The countdown is over and we have solidified our list for the 50 best games in 2018, covering the spectrum of big-name blockbusters and triumphs in small teams. But we know it's a pretty long list, so here are the choices that can be played on PlayStation 4 – which don't surprise given the platform's position this generation, includes more than half of the titles listed.
Out of our top 50 picks, 29 can be played on PS4. Of these, five are exclusive to the Sony platform: Shadow of the Colossus [1
When it comes to the inclusion of games like Shadow of the Colossus, who technically first came well before 2018, well, what we said in the top 50 post, also applies here:
] You can add notice the inclusion of games that were either fully released or made available in Early Access before 2018. Because many games change from update to update, year after year, we will include previously available games that receive a significant update within the year or become available on a platform that greatly affects how the game is experienced. For example, Fortnite Battle Royale is included, ranked No. 13, because we feel the recent seasons were the first great game in 2018.
Don't worry too much about the ranking. It's a fun and easy exercise. Finally, we recommend all these games. That's why we've included a bit of what makes each individual special: so you can find the best games in 2018 for you.
Related, we have fixed the numbers from this because, out of context with the top 50
If you're looking for recommendations that expand beyond 2018, see our important page for best PlayStation 4 games .
Ni n o Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom
No, you needn't have played it first Ni no Kuni to enjoy its successor, a feberishly optimistic (and inviting naive) Japanese role-play inspired, in part, by the works of Studio Ghibli. Its colorful animation hides a rich but not overly complicated royal management system that gives the adventure a great sense of scope. An adventure story gives its motley band of heroes a playful pep that feels anachronistic, if not flagrantly in conflict with our time.
Here is Cameron Kunzelman's recording from our review: "It is not a wasted breath or a landmark that is unable to pay off in a significant way. Ni no Kuni 2 is a solid, modern JRPG that Brings many design ideas that I love in crisp, clear focus while keeping you entertaining and engaging through. "
Available on PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.
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None of the many successors and gates for 2004s Lumines stuck to PlayStation Portable original, a marriage of high-confidence graphics, pump Japanese dance tracks and bright charm. That the original Lumines was portable made it even more enjoyable.
Lumines Remastered franchise's latest entry, available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and most importantly the Nintendo Switch. The switch version captures and in some ways gives the feel of the original, with improved visuals and better controls on the switch's comparatively more spacious sliding fault. All versions have "trance vibration", a term that series creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi popularized with one of his beloved games, Rez . Additional controllers can be connected to Lumines Remastered and turned into vibrating nodes, humming in rhythm with the game. The Joy-Con controls fit in the pockets or under the toes, giving a subtle vibration that gives a little extra texture to the experience without feeling so strange.
If "trance vibration" is not your cup of ayahuasca tea, Lumines Remastered stands as one of the best rhythm games ever made. We've been waiting for a decade for an experience to compete with the original Lumines on PSP. It's finally come.
Available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
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Fallout 76 understands that an open world must be rewarding – not in terms of finding resources or new missions, but because the exploration itself Be engaging. Foregoing skeleton-on-a-bed storytelling that worked so well in earlier games, Fallout 76 's landscapes of West Virginia are spotted with descriptive mise-en-scenes. Every time I stumble upon one, I feel I have uncovered a secret about the world. I have found a birdhouse workshop, a gladiatorial arena and a household covered with cat head wall tracks. It's just a small piece of what is being offered.
Fallout 76 can cope because there is only so good content; tons of enemies, buildings, quests, outfits. Sure there are no NPCs, but with the spice of online multiplayer added, I found that I didn't miss it much. The interactions I have experienced have been most kind – strangers show their bases or desperately need clean water. Sometimes they have been violent, but the wilderness is a dangerous place, and the consequences of being murdered are quite small. More importantly, everything is possible in a virtual world, and Fallout 76 opens up the possibilities in a way that few games do.
Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.
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Dragon Ball FighterZ
Through its various manga and anime incarnations, the Dragon Ball world has defined an unmistakable look. While these versions of the series remain unbearable classics, the franchise has always played on the video game front. Fortunately, Dragon Ball FighterZ lives up to the series' heritage and delivers one of the best fighting games of the year.
The game's cell-shaded art style is a clear nod to the aesthetics of Dragon Balls illustrated and animated forms, even down to tearing the same angles from manga and anime. The visual play goes hand in hand with the game's simplified control system, which makes experts and beginners alike to players who can easily distinguish harmful laser light shows. These elements work together to deliver one of the most satisfying multiplayer experiences of the year and the Dragon Ball fighting game I've always dreamed of.
Available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.
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The Gardens Between
The Gardens Between starts on a rainy evening with two middle-aged friends huddled together in a wooden house. A mysterious light transports them to a gorgeous, mysterious world filled with islands populated by memories of their friendship. Each island is a transverse puzzle; Tweens must work together to reach the top, but obstacles block the path. A character carries a lantern that holds a mysterious light that can withstand fog and create bridges, while the other seems magical machinery that can stop and reverse the time.
Playing The garden between feels like a clear dream. The lack of control – I can't directly choose where the characters go – and manipulation of time and memory can be a bit trippy, but never overwhelmingly so. When I get frustrated by a difficult puzzle, I stop and observe the flow of time. Usually I find my solution by seeing the time passing by.
The garden between is not the first game to explore the memory and grow up. It's probably not the last. But visuals, history and bending of time harmonize on the way that raises the game, giving new light to an overworked theme.
Available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC, Linux and Mac
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Call of Duty : Black Ops 4
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 's multiplayer package is both bigger and more refined than its predecessors. The traditional multiplayer and zombie modes – two hallmarks of the Call of Duty franchise over the last few decades – have been freed from bloating in recent years, with the developer Treyarch focusing on the central mechanics that give Call of Duty its iconic feel.
Instead of releasing another overwhelmed single player campaign, Treyarch has invested in a large multiplayer expansion. Blackout is fighting royally with the signature Call of Duty Shine. It's faster and smoother than almost any other match royal game. But where the mode really sets itself apart is the map. Every city in the massive space is taken from the multiplayer maps of previous Call of Duty games, and made sure it was designed to stand as a full multiplayer map. It has an authorship that borrows from over decades of top multi-lingual multiplayer design, which its contemporaries have not liked.
Each of the three modes that make up Black Ops 4 can easily stand on its own as a valuable game, but together they prove it to survive this year and into the future, Call of Duty creators are wise to focus on what the series does best.
Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.
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Moonlighter answered a question I never thought to ask: Where do adventure game shops find the items they sell in their stores? In this fantasy world, at least one shop job works double duty as the kind of fairytale manager they serve in their shop. This double life sets up one of the most lovable genres of the year: Moonlighter is more than a fairy-tale villain — it's also a retail sim.
Collecting items to sell, every night raises the protagonist into the darkest depths of various dungeons, slaying animals, and collecting items. When he returns from his mission, these spoils become the next day's holdings. As a shopkeeper, he has to store the shelves, speculate on pricing, lure customers with lovely decor and tackle would-be thieves. Whatever remains in his checkout that day, his purse gets around the city to the various gun dealers, potion makers, and more. With better equipment he can explore more dangerous dungeons, which get better loot, which gets higher prices in the store and so on. It is a convincing loop that swings between the part of the brain seeking adventure and the part that believes in good oil entrepreneurship.
Available on Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
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Nine hundred and ninety-two meters below the Earth's surface is a crackling campfire and a ragtag group of animals who lost their homes and loved ones to the holes that terrorize Donut County. Guilty of the catastrophe of BK, an extremely selfish and extremely sweet raccoon with an ugly smart phone addiction.
Donut County invites many comparisons to Katamari Damacy : A strange, inexplicable force goes down on a city and its ignorant residents, consuming everything it comes across. But where chaos literally reaches new heights with Katamari, the holes that terrorize Donut County are quiet, effective, and clean. Where Katamari gives, Donut County removes.
The prerequisite for the game is simple: Be a hole in the ground and swallow as many things as possible while solving a few puzzles along the way. It is strangely therapeutic.
The dialogue is witty, charming and funny. Texting BK is a pleasure. I spam him an and-emoji; He spammers it right back. Between stages I can review all the elements I have extinguished as a hole in something called Trashopedia. For example, it shows a candle as a "really bad version of the sun. Tastes ok."
When puzzles go, Donut County is a sugary treat. Like any good donut, it is short, sweet and best enjoyed in a sitting.
Available on PlayStation 4, iOS Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One and Mac.
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Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of an exclusive age
Dragon Quest The franchise likes to play it safely. Under the leadership of Yuji Horii, creator of the iconic Japanese role-playing game, the games have gone where the audience goes, boomerang from Nintendo to PlayStation to Nintendo and back again. Over the course of three decades, they continue to tell stories of legendary heroes who are fighting evil to save their homeland or the whole world.
Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of an Exclusive Age stick strongly to many of the series' formulas, for the better. It is a great role-playing game that spans many hours (as required by the JRPG law), filled with swing-based battles against slimes, dragons, golems, and other cute heavyweight monsters. I love it for all its Slavic adherence to the Dragon Quest formula. I love visiting charming towns, exploring the countryside with a party of engaging and sweet heroes, and vanquishing evil. Dragon Quest games have always had these things, and Exclusive Age Echoes have several of them, in high fidelity and polished to a pleasurable smoothness.
In our review of Dragon Quest 11 we rightly criticized the game to appeal largely to long Dragon Quest fans. It is true; There are a large number of things in this game aimed at the veteran Dragon Quest player. But I am, and it is wonderful to be back to this world-class world class again.
Available on PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.
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] Shadow of the Colossus is one of the best games on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and now PlayStation 4. The 4K Recovery, produced by Austin, Texas & # 39; s own Bluepoint Games, is respectful (but not also respectful) restoration of the classic. This is not a restart, nor is it an easy upgrade. Instead, it is similar to a modern performance of a classic script. Everything is there, just as you remember it, and yet it feels fresh and more present than actually returning to the PS2 original, a game that is not quite as smooth and comfortable as we remember it.
In our review I wrote: "Originals barebones interface will be quickly replaced by a decade of open-world games loaded with minimaps, health bars and countless screen messages telling you exactly what to do, how to do it, and when – just for the minimal interface to come back to fashion again in the last year. " The Colossus Shadow feels like it could have been done today, not because of what is in the game, but it was carefully omitted.
Available on PlayStation 4.
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Subnautica first appeared on Steam Early Access in 2014, but did not get one formal, full release for this January. I remember many years ago playing a promising but relatively thin and unfinished game that borrowed from previous buildings, such as Minecraft and paved the way for glut of survival games that would flood the market during the long run. How wonderful to say that Subnautica in 2018 is richer and more mysterious than I could have expected, a sprawling and playful experience that captures the excitement of survival and exploration while greatly trimming the busy work who have gathered at the genre as a biofouling on the stomach of a boat.
In 2016, right in the thick development, Subnautica traveled director Charlie Cleveland asking why the game did not contain weapons. Cleveland, who had previously worked with first-person shooters, described a change in heart in response to the tragic Sandy Hook shooting. "I've never thought that video game violence is creating more violence," Cleveland said. "But I couldn't just sit by and" add more weapons "to the world either.
" So Subnautica is a voice against a world of smaller weapons. A reminder that there is another way forward. One where we use non-violent and more creative solutions to solve our problems. One where we are not at the top of the food chain. "The decision has nurtured something beautiful, inspirational, different .
Available on Mac, Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
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Without Losing Focus, Dead Cells bring together fewer than six different genres in a single adventure, which is an incredible achievement. Metroidvania is a challenge on its own, but Dead Cells shows a championship of each form, as well as its contemporaries dedicated to a single genre.
Some credits go to the game's roots in Early Access, where the developers used feedback to refine and revise their ideas llet started officially, felt Dead Cells as a complete creature, rather than a half-filled Frankenstein creation.
Despite the complexity of the design, it is friendly to newcomers, slowly introducing new mechanics instead of repeatedly throwing players into impossible battles. And thanks to many secrets and upgrades, every death feels less like a game over and more like a step towards progress.
Finally, Dead Cells feels like so many games we have loved, and yet, there is nothing like it.
Available on Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.
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