It’s time for the 2018 Quarterlies! Vote for Quarter to Three’s Best Game of 2018


Hey guys, as we wrap this thing up, please look over this list of games that were voted for for dupes, one last time:

Games voted for

ADIOS Amigos: A Space Physics Odyssey
Aggressors: Ancient Rome
Arkham Horror 3E
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Astro Bot Rescue Mission
Banner Saga 3
Bard’s Tale IV
Battle Chasers: Nightwar
Battlefield V
Beat Saber
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
Bomber Crew: U.S.A.A.F. DLC
Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII
Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
Conan Exiles
Cultist Simulator
Cytus II
DCS: F/A-18C Hornet
Dead Cells
Deity Empires
Destiny 2: Forsaken
Detroit: Become Human
Diablo 3 Eternal Collection
Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition
Donut County
Dragon Quest Builders
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
Earth Defense Force 5
Fallout 76
Far Cry 5
Farming Simulator 19
Final Fantasy XV
Fire Pro Wrestling World
Football Manager 2019
Football, Tactics & Glory
For the King
Forza Horizon 4
God of War
Grapple Force Rena
Helium Rain
Hitman 2
Hollow Knight
Hungry Cat Picross
Infinite Adventures
Insurgency: Sandstorm
Into the Breach
Invisible, Inc.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Kingdom Two Crowns
Labyrinth of Refrain
Lamplight City
Madden 19
Magic: The Gathering Arena
Marvel’s Spider-Man
MLB 18 The Show
Monster Hunter World
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
My Brother Rabbit
New Star Manager
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Nier: Automata
No Man’s Sky NEXT
Octopath Traveler
One Deck Dungeon
Overcooked 2
Pathfinder: Kingmaker
Phantom Doctrine
Pillars of Eternity 2
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
Prey: Mooncrash
Radical Heights
Railway Empire
Red Dead Redemption 2
Regular Human Basketball
Return of the Obra Dinn
Rogue Legacy
Scavenger SV-4
Sea of Thieves
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux
Six Ages
Slay the Spire
SNK 40th Anniversary Collection
Soul Calibur VI
Space Tyrant
Star Traders: Frontiers
Stardew Valley
State of Decay 2
Sunset Overdrive
Super Mega Baseball 2
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Tetris Effect
The Colonists
The Messenger
Through the Ages
Tower of Time
Two Point Hospital
Unforeseen Incidents
Valkyria Chronicles 4
Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War
Warhammer: Vermintide 2
Warioware Gold
Wars of Succession
West of Loathing
X4: Foundations
XCOM 2 War of the Chosen Tactical Legacy Pack
Yakuza 0
Yakuza 6
Yakuza Kiwami 2
Yoku’s Island Express

And also here is a list of everyone who we have an entry for voting as well as the places we have them voting for. If something is wrong, then you need to fix formatting or you have duplicate votes:

Voter List
Voter Positions Voted For
geewhiz 1,2,3,4,5
TimJames 1,2,3,4,5
Nesrie 1,2,3,4,5
forgeforsaken 1,2,3,4,5
charmtrap 1,2,3,4,5
Left_Empty 1,2,3,4,5
vinraith 1,2,3,4,5
Paul_cze 1,2,3,4,5
Dissensus 1,2,3,4,5
TurinTur 1,2,3,4,5
divedivedive 1,2,3,
moss_icon 1,2,3,4,5
tylertoo 1,2,3,4,5
Scott_Lufkin 1,2,3,4,5
saracen31 1,2,3,4,
krayzkrok 1,2,3,4,5
Knightsaber 1,2,3,4,5
tomchick 1,2,3,4,5
NI1 1,2,3,4,5
Jeremy_Johnsen 1,2,3,4,
pizzaddict 1,2,
ooomalley 1,
roguefrog 1,2,3,
scharmers 1,2,3,4,
Alistair 1,2,
Ion 1,2,3,4,5
rhamorim 1,2,3,4,5
Bandersnatch 1,2,3,4,5
easytarget 1,2,3,4,
Telefrog 1,2,3,4,5
None 1,2,3,
lordkosc 1,2,3,4,5
anonymgeist 1,2,3,4,5
Anklebiter 1,
Gordon_Bleu 1,2,3,4,5
Nightgaunt 1,2,3,4,5
stusser 1,2,3,
SamS 1,2,3,4,5
NuclearWinter 1,2,3,4,5
Lunarstorm 1,2,3,4,5
triggercut 1,2,3,4,5
Scott123 1,2,3,4,
Matt_W 1,2,3,4,5
kerzain 1,2,3,4,5
CF_Kane 1,2,3,4,5
arrendek 1,2,3,4,
Soren_Hoglund 1,2,3,4,5
Jorn_Weines 1,2,3,4,5
FinnegansFather 1,2,3,4,
LokeUtgaard 1,2,3,
orald 1,2,3,4,5
Granath 1,2,3,4,5
Shimarenda 1,2,
AWS260 1,2,3,4,
Wendelius 1,2,3,4,5
AK_Icebear 1,2,
delirium 1,2,3,4,5
TundraToad 1,2,3,4,5
Hechicera 1,2,
Chappers 1,2,3,4,5
Calelari 1,2,3,4,5
Erik 1,2,3,4,5
wavey 1,2,3,4,5
dionisus1122 1,2,3,4,5
JonRowe 1,2,3,4,5
WhollySchmidt 1,2,3,4,5
Keith_Andrews_Art 1,2,3,4,5
Balasarius 1,2,3,4,5
ArmandoPenblade 1,
andrewsk 1,2,3,4,5
Kyrios 1,2,3,4,5
Chris_Gwinn 1,2,3,4,5
Rock8man 1,2,3,4,5
Tin_Wisdom 1,2,3,4,5
schurem 1,2,3,4,5
Thraeg 1,2,3,4,5
meeper 1,2,3,4,
robc04 1,2,3,4,5
Brad_Grenz 1,2,3,4,5
iguanaDitty 1,2,3,4,5
gingerturtle 1,2,3,4,5
rowe33 1,2,3,
Brooski 1,2,3,4,5
ReptileHouse 1,2,3,
Kolbex 1,2,3,
Profanicus 1,2,3,4,5
milspec 1,2,3,4,5
Alstein 1,2,3,4,5
Brakara 1,2,3,4,5
YakAttack 1,
Cormac 1,2,3,4,5
buzznaut 1,2,3,4,5
BrianRubin 1,2,3,4,5
Wallapuctus 1,2,3,4,5
alekseivolchok 1,2,3,4,5
justaguy2 1,
red_guy 1,2,3,4,
Fozzle 1,2,3,4,5
Sareln 1,2,3,4,5
jsnell 1,2,3,4,5
David2 1,2,3,
Relayer71 1,2,3,4,
Marlowespade 1,2,3,4,5
J_Thomas 1,2,3,
LongshotX 1,2,3,4,5
warrenac 1,2,3,4,
Equisilus 1,
Spect 1,2,3,4,5
Douglas 1,2,3,4,5
Gendal 1,2,3,4,5
ydejin 1,2,
JFLS 1,2,3,4,5
geggis 1,2,3,4,5
Gigglemoo 1,2,3,4,5
Jack_Howitzer 1,2,3,4,5
ledshok 1,
Richard_Holt 1,2,3,4,5
copeknight 1,2,3,4,5
mrcjhicks 1,2,3,4,5
Jason_McMaster 1,2,3,4,5
Appleseed 1,2,3,4,5
Mr_Bismarck 1,2,3,4,5
DaveLong 1,2,3,4,5
Seppey 1,2,3,
Ex-SWoo 1,2,3,4,5
Vesper 1,2,3,4,5
RichVR 1,2,3,4,5


It took a lot of willpower to not vote Castlevania Requiem as my GOTY. Which is partly a testament to how few 2018 games I played last year.

  1. Dead Cells
  2. OOTP 19
  3. Forza Horizon 4
  4. Magic: the Gathering Arena
  5. Donut County


Gamers With Jobs lets people pick their GOTY from any game they played for the first time that year. I think it works pretty nicely.


Yes, that’s what I like about these lists. The AAA games I’m less interested in because they’re well-covered, but hearing recommendations on lesser-known titles is now the main way I buy games. I like to put my own list together for the same reason, despite knowing most are unlikely to be in the running.


Yup. Though I don’t post there that often, I do peruse that thread among others. I personally prefer that, but that may be because I am personally always a few years behind ;)


I’m surprised ZeroRanger has any popularity given how hard it is. I’m credit feeding like crazy just to get to stage 5.


I really like that idea too!

  1. Rimworld
  2. Subnautica
  3. Battletech
  4. Kingdom Come: Deliverance

I played so much Rimworld (and Oxygen not Included but it’s still early access so it isn’t on the list) there is no 5. Those two games have done wonders for my gaming budget.

  1. Battletech
  2. Rimworld
  3. Slay the Spire
  4. They Are Billions

That’s all I was able to play this year :(


Well, at least you played the best of the best. I don’t see any Shaq-Fus, Agonies, or Fallout 76s on your list. So you’ve got that going for you.


I gotta tell you guys, watching this stuff in real time is a freaking roller coaster.


That is a great idea.

I didn’t play enough 2018 releases to really have an opinion on which is the best game of 2018. One game I came back again and again is the rogue-like RTKX rerelease from 10 years ago. Or Steep. All bite size gaming, all past releases.


If there were a category for most improved game of 2018 I’d have to go with The Long Dark. I’m playing through post-update story mode and the improvements really make a difference.

  1. Slay the Spire
  2. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
  3. Railway Empire
  4. Into the Breach
  5. Subnautica


Great to hear. I played a half dozen hours of sandbox when I got it years ago, but then set it down to wait for the campaign to mature. Sounds like it’s time to jump back in.


Yeah once remastered episode 3 is out I am diving into that game.


Thanks for the description of Lamplight City, Jack! I’m actually not sure I can stomach the idea of carrying on with the story after fumbling an early investigation. But that feels like my fault, not the game’s. Still, I’m sure I’ll check it out at some point.

As @Richard_Holt says, you should definitely check out Unavowed, if you haven’t already!


The scores for #3 to #6 are tight enough that a single voter could reorder ALL of them!

Get in here and vote if you haven’t yet folks! You have less than 3 hours left.

Don’t feel like thinking so much? Just drop in and leave your #1 GotY for 2018 and call it a night.


Nice video. I’d never heard of ZeroRanger.

It’s a 2D Shooter! I used to hate that genre until this year, when the Skyforce games made me love it. I’m not done with Skyforce yet though, and ZeroRanger looks too advanced for me. Unfortunately Skyforce Reloaded came out last year I think, so it’s not eligible for votes, but man, I had so much fun with it this year. It’s always cool to get into a new genre because of a game.


I’ll throw my meaningless, overly-personal votes out there.

  1. God of War
  2. Super Smash Bros Ultimate
  3. Monster Hunter World
  4. 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.