Open-world adventure games continue to dominate the mainstream market, but an increasingly diverse audience has brought fresh demand for games with engaging narratives and innovation for classic genres. Coupled with ever-improving technology and ...and more »
It's been a great year for video games.
With the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One approaching the end of their life cycles, developers have delivered some of the best games of the console generation during 2018. The Nintendo Switch has also continued to expand its library of games in its second year, with some unique titles making ideal use of the portable console's strengths.
Open-world adventure games continue to dominate the mainstream market, but an increasingly diverse audience has brought fresh demand for games with engaging narratives and innovation for classic genres. Coupled with ever-improving technology and developing platforms like virtual reality, 2018 had no shortage of memorable releases.
Without further ado, here are the 18 can't-miss games released during 2018:
"Octopath Traveler" (Nintendo Switch)
"Octopath Traveler" feels like a game from another era, using classic sprite animation and traditional Japanese role-playing game mechanics that harken back to the original "Final Fantasy" games. While 60-hour role-playing games have become more of a rarity in 2018, the overlapping stories of "Octopath Traveler" work well when paired with the portable nature of the Nintendo Switch. Players can pace their way through the game's eight story arcs and enjoy the simple pleasures of an old-school RPG.
"Forza Horizon 4" (Xbox One/PC)
Playground Games/Microsoft Studios
"Forza Horizon 4" is probably the best Xbox One exclusive title this year and one of the most impressive racing games ever, featuring some of the finest graphics in video games and more than 500 different cars to choose from. The game continues the seasonal themes of "Forza Horizon" across its open-world map, giving players a variety of weather conditions and environments to roam through as they drive.
"Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Eevee!" (Nintendo Switch)
"Pokémon Let's Go: Pikachu!"/Nintendo
As remakes of the original Pokémon games, "Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Eevee!" provide a healthy reboot for the 22-year-old franchise on Nintendo's newest consoles. The trip back to the Kanto region of "Pokémon: Red, Blue and Yellow" is wonderfully nostalgic for fans and new players will appreciate the upgraded graphics and gameplay innovations brought to the series.
"Kirby: Star Allies" (Nintendo Switch)
After a series of oddly-themed spinoffs and reimaginings, "Kirby Star Allies" brings the series back to its traditional side-scrolling roots. Taking advantage of the Switch's multiplayer features, "Kirby Star Allies" lets up to four players team up on the same console and run wild with a wide variety of special abilities and team-based attacks. Since the game's release in March, Nintendo has continued to add new playable characters from previous Kirby games too.
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