TOP 80 PC Games of 2018
My personal Game of the Year Awards 2018
Video games are great.
But what about the best ones?
The year 2018 is almost gone so I decided to share with you what I think are the best pc games of 2018. At first, I wanted to make a top 50 but with all the genres we have today, I thought that making a top 10 by category would be more practical for you since you can go directly where you want. Though, a real gamer would read the entire thing.
All the games I’m about to show you are great and I would love if you find some hidden gems from it. I wanted to share my own personal opinion and that’s the main reason why I’m here.
Just to let you know, early-access games are not included since that’s not a finished and released game.
Just to let you know, early-access games are not included because I don’t consider them as finished and released games.
Don’t worry, you’re not going to find games from previous years here based on sales or popularity, only games released in 2018. I’ve got you covered.
Here is a list in case you want to skip and go directly to your favorite category:
Subnautica is an open world adventure-survival game developed and published by Unknown Worlds Entertainment. Try to survive while exploring an unknown and alien-like ocean from a planet known as 4546B. An adventure full of threats and wonders. Do you have what it takes to collect and craft your own equipment to survive?
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#2 Yakuza 0
Yakuza 0 is an action-adventure game developed and published by Sega. The game takes place in 1988 in Kamurocho and Sotenbori, both are fictionalized recreations of Tokyo’s Kabukicho and Osaka’s Dotonbori, Japan. Play as Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima and become a legend in the Yakuza world. Fight, get rich and enjoy a beautiful environment.
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#3 Hitman 2
Hitman 2 is an outstanding stealth game developed by IO Interactive and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Play as the world’s most deadly and formidable assassin, Agent 47. Track your target down, the mysterious Shadow Client, across many unique and dangerous sandbox locations full of secrets. Pick up your weapon!
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#4 The Forest
The Forest is a survival game developed and published by Endnight Games.
You play as Eric Leblanc, a survivor of a plane crash and you have to survive on a forested peninsula inhabited by creatures and a tribe of cannibalistic mutants that kidnap your son shortly after the crash. Make your own shelter, weapons and survival tools. Who’s over there?
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#5 Insurgency: Sandstorm
Insurgency: Sandstorm is a multiplayer-shooter game developed by New World Interactive and published by Focus Home Interactive. It has intense gameplay and an immersive hud, there is no health bar, ammunition count or even a mini-map. Skill is important but teamwork is what makes the difference in a team vs team game. Choose wisely.
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#6 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is an action-adventure game developed by Eidos Montreal in conjunction with Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix. Make your way through a deadly and dense jungle to save the world from a Maya apocalypse playing as Lara Croft, the Tomb Raider. Like previous games, the player can hunt, explore and solve puzzles. Let’s raid!
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#7 Warhammer: Vermintide 2
Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is an action game developed and published by Fatshark. The Chaos army and the Skaven horde are a big threat to the Empire, it’s time to fight back. Choose your own playstyle from many careers, different talent trees and customize your personal arsenal to face a never-ending onslaught. Hold the line!
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#8 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is an action-adventure game developed by Ubisoft Quebec and published by Ubisoft. The player can pick between a male or female mercenary, Alexios or Kassandra, and also have a romantic relationship. The game contains dialogue options and multiple endings. It’s time to become a true Spartan but you can kill or steal if you want. Yep.
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#9 The Red Strings Club
The Red Strings Club is an indie cyberpunk-adventure game developed by Deconstructeam and published by Devolver Digital. In order to take down a corporate conspiracy about eliminating anger, fear, and depression from society, a bartender and a hacker will do the impossible to stop it because that’s brainwashing and not social welfare as claimed. Give me a cold beer.
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#10 Donut County
Donut County is an indie and short story-based puzzle game developed by Ben Esposito and published by Annapurna Interactive. You play as a small yet growing hole, yes a simple and ordinary hole. The idea is to swallow objects in order to increase the hole’s size. Meet cute and memorable characters that will make you laugh. Let’s show them how it’s done!
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Remember, the lists are based on my personal opinion.
What do you think about my action/adventure list? Did I miss a big game? Would you change something? Let me know in the comments below! I might add a readers recommendations section for each category.
#1 Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is a role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix. With a cast of interesting characters, the player must walk a dangerous journey of a hunted hero who seeks to reveal the truth behind his fate. Fun turn-based combat, a wonderful world and newcomer friendly. The world of Erdrea awaits you!
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#2 Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV is an action role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix. With an open world environment to explore, interesting combat mechanics and unique elemental magic to destroy your enemies, you must play as Noctis Lucis Caelum to find a stolen crystal from your dynasty to prevent a world war. Get in the car, I drive!
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#3 Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an action role-playing game developed by Warhorse Studios and published by Deep Silver. It has accurate historical content and it’s set in the medieval Kingdom of Bohemia. A fantastic story-driven open world that allows you to change the world doing certain quests and fight against invading soldiers. Let’s create a new legend!
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#4 Monster Hunter: World
Monster Hunter: World is an action role-playing game developed and published by Capcom. Take the role of a hunter and hunt down monsters in many different territories for loot using a variety of strategies! Then, craft outstanding and amazing new gear to hunt more dangerous and deadly monsters by your own or with a party. Are you with me, or not?
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#5 Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire is a role-playing video game developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Versus Evil. Taking place in the unexplored archipelago of Deadfire, you must sail your own ship as a captain across many dangerous locations pursuing a rogue god while you write your own story with total freedom. Sharpen your sword friend!
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CrossCode is an action role-playing game developed by Radical Fish Games and published by Deck13. Beautiful 2D with a retro feeling attached to it, fun combat, smooth gameplay and interesting puzzles to solve. You play as Lea who has no memory and can’t talk, she plays an MMO known as CrossWorlds where she wants to find answers. Let’s explore CrossWorlds!
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#7 Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is an action role-playing game developed by Level-5 and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The story is about a young king called Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum, the main character, who was usurped from his own castle. Evan wants to build a new kingdom but things are easier said than done. Are you up for the challenge?
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#8 Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a role-playing game developed and published by CD Projekt Red. It’s set in the world of The Witcher and includes story-driven exploration with a fantastic combat system using cards. Expect to solve puzzles while you save the world from the verge of chaos. Are you up for a new and amazing adventure?
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#9 Pathfinder: Kingmaker
Pathfinder: Kingmaker is a role-playing game developed by Owlcat Games and published by Deep Silver. It takes place in the Stolen Lands and as the name says, the player aims to own a realm, as the local lord your choices matter and affect the world. The character’s alignment plays a big role so be careful. Sit comfortably because it will take a while!
- Pathfinder: Kingmaker Gameplay Trailer
Moonlighter is an action role-playing game developed by Digital Sun and published by 11 bit studios. The player is a shopkeeper during the day but at night, he’s an adventurer. You can upgrade or add new services to the town, invest and manage your own business. Be prepared because, at night, it’s time to explore deadly dungeons and find loot! Yeah! Just 2 gold.
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Remember, the lists are based on my personal opinion.
What do you think about my role-playing list? So many honorable mentions, I couldn’t leave them behind even if some are just remakes or ports, they deserve to be here.
Let me know if you think I missed a great game or if you would change something, you can recommend games for a category and I might add those games as readers recommendations.
Frostpunk is a strategy-survival game developed and published by 11 bit studios. In a frozen world, there is the last city standing and you, as the ruler have to manage the infrastructure and its citizens to survive and progress through the overwhelming cold that is threatening your city’s future. City Lord! What should we do right now?
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Northgard is a strategy game developed and published by Shiro Games. A game based on Norse mythology where there is a mysterious newfound continent ready to be taken by Vikings. You control a clan of Vikings and it’s up to you to take the control over the new continent but be prepared to fight because you’re not the only one out there. Hey, let’s go, Ragnar!
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BattleTech is a strategy game developed by Harebrained Schemes and published by Paradox Interactive. The world of BattleTech is ruled by powerful noble houses which you can join. Take the role of a mercenary commander to lead a team of powerful vehicles known as battlemechs. Total freedom to choose models, skills, armors, weapons and more!
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RimWorld is a strategy-management game developed and published by Ludeon Studios. A complete game with gunplay, melee combat, ecology, climate, trade, medicine, art, relationships and much more! All characters have their own personality and they get random traits when created, giving you the chance to make the colony you like. Let’s take some prisoners!
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#5 Valkyria Chronicles 4
Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a strategy-tactical game developed and published by Sega. Join the Federation Army to fight the Empire! A continent immersed in war and the imminent threat of imperial soldiers invasion made Claude Wallace and his childhood friends stand up and fight for what they believe is the right thing. Behind the Valkyria stands our victory!
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#6 Disgaea 5 Complete
Disgaea 5 Complete is a strategy-tactical game developed by Nippon Ichi Software and published by NIS America. The theme for Disgaea 5 is revenge. The evil Demon Emperor Void Dark is out of control and it has an army of over one million soldiers known as the Lost but Killia, a wandering demon, decided to fight back. Do you want to hire some Prinnies?
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#7 Into the Breach
Into the Breach is a strategy-tactical game developed and published by Subset Games. The game is set in the distant future where humanity fights against an army of monsters called the Vek. The player controls huge mechs controlled by soldiers and can be equipped with many weapons and armors. It’s a good strategy, right? Let’s find out!
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#8 Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is a strategy-tactical game developed by The Bearded Ladies and published by Funcom. A game with story, exploration, stealth, strategy and funny moments in a post-human Earth. Take control of a team and play the way you want! Beautiful environment and interesting maps to play. What if we go there? Duck!
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#9 The Banner Saga 3
The Banner Saga 3 is a strategy-tactical game developed by Stoic Studio and published by Versus Evil. It’s the final installment of a great trilogy that began back in 2014. Excellent storytelling and many new and amazing features that makes this game one of its kind. The sense of satisfaction of winning a fight, it’s incredible. Our deeds will never fade!
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#10 Warhammer 40,000: Gladius — Relics of War
Warhammer 40,000: Gladius — Relics of War is a strategy game developed by Proxy Studios and published by Slitherine Ltd. It takes place in a world of terror and violence where four factions will engage in a brutal war for dominance over the planet’s resources. Each faction is well thought out and offers a unique experience. Which one will you choose?
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Remember, the lists are based on my personal opinion.
What do you think about my strategy list? I wanted to include some of the honorable mentions in the top but I only have 10 numbers. I’m happy with the results.
As you already know, I’m not perfect so if you think I missed a big game or want to recommend some games, let me know in the comments below and I might add them as readers recommendations. I want my readers not to miss any good game.
#1 Dragon Ball FighterZ
Dragon Ball FighterZ is a fighting game developed by Arc System Works and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Endless spectacular fights with all our favorite Dragon Ball characters. It introduces easy to learn yet difficult to master mechanics and we could easily say that the graphics are high-end anime style. I want to play with Gohan SS2, what about you?
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#2 Soulcalibur VI
Soulcalibur VI is a fighting game developed by Bandai Namco Studios and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It takes place in the 16th century and revisits the events of the original Soulcalibur to reveal hidden truths. It features new battle mechanics and characters, a game we all know to be all-in in terms of fighting. Bring it on!
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#3 Lethal League Blaze
Lethal League Blaze is a fighting-ball game developed and published by Team Reptile. You can play online with up to 4 players, a game to have plenty of fun with friends. Smooth gameplay, unique mechanics, funny characters and exceptional animations, that’s literally Lethal League Blaze. Do you want to play a match? I want to pick Latch.
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#4 Touhou Hyouibana ~ The Antinomy of Common Flowers
Touhou Hyouibana ~ The Antinomy of Common Flowers is a 2D fighting game developed by Twilight Frontier and published by Team Shanghai Alice.
I have to say that the game is not fully in English but there are many fan-made patches to download, one of them is a full English translation.
Super cute characters and smooth gameplay. What? Waifus? Well, yeah.
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#5 BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is a 2D fighting game developed and published by Arc System Works. The game features characters from BlazBlue, Persona, Under Night In-Birth and RWBY series. Like any good fighting game, smooth gameplay, charming characters, and beautiful graphics are its core features. Just pick Jubei, he’s such a lovely cat.
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#6 Shaolin vs Wutang
Shaolin vs Wutang is an indie fighting game developed by Jae Lee and published by Digital Tribe. It’s inspired by martial arts and classic kung fu films. What you can expect? Not flashy effects ni crazy combos but great realistic combat influenced by kung fu. The sounds and soundtrack are used and licensed from films. The 70' and 80' at its best!
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#7 Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st]
Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] is a 2D fighting game developed by French Bread and published by Arc System Works. Fight your way through the dangers of the Hollow Night with one of the 20 unique characters available. Intuitive and smooth controls to launch devastating and deadly combos with many different fighting styles. Are you up for a challenge?
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#8 My Hero One’s Justice
My Hero One’s Justice is a 3D fighting game developed by Byking Inc. and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The popular Shonen Jump manga series comes to life and players can play as their favorite characters across many different and stunning environments. Of course, you can play as a villain too, why wouldn’t you? I want to try All Might first!
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#9 Fighting Ex Layer
Fighting Ex Layer is a fighting game developed and published by Arika. It features 15 classic characters with beautiful new models. A series reborn emphasizing amazing gameplay and graphics. New mechanics are included but old ones are also present. The game has Gougi decks, which are used to add bonuses and enhancements during a match. Time for some combos!
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Brawlout is a fighting-platform game developed and published by Angry Mob Games. No defensive slow-paced battles, Brawlout is all about fast movements and aerobatics to take control over the fight. It includes 6 original characters and 2 popular indie characters, each one of them have unique play styles. It also has competitive tournaments! I’m P1, ok?
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Remember, the lists are based on my personal opinion.
What do you think about my fighting list? I wanted to include Street Fighter and King of Fighters but both are just a collectors edition and you know I want to give new ones a chance to shine so I decided to include them in the honorable mentions.
Do you know a fighting game I don’t? Share it with me in the comments below but tell me why first and I might add it to a new section for this particular category.
#1 Jurassic World Evolution
Jurassic World Evolution is a simulation-management game developed and published by Frontier Developments. Build your own Jurassic World with more than 40 types of dinosaurs on a group of five islands. The dinosaurs can be modified and players are given contracts by three divisions, science, security, and entertainment. Velociraptors? Yes, please!
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#2 Farming Simulator 19
Farming Simulator 19 is a simulation game developed by Giants Software and published by Focus Home Interactive. A complete farming experience with immersive visuals and effects, featuring a complete overhaul of the graphics engine. Explore the land around your farm, tend to your livestock and take control of the vehicles. Let’s cultivate some potatoes!
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#3 House Flipper
House Flipper is a simulation game developed by Empyrean and published by PlayWay S.A. House Flipper involves fixing up properties in order to make a profit. It includes painting, laying down tile, cleaning, installations, and even demolitions. Become a one-man crew, buy, repair and remodel devastated houses! Time to show what we can do!
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#4 Two Point Hospital
Two Point Hospital is a simulation-management game developed by Two Point Studios and published by Sega. Make a name across Two Point County and design stunning hospitals, cure peculiar illnesses and manage your staff properly. Take the role of a hospital administrator and expand your hospital the way you want. Nothing we can’t handle, right?
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#5 Lobotomy Corporation | Monster Management Simulation
Lobotomy Corporation | Monster Management Simulation is a simulation-management game developed and published by Project Moon. Play as the company’s administrator to create new energy sources using monsters. Pay attention to your employees’ safety, the monsters will often escape and you should take care of the suppression. Are you ready for a difficult task?
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#6 Football Manager 2019
Football Manager 2019 is a simulation-management game developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega. Take the lead and complete control of the club your love. Scout the players you want the most, play the way you want, create new strategies and prepare a fitting training for your team! It’s all about glory, how bad do you want it?
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#7 Surviving Mars
Surviving Mars is a simulation game developed by Haemimont Games and published by Paradox Interactive. The player plays as an overseer who must build a colony on Mars and ensure the survival of its people. Expand your colony by cultivating your own food, mine minerals and research new technologies. Not an easy task but a great challenge!
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Parkitect is a simulation-management game developed and published by Texel Raptor. Build the theme park of your dream and your own coasters from scratch, enjoy 26 scenarios! Many features to make your guests happy but make sure to keep an eye on the finances and guest satisfaction to stay on top. Let’s build a coaster loop the right way!
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#9 Thief Simulator
Thief Simulator is a simulation game developed by Noble Muffins and published by PlayWay S.A. Become a real thief and steal in free roam sandbox neighborhoods but first get information about your target for a successful job. Buy new equipment and learn new skills to improve your burglary career, then sell the goods! That house looks quite wealthy!
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#10 Railway Empire
Railway Empire is a simulation game developed by Gaming Minds Studios and published by Kalypso Media Digital. Railway Empire involves creating an elaborate and creative rail network. Over 40 different trains to buy with insanely high-quality details, railway stations, maintenance buildings, factories, and tourist attractions. Where should we go now?
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Remember, the lists are based on my personal opinion.
What do you think about my simulation list? Many great games and spiritual successors of legendary games. Simulation games are so much fun and you can play the way you want. Some are more game-ish but others are more realistic and that’s what makes the simulation genre so satisfying.
So, you think there are some missing games on this list? Let me know in the comments below because if I think you’re right, I might add them to the honorable mentions or readers recommendations!
#1 Dead Cells
Dead Cells is a platform-roguelike game developed and published by Motion Twin. The player takes the role of a body of cells and must fight to get out of a deadly ever-changing dungeon. Items can be purchased, weapons, treasures, and tools can be found throughout the maps. Expect to die often until you learn how to play. Let’s go find some cells!
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Celeste is a platform game developed and published by Matt Makes Games Inc. Help Madeline survive her inner demons on her journey through many challenges. Uncover devious secrets and piece together the mystery of the Celeste Mountain. A narrative-driven game so beautiful and colorful, it’s delightful. What’s on top of Celeste Mountain?
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Gris is a platform-adventure game developed by Nomada Studio and published by Devolver Digital. Gris is an experience with almost no text at all and simple controls. A game enjoyable by anyone no matter the spoken language. Free of danger, frustration or death! Gris is a game to explore and have fun with unique abilities. Wait, what’s this dress made of?
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#4 Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy is a platform game developed by Vicarious Visions and published by Activision. It’s a collection of remasters of the first three titles. Our favorite marsupial is back once again! Simple things like spinning and jumping can’t be more satisfying, it’s one of those games that you fall in love with. A supreme classic.
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#5 Dig or Die
Dig or Die is a platform-survival game developed and published by Gaddy Games. Build strong defenses to survive if you want to escape from a hostile and merciless planet you’re trapped in. Only the strongest and smartest will survive, everything is deadly. Do you think you have what it takes to survive? Let’s find out.
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#6 Mega Man 11
Mega Man 11 is a platform-action game developed and published by Capcom. Mega Man is definitely back with a fresh and new visual style. Battle Robot Masters and take their powerful weapons which will change your appearance and abilities. With a variety of difficulties, this title is newcomer and hardcore friendly as well. Are you ready for a power-up?
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#7 Far: Lone Sails
Far: Lone Sails is a platform-adventure game developed by Okomotive and published by Mixtvision. Traverse a dried-out seabed littered with the remains of a decaying civilization. What you can find and how far you can make it will depend on your ability to overcome obstacles and withstand hazardous weather conditions. Just plenty of time.
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Dungreed is a platform-roguelike game developed and published by Nuke Nine. Vagante is set in a dark fantasy world filled with monsters, demons, and crooks. There is a rumor about an unfathomable treasure that could be inside a certain cave but everyone who tried to get it never came back. It’s your turn now, do you want to be another statistic?
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#9 Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is a platform-action game developed and published by Inti Creates Co. Swords and whips are back and you play as Zangetsu, a demon slayer. Fellow travelers can join your journey as playable characters and each one of them can use unique abilities. The recruitment process affects difficulty and even the ending. Choose wisely!
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#10 The Messenger
The Messenger is a platform-action game developed by Sabotage Studio and published by Devolver Digital. When you mix time-traveling, action, and humor, you get The Messenger. Play as a young ninja venturing through a cursed world to deliver an item. A memorable cast of villains and refined gameplay. Don’t forget to bring your katana with you!
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Remember, the lists are based on my personal opinion.
What do you think about my platformer list? One of the most loved genres. Many different styles and this year was a good one for platformers, we have to thank the indie industry for becoming popular. I couldn’t leave behind any of the honorable mentions, sadly, I have to put lots of them there because the main list has only 10 numbers.
Again, I’m not perfect so if you think that some games deserve to be on my list, let me know so I can check them and add those games to the honorable mentions or readers recommendations!
Wreckgest is a racing game developed by Bugbear Entertainment and published by THQ Nordic. Exhilarating no-rules racing action with a touch of realism is the perfect combination. You can go for demolition dominance in derby arenas or high-speed circuits with oncoming traffic. So, which one are you going to choose?
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Distance is a racing game developed and published by Refract. Distance is basically a futuristic arcade racing game with a little bit of parkour, survival, jumping, and flying. Obstacles are around every corner, instead of doing laps on a loop, survive to the end in the quickest time possible. Sounds like you are up for a ride, right?
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#3 Football, Tactics & Glory
Football, Tactics & Glory is a sports game developed and published by Creoteam. The game skips the boring parts of football management games — all those endless tables, numbers, routine and micromanagement. Still, deep enough to keep players engrossed for hundreds of hours. The turn-based gameplay makes it unique. Which team should we go with?
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#4 F1 2018
F1 2018 is a racing game developed and published by Codemasters.
Become immersed in the world of racing more than ever before. Build your reputation both on and off the track with time-pressured media interviews that influence your career path. Total control of every aspect of the game. Enjoy the stunning graphics. Should we win some races?
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#5 Grip: Combat Racing
Grip: Combat Racing is a racing-combat game developed by Caged Element and published by Wired Productions. Ferocious speed and heavy weapons across 23 different tracks with different variations such as icy worlds or non-terrestrial cities. You can build your own tournament and compete online with other people. Let’s find a match right now!
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#6 Horizon Chase Turbo
Horizon Chase Turbo is a racing game developed and published by Aquiris Game Studio. Each curve and each lap recreates classic arcade gameplay and offers you unbound speed limits of fun. It offers slit screen support across all game modes to rescue the nostalgia of playing with your friends. What do you say? I want the top screen.
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#7 The Crew 2
The Crew 2 is a racing game developed by Ivory Tower and published by Ubisoft. One of the most exhilarating open worlds ever created. Enjoy unrestrained exploration on ground, sea, and sky. From coast to coast, street and pro racers, off-road explorers and freestylers gather and compete in all kinds of disciplines. Let’s join the crew!
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#8 Liftoff: FPV Drone Racing
Liftoff: FPV Drone Racing is a racing game developed and published by LuGus Studios. Newcomers can hone their flying skills before doing serious racing while veterans can explore new environments or race one another. It features realistic drone physics and complete customization for drones. Do you want to race against my drone?
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#9 MX vs ATV All Out
MX vs ATV All Out is a racing game developed by Rainbow Studios and published by THQ Nordic. It’s a complete off-road racing and lifestyle experience, all terrain and all vehicles. Race head to head across massive open worlds in various game mods! It supports split screen to play with friends. Let’s go for freestyle mode first!
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#10 Super Mega Baseball 2
Super Mega Baseball 2 is a sports game developed and published by Metalhead Software Inc. The game is back with gorgeous new visuals, deep team, and league customization and long-awaited online multiplayer modes. Deep skill curve but accessible mechanics. The game has its own charm. Are you up for a match?
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Remember, the lists are based on my personal opinion.
What do you think about my sports/racing list? I wanted to include a few titles that were VR but I thought that going for a more classic list would be better, maybe I could create a new list for VR in the future.
If you have some games to recommend let me know! I know for sure that you have a few but I think this year wasn’t so good for those titles. Maybe if many people say the same thing, I might add them as readers recommendations!
#1 Return of the Obra Dinn
Return of the Obra Dinn is a puzzle-adventure game developed by Lucas Pope and published by 3909. A game based on exploration and logical deduction. A merchant ship was declared lost at sea but drifted into port with damaged sails and no visible crew. It’s up to you to discover the story behind this mystery. Sir, I can’t see any color!
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#2 The Curse of Monkey Island
The Curse of Monkey Island is a puzzle-adventure game developed and published by LucasArts. Guybrush Threepwood, one of the best pirates ever existed in history needs your help to save his fiancee who is cursed by a ring that you have her. It’s all LeChuck’s fault, a terrible and dangerous pirate. Are you willing to help Guybrush? A good laugh is waiting for you!
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#3 Puyo Puyo Tetris
Puyo Puyo Tetris is a puzzle game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega. Many different styles of gameplay! Unlock new characters and backgrounds, voices and skins! You can even try your puzzle skills on a global scale by playing any of the multiplayer modes. The question here is, do you have what it takes to claim the top?
- Puyo Puyo Tetris Gameplay Trailer:
#4 The Room Three
The Room Three is a puzzle game developed and published by Fireproof Games. You find yourself lured to a remote island, where you must draw upon all your puzzle-solving ability to navigate a series of trials devised by a mysterious figure known only as “The Craftsman”. Don’t tell me you are scared, let’s go!
- The Room Three Gameplay Trailer:
Exapunks is a puzzle game developed and published by Zachtronics. The game is set in 1997. You used to be a hacker but now you have the phage. You made a deal of one hack, one dose. Nothing to lose except your life. Read zines, write viruses, hack everything, slack off, take down your friends, and create your own puzzles. Time for hacking!
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#6 Katamari Damacy Reroll
Katamari Damacy Reroll is a puzzle-adventure game developed by MonkeyCraft Co. and developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment. When a king destroys all the stars in the sky, he orders you, his pint-sized princely son, to put the twinkle back in the heavens above. How can you destroy all the stars? Now I have to fix it?
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#7 7 Billion Humans
7 Billion Humans is a puzzle game developed and published by Tomorrow Corporation. Automate swarms of office workers to solve puzzles inside your very own parallel computer made of people. Featuring a new programming language to enjoy, more puzzles, more humans and many more. Jobs for everyone!
- 7 Billion Humans Gameplay Trailer:
Simmiland is a puzzle-strategy game developed and published by Sokpop Collective. You create a small civilization that can only influence indirectly by playing cards to the land, such as plants and minerals. Playing a plan on a grass biome tile will result in a wheat plant but playing a plant card somewhere else will also create something else. Time for experiments!
- Simmiland Gameplay Trailer:
#9 Not Tonight
Not Tonight is a puzzle-simulation game developed by PanicBarn and published by No More Robots. In an alternative Britain where Brexit talks have collapsed, an extreme far-right government has taken power. Citizens of European heritage have been rounded up and exiled. You find yourself in the midst of a booming gig economy. Let’s work hard to return home!
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#10 Dude, Stop
Dude, Stop is a puzzle game developed and published by Team HalfBeard. The main goal is to not follow the rules and make everybody hate you. Break it, abuse it, skip the tutorial, ignore tips and tricks in the loading menu and most importantly, mute the narrator! Stop reading, are you still reading? You’ve broken your first rule, you have talent!
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Remember, the lists are based on my personal opinion.
What do you think about my puzzle list? Maybe some are not strictly puzzle games but have puzzle mechanics and that’s why I included them. Puzzle games are fun and very creative.
Let me know if you have puzzle games you want to recommend because I’m sure I missed some of them. I might add the games as honorable mentions or readers recommendations!
It’s my first time writing lists for the best games of the year but I think I did a good job and I’ll keep improving to write better content about games and about the video game industry in general.
I have many ideas right now and I hope to see you around when I publish more content. Please, let me know if you like my content so I can write more for you! That’s the only motivation I need to keep writing.
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