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The Coaching for Geeks Awards 2018

The Coaching for Geeks community has spoken, putting forward their nominations for the best in geeky entertainment over the last twelve months… and the worst.

The time has come to vote FOR THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE! (In each category plus a runner up).

But they’re all winners here, apart from those found in the depths of the ‘Disappointment of the Year’.

Nominations have been cast for the following categories:

 

Movie of the Year

TV Show of the Year

Book of the Year

Live Event of the Year

Tabletop Game of the Year

Disappointment of the Year

Best Graphics

Best Sound Design

Indie Game of the Year

Game of the Year

 

Continue to read more about all the nominees, or head over to VOTING CLOSED to make your feelings known any time to have your say. One lucky voter (who leaves their email address so we can contact them) will win a My Geek Box full of nerdy treats.

We’ve included links where possible in case you want to buy the games/books/movies in the shortlist.

Something not included that you think should be? You need to be a part of the coaching for geeks community.

 

Some terms and conditions – one entry per person, multiple entrants will be disqualified, winner will be taken at random from eligible entries, entrants must leave an email address so we can contact them, prize can only be sent to addresses in the UK, USA, and Australia. Prize draw will take place before the end of 2018 using a random number generator. Winner will be contacted be email and must respond within 30 days to claim their prize. Entrants to the draw will be deemed to have accepted the full terms and conditions. Full Terms and Conditions exist and you should read them.

Phew.

 

ON WITH THE NOMINEES!

 

MOVIE OF THE YEAR 2018

 

A QUIET PLACE

Jim from The Office, plus Emily Blunt and his family must remain quiet in A Quiet Place, because if they hear you, they hunt you. A masterclass in tension, with almost no dialogue, A Quiet Place will have you clenching your buttocks.

DO NOT WATCH WITH PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO TALK DURING A MOVIE.

 

 

GAME NIGHT

Somewhat let down by its trailers, Game Night gradually turns into a crime caper as their murder mystery spirals out of control. With elements of the Michael Douglas classic The Game, an ensemble cast having a great time, and a razor sharp script, Game Night was largely overlooked but deserves your time.

 

 

BLACK PANTHER

When T’Challa returns home to Wakanda to take his place as king and Black Panther. Vibranium, treachery, epic fight choreography atop waterfalls, a terrible accent from Martin Freeman. Chadwick Boseman owns the role of Black Panther and potentially started a new series of Marvel Films, which fold into the end of the Avengers series. One of the best Marvel movies.

 

 

AVENGERS INFINITY WAR

“Mr. Stark, I don’t feel too good.” It had all been leading up to this. The massed Marvel heroes against Thanos. While it’s not without its problems and missing characters, Avengers Infinity War pulled the rug and left us reeling. Bring on Endgame.

 

 

MY HERO ACADEMIA: TWO HEROES

Taking place between seasons 2 and 3, My Hero Academia: Two Heroes sees All Might taking Deku on vacation to an exclusive island. Which promptly gets taken hostage leaving our heroes to save the day.

 

 

THE MEG

Jason Statham was THE WORLD’S BEST DEEP-SEA DIVER, at least until an unknown beast attacked his ship and everyone thought he’d gone crazy. Well guess what? That beast is The Meg, a prehistoric megalodon and it’s only gone and trapped a submarine at the bottom of the sea. Cue Statham and co on a schlocky yet brilliantly fun adventure which riffs on Jaws and makes The Meg much more clever and fun than it has any right to be.

 

 

 

TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

We had way too many nominations to describe them all, so here’s a list. Turns out our kind watches a lot of Netflix.

 

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Agents of SHIELD

The Good Place

Haunting of Hill House

Killing Eve

No Offence

Legends of Voltron

Bodyguard

The Dragon Prince

Shadowhunters

Hilda

American Horror Story Apocalypse

Star Trek Discovery

The Originals

Elementary

Big Mouth

 

 

BOOK OF THE YEAR

We had a diverse range of nominations for the Coaching for Geeks Book of the Year, from graphic novels through biographies and a player manual for Dungeons & Dragons.

Yay for books!

 

HOW TO INVENT EVERYTHING: REBUILD ALL OF CIVILIZATION (WITH 96% FEWER CATASTROPHES THIS TIME) – RYAN NORTH

the book cover of How to invent everything cover

What would you do if a time machine hurled you thousands of years into the past… and then broke? How would you survive? Could you improve on humanity’s original timeline? And how hard would it be to domesticate a giant wombat? In How to Invent Everything, Ryan North teaches you how to survive in any period of time in earth’s history, and maybe, just maybe make a better future.

DIE – KIERON GILLEN AND STEPHANIE HANS

DIE is a pitch-black fantasy where a group of forty-something adults have to deal with the returning, unearthly horror they only just survived as teenage role-players. If Kieron’s in a rush, he describes it as “Goth Jumanji” but that’s only the tip of this obsidian iceberg.

LOST AND FOUNDER: A PAINFULLY HONEST FIELD GUIDE TO THE STARTUP WORLD – RAND FISHKIN

Lost and founder cover by rand fishkin

Everyone knows how a startup story is supposed to go: A young, brilliant entrepreneur has an cool idea, drops out of college, defies the doubters, overcomes all odds, makes billions, and becomes the envy of the technology world.

Lost and Founder is not that story.

Rand Fishkin, the founder and former CEO of Moz, reveals how traditional Silicon Valley “wisdom” leads far too many startups astray in Lost and Founder.

BORN LIPPY: HOW TO DO FEMALE – JO BRAND

the book cover of Born Lippy How to do Female by Jo BRand

Born Lippy is a gathering of all the things Jo Brand wishes she’d known, all the things she’s learnt, and all the things she hopes for the future. A century after women got the vote (albeit married women over the age of 28) it’s time to take stock of exactly what it means to be female today. And if there’s one thing women are entitled to, it’s having a bloody good moan about things big and small.

PHORESIS – GREG EGAN

the book cover of phoresis by greg egan

An epic in miniature, Phoresis is told over multiple generations. The planet Tvibura is facing an imminent crisis of food running out and so a long term plan is hatched. This is hard sci fi of people struggling and risking everything to save a future they won’t get to see.

MORE THAN REALART IN THE DIGITAL AGE – DANIEL BIRNBAUM AND MICHELLE KUO

The Verbier Art Summit’s 2018 publication features contributions by acclaimed international artists and innovative thinkers. The publication is the outcome of the 2018 Summit held from 18 to 22 January in Verbier, Switzerland. The Summit theme and this accompanying publication, MORE THAN REAL ART IN THE DIGITAL AGE, were conceived by partnering museum director Daniel Birnbaum of Moderna Museet Stockholm, Sweden.

FACTFULNESS: TEN REASONS WE’RE WRONG ABOUT THE WORLD – AND WHY THINGS ARE BETTER THAN YOU THINK – HANS ROSLING

It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. That doesn’t mean there aren’t real concerns. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most.

Inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, Factfulness will change the way you see the world and empower you to respond to the crises and opportunities of the future.

D&D 5E UPDATED PLAYER’S HANDBOOK

The Player’s Handbook is the essential reference for every Dungeons & Dragons roleplayer. It contains rules for character creation and advancement, backgrounds and skills, exploration and combat, equipment, spells, and much more. And it got updated this year.

 

LIVE EVENT OF THE YEAR

From comic cons to festivals, via immersive theatre, escape rooms, adventure events and more. There’s never been a better time to geek out in the real world.

 

NINE WORLDS GEEKFEST

Nine Worlds Convention bills itself as being super inclusive and really tries to make sure that it is. From lanyards with stickers saying if you’re happy to be approached, to spaces for wheelchair users, and speakers told not to use any gender specific language.

Panels, singalongs, talks, and games are the order of the day, and while it lacks big name guests (though CfG Founder Robin Bates spoke there, as did friend of the show Grant Howitt), it more than makes up for it in spirit. This is a genuine fan fest rather than a series of thinly disguised adverts.

EGX REZZED

EGX’s little sibling, EGX Rezzed has an indie game focus and features all manner of games from the real indie weirdness, right through to the likes of Nintendo showing off their wares. With talks from industry leaders, developers, designers, as well as career help, EGX Rezzed has established itself as an annual gaming gem in London’s east end.

UK GAMES EXPO

UK Games Expo has grown massively over the years, and while this has brought some problems along with it (that free gaming space needs to be grabbed early folks) it has overtaken Origin in size and brings the boardgame love to Birmingham’s NEC and the nearby Hilton Metropole. We’ve covered UKGE a lot and whether you’re a roleplayer, wargamer, new to the gaming scene, or want to see some nerdy entertainment, UK Games Expo has got you covered.

CAMP WILDFIRE

Camp Wildfire brings the 1950s kitsch of summer camp to the UK, promising half music festival and half adventure camp. They may have got the maths wrong (it’s more like a 20/80 split) but Camp Wildfire is an intimate, adventurous, and raucous weekend. Building rafts, jumping off tall things, drumming, hovercrafting, plus the epic battle between the Badgers, Hawks, Foxes, and Squirrels. Give yourself over to the camaraderie, or head to the spa and get away from the mayhem. Either way you’ll be aching and happy by the time you pack your tent on Monday morning.

MAMMOTHFEST

Want some metal? Want it indoors? Brighton’s Mammothfest is for you! With UK exclusive performances and bands such as Decapitated and Bleed From Within performing, plus you might see some of the Coaching for Geeks community selling their wares in the marketplace. Mammothfest is a mst for metallers.

MCM COMIC CON BIRMINGHAM

MCM Comic Con hosts events almost every month around teh UK. MCM Comic Con Birmingham brings it to the UK’s National Exhibition Centre for 2 days. Featuring a huge geeks marketplace, comic village, signing hall, guests from TV, film, and comics, a cosplay masquerade and much more. MCM Comic Con Birmingham will have you geeking out all weekend long.

DEXPOSURE

Double Exposure host three events under the Dexposure brand. So while this may be a threeway, your vote for Dreamation, Meatatopia, or DexCon will go to Dexposure. DEXCON is a five-day gaming convention, held annually in July in Morristown, New Jersey, run by Double Exposure, Inc. It has a reputation for attracting leading game industry talent to participate, and hosts several national and world gaming championships. It includes a number of different departments hosting multiple types of gaming, including board gaming, Larping, video gaming, and wargaming.

 

BOARDGAME OF THE YEAR

Plenty of nominations in this category as the golden age of tabletop gaming continues to gather pace!

 

RISING SUN

Rising Sun is a game about honor, negotiation, and warfare in a feudal Japan where the ancient gods (kami)have returned to rebuild the empire.

Whereas the distant ancestor of Blood Rage was RiskRising Sun claims Diplomacy as its distant ancestor. Tackle negotiations, alliances, and war. Capture hostages and commit seppuku. The game features an honour track, which rises and falls based on your actions.

FOUNDERS OF GLOOMHAVEN

Founders of Gloomhaven is a competitive tile-placement, hand management, city-building game where each player controls a fantastical race working to build the city of Gloomhaven and gain influence over its residents. This is a stand-alone game set in the same universe as Gloomhaven. The events, however, take place hundreds of years before Gloomhaven and depict the original construction of the city.

FALLOUT: WASTELAND WARFARE

In Fallout: Wasteland Warfare players will build their own crew from a wide range of factions, allies and iconic characters from the Fallout series, and play in apocalyptic games of 3 – 30 high quality 32mm scale miniatures through a huge variety of iconic scenery and settlement buildings, from the Red Rocket to Sanctuary Hills, Nuka-Cola vending machines and wrecked cars. 

Pick units or characters to be Heroic giving them access to V.A.T.S bonuses and then select a Leader who can gain Perks and other abilities to support your crew. Develop your settlements buildings, defenses and resources which impacts your crew’s army list and abilities in the wasteland.

ORBIS

Orbis is a tactical game of world development and strategic resource management, in which players take on the roles of gods creating their best universes. Utilizing lands lost in the aether, players accumulate worshippers to spend on even more fruitful lands — some of which grant game-changing bonuses. The key to victory lies in having the most creation points (CPs) at the end of the game.

ZOMBICIDE: GREEN HORDE

Zombicide: Green Horde expands upon the fantasy universe introduced by Zombicide: Black Plague. A new group of Survivors of different species will bring their unique expertise to the fight against the undead armies threatening to crush the kingdom.

As they explore the ravaged villages, Survivors gather all manner of equipment to aid them in their quest. From swords, hammers, bows, and armour, to magic scrolls and flasks of dragon bile! All of that equipment is neatly displayed in each Survivor’s plastic dashboard, with appropriate slots for each type of card, as well as trackers for wounds, skills, and experience.

DON’T GET GOT

Don’t Get Got is a secret mission party game for the whole family. Armed with six missions each you have to complete three to win the game.

You’ll need to be at your sneakiest best to pull these off. It could be hiding your card in a jar of jam and getting someone to open it or convincing a player you’ve got a bad leg. Get caught in the act and you lose a card. Drop your guard for two seconds and you could be walking into a trap.

It’s devious, it’s sneaky and the beauty of this game is that you can play it anywhere: work, school, home, on holiday, even whilst playing another game. Just don’t get got.

CHRONICLES OF CRIME

Chronicles of Crime is a cooperative game of criminal investigation mixing board game, an app and a touch of Virtual Reality. You and your team will be put on crime cases, moving all around town, interviewing suspects or witnesses, and searching for clues in 3D scenes!.

ENDEVOR: AGE OF SAIL

In Endeavor: Age of Sail, players strive to earn glory for their empires. Sailing out from Europe and the Mediterranean, players will establish shipping routes and occupy cities the world over. As they do so, players will leverage their growing industry, culture, finance, and Influence, building their engine and extending their reach into the far-flung regions of the world.

KEYFORGE

Keyforge is a card game where each person has their own unique deck. In Keyforge, players lead their diverse teams, filled with followers from three of the Crucible’s great Houses, the Archons must gather Æmber, stave off their opponent’s progress, and ultimately be the first to open a Vault and gain its incredible knowledge. With a vast array of creatures, artifacts, and abilities and over 104 quadrillion possible decks, every deck is completely one-of-a-kind, and no two battles will ever be the same!

 

CODENAMES PICTURES

What are these strange symbols on the map? They are code for locations where spies must contact secret agents!

Two rival spymasters know the agent in each location. They deliver coded messages telling their field operatives where to go for clandestine meetings. Operatives must be clever. A decoding mistake could lead to an unpleasant encounter with an enemy agent – or worse, with the assassin! Both teams race to contact all their agents, but only one team can win.

Codenames: Pictures differs from the original Codenames in that the agents are no longer represented by a single word, but by an image that contains multiple elements.

 

STREAKING KITTENS: THE SECOND EXPLODING KITTENS EXPANSION

Exploding Kittens is a kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette. Players take turns drawing cards until someone draws an exploding kitten and loses the game. The deck is made up of cards that let you avoid exploding by peeking at cards before you draw, forcing your opponent to draw multiple cards, or shuffling the deck.

Streaking Kittens is the second expansion and so enabled someone to sneak Exploding Kittens into the awards.

THE MIND

The Mind is more than just a game. It’s an experiment, a journey, a team experience in which you can’t exchange information, yet will become one to defeat all the levels of the game.

The Mind deck contains cards numbered 1-100, and during the game you try to complete a number of levels. In a level, each player receives a hand of cards equal to the number of the level: one card in level 1, two cards in level 2, etc. Collectively you must play these cards into the center of the table on a single discard pile in ascending order but you cannot communicate with one another in any way as to which cards you hold. You simply stare into one another’s eyes, and when you feel the time is right, you play your lowest card. If no one holds a card lower than what you played, great, the game continues! If someone did, all players discard face up all cards lower than what you played, and you lose one life.

 

DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR

The nominations here overwhelmingly went to videogames. The nominees are:

THE DARK EYE RPG

MY HERO ACADEMIA: ONE JUSTICE

LIFE IS STRANGE 2

FALLOUT 76

SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER

FAR CRY 5

SHENMUE 1 & 2 REMASTERED

WE HAPPY FEW

WORLD OF WARCRAFT: BATTLE FOR AZEROTH

No images because if you can’t say anything nice…

 

Finally on to our four videogame categories.

VIDEOGAMES

BEST GRAPHICS

TETRIS EFFECT

Tetris Effect looks kinda rubbish in 2D. Sure there are particles flying around, but surely it’s just Tetris? Plug yourself into a PSVR headset and everything changes. Sparks fly, dolphins swim by, and Tetris Effect takes on a whole new way of being. This really has to be seen to be understood and we still can’t believe how much leeway the Tetris Company gave Testsuya Mizuguchi and his team to mess with the standard Tetris formula to create Tetris Effect.

GRAVITY DASH

A mobile game, a runner, not only does Gravity Dash have an awesome soundtrack, but its simple graphics enable those fast reflexes to kick in.

RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2

DESTINY 2: FORSAKEN

I know nothing of Destiny beyond the wizard that came from the moon, but the expansion to Destiny 2, Destiny 2: Forsaken, sure looks pretty.

MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN

 

GOD OF WAR

That single shot throughout the whole game. Those particle effects. The World Beast. Kratos himself. God of War pushes teh PS4 really hard (my launch console sounds like a jet engine and heats up as much as the action does in busy scenes), God of War is simply beautiful.

 

UNAVOWED

Unavowed carries the look of a classic PC point and click adventure. It has that rotoscoped feel to it and when a demon has possessed you and used your body to tear a swath of bloodshed through New York, you want your adventure to look good.

SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS

Shadow of the Colossus is not a new game and this remaster built the forsaken land anew. The colossi were always impressive beasts and the extra polygons and new textures somehow make the whole experience even more forlorn.

 

SPYRO REIGNITED

Updating an old game can be risky, stray too far from the original and you upset the fans, don;t do enough and you fail to attract new gamers. Spyro retains the charm and style of the original while thoroughly updating the graphics.

BEST SOUND DESIGN

OCTOPATH TRAVELLER

Octopath Traveller is a turn based RPG and features a gorgeous soundtrack by composer Yasunori Nishiki. The full orchestral score is frankly incredible, and livens up the game when it becomes a bit fetch questy.

NIGHT TRAP: 25TH ANNIVERSARY

Look, Night Trap is not a good game. It is an FMV curio which stirred up a whole heap of controversy despite being really rather tame, and a B Movie pastiche. It did, however, spawn this scene and got a 2018 release on Switch, so has made it into the voting round. OH LOOK AT MEGAN!

RUNNER 3

Commander Video is running again, and the music builds like it always has in the Bit Trip games. Now with added Chared Martinet.

FALLOUT 76

Fallout 76 was a massive disappointment. It even made our biggest disappointment category. The music however, Fats Waller, Cole Porter, Billie Holiday, Bing Crosby, Glen Miller and plenty more. IT captures that Fallout feel, even if the game fails to do that so spectacularly.

https://youtu.be/B3fsxGQG3aU

 

SPYRO REIGNITED

Spyro the Dragon came back in the remastered Spyro Reignited, bringing a re recorded soundtrack along for the ride. The game allows players to switch back and forth between teh original, and teh new music – which features a track by Stewart Copeland who wrote the original and also used to be in The Police.

FORGOTTON ANNE

Composer Peter Dew draw on the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra to play the Forgotton Anne soundtrack. With an epic, seepings core, it really helps draw you into the story of the Forgotlings and Anne.

CELESTE

The Celeste soundtrack was written by Kuraine, electronic music project of Lena Raine (check out some more on spotify), who has also worked on games including Guild Wars 2 and Hackmud. This one got a vinyl release.

TETRIS EFFECT

The games of Tetsuya Mizuguchi ALWAYS have an awesome soundtrack, Rez, Lumines, Child of Eden, Space Channel 5, and now Tetris Effect. Playing with the rules of Tetris in multiple ways, this game is best played in VR with headphones clamped to your ears.

 

INDIE GAME OF THE YEAR

BEAT SABER

Beat saber turns you into a musical Jedi, swishing around, smashing blocks with your red and blue sabers in VR. The beats come flying at you as you dual wield, dodging energy fields, and sabering your way through the music. Better on PC, as it has access to a store full of additional tracks, Beat Saber still a solid VR game on PSVR.

 

CATEAU

Set in Paris, Cateau is a visual novel that takes the idea of friendship and investigates it through a particular lens – what it might take to actually be a friend in more than concept alone. As the protagonist, you come to understand that your friend and roommate Roselle is unwell. You take it upon yourself to try and rekindle that spark of life that seems to have gone out by engaging in one of her former interests, cats. While sauntering up and down the cozy streets of the City of Lights, whether it be to get to work, run errands, or simply enjoy the town, you will come to encounter three distinctly different cats. Their personalities being fundamentally unlike one another, it’s up to you to enter unfamiliar waters, figuring them out as you attempt to bring your friend back. The multiple, varied endings give each choice, big or small, tangible consequence.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/949370/Cateau/

CELESTE

Help Madeline survive her inner demons on her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain, in this super-tight, hand-crafted platformer from the creators of multiplayer classic TowerFall. The controls are simple and accessible – simply jump, air-dash, and climb – but with layers of expressive depth to master, where every death is a lesson. Lightning-fast respawns keep you climbing as you uncover the mysteries of the mountain and brave its many perils.

FORGOTTON ANNE

Forgotton Anne is a seamless cinematic adventure with a focus on meaningful storytelling and light puzzle platforming. You are Anne, the enforcer who keeps order in the Forgotten Lands, as she sets out to squash a rebellion that might prevent her master, Bonku, and herself from returning to the human world.

MINIT

Minit is a peculiar little adventure played sixty seconds at a time. Journey outside the comfort of your home to help unusual folk, uncover countless secrets, and overcome dangerous foes, all in hopes of lifting a rather unfortunate curse that ends each day after just one minute.

DARKSIDE DETECTIVE

The Darkside Detective is a micro-adventure game with a distinct sense of humour. Where cultists crawl, where demons dwell, where the occult… occults? *ahem* That’s where you’ll find Detective Francis McQueen, the lead investigator of the criminally underfunded Darkside Division. When evil darkens the doorsteps of Twin Lakes City – hell, even when it just loiters around shop fronts or hangs out in shady alleyways – he’s there, ready to investigate the cases that nobody else will. He is The Darkside Detective.

 

GAME OF THE YEAR 2018

MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN

Marvel’s Spider-Man gets so many things right it’s ridiculous. The most crucial part of any Spider-Man game being the plain joy in traversing the city. Marvel’s Spider-Man delivers that in spades. Sure, it also gave us terrible Mary Jane and Miles Morales stealth sections, the story isn’t amazing, and the missions get repetitive as it goes on, but that feeling of thwipping around New York never gets old.

GOD OF WAR

“BOY!” Kratos is a daddy now and he makes sure you know it. Bringing the action from the ancient Greek gods to Norse mythology and featuring a camera that never cuts (unlike Kratos’ axe), God of War is an epic in every sense. Lot’s of action, a smattering of puzzles, and new to the series an open world ripe for exploration as Kratos and Atreus endeavour to lay teh dead in their final resting place.

Bringing the camera in tight over the shoulder makes the violence even more visceral, and the new engine pushes the PS4 further than ever before.

RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2

Cowboys. Read Dead Redemption 2 is about cowboys. Specifically outlaw Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde gang dealing with the decline of the Wild West whilst attempting to survive against government forces, rival gangs, and other opponents. Building a camp, shooting enemies in the face, riding through the mesa, it’s all in a day’s work for the hero of Red Dead Redemption 2.

BATTLETECH

Reactor Online. Sensors Online. Weapons Online. All Systems Nominal. Battletech is back. Massive robots using strategy and guns to make each other explode in a fiery ball of metallic death. A turn based strategy game with an XCOM style campaign, this will get the cogs whirring and maybe a small sulk when your best unit gets destroyed forever.

HITMAN 2

The sandbox murder sim of Agent 47 is back in Hitman 2. Look for opportunities, and exploit them, so you can do your Hitman things and leave the scene of the crime making it look like a terrible, horrible, no-one could ever have foreseen it, accident. Get your thinking hat on, look for the various working parts, and come up with your own plan to get away with murder. Or run in and shoot everyone and hope for the best.

ASSASSIN’S CREED ODYSSEY

Assassin’s Creed was in need of a shakeup and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey brings along a bag of tricks from open world RPGs like The Witcher, and stops holding your hand like previous entries. Choosing either Alexios or Kassandra (the correct choice) as an outcast Spartan, seeking to make their way in the world as a mercenary, and find some answers to life’s questions, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey adds in XP and leveling up, new and upgradable equipment, and a huuuuge open world ripe for exploring. Some 20 hours in and the game finally reveals a few secrets but this is a massive beast of a game.

JURASSIC WORLD EVOLUTION

Build a park full of dinosaurs. What could possibly go wrong? Jurassic World Evolution gives you the keys to Jurassic Park. Build your park, manage your breeding programme, hope the power doesn’t fail. Will you scrimp on security to develop new attractions or play it safe? Nobody wants there to  be running and screaming, do they? Taking a legacy from Theme Park and Jurassic Park Operation Genesis, Jurassic World Evolution offers a beautiful park builder with dinosaurs!

FORGOTTON ANNE

Looking like a Studio Ghibli movie, Forgotton Anne is an adventure platformer set in a world where our lost items go and become sentient. The Forgotlings may be rebelling, and as one of only two humans in the world, Anne has the power to drain the life from the Forgotlings in an instant. Powers are gained, secrets are revealed, and decisions are made. Forgotton Anne is a gentle game to play but the story will stay with you for some time.

DARKSIDE DETECTIVE

Where cultists crawl, where demons dwell, where the occult… occults? you’ll find Detective Francis McQueen, the sole member of the criminally underfunded Darkside Division. When evil darkens the doorsteps of Twin Lakes City – hell, even when it just loiters around shop fronts or hangs out in shady alleyways – he’s there, ready to investigate the cases that nobody else will. He is The Darkside Detective. And now it’s on Switch it makes the cut for the 2018 awards.

SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE

Oh Smash Bros. Sneaking in at the end of the year with all the characters, stages, items, and more. It’s the Ultimate Smash Bros. For the uninitiated, Mario, Sonic, Solid Snake, Pac Man, and about 70 other gaming characters from Nintendo’s house and beyond get together to have a big fight. Just hitting teh other players is not enough, instead you add more and more damage so they fly further when you smash them, the aim being to smash them out of the boundary of the screen. Add in weapons, special moves, ultimate smashes, a single player mode and you have Smash Bros. Ultimate.

WHAT A YEAR IT’S BEEN!

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