These Aren’t My Game of the Year, But These 2018 Titles Are Worth Celebrating

Once again, congratulations to Celeste for taking home the prestigious In Third Person Game of the Year award! Though there can only be one winner, there were a number of fantastic games that were “thisclose” from taking the crown. Let’s take a moment to tip our hats to some of my favourite games of 2018!

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My 2018 Game of the Year is…

What criteria do you use when determining your Game of the Year? Is it the game you played the most? The game with the best story? The game you spent hundreds of hours mastering every nuance of? For me, many factors are at play, including those just mentioned. But the one defining thread between all of them is the sense of lingering impact they gave me in the moment and beyond. In many cases, those games still have an active presence in my mind and heart and aren’t going away.

Mass Effect 2 might have had to share the spotlight with Super Street Fighter IV in 2010 when I used semantics to try and give both the nod in their own way, but I still remember the former fondly as being one of the single greatest adventures I ever embarked on in a game, while the latter was a phenomenal fighter that served as a turning point for my fighting game career. Skyrim was the consensus pick in 2011, but I don’t regret honouring Catherine instead. The latter still holds a special place in my heart for its novel gameplay and a mature story about infidelity; a subject almost never covered in games. Overwatch is a fantastic shooter that has made a resurgence in my life in recent months, but in 2016, Pokemon Go was the easy Game of the Year choice for me based on how much the game shifted my in-game and real life. I don’t write about the game much now, but I still play Pokemon Go every day with a fervour to catch ’em all.

In 2018, there were a number of games that excelled in many different ways. But when I think about this one particular title, it ultimately stood above the pack for the profound impression it left on me. Long after playing it, I still think about the joy I felt in the moment, as well as the message it conveyed through its experience. My Game of the Year in 2018 is…

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My Ongoing Battle with Online Game Shopping While Weighing the Value of Money vs. Time

A few years back, video games in Canada got a 20% price hike in response to the falling dollar. It fundamentally changed the way I shop for games. I almost never pay full-price for a new game anymore. Instead, I’ll use trade-ins to offset the cost, while banking heavily on annual E3 pre-order deals that range from $20-30 off new games.

While I love the idea of saving money, I’m eating the cost elsewhere. The last five games I’ve ordered online have really made me question whether the savings was worth it at all.

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Marvel’s Spider-Man Review

Peter Parker is no stranger to video games. Having starred or appeared in dozens of titles throughout history, most of them have been terrible, as he’s largely been tied to sub-par games made as side products in support of something else. But if there were any character that was most deserving of the Arkham treatment, it’s the web crawler. We’ve seen glimpses of how good he can be through games that fell a bit short of greatness, but the potential has always been there due to the character’s inherent design and the lore around him. Finally, thanks to the good folks at Insomniac Games, Spider-Man was given the time and love needed to fulfill the promise of what a Spidey-centric game could be. The results are fantastic.

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Boss Rush: Episode 9

Laura makes her debut! She tells us all about Stardew Valley multiplayer, Dragalia Lost, and Einstein’s brains! We also cover Octopath Traveler, Mega Man 11, Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, Spider-Man, the PlayStation Classic, the rumored Nintendo 64 Classic, and play a game of Spider-Man Video Game Trivia! Watch the above for the full episode or use the playlist below to skip to specific tracks!

Thank you to everyone on this episode of the show!

Jason – www.downstab.com

Mat – www.biffbampop.com

Laura – @lewilliams89

Spider-Man – And The Award Goes To / Dual Purpose

What should be a glorious day for Miles Morales’ dad goes sideways as the Demons crash the party. Also, Spidey’s investigation into Martin Li reveals that the scope of this conflict is much bigger than he anticipated.

 

Wheels within Wheels! Spider-Man Raids Fisk’s Warehouse

After a false start to the stream, I return to re-do the Wheels within Wheels mission! Also complete the mission where Peter has to track all of his stuff from the garbage!

Shocker Saga! Playing More Spider-Man on PS4!

The Shocker bookends another session of Spider-Man. In between, I take on a cool side-quest that puts the web-slinger in the role of private eye, and PEOPLE WON’T STOP CALLING ME!

Boss Rush: Episode 8

Kris and Rachel from Double Jump make their Boss Rush debut! Games discussed include Spider-Man, Pokemon Fire Red, Skyrim for Switch, The Sims 4, Stardew Valley, Street Fighter EX3, Destiny 2, Hollow Knight, and Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King! Also, in the game show segment, the crew inducts video games into the hall of fame for shot at the Boss Rush championship belt!