Gaming had an outstanding year in 2018. From big hitters such as Marvel’s Spider-Man, Red Dead Redemption 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Forza Horizon 4 to compelling indie titles such as Celeste, Into The Breach, and Florence, there was something for everyone.
Choosing a favourite among those, and many more, games was always going to be tricky, but that’s what we asked over 1,400 gamers to do. To make things a little fairer, we let them rank their five favourite games, to work out an overall top ten.
Red Dead Redemption 2 topped our chart, with 37% of the group popping it in their top 5 list, with Marvel’s Spider-Man swinging into 2nd, and God of War charging into 3rd. On top of that, Ubisoft saw two of their titles make the list, with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Far Cry 5 in 4th and 5th place.
There was also a strong showing for Activision, with three of its titles making it into our top ten, in the form of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (which launched on Switch and Xbox One in 2018), Spyro Reignited Trilogy, and Destiny 2: Forsaken.
Here’s the full list below.
1. Red Dead Redemption 2
America’s wild and beautiful wilderness is yours to explore – but will you find redemption in this unforgiving land?
2. Marvel’s Spider-Man
Honestly, swinging between skyscrapers as everyone’s favourite neighbourhood Spider-Man has never been so much fun.
3. God of War
The God of War, Kratos, makes a return in a stunning Norse-mythology inspired adventure, and this time he’s got his son in tow.
4. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Explore the gorgeous islands of ancient Greece as either Alexios or Kassandra in this thrilling Assassin adventure.
5. Far Cry 5
Hope County is not like it used to be. Gather everything you can to survive this vibrant (but oh-so-deadly) post-apocalyptic world.
6. Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Deep in the lush jungles and lost cities of South America, it’s down to Lara Croft to prevent the imminent arrival of the Mayan apocalypse, in her darkest journey yet.
7. Forza Horizon 4
With dynamic seasons, stunning scenery and over 450 incredible cars, Forza Horizon 4 is an open-world spectacle that lets you tour the UK.
8. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Crash’s original adventures are stunningly remade in this gorgeous platformer that we could take on the go with Nintendo Switch support.
9. Spyro Reignited Trilogy
Everyone’s favourite purple dragon swooped onto PS4 and Xbox One, giving old and new fans plenty to enjoy.
10. Destiny 2: Forsaken
This massive update to Destiny 2 added in a thrilling new multiplayer mode in Gambit, and a huge new twist to Destiny’s continuing story.