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It’s a cliché statement, but, 2018 has been a fantastic year for the gaming industry. As expected, the year has seen a number of phenomenal games enter the shelves such as Celeste and Red Dead Redemption. Nintendo’s latest console, the Nintendo Switch, has done superbly in comparison to its predecessor, the WiiU, while the console juggernauts, Sony and Microsoft, have made small steps towards the potential for cross-play in future.
Recently, The Game Awards announced their latest batch of categories and nominations for their annual awards show. The following will be me talking through who I voted for in each respective category. As expected, I haven’t been able to play every game that has been released in 2018, so some categories have been skipped while other beloved and popular games may not feature. They’re my personal votes after all!
Game of the Year – Red Dead Redemption 2
When it comes to the Game of the Year award, I just had to vote for Rockstar Games’ latest title, Red Dead Redemption 2. The game serves as a prequel to the 2010 game Red Dead Redemption and follows the story of Arthur Morgan. Despite disliking the predecessor, the prequel completely surprised me from the main story, side quests and also the overall level of detail within it. Red Dead Redemption 2 isn’t just a game to be considered as the Game of the Year, it’s a masterpiece that deserves to be called one of the greatest video games of all time.
Best Ongoing Game of the Year – Fortnite
I know a lot of people have grown to hate Fortnite in the last few months, (myself included, to an extent), but Epic Games’ game has done a fantastic job in keeping fans entertained throughout the entire year. Whether it’s their weekly updates, the season-by-season storyline, or even the live events that could be watched by anyone in the game, Fortnite fans have always had something new to talk about every week. While I agree it can feel a bit excessive, it also makes the game feel fresh.
Best Game Direction of the Year – Detroit: Become Human
As someone that absolutely loves interactive adventure games, I had to vote for Quantic Dream’s Detroit: Become Human for having the best game direction of the year. What makes this title stand out is the power that it gives to the player, every single choice and dialogue option you choose serves a big purpose to the overall narrative that is built. The three respective stories are unique and intriguing and the fact that there are probably more than 100 different endings makes this game so much better.
Best Narrative of the Year – Red Dead Redemption 2
Unsurprisingly, Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2 easily wins my vote for the best narrative of the year. Without even going into detail on the side quests and epilogue, Arthur Morgan’s story in the game is fantastic and I loved playing every single second of the main story.
Best Performance of the Year – Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan (Red Dead Redemption 2)
Back at it again with Red Dead Redemption 2 and I just had to vote for Roger Clark for the best performance of the year. His portrayal of Arthur Morgan is faultless throughout the game and his delivery during certain scenes is done to perfection. Regardless of what Arthur’s experiencing in the game, whether it’s pain, sorrow, joy, or something completely different, Clark’s performance helps us connect and related to the incredible character that is Arthur Morgan.
Games for Impact – Life is Strange 2: Episode 1
While we’re only one episode in, I absolutely love the second season of Dontnod Entertainment’s Life is Strange. The characters we’ve been introduced to are really interesting and I love the story so far. When it comes to the category of making an impact, I think Life is Strange 2 has done a good job, so far, of linking this title to some of the problems that unfortunately exist in the world today.
Best Action/Adventure Game of the Year – Red Dead Redemption 2
Considering the fact that I’ve already discussed Rockstar Games’ latest title in quite a bit of detail, I’m not entirely sure what else I can say. I guess Red Dead Redemption 2 being by my best action/adventure game of the year since it is also my vote for game of the year.
Best Family Game of the Year – Mario Tennis Aces
After finally buying a Nintendo Switch last month, I’ve been enjoying a host of games on the console from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. When it comes to the games nominated for Family Game of the Year, I just have to give it to Mario Tennis Aces. From day one, I’ve had so much fun playing the adventure mode and the ability to play against friends and family makes the game even better, especially when you never lose.
Best Multiplayer Game of the Year – Fortnite
Finally, I have to award Fortnite as my Best Multiplayer Game of the Year simply because of how much fun it is to play with friends and random people around the world. While the game can be frustrating or repetitive at times, the phenomenon of Fortnite in 2018 takes me back to the incredible days of playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops with my friends.