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2018 Year End Gaming Awards: Best Multiplatform Games

While 2019 has just begun, 2018 isn’t too far in the rearview mirror. In a year dominated by Sony (despite some negative press), 2018 was still great for games and gamers alike. It was also an exciting year for Ouch That Hertz! as I came on board to start and then grow the site’s gaming content at the end of March. So that leads us to our very first year end gaming awards! This second part, of three, will focus on the multiplatform releases of the year with (almost) each winner being automatically nominated for Game of the Year.

Best Ongoing Game

  • Fortnite
  • Overwatch
  • Destiny 2
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • League of Legends
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

From Fortnite becoming a cultural phenomenon to Overwatch signing a TV deal midway through its first esports season with Disney/ESPN, ongoing games made a huge splash in 2018. Adding in the release of Monster Hunter: World and seeing legacy games get new content drops is a testament to how a game can succeed as a service if it’s done right and is properly supported (sorry Heroes of the Storm). This turned into a war with some strong anti-Fortnite advocates, but in the end a TV deal with Disney/ESPN means the winner is…

Note: As Overwatch was not released in 2018, it will be replaced by a wildcard for our Game of the Year nominee list.

Best Sports Game

  • MLB: The Show 18
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • FIFA 19
  • NBA 2K19
  • Madden NFL 19

We know, not many truly care for this category. However, FIFA is one of the best-selling games year in and year out, MLB: The Show is the standard bearer for all sports sims games, and Forza is the best racing franchise currently around. The fact that the top two are console exclusives just makes things that much more interesting. In the end though, the winner is…

Note: As Forza Horizon 4 is a repeat winner, there will be a wildcard added to our Game of the Year nominee list.

Best Indie Game

  • Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption
  • Overcooked 2
  • Dead Cells
  • Moonlighter
  • Celeste

Do we really need to draw this one out? While we didn’t see many outstanding platformers in 2018, Celeste has been on everyone’s radar since it came out, mainly due to its excellent gameplay and retro-style graphics. The winner is obviously…

Best Multiplatform Game

  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Celeste
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Dragon Quest XI

This was another battle zone of a category for our staff. You have by far the best Rockstar game ever in Red Dead Redemption 2, a great trilogy conclusion for Lara Croft, and the Best Indie Game winner Celeste, and those are only half of the nominees. Ultimately it came down to two games and a raw vote to declare that the winner is…

With the additions of the wildcard selections of Monster Hunter: World and Red Dead Redemption 2, the nominee list for the Game of the Year is now filled out! Come back tomorrow to see who takes home the award!

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