The Hashtagonist’s Top Ten Games Of 2018

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Doing a top 10 this year was a pretty difficult task for me. Not because I had issues with shoving dozens of fantastic 2018 games into a top 10 spot, but because most of these games were huge experiences demanding a lot of my time, which resulted in me not having played all the big hitters.

You might wonder why some obvious headliners are missing from my list and the answer is “I didn’t get around to them yet”.

With over 200 hours into Destiny 2: Forsaken so far, it’s hard to fit in everything else and that’s not even my number one pick!

Oh, and RDR2 isn’t there because I have 0 interest in that game, sorry cowboys.

Top Ten

1. Celeste

Celeste is a game that gets better every time I think about it and I still think about Celeste a lot.
Not only is this game amazing from a gameplay perspective, what it manages to do to the player from a mental perspective is nothing short of amazing.

When a game manages to make me feel what the character in the game is feeling, it is immediately going into my hall of fame and Celeste DELIVERS!

It’s best to not give away WHY Celeste is so good, but for anyone who has ever struggled, this game could be very meaningful to you. Go play it.

2. Destiny 2: Forsaken

Destiny 2: Forsaken is taking my number 2 spot just based on “fun provided this year”. Not only did they deliver a remarkable expansion with Forsaken, but spending time with the clan “What’s Good Guardians” has been an absolute delight. It’s no secret that end-game content is often the best content in Destiny, so having access to it all made for a really strong entry in my top 10. If you got Solar Singed by Vanilla Destiny 2, it’s safe to give this another shot.

3. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

MALAKA!

It’s rare that I completely adore a main character out of the gate, but there is no argument that Kassandra is one of my favorite characters in video gaming right now. While I am in no way a huge AC fan (I have only played 1,4 and this one) this game has easily won me over. Fun quests without feeling overwhelming, a delightful main character and the perfect setting to get back into AC.

Sure there is the ever present overarching story, but this game is just so much fun to play! Does Sparta-Kicking ever get old? Don’t tell me if it ever gets old.

I really enjoyed my time with this game to the point where I just stood on the beach for a while to listen to the waves. I know this sounds dumb, but it was one of those moments where I could just close my eyes and I could picture myself being there, feeling the heat of the Greek sun on my skin and,..Oh I need to go play again, brb

4. Iconoclasts

There is an above average chance you haven’t heard about Iconoclasts, so shame on you.
If you want to know what kind of game this is, just imagine a MegamanVaniaShootyJumpyThingy with a silent protagonist that wields a giant wrench, a sidekick who is a stealthy pirate with a shotgun and bad BO and then on top of that, add one of the best JRPG stories you’ve ever played.

That, my friends, is Iconoclasts. The game was made by a single dude over the last 10 years and boy does he deliver. I played it on the Vita and it’s perfect for it, but it has recently been ported to the Switch which makes it a must have on the system. All in all it’s about 14-16 hours long, which makes for a great palate cleanser in the 100+ hour games we’ve seen in 2018.

Go play it, it’s really good.

5. God of War

I feel there is little to add to everything that has already been said about God of War. It’s a very solid game with some incredible satisfying gameplay moments. I deeply enjoyed the story and as mentioned before, every time a game legitimately solicits emotion from me we know it has accomplished something special.

I’m looking forward where this franchise will go next, because there is obviously a next!

6. Spider-Man

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Spider-Man is a bit of a weird one for me. I had an absolute BLAST playing this game. LOVED every minute of it. It’s technically a…Marvel. But for some reason I barely think of this game anymore. However, judging by my enjoyment while playing it, pushing buttons and making stuff happen it was a great experience that absolutely needs to be recognized. It’s just too bad it didn’t have any legs…

7. Monster Hunter: World

Monster Hunter: World was my first entry into the World..of…Monster Hunter. It’s great! Wow, once I got the hang of this game (because the hang might take a while if you don’t pick a weapon that just works for you) I really loved it. The environments are super cool, the monsters an actual challenge and CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE CAT COOKS?

MH: World was one of my favorite surprises this year and in a year stacked like 2018 that deserves a trophy. What I also really appreciate about this game is how much support it has gotten afterwards and you can bet your Anjanath Ass i’ll be coming back to play with Geralt.

8. Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider didn’t have a great reception, which I don’t really understand. I have had a blast with this game and I truly believe it to be the best Tomb Raider in the series. The Lara Croft we get in this game is my favorite Lara of all time and some of the supporting characters really stand out when it comes to performance. (HI JONAH!) The overall story is classic Tomb Raider out there, but since I am mostly a fan of kicking some ass with my Beefy Girl this was an all-round positive experience for me.

The next Tomb Raider should definitely have dinosaurs in it though…OH SHIT! No, put Lara in Monster Hunter: World too!

9. Octopath Traveler

If anything, Octopath Traveler is a hate-entry. I have so much to say about this game and almost none of it is good. However, I played this game for over 100 hours and that has to mean something. The story? Whack! The characters? Whack! The battle system and the ability to absolutely min-max characters until you break the game? I LIVE FOR THIS!

You will not believe how much I have enjoyed decking out an OP team after 40 hours of grinding Magic Caits just so I could one turn the final boss!

Absolute delight!

10. Dragon’s Dogma

Now, you might wonder “Mister Hashtagonist, why do you put a 2012 (2017 remaster) game on your GoTY list in 2018?”

Well skipper, let me tell you why!

Dragon’s Dogma is the best video game ever made!

I can in no good conscience create a list of “Best Games of 2018” and ignore the fact that Dragon’s Dogma still holds the crown.

I mean, it’s not like 2018 didn’t TRY to take the title, it just didn’t manage! Therefore, I have to include the best game of all time (Dragon’s Dogma) on every list until forever or until Dragon’s Dogma 2 comes out. If you haven’t played Dragon’s Dogma, there is still time for you to change your ways.

Go play Dragon’s Dogma, because there is strength in numbers, Arisen.

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