Allkeyshop TV News 2 January (Recap)
TOP 10 GAMES OF 2018: #10 Pillars of Eternity 2 Deadfire
We start off our list with one of the best role-playing games to come out this year. After the critically-acclaimed first adventure, Obsidian Entertainment stepped up their game in Pillars of Eternity 2 Deadfire where players found themselves in pursuit of a rogue god in the titular archipelago. Players also got to captain their own ship as they explored exotic islands and encountered increasingly dangerous foes. Post-launch, the game also received three well-crafted DLCs to top the adventure off.
TOP 10 GAMES OF 2018: #9 DUSK
If you’re a fan of classic first-person shooters like Doom, Quake, Half-Life and Hexen, you’re in for a treat with David Szymanski’s Dusk. Featuring retro-3D visuals, frantic and violent gunplay, and an arsenal of intense weaponry, blast away at dark and mystical forces out to do the same to you. Enjoy three distinct campaign episodes or just go all-out in the Endless Survival Mode. Take your skills online and battle you friends in the Duskworld arena. It’s the retro shooter you’ve definitely been waiting for.
TOP 10 GAMES OF 2018: #8 Monster Hunter: World
Capcom set out to break their monster-slaying franchise from its niche market and into mainstream gaming with their latest entry. And, they did just that! Monster Hunter World ditched what felt like restricting outdoor dungeons and adapted more massive, natural arenas. It also transcended its handheld restrictions and finally arrived on big screens via home consoles and PC. Monster Hunter was always a great series, but this was the year that the whole world finally got to see its worth.
TOP 10 GAMES OF 2018: #7 Dead Cells
A metroidvania that’s also a rougelite and a souls-lite? Sounds convoluted and messy, right? Well, it’s a good thing that Motion Twin was able to pull it off with Dead Cells. Explore an ever-changing castle where each death unlocks new levels and new paths. Discover hidden rooms and secret passages spread throughout the castle. Take on challenging bosses and minions, discovering their attack patterns the best way to counter them. Best of all, you won’t need a beastly rig to play it.
TOP 10 GAMES OF 2018: #6 Forza Horizon 4
With 2 exclusives failing to deliver already, Microsoft needed a breakout hit with Forza Horizon 4. Thankfully, Playground Games delivered one of the best racers we’ve seen in a long time. Set in a gorgeous recreation of Britain, with its beauty amplified by the game’s changing seasons, players found themselves just happily driving around and taking in the landscapes. There’s over 450 cars to collect, modify and drive, but there’s also a variety of other activities for all types of gamers to enjoy.
TOP 10 GAMES OF 2018: #5 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
When Nintendo announced that a Smash title was finally coming to the Switch, everyone thought it would just be a re-release of the Wii U entry. Instead, what we got was one of the most ambitious entries in the series, bringing back every character that’s ever appeared in a Smash game — including guest characters. There are new characters too. In a year considered to be the best that fighting games have had in a while, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is definitely more than just the icing on the cake.
TOP 10 GAMES OF 2018: #4 Celeste
While most 2D platformers pride themselves for their frustrating difficulty, Celeste sets itself apart by encouraging players to keep going despite failure. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a very challenging games, but each section of a stage feels like a compartmentalized puzzle you can keep retrying rather than having to repeat from faraway checkpoints. The devs even put in encouraging notes in between deaths. Plus, it features great level design, solid controls, and striking pixel art aesthetics.
TOP 10 GAMES OF 2018: #3 Marvel’s Spider-Man
Marvel has partnered with Insomniac Games and Sony Interactive Entertainment to create one of the most-talked about and highly-acclaimed games of this year, Marvel’s Spider-Man. The creators of the game boasts of an all-original Spider-Man story that fans of the franchise have never seen before in any other media. Video game critics dubbed the game as one of the best superhero video games ever created, thanks to its superb combat and web-slinging mechanics. This Playstation 4 exclusive has sold over 3.3 million copies 3 days after launch.
TOP 10 GAMES OF 2018: #2 God of War
Deconstructing a proven formula like that of the God of War series and revitalizing it for a new generation of gamers must have been no easy task. But, take Kratos to a whole new environment in the land of the Norse gods, add a fledgling son who is unaware of what it means to be a deity’s offspring, and send them on a seemingly simple task that turns into an epic journey, and amazingly, it just clicks. Who would’ve thought making Kratos more human would make a God of War game a GOTY contender?
TOP 10 GAMES OF 2018: #1 Red Dead Redemption 2
This year’s best video game is Rockstar’s highly-acclaimed title Red Dead Redemption 2! Although a console exclusive, this game has broken several records, including having the second biggest launch in entertainment history. The game has generated 725 million Dollars in sales during its opening weekend, shipping over 17 million copies in just two weeks! Video game critics can’t help but praise its open world, story, characters, and level of detail. Red Dead Redemption 2 has also received several perfect critic scores and awards this year.
TOP 10 GAMES OF 2018 (ALL PLATFORMS)
And those were the ten best games to come out this year. A lot happened in 2018. We had some very disappointing releases, a few graduates from early access, and some pleasantly surprising titles. But, all in all, it was a great year to be a gamer. If you’re thinking of picking up any of the games on our top 10 list, make sure to head over to AllKeyShop.com to get the best deals available on the web. What was your favorite game this year? Head on over to the chat or the comments and let us know.
The Biggest Games of 2019 – Resident Evil 2 Remake
The original Resident Evil 2 was released for PlayStation back in 1998, and Capcom is releasing its remake on January 25th for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The Resident Evil 2 remake features more realistic graphics to keep up with the modern times. The developers also focused on the horror aspect of the game, which makes it more claustrophobic. They’re crediting this to the game’s new camera system which allowed the developers to use a lot of ways to conceal enemies using different elements. The game features protagonists Claire Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy.
The Biggest Games of 2019 – Kingdom Hearts 3
Almost six years after it was finally announced, and almost 13 years since the last mainline title was released, we’re finally about to witness the launch of Kingdom Hearts 3. Even before its release, critics are already saying it’s a strong Game of the Year contender for 2019. And with the amount of anticipation it has built up within the community, it won’t take long before it becomes one of Square Enix’s best-selling titles of all time. January 29th can’t come soon enough!
The Biggest Games of 2019 – Anthem
The Biggest Games of 2019 – Crackdown 3
Crackdown 3 has been delayed so many times that at one point people actually thought it was canceled. But, barring any further mishaps, we’ll finally be able to fight crime as a powered-up agent come February 15th. Microsoft has already given us a glimpse of the Wrecking Zone multiplayer mode and the cloud-powered destruction definitely looks impressive. They also said they’ve used the extra time for visual and quality improvements, so we should be able to expect a well-polished shooter when it comes out.
The Biggest Games of 2019 – Metro: Exodus
Speaking of delayed games, Metro Exodus was supposed to arrive in the Fall, but 4A games pushed it back to February 15th to add more polish. Artyom’s latest adventure will see him fleeing the underground tunnels of the Metro with a band of Spartan Rangers to journey east in search of a new life. Exodus also promises bigger environments and more sandbox elements over its predecessors. Players will also have to make difficult decisions, some of which will determine who will ultimately survive the journey.
The Biggest Games of 2019 – Devil May Cry 5
Time for some demon-slaying action once more. Dante and Nero are back to thwart a demonic invasion in style. This time around, players will have access to a third playable character named V. Mechanical limbs you can pick up anywhere? Check! Motorcycle that splits in half to be used as weapons? Also check! Mysterious emo-boyband-member-looking new character? It’s definitely got that! Devil May Cry 5 will have everything you need for some good ol’ demon-slashing fun when it launches on March 8th.
The Biggest Games of 2019 – The Division 2
The Division 2 will be ditching the cold, white New York City winter for a more colorful post-pandemic summer in Washington, D.C. The sequel promises to fix many of the issues the original had before dozens of post-launch patches brought it to a more playable state. For one, the devs thought ahead and developed better end-game systems for those looking to sink hundreds of hours into the third-person shooter, role-playing game hybrid. There’s a lot of new co-op activities to dive into as well, plus a promise of regular content updates after its March 15th launch.
The Biggest Games of 2019 – Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
At Microsoft’s 2018 E3 press conference, From Software surprised everyone with the announcement of its new game, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Attendees were surprised that the studio’s new game did not have “Souls” in its title, which everyone welcomed with open arms. The game is set in 1500’s Sengoku Japan. It still does have some similar elements from previous games, such as the combat system, but it also offers something new such as the ability to resurrect after death. The game is set to launch March 22nd on PC and consoles.
The Biggest Games of 2019 – Days Gone
Days Gone is not just another zombie game. The developers at Bend Studio have leveled up these “zombies” by turning them into water-like masses that are capable of swarming players. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world where these zombies called “Freakers” are quickly evolving and have infiltrated the world. Players take on the role of protagonist Deacon St. John who’s a former outlaw and is hunting down these “Freakers.” Days Gone is exclusive on the PlayStation 4 and will launch April 26th.
The Biggest Games of 2019 – RAGE 2
Over 7 years since the first Rage game released, Bethesda and id Software have finally confirmed the release of Rage 2. Rage 2 is some sort of Bethesda and id’s redemption for the first game’s failed attempt at an open-world setting. It is set in the Wild West in the year 2029 and has distinct vibrant graphics. The game’s world is populated by mutants as well as outlaws. Rage 2 is set to release May 14, 2019 for One, PS4, and PC.