2018 is now in the rear-view mirror, and with all of our end-of-year coverage now live on the site, the Doublejump Management is happy to present an overall list of the Best of 2018. This page is a handy summary of all of our individual Game of the Year articles that will serve you well if you missed any, if you wanted to come back and see how our selections have aged, and/or if you’re keen to keep track of how many of our hopes and dreams for 2019 come to fruition.
We observed some interesting patterns and trends while we were working on this coverage, and so we thought it would be fun to share some of them with you!
We didn’t plan for it, but no game was selected as our Game of the Year more than once.
Two of our selections – Vainglory 5v5 and Destiny 2: Forsaken – were significant, game-changing expansions to games that were originally released before 2018. This demonstrates how video games can evolve into new experiences and how easily developers can expand on their successes or rectify their failures, especially in comparison to other forms of media.
The PlayStation 4’s exclusive lineup polled well in our minds, with four of our nine selections (45%) being exclusive to Sony’s flagship console.
Celeste continued Doublejump’s trend of having at least one independent title in its Game of the Year list.
In the year following EA CFO Blake Jorgensen’s suggestion that gamers don’t enjoy linear, single-player experiences anymore, five out of our nine selections were single-player experiences.
With one Game of the Year nomination and two honourable mentions, Marvel’s Spider-Man becomes the latest in a long line of highly regarded adaptations of existing IPs.
God of War
Red Dead Redemption 2 and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey both took out “Bridesmaid Awards” (as in, “always a bridesmaid, never a bride”), collecting two honourable mentions each but no Game of the Year awards from within our staff.
Our staff believes that it’s going to be a big year for the Nintendo Switch, with the console appearing in three writers’ lists of things they’re looking forward to in 2019.
In a strong show of optimism from our team, Cyberpunk 2077 also notched up three appearances in our 2019 wishlists despite not having a concrete release date or window.