The Best Videogames of 2018 So Far

  • Publish Date: July 2, 2018
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Best games for any platform

Further down the page, you'll find lists of the year's best games so far for each individual platform. First, however, we look at the 10 best overall releases across all platforms from the first half of 2018. These are the highest-scoring new games (remasters/ports of older titles are excluded, as are compilations, episodic releases, and DLC) with at least 7 reviews from professional critics. If a particular game was released for multiple platforms, we only considered the version with the highest quantity of reviews.

Buy From Amazon #1: God of War
PS4 (exclusive)

God of War

Part reboot, part sequel, this PS4 exclusive brings Sony's 13-year-old God of War franchise to new heights through a lengthy and emotional single-player story that incorporates Norse mythology and finds God of War's longtime protagonist Kratos developing his parenting (and battle axe) skills. It's now the #3 game of all time (ranked by Metascore) on the PS4.

Buy From Amazon #2: Celeste
Switch version (also available for PS4 / XB1 / PC)


Not bad for an indie, eh? After first impressing critics with his multiplayer archery combat game TowerFall, Matt Thorson (aka Matt Makes Games) returned in January with a very different but even better follow-up that blends very challenging 2D platforming with a delightful retro art style and even a bit of a narrative to tie everything together.

Buy From Amazon #3: Monster Hunter: World
PS4 version (also available for XB1)

Monster Hunter: World

Monster Hunter was always a bit of a niche proposition outside of Japan. But no longer. The fifth main entry in Capcom's fantasy action/RPG series—and the first to get a simultaneous worldwide release—is a monster hit, with critics and gamers taking to its increased accessibility, vastly improved graphics, and deep open-world gameplay. A PC version could arrive before year's end.

#4: Into the Breach
PC (exclusive)

Into the Breach

The second release from the team behind the indie hit Faster Than Light is another winner. Breach is a turn-based strategy game featuring procedurally generated levels consisting of 8-by-8 grids. Your goal is to prevent what's left of humanity from being wiped out by rather dumb, insect-like aliens who tend to telegraph their moves in advance. To do so, you employ a squad of humongous mechs from the future. Is it hard? Of course.

Buy From Amazon #5: Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
PC version (console versions due later in 2018)

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Obsidian Entertainment's sequel to 2015's very well-received Pillars of Eternity, itself a sort-of (unofficial) reboot of the Baldur's Gate fantasy RPG series, is another crowdfunded hit. Deadfire is set in the same world as the original but is far more ambitious in scope, combining an excellent story with a ton of content. If you're looking for a single-player game to keep you busy for dozens of hours, you can do far worse.

#6: Subnautica
PC version (XB1 version due later in 2018)


Another indie, Subnautica hails from Bay Area studio Unknown Worlds (Natural Selection 2). Their newest (and best) title is an open world, single-player survival/exploration game set in the ocean of an alien planet in the 22nd century.

Buy From Amazon #7: Dragon Ball FighterZ
PS4 version (also available for PC / XB1; Switch version due later in 2018)

Dragon Ball FighterZ

The latest fighting game in the Dragon Ball franchise is the first console/PC game in the series to come from Arc System Works, best known for their Guilty Gear and BlazBlue games. You'll experience 2D fighting in chaotic 3-on-3 tag-team brawls, with an anime art style that feels faithful to the original source material.

#8: DJMax Respect
PS4 (exclusive)

DJMax Respect

The latest in the DJMax rhythm game series—and the franchise's very first console installment—offers surprisingly tricky gameplay and over 100 songs (with even more available as DLC).

#9: Full Metal Furies
PC version (also available for XB1)

Full Metal Furies

Rogue Legacy creators Cellar Door Games return with a very different follow-up that is part co-op brawler, part puzzle-solving. Critics like the result (at least on PC), though gamers haven't seemed to catch on yet.

Buy From Amazon #10: Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
PS4 version (also available for PC)

Ni no Kuni II

Level 5's delayed sequel to its charming JRPG Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch may not share that game's association with Studio Ghibli, but no matter. It's just as good, and features a similar anime visual style as it follows a boy king on a journey of self-discovery through a world of darkness.

Best games by platform

Here are the highest-scoring titles released for each platform between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018. The only requirement for inclusion is a minimum of 7 reviews from critics.

PlayStation 4

Game Buy It Metascore
1 God of War Buy From Amazon 94
2 Shadow of the Colossus Buy From Amazon 91
3 Celeste   91
4 Monster Hunter: World Buy From Amazon 90
5 Owlboy Buy From Amazon 89
6 Injustice 2: Legendary Edition Buy From Amazon 88
7 Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition Buy From Amazon 87
8 Dragon Ball FighterZ Buy From Amazon 87
9 Dark Souls Remastered Buy From Amazon 86
10 DJMax Respect   85
11 Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Buy From Amazon 85
12 Moss Buy From Amazon 84
13 Assassin's Creed Origins: The Curse of the Pharaohs   83
14 Yoku's Island Express Buy From Amazon 83
15 Yakuza 6: The Song of Life Buy From Amazon 83
16 Prey: Mooncrash   83
17 Iconoclasts   83
18 Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary Collection Buy From Amazon 82
19 Laser League   82
20 Sprint Vector   82

Xbox One

Game Buy It Metascore
1 Celeste   94
2 Monster Hunter: World Buy From Amazon 90
3 NieR: Automata - Become as Gods Edition   88
4 Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice   88
5 Dragon Ball FighterZ Buy From Amazon 86
6 Dark Souls Remastered Buy From Amazon 84
7 Forgotton Anne   84
8 Aragami: Shadow Edition   84
9 Owlboy   83
10 Yoku's Island Express Buy From Amazon 82
11 Far Cry 5 Buy From Amazon 82
12 Super Mega Baseball 2   81
13 Laser League   81
14 Ys Origin   81
15 Unravel Two   80
16 The Council - Episode 1: The Mad Ones   80
17 Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary Collection Buy From Amazon 80
18 The Adventure Pals   80
19 A Way Out Buy From Amazon 79
20 Pit People   79

Nintendo Swtich

Game Buy It Metascore
1 Celeste   92
2 Bayonetta 2   92
3 Hollow Knight   90
4 Bayonetta + Bayonetta 2 Buy From Amazon 89
5 Ikaruga   88
6 Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - Ultimate Edition Buy From Amazon 88
7 Owlboy   87
8 Crypt of the NecroDancer: Nintendo Switch Edition   86
9 Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Buy From Amazon 86
10 Shantae and the Pirate's Curse   86
11 Night in the Woods   85
12 West of Loathing   85
13 Darkest Dungeon   85
14 Lumines Remastered   84
15 Toki Tori 2 +   84
16 Bayonetta   84
17 Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA   84
18 Super Meat Boy   84
19 Just Shapes & Beats   83
20 Mega Man Legacy Collection   83


Game Buy It Metascore
1 Into the Breach   89
2 Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Buy From Amazon 88
3 Celeste   88
4 Subnautica   87
5 Iconoclasts   87
6 Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age   85
7 Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition   85
8 Dragon Ball FighterZ   85
9 Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 5: Same Stitch   85
10 Full Metal Furies   85
11 Frostpunk Buy From Amazon 84
12 Sprint Vector   84
13 Total War: WARHAMMER II - Rise of the Tomb Kings   84
14 Yoku's Island Express   84
15 Dark Souls Remastered   83
16 The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset Buy From Amazon 83
17 The Forest   83
18 Wreckfest   83
19 Unravel Two   82
20 Warhammer: Vermintide 2   82

What do you think?

What are your favorite games of 2018 so far? Let us know in the comments section below.

Comments (6)

  • GabrielSM  

    Controller recommended for every, except for Frostpunk, Into the Breach and Deadfire. Lacking controller support. All 3 of mine are in the technical assistance, 'am into these three games at the moment. (While they're getting fixed!)

  • GabrielSM  

    Bought Celeste, Don't Starve Together, Frostpunk, Full Metal Furies, Iconoclasts, Into the Breach, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire - Obsidian Edition, Subnautica and A Hat in Time in summer sale. (After seeing this list!)

  • Pawlikowsky  

    God of War GOTY for me . Best game I played in 8th console generation. Love this story and voice-acting in the game.. Can't wait for next GoW in 2021 ?

  • Alicethomas507  

    I haven't still found a good game to play in 2018 (( so boring!!!!

  • AnotherWay  


    I think.. that 2018 is sooo weak right now. And don't even start that "rdr2 rockstargods saves us" argument. 2017 1st half > 2018 already. GoW not GOTY, too. So far, everything is very bad picture, and carry-over games 2019 as confirmation. Well, i guess indie saves us.

  • MonteRAID  

    GOW is GOTY for me until now and the only game that could ruin that is RDR2 so let see !

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