SA Gamer Awards 2018 – Game of the Year

And here we are, finally. 2018 was a rollercoaster of a year and it started off with quite a significant disadvantage. 2017 was one of the best years in gaming ever and to follow it up seemed like an impossibility. However, 2018 wasn’t scared to show its teeth and gave us some groundbreaking and incredible experiences that would stick with us for years to come. It was a year of soaring highs and some pretty miserable lows (mainly Fallout 76), but in the end, we have this smorgasbord of excellence and picking one game out of the horde was a monumental undertaking. You can see every member’s Top 5 games below to see which games we all enjoyed the most this year and as you can see, we’re quite a diverse crowd of people. But after some passionate words and some good old-fashioned democracy, we reached our ultimate winner.

And that is none other than:

God of War

Kratos has been an icon in the gaming world since his initial inception on the PS2. An extraordinarily violent demigod with the ability to rip the heads off the most powerful beings in the world in order to gain ultimate power. His beginnings were marred in violent deicide, frequent trips to Hell and a past that is so haunting that it would bring any man to his knees. Then they took this seemingly uncontrollable madman and turned him into a dad living in the woods of Scandinavia. It can even be seen as an allegory of gaming as a whole. From the spontaneous and mad roots to full on maturity.

God of War was a masterpiece in every single category you can think of. It had a brilliant story that stretched through realms with powerful gods wielding unimaginable power being brought to their knees by our bearded hero and his son, Atreus. Even though we are dealing with mythological beings, some very human elements shined through with one of the simplest concepts out there; the relationship between a father and his son. The journey for these two was perilous, wrought with danger and simultaneously jaw-dropping.

We got to tango with some gods, row around a giant lake telling stories and, since this is a God of War game, even went to the Norse version of Hell. The combat was endlessly satisfying with combo moves and hefty attacks, there was so much to do and explore in this giant world, it all looked absolutely gorgeous, the soundtrack was a true marvel and you never became bored throughout this immensely epic journey. That’s why God of War is our Game of the Year. It did everything right that it could and we got a game that will be truly unforgettable. And that’s more than enough reason for us.

Runner-Up: Red Dead Redemption 2

Honourable Mentions: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Forza Horizon 4, Celeste, Monster Hunter: World, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

SA Gamer team Top 5

Abigail Holden

  1. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  2. Assassin’s Creed Origins (didn’t release this year, but was one of my most played games)
  3. Surviving Mars
  4. Two Point Hospital
  5. Telltale Batman Enemy Within

Ashwar Jacobs

  1. God of War
  2. Forza Horizon 4
  3. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  4. Spider-Man
  5. Warframe

Charles Small

  1. God of War
  2. Spider-Man
  3. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  4. Red Dead Redemption 2
  5. Dead Cells

Dawid Venter

  1. God of War
  2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  3. Forza Horizon 4
  4. Astrobot
  5. Firewall: Zero Hour

Garth Holden

  1. God of War
  2. Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
  3. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  4. Spider-Man
  5. Surviving Mars

Marko Swanepoel

  1. God of War
  2. Red Dead Redemption 2
  3. Spider-Man
  4. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  5. Monster Hunter: World

Paul Roux

  1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  2. Dragon Ball FighterZ
  3. Monster Hunter: World
  4. Dead Cells
  5. Beat Saber

Timóteo Da Silva

  1. Celeste
  2. Overcooked 2
  3. Super Mario Party
  4. 11:11 Memories Retold
  5. Florence
I am way too tall, played way too many games and I love to write about what we love about games. In the end, I'm just being #Thabolicious

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