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Reader’s Choice Game of the Year 2018: The Triumph of God of War

Reader's Choice Game of the Year 2018

Reader’s Choice Game of the Year 2018: The Triumph of God of War

Today is the last day of the year, and there is no better occasion to reveal how you voted for our Reader’s Choice Game of the Year 2018.

You have been called to cast your vote a few days ago, and many of you responded enthusiastically, which is a lovely way for us all to send off this year of awesome games, hoping for an even better 2019.

Without further ado, here are the results! Drum roll…

Reader’s Choice Game of the Year 2018

Honorable Mention: Octopath Traveler

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While it was arguably one of the smallest releases of the bunch in terms of budget, Octopath Traveler managed to be the sixth most-voted game by our readers. It brought back traditional turn-based RPGs with a vengeance, showing that this sub-genre is far from dead even when presented with old-school pixel art.

You could call it a dark horse, but it’s certainly a purebred able to run really, really fast.

Reader’s Choice Game of the Year 2018

Honorable Mention: Monster Hunter: World

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Monster Hunter: World brought the franchise back to consoles, and demonstrated against the odds that it was the right choice. Not only it shipped over ten million copies between PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but it built a community that Capcom keeps supporting with new content released regularly.

It’s getting an expansion next year, so we’re positive that its presence is going to be felt well into 2019.

Reader’s Choice Game of the Year 2018

Honorable Mention: Dragon Quest XI

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While it was just an inch short of the top three in terms of votes, Dragon Quest XI joins Octopath Traveler in showing Square Enix and JRPG developers as a whole that turn-based games aren’t a relic of the past.

Not only it sold very well on PS4 and PC, but it’s bound to keep doing very well on Switch when it launches next year, thanks to its beautiful visuals, charming cast, and awesome story.

Game of the Year 2018

Second Runner-up: Red Dead Redemption 2

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Red Dead Redemption 2 brought a fantastic western story back under the spotlight, set in a massive open world, with deep characters and plenty of gunfights.

Rockstar may take a long time to release its games, but it’s usually worth the wait. RDR2 was certainly not an exception. It won our staff-voted GOTY award, and your own votes didn’t place it too far from the top.

Reader’s Choice Game of the Year 2018

First Runner-up: Marvel’s Spider-Man

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Marvel’s Spider-Man is definitely one of Insomniac Games’ masterpieces. The studio took a rather sizable risk by not sticking to any movie or coming timeline, and it paid off handsomely.

A mix of amazing swinging gameplay, likable characters, and a great story makes this one one of the best super-hero games of all time, if not arguably the best.

Twinfinite Reader’s Choice Game of the Year 2018

Winner: God of War

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God of War marked Kratos’ rite of passage from raging killing machine to “Dad of War,” but make no mistake: it still complements the story with some really badass action-adventure gameplay.

This combination of deep, emotional story and visceral battles certainly resonated with our readers, who voted Sony Santa Monica’s masterpiece at the top by a landslide (36.9% of votes were for God of War). Director Cory Barlog took a really risky bet with this one, but he turned out to have a royal flush in his hand.

Thank you so much, everyone, for voting, and see you in 2019!

If you’d like more chances to express your opinion, you can still vote for our Best Waifu and Best Husbando awards, and our Most Anticipated Game of 2019.

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