Game of the Year Awards 2018

One of the most important parts of any game is the soundtrack, which is why we here at Geeks Under Grace will often talk about it in our reviews. This year, games like God of War, Into the Breach, and many others had amazing soundtracks. Here are two that were the best of the best.

Into the Breach has a phenomenal soundtrack that our reviewer claimed is good enough to buy alone. That being said, a few of our favorite tracks include Into the Breach, Open a Breach, and Region Secured. Have a listen and let us know what you think!

It almost seems as if we really love this game or something. Winning another award, Celeste’s soundtrack is lovely. It’s calming and synchronizes well with level design and overcoming obstacles. The entire album is worth a listen and you can find it here.

It’s impossible to not touch on the best multiplayer game this year, especially with so many people jumping in to games like Fortnite and World of Warcraft‘s newest expansion. In 2018, multiplayer kept a steady consumer crowd locked in due to games continually adding content, Overwatch being the prime example. These are the top two games that surprised us and made heads roll this 2018 year of games.

Few games can do solo play right, much less multiplayer, but Monster Hunter: World does both well. Hunting monsters with friends is just as fun if not more than it is when playing alone. Despite a few annoying mechanics, like forcing all players to have seen the opening movie before doing a mission together, it’s a blast when it all comes together.

With 14 maps available at launch, an all-new zombies mode, and a brand new battle royale mode, the lack of a single-player campaign is barely missed. Call of Duty multiplayer has always been a staple of the gaming world and Black Ops 4 delivers. With so many new things for players to do and different mechanics to play with, like the use of first-aid kits and puzzle-solving in zombies mode, fans of the series have not been disappointed. Treyarch’s dedication to the fan base is an added bonus and much appreciated among the gaming crowd.

Plenty of remakes and remasters came out this last year, including some beloved classics like Shadow of the Colossus. Remasters continue to be a popular trend, as gamers simply love to be nostalgic. This is a trend that will not likely die down any time soon, especailly with the recent announcement of Crash Team Racing. Here are our top two remakes this year.

This beloved game was remastered and released for PS4, PC, and the PS Vita. While the graphics and sound are updated, the game suffered a bit from less-than-great voice acting and mediocre cutscenes. Despite the negative points, Secret of Mana HD is still a fun game to play, but just a bit steep on the price.

This is a remaster done right. Shadow of the Colossus made its debut once more on the PS4, being also available on the PS4 Pro. If you played this game on the original PS2 and the collection on the PS3, be sure to pick up this updated version for the PS4; it is well worth it. The graphics are updated and the transitions are seamless as Wander takes on the Colossi once more.

In the midst of our celebration of 2018’s best games, we here at GUG are also looking forward to what the future holds for gaming. Two games tied for our most anticipated games of 2019 and beyond.

FromSoftware has made its name with action-RPGs Dark Souls and Bloodborne, but their upcoming title Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be a pure action game. Beyond the remarkable pedigree of its developer, Sekiro also has us excited with its intense samurai swordplay and beautiful setting in ancient Japan. It is currently slated for release on March 22nd, so we don’t have to wait too long to get our hands on it.

2017’s Resident Evil 7 breathed new life into a series that many felt had grown stagnant, and Capcom looks to follow up on that success with the impending remake of Resident Evil 2. The original version became a classic in the horror game genre when it hit store shelves back in 1998, and this new one modernizes the gameplay and provides a fresh coat of paint for the visuals. With its January 25th release date, this game is right around the corner.

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John Campbell

Based in San Diego, California, John enjoys working, writing, eating with friends and family, and gaming - both board games and video games. After earning a Bachelor's Degree in Humanities, he currently works in IT, but hopes to one day become a full time college professor and writer. His recent favorite games include Persona 5 and NieR: Automata.

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