Top Games of 2018

March 2, 2019

These are my top five games of 2018. Most of my game time in 2018 was spent on 3D platformers.

5. Fortnite

I am not at all part of the Fortnite hype train, but I can absolutely see why it is so popular. It is a lot of fun, easy to get into, and totally free! I don't play it by myself, but almost all of my friends have it, and it is fun to play with them. It is a more light-hearted battle royale game than the others, and even though I prefer the more realistic games, Fortnite is a good change of pace. Full review here.

4. Crash Bandicoot 2

Link's Awakening Logo

I was going through 3D platformers like crazy this summer, and I spent a lot of time on Crash Bandicoot 2. Crash is a great mascot and the game holds up well even into 2018. So well, that Activision re-released it in the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy on modern systems, though I prefer the graphics of the original. I especially like the levels where Crash is either being chased by a monster or riding on a polar bear. Full review here.

3. Super Mario Sunshine

Super Mario Sunshine

I borrowed my family's Wii this summer to play Super Mario Sunshine. However, we forgot the sensor bar, and even though the Wii could turn on, we couldn't select the game from the menu without the sensor! But then I remembered, I had heard that you could use candles instead of a sensor bar. Sure enough, these tealight candles work great in place of a sensor bar! (I think they actually work a little better). With the candles in place, I could play Super Mario Sunshine. I had played it around 2002 and was disappointed with the game because it wasn't as good as Super Mario 64 and I didn't care for the water-powered jetpack Mario wore. This time, I actually liked the game a lot more. The levels were fun, the vibe was great, and oerall it is a great 3D platformer. Full review here.

2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

My brother got me Call of Duty Black Ops 4 for my birthday. It is my favorite of the many Battle Royale games so far. The controls are tight-just like you would expect from a Call of Duty game, and the Battle Royale mode is great. The map is huge and varied (though not as big as Player Unknowns's map), with an entire island dedicated to Nuketown. They have slowly been adding new stuff to the map too which is great. Over Christmas we set up three TVs with the game next to each other and played in three player teams for a week, it was awesome. The regular multiplayer is fun too, but I don't play it very often.

1. Spyro the Dragon

Spyro the Dragon

The original Spyro easily takes the number one spot for 2018. It is a perfect game. Great platforming, plenty of secrets, and not too difficult. It is no-nonsense, no extra minigames or dumb side quests like its sequels. It is just a fun, relaxing time. Activision re-released it in 2018 as part of the Spyro Reignited Trilogy with modern graphics for modern consoles, and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes video games. I love trying to get all the gems on each level. I have my PS Vita set to European mode just so I can play Spyro on it. Full review here.