Game Junk Podcast Episode #38: Best of 2018


0:00 – Intro: Guac Talk
36:45 – Headlines: Epic Games Store Launches Steam Competitor
51:00 – Feature: Top 10 Games of 2018
2:17:20 – Other Stuff We Played: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night / Rondo of Blood Remake, Onimusha: Warlords Remake, Vanquish, Alpha Protocol, The Talos Principle, Observer, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Clone Hero
2:26:50 – Junk Mail: New Game+, Most Played Games, Game Hacks and Mods, First Video Games We Ever Completed, EA and Star Wars, 3 Games to Bring to an Underground Bunker, Remakes vs Remasters, AAA Bubble, Speedrunning and DLC, Most Anticipated Games of 2019, Getting Older as a Gamer
3:10:05 – Outro

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  • newtaurus

    Without listening to the podcast (yet) but linking it back to the Glass review, the first game I ever completed was Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves for the NES. And Jay thought the movie was long…

  • pcch7

    I just finished RDR2, I think it gets better and better as you progress. The dude who voiced Arthur is amazing. Game of the year for me would still be God of War though, I can’t remember the last time I was that impressed with a game.

  • Blake in Boston

    It’s always a pleasant surprise when you guys drop one of these episodes! I’m already on board when I hear Frank going off on the overrated Nintendo Switch, but what’s this? Frankie’s a PS4 head now? What happened to the Xbox love? I’ve been playing most of my multiplatform games on the Xbox One X and have been loving this console. The elite controller really feels great and games like Red Dead Redemption II look great. Anywho, I made a big ass list summing up my year of gaming:

    Top 31 Best Games of 2018:
    1. Red Dead Redemption II
    2. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
    3. God of War
    4. ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
    5. Marvel’s Spider-Man
    6. Beat Saber
    7. Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
    8. Dead Cells
    9. Battlefield V
    10. Tetris Effect
    11. Forza Horizon 4
    12. Detroit: Become Human
    13. Hitman 2
    14. Far Cry 5
    15. Firewall Zero Hour
    16. State of Decay 2
    17. Valkyria Chronicles 4
    18. Moss
    19. holedown
    20. Super Mario Party
    21. Burnout Remastered
    22. Monster Hunter World
    23. Onrush
    24. Celeste
    25. Shadow of the Tomb Raider
    26. Florence
    27. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
    28. The Gardens Between
    29. Below
    30. Donut County
    31. Sea of Thieves

    2018’s Best Old Games:
    1. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
    2. Red Dead Redemption
    3. theHunter: Call of the Wild
    4. Resident Evil 7

    Bottom 5 Disappointing Games:
    1. Metal Gear Survive
    2. A Way Out
    3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
    4. Vampyr
    5. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

    Top 5 Games That Are Probably Good, But I Haven’t Played Yet:
    1. Into The Breach
    2. Soulcalibur VI
    3. Octopath Traveler
    4. GRIS
    5. Return of the Obra Dinn

    Best Gaming Trends of 2018:
    -Jason Schreier’s Reporting
    -HDR (when implemented correctly)
    -Cross platform play
    -Game Pass, PlayStation Now downloads
    -Inventive use of Virtual Reality
    -Licensed properties treated with reverence (i.e. Marvel’s Spider-Man)

    Worst Gaming Trends of 2018:
    -Filip Miucin’s Plagiarism
    -Console exclusivity content deals for multi-platform games
    -Entitled fanbases/communities taking it way too far (i.e. Blizzard/Bethesda backlash)
    -Nintendo’s lack of enticing 1st party content
    -Licensed properties treated disrespectfully (i.e. Metal Gear Survive)

    Top 5 Game Narratives:
    1. Red Dead Redemption II
    2. God of War
    3. Marvel’s Spider-Man
    4. Detroit: Become Human
    5. Life Is Strange 2

    Top 5 Game Characters:
    1. Arthur Morgan (Red Dead Redemption II)
    2. Connor (Detroit: Become Human)
    3. Sadie Adler (Red Dead Redemption II)
    4. Sean Diaz (Life is Strange 2)
    5. Charles Smith (Red Dead Redemption II)

    Top 5 Graphical Presentations:
    1.Red Dead Redemption II
    2. Battlefield V
    3. Forza Horizon 4
    4. Detroit: Become Human
    5. God of War

    Top 5 Audio/Musical Presentations:
    1. Red Dead Redemption II
    2. Battlefield V
    3. Tetris Effect
    4. Celeste
    5. FarCry 5

    Top 10 Most Anticipated 2019 Games:
    1. Death Stranding
    2. Spelunky 2
    3. In the Valley of the Gods
    4. Days Gone
    5. Metro: Exodus
    6. Biomutant
    7. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
    8. Resident Evil 2
    9. Control
    10. The Outer Worlds

    Cheers! Here’s to another great year of gaming!

  • Newtman98

    Loved this episode. Hollow Knight was definitely one of those games that I put like 5 hours into and then shelved for like 8 months, then revisited out of boredom and got to a certain point and it “clicked” and I could not put it down. I think I actually bought it after hearing Sean mention it in an earlier episode. One thing I’ll say is not to be ashamed to look up where to go to unlock certain abilities. It’s still extremely challenging even when knowing where to go. Some of the most difficult boss fights ever.

    Binding of Isaac is probably my #1 “hated but then later loved” games. It was the first rogue like game I’d played and couldn’t get into it. All it takes is that one run where you start to get a nice combo of abilities and you feel like a god. Only happens like 1 out of every 20 runs but it’s worth it.

  • Newtman98

    Awesome lists. I’m slowly becoming one of those Switch fanboys, but I’m pretty sure it’s 100% due to the Pro controller. It’s my favorite controller ever. I prefer it when playing games like Celeste or Dead Cells where you’re playing for long periods and hairpin reaction time is a factor. I still prefer to play games like Doom on PS4 or Xbox, where they suffer a graphics downgrade on the switch.

  • HuckCity

    I didn’t see CrossCode on any of those lists! Also, buy Return of the Obra Dinn yesterday.

  • Colin

    Sean [1-24-19]: Metroid 4 better come out this year or I’ll be pissed.
    Nintendo [1-25-19]: We’re scrapping Metroid 4 and starting over from scratch.

  • Sean

    Oh I’m pissed alright! They are basically just messing with me at this point.

  • devolutionary

    Great episode fellas! I always feel late to the GameJunk party, but it’s mostly due to my crazy backlog of games. Plus I’ve saved so much $$$ waiting for later sales.
    With the exception of “hot” indies like Subnautica and Dead Cells, the only other 2018 deep-dives were “Dusk” (old school indie FPS Doom influence), “Lost In Vivo” (FP Silent Hill-ish), and the Missing (Swery’s new puzzle platformer). Surprised none of you checked that one out. I also played Amid Evil (Heretic influence) but that’s still early-access.

    New Metro looks like the first fully-fledged successor to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. I believe some of the original Devs are working on it. I fully look forward to actually playing the RE2 Remake in late 2019 or 2020 when it goes on sale. ;)
    Will definitely check out CrossCode and Return of Obra Dinn.

  • Blake in Boston

    Need a PC for that, bud. I’m always close to building one or dropping way too much cash on a pre-build… but I just can’t come up with any good reasons to do so. I’m sure those will come to consoles soon enough.

  • pcch7

    As for the launcher, I’m sick of them. Got five launchers currently

  • pcch7

    I’m surprised none of you had played Furi, great game. Cool bossfights and awesome music.

  • Sean

    Here are the lists for easy reference:

    1) God of War
    2) Return of the Obra Dinn
    3) AC Odyssey
    4) CrossCode
    5) Red Dead 2
    6) Detroit: Become Human
    7) Spider-Man
    8) Subnautica
    9) Guacamelee! 2
    10)Valkyria Chronicles 4

    1. God of War
    2. Return of the Obra Dinn
    3. Celeste
    4. Destiny 2: Forsaken
    5. Yoku’s Island Express
    6. The Messenger
    7. Slay the Spire
    8. Dead Cells
    9. Subnautica
    10. Gloomhaven (board game)

    1. God of War
    2. Guacamelee 2
    3. Spyro Reignited Trilogy
    4. Marvel’s Spider-Man
    5. Beat Saber
    6. Red Dead Redemption 2
    7. Shadow of the Tomb Raider
    8. Dead Cells
    9. Black Ops III
    10. Yoku’s Island Express

    1. God of War
    2. Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
    3. Guacamelee 2
    4. The Messenger
    5. Celeste
    6. Spider-Man
    7. A Way Out
    8. Donut County
    9. Red Dead Redemption 2
    10. Moss

  • Hey Sean, I heard you mention “No Man’s Sky.” If you’re interested in an infinitely better version of that, have you ever heard of or played “Elite Dangerous”?

    Probably the game I’ve put the most hours into… possibly ever? And still playing. Look into it if you want a space exploration game. It truly is amazing.

    If you know nothing, I’d start with ObsidianAnt’s videos.

  • devolutionary

    I have a coworker who swears by a H.O.T.A. throttle/stick controller when playing this game. If you don’t want to spend hundreds on a Logitech X56 or Saitech PS28, a cheaper Thrustmaster will do.
    I’ve only played the demo.

  • Yeah I’ve come close to buying a HOTAS. But temporarily got into some other games so haven’t pulled the proverbial trigger yet.

    Also the game is on VR now I think for PC only. I can’t even imagine how fucking awesome this game would be in VR. Looking over your shoulder and seeing an entire planetary system towering over you with the Milky Way in the background? … damn, I gotta get into PC gaming lol.