OnlySP is proud to present more winners of our Best of 2018 awards, including Best VR Game, Best Action-Adventure Game, and Best Remake/Remaster.
Best Independent Game — Celeste
Seemingly cute and innocent from the outside, Celeste is a deep exploration of the human spirit, demonstrating a young girl’s experience with depression and anxiety. With challenging gameplay to keep you on your toes, Celeste demonstrates that the line between independent and triple-A really is diminishing.
Runners-up: Dead Cells, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Subnautica, Return of the Obra Dinn
Best Virtual Reality Game — Astro Bot Rescue Mission
One of the most innovative and engaging games to hit virtual reality, Astro Bot Rescue Mission is a joy to play. Rescuing little robots that live inside your PlayStation 4 controller does not sound entirely innovative on paper, but Sony Japan Studio has created such a joyous experience that players don’t want to miss. This game is one of PlayStation VR’s best offerings.
Runners-up: Beat Saber, Firewall: Zero Hour, Tetris Effect, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
Best Multiplayer Integration — Red Dead Redemption 2 / Red Dead Online
While OnlySP focuses on single-player games, we are not blind to the trends of the industry as a whole; we like to play a little bit of multiplayer too.
While Red Dead Online is far from a perfect and balanced experience, it offers a fun alternative to the single-player mode, integrating settings, characters, and themes seamlessly into the game. Encountering real players in the open world is a fun alternative to the artificial intelligence of the single-player game and offers some interesting insights of human spirit, companionship, and loyalty—the foundations set in Red Dead Redemption 2 come to life in a real open world.
Runners-up: Ashen, Battlefield V, Conan Exiles, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Forza Horizon 4, Monster Hunter: World, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Best Action Game — Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
The Assassin’s Creed series had become rather stale in recent years to several players, but Odyssey has set a new high for the series. Featuring a unique level of freedom and choice, the game immerses players into the world of Kassandra or Alexios throughout an experience they are unlikely to forget. Odyssey is a must-play for any Assassin’s Creed fan.
Runners-up: Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Mega Man 11, Monster Hunter: World, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Best Adventure Game — Detroit: Become Human
As the title suggests, Detroit forces players to question what being human really means. With an incredible cast, captivating narrative, and innovative gameplay, Detroit: Become Human is one of Quantic Dream’s strongest offerings, and is incredibly deserving of this award.
Runners-up: The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, Life is Strange 2, Subnautica, Return of the Obra Dinn, The Walking Dead: The Final Season
Best Action-Adventure Game — God of War
God of War’s success was a surprise to many—not because it was as innovative or ambitious as other titles released in 2018, but rather because it perfected an already familiar genre; the move from the series’s waning hack-and-slash formula to a narrative-driven action-adventure game should not have worked, yet proved refreshingly brilliant. Placing Kratos in a new setting was similarly fresh for fans, and the humanisation of the previously one-dimensional protagonist made for perhaps the most unexpectedly emotional gaming experiences in recent memory.
Runners-up: Far Cry 5, Hitman 2, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Red Dead Redemption 2, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
Best Platform Game — Celeste
Along with a surprisingly deep narrative, Celeste features challenging and enjoyable gameplay, utilising unique gameplay features to captivate players throughout the entire experience.
Runners-up: Guacamelee! 2, Mega Man 11, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, The Messenger
Best Strategy Game — Frostpunk
Few games are as unrelentingly grim as Frostpunk. The game stands out by daring to carve out a wholly unique niche and refusing to pander to the mass-market mentality, and it is certainly deserving of this award.
Runners-up: All Walls Must Fall, Ancestors Legacy, Attack of the Earthlings, Phantom Doctrine, Surviving Mars
Best Role-Playing Game — Monster Hunter: World
Monster Hunter: World is one of those rare games that brought new comers and veterans together to create an expanding and caring community.
Developed by Capcom, the title delivered an exciting multiplayer experience that encouraged co-operating with others to take down increasingly more vicious and intimidating foes. Each aspect of the game from customising and upgrading the player character and their kitty companion, to battling enormous beasts in a variety of open environments, feels rewarding and fine crafted. Not to mention how insanely delicious the food in this game looks!
Runners-up: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, Octopath Traveler, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
Best Sports / Racing Game — Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4 is the ultimate version of the popular racing series. With over 420 licensed cars and a new dynamic weather system with changing seasons, players will not become bored anytime soon. Forza Horizon 4 sets a new benchmark for racing games.
Runners-up: F1 2018, FIFA 19, WWE 2K19
Best Fighting Game — Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Ultimate does not represent a huge leap in innovation for the Super Smash Bros. series, but it brings enough to the table to stand above other games in the genre. Featuring every character from previous games in the series—despite the complicated licensing issues that this brought—Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a monolithic fighting game and certainly deserving of this award.
Runners-up: Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soulcalibur VI
Best Remake / Remaster — Shadow of the Colossus
Team Ico’s original 2005 title blew players away with its minimalist design, emotional narrative, and immersive gameplay. Bluepoint Games took all of these perfections and added even more improvements—with better graphics, performance, and controls, the Shadow of the Colossus remake sets a new bar for video game remakes, and will hopefully allow a new generation to experience this classic title.
Runners-up: Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, Castlevania Requiem, Dark Souls Remastered, Spyro Reignited Trilogy
Best Downloadable Content — Marvel’s Spider-Man: ‘The City That Never Sleeps’
Across three episodic DLC packs, Insomniac Games brought players back to the incredible world of Marvel’s Spider-Man, expanding upon the stories of some characters from the main game, as well as introducing some new faces from the comics. While it does not quite match the quality of the main title, ‘The City That Never Sleeps’ is a fantastic addition to the game, and a great excuse to jump back into the Spidey suit.
Runners-up: Far Cry 5 — ‘Lost on Mars’, Kingdom Come: Deliverance — ‘From the Ashes’, Kingdom Come: Deliverance — ‘The Amorous Adventures of Bold Sir Hands Capon’, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom — ‘The Lair of the Lost Lord’