Quarterlies 2018! The Qt3 forum readers’ choice for the best game of 2018 is ...


Well you tell all those kids to just get off our lawn! I don’t think there is a better example of the curmudgeonly, nerdy beard-man turn-based old schoolism of the Quarter to Three community combined with its undercurrent of undeniable jaw-drooping <drool drool> graphics whoreism, than the choice of this game based on a 35-year-old science fiction franchise. Battletech wasn’t able to garner the most, or even the second-most first-place votes. Until late in the voting, it didn’t even have the third-most first place votes. But with 38 people voting for it, it got six more votes than the second-place Subnautica and sealed the win.

The 13 people who voted for Battletech as #1 were a quiet bunch, so I just included the comments of anyone who had it on their ballot:

So: 1. Sweet, sweet mechs. 2. Bugs, but they’re fixed. 3. MECHS BOOM BOOM

This was an exciting contest to watch behind the scenes, as the vote was to keep the tally hidden until the results were final. Once things had stabilized after the first week of voting, it clear that it was going to boil down to a contest between Battletech and Subnautica. On the final day of voting, the margin was two points. Then @Richard_Holt dropped his vote, with Battletech in fourth place. That put Battletech up by four. Shortly thereafter, @mrcjhicks placed his vote with Subnautica at the top, and those five points put Subnautica up by one, for what I think was the first time ever. But it was not to be, as @Mr_Bismarck and @Seppey scored the equivalent of back-to-back Battletech touchdowns by posting votes with Battletech at #1 one right after the other to seal the win. @RichVR and @grahamiam scored the equivalent of pile-on points in garbage time with their #1 votes later as Battletech won by 12.

Here is how the top ten shook out.

Perhaps @arrendek can output a graph of the relative positions of the top five games over time to give an idea of how things played out. Into the Breach looked liked a strong contender for the top five until it suddenly dropped out over the last few days, while Slay the Spire hung around in the top five, dropped down, and the moved back strongly into the top five late in the voting. Red Dead Redemption 2 and Rimworld, the others in the top five, never really challenged for the lead, and Red Dead Redemption 2 seemed pretty much locked into third after a time. Although at the end, one vote could have rocked that house down to #5. Marvel’s Spider-Man had a good showing for a while but slipped late and finished out of the top ten. Again, no hardcore flight sims or wargames got a sniff. Douglas Bader and all that.

Here is the final tally of votes:

Thanks to everyone for voting. We had 132 votes this year, which blew the past two years out of the water. I feel like @arrendek has established a new standard for vote-counting, uncorruptible by Alabama Democrats. I’m just his puppet. It was fun!

I love the idea of a “best games of the past 15 years” vote suggested by someone (sorry I forgot!) powered by The Mighty Script™. Someone organize it!

I’m not sure edit history is available in Google Sheets to that level, but it would be possible to recount the individual votes tab since it’s ordered by post and show the evolving places over time.

But to add to this, after Battletech and Subnautica locked down #1 and #2, even with the changing back and forth, and RDR2 sort of stayed in #3 even though it didn’t get many late game points, the whole set from #4 to #7 were jumping around like hotcakes the whole time, pretty much. I think you could fairly call it a tie for 4th between Slay the Spire, RimWorld, and Into the Breach if you wanted to, because if anything the last week proved that given enough time, all of those games shared the positions from 4 to 6 pretty evenly, even if Into The Breach was a steady decline over time.

That’s a great list. Thanks for the effort of pulling all this together.

Thanks @Brooski and @arrendek for organizing this. I love it.

I knew Battletech had good chances, the title appeared a lot in your votes… pity, as I dropped the game at some point, I didn’t like it especially.

Oh well, at least Subnautica came close.

Thank you sirs for organizing and analyzing this.

Sadface that all those HOTAS’es that got bought for Elite and Star Citizen (snigger) didnt get used to drive F/A-18s or Spitfires in VR.
Because that’s also pretty much a beardy nerdman’s late 80s dream come true if you ask me.

Whoa, I never would have guessed it would be Battletech. Gratz, Battletech! Now I guess I have to knuckle down and get through more of it.


Everyone loves a good end of game turn summary. :D

Warhammer 40,000 Gladius really needs to build more villagers.


The top ten list is a testament to the fact that more people need to play Overload.

I have a free copy of Subnautica but haven’t installed it yet because it sounded like a swimming simulator, so I guess I’ll give it a shot. Maybe I’ll finish Alien: Isolation first though.

And I guess I have to give Battletech another shot, it wasn’t grabbing me in the early missions. But with results like this I’m obligated to power through to the juicy stuff! I bought it based on unanimously great word of mouth here, and I’m positive I won’t be let down.

Now I can’t wait to find out if Slay the Spire moves up or down on next year’s list after it’s released. It could very well end up the top GotY after this year’s practice run during its early access period. I can’t wait to play something that has even a small chance of challenging it for that top spot in 2019, because that game would have to be stellar.

May I say I love the colour scheming of your document.

I am thoroughly deeply amused by and happy over the fact that a super traditional, charming, and decidedly not PC strategy esque JRPG cracked the top ten. Dragon Quest is a fine, FINE game, and I’m really happy so many of y’all got to play it!

Thanks to our organizers and to all the voters; that thread cost me a lot of money in the Steam sale…

Thanks for arranging this @arrendek and @Brooski . There is still a fundamental issue with these rankings where generally the games released earlier in the year have a much better chance of ranking higher because people have actually played them. This year #1 & #2 were released in January and April respectively. I’m really looking forward to some sort of future poll where people vote for their best game in the last 5/10/15 years. This would be a truer guide as to what the hive mind’s actual opinion is.

Well, won’t you have the same issue that 5 year old games will have seen more circulation and gametime than a 3 month old game? Whereas the more recent game will benefit from being fresh in everyones minds. So no timeframe will be objectively better or 100% conclusive…

Yes to some extent, it’s hard to get this right. Maybe run the quarterlies in July for the previous year.

If RDR2 released on PC last year it would probably have won. It shot itself in the foot. :(

Guess I have to make time for Battletech!

That is a surprise, I didn’t see that much enthusiasm for Battletech. Congrats to Hairebrained.

Thanks for organizing the vote, these are always fun! (Am I allowed to use fun in this context?)

Great job on doing all the work for this. Battletech winning surprised me too, I will have to dust it off the backlog list. It was interesting seeing all the different games QT3er’s like in 2018.

Why? We’re (almost) all old neckbearded 40somethings here? BATTLETECH sits smackdab right in the middle of our demographic. It’s slow and simmy and full of that extra spicy nostalgia sauce that sells so well. Of course we love it! I know I did :D