2018 has been a rewarding year for gamers. With game design improving, new graphics rolling out, game styles constantly evolving, and mobile games in their heyday, keeping up with the most popular videogames takes serious effort. If you’re a fan of RPGs, first person shooters, strategy games and more, there’s a videogame on the market that’s engineered specifically with your tastes in mind. With that being said, what are some of the most popular video games of 2018?
Red Dead Redemption 2
How does a studio top the highest-rated game ever on Playstation 4 and XBox 360? Release an equally rated game apparently. That’s what Rockstar studios has done with the just released Red Dead Redemption 2, which though barely a week old, is already joint highest rated game ever released on the above mentioned consoles. (The other joint rated game is Grand Theft Auto 5).
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a Western-themed action-adventure game set in an open world environment, set in the early 1900s that takes places across 5 fictitious states across the US. Graphics, endless options during every mission and over 80 hours of guaranteed play time, makes this one a collector’s item.
Insomniac games dropped what fans and gamers are calling the best Spiderman game in history. The multilayered designed, webbed with detail and grandeur, goes to prove that these titans of videogames just don’t need to be all that serious. More, they don’t need to take themselves that serious when Spidey can have all sorts of adventures in New York—not all of them fighting the bad guys, either. Built for PS4, this is a videogame that doesn’t stop rewarding the gamer. Critics are calling it the biggest Marvel game of all time.
God of War
Are you a fan of Norse mythology? Have you ever wanted to fight the infamous gods of old? God of War is a game that packs action, narrative, world-building, and art direction all into one hellbent 30-hour ride throughout the world of Norse gods and their deceptive ways. In a flash you’re fighting Mjolnir and in the next moment Valkyrie has risen to claim you. No matter where you turn, this game does not believe in slowing down for a beat.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as time traveling back to Greece during the Peloponnesian war. This interactive, complex, and multilayered RPG allows you to travel through every crevice of Ancient Greece. Create the narrative you want—you can even choose if you’re going to be on Sparta or Athen’s side of the war. Odyssey is the keyword of the title, being that this game is a seemingly endless adventure through the backchannels of Ancient Greece. Also, the graphics and texture will blow you away.
If there’s a game that is the true standout of 2018, it’s Fortnite. It’s had such an impact that schools have banned it, a Fortnite dance went viral, and every gamer has at the very least caught wind of the videogame. It’s just too good. If you’re curious about how to play fornite battle royale, know that you’ll be dropped into modern-day Earth with most of humanity gone, you’ll be completely independent, and everyone else is going to try and kill you—you must either survive, fight back, or both. This game had such a quick rise to popularity that 10 million gamers were playing within weeks of its release.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is another rollercoaster chapter of Lara Croft’s Origins trilogy. In this game, you get to play Lara as a seasoned veteran, who has cut her teeth in all the chapters previously. She’s fiercer, sexier, and smarter than ever before. From the camouflage function that renders her nearly invisible, to her dexterity in tracking enemies, she’s as alpha as she’s ever been. Better yet, it takes place in South America amongst the old Mayan ruins, paying homage to the original environment we all fell in love with when Tomb Raider was first released in 1996. Can you believe it has been two decades?
Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eve
The new Pokémon game is a hybrid that combines everything we loved from the handheld and mobile Pokémon games, to the fully interactive ones of other consoles. Best yet, it’s interactive with Pokémon Go and you can transfer Pokémon between the mediums. Relatively new, this game has just begun to rise in popularity—which makes sense, seeing as the mobile game was one of the most influential videogames to ever release. Gamer or not, no one missed the Pokémon Go craze where mobile gamers were hiking around town to catch different Pokémon.
Videogames simply don’t stop improving. From better game design, coding, narratives, and graphics, the evolution of videogames is a progression to marvel at. Now that we’re heading into 2019, you can be sure that, like Fortnite and Marvel’s Spider-Man, we’re in for quite a few surprises.