Top 10 games of the year
By Andrey Kovalev
2018 is quickly coming to a close, which means it’s about time to discuss those games we were particularly impressed by this year. Since everyone has their own tastes, we did not rank this list — choose your own game of the year, and as a prize we can all enjoy hours of fun at the screen. Happy holidays!
Red Dead Redemption 2
The second part of the third-person action adventure series Red Dead Redemption takes place in the wild west a few years before the events of the first installment. Here we have a sequel/prequel. In short, expect a strong plot, well-developed characters, and slight nonlinearity in this game built with an unbelievably large and vivacious world, where NPCs live their own lives and react to all the events of the game.
The game includes almost twice as much dialog as in GTA 5 and more than 50 hours of gameplay. The attention to detail is striking: beautiful, detailed visuals give the game a special charm. An unpredictable plotline makes the game truly come alive. The development of Red Dead Redemption 2 took 8 years, but the final product is one of hottest games of 2018.
God of War
A PlayStation 4 exclusive from SIE Santa Monica Studio and the eighth game in the God of War saga. Rethinking the series. In the last few years since the last game, Kratos had a son, left Hella, and traveled to Scandinavia to deal with the gods of the pantheon there. It has an intimate and unhurried plot that never drags, while the developer's focus shifted with an entourage of characters. Like other popular games this year, God of War offers an open world.
The game feels incomplete despite its 30-40 hours of gameplay, but the developers promise to dot the i in the sequel. Here we have an exemplary modern slasher with an in-depth combat system and an excellent orchestral soundtrack.
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
The multi-platform computer game is a card-based RPG. It was developed by CD Projekt RED. It was originally planned as a plotline in the game Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, but eventually came out as a separate project. Critics rated the game highly, some even considering it a new standard in the genre. We agree with them to some degree, because we liked the great visuals, exciting battles and an interesting plot. And yes, be aware that your choices will change the story, so don't make the wrong decision!
Assassin's Creed Odyssey
The next chapter in the Assassin's Creed series, which our team gladly localized into Russian. The plot is based around the Pelopenesian War, which tore Greece into two struggling factions four years after the events of Origins. Odyssey stands out from a typical action game by offering a number of role-playing elements: in-depth dialog, realistic characters, etc. And what game this year is complete without an open world with a ton of side quests and action?
But even if you set aside the plot, you will certainly appreciate the careful world design and the beautiful vistas of ancient Greece. Cliffsides, forests, swamps, vast expanses of sea, the exquisite temple architecture with columns and frescoes, statues of gods, oracles and ancient heroes. You can select the gender of the character (availably from the two main characters Alexios and Kassandra, direct descendants of the legendary king Leonidas of Sparta), although statistically 70% of players choose the male hero.
The game has a new publisher and, unlike the previous installment, is sold as a whole game, not episodically. Players barely noticed the first, but the second was soon highly rated. The next chapter in the action-adventure stealth series Hitman, developed by the Danish Studio IO Interactive, was expanded with weapons, missions, and game modes including co-op and sniper missions. Six locations for plot missions may not seem like a lot, but the game will appeal to fans of Agent 47 and new players alike. The events of each mission unfold in far-flung corners of the globe so you can see the world — and leave your mark.
Kingdom Come Deliverance
A one-player role-playing computer game in first person with an open world was developed by Warhorse Studios, a Czech company, and produced by Deep Silver for Playstation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. It is absolutely one of the most beautiful simulators of Medieval Europe. To achieve this, it includes a large open world with meticulously designed details: Clothing, weapons and architecture.
Special attention was put into the social structures of 15th Century Bohemia. Moreover, the game implemented the most realistic swordplay mechanics to date, based on real medieval European martial arts. Travel through the game's world and find interesting places and missions!
Detroit: Become Human
One more Playstation exclusive from French company Quantic dream. Become Human's interactive psychological drama is built around three characters: their three individual plotlines connecting to form a single story like pieces of a puzzle. The developers made the player the director of the story however, putting the choices in his or her hands. Based on our actions in each story, we can find an answer to the question, "what does it mean to be human?" Don't miss the year's best interactive movie about androids!
Assassin's Creed Rebellion
A mobile game set in the Assassin's Creed universe. Rebellion is designed in the spirit of the acclaimed Fallout Shelter crossed with turn-based tactical combat. It is a striking mixture of role playing and strategy. It is distributed on systems free-to-play. Legendary assassins like Ezio, Alexios, Kassandra and many others are waiting for the chance to uncover all the Brotherhood's secrets and defeat all the enemies in their path. Don't forget to build new rooms, create equipment, collect materials, and make items and potions. All the visuals look lovely.
An isometric role-playing game from the Russian studio Owlcat Games, with a script by the writer of Planescape: Torment and music from the composer for Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal. It was published by the developer Deep Silver. The story is based on the transformation of a small settlement into a thriving metropolis, and the conflicts which arise with that change.
The player is given a squadron, each member with their own individuality and abilities, which can be combined carefully and used with equipment to determine the success of each battle. The idea isn't new, but it still works. Prepare yourself for about 80 hours of gameplay, which equates to 5 years in the world of the game.
The action/RPG computer game produced by French studio Dontnod Entertainment for Windows, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. We fell in love with the dark and gloomy atmosphere of last century's London. The developers implemented fresh, original ideas. For example, the RPG is mixed with elements of detective mystery and action games.
With these additions, the game does not lose its identity or value as a role-playing game: The central plotline is based on the personal account of doctor Jonathan Reed — and we truly relate to the story. The characters are beautifully designed, each with their own "skeletons in their closets" and interesting backstories with intricate relationships. This game has everything we have been waiting for in a role-playing game about vampires!