by, and we can't all chase the shiny and new. So that's how we roll.

Stevintendo wrote:

Eleima, will it make your life harder if some people are voting for Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! and others are voting for Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!? And would it be easier for you if we just said Pokémon: Let's Go!? (Asking for a friend...)

Honestly, I gave this a lot of thought, because I've had votes for both. It doesn't seem fait to separate them, so I'm grouping votes together. Decided this a few pages back, but didn't say anything.

I love **ALL** your lists, verbose or no. Sure, I love hearing your takes, but short lists also make my job easier.
And honestly, how can not appreciate lists that have Abzû, RiME, The Dream Machine, or Murdered: Soul Suspect!?

In any case, thanks go out to ranalin, Blackice, Atomicvideohead, oilypenguin, beanman101283, and Aristophan. Your lists have been taken into account.
We've got 56 people voting for 244 games. The list has shifted interestingly. There are some definite trends here, but with only 56 lists tallied... anything can happen.
One thing I'm keeping an eye on is the AC games. Will there be one, two or neither in the top ten? Like I said, anything can happen.

Sorry! I looked through the rules post too quickly, apparently. Like I said though, the ranking I have is good enough for me for how vote totals are calculated.

Eleima wrote:

One thing I'm keeping an eye on is the AC games. Will there be one, two or neither in the top ten?

I it just started playing Origins. So far I really, really like it, but it's way too late to go on my list, unless I really binge on it for the next week. It will probably be a 2019 entry for me.

I hear you, Kergguz. I just started playing Pyre and now I’m in a conundrum as to my own list. Which I’ll post soonish.

Eleima wrote:
Stevintendo wrote:

Eleima, will it make your life harder if some people are voting for Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! and others are voting for Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!? And would it be easier for you if we just said Pokémon: Let's Go!? (Asking for a friend...)

Honestly, I gave this a lot of thought, because I've had votes for both. It doesn't seem fait to separate them, so I'm grouping votes together. Decided this a few pages back, but didn't say anything. :D

For what it's worth, that's how I always handled the Pokémon releases. Games that get released at the same time (e.g., Black/White, Sun/Moon, Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire) always got rolled into a single vote. After a lot of research, the games just don't seem different enough from each other to count them separately.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
Eleima wrote:
Stevintendo wrote:

Eleima, will it make your life harder if some people are voting for Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! and others are voting for Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!? And would it be easier for you if we just said Pokémon: Let's Go!? (Asking for a friend...)

Honestly, I gave this a lot of thought, because I've had votes for both. It doesn't seem fait to separate them, so I'm grouping votes together. Decided this a few pages back, but didn't say anything. :D

For what it's worth, that's how I always handled the Pokémon releases. Games that get released at the same time (e.g., Black/White, Sun/Moon, Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire) always got rolled into a single vote. After a lot of research, the games just don't seem different enough from each other to count them separately.

Sounds good to me.

Seems like maybe it's time I started thinking about my list...

This year the list will look significantly different from my last years list, it was also very difficult to rank the games, I finished total 52 games this year (woohoo) alot of them were good really good, some stinkers, but nothing really stood out to be OMG GOTY!!!!

Short List:

Spoiler:

1- Assassin's Creed Origins
2- Uncharted Lost Legacy
3- Wreckfest
4- Witcher 2
5- Wipeout Omega Collection
6- Song of the Deep
7- Severed
8- Monument Valley
9- Shadow of Colossus
10- Mad Max

1- Assassin's Creed Origins (PS4)
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The reason this is my number 1 is mostly due to game play, the change from the tired AC formula reinvigorated the franchise for me. I loved the setting of Egypt, I found Bayek to be a likable serial killer and overall I found the story to be engaging enough for me to see it to the end.

2 - Uncharted Lost Legacy (PS4)
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Once again this game is on here due to game play, I always liked the Uncharted series, this games just ooozzes nothing but polish, the voice acting is supurb, the story is just long enough with no wasted filler. The graphics just kept blowing my mind what is possible on a base ps4.

3 - Wreckfest (PC)
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One of the best racing games I have ever played, a true successor to Destruction Derby. The crashes in this game are brutal and one more than one occasion I winced at the impact in front of me. Cars themselves feel distinct, they have solid weight to them and every bump on the track translates to your car as you would expect.

4 - Witcher 2 (PC)
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This year I have decided to jump headlong into the Witcher franchise, after finishing the original Witcher I jumped straight into sequel, wow this game does not disappoint, for a game that was released in 2011, this thing is beautiful. The story and voice acting is supurb, the only reason this is not higher on the list, is that I couldn't get a good grip on the combat system and ended up playing on easy.

5 - Wipeout Omega Collection (PS4)
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This is slightly cheating as technically this is 3 games, but it came on one disc so :P. The best antigravity racer hands down, the handling model is on point, soundtrack is superb, visually the game runs silky smooth and looks stunning. It is one of the few games where screenshots do not do it justice, you have to see it in action.

6 - Song of the Deep (PS4)
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A metroidvania that I actually like! An underwater game that doesn't suck! I adored the art style, exploring the underwater cavers was fun, I liked the power-ups. The story was sweet and well paced.

7 - Severed (Vita)
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I finally found a dungeon crawler that doesn't suck! Once again, the gameplay is what got this game on the list, for a majority touch screen game, it is extremely well done. The game length is just right, and the art style is beautiful.

8 - Monument Valley (Android)
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What the world has come to, a MOBILE game on my goty list?! It is a really awesome puzzle game, visually stunning, puzzles well created with a really soothing soundtrack, I ended up playing the original, the expansion pack and the sequel almost back to back.

9 - Shadow of the Colossus (PS4)
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Possibly the only game on here not because of its gameplay, while I found it good enough to do the job. The actual game world, the colossus themselves and overall beauty and attension to detail put this game above the rest.

10 - Mad Max (PS4)
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Another visually stunning open world game, as an actual gear head I found alot of the car references in the game funny and very well fitting. The desert looks beautiful and full of discovery, I found vehicle handling to be well done considered the type of game this is. Combat was fun and I enjoyed just exploring the world. For a game that I finished in January it still stayed in the back of my mind.


Honorable Mentions:

Pyre (PS4)
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A beatiful basketball game mixed with a visual novel, glad I put the time to play this

Gravel (PS4)
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A simple arcade offroad racing game, nothing fancy, no tricks, just simple old school racing. This would have been in my top 10 if I didn't play Wreckfest.

Yonder the Cloud Catcher Chronicles (PS4)
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For a game with no fail state, I really enjoyed my chill time with it. It also provided a great game to teach my daughter 3D movement in games.

Bulletstorm Full Clip Edition (PS4)
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I originally played this game on PS3, replaying few years later this game still rocks, possibly the funnest and funniest FPS ever made. Addition of Duke Nukem made the game feel fresh and sillier than ever.

Donut County (PS4)
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A game about donuts and holes, I had a lovely time with it.

Dishonorable Mentions:
Any non free game with loot boxes, it was one of the main reasons I stopped played Rocket League.

Gravel just earned itself a demo download.

1. Call of duty black ops 4. Why? First time, due to my age, I found a group of peers I could regularly play a game with. And figuring out a Zombie’s map’s objectives is one of my gaming highlights.

2. Beat Sabre. Wow. Amazing family game. Unbelievably fun. The game is an instant hit at parties. One of my friends liked the game so much that he went out and bought a Rift the next day to play it. Our enjoyment is contingent on the PC mod allowing downloading of songs created by the community.

3. Slay the Spire. A soloe game with no micro transactions or card packs to buy? Sigh me up. Add in the choose your own adventure moments to make this game a pure delight.

4. Assasin’s Creed Origins. A nice update to one of my favorite series.

5. Dead Cells. Tight gameplay and excellent upgrades.

6. Battle chasers Nightwar. A fun 15 hours before the grind became unbearable. I’ve never been much into JRPGs so this was a pleasant treat.

7. Pinball FX3. A surprise addition thanks to the updated Williams tables. Who knew little flourishes could bring new excitement to tables I’ve played for decades.

8. Mutant Year Zero. I’m still early in this game but I’m loving the X-Com scratch the game provides. A bit worried about the game’s difficult by being properly tuned based on discussion board comments

9. God of War. I liked it. I want to love it based on all the praise it received but something is missing for me.

10. Call of Duty Infinte Warfare. See #1. My friends introduced me to the Spaceland zombie map and playing that map with all the 80s references is one of my favorite gaming experiences.

Likely would have made the list but I haven’t played them yet— Spider-Man, Assasin’s Creed Odyssey.

Happy Gaming Year!
Chad

*makes note of Gravel and Wipeout*

THANKS to Eleima for keeping US together in this wonderful thread and all the LOVE you can feel if you read all the posts in this thread in accordance with this time of the year!!!!

Here's the list, and keepíng it short:

1.- GOTY - MUTANT YEAR ZERO(Xbox). What a great surprise this was, and also free for me(had my Xbox Game pass subscription running with a 50% dash offer). Imagine almost real time XCOM, with great characters and ambience, and unique 20hrs - ish time campaign.

2.- SLAY DE SPIRE (PC). Cannot say any more that has already been said in every page of this thread.

3.- DEAD CELLS (PC). Best metrodvania, Roguelike game since Rogue Legacy

4.- HELLBLADE(PC). This a unique game on its own, totally out of my normal gaming habits, but won me over with the story and understanding of the character you play. Play it with headphones.

5.- INTO THE BREACH(PC). This was not a surprise for me, having more then 100hrs in FTL, you can feel the DNA inside Into the Breach.

6.- UNDERTALE(PC). Havent played it, but both of my kids know it inside - out, and have had many laughs with them.

7.- PROJECT HIGHRISE(PC). Modern SIMTOWER??, yep. This is it.

8.- KERBAL SPACE PROGRAM (PC)
9.- SUBNAUTICA (PC)
10.- DESTINY 2 (Xbox)

You guys are definitely going to make me buy Slay the Spire in the Steam sale.

My power is unmatched!