Video games are a form of escapism, and this was a year we needed that more than ever. It’s great that 2018 had some amazing games, from the beginning all the way through until the end. There was something for everyone to enjoy and spend upwards of 100 hours playing. While it made the task of formulating a list of the best games of the year especially difficult, this is a good problem to have.
Abdul is our Editor-at-Large, and while his reviews were minimal, it didn’t stop him from playing this year’s biggest and brightest hits. If it weren’t for this year’s games, he’d be playing something retro like a classic Mortal Kombat release. Now he has Mortal Kombat 11 to look forward to next year.
The Messenger is one of the most successful contemporary takes on 80s and 90s platforming I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Where many games attempt to cash in on easy nostalgia plays and fall short of impressing anybody, The Messenger wholeheartedly embraces the design philosophies from the era of its inspiration and uses them as a framework for experimentation rather than a set of guidelines to be ignored as often as they’re followed.