2018 Community GOTY Challenge Accepted

The always amazing Luna over at GamersUnitedGG extended a seasonally appropriate challenge to the blogging community (found here). Basically, you write a post about your personal Game of the Year (that thankfully does NOT need to be released this year, just one you played this year). Then there will be a poll with voting and stuff, which sounds really cool! I’ve decided to partake in this event and this post is my entry.

I’ve already declared my GOTY that came out this year in my last post. That would be Mega Man 11 since it’s the only game from 2018 I actually beat in 2018… BUT since this challenge is open to ANY game I played this year (regardless of launch date), well, that’s hella hard because it’s been quite a gaming year for me, let me tell you.

I honestly have no idea what I’m going to pick out of the 15 great games (and shameful DLC purchases) I finished this year. So… I’m going to stop babbling about it and do a ranked list of games I beat this year. That should help me narrow down my winner. Let’s do this!

15) Solbot Energy Rush (Android)

Solbot Energy Rush
Collecting orbs with various coloured robots… while learning about the environment. Neat!

Eh, I’m not big on the casual mobile gaming experience. I test a wide variety of cell phones for a living, and after a long work day, I honestly want to forget cell phones exist. The developer of this one actually contacted me on Twitter to see if I’d review their game. That was super flattering so I went for it. You can check out my review for a thorough look at my unqualified opinion.

14) Demon’s Souls (PS3)

Demon's Souls
I died… A LOT.

I’ve morphed into a very casual gamer… that’s what my experience with this game has taught me. Let’s just say I didn’t get very far into the first level, but I had fun playing virtually alongside Athena, while getting obliterated by everything (including a friendly blue dude in the Nexus I accidentally attacked… oops). It’s definitely a cool game but I have no desire to invest the time required to “git gud”. It also lacks modern quality of life features, like pausing the game and reasonable checkpoints, which frustrates me greatly. Nope. Not for me but I can see why some gamers find it so rewarding!

13) Ben There, Dan That! (PC)

Ben There Dan That
Clever humour at its finest!

Gosh. I’ve only played a handful of point and click adventure games in my lifetime. This quirky game may look graphically awful, but the crude images add to the overall fun. The basic plot is two flatmates must embark on a multi-dimensional quest… to get back to their apartment. And trust me, they meet with lots of crazy scenarios and amusing puzzles along the way.

12) Mega Man 11 (Switch)

Mega Man 11
Nice to finally play one of your games, Blue Bomber.

About time I played a Mega Man game, huh? I really loved the animation style and Double Gear mechanic in this classic inspired platformer. Thankfully for newbie me, there was a newcomer difficulty option that I stuck to.

11) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Bowser on a bike is badass. Bwahahaha!

In my mind, no kart racer will ever top Diddy Kong Racing on the good ol’ Nintendo 64. The nostalgia feelz are powerful, my friends. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy my 100cc playthrough of all the cups, plus a few online play sessions. I don’t want to learn all the racing mechanics, but I really enjoyed the track designs. The Shameful Narcissist and I have been playing a weekly round or two online to just relax and throw Koopa Shells around. Fun times!

10) Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)

Super Mario Odyssey
The puns were pretty amusing. I’ll give the game that!

Alas! I didn’t get pulled into this whimsical Mario world like I thought I would. The game did grow on my cranky soul and I ended up liking the overall experience after pwning poor Bowser. The Mario series could seriously use a story revamp, but I legit loved the lame ending to Odyssey.

9) RiME (Switch)

Grief is quite the powerful monster to overcome.

Few games have touched my heart like this one did. It’s such an amazing emotional experience that I can’t really describe without spoiling it. Also, it’s not a Zelda knockoff.

8) Trespasser DLC for Dragon Age Inquisition (PC)

Dragon Age Inquisition Tresspasser
Inquisitor Ellen deserves a break from smashing dragons every once in a while.

Ugh. DLC. I once refused to buy it but really had no choice here. A very important part of the main game’s story is locked behind the content. Yeah. It was worth the price of admission but I’m still not pleased that DLC is a thing that’s normal now. Back in my day… *rambles on for several paragraphs*

7) Ori and the Blind Forest (PC)

Ori and the Blind Forest
Achievement Unlocked: Moved to tears within 10 minutes of a game’s opening scene.

Just wow. This game is so emotionally moving it’s hard for me to not cry just by thinking of the starting scene. The platforming is brutal, but if I can get through it, I’m sure anyone can. Oh and bonus points for the epic music adding to the feelz while calming my gamer rage.

6) Mass Effect Andromeda (PS4)

Mass Effect Andromeda

Lucky for me, this game was nice and patched before I played it. Due to all the fan drama, I was expecting a disaster. There’s no excuse for the broken state Andromeda was launched in, but at least BioWare moved fast to fix things. The game’s biggest crime is that it isn’t as good as the original Mass Effect trilogy. That doesn’t make it a bad game. The gameplay was super fun and I enjoyed myself so much I got the Platinum trophy.

5) Mass Effect 3 (PC)

Mass Effect 3
Commander Ellen Shepard, backed by her BFF Garrus and super BFF Liara T’Soni. Those two were my preferred squad 💖

Okay. So the choose your own colour ending to the Mass Effect trilogy wasn’t as bad as I was expecting (based on internet whining). And damn! This game is so depressing at the start. There seems to be no hope for the universe (and beloved characters can drop like flies), but once things are set in motion, I started feeling like a galactic champion. I really, really, really loved all the Liara friendship moments in this game too.

4) Mass Effect (PC)

Mass Effect
Seriously. I loved Liara and Garrus right from the start 💖

The original Mass Effect game has really held up against the test of time! I had a wonderful experience with this game for the first time this year. The planets you explore are pretty much all the same with new coats of paint, which isn’t that bad considering the game’s age (or when compared to Dragon Age II’s copy-paste environments *cough*). I loved the Mako’s disregard for gravity!

3) Mass Effect 2 (PC)

Mass Effect 2
I wanted to drink myself stupid after witnessing the horrors of the last area.

This is the perfect example of the perfect sequel. It improved upon the first Mass Effect game in every way possible. And OMG, the opening had me in tears. My only complaint: needs moar Liara. She had a great storyline in the Shadow Broker DLC, at least. But again, I’m not a fan of paywalls…

2) The Citadel DLC for Mass Effect 3 (PC)

Mass Effect 3 Citadel DLC
Ain’t no party like a Mass Effect DLC party!

BioWare broke my no DLC policy with Inquisition, so I might as well hit rock bottom! This DLC was worth every penny I spent on it. So much fan service and beautiful friend moments… a great sendoff to the amazing Normandy crew!

And my winner is…

1) Dragon Age Inquisition (PC)

Dragon Age Inquisition
Inquisitor Ellen and I will defend Sera’s sarcastic awesomeness until the bitter end. Piss off, internet haters!

After slowly weeding out many great games, I’m left with Dragon Age Inquisition as my personally played Game of the Year. I didn’t mind the open world bloat at all since it felt like a MMO (recovered World of Warcraft addict over here… sigh). The story conclusion was a little meh (Trespasser DLC fixes that), but the journey was an incredible experience I’ll never forget. After spending about 4 months with them, these characters feel just like my family.

And there ya go! My personal GOTY revealed and a little bit of babbling about all the cool games I finished this year. I can’t wait to see how GamersUnitedGG’s event plays out.

Oh and it’s worth mentioning that I still have the following games in-progress: Metal Gear Solid 2, The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt, The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, Detroit Become Human, and Dark Souls. I’ll finish ’em off in 2019… hopefully.

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My name is Ellen, and I've been babbling on the interwebz about video games for over 15 years. Video games themselves have been a large part of my life since 5-year-old me first encountered a SNES in a children's hospital. Fun times... Video game escapism is still the #1 coping mechanism for adult me these days.

21 thoughts on “2018 Community GOTY Challenge Accepted”

  1. Great games especially the Bioware ones my own list of games of the year would go 1.God Of War, 2.Detroit Become Human, 3.Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice, 4.Red Dead Redemption 2, 5.Life Is Strange Before The Storm, 6.Spider-Man, 7.Vampyr, 8.Yakuza 0, 9.Assassins Creed Odyssey, 10.Sonic Mania Plus

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  2. I can’t complain with any of your top choices :). I love Bioware and I’m very outspoken on how good Andromeda is. I have 200+ hours of Inquisition on PC and another 200 on console so I totally agree with that as number 1 lol.

    I’m preparing myself to write my annual game of the year post, but I might participate in this. As soon as I figure out what my game of the year is :).

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  3. Wishing you all the best this holiday season! Along with a safe and prosperous new year for 2019 and beyond!

    Being in a similar boat to you, not being able to play 1/2 as many titles as I would have hoped for due to traveling. It has been nice to live vicariously through your game musings. Having never played a Mass Effect game my sister introduced me to Andromeda (and my first attempt at character creation) and I LOVED the game, (and I am a very anti- first person shooter gamer) I tried Andromeda hot off the heels of FFXV, which to me was the biggest letdown in FF History. So I found a lot of the exploration, customization and character moments much more exciting than in XV, the story was much more expansive, but presented in a way that was easy to digest for a new player not familiar with the mythology.

    Also playing a Monster Hunter game for the first time in Monster Hunter World (albeit in offline mode) My 2nd attempt at character creation, much more of the fantasy style gaming I prefer, but lacking in the character development department. It is a game I hope to complete in 2019, but I wish there was a way to put those 3 games into a box and combine the best aspects of Andromeda, FFXV, & MHW to make a new hybrid experience. Wishful thinking.

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    1. Same to you! I hope 2019 is an amazing year for you.

      Thank you for reading my musings! I really appreciate it. I still haven’t played XV, but I’m glad you enjoyed Andromeda so much. 🙂

      I’ve never played a Monster Hunter game before. It seems pretty intense. It would also be so cool if we could combine games, haha. Good luck with your 2019 gaming plans!

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  4. Great Post! Thank you for participating. I’ve played 3 games on this list this year as well. I figured that Dragon Age would be at the top of your list from how much you talked about the game at the earlier this year. I love that you pretty much played though the Mass Effect series (although I have yet to play any of them) and that you composed a ranking system for all of the game you have played this year. Sounds like you have had a great year in gaming and happy wishes for the rest of the year and 2019!

    -Luna 🙂

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    1. Thank you for hosting the event! Dragon Age and Mass Effect are really special games. I’m glad I finally got around to playing them this year.

      Wishing you all the best in 2019! 😀


  5. Lists like these are always so daunting for me because I feel like I’ve got to do a ton of research on what I’ve played during the year before I’m satisfied with my answer. I’m hoping to do a post like this soon with my favorite games and movies of the year, but I’ve been procrastinating quite a bit. Definitely a solid list and I see that Mass Effect really dominated!

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  6. Wish I caught this before I went on my break. Lists like this always make me nervous because I have to sit down and actually sit down and think about it. I’m actually doing something similar but with Game of the Years, it’s going up in the very very very very far future. It’s already daunting and nostalgic as I look back at what I gave my Game of the Year for 2011 and 2012 *Rages at the Crayola ending in Mass Effect 3. UGH!*

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    1. I know!! It’s so hard to pick a best out of a bunch of great games. Good luck with your Game of the Years project. I’m excited to see it. And “crayola ending” still makes me laugh, haha.

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      1. Even if the ending really upset me, I gave it my Game of the Year for 2012. A bad ending doesn’t negate the full game itself. Mass Effect 3 was an awesome end to the saga so I’m very happy that someone got to experience that journey, no matter how late to the game, a good videogame never dies.

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