2018 has been and gone, leaving some interesting and awful gaming memories and headlines behind, so the XNVR crew have got together and listed their top game of the year. Agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments.
Darren – Forza Horizon 4
The game that I’ve been looking forward to since before it’s E3 release (and if anyone is still paying attention, myself and Matt predicted it was going to be set in the UK before it was announced, go us.) Forza Horizon 4, on the face of it, it’s not much different than Horizon 3, but it didn’t really need to be, it just needed to build on what made 3 so great – and it did that perfectly.
The cars handle brilliantly, a fun and interesting setting with fun new modes and great tracks. What I absolutely adore about Horizon 4 is the fact you can have a serious racing session with your team, or sit back, relax and go treasure hunting. Good stuff.
Well, my game of the year or should I say Games of the year are both Red Dead Redemption 2 and Hitman 2. Because, as Red Dead Redemption 2 was highly anticipated from the commercial and critical success of Red Dead Redemption back in 2010 and lived up to those expectations and more with a great story into the origins of the Van Der Linde Gang (though predictable in some parts as it’s a prequel). A highly detailed and beautiful world in the dying days of the wild west, and great gameplay as well. This title is worth every penny in my books when most games wouldn’t be worth £60 looking back on them – Red Dead Redemption 2 was an exceptional game.
As for Hitman 2, there are things that I don’t like. The game has sacrificed one level to act as a tutorial which for veterans of the series is a bit of a pisser. Also, while Season 1 (Hitman (2016)) is available to play on through Hitman 2, it comes in the form of DLC which I consider to be essential for this game to get the maximum from it and making an entirely new game when Hitman (2016) was platform for new missions and content to be added on the fly and could have been done easily with the same again and a game update.
However, gameplay is still as fun and more in Hitman 2, new missions are exciting and more repayable than that leg cross moment with Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct. and with nice extras like Sniper Assassin and the competitive multiplayer mode Ghost Mode. With regular free content in the form of Elusive Targets, Escalation Contracts and much more stuff then throw in season one content on top. This all makes for me the most fun I’ve had this year in gaming.
This game had it all, graphics, great characters, brilliant story, wonderful locations the list simply goes on when you play this game.
As soon as I played it, I knew nothing was going to beat it for my game of the year simply because of one reason, it’s always a risk remaking a game but to remake a game series that is loved in the first place takes balls and the team at Santa Monica deserve all recognition for what they have built.
So, my favourite game of the year has been Spider-Man, it was something I’ve been looking forward too for years now.
The story is forever keeping you on your toes and there’s plenty of side missions to keep yourself occupied with. The suits are pretty awesome and the fact you don’t have to buy additional content to get them is even better. The DLC has been interesting, the first instalment I felt was a good story line, second one not so much.
Ben – Red Dead Redemption 2
I mean, apart from the overwhelming support and praise RDR2 has received, it’s pretty clear it’s a winner for me. It has sensational gameplay, looks and story mode; a fantastic prequel to the first. Even the online mode isn’t as bad as I first imagined it. I just hope Rockstar keep the updates regular for the story as well as its online newborn.
I really do love racing games and this is one of the best at it. Very few racing games can you get different age groups playing together and actively competing, also the ranked multiplayer is good to get your teeth into. Although I felt the last expansion was small, the content it did provide was very good, however I do feel it’s one of the only downsides of the game. Even the main island has a slight size problem for the amount of content being put in, so I would love to see a large map in future even more roads.
I think the reason I love this game so much is because of the diversity of the game the customisation of the car and the events online, although the single player is bit of a grind to get higher levels to unlock more/longer races, this makes it fun for me as I love the long/difficult races, this game really does keep me coming back for more