My Gut: Red Dead Redemption 2
Looking back over 2018, the best game of the year was undoubtedly Red Dead Redemption 2. In the coming years, if you were to look up the definition for “AAA masterpiece,” you’d likely find a picture of Rockstar Games’ latest epic. All you have to do is look at the game being played for five minutes to know that it’s something special.
My Heart: God of War
Okay, sure, Red Dead 2 features a mind-bogglingly detailed world that’s easy on the eyes, but have you heard anyone talk about how “great” that game is without also running through a laundry list of caveats that make you question if they actually like the game at all?
My Head: Fortnite
That’s all well and good, but what are the real criteria for determining the Game of the Year? Is it the game that had the biggest staff? Is it the game that cost the most money to develop? Does the GOTY need the best graphics, an orchestral soundtrack and a story that “really makes you think?”
Angel On My Shoulder: Monster Hunter World
Then again, maybe the game of the year is the one that takes you completely by surprise, sinks its hooks in deep and keeps you glued to the television into the wee hours of the morning. Shouldn’t growth count for something?
Devil On My Shoulder: Earth Defense Force 5
Oh, I’m sorry, I thought we were talking about the best “game” of 2018. What’s with all this talk of artistic merit, engaging narratives and stunning performances?