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[BLOG] Game of the Year awards 2018!

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Game of the Year 2018 - Awarded to the best of our Game of the Month winners of 2018.

Legrand Legacy - SemiSoft Studios

Our first Game of the Month title in the new scene and a worthy community choice for our first proper Game of the Year award aswell, massive congrats to Uwil and the team at SemiSoft Studios! 

For a reminder of our Game of the Month choices in 2018, here you go -

01-2018 Legrand Legacy - Semisoft Studios

02-2018 Fe - Zoink Games

03-2018 Surviving Mars - Haemimont Games

04-2018 Battletech - Harebrained Schemes

05-2018 State of Decay 2 - UndeadLabs

06-2018 Jurassic World Evolution - Frontier Developments

08-2018 World of Warcraft Battle For Azeroth - Blizzard Entertainment

09-2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider - Square Enix

10-2018 Red Dead Redemption 2 - Rockstar

11-2018 Fallout 76 - Bethesda Studios

12-2018 Just Cause 4 - Square Enix

Team Choice 2018 - Awarded by the station team.

Marvel's Spider-Man - Insomniac Games

The station team thought long and hard over the new year break what they loved the most in 2018 and Marvel's Spider-Man was the stand out winner from the team.  Insomniac Gaes bought us a blinder of an open world adventure for the web slinger that all the other great games this year just couldn't quite top!

And for those interested, here's the full list of the teams choices -

Lonesamurai -       Surviving Mars - Haemimont Games

Scarlet_Dragon -  Graveyard Keeper - Lazy Bear Games/TinyBuild

Crimsonshade -    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.

Ca1t -                    Marvel's Spider-Man - Insomniac Games

Isnotavampire -     Marvel's Spider-Man - Insomniac Games

Phasechan -          Spyro Reignited Trilogy - Toys for Bob

TGB-Sirhc&Ar0n - Marvel’s Spider-Man - Insomniac Games

Darsch -                 Monster Hunter World - Capcom

Katoe -                   Marvel's Spider-Man - Insomniac Games

Best Sony Playstation 4 Exclusive Game - Our choice for the best PS4 title in 2018

Marvel's Spider-Man - Insomniac Games

As mentioned in the Team Choice section, Insomniac played a blinder with the new iteration of Marvel's Spider-Man, bringing qualities we loves from way back in Spider-Man 2 to make a perfect free roaming open world.


Best Nintendo Switch Exclusive Game - Our choice for the best Switch title in 2018

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.

The latest Smash Bros. dominated the Switch owning members of the community and team in 2018, with challenges flying over in discord (we should have done a tournament), with a fantastic roster of fighters and clean, precise controls, it was one of the best fighting games of not only 2018, but also all time!


Best Microsoft XBox One Exclusive Game - Our choice for the best XB1 title in 2018

Forza Horizon 4 - Playground Games

Bringing us a good chunk of the north of England and the Scottish border, Forza Horizon 4 turned into the best racing game of 2018, but more on that later.  It was also the first in the Forza series also on XBox Play Anywhere that ran brilliantly on mediocre PC specs aswell, after the horrible showing by Forza 7 in 2017!


Best Action Game - For the best game in the action genre focused on combat.

Monster Hunter World - Capcom

The first Monster Hunter to make it to PC, albeit a few months after the console versions, didn't arrive with fanfare's, but it should have.  A great action game, even if a little shallow compared to other RPG's, but still amazingly fun if you like chopping up huge monsters and using the parts to make new armour and weapons!


Best Independent Game - For outstanding creative and technical achievement in a game made outside the traditional publisher system.

Celeste - Matt Makes Games

An indie title we shockingly missed when it came out in January of 2018 on STEAM and other platforms, and then a free title on XBox Live (you can grab it now if you haven't already) Matt Makes Games made a classic platformer that left us in awe of what Indies can do.


Best Multiplayer Game - For outstanding online multiplayer gameplay and design, including co-op and massively multiplayer experiences, irrespective of game genre.

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth - Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard may have had some issues at the end of 2018 and into the new year, but WoW had a great launch to it's 6th expansion, Battle for Azeroth. Learning from Legions up's and down's, it was a solid expansion, but felt a little lacking in places until patch 8.1 dropped.


Best Ongoing Game - Awarded to a game for outstanding development of ongoing content that evolves the player experience over time.

World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth - Blizzard Entertainment

As mentioned above, WoW's 6th expansion dropped continuing WoW's dominance at the top of the MMO tree for another year!


Best Racing Game - For the best racing experience in 2018.

Forza Horizon 4 - Playground Games

As mentioned above, Forza Horizon 4 was a massive step up for the series, especially being cross platform, but as a really good racing game.


Best Role Playing Game - For the best game designed with rich player character customization and progression, including massively multiplayer experiences.

Monster Hunter: World - Capcom

Again, as mentioned above, Monster Hunter has been successful for years on Nintendo systems, but finally branching out to the other consoles and even PC made it one of the best RPG's of 2018!


Best Strategy Game - Best game focused on real time or turn-based strategy gameplay, irrespective of platform.

Battletech - Harebrained Schemes

One of our Game of the Month winners in 2018, Harebrained Schemes bought us a turn based Mechwarrior title that not only reminded us of the good old days of XCom, but has us excited for Mechwarrior 5 in 2019.  The Flashpoint DLC near the end of the year added a well needed Iron Man mode for those that wanted more of a challenge too!


Stinker of the Year! - The most disappointing game of 2018, not the worst, just disappointing

Fallout 76 - Bethesda Studios

We were unsure when Bethesda first announced Fallout 76 last year, but we wanted to give it benefit of the doubt.  Unfortunately, although not bad, it wasn't great either.  With a bad, buggy start for most people and issues like duping and cheating carrying on into the new year and beyond, although it was good and even fun to play sometimes, it left a sour note on the franchise.

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