I’ll throw my meaningless, overly-personal votes out there.
- God of War
- Super Smash Bros Ultimate
- Monster Hunter World
- Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
Is God of War actually a transcendent gaming experience superior to all others in 2018? I posit that it is not, UNLESS you complete it two days before your first child is born. Then it kind of sticks with you.
That game has been in my head every night when I wake up to feed my daughter. I think of Atreus every time my daughter falls down after trying to stand up. I call my daughter “Boy” sometimes when Mom’s not around. I think a lot about how to raise her to be strong but also tender and kind.
Suffice to say that God of War really fucked me up last year. Preparing for our first child made me pretty emotionally raw, and goddamn if God of War didn’t take advantage of that.
This year’s iteration of Super Smash Bros is perfect. Huge roster, lots of balance, very accessible. I wish every fighting game was as big as Smash.
2018 was the year that Monster Hunter finally clicked with me. Now, I’m a lifer. I spent more time in World and Generations Ultimate than any other game in 2018.