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


#121

Historically DLC has been eligible. Witcher 3: Blood and Wine won in 2016!


#122

Expansions and DLC are expressly eligible.


#123

Great, I’ll add that to the original post.


#124
  1. Rimworld - One of my most favorite games of all time! The labor of love of mostly a single developer - this game tells me a fascinating, brutal story every game.

  2. Slay the Spire - Like digital crack-cocaine. Binged on this one for 120hrs or so before flaming out

  3. Battletech - The game I had been looking for since I was a child. Does a very close representation of the table-top, with satisfying feudal mech on mech violence.

  4. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey - I had given up on the AC franchise a number of years back, but was pulled into the good reviews of Odyssey. I’m happy I came back. The voice acting for Kassandra is the best I’ve seen in a video game, and the world is brightly and interesting with fun combat. The game can feel a little ‘samey’ after awhile, but it is really fun. They even did ok with level scaling the enemies! A mechanic I usually hate

  5. Frostpunk - I debated putting Pathfinder here, but I found Frostpunk to be a really fun take a city-builder. While the production chains are simple, the fight against the clock adds a fun new flavor to the brutal environment. Add in a circular design concept, and it adds lots of new elements to a tired genre.

(Edited to remove Slay the Spire. I honestly thought it released a month or two ago)

(2nd edit - I guess Slay the Spire is allowed now? Make up your mind folks - added it back)


#125
  1. Monster Hunter World
    Never played a Monster Hunter game before this. I have never been into the “Dark Souls” games with their brutal difficulty and timing based attack mechanics, and the Monster Hunter series has been sold in that type of vein, so I was leery. But I dropped nearly 100 hours into this game. The combat system is deep, the mechanics are as complicated as you want them to be, and the learning curb isn’t too terribly steep. There were moments where I was nearly at a controller breaking fury, only to reset, check my loadouts, buff up and re-engage only to be successful. They made one of the densest and hardest to understand game systems approachable, and added an open world aspect to the various maps, which made things feel more modern. Such a great game, and now I am a Monster Hunter person.
  2. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
    This is a great Dragon Quest game that rivals not only the best Dragon Quests, but the best JRPG’s in history. I think a lot of the negative feedback on this one is due to the difficulty being underwhelming, as well as a slow start and can be grindy. But, I also think that people might have been playing this wrong. The game can be brutally difficult, and doesn’t require any grinding (I haven’t done any?) as all encounters are basically avoidable. I have found that playing through the game, only taking monster encounters every once in a while has resulted in boss battles being decently challenging, which really highlights the excellent combat balance and strategy. Also, this game is gorgeous, and seeing the Toriyama art in beautiful HD on my big TV is awesome.
  3. Slay the Spire
    I don’t like card games. I don’t like hearthstone, I don’t like MtG, and in general I don’t like deck-building games. I picked up Slay the Spire in the steam sale, and it ate up my week off. It began innocently enough, just trying out the classes, and looking up some strategies, getting all the way through the third act to only die on the boss with 10% HP left… I have more to do. Getting a good deck together along with some key relics, you really see the balance of the game’s system shine. There is always a counter to your strategy, and covering for those weaknesses is what keeps you alive. I actually started dreaming and thinking in card battles, I think I overloaded my brain with this one.
  4. Rimworld
    This is as low on the list as it is, because I played dozens of hours of this game last year, and while it might be unfair, I feel like 2017 was the year of Rimworld for me. Though it didn’t make my top 5 then, (2017 was a strong year) it makes it now. Such an excellent game, a Dwarf-fortress lite set in a sci-fi world? Yes! Emergent gameplay? Yes! Acessible? Yes! (Though I would argue DF is much more accessible than people make it out to be) This game is great, and an amazing accomplishment for a 1 man team. This game needs better art though.
  5. Donut County
    Finished this over a weekend, not too long, maybe a bit short… but super charming. Loved the art style, characters, and the little world that was built around this. Fun mechanics, light puzzle solving, and very cute raccoons (trash pandas). Definitely worth checking out.

Honorable mentions: Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, House Flipper


#126
  1. Celeste
  2. Destiny 2: Forsaken
  3. Marvel’s Spider-Man
  4. Battle Chasers: Nightwar
  5. Yoku’s Island Express

#127

@JonRowe can you unbold your numbers for the script?


#128

Apologies, fixed.


#129
  1. Red Dead Redemption 2
  2. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  3. Pillars of Eternity 2
  4. Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  5. Pathfinder: Kingmaker

#130
  1. Pathfinder: Kingmaker

The best BG since BG2!

  1. Conan Exiles

Such a great game. Really fills the Skyrim itch for me.

  1. Marvel’s Spider-man

Really? “Marvel’s” is part of the title? That’s so stupid I almost want to rate it lower.

  1. Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire

A good RPG with terrible lore, terrible voice overs, and ridiculous metaphors. You can mod away the voice overs, at least.

  1. Warhammer: Vermintide 2

Killing rats never got better.

This year I bought AC:Origins instead of Odyssey. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


#131

I’ve played 3 2018 videogame releases, but I didn’t really like Pathfinder: Kingmaker or Star Control: Origins enough to want to give either of them points in the competition, so my sole vote for videogames is. . .

  1. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

But goddamn if that one wasn’t fun as all hell!!


#132

I love that this is getting a nod from someone!


#133

Warhammer: before the Vermintide.


#134

Thanks


#135
  1. Pathfinder: Kingmaker
  2. Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  3. Red Dead Redemption 2
  4. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  5. Pillars of Eternity 2

#136

Yeah that makes total sense to me. Hand tallying on message boards really is the pits. I was happy to do the update so it works.

True. And you’re not required to draw the line in the same place i did. I just don’t think Rimworld needs to make “the” list for 5+years, kind of like Tom hinted at.


#137

Especially since the browser load mechanics (which silently seem to discard/deactivate posts too far away from whatever you’re looking at currently) of Discourse make it really annoying to do a proper Ctrl-F find in the thread. I had to use the kind obnoxious forum search rather than the built-in browser one to hand-tally a game I was interested in the stats of.


#138

Funny how it’s possible to read things differently, I read the point of his post to be Slay the Spire should not be on here.


#139

Yeah but isn’t his point kind of, like it applies to multiple games, or can.

I mean it gets to be a this year release when it hits EA status and v1.0? Twice whereas realizing full clean games only gets one shot?


#140

Which just returns us to my previous point, got to draw a line somewhere.