The annual Push Square Towers tradition is back, as we sit down our scribes and pester them once more for their five favourite PlayStation games of the year. With such a strong assortment of software in 2018, it’s always tough deciding upon the cream of the crop. We told Alex he wouldn't be allowed to flip his Brazilian BBQ card until he sent us this list.
Fifth Choice: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
While I’ve found both the bog standard zombie and multiplayer aspects of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 tedious as hell, the battle royale inspired Blackout mode has single-handedly managed to catapult this title into my top five of 2018. By combat dropping a serious amount of presentational polish – as well as the satisfying gunplay the series is known for – it’s pitched just right for me personally, comfortably nestling between the tactics of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and the antics of Fortnite.
Fourth Choice: Hitman 2
Quite possibly one of the finest puzzle games out there, Hitman 2 – like protagonist Agent 47 – never misses its target. Sure, the improvements over its predecessor are relatively minor, but with a selection box of new missions to master – as well as the ability to import ever last mission from the first game so you can enjoy them all over again – I found myself sinking far too many hours into finding and executing as many convoluted ways of taking out my targets as I could.
Third Choice: Marvel's Spider-Man
While far from being a revolution for superhero video games many might have been hoping for – nothing will ever top Batman: Arkham Asylum on that front – the complex combat and sublime swinging captivated me for many, many hours. The sheer range of weapons as well as the fluidity of motion throughout were more than enough to paper over the cookie cutter side content and average story. The fact that this year it was the only title I got the Platinum Trophy while playing is clear confirmation that Spider-Man needed to be one of my top games of 2018.
Second Choice: Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a truly astounding technical accomplishment that also serves as an absolutely filthy display of development excess. The attention to detail throughout its open world feels needless at times, but nevertheless, it is a joy to experience. It’s rare for me to disregard a game’s story in favour of exploration, but Red Dead Redemption 2 did it, and I’m still nowhere near finishing the narrative due to spending far too much time riding into the sunset. It’s a milestone game indeed, and one that may only be surpassed – in terms of its attention to detail – by Rockstar itself.
First Choice: God of War
From the moment I witnessed two gods trading superhuman punches, demolishing rock and tree alike, this reinvention of a classic series that – in my eyes – could easily have been laid to rest permanently, had my full attention. Whether it was through the wonderful combat – who would ever get bored of recalling that lovely axe – or the mesmerising story and world, it delivered an adventure of continually escalating grandeur, yet still tied it all back to the complicated relationship between a father and son. Boy, was it great.
It's big guns all the way for our Alex, but do you agree with this order of 2018's blockbuster titles? Throw your Leviathan Axe into the comments section below.