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PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2018 winners announced

Your votes are in, the polls are closed, and the winners have been selected

And here we are. With hundreds of thousands of votes (thank you!) across 15 different categories, PlayStation.Blog readers have curated a series of gaming experiences from 2018 that exemplify the best the medium has to offer.

Longtime PlayStation fans will likely be pleased to see which title raked in the most overall votes, but many will be surprised by the degree by which it dominated. Popular categories like Best Narrative and Best PS4 Game showcase how last year’s polls became a battleground for titans. There are also some fun surprises in there, too, such as the stylish winner of Best PS VR Experience, Best Independent Game, and more.

Best Narrative
God of War

Kratos. Arthur Morgan. Peter Parker. Some of the most impactful stories in video games were told last year, featuring some of the most memorable characters. The voters have spoken — the familial tale of Kratos and Atreus conquers the category. Honourable mention to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Destiny 2: Forsaken, and A Way Out, which received noteworthy support as well.


Red Dead Redemption 2

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Detroit: Become Human
Honourable Mentions: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Destiny 2: Forsaken, A Way Out

Best Multiplayer
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Call of Duty this year was all about multiplayer, so it’s fitting that Treyarch’s trio of industry-standard competitive and co-op modes captured the category. Even though the trail-ridin’ beta for Red Dead Online didn’t launch until late in the year, Red Dead Redemption 2’s multiplayer mode still ranked high. The narrative co-op adventure, A Way Out, as well as Destiny 2: Forsaken deserve honourable mentions for the support they received.


Red Dead Redemption 2

Battlefield V

Monster Hunter World
Honourable Mentions: Destiny 2: Forsaken, A Way Out, PUBG

Best Sports Game
FIFA 19

PlayStation fans worldwide showed up to show support for the planet’s most popular sport, securing FIFA’s dominating victory here. While they didn’t break the top four, MLB The Show 18 and Madden 19 also got strong support.


NBA 2K19

WWE 2K19

Pro Evolution Soccer 2019
Honourable Mentions: Madden NFL 19, EA Sports UFC 3, MLB The Show 18

Best Graphical Showcase
Red Dead Redemption 2

From the wondrous, sprawling lands of Midgard to the spectacularly detailed streets of Marvel’s New York, the games of 2019 teleported us to some stunning locales. Rockstar Games’ jaw-dropping interpretation of the Wild West in Red Dead Redemption 2, with its rolling prairies and meticulous interiors, captured the most votes this year.


God of War

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Detroit: Become Human
Honourable Mentions: Battlefield V, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Destiny 2: Forsaken

Best Art Direction
God of War

Graphical fidelity doesn’t mean much unless you have a compelling art direction to focus that power. The fans have chosen God of War as the reigning deity of this category, with its vivid imagining of mythological realms from Norse myth. Whether you were stunned by the otherworldly design of the massive World Serpent or were sucked in by the ornate décor of Tyr’s Temple, developer Santa Monica Studio packed Kratos and Atreus’ journey with beauty. Red Dead Redemption 2’s devilish details – from intricately furnished homes to elaborately designed general store catalogues – also placed it high in the running.


Red Dead Redemption 2

Detroit: Become Human

Dragon Ball FighterZ
Honourable Mentions: Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Destiny 2: Forsaken

Best Sound Design
God of War

Expert sound design is one of those hidden pillars that separates great games from the fantastic. God of War cleaned house in the category, from the weighty “whump, whump, whump” of Kratos’ spinning Leviathan Axe to the rumbling bass of the World Serpent. Red Dead Redemption also receives recognition for recreating a convincing Wild West soundscape, down to the way Arthur whistles for his trusty steed.


Red Dead Redemption 2

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Battlefield V
Honourable Mentions: Detroit: Become Human, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Destiny 2: Forsaken

Best Soundtrack
God of War

Bear McCreary’s epic score earned God of War the top spot here. The musical backing of the father and son’s journey perfectly underscores the game’s adventurous bombast and quiet moments of bonding. Red Dead Redemption 2’s driving rhythm and country twang earned high praise, too. Fans also showed a groundswell of support for the sounds of Beat Saber and Destiny 2: Forsaken.


Red Dead Redemption 2

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Detroit: Become Human
Honourable Mentions: Beat Saber, Destiny 2: Forsaken, Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Best Ongoing Game
Fortnite

This was Fortnite’s category to win, and it did so handily with nearly a quarter of all “Best Ongoing Game” votes. It was a tight race otherwise, with Rainbow Six: Siege, Overwatch, and Monster Hunter World separated by just a few percentage points each. Rocket League and newcomer PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds also mustered strong support.


Rainbow Six: Siege

Overwatch

Monster Hunter World
Honourable Mentions: Destiny 2, Rocket League, Final Fantasy XIV

Best Independent Game
The Forest

The indie space hosted one of this year’s most competitive races, with survival game The Forest leading the pack and PS VR hit Beat Saber coming in a close second. Dead Cells, Hollow Knight, and Guacamelee! 2 were narrowly edged out… and Dream Daddy: Dadrector’s Cut saw strong support, too.


Beat Saber

Celeste

Tetris Effect
Honourable Mentions: Dead Cells, Hollow Knight, Guacamelee! 2

Best PlayStation Console Exclusive
God of War

A high-impact combo of stellar titles made 2018 a banner year for PlayStation exclusives. The web-slinging fantasy of Marvel’s Spider-Man exceeded fans’ expectations and Detroit: Become Human delivered an impressively intricate story — but God of War garnered the most votes, landing it the Platinum Trophy for this category. What an incredible time to have a PS4.


Marvel’s Spider-Man

Detroit: Become Human

Shadow of the Colossus
Honourable Mentions: Yakuza Kiwami, Astro Bot Rescue Mission

Best Performance
Christopher Judge – Kratos, God of War

In a year defined by larger-than-life performances, Christopher Judge’s nuanced take on world-weary Kratos won over voters. Alex McKenna (Sadie Adler) and Benjamin Byron Davis (Dutch van der Linde) also fared well, proving the value of Red Dead Redemption 2’s sprawling ensemble cast.


Roger Clark – Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption 2

Yuri Lowenthal – Peter Parker, Marvel’s Spider-Man

Bryan Dechart – Connor, Detroit: Become Human
Honourable Mentions: Alex McKenna (Sadie Adler, RDR2), Darin De Paul (J. Jonah Jameson, Marvel’s Spider-Man)

Best PS VR Experience
Beat Saber

PS VR was built for transportative experiences like Beat Saber, giving players one-to-one freedom to slash to the rhythm in a visually entrancing world. To that end, Beat Games’ musical hit ran away with the number one spot. These titles showcase how amazing last year was for PS VR, and Star Trek Bridge Crew – the Next Generation nearly joined the winner’s circle as well.


Borderlands 2 VR

Astro Bot Rescue Mission

Tetris Effect
Honourable Mentions: Star Trek Bridge Crew: The Next Generation, Creed: Rise to Glory

Best PS4 Game
God of War

PlayStation fans showed huge support for the Santa Monica Studio-developed God of War across all categories, so of course its huge victory in the Best PS4 Game category was no exception. Quantic Dream’s narrative-driven sci-fi thriller Detroit: Become Human also notably secured a place among the winners. This category also received the most write-ins, with Fortnite having the lion’s share (though not enough to squeeze in among the winners).


Red Dead Redemption 2

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Detroit: Become Human
Honourable Mentions: Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Call of Duty Black Ops 4, Assassin’s Creed Odyseey

Most Anticipated Game
Kingdom Hearts 3

Voters are amped up for 2019, which this competitive category conveys. Years of anticipation for Kingdom Hearts 3 earned it the winning spot with Days Gone and Ghost of Tsushima also faring well with support. The Last of Us Part 2 also raked in a ton of write-in votes, but as we noted before, Naughty Dog’s hotly desired sequel wasn’t eligible since it won Most Anticipated in 2016.


Resident Evil 2

Mortal Kombat 11

Death Stranding
Honourable Mentions: Days Gone, Ghost of Tsushima, Anthem

Studio of the Year
Santa Monica Studio

The tightest race of the year, with less than 1% of votes separating Platinum and Gold. Santa Monica Studio ultimately took the top spot over Rockstar Games, but just barely. Toys For Bob (Spyro) and Quantic Dream (Detroit: Become Human) saw noteable write-in support.


Rockstar Games

Insomniac Games

Epic Games
Honourable Mentions: Ubisoft Quebec, Capcom, Bungie
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SaviorMachine 17 January, 2019 @ 16:09
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Tetris Effect, “indie?” Hm. Didn’t know so many people were so crazy about The Forest, guess I’ll have to check that out. Dead Cells was my Indie GOTY, far and away hands down by a landslide county mile superlative

Carnivius_Prime 17 January, 2019 @ 17:17
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Yeah Dead Cells! :D I found that game too difficult to stop playing. Partially due to the way it pretty much does start again when you die and you’re like..ehh…weelllll…. i coooould play a bit more and collect more cells…. and off you go again. :)

xxSamuraiGirlxx 17 January, 2019 @ 17:31
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Sounds like rouge legacy…

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Yeah Dead cells was a huge surprise and my indie Goty too. But The Forest is also really good. Had a blast together with friend in coop. Totally worth the 17 bucks.

People are riding God of War way too much. Like… best soundtrack? Tetris Effect & Red Dead Redemption 2 have better music. Christopher Judge did good as Kratos but he should not have won best performance. Kratos is either stern or calm, can’t really care for him. Roger & Yuri did a much better job at giving their characters feeling. There’s no way in hell this site isn’t biased towards PlayStation.

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just stern or calm? what about full of rage, or sorrow, or guilt or suspicious or all the other emotions and such that Judge did such a good job of conveying in a character who was previously just known to many folk as a big shouty man? :P Easily my fave character portrayal in video games this year. First GoW game where I totally welcomed the cutscenes and dialogue bits cos I was hooked on them as much as the great gameplay. :D

Are you the same person from pushsquare who tried to deflect the argument after I brought up every reason as to why God of War is overrated? You talk like his rage is something new, he’s still always wearing that frown on his face. Arthur Morgan and Connor have more development in one game than Kratos does in all his. You had no choice but to watch the cutscenes because they couldn’t be skipped.

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The biggest problem with GoW is that as an actual game it’s pretty terrible. The entire gameeplay is a third rate basic 3rd person action game with severely limited enemies and mechanics, limited weapons and no depth. Then while that unfun junk isn’t going along we’re left listening to monologs from not very interesting characters while slowly walking around holding a stick.

Yet the next CoD game that rolls along people will complain about it’s boring gameplay and how it just sell so many because of advertising. Weird that.

Still it wouldn’t be shocking if it was heavily… misrepresented… it’s not like it’s sold so well even considering the silly levels of publicity and bottom kissing it gets here.

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Astro Bot losing out to Borderlands VR? You’ve let me down Playstation blog users

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I agree with almost all except Best PS VR Experience. That should have went to Astro Bot Rescue Mission. Every single person I showed that game loved it

Carnivius_Prime 17 January, 2019 @ 17:15
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I agree with all the God of War wins but should have got best graphical showcase too. Rockstar still haven’t quite mastered the character models and animations like Santa Monica and Naughty Dog have and still end up with some unintentionally creepy character faces (and never mind the usual Rockstar open world padding that grinds the flow of their games to a halt)

Glad GoW got best soundtrack too (absolutely love that score) and that Judge got best voice acting. He really is superb in that role and helped give Kratos feel much more relatable and ‘real’. Really liked Yuri the Spider-Man guy too. My fave Spider-Man ever. :)

Dead Cells was easily my indie game of the year. I’ve been kinda hooked on it. Great tunes on that too actually. Don’t really care for the winners in that category (well, never played Beat Saber but that’s cos it’s VR)

thebourbonkid88 18 January, 2019 @ 08:50
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Totally agree

xxSamuraiGirlxx 17 January, 2019 @ 17:30
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I feel like ppl just voted for the last game they played.

Brian should have won best perfotmance for Detroit.

Was fairly obvious that God of War would win a lot despite RDR2. I personally don’t fully agree. While I feel it’s a great game by itself, it’s not what I wanted or still want from God of War… Most specific I feel the pacing is off for that series, and there’s too much adventure and exploration involved that cut down the moments I really want from this series – mindblowing, fast-paced action.

While I don’t mind any of this in general, compared to previous GoW I don’t like the third person camera instead of a fixed, wide one that shows all the gory yet glorious beauty of battle; the axe as a weapon instead of the epic dual blades and the combat that accompanies it; or the new, calm and fatherly Kratos instead of that mad personality that perfectly fit the god defier.

These were all worries that ended up holding true, for me personally at least. And while I feel the game has all the elements to be great in general (and is, really!), at the same time I feel it has lost a lot of its s...

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Was fairly obvious that God of War would win a lot despite RDR2. I personally don’t fully agree. While I feel it’s a great game by itself, it’s not what I wanted or still want from God of War… Most specific I feel the pacing is off for that series, and there’s too much adventure and exploration involved that cut down the moments I really want from this series – mindblowing, fast-paced action.

While I don’t mind any of this in general, compared to previous GoW I don’t like the third person camera instead of a fixed, wide one that shows all the gory yet glorious beauty of battle; the axe as a weapon instead of the epic dual blades and the combat that accompanies it; or the new, calm and fatherly Kratos instead of that mad personality that perfectly fit the god defier.

These were all worries that ended up holding true, for me personally at least. And while I feel the game has all the elements to be great in general (and is, really!), at the same time I feel it has lost a lot of its soul and what made it unique in its genre to be more of a general and typical experience that a larger and more casual audience might enjoy.

Either way, it seems to have paid of. I’m just a little bummed I’ll probably never get to experience something like GoW3 in future times..

I see Yakuza Kiwami under the honorable mentions for best exclusive, surely you mean Yakuza Kiwami 2? Kiwami came out a few years ago.

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Looks like Kratos doesn’t only kill Greek and Norse gods but every category in which it was nominated and rightly so. The return of amazing PlayStation franchise like God of War in such spectacular way it really is my game of the year in 2018 and one of the best of this generation. Must play for every PS4 owner..

GoW, Fortnite and Fifa were to be expected.

Personally, Spiderman, Dragon Quest and some other games would’ve deserved some awards more, but to each their own.

jason-bridges 17 January, 2019 @ 23:27
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Congrats to Detroit that did pretty well overall, loved that game

MiseryPrincess 18 January, 2019 @ 02:40
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Kind of terrible that a game with bland gameplay and unoriginal boring characters won so many things.

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God of War is King :) I liked RDR 2 but GoW was absolutely superior in every single Part. Maybe best soundtrack could have gone to- RDR 2. This “Unshaken” song was really great. But the GoW soundtrack was also phenomenal.

A great year for Playstation and singleplayer fans. GoW, Spide-r- Man, Detroit, Yakuza, RDR 2 are al-l great games worth playing.

ExternalDomain 20 January, 2019 @ 04:55
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In reality RDR2 shouldn’t be even nominated. That game is so broken and idiotic not sure what is the pointless hype about it. It is not relevant in any regards considering the state it is in.

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