The Christmas season is nearly upon us, and with it comes holidays for some, work leave for others or just an excuse to treat ourselves for another successful year of staying alive. 2018 saw a lot of new and exciting developments in the land of gaming; a new 3rd person multiplayer battle game which swept the known world, the re-incarnation of a game that was long thought extinct and a few other surprises along the way. The team at Monsoon Gaming would like to list our favourite top ten games this year that you, our lovely viewers should play this Christmas Season:
#10: BATTLEFIELD V
“The battlefront disappeared, and with it the illusion that there had ever been a battlefront at all. For this was no war of occupation, but a war of quick penetration and obliteration.”
As most of you don’t know, I’ve loved Battlefield Games for quite some time now, only coming second to the Killzone series, RIP. Battlefield 5 depicts World War II, and it does it astoundingly. From the visually stunning graphics to the realistically sounding, looking and functionality of weaponry within the game. Unlike most other games, choosing your weapon for your play style is significantly important especially since these guns aren’t really that advanced if you catch my drift. Moreover, unlike the new COD, Battlefield 5 has a single-player campaign which almost feels like you’ve just been placed in a Steven Spielberg WW2 movie.
#9: SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS
“The bigger they are, the harder they fall!”
One does not just remaster a PS2 game from 2005 unless it made an impact to the gaming world during that period, and is still relevant today. For those Gen Z viewers, Shadow of the Colossus’ focus is simple, kill a couple of bosses consecutively with no RPG mechanics, levelling up, side-quests etc. Shadow of the Colossus is a game, which if properly launched today would be brave, especially due to its short length, storyline and game branding perception. Shadow of the Colossus enhances itself from its predecessor with absolutely beautiful graphics, smoother controls and performance. For those Gen Z viewers, Shadow of the Colossus’ focus is simple; find and kill a couple of colossal beasts – that’s it. I genuinely enjoyed playing this game due to the difficulty posed and the nostalgia of a better and simpler time of video games. I tip my hat to Sony Entertainment for bringing back a great game, and refreshing it for younger audiences.
#8: MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD
“A real friend is one who walks into a Monster Hunt when the rest of the world cowers away.”
Next to all the other Monster Hunters this one can be considered ‘accessible’, myself I’m not much of a fan of the Dark Souls/Bloodborne type combat mechanics – unlike MonsoonGaming’s other team members. But, this game is a breath of fresh air. It is no wonder Monster Hunter: World earlier this year announced that it was the most sold Capcom game ever.
Whether you want to play this game solo, or with friends (with friends is always better), Monster Hunter: World lets you join an amazing journey hunting down beasts and exploring the game’s diverse landscapes.
#7: JUST CAUSE 4
“I live for levitating animals, tornadoes, big guns and chaos.”
I’ll be straight to the point with this one. For those that do not know what the Just Cause series is about; a mostly mediocre story, an absolutely huge open world (1024km2 to be precise), one man, a whole artillery of weapons and vehicles, total ridiculous chaos and a multi-purpose grappling hook. Especially now, with this new episode in the Just Cause Series, in the fictitious country of Solis in South America. Apart from the super graphics in the game, nothing much has changed apart from a new weather system with tornados that can create a lot of damage, but this can be done to Rico’s (the protagonist’s) advantage. That, and more realistic and fluid gameplay which can make the imaginable real.
#6: FORTNITE: BATTLE ROYALE
“A free-for-all battle that took the world by storm!”
Well, really and truly, this game was released in 2017, but one can say that it was in 2018 that this game properly blew out of proportion with most of the known world playing this game, and it’s not hard to see why! Fortnite: Battle Royale offers players, or teams an energetic multiplayer experience, starting with dropping into a map with nothing but the player’s fists and the clothes on their back to find weapons, and kill each and every last man/woman left to make it out alive. I mean, a pretty simple game, but boy oh boy does it get competitive – spending those sleepless nights with your mates trying to finally win a game can be tough.
#5: SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER
“The extraordinary is in what we do, not who we are.”
Ignoring what happened a few days after launch, regarding price drops and so on, making the Top 5; Shadow of the Tomb Raider was a mighty fine game. Looking at our favourite tomb raider, Lara Croft, and how she’s evolved from the previous games – making loads of discoveries, losing much of her close ones and killing countless lives changes people. Apart from getting into close encounters with enemies, something which really peaked my experience was the uncovering of mysterious ancient ruins, solving those ‘stereotypical’, and yet challenging tomb raider puzzles, all this while exploring the exotic and beautiful world. Shadow of the Tomb Raider offers up the perfect ending to a fun and exciting adventure with Lara Croft.
#4: MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN
“This is my gift, my curse. Who am I? I’m Spider-man!”
Coming in at No. 4, our friendly, and all-round bendy neighbourhood Spiderman. Let’s try and move away from the nerdgasm I get with anything to do with Marvel – Insomniac Games’ Spiderman really took the cake when comparing it to other comic book based video games. Apart from the well-written story, its character development and building points, the breath-taking views of New York and Spidey’s awesome suits, what really impressed me with this game is its fluidity. Sometimes it felt almost therapeutic traversing across Manhattan’s sky scrapers. This totally takes the cake as my favourite comic book game ever.
#3: ASSASSIN’S CREED: ODYSSEY
“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.”
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, my oh my, what a game. Probably the game I spent longest playing this year – clocking in around 90 hours (yes that includes RDR2). AC: Odyssey is the latest edition to the epic action RPG franchise. Being set during the Peloponnesian War, the story follows the steps of either Kassandra or Alexios, depending who you want to play as, and their turbulent and marvellous journey within Ancient Greece as a mercenary. As you journey across Ancient Greece you will find new activities, and points of interest about your family, the Spartans, the Athenians, a possibly evil cult and the ancient ones – the Isu.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, in my opinion, due to its game mechanics, its wonderful scenery, the characters you meet – including the people and creatures you battle, makes it THE contender for the no. 1 spot. This was not reached due to something that the Assassin’s Creed Franchise suffers a lot from, and that’s mediocre and predictable writing, especially since AC2. Nonetheless, this was in my experience, the second best Assassin’s Creed to date, with only Ezio Auditore’s Assassin’s Creed 2 in the #1 spot.
#2: GOD OF WAR
“The hands of death could not defeat me. The sisters of fate could not hold me. And you will not see the end of this day. I will have my revenge!”
Kratos is back, after defeating most of the Greek gods he finds himself wanting peace in an unknown land, soon to find himself in a whole lot of trouble with different Gods – ones that do not take likely to strangers. God of War 2018 is the reinvention of the longstanding hack-n-slash series, this time with more RPG elements, better graphics and a whole lot of character depth. This thrilling adventure falls nothing short of an absolute masterpiece. Something which I cannot stress enough is character depth within this game, previously Kratos was seen as a character fuelled by rage and revenge, in this episode of Kratos’s life we learn that he’s more than just a God killer, we realise that Kratos has compassion and heart. I felt a connection with Kratos, and wanting the best for him and his son. With new enemies, a killer soundtrack, lore, weaponry and creatures to battle, God of War surely takes the #2 spot for me, and the best game in the series by far!
#1: RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2
“There’s a little bit of cowboy & cowgirl in nearly everyone.”
Who else to take the #1 spot this year but Red Dead Redemption 2. RDR2 is an open world action-adventure game developed by none other than Rockstar Games, developed as a prequel to Red Dead Redemption 1 in 2010. While this game is unlike many other games in the wider genre, which explores fast-paced action and immediate control and gratification like AC: Odyssey, which in my opinion is still one of the best games this year, RDR2 will surely be one of the most memorable. Red Dead Redemption 2, in my opinion, will act as a benchmark for most games in the future. In a weird way, the game can be described as a western world simulator. A game which sometimes can be slow, and boring when traversing between missions, but if you’re up for exploring off the beaten track and finding new animals, landmarks or trying to find a good spot for an in-game selfie then you’ll absolutely fall in love with this well-deserved hyped up game.
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