AAA Game of the Year Awards 2018

AAA Game of the Year Awards 2018

This year's best big budget games

A.J. Maciejewski

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With loads of incredible games to play in 2018, here are this year's best AAA titles in 9 distinct categories.

Marvel's Spider-Man screenshot
Spider-Man's getting a little too competitive...

This first collection of categories contains a few top-notch must-have experiences.

Marvel's Spider-Man Action Game of the Year

No game this year has contained as much consistently exciting action as Marvel's Spider-Man. From the epic opening scene to the end credits and all three pieces of DLC, Marvel's Spider-Man is packed with a variety of rewarding action-filled scenarios. I don't think Spidey could have asked for a better game so Marvel's Spider-Man is our action game of the year.

Marvel's Spider-Man Review

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Action-adventure Game of the Year

As likely the most underrated AAA game of 2018, Shadow of the Tomb Raider includes one of Lara's most memorable adventures. The implementation of stealth mechanics and action-packed gameplay within its gorgeous and sprawling jungle world is perfectly accomplished. It's easy to see that Shadow of the Tomb Raider deserves to be our action-adventure game of the year.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Review

A Way Out Cinematic Experience of the Year

It takes a lot for an indie to offer a AAA-quality cinematic experience and A Way Out does just that. The gorgeous cinematography, spot-on acting, immersive story, and captivating score come together to create one of the most consistently engaging movie-like games ever. Yes, it even beat out Red Dead Redemption 2 and Detroit: Become Human to be our cinematic experience of the year.

A Way Out Review
A Way Out screenshot
Will Vincent and Leo ever find A Way Out?

Next, the following categories provide traditional fun that's best enjoyed in multiplayer.

Forza Horizon 4 Racing Game of the Year

Very few racers have the ability to appeal to casual and hardcore racing game fans and Forza Horizon 4 accomplished this extremely well by offering realistic yet arcade-style gameplay complete with beautiful changing seasons set in a breathtaking version of the UK. The amount of content is impressive, too. Without a doubt, Forza Horizon 4 is our racing game of the year.

Forza Horizon 4 Review

Dragon Ball FighterZ Fighting Game of the Year

Dragon Ball FighterZ appeals to all kinds of gamers, too, as it allows newbies to easily learn its accessible gameplay yet fighting game fanatics can dive in deep to master character-specific moves and combos to decimate their opponents. Its pleasing visual style, awesome music, and comprehensive story mode are the icing on the cake. Obviously, Dragon Ball FighterZ is our fighting game of the year.

Dragon Ball FighterZ Review

Super Mario Party Party Game of the Year

Out of all the multiplayer games this year, none offer as much variety as Super Mario Party. You'd think after more than a dozen releases, Mario would be out of party favours but instead, Super Mario Party has a few tricks up its sleeve in the form of new fully-realised modes and a bunch of super-fun mini-games. Seeing as it's full of addictive party fun, Super Mario Party is our party game of the year.

Super Mario Party Review
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze screenshot
Funky Kong knows that Tropical Freeze is an excellent port

Finally, we have a few general categories including our overall AAA game of the year.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Port of the Year

One of the best Wii U games is Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and this port for Switch brings back the funk in a fantastic way. It looks and plays awesomely and the new easy "Funky" mode for children and casual 2D platforming fans is a great inclusion. It may not be a complete remaster but Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is definitely our port of the year.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Review

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna - The Golden Country DLC of the Year

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is an amazing RPG and Torna - The Golden Country is a great excuse to jump back into its awe-inspiring world to discover its origins. It's such a huge expansion that it was released as both an add-on and a separate game. Heck, they even retooled the combat system and refined the overall gameplay. Needless to say, anything this impressive is bound to be our DLC of the year.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna - The Golden Country Review

God of War AAA Game of the Year

God of War may have released near the beginning of the year but it's still fresh in gamers' hearts as its thoughtful storytelling and unforgettable journey set in a world full of Norse mythology left a huge impact on the world of gaming. With epic combat and exploration gameplay to match, God of War is easily our AAA game of the year.

God of War Review
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