A Year of Games in Review - 2018

Continuing the tradition started a couple years back, below is my full list of games played in 2018. The list is largely chronological, except where I did a poor job registering the date I finished the game on Grouvee (games marked with * are old games I continued from last year or returned to this year).

  • Iconoclasts
  • That’s You
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Monument Valley II
  • Prey
  • FFXIV: Stormblood
  • Yooka-Laylee
  • My Tamagotchi Forever
  • Hellblade: Sensua’s Sacrifice
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins
  • Nier: Automata
  • Mighty No. 9
  • A King’s Tale: FFXV
  • FFXV
  • Beyond: Two Souls
  • Old Man’s Journey
  • Omensight
  • Lost Planet 3
  • Agents of Mayhem
  • Titanfall 2
  • Battlefield 1
  • The Swords of Ditto
  • Hidden Agenda
  • Runbow
  • Nidhogg II
  • Fallout 4
  • Pokémon Quest
  • Donut County
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Fe
  • Monster Hunter World
  • Alto’s Odysee
  • Florence
  • CatBird
  • My Child Lebensborn
  • Unravel Two
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp*
  • Pokémon Go*
  • Gris
  • Gang Beasts (late entry)

It is a shorter list this year, largely due to several very large open world games that I played, and a brief hiatus in the summer. However I did get a chance to sink my teeth into some great titles this year.

I look forward to seeing everyone else’s lists and what you have all been up to this year.

Happy New Year!


Thanks for starting this thread, @bmo! I admire how varied your list is.

Here’s mine, in chronological order and borrowing @bmo’s * convention for games started in 2017. I’m also including what platform I played it on, and I’m nesting DLC or parts of an anthology that count as their own games below whatever package it was part of. :nerd_face:

  • Yakuza 0 (PlayStation 4) *
  • Yakuza Kiwami (PlayStation 4)
  • Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones (NES/RetroN 5)
  • Metal Slug Anthology (PlayStation 4)
    • Metal Slug
    • Metal Slug 6
    • Metal Slug 3
    • Metal Slug 2
    • Metal Slug 4
    • Metal Slug 5
    • Metal Slug X
  • RiME (PlayStation 4)
  • Metal Slug XX (Vita)
  • Florence (iOS)
  • Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (GBA/RetroN 5)
  • Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing (PC/Steam)
  • Wizorb (PC/Steam)
  • Machinarium (PC/Steam)
  • Samorost (Web)
  • Dear Esther (PC/Steam)
  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (PlayStation 4)
  • Mario Golf (3DS)
  • 6-Pak (Genesis/RetroN 5)
    • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (3DS)
  • Night in the Woods (Switch)
    • Longest Night
    • Lost Constellation
  • AER: Memories of Old (PC/Steam)
  • Shadow of the Colossus (PlayStation 4)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)
    • Torna: The Golden Country
  • Shovel Knight (3DS)
  • Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (PlayStation 4)
  • EarthBound (3DS)
  • Plug & Play (PC/Steam)
  • Meanders (PC/Steam)
  • Kamiko (Switch)
  • Samorost 2 (PC/Steam)
  • The Beginner’s Guide (PC/Steam)
  • Evoland 2 (PC/Steam)
  • You Have to Win the Game (PC/Steam)
  • OneShot (PC/Steam)
  • Holedown (iOS)
  • Super Mario Bros. Deluxe (GBC/RetroN 5)
  • Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (3DS)
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PlayStation 4)
  • Minit (Switch)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (PlayStation 4)
  • Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (PC/GOG)
  • 2064: Read Only Memories (Vita)
  • Severed (Vita)
  • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (Dreamcast)
  • X-Men 2: Clone Wars (Genesis/RetroN 5)
  • Hidden Folks (iOS)
  • LiEat (PC/Steam)
  • Deltarune (PC)
  • Sonic Advance (GBA/RetroN 5)
  • Hollow Knight (Switch)
  • Yoku’s Island Express (Switch)
  • My Nintendo Picross: The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess (3DS)

I’m honestly surprised by how many games I managed to complete this year. That said, the majority are pretty short, especially the PC and retro games. I was clearly hungry for appetizers and palate cleansers between games like Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Yakuza and Spider-Man.

After writing this list, I was also curious about where I was playing my games in 2018…

Platform Games Completed
PC 15
PlayStation 4 15
Switch 9
3DS 6
RetroN 5 6
iOS 3
Vita 3
Dreamcast 1

@bmo How was The Swords of Ditto? I’ve thought about playing it, but the reviews I’ve seen for it say its not very good.

What a fun tradition! My list is considerably shorter, mostly because I started a new job, moved, and saw my second child come into the world. I have learned, though, that it’s important to always take time for gaming. It keeps me, at least, sane through it all!

  • Ys VIII
  • Legend of Dragoon
  • Persona 5
  • Tales of Zestiria
  • Final Fantasy VI Advanced
  • Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology
  • Breath of Fire III (PSP port)
  • Wild Arms II
  • Wild Arms V
  • Wild Arms XF
  • Bravely Default
  • Bravely Second
  • Shadow Hearts
  • Shadow Hearts Covenant
  • Trails of Cold Steel II
  • Trails in the Sky
  • Mega Man Anniversary Collection (including Mega Man 1-8)
  • Mega Man X Collection (Mega Man X - X6)
  • Mega Man 9
  • Mega Man 10
  • Mega Man 11

I guess it’s kinda obvious that I’m playing a bit of backlog here. I found all the Wild Arms games at a great used book store in Tennessee called “McKay’s”. These have been a particular joy to play, even if some of them aren’t all that great.


@Jess I enjoyed it quite a bit, and I endured the release period during which it suffered from some game breaking bugs. I pushed through the problems because I was enjoying myself and when it was eventually patched it only got better. The combat is not unlike A Link to the Past, the art style is adorable and it has a very enjoyable core mechanic. It is also a fun multiplayer game and I played through a second time with my partner and we both had a blast. It is definitely a quirky game, and the story doesn’t have a great deal of depth, but I appreciate everything the game was doing from a design and gameplay standpoint.

My list of games I played in 2018 is 128 games long somehow, so I will spare y’all the list. But yikes where did I have the time.

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It is fun to look back at the games you completed over the year. I’ll bold ones which I thought were outstanding games:

  • Breath of the Wild (Wii U/PC)

  • Assassin’s Creed: Origins (PC)

  • Uncharted 4 (PS4)

  • Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)

  • Rime (PS4)

  • Persona 4 Golden (Vita)

  • Divinity: Original Sin II (PC)

  • Slipstream (PC)

  • Monster Hunter World (PS4)

  • Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd (Vita)

  • Life is Strange (PS4)

  • Eon Altar (PC)

  • Persona 4: Dancing All Night (Vita)

  • Final Fantasy XV (PC)

  • Kingdom (PC)

  • Tyranny (PC)

  • Doki Doki Literature Club (PC)

  • Yakuza 0 (PC)

  • Detroit: Become Human (PS4)

  • Shadow of the Colossus (PS4)

  • Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey (PC)

A surprising amount. I guess this year was longer than it felt. It was less games than last year, but I feel like a lot of these were big games, and I have been pursuing other things (as well as starting full-time work whilst still studying). Overall I’m pretty happy with the games I played this year. I’m very impressed with the people here that play entire series, I can never seem to do that.


Definitely don’t spare us. Post it!

I second bmo’s post. Post it!

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Thirded here. Post it!.. please :slight_smile:

My list is much shorter than it was previous years. A job change will do that to you but I put most of the blame squarely on Fortnite. I’m not a big multiplayer person at all but somehow I keep logging into that title at least a few times a week. Already completed seasons 5 and 6 on the Battle Pass and well on pace to complete the 7th season.

Anyway, the list is as follows and in no particular order:

  • Thimbleweed Park (PC)
  • Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure (Xbox One)
  • Zombie Solitaire (PC)
  • Blues and Bullets (PC) [They only did two episodes so while the story will never be finished, I did beat those two episodes so to me this is done]
  • Stardust Galaxy Warriors (PC)
  • Cat Quest (PC)
  • Nightingale Downs (PC)
  • Marvel vs Capcom Infinite (Xbox One/PC)
  • Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure (Xbox 360)
  • A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV (Xbox One)
  • Ice Cream Surfer (PC)
  • Raiden V: Director’s Cut (PS4)
  • A Way Out (PS4)
  • Guns, Gore, & Cannoli 2 (PC)
  • Ode (PC)
  • BAFL: Brakes Are For Losers (Switch)
  • Lollipop Chainsaw (Xbox 360)
  • Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back (PC)
  • Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (Xbox 360)
  • Overcooked (Switch)
  • Danger Zone (Xbox One)
  • Danger Zone 2 (PS4)
  • Frederic: Resurrection of Music (Switch)
  • The Adventures of Elena Temple (Switch)
  • Donut County (PC)
  • The Council (PC)

Here’s hoping for a more fruitful backlog culling in 2019!


Whooo, okay y’all! It’s a doozy, but here ya go. I didn’t BEAT all of these, just played them for the first time to some degree, so it’s not as insane as it seems. Just listed in the order I played 'em:

  1. Bridge Constructor Portal
  2. Human: Fall Flat
  3. Oxenfree
  4. Okami HD
  5. Copoka
  6. Dujanah
  7. Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy
  8. Fortnite
  9. Golf With Your Friends
  10. Nier: Automata
  11. Darkest Dungeon
  12. Beeswing
  13. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  14. Monster Breeder
  15. Bible Adventures
  16. All I Want is For All of My Friends to Become Insanely Powerful
  17. Gathering Sky
  18. Celeste
  19. Shadow of the Colossus
  20. Florence
  21. Bastion
  22. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  23. A Case of Distrust
  24. ZZT
  25. Fe
  26. Owlboy
  27. Another Lost Phone: Laura’s Story
  28. Into the Breach
  29. Part Time UFO
  30. Golf Story
  31. Final Fantasy VI
  32. Alto’s Odyssey
  33. Minecraft
  34. #Wargames
  35. Kirby: Star Allies
  36. Minit
  37. The Room: Old Sins
  38. Butterfly Soup
  39. Emily is Away Too
  40. Picross S
  41. Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom
  42. Depression Quest
  43. Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist
  44. Thumper
  45. Spec Ops: The Line
  46. David Lynch Teaches Typing
  47. Duck Jam
  48. Marie’s Room
  49. God of War
  50. Radical Heights
  51. Battlerite
  52. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  53. Oddmar
  54. Frostpunk
  55. FTL: Faster Than Light
  56. Guns of Icarus Online
  57. Wrecked
  58. Castle Crashers
  59. Robocraft
  60. Gnog
  61. Wizard of Legend
  62. Pokemon Quest
  63. West of Loathing
  64. Yoku’s Island Express
  65. Quake Champions
  66. Realm Royale
  67. Totally Accurate Battlegrounds
  68. Hollow Knight
  69. Onrush
  70. The Shrouded Isle
  71. Subsurface Circular
  72. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  73. Subnautica
  74. The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
  75. Absolver
  76. Heavy Rain
  77. Chogue
  78. Kirby’s Adventure
  79. Queers in Love at the End of the World
  80. Food Fantasy
  81. Paladins
  82. Mass Effect 2
  83. Quarantine Circular
  84. Thomas Was Alone
  85. Monument Valley 2
  86. Kirby’s Dream Course
  87. Super Punch Out!!
  88. Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  89. Mega Man X
  90. Octopath Traveler
  91. Morphie’s Law
  92. Bad North
  93. Guacamelee 2
  94. Donut County
  95. A Way Out
  96. Dash 'n Dab
  97. Spider-Man
  98. The Gardens Between
  99. Hotline Miami
  100. Ring of Elysium
  101. The Conjuring House
  102. Iconoclasts
  103. Tomb of the Mask
  104. Wandersong
  105. Twofold Inc.
  106. Solitarica
  107. The Messenger
  108. Just Shapes & Beats
  109. Super Mario Party
  110. Zarvot
  111. Lumines Remastered
  112. Red Dead Redemption 2
  113. Return of the Obra Dinn
  114. Wordscapes
  115. Vampyr
  116. Pac-Man 256
  117. The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game
  118. Dead Cells
  119. Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
  120. Tetris Effect
  121. Yoshi
  122. Moss
  123. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
  124. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  125. Soul Calibur VI
  126. My Child Lebensborn
  127. Gris
  128. Solomon’s Key

Wow! Pretty impressive lists. Fun to read!

Here’s most of the games I’ve played in 2018. Didn’t finish all of them, and certainly didn’t 100% complete the ones I did:

  • Thimbleweed Park (Android)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
  • Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
  • Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (Wii U)
  • Severed (3DS)
  • The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask (3DS)
  • The Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds (3DS)
  • Worthy (Amiga)
  • Sam’s Journey (Commodore 64)
  • Shadow Switcher (Commodore 64)
  • Earthbound (Wii U)
  • Skyrim Special Edition (PS4)
  • Maniac Mansion (Amiga)
  • Day of the Tentacle Remastered (PC)
  • God of War (PS4)

What’s on my list for 2019:

  • Finishing God of War / Earthbound / Sam’s Journey;
  • playing Full Throttle Remastered / Red Dead Redemption 2 / Shadow of the Colossus (PS4);
  • playing some more Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag on Wii U and maybe AC Odyssey on PS4;
  • Finally finishing Mario Galaxy 2 on Wii (U) / Chrono Trigger on 3DS;
  • Playing some JRPG’s on SNES Mini and recent releases for Commodore 64/Amiga.

Great topic, I am kinda proud of myself this year because I had got into a habit of playing part of loads of games but not finished any but this year I finished 15 games. It is a nice feeling transferring them to completed!
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead: 400 Days
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Alan Wake
Final Fantasy XIII
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
The Order: 1886
Dragon Age II
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Dragon Age Inquisition
Detroit: Become Human


Command And Conquer Tiberium Sun (Technically beat, but still Playing.)
CSGO (Technically Played, but still playing)
SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate (2006) PC
SWAT 4 (2005) PC
Boxing (1980) Atari 2600
Bank Heist (1983) Atari 2600
Enduro (1983) Atari 2600
Halloween (1983) Atari 2600
Venetian Blinds (1982) Atari 2600
Demon’s Crest (1994) Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Return of the Obra Dinn (2018) PC
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project (1992) Nintendo Entertainment System
Tyrian 2000 (2010) PC
Honey Select (2016) PC
Thunder Force III (1990) Genesis
Truxton (1988) Genesis
Kirby’s Pinball Land (1993) Game Boy
Pulstar (1985) Arcade
Last Resort (1992) Neo Geo
Trouble Shooter (1991) Genesis
Atomic Robo-Kid Special (1990) TurboGrafx-16
Ruiner (2017) PC
Hagane: The Final Conflict (1994) Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Strider (1989) Nintendo Entertainment System
ELEX (2017) PC
Popeye (1982) Nintendo Entertainment System
Titan Quest: Anniversary ion (2016) PC
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (1990) Nintendo Entertainment System
Vice: Project Doom (1991) Nintendo Entertainment System
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution (2011) PC
Batman: The Video Game (1989)Genesis, Nintendo Entertainment System
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1989) Nintendo Entertainment System
Hexen (1995) PC
Hard West (2015) PC
Into the Breach (2018) PC
The Witness (2016) PC
They Are Billions (2017) PC
Nuclear Throne (2015) PC
Kamui (1999) PC
WipEout (1995) PlayStation
Bells & Whistles (1991) TurboGrafx-16
Detana!! TwinBee Yahho! Deluxe Pack (1995) Saturn
Confess My Love (2017) PC
Pikmin (2001) GameCube
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (2001) Nintendo DS
G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor (1992) Nintendo Entertainment System
Bloody Zombies (2017) PC
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising (2010) PC
Garou: Mark of the Wolves (1999) Arcade
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II (2009) PC
Besiege (2015) PC
Arumana no Kiseki (1987) Famicom Disk System
Altered Beast (1988) Genesis
Space Megaforce (1992) Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Phantasy Star (1987) Sega Master System
Inside (2016) PC
Mercs (1990) Arcade
Capcom Generations 4: Blazing Guns (1998) PlayStation
Gun.Smoke (1985) Arcade, Nintendo Entertainment System
Fatal Fury (1991) Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Rambo III (1988) Genesis, Sega Master System
Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair (1989) TurboGrafx-CD
TwinBee (1985) Arcade, Nintendo Entertainment System
Gokujyou Parodius: Deluxe Pack (1995) PlayStation
Parodius (1991) PlayStation
Gokujou Parodius (1994) Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Summer Carnival '92: Recca (1992) Nintendo Entertainment System
With Those We Love Alive (2014) Browser
OFF (2007) PC
Baseball Stars (1989) Nintendo Entertainment System
Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse (1990) Sega Master System
Undertale (2015) PC
Doki Doki Literature Club (2017) PC
Advance Wars (2001) Game Boy Advance
Universal Paperclips (2017) Browser
Cho Ren Sha 68K (1995) PC


TOP 5 games I played in 2018:

  1. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons - with my brother using one pad
  2. Pony Island - i was trolled so much…
  3. Oxenfree - great story and voice acting
  4. Rusty Lake (Cube Escape) series - eerie and occult puzzle games
  5. Wuppo - cute platformer with emphasis on exploration
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I played 300 games last year, most are them are here: 2018

At least 23 games aren’t on Grouvee but i’m waiting on Pete to approve three games i added before adding the rest.

If i only count games i hadn’t played before my top list would be:

  1. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Could have been great but the hacking minigame is truly awful.
  2. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Just really really fun.
  3. Primordia - Great atmosphere and neat worldbuilding.
  4. Gunpoint - Clever and stylish. Also rather amusing.
  5. Kingdom Rush Frontiers - More of the same, but it’s a good formula.

Not quite as good but still worthwhile:

  1. Hitman: Absolution - Deeply flawed, but sometimes almost as good as Hitman 2016.
  2. Subnautica - Very interesting at first but it gets tedious after a while.
  3. Destiny 2 - Probably the most beautiful game i’ve played. Could have been the next Mass Effect, instead it’s a lame MMO.
  4. Rebel Galaxy - Fly through space and shoot stuff. It’s no X3 but it’s certainly fun. Amazing soundtrack too.
  5. Victor Vran - An ARPG that has some new ideas but ultimately falls short.

I made a huge dent in my backlog (only 550-600 games left :stuck_out_tongue:) but overall it was a disappointing year. Not a single 5-star game, compared to four of those last year. Definitely gonna focus on quality this year. :expressionless:

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Impressive lists we’ve got here, much to spirit of backlogging balanced with real-life factors coming in.

Like some fellows here, all (mostly Steam) games I list here are deemed as ‘passed’ in my backlog, so not every game is beaten per se. The star next to the title indicates it as a special highlight of the year.

  • The Mammoth: A Cave Painting

  • the static speaks my name

  • Doki Doki Literature Club :al_star:

  • Two Worlds II Castle Defense

  • PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+

  • Penguin’s Arena: Sedna’s World

  • Desktop Dungeons

  • Estranged: Act I

  • Lovely Planet

  • Pinball FX3

  • Baobabs Mausoleum Ep. 1 Ovnifagos Don’t Eat Flamingos

  • The Little Acre :al_star:

  • Crystal City

  • Mankind Defender

  • Spooky’s Jump Scare Mansion

  • Really Big Sky

  • Slash It 2

  • Governor of Poker 3

  • Space Run

  • Faerie Solitaire Remastered :al_star:

  • Braveland

  • Wilson Chronicles - Beta

  • Kathy Rain

  • You Have To Win This Game

  • Out There Somewhere

  • The Tiny Bang Story

  • Shatter

  • Year Walk

  • Epigenesis

  • Ben There, Dan That!

  • Tower of Guns :al_star:

  • Bridge Project

  • Super Win The Game :al_star:

  • Polarity

  • Steamburg

  • Time Gentlemen, Please!

  • Death Goat

  • The Albino Hunter :al_star:

  • Princess Remedy in a World of Hurt

  • Jamestown

  • Deadcore


  • Klang

  • Metal Tales: Fury of the Guitar Gods

  • Spore (Incl. Creepy & Cute Pack)

  • Marie’s Room

  • From Dust

  • Flesh Eaters

  • Ultragoodness

  • Zeno Clash

  • Dead Pixels

  • The Last Door: Season 2 - Collector’s Edition :al_star:

  • Deadly 30

  • SteamWorld Dig 2 :al_star:

  • Soda Dungeon

  • Stoneshard: Prologue


  • Towards the Pantheon - Escaping Eternity

  • Riff Racer :al_star:


  • Silver Creek Falls - Chapter 1

  • Eternal Hour: Golden Hour

  • Regions of Ruin

  • Platformines

  • Dwarfs!?

  • Regency Solitaire

  • Swords & Soldiers HD

  • Dino D-Day

  • Confrontation

  • Space Run Galaxy

  • The Red Strings Club :al_star:

  • The Bridge

  • Defenders of Ardania

  • Hero of the Kingdom III :al_star:

  • Point Perfect

  • Titan Souls

  • Puzzle Kingdoms

  • Euro Truck Simulator 2 :al_star:

  • American Truck Simulator :al_star:

  • Anomaly Warzone Earth Mobile Campaign

  • THOR.N

  • Convoy :al_star:

  • Half-Life 2: Downfall

  • Entropy: Zero :al_star:

  • Strife - Veteran Edition

  • Wolfenstein: The New Order :al_star:

  • Space Pilgrim Academy: Year One

  • Minit

  • Pink Hour

  • Pink Heaven

  • Kero Blaster :al_star:

  • Fortified

  • Half-Life 2: Year Long Alarm

  • Simulacra

  • Simulacra - Pipe Dreams

  • Subsurface Circular :al_star:

  • SiN :al_star:

  • Dark Souls III :al_star:

  • I WAS HERE (non-Steam game)

  • Hunt Down The Freeman

  • Changed :al_star: