Best of 2018

2018 was arguably one of the greatest years in gaming history. Games of all genres, development team sizes, and lengths were released, much to the gain of the gamers in the world. With so many games released and so little time to play them, it is impossible to experience them all (which is just a darn shame). While we at Cannonicity were fortunate enough to experience most of the “must-play” games, we were still playing a lot of catch up from years past and other great games out there in the wild. So, without further ado, here are the best games that we played in the year 2018.

Overall Best Game of 2018:

Eric: God of War

The more time that has passed since completing God of War, the more I appreciate how outstanding this game is. I fought with myself for a long, long time about this idea, ensuring it wasn’t just because it’s the newest that I’ve played; but I think I am ready to confidently say that God of War is my favorite game of all time (passing even my previous favorites of The Last of Us, Red Dead Redemption, and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess).

God of War did nothing wrong. The game’s take on Norse Mythology is equally respectful and innovative. The narrative is somber, heartfelt, and beautiful. The story pacing is perfect. The voice actors bring life and depth to their characters. Bear McReary’s score elevates every scene to new heights with extra emotional punch. The visuals blew my puny, mortal mind. The combat is simple to play, hard to master. The boss fights are cinematic masterpieces. The Leviathan Axe is the single greatest weapon ever created. Oh, and the camera never once transitions. Perfection.

Garth: Red Dead Redemption II

8 years. I had been waiting 8 years for the follow up to Rockstar’s exemplary epic Western, and now they have finally delivered, blowing my expectations out of the water. The level of detail crafted into each rugged face or rolling hill is nothing short of astonishing; it is often enough simply to ride through the fields and take in the glorious expanse of beauty.

It is true that RDR2 can at times be slow, methodical and almost plodding, but this pacing virtually begs players to appreciate the world they are exploring. This masterpiece is something to be savored, not devoured, and I could not have asked for a better representation of the wild Wild West.

Jason: Divinity: Original Sin II

I have been thinking for years about diving into the cRPG genre. One of my closest friends from college was a huge Baldur’s Gate fan, and would constantly rave about it whenever we were discussing our love for classic Bioware games. I had always been a bit hesitant to jump in as the game style seemed a bit dated for my taste, and I had heard mixed things about Obsidian’s spiritual successor Pillars of Eternity. Surprisingly, the one feature that made me commit to trying Divinity was the ability to play cooperatively with up to four friends. My friend Cameron and I had been looking for a game to play together for a long time beyond just League of Legends or Rocket League; something that contained an overarching narrative, modern and fun gameplay, and meaningful RPG elements.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 surpassed all of those expectations. Time and time again I was stunned not only by the game’s seamless cooperative play, but also by its inherent design to reward players for their creativity and ingenuity. Every scenario can be tackled in a different way, and practically everything you can think of to attempt or strategize can usually come to fruition. The game provides moments of endless laughter mixed with instances of blistering frustration. The enhanced edition furthers this by shoring up the elements of the game that were strong and correcting the weaknesses that held it down. In my opinion, Divinity: Original Sin 2 is not only my top game of 2018, but one of the best co-op experiences I can recall in recent memory.

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