2018 in video gaming

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Numerous video games were released in 2018. Best-selling games included Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Red Dead Redemption 2, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Far Cry 5, God of War, Monster Hunter: World and Dragon Ball FighterZ.[1][2][3] Highly regarded games by video game critics released in 2018 included Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Marvel's Spider-Man, Forza Horizon 4, Monster Hunter: World, Dead Cells, Return of the Obra Dinn, and Celeste. The year's highest-grossing games included Fortnite, Honor of Kings/Arena of Valor, Dungeon Fighter Online, League of Legends, and Pokémon Go.

Among major trends in 2018 included the explosive growth of battle royale games such as Bluehole's PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Epic Games' Fortnite Battle Royale,[4][5] the resurgence of Pokémon Go,[6] ongoing governmental review of loot boxes in light of national gambling restrictions, Sony Interactive Entertainment agreeing to allow cross-platform play between PlayStation 4 and other console users, and the entry of Fortnite-related internet memes into popular culture. With Fortnite's success, Epic was able to establish the Epic Games Store for personal computers as a strong competitor to the dominant but criticized position held by Valve Corporation's Steam digital storefront by significantly increasing the revenue split it gave to developers. Additionally, with a number of major sudden studio closures, including Telltale Games, there was an increasing call for video game developers to unionize.[7] A nearly year-long freeze on video game approvals by the Chinese government had a major impact on publishers Tencent and NetEase, and is expected to impact future revenues in the industry.[8]

Major awards[edit]

Category/Organization The Game Awards 2018
December 6, 2018[9]
22nd D.I.C.E. Awards
February 13, 2019
19th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards
March 20, 2019
15th British Academy Games Awards
April 4, 2019
22nd Japan Game Awards
September 2018[10][11]
Game of the Year God of War Monster Hunter: World
Best Mobile Game Florence Fate/Grand Order
Best VR/AR Game Astro Bot Rescue Mission Beat Saber N/A N/A
Story/Narrative Red Dead Redemption 2 God of War Return of the Obra Dinn God of War N/A
Art Direction Return of the Obra Dinn God of War Gris Return of the Obra Dinn N/A
Audio1 Red Dead Redemption 2 God of War Celeste God of War N/A
Game Direction/Design God of War God of War Into the Breach Return of the Obra Dinn Gorogoa
Best Character/Performance1 Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan
Red Dead Redemption 2
God of War
N/A Jeremy Davies as Baldur
God of War
Special Award Industry Icon Award Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award BAFTA Special Award
Greg Thomas Bonnie Ross Amy Hennig[12] Epic Games[13] N/A

1These awards are sometimes given as one (e.g. Best Mobile/Handheld, Excellence in Audio) or two awards (e.g. Best Mobile, Best Handheld; Audio Achievement, Best Music).

Financial performance[edit]

According to industry analysis firm NewZoo, the video game industry was worth $134.9 billion by revenues in 2018, a 10.9% growth over 2017. Of this, 47% of the revenues were generated from mobile gaming, with consoles taking 28% and personal computers taking the remaining 25%.[14] The top five largest video game markets of 2018 were China ($34.4 billion), the United States ($31.5 billion), Japan ($17.7 billion), South Korea ($5.8 billion), and Germany ($5 billion).[15]

According to the NPD Group, total revenue from the video game industry, including hardware, software, and accessories, in the United States grew by 17% to US$43.4 billion, nearly matching revenues for the American film industry for 2018.[16][17] Of that, US$35.8 billion were from software sales, digital content, and subscriptions. Hardware sales, at US$7.5 billion, were up 15% from 2017, as despite the fact that there was no new hardware releases, several system-exclusive titles helped to drive hardware sales.[16]

Highest-grossing games worldwide[edit]

The following were 2018's top ten highest-grossing video games in terms of worldwide digital revenue (including digital purchases, microtransactions, free-to-play and pay-to-play) across all platforms (including mobile, PC and console platforms).

Rank Game Revenue Publisher(s) Ref Business model
1 Fortnite $2,400,000,000 Epic Games / Tencent [4] Free-to-play
2 Honor of Kings / Arena of Valor $2,000,000,000 Tencent [18]
3 Dungeon Fighter Online $1,500,000,000 Nexon / Tencent [4]
4 League of Legends $1,400,000,000 Riot Games / Tencent
5 Pokémon Go $1,300,000,000 Niantic / The Pokémon Company
6 CrossFire $1,300,000,000 Smilegate / Tencent
7 Fate/Grand Order $1,221,000,000 Aniplex / Sony Music Entertainment Japan [19][20]
8 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds $1,224,800,000 Bluehole / Tencent [4][21] Buy-to-play / free-to-play
9 Monster Strike $1,179,000,000 Mixi [19] Free-to-play
10 Candy Crush Saga $1,100,000,000 King / Activision Blizzard [4]

Best-selling games by region[edit]

The following were 2018's top ten best-selling video games by region, in terms of software units sold (excluding microtransactions and free-to-play titles) on PC and console platforms, for North America, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

Rank United States[22] Japan[a][23] United Kingdom (retail)[24]
1 Red Dead Redemption 2 Monster Hunter: World FIFA 19
2 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Red Dead Redemption 2
3 NBA 2K19 Pokémon: Let's Go Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
4 Madden NFL 19 Splatoon 2 Spider-Man
5 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[b] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
6 Spider-Man Super Mario Party Far Cry 5
7 Far Cry 5 Kirby Star Allies Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
8 God of War Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition God of War
9 Monster Hunter: World Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Forza Horizon 4
10 Assassin's Creed: Odyssey Super Mario Odyssey FIFA 18

Major events[edit]

Month Day(s) Event
January 4 Gaming peripheral maker Mad Catz was re-established.[25]
7–12 The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
8 Rebellion Developments acquired Radiant Worlds and rebranded the studio as Rebellion Warwick.[26]
10 The inaugural season of the Overwatch League began.
22 Yuji Naka announced that he joined Square Enix.[27]
February 14 THQ Nordic acquired Koch Media.[28]
20–22 The 2018 D.I.C.E. Summit was held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
March 9–18 The 2018 South by Southwest Festival was held in Austin, Texas.
19–23 The 2018 Game Developers Conference was held in San Francisco, California.
20 Vivendi formally ended its attempt to acquire Ubisoft, selling all of its 30 million shares of Ubisoft to other companies, including Tencent.[29]
April 1 Kaz Hirai stepped down as CEO of Sony Corporation while remaining as Chairman of the Board, with CFO Kenichiro Yoshida replacing him as CEO.[30]
5–8 PAX East was held in Boston, Massachusetts.
21 Valve Corporation acquired developer Campo Santo.[31]
May 14 Cliff Bleszinski's studio Boss Key Productions closed down.[32]
Bigben Interactive acquired Cyanide.[33]
15 2K Games developer Hangar 13 opened a fourth game development studio in Brighton, England.[34]
16 Polish developer People Can Fly opened a new studio in Rzeszów, Poland.[35]
June 10 Microsoft announced its acquisitions of Undead Labs, Playground Games, Compulsion Games, and Ninja Theory and the formation of a new studio named The Initative in Santa Monica.[36]
12–14 E3 2018 (Electronic Entertainment Expo 2018) was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.[37]
July 11 Electronic Arts announced its acquisition of Industrial Toys.[38]
August 13 Crystal Dynamics opened Crystal NorthWest.[39]
14 Sumo Group Plc acquired The Chinese Room.[40]
20–25 The International 2018, a Dota 2 tournament with the largest prize pool in esports history, was held at the Rogers Arena in Canada.[41]
21–25 Gamescom was held in Cologne, Germany.
26 A mass shooting occurred at a Madden NFL 19 tournament in Jacksonville, Florida with the shooter, a participant in the tournament who lost, killing two people and injuring ten others before committing suicide.[42]
September 18 Wargaming opened a UK studio[43]
Capcom Vancouver shut down.[44]
20–23 The 2018 Tokyo Game Show was held in Tokyo.
The UK's largest games show, EGX was held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England.[45]
21 Telltale Games announced a "majority studio closure", laying off more than 90% of its staff and cancelling several in-progress games.[46]
26 Sony Interactive Entertainment revises its policy on cross-platform play and allows PlayStation 4 players of Fortnite: Battle Royale to matchmake across all supported platforms.[47]
October 6 Skybound Entertainment acquires the rights and capabilities to finish off Telltale's work-in-progress, The Walking Dead: The Final Season, after Telltale's shutdown.[48]
November 2–3 The 2018 BlizzCon was held in Anaheim, California.
9 It was announced gaming guide creator Prima Games will be shutting down after 28 years in business.[49]
10 Microsoft announced the acqusitions of InXile Entertainment and Obsidian Entertainment.[50]
December 6 The Game Awards 2018 were held in Los Angeles, California.

Series with new entries[edit]

Series with new installments in 2018 included Anno, Assassin's Creed, Battlefield, Bayonetta, Bit.Trip, BlazBlue, Bomberman, Call of Duty, Darksiders, Donkey Kong, Dragon Ball, Dynasty Warriors, Earth Defense Force, Fallout, Far Cry, Forza, God of War, Hitman, Just Cause, Kirby, Mario Party, Mario Tennis, Mega Man, Monster Hunter, Ni no Kuni, Persona, Pillars of Eternity, Pokémon, Red Dead, Sakura Wars, Science Adventure, Shantae, Soulcalibur, Spider-Man, Spyro, State of Decay, Super Smash Bros., The Bard's Tale, The Crew, The Walking Dead, Tomb Raider, Tropico, Valkyria Chronicles, Warhammer, and Wolfenstein

Game releases[edit]

The list of games released in 2018.

Video game platforms
Droid Android
Win Microsoft Windows
Mac Classic Mac OS / macOS
Lin Linux
NS Nintendo Switch
PS3 PlayStation 3
PS4 PlayStation 4
PSVita PlayStation Vita
Wii Wii
WiiU Wii U
3DS Nintendo 3DS
X360 Xbox 360
XBO Xbox One


Month Day Title Platform(s) Genre(s) Source(s)
11 The Escapists 2 NS Strategy, role-playing [51]
16 InnerSpace Win, Mac, NS, PS4, XBO Adventure [52]
Kerbal Space Program: Enhanced Edition PS4, XBO Space flight simulation [53]
Street Fighter V Arcade Edition Win, PS4 Fighting [54]
18 Darkest Dungeon NS Role-playing, dungeon crawl [55]
Gintama Rumble PS4 Hack and slash [56]
World to the West NS Adventure [57]
19 Death Mark[A] NS, PS4 Visual novel [58]
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker's Memory[B] PS4, PSVita Role-playing [59]
Kirby Battle Royale 3DS Brawler [60]
23 Iconoclasts Win, Mac, Lin, PS4, PSVita Action, platformer [61]
Lost Sphear[B] Win, NS, PS4 Role-playing [62]
Subnautica Win, Mac Adventure, survival [63]
The Inpatient PS4 Survival horror [64]
25 Celeste Win, Mac, Lin, NS, PS4, XBO Platformer [65]
Hello Lady! Superior Dynamis[A] PSVita Visual novel [66]
26 Dragon Ball FighterZ Win, PS4, XBO Fighting [67]
Monster Hunter: World PS4, XBO Action role-playing [68]
Railway Empire Win, PS4, XBO Simulation [69]
30 Dissidia Final Fantasy NT PS4 Action role-playing, fighting [70]
1 Night in the Woods NS Adventure [71]
Sky Force Reloaded NS Shoot 'em up [72]
SteamWorld Dig NS Platformer, action-adventure, metroidvania [73]
2 EA Sports UFC 3 PS4, XBO Fighting, sports [74]
Gundemoniums[A] PS4, PSVita Bullet hell shooter [75]
We Were Here Too Win [76]
6 Marooners PS4, XBO [77]
Shadow of the Colossus PS4 Action-adventure [78]
8 Aegis Defenders Win, Mac, NS, PS4 Platformer, tower defense [79]
Civilization VI: Rise and Fall Win Turn-based strategy, 4X [80]
Octogeddon Win [81]
Rust Win, Mac, Lin Action-adventure, survival [82]
9 Dragon Quest Builders NS Action role-playing, sandbox [83]
The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia PS4 [84]
Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st] PS3, PS4, PSVita Fighting, visual novel [85]
13 Dynasty Warriors 9 Win, PS4, XBO Hack and slash [86]
Kingdom Come: Deliverance Win, PS4, XBO Action role-playing [87]
Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Videogame Win, NS, PS4, XBO Racing [88]
Owlboy NS Platform-adventure [89]
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology[B] 3DS Role-playing [90]
The Longest 5 Minutes Win, NS, PSVita Role-playing [91]
14 The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II Win Role-playing [92]
15 A Certain Magical Virtual-On PS4, PSVita Fighting [93]
Secret of Mana Win, PS4, PSVita Action role-playing [94]
16 Bayonetta NS Action, hack and slash [95]
Bayonetta 2 NS Action, hack and slash [95]
Fe Win, NS, PS4, XBO Action-adventure [96]
20 Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Win Real-time strategy [97]
Armored Warfare PS4 Tactical shooter [98]
Metal Gear Survive Win, PS4, XBO Survival, action-adventure [99]
21 Layers of Fear: Legacy NS Psychological horror [100]
22 Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise[A] PS4 Action-adventure [101]
Kimi no Hitomi ni Hit Me[A] PS4, PSVita Visual novel [102]
Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Plus NS Maze, arcade [103]
23 Past Cure Win, PS4, XBO [104]
Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Win, PS4, XBO [105]
Yume Nikki: Dream Diary Win Adventure [106]
26 Part Time UFO iOS, Droid Puzzle [107]
27 De Blob 2 Remastered PS4, XBO Platform, puzzle [108]
Girls und Panzer: Dream Tank Match PS4 Action [109]
Gravel Win, PS4, XBO Racing [110]
Heroine Anthem Zero — Episode 1 PS4 Action role-playing [111]
Into the Breach Win Turn-based strategy, [112]
Moss PS4 Adventure, puzzle [113]
Outlast NS Survival horror [114]
Payday 2 NS First-person shooter, stealth [115]
28 Darkest Dungeon XBO Role-playing, dungeon crawl [116]
H1Z1 Win Battle royale [117]
2 Pit People Win, XBO Action role-playing, strategy [118]
6 Bravo Team PS4 Action, first-person shooter [119]
DJMax Respect PS4 Rhythm [120]
Fear Effect Sedna Win, NS, PS4, XBO Role-playing, third-person shooter [121]
Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition Win Action role-playing [122]
Frantics PS4 Party [123]
Scribblenauts Showdown NS, PS4, XBO Party [124]
Way of the Passive Fist Win, PS4, XBO Action, fighting [125]
7 Damascus Gear: Operation Osaka Win, PS4, PSVita Action role-playing, shooter [126]
Chuchel Win, iOS, Droid Graphic adventure [127]
Northgard Win Strategy, city-building [128]
8 Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Win Action [129]
Your Four Knight Princesses Training Story[A] NS, PS4, PSVita Role-playing [130]
9 Flinthook NS Platformer, roguelike [131]
13 Devil May Cry HD Collection Win, PS4, XBO Hack and slash [132]
Ghost of a Tale Win Action-adventure, stealth [133]
Q.U.B.E. 2 Win, Mac, PS4, XBO Puzzle [134]
15 Gal Gunvolt Burst PS4 Platform [135]
Shin Hayarigami[B] iOS, Droid Visual novel [136]
Surviving Mars Win, PS4, XBO Simulation, strategy [137]
16 Burnout Paradise Remastered PS4, XBO Racing [138]
Kirby Star Allies NS Platform [139]
20 Assassin's Creed Rogue: Remastered PS4, XBO Action-adventure, stealth [140]
Assault Gunners HD Edition Win, PS4 Action, mech [141]
Attack on Titan 2 Win, NS, PS4, XBO Action, hack and slash [142]
R.B.I. Baseball 18 PS4, XBO Sports [143]
Sea of Thieves Win, XBO Action-adventure [144]
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse NS Platform [145]
21 Valkyria Chronicles 4[A] PS4 Tactical role-playing [146]
23 A Way Out Win, PS4, XBO Action-adventure [147]
Detective Pikachu[B] 3DS Adventure [148]
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Win, PS4 Role-playing [149]
27 Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings[B] Win, NS, PS4 Role-playing [150]
Far Cry 5 Win, PS4, XBO Action-adventure, first-person shooter [151]
MLB The Show 18 PS4 Sports [152]
MX vs. ATV All Out Win, PS4, XBO Racing [153]
Outlast 2 NS Survival horror [154]
The Alliance Alive[B] 3DS Role-playing [155]
The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2[B] PS4 Role-playing [156]
28 Long Gone Days Win, Mac, Lin Role-playing [157]
29 Shining Resonance Refrain[A] PS4 Role-playing [158]
Super Robot Wars X[A] PS4, PSVita Tactical role-playing [159]


Month Day Title Platform(s) Genre(s) Source(s)
3 Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR Win, PS4, Rift Action-adventure [160]
King of Fighters '97 Global Match Win Fighting [161]
Minit Win, PS4, XBO Adventure [162]
Penny-Punching Princess NS, PSVita Fighting [163]
5 King of Fighters '97 Global Match PS4, PSVita Fighting [164]
10 Dark Rose Valkyrie Win Role-playing [165]
Extinction Win, PS4, XBO Hack and slash [166]
Owlboy PS4, XBO Platform-adventure [167]
Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs - Royal Edition PS4 Role-playing [168]
11 Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice XBO Action-adventure [169]
Maelstrom Win [170]
Robocraft Infinity XBO Sandbox, fighting [171]
Ys Origin XBO Action role-playing [172]
12 Death end re;Quest[A] PS4 Role-playing [173]
Don't Starve NS Action-adventure, survival [174]
Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs - Royal Edition NS Role-playing [168]
13 Asdivine Hearts NS Role-playing [175]
Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs - Royal Edition XBO Role-playing [168]
16 Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana Win Action role-playing [176]
17 Wild Guns Reloaded NS Shooting gallery game [177]
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life[B] PS4 Action-adventure [178]
19 Aqua Moto Racing Utopia WiiU Racing [179]
20 God of War PS4 Action-adventure [180]
Nintendo Labo Variety Kit NS Interactive model kit [181]
Nintendo Labo Robot Kit NS Interactive model kit [181]
24 BattleTech Win, Mac, Lin Turn-based strategy [182]
Firefighters: Airport Fire Department NS Simulation [183]
Firefighters: The Simulation NS Simulation [183]
Frostpunk Win City-building, survival [184]
Gal*Gun 2[B] NS, PS4 Rail shooter [185]
Hello Kitty Kruisers NS Kart racing [186]
South Park: The Fractured but Whole NS Role-playing [187]
The Swords of Ditto Win, Mac, Lin, PS4 Action role-playing, roguelike [188]
25 Earth Defense Force 4.1: Wing Diver The Shooter[B] Win Shoot 'em up [189]
26 Light Fall Win, Mac, NS Platformer [190]
Saturday Morning RPG NS Role-playing [191]
Super Robot Wars X[B] PS4, PSVita Tactical role-playing [192]
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II: Kai[A] PS4 Role-playing [193]
27 Aqua Moto Racing Utopia NS Racing [194]
Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly[B] PSVita Visual novel [195]
Snow Moto Racing Freedom NS Racing [194]
1 Battlezone: Gold Edition Win, PS4, XBO First-person shooter [196]
Super Mega Baseball 2 Win, PS4, XBO Sports [197]
3 Professional Construction: The Simulation NS Simulation [citation needed]
Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia Win Turn-based strategy, real-time tactics [198]
4 City of Brass Win, PS4, XBO First-person, dungeon crawl [199]
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze NS Platformer [200]
8 Conan Exiles Win, PS4, XBO Action-adventure, survival [201]
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Win, Mac, Lin Role-playing [202]
Steins;Gate 0[B] Win Visual novel [203]
10 Laser League Win, PS4, XBO Sports [204]
14 Project Nimbus: Code Mirai PS4 Mech [205]
15 Battle Chasers: Nightwar NS Role-playing [206]
Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time[B] Win, PS4 Action role-playing [207]
Omensight Win, PS4 Action role-playing [208]
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux[B] 3DS Role-playing [209]
Touhou Azure Reflections[B] PS4 Bullet hell [210]
Walden, a Game PS4 Survival, walking sim [211]
16 Floor Kids Win Rhythm [212]
17 FAR: Lone Sails Win Vehicle adventure [213]
The Banner Saga NS Tactical role-playing [214]
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles NS Adventure [215]
18 Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition NS Action, hack and slash [216]
Little Nightmares: Complete Edition NS Puzzle-platformer, survival horror [217]
21 The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset Win, Mac MMORPG [218]
22 Mega Man Legacy Collection NS Action, platform [219]
Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 NS Action, platform [219]
Runner3 Win, Mac, NS Platform, rhythm [220]
Stardew Valley PSVita Simulation, role-playing [221]
State of Decay 2 Win, XBO Survival horror [222]
Tennis World Tour Win, NS, PS4, XBO Sports [223]
24 Biohazard 7: Resident Evil Cloud Version[A] NS Survival horror [224]
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon Win, NS, PS4, XBO, PSVita Action [225]
Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers 3DS Action, tower defense [226]
Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight[A] PS4, PSVita Rhythm [227]
Persona 4: Dancing All Night[A] PS4 Rhythm [227]
Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight[A] PS4, PSVita Rhythm [227]
Punch Club NS Sporting management simulation [228]
25 7'scarlet[B] PSVita Visual novel [195]
Dark Souls Remastered Win, PS4, XBO Action role-playing [229]
Detroit: Become Human PS4 Action-adventure [230]
Sudden Strike 4: European Battlefields Edition XBO Real-time tactics [231]
29 Agony Win, PS4, XBO Survival horror [232]
Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory NS Tactical role-playing [233]
Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition NS, PS4 Simulation, role-playing [234]
Ikaruga NS Shoot 'em up [235]
Legend of Kay Anniversary NS Action-adventure, platform [236]
Moonlighter Win Action role-playing, roguelike [237]
Sega Genesis Classics Win, PS4, XBO Compilation [238]
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection Win, NS, PS4, XBO Fighting [239]
Yoku's Island Express Win, NS, PS4, XBO Platforming, pinball, adventure [240]
30 Pokémon Quest NS Action-adventure [241]
Cultist Simulator Win, Mac, Lin Simulation [242]
31 Full Metal Panic! Fight: Who Dares Wins[A] PS4 Strategy role-playing [243]
Liar Princess and the Blind Prince[A] NS, PS4, PSVita Action-adventure [244]
Overload Win, Mac, Lin First-person shooter, shoot 'em up [245]
Yesterday Origins NS Adventure [246]
5 BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Win, NS, PS4 Fighting [247]
Happy Birthdays[B] NS Life simulation [248]
Nobunaga's Ambition: Taishi[B] Win, PS4 Strategy [249]
Onrush PS4, XBO Vehicular combat [250]
Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn Win, NS, PS4, XBO Beat 'em up [251]
The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset PS4, XBO MMORPG [218]
Vampyr Win, PS4, XBO Action role-playing [252]
Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr Win, PS4, XBO Action, hack and slash [253]
7 Flashback: Remastered Edition NS Cinematic platformer [254]
The Banner Saga 2 NS Tactical role-playing [255]
8 Muv-Luv[B] PSVita Visual novel [256]
Muv-Luv Alternative[B] PSVita Visual novel [256]
Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido NS, 3DS Action puzzle [257]
9 Unravel Two Win, PS4, XBO Puzzle-platformer [258]
10 Fallout Shelter NS, PS4 Construction and management simulation [259]
12 Fortnite Battle Royale NS Battle royale [260]
Hollow Knight NS Metroidvania [261]
Jurassic World Evolution Win, PS4, XBO Business simulation [262]
Paladins NS Third-person shooter [263]
Super Bomberman R Win, PS4, XBO Action, maze [264]
13 Nostalgic Train[A] Win Walking sim [265]
14 R.B.I. Baseball 18 NS Sports [266]
Wreckfest Win Vehicular combat, racing [267]
15 Lego The Incredibles Win, NS, PS4, XBO Action-adventure [268]
19 The Lost Child NS, PS4, PSVita Role-playing [269]
21 MUSYNX NS Rhythm [270]
Vegas Party NS Card game [citation needed]
Echo VR Oculus Rift VR social, VR sports [271]
22 Mario Tennis Aces NS Sports [272]
New Gundam Breaker PS4 Mech [273]
26 De Blob Remastered NS Platform, puzzle [274]
Lumines Remastered Win, NS, PS4, XBO Puzzle [275]
Nier: Automata XBO Action role-playing [276]
Rainbow Skies PS4, PS3, PSVita Role-playing [277]
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit Win, PS4, XBO Graphic adventure [278]
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana NS Action role-playing [279]
The Night Journey PS4, Win, Mac Art game [280]
28 Fighting EX Layer PS4 Fighting [281]
Inside NS Puzzle-platformer [282]
Limbo NS Puzzle-platformer [282]
MotoGP 18 NS Racing [citation needed]
Next Up Hero PS4, XBO Action, dungeon crawl [citation needed]
29 Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Win, NS, XBO Platform [283]
The Crew 2 Win, PS4, XBO Racing [284]
Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk[B] PSVita Visual novel [195]
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus NS First-person shooter, action-adventure [285]


Month Day Title Platform(s) Genre(s) Source(s)
3 Red Faction Guerrilla: Re-Mars-tered Edition Win, PS4, XBO Third-person shooter [286]
Runbow NS Platform, racing [287]
10 Hotel Transylvania 3: Monsters Overboard Win, NS, PS4, XBO Action [1]
Hunting Simulator NS [citation needed]
Indie Pogo Win
Shining Resonance Refrain[B] Win, NS, PS4, XBO Role-playing [288]
11 Warhammer: Vermintide 2 XBO Action [289]
13 Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker NS, 3DS Action puzzle [290]
Octopath Traveler NS Role-playing, adventure [291]
17 Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion Win, NS, PS4, XBO Adventure [292]
Sonic Mania Plus NS, PS4, XBO Platform, action [293]
Touhou Genso Wanderer: Reloaded[B] NS, PS4 Roguelike [294]
19 Closed Nightmare[A] NS, PS4 Survival horror [295]
Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun![A] NS Music, rhythm [296]
24 Mega Man X Legacy Collection Win, NS, PS4, XBO Action, platform [297]
No Man's Sky XBO Action-adventure, survival [298]
The Banner Saga 3 Win, Mac, NS, PS4, XBO Tactical role-playing [299]
25 Ys: Memories of Celceta Win Action role-playing [300]
26 Candle: The Power of the Flame NS [citation needed]
Heaven Will Be Mine Win, Mac, Lin Visual novel [citation needed]
Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation 2[A] PS4 Mech [301]
27 Go Vacation NS Sports [citation needed]
Hello Neighbor NS, PS4, iOS, Droid Stealth, survival horror [302]
Head AS Code Win Visual Novel [303]
31 Chasm Win, PS4, PSVita Action role-playing, platform [304]
Code of Princess EX NS Action role-playing [305]
This Is the Police 2 Win, Mac, Lin Adventure, strategy [citation needed]
Titan Quest NS Action role-playing, hack and slash [citation needed]
1 Yakuza 0 Win Action-adventure [306]
2 Salt and Sanctuary NS
3 WarioWare Gold 3DS Action, rhythm [307]
7 Dead Cells Win, Mac, Lin, NS, PS4, XBO Metroidvania, roguelike [308]
Flipping Death Win, NS, PS4, XBO Adventure [309]
Overcooked 2 Win, NS, PS4, XBO Simulation [310]
9 Layton's Mystery Journey DX[A] NS Puzzle, adventure [311]
Minit NS Adventure [312]
Monster Hunter: World Win Action role-playing [313]
Ōkami HD NS Action-adventure [314]
Yakuza 3[A] PS4 Action-adventure [315]
10 Madden NFL 19 Win, PS4, XBO Sports [316]
We Happy Few Win, PS4, XBO Survival [317]
14 Cosmic Star Heroine NS Role-playing [318]
Death's Gambit Win, PS4 Role-playing [319]
Tanglewood MD, Win, Mac, Lin Platform [320]
The Walking Dead: The Final Season – Episode 1: Done Running Win, PS4, XBO, NS Graphic adventure [321]
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Win, Mac MMORPG [322]
15 Fernz Gate XBO Role-playing [323]
Penguin Wars NS Action [324]
State of Mind Win, Mac, NS, PS4, XBO Walking simulator [325]
16 Next Up Hero NS Action, dungeon crawl [citation needed]
21 All-Star Fruit Racing Win, NS, PS4, XBO Racing [326]
Guacamelee! 2 Win, PS4 Metroidvania, platformer, beat 'em up [327]
Return of Double Dragon[B] SNES Beat 'em up [328]
Shenmue Win, PS4, XBO Action-adventure [329]
Shenmue II Win, PS4, XBO Action-adventure [329]
23 My Hero One's Justice[A] NS, PS4 Action [330]
24 F1 2018 Win, PS4, XBO Racing [331]
Little Dragons Café NS, PS4 Simulation, role-playing [332]
Night Trap: 25th Anniversary Edition NS Interactive movie [citation needed]
28 Aggressors: Ancient Rome Win Turn-based strategy, 4X [333]
Blade Strangers Win, NS, PS4 Fighting [334]
De Blob 2 Remastered NS Platform, puzzle [335]
Donut County Win, Mac, PS4, iOS Puzzle [citation needed]
Fernz Gate NS, PS4 Role-playing [336][337]
Firewall: Zero Hour PSVR First-person shooter [338]
Into the Breach NS Turn-based strategy [339]
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate[B] NS Action role-playing [340]
Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 Win, PS4, XBO Sports [341]
Strange Brigade Win, PS4, XBO Third-person shooter [342]
Sunless Sea: Zubmariner Edition PS4 Roguelike [343]
Victor Vran: Overkill Edition NS Action role-playing [344]
Yakuza Kiwami 2[B] PS4 Action-adventure [345]
30 The Messenger Win, NS Action-platformer [citation needed]
Two Point Hospital Win, Mac, Lin Business simulation [346]
31 Divinity: Original Sin II PS4, XBO Role-playing [citation needed]
Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker[B] Win, PS4, XBO Beat 'em up [347]
4 428: Shibuya Scramble[B] Win, PS4 Visual novel [348]
Dragon Quest XI[B] Win, PS4 Role-playing [349]
God Wars: The Complete Legend NS Tactical role-playing [350]
Planet Alpha Win, NS, PS4, XBO Platformer [351]
6 Gone Home NS Exploration [352]
7 Immortal Unchained Win, PS4, XBO Action role-playing [citation needed]
NASCAR Heat 3 Win, PS4, XBO Racing [353]
NBA Live 19 PS4, XBO Sports [354]
SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy NS, PS4 Fighting [355]
Spider-Man PS4 Action-adventure [356]
Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corp and White Dog Squad[B] 3DS Role-playing [357]
10 Dust: An Elysian Tail NS
11 Boundless PS4 MMO, sandbox [358]
Dakar 18 Win, PS4, XBO Racing [citation needed]
NBA 2K19 Win, NS, PS4, XBO Sports [359]
Super Street: The Game Win, PS4, XBO Racing [360]
13 Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition NS
Frozen Synapse 2 Win, Lin, Mac
Wasteland 2: Director's Cut NS
14 Black Clover: Quartet Knights Win, PS4 Action [361]
NHL 19 PS4, XBO Sports [citation needed]
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Win, PS4, XBO Action-adventure [362]
18 The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep Win, Mac, Lin Dungeon crawl [citation needed]
Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle Win, NS, PS4, XBO Beat 'em up [363]
Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk[B] Win, NS, PS4 Role-playing, dungeon crawler [364]
Legendary Fishing NS, PS4 [citation needed]
Scribblenauts Mega Pack NS, PS4, XBO Party [citation needed]
Undertale NS Role-playing [365]
20 8-bit ADV Steins;Gate[A] NS Visual novel [366][367]
CrossCode Win, Mac, Lin Action role-playing [368]
Star Control: Origins Win Strategy [citation needed]
Steins;Gate Elite[A] NS, PS4, PSVita Visual novel [366]
Steins;Gate: Linear Bounded Phenogram[A] PS4 Visual novel [366][367]
21 Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse NS Point-and-click adventure [369]
The Banner Saga Trilogy NS Role playing [citation needed]
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country NS Action role-playing [370]
25 Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams: Owltimate Edition NS
Metal Max Xeno[B] PS4 Role-playing [371]
Pathfinder: Kingmaker Win, Mac, Lin Role-playing [372]
Punch Line[B] Win, PS4, PSVita Adventure, visual novel [373]
Psyvariar Delta NS, PS4
Revenant Dogma Win, NS, PS4, Vita Role-playing [374]
South Park: The Stick of Truth NS
This Is the Police 2 NS, PS4, XBO
Valkyria Chronicles 4[B] Win, NS, PS4, XBO Tactical role-playing [375]
The Walking Dead: The Final Season – Episode 2: Suffer the Children Win, PS4, XBO, NS Graphic adventure [376]
Hollow Knight PS4, XBO Metroidvania
26 Let It Die Win Survival [377]
27 Dragalia Lost iOS, Droid [citation needed]
Life Is Strange 2 – Episode 1: Roads Win, PS4, XBO Graphic adventure [378]
Super Neptunia RPG[A] NS, PS4 Role-playing [379]
Wandersong Win, NS Adventure, Music [380]
28 Dragon Ball FighterZ NS Fighting [381]
FIFA 19 Win, NS, PS4, PS3, XBO, X360 Sports [382]
Jake Hunter Detective Story: Ghost of the Dusk[B] 3DS


Month Day Title Platform(s) Genre(s) Source(s)
2 Astro Bot Rescue Mission PS4 Action, platformer [383]
Batman: The Enemy Within NS Graphic adventure
Forza Horizon 4 Win, XBO Racing [384]
Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise[B] PS4 Action-adventure [385]
Mega Man 11 Win, NS, PS4, XBO Action, platform [386]
Valthirian Arc: Hero School Story Win, NS, PS4 Action role-playing [387]
5 Assassin's Creed Odyssey Win, PS4, XBO Action-adventure, stealth [388]
Super Mario Party NS Party [389]
9 Disgaea 1 Complete NS, PS4 Tactical role-playing [citation needed]
Goosebumps The Game NS
Pixel Puzzle Collection iOS
Mark of the Ninja: Remastered Win, NS, PS4, XBO Action, stealth [390]
WWE 2K19 Win, PS4, XBO Professional wrestling, sports [391]
12 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Win, PS4, XBO First-person shooter [392]
Luigi's Mansion 3DS Action-adventure [393]
The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories Win, NS, PS4, XBO Puzzle-platformer [394]
The World Ends with You: Final Remix[B] NS Action role-playing [395]
16 Big Buck Hunter Arcade NS
Crayola Scoot Win, NS, PS4, XBO Extreme sports
Lego DC Super-Villains Win, NS, PS4, XBO Action-adventure [396]
NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 Win, NS, PS4, XBO Sports [397]
Overload PS4, XBO First-person shooter, shoot 'em up
Rapala Fishing Pro Series NS
Starlink: Battle for Atlas NS, PS4, XBO Action-adventure, toys-to-life [398]
Warriors Orochi 4[B] Win, NS, PS4, XBO Hack and slash [399]
18 Dies irae: Amantes amentes[A] NS Visual novel [400]
Return of the Obra Dinn Win, Mac Puzzle, adventure [401]
SINNER: Sacarifice for Redemption NS, PS4, XBO Action role-playing
Syberia 3 NS Graphic adventure [citation needed]
19 Dark Souls Remastered NS Action role-playing [402]
Soulcalibur VI Win, PS4, XBO Fighting [403]
The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup Win
22 SINNER: Sacrifice for Redemption Win Action role-playing [404]
23 Bass Pro Shops: The Strike – Championship Edition NS
Cabela's: The Hunt - Championship Edition NS
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game Win
Just Dance 2019 NS, PS4, XBO, X360, WiiU, Wii Dance [citation needed]
Nickelodeon Kart Racers NS, PS4, XBO Kart racing [405]
PAW Patrol: On a Roll! Win, NS, PS4, XBO
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales Win Role-playing [406]
25 Chicken Range NS
Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer Memories[A] PS4 Action adventure [407]
Eve: Burst Error R[A] NS Visual novel [408]
26 Castlevania Requiem PS4 Platform-adventure [409]
My Hero One's Justice[B] Win, NS, PS4, XBO Action [410]
Red Dead Redemption 2 PS4, XBO Action-adventure [411]
29 Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient[B] Win
30 Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game Win, PS4, XBO Role-playing, survival horror [412]
Dream Daddy: Dadrector's Cut PS4 Visual novel [413]
Gal Metal NS
Lego Harry Potter Collection NS, XBO Action-adventure [414]
Mutant Football League: Dynasty Edition NS Sports
OK K.O.! Let's Play Heroes NS Action-adventure, beat 'em up [415]
Sports Party NS
Steven Universe: Save the Light NS Action-adventure, role-playing [415]
Yomawari: The Long Night Collection NS [416]
31 Death Mark[B] NS
Hidden Folks NS Wimmelbilderbuch [417]
Deltarune Win, Mac Role-playing [418]
1 The Quiet Man Win, PS4 Action-adventure
2 Diablo III: Eternal Collection NS Action role-playing, hack and slash [419]
Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun![B] NS Rhythm [420]
Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session![B] PS4 Rhythm [420]
5 Moonlighter NS Action role-playing
6 Carnival Games NS Party
Déraciné PSVR Adventure [421]
The Forest PS4 Survival [422]
Grip: Combat Racing Win, NS, PS4, XBO
Omen of Sorrow PS4 Fighting [423]
Overkill's The Walking Dead Win First-person shooter [424]
World of Final Fantasy Maxima Win, NS, PS4, XBO Role-playing [425]
7 Tsioque Win, Mac Point-and-click adventure
8 Despotism 3k Win, Mac, Lin Construction and management simulation
9 11-11: Memories Retold Win, PS4, XBO Adventure [citation needed]
Tetris Effect PS4 Puzzle [426]
13 Hitman 2 Win, PS4, XBO Stealth [427]
My Riding Stables - Life with Horses NS
Project Highrise: Architect's Edition NS Simulation
SNK 40th Anniversary Collection NS Compilation [428]
Spyro Reignited Trilogy PS4, XBO Platform [429]
14 Fallout 76 Win, PS4, XBO Action role-playing [430]
15 Monkey King: Master of the Clouds PS4 Arcade shooter [431]
Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly Win Visual novel [432]
RPG Maker MV Trinity NS, PS4 Game creation system
Trailblazers NS
Underworld Ascendant Win, Mac, Lin Action role-playing [433]
Echo Combat Oculus Rift VR First-person Shooter [434]
16 Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! NS Role-playing [435]
20 Battlefield V Win, PS4, XBO First-person shooter [436]
Bendy and the Ink Machine NS, PS4, XBO Survival horror
Farming Simulator 19 Win, Mac, PS4, XBO Simulation
Moto Racer 4 NS Racing
Wreckfest PS4, XBO Vehicular combat, racing [437]
22 ATV Drift & Tricks NS
27 Darksiders III Win, PS4, XBO Hack and slash, action-adventure [438]
Spintires: Mudrunner – American Wilds Edition NS
28 Artifact Win, Mac, Lin Digital collectible card game [439]
29 Ketsui Deathtiny: Kizuna Jigoku Tachi[A] PS4 Shoot 'em up [440]
Parkitect Win, Mac, Lin Construction and management simulation [441]
Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth[A] 3DS Role-playing, dungeon crawl [442]
30 Ark: Survival Evolved NS Action-adventure, survival
Fighting EX Layer Win Fighting [443]
4 Gear.Club Unlimited 2 NS
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game PS4, XBO
Just Cause 4 Win, PS4, XBO Action-adventure [444]
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom Win, NS, PS4, XBO Platform
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden Win, PS4, XBO Turn-based strategy [445]
Override: Mech City Brawl Win, PS4, XBO Fighting [446]
Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight[B] PS4, PSVita Rhythm [447]
Persona 4: Dancing All Night[B] PS4 Rhythm [447]
Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight[B] PS4, PSVita Rhythm [447]
Subnautica PS4, XBO Adventure, survival
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales PS4, XBO Role-playing [448]
Toki NS Action, Platformer, Arcade
6 Ashen Win, XBO Action role-playing [449]
The Last Remnant: Remastered PS4 Role-playing
7 Katamari Damacy Reroll Win, NS Puzzle, action
Path of Exile PS4 Action role-playing, hack and slash [450]
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds PS4 Battle royale [451]
Sega Genesis Classics NS
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate NS Fighting [452]
11 Earth Defense Force 5[B] PS4 Action [453]
12 Insurgency: Sandstorm Win First-person shooter [454]
13 DayZ Win First-person shooter, third-person shooter, survival [455]
God Eater 3[A] PS4 Action role-playing [456]
GRIS Win, Mac, NS Adventure, platformer [457]
Judge Eyes[A] PS4 Action [458]
Omensight: The Definitive Edition NS Action role-playing [459]
14 Below Win, XBO Action-adventure, roguelike [460]
Borderlands 2 VR PS4
18 London Detective Mysteria[B] PSVita Visual novel [461]
Warhammer: Vermintide 2 PS4 Action [462]
Asdivine Hearts II Win Role-playing [463]
20 Dragon Quest Builders 2[A] NS, PS4 Sandbox, action role-playing [citation needed]
21 Asdivine Hearts II XBO Role-playing [464]

Unscheduled releases[edit]

This is a list of games which were last announced for release in 2018, but did not actually release in 2018. More recent release information is currently unknown.

Title Approximate date[Note 1] Platform(s) Genre(s) Source(s)
Anchors in the Drift iOS, Droid Unknown [465]
Conarium PS4, XBO Action-adventure, survival [466]
Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient[B] Win Adventure [467]
Fear Effect Reinvented Win, NS, PS4, XBO Action-adventure [468]
Granblue Fantasy: Relink[A] PS4 Action role-playing [469]
Griftlands Win Role-playing [470]
Grim Dawn XBO Action role-playing, hack and slash [471]
Hardcore Mecha PS4 Mech, action [472]
Immortal Unchained Win, PS4, XBO Action role-playing [473]
Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition NS, PS4, XBO Adventure [474]
Overload XBO First-person shooter, shoot 'em up [245]
Project Phoenix Win, Mac, Lin, PS4, PSVita, iOS, Droid Real-time strategy, role-playing [475]
Quake Champions Win First-person shooter [citation needed]
The Church in the Darkness Win, Mac, PS4, XBO Action-adventure [citation needed]
The Last Night Win, XBO Platform [476]
Touhou Sky Arena: Gensokyo Kuusen Hime Matsuri Climax NS Action [477]
Xenonauts 2 Win Turn-based tactics [citation needed]
  1. ^ The calendar year can be divided into 4 quarters, often abbreviated Q1 (January to March), Q2 (April to June), Q3 (July to September) and Q4 (October to December).

Video game-based films[edit]

Title Date Franchise Director Distributor Original game publisher Ref
Tomb Raider March 16, 2018 Tomb Raider Roar Uthaug Warner Bros. Pictures Square Enix [478]
Rampage April 13, 2018 Rampage Brad Peyton Warner Bros. Pictures Midway Games [479]
Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us July 13, 2018 Pokémon Tetsuo Yajima Toho Nintendo [480]
Legend of the Ancient Sword October 1, 2018 GuJian2 Renny Harlin Alibaba Pictures Gamebar [zh] [481]
Yo-kai Watch: Forever Friends December 14, 2018 Yo-kai Watch Shigeru Takahashi Toho Level-5 [482]

Critically praised games according to Metacritic[edit]

Metacritic is an aggregator of video game journalism reviews. It generally considers expansions and re-releases as separate entities.

Releases scoring higher than 88/100 in 2018 included:[483]
Title Developer Release Date Platform(s) Average score
Red Dead Redemption 2 Rockstar Studios October 26, 2018 PS4, XBO 97/100
God of War SIE Santa Monica Studio April 20, 2018 PS4 94/100
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Bandai Namco Studios, Sora Ltd. December 7, 2018 NS 92/100
Forza Horizon 4 Playground Games October 2, 2018 Win, XBO 92/100
Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition Larian Studios August 31, 2018 PS4, XBO 92/100
Bayonetta 2 PlatinumGames February 16, 2018 NS 92/100
INSIDE Playdead June 28, 2018 NS 91/100
Sonic Mania Plus PagodaWest Games, Headcannon July 17, 2018 NS 91/100
Dead Cells Motion Twin August 7, 2018 Win, PS4, NS, XBO 91/100
Shadow of the Colossus Bluepoint Games February 6, 2018 PS4 91/100
Nier: Automata Become As Gods Edition PlatinumGames June 26, 2018 XBO 90/100
Monster Hunter: World Capcom January 26, 2018 Win, PS4, XBO 90/100
Hollow Knight Team Cherry June 12, 2018 NS 90/100
Astro Bot Rescue Mission SIE Japan Studio October 2, 2018 PS4 90/100
Into the Breach Subset Games February 27, 2018 Win, NS 89/100
Tetris Effect Monstars Inc., Resonair November 9, 2018 PS4 89/100
Ōkami HD Clover Studio August 9, 2018 NS 89/100
Return of the Obra Dinn 3909 LLC October 18, 2018 Win 89/100
Celeste Matt Makes Games January 25, 2018 Win, NS, PS4, XBO 88/100
Hyper Light Drifter Heart Machine September 6, 2018 NS 88/100
DUSK David Szymanski December 10, 2018 Win 88/100
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Obsidian Entertainment May 8, 2018 Win 88/100
Diablo III: Eternal Collection Blizzard Entertainment November 2, 2018 NS 88/100
Ikaruga Treasure May 29, 2018 NS 88/100
Dragon Ball FighterZ Arc System Works January 26, 2018 Win, PS4, XBO, NS 88/100
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Ninja Theory April 11, 2018 XBO 88/100

Highly scoring games with fewer than 10 reviews included Owlboy, The Banner Saga 3, and the Nintendo Switch ports of Undertale and Bastion.



  • A The release date is for Japan only.
  • B A western or worldwide release of previously regional exclusive games.
  • C These games were targeted to be released in fiscal year 2018, which began on April 1, 2018 and ended on March 31, 2019.
  1. ^ Not including PC sales
  2. ^ Not including digital sales


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