2018 wasn't a good year as far as the world was concerned, but it was a pretty great year for games, much like the year before it. Yes, there were some low points, I'm looking at you Fallout 76, but the high points are some of the highest we've seen. Red Dead Redemption 2 came out and did everything it was expected too and then some. Sony continued to knock it out of the park with high quality exclusives. The Nintendo Switch released a new Smash Bros. game, and I found my old Game Boy Advance and have begun scouring the internet and used game stores for the classics. Even Microsoft stepped up its game, purchasing new studios to make exclusive games for the Xbox. I'll be sticking with PlayStation next gen, but I'll give Phil Spencer this, he's done a LOT to turn around the prospects of the Xbox One, and I must respect him for it.
2019 is shaping up to be another great year, and I'm super excited. This isn't going to be a Top 10 List, and it's not saying these will be the best games of next year, there's never a guarantee *cough*FALLOUT76*cough. Sorry, something in my throat. I'm going to list these in order of release date, except for the ones that don't yet have a release date. And yes, I'm fully aware that some of these aren't guaranteed to come out in 2019, but I'm putting them on here because I'm desperately hoping they will be.
Before we do that though, I'm giving my pick for game of the year, as well as worst game/biggest disappointment. Now I have to say up front that I did not play every major game this year, I don't get paid for these reviews (yet) and have to make choices. I did receive Red Dead Redemption 2 and Assassin's Creed: Odyssey for Christmas, but I haven't played them yet, and if I had, it definitely wouldn't have been enough time to evaluate them fairly. That said, I've heard nothing but good things, and I'm excited to play both.
Game of the Year: God of War
Runner Up: Marvel's Spider-Man
I've already gone over both in explicit detail; you can read my reviews here and here. This was a tough call, because both games were phenomenal. Spider-Man is the best easily the best Spider-Man game ever, and in all likelihood, probably the best superhero game ever. In fact, check back here next week where I discuss what a sequel should entail. But God of War just edges it out, the story was incredible, and Christopher Judge as Kratos was fantastic. What's more, they took a character and did a 180 on his world outlook, while making it feel completely natural. This is an older, wiser, Kratos, who has taken responsibility for his sins and is trying to move on in life. Personally, I felt it made him a much more interesting character.
Worst Game/Biggest Disappointment: I don't actually have a worst game this year, because there's nothing I played that was genuinely terrible. I have two biggest disappointments though. One of which I played, and one that I didn't.
Disappointment 1: Death's Gambit. Okay, this was not a bad game, I enjoyed it, but it could have been so much more. A marriage between Metroidvania and Soulsborne games that didn't quite click the way it should have, though I really I wish it did. The 32-bit pixel art is gorgeous, and as I said elsewhere, this was clearly a passion project for the Devs. But the stamina bar really makes this game unnecessarily frustrating. I realize Soulsborne games are supposed to be difficult, but the good ones feel balanced and fair; Death's Gambit did not. Removing the stamina bar would have vastly improved the game. You can read my full review here.
Disappointment 2: Fallout 76. Just everything. Bethesda royally screwed the pooch on this one: from the broken game, to the lies and disrespect to the customers. With one game, Bethesda managed to take a decade