Great thread. Makes me think I need to check out Subnautica and DQ11!
For me, my favorite has been Spiderman. It's simply a joy to play. There wasn't a single moment where I wasn't having a great time. Runners up are AC Odyssey, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and God of War.
#1-Forza Horizon 4 - Most fun I've had all year, polished and most diverse game, and unanimously the best game in its genre of the entire generation.
#2-Monster Hunter World - Not most polished game ever, but drastically different than everything else there, seen nothing like it on consoles in generations, and since car games aren't allowed to win GotY, I'd pick this as top choice.
If I had to fill out a nominations, I'd add RDR2, SotTR, God of War, and Celeste.
Probably Monster Hunter World, or the upcoming Smash Bros. Ultimate for me. Haven't played Dead Cells yet, that one might have a chance since it looks really cool.
I was just very dissapointed with the endgame content in MHW. It's such a tiny MH game if you compare it to the 3DS games that I'm used to. Had like 700 hours in MH4 and still wasn't done with it. I was 100% done with MHW after about 200 hours. And Capcom refuse to release the monsters that already exist on consoles, so there's nothing to go back to. They just released a monster and I don't give a shit, since I'll just defeat it 1 or 2 times and then I'm done with the game again for the next 6 months or so it'll take them to release the next monster. I'll never play the game again, unless they make a G-rank. And I'm pretty sure that wont happen.
I guess technically it came out last year but its more complete this year so will go with it anyway. Fire Pro Wrestling World. Feels so good to finally have a good wrestling game after so long without one.
I've decided I don't care about launch status/1.0 launches. Fortnite is my GOTY 2018. FYI, PUBG was my GOTY 2017. My 2018 runner up... BLOPS IIII. #3 is Budget Cuts on PC/Vive. #4 is Forza Horizon 4 and #5 is Into The Breach
I got done with it a couple days ago and can't recommend the game enough, especially if you're a fan of classic SNES RPGs like Chrono Trigger, Mario RPG, and Secret of Mana, but also it's got some serious puzzle solving so if you liked Link to the Past that fits in too. It's probably closer to LttP really, but if that game was a true, genuine action RPG.
Great music, charming pixel art, minimal bugs, lots of little attention to detail bits, RPG elements that are deceptively simple, interesting story with endearing characters and self-referential humor. The action combat is the most fun I've had with an ARPG since my first time through Dark Souls. And it offers a stiff challenge without feeling like bullshit, nearly every failure is your fault and you can always brute force by leveling or lower the difficulty. Plenty of content, around 25-30 hours if you rush through which is a good length for an ARPG, but you could easily double that time if you like to run completionist. Not flawless, there are some quirks, but then no game is perfect.
I feel like this game is a real diamond in the rough. This, They are Billions, and Subnautica really help the case for early access games this year, even as some other games in the category turn to shit or never actually launch.
God of War and RDR2 are probably the ones I put the most time in. If I were to choose, maybe God of War, simply because the combat feels so meaty and good (plus the addition of NG+ adds longevity). I don't see myself replaying RDR2 after I complete all the side missions and explore what I can. There's always something 'off' about the 3rd person shooting mechanics that Rockstar does, can't explain it.
However, Stellaris rec'd a massive update this year and it feels like a whole new game. They're coming out with totally reworked planet mechanics in a new update soon as well. I like games to keep on giving year after year and fine tune themselves.
@Renegade_Fury: Agreed regarding Yakuza Kiwami two, however I thought the story for part six was a massive let down and the clan creator was a massive slog. I'm looking forward to Judge eyes and I'm currently playing Fist of the north star.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey, phenomenal game, amazing open world, excellent skill system, excellent story and characters, no doubt this is considered a sacrilegious nomination since a) it's an Assassin's Creed game which means b) it comes from Ubisoft but it really is the best game I've played all year by some considerable margin.