Console Exclusive Game of the Year Awards 2018

Console Exclusive Game of the Year Awards 2018

2018's best exclusives

A.J. Maciejewski

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Console exclusives are the best incentive when deciding which platform to purchase so here are this year's greatest exclusive games.

God of War screenshot
Kratos looks like he's going to do some much-needed weeding (God of War)

First up, here are 3 categories for PlayStation exclusives. Unfortunately, there weren't enough notable Vita exclusives this year...

God of War PlayStation 4 Exclusive of the Year

God of War already won our AAA game of the year and it's exclusive to PS4 so here's another well-deserved award for Kratos' latest amazing adventure. Its gameplay, world, and story are all top-notch and it's a must-play for any PS4 owner. With so many phenomenal games for the system that have released this year, it's quite an honour to be the PlayStation 4 exclusive of the year.

God of War Review

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission PlayStation VR Game of the Year

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission is a difficult game to not love through and through. The 3D platforming is super-satisfying and its virtual world is stunning and gorgeously animated. It's definitely worth purchasing a VR headset just to play the awesomeness that is Astro Bot: Rescue Mission so it's for sure our PlayStation VR game of the year.

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission Review

Frantics PlayLink Game of the Year

One group of PlayStation exclusives that frequently gets overlooked is PlayLink games. Each title in the PlayLink lineup offers delightful multiplayer fun that you can enjoy on your mobile device. Although there have been a handful of fantastic games for the brand this year, Frantics features such an enjoyable world full of great mini-games that it's our PlayLink game of the year.

Frantics Review
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate screenshot
Pac-Man definitely has the home turf advantage (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

Next on the docket are a couple Nintendo exclusive games and a very cool piece of hardware.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Switch Exclusive of the Year

Although there weren't as many incredible Switch exclusives in 2018 as there were the year before, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate finally arrived and it features a mind-blowing amount of characters and content that make beating up friends a ton of fun. The endless enjoyment you can get from this title easily makes it our Switch exclusive of the year.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Review

The Alliance Alive 3DS Exclusive of the Year

The Alliance Alive previously won our portable RPG of the year and it's such a fantastic game that it deserves yet another award. Cattle Call did a wonderful job crafting an original world that contains a highly rewarding adventure which will take you to many memorable locations as you beef up your party with more skills than you can count. The Alliance Alive is for sure our 3DS exclusive of the year.

The Alliance Alive Review

Poké Ball Plus Controller of the Year

The Poké Ball Plus is such an awesome little controller that it deserves its own award. Considering Pokémon: Let's Go features simple gameplay, being able to control it with an actual Poké Ball is a treat. It also has a ton of compatibility features that Pokémon fans can take advantage of and the internal speaker is very cute, too, so the Poké Ball Plus is undoubtedly our controller of the year.

Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! + Poke Ball Plus Pack Review
Forza Horizon 4 screenshot
Trains are a lot faster than they look! (Forza Horizon 4)

Finally, here is our Xbox One exclusive game of the year but you probably already saw that coming, right?

Forza Horizon 4 Xbox One Exclusive of the Year

Forza Horizon 4 just won our racing game of the year and it's somewhat odd to have a racer also win an exclusive game of the year award but it's so awesome that no other Xbox One exclusive outranks it. Driving through the countryside within different seasons not only looks incredible; it also changes up the gameplay substantially. As a result, Forza Horizon 4 is our Xbox One exclusive of the year.

Forza Horizon 4 Review
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