My top 8 list for 2018. Shoutout to Spyro Reignited trilogy and Return of the Obra Dinn who didn't make my list.
1. God of War
There isn't much to say about this game other than it's just perfect. The combat felt satisfying compared to the other entries. The story got me hooked from beginning to end, I can't wait for the sequel! The only minor complaint would be they could have done the lore a bit better, sometimes there were just 1-2 sentences about beastiary and locations.
2. Yakuza Kiwami 2
Got introduced to the franchise last year and I still love Yakuza, it's probably my favorite game series of all time. Personally I preferred Kiwami 2 more than 6, they improved the gameplay from 6, the story is up there along with 0, I love the characters that got introduced in the game and Kiwami 2 has some of my favorite substories. I was considering to put this game my personal GOTY until I realized my biggest complaints, while I'd fun with some minigames, some of them was just terrible. The karoke lineup in this game had the weakest lineup of all games, maybe the devs are just tired of karaoke because it's not in their recent game. The bouncer missions were tedious as hell and I'm still not a fan of clan creator, despite having the best song ever .
3. Dragon Quest XI
Compared to last year, this year was pretty weak for JRPGs, I know some titles came out on Switch, but I still need a reason to buy one. Dragon Quest XI filled that void. Great jolly oldschool JRPG and the story and the characters had me engaged. Only downside is as many people mentioned, the MIDI soundtrack.
4. Monster Hunter: World
This game is the most fun I had with a multiplayer in ages, I played it regularly for a while, but sadly I stopped because of new releases. I can't wait to get back to it for the upcoming expansion. My only complaint is the story could have been better.
Valkyria Chronicles 4
As mentioned earlier, Valkyria Chronicles has one of the best war stories out there. The story and characters in VC4 are amazing, the gameplay is so satisfying. I've seen people complaining about it's too similar to 1, but I don't mind it at all because this is just how VC is supposed to be, I'm looking at you Revolution!
We got two Yakuza games this year and both of them are in top 10 on this list, I'm so proud of this community. While I enjoyed Yakuza Kiwami 2 more, I still enjoyed Yakuza 6. The story was pretty solid. Onomichi, such a cozy town to roam around in!
Red Dead Redemption 2
Okay, this game is good and I'd fun with it, but it's in HM for me because it's not my kind of game. People complained about the controls, but I didn't mind them. My biggest issue was some of the gameplay mechanics. I understand most of them are for realistic immersion, but it just got tedious in the longrun. I also lost interest at the second half of the story. The first half and epilogue saved the game for me so it gets an easy pass.
I had fun with this game, the story was good, the combat and traversal was fun. However, the sidequests were just mediocre and the open world activities are just bland that reminds me too much of the Ubisoft formula, but hey, that kind of gameplay works.