PS4Blog.net 2018 Gaming In Review: What Were Our Best PlayStation 4 Games This Year? – Part 1
2018 is almost over, so it’s time for an epic question: What were our best games this year? We deliberated for a while and came up with a list that includes what we think are the best games of the year!
In this post, we’ll detail the best games we played this year as well as some others we have yet to enjoy. Please keep in mind that we didn’t play all of this year’s releases and that we’ll focus on PlayStation 4 games for this post. Later in the week, we’ll have more posts detailing our other best PlayStation 4 releases, along with our best Nintendo Switch games!
After you’re done reading this list, please be sure to tell us about your best games for this year!
The PS4 is a few years old, and while rumors about the PlayStation 5 (or whatever the final console name is going to be) are intensifying, the PS4 still got a ton of great games this year. We had a lot of material to choose from, so without further ado, here are our best PS4 games of 2018!
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
This is the game that I’ve spent the most time playing since Persona 5 released last year, and loved every minute of it. In my Dragon Quest XI review, I mentioned that I was 70 hours in and hadn’t reached the true end yet. I finally managed to not only clear the game but also farmed some Vicious Metal King Slimes in order to bring every team member up to level 99. I truly loved every moment I spent with this release!
The world is huge, the graphics are very good, and the story was surprisingly amazing and way deeper than what you can imagine! I, along with the other writers that played the game this year, definitively recommend this JRPG gem to all!
Honorable Mention: Detroit: Become Human
I loved playing through Detroit: Become Human and not only is this game beautiful to look at, it also has a pretty complex story with an incredible branching pattern. I played the game a first time through to the end, to then replay it a second time close to the midpoint to give it another go by making different choices and see what I could get.
Honorable Mention: Overcooked 2
Overcooked 2 is definitively my couch multiplayer game of the year and I’ve played it a ton with my family and friends. This version is quite harder than the original Overcooked, and the Overcooked! 2 – Surf ‘n’ Turf DLC builds up even more on whole difficulty curve. So if you thought the first one was already testing the limits of your loved one relation, watch out when you try Overcooked 2! One of the things I like the most about the Overcooked franchise is how easy the premise of each recipe is, but how hectic the level design is, making mundane tasks even harder.
Another must buy! I absolutely adored Rainbow Moon and “invested” more than 150 hours in it, so when Rainbow Skies was announced, I followed the development and devoured the game once it was released. This time around the game is more optional content oriented than story fueled. There is still a decent story to complete, but you can trail off and do other things as well which was a nice change, and for me, was the beauty of the game. Everything can be done at your own pace. I would have liked the original characters to be a part of the game as I adored them but, unfortunately, that was not the case here. I still thought the characters in Rainbow Skies were cool, but not as fabulous as the ones in the original game. The story portion of the game will most likely take you around 30-40 hours to complete, but the optional content will take you well beyond the 100-hour mark.
Honorable Mention: Assassin’s Creed Origins
I have yet to start the newest installment of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, but after playing the previous game in the series over the course of four months between launch and early new year, my Platinum popped at around 85 hours or so. While I did not review the game, I felt it was worth a mention because, in my opinion, it was the best Assassin’s Creed game since the second game in the franchise. The story will take about 30 hours to complete, but you will want to 100% everything thanks to the tons of quests and optional stuff that is a lot of fun to do, not to mention the extra released DLC (my favorite is the Discovery Mode in which you get a taste of what life was like in Egypt back in the day). If you haven’t played Origins, then you definitely should consider this as your next purchase!
Honorable Mention: DRAGON QUEST XI: ECHOES OF THE ELUSIVE AGE.
Like Ceidz mentioned in his section, I loved Dragon Quest XI, and I have played this game since it’s launch way back in summer. I’ve clocked in 140 hours and continue to play it every now and then. It is an amazing Dragon Quest game, and this is coming from someone who has played every single Dragon Quest release on all platforms.
Honorable Mention: Detective Gallo
Detective Gallo deserves an extra mention as it’s a very unique point and click game starring a detective who happens to be a grumpy Cockerel, investigating some plant’s murder (!). This game is cynical and very funny and features plenty of puns, so it definitively deserves its time under the spotlight. Detective Gallo is fully hand-drawn, featuring a bright and vibrant look with fun and varied puzzles.
Little Dragon’s Café
Little Dragon’s Café is one of the best simulators I have played in a very long time. It’s very fun and frantic game that tells the tale of a pair of young twins that are taking over a Café after their mother has fallen ill. As well as running a café, the twins will get the opportunity to explore the huge island and find ingredients in order to create recipes for their hungry customers. I continued playing this game long after I completed the review and liked it, but couldn’t for the life of me find the remaining fragments that I needed to get my platinum to pop. On the upside I absolutely loved the game and enjoyed completing it, it was definitely worth my (and your) time and effort!
Honorable Mention: Fossil Hunters
Fossil Hunters is a brilliant and fun fossil hunting game, and I don’t think I’ve ever played anything quite like it. You can play the game either solo or with a group of friends and your aim is to dig up fossils and create a full fossil reconstitution using a diagram. The game allows you to be creative and build your very own dinosaurs, how cool is that! Each cave has an unlimited amount of fossils so you can just stay in one cave and keep digging and submitting your creations, and each time you go back to your lab you will get radio calls from customers wanting custom and original creations, like a dinosaur with SIX spines – don’t ask. I do recommend playing this game. It’s a hidden gem and deserves some exposure!
Stay tuned for our best PlayStation 4 games – Part 2 which goes live on Wednesday! (Spoiler: You can expect to see Spiderman in there!)
What were YOUR best PlayStation 4 games this year?