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It’s Boysies Time! These Are Our Favorite Videogames of 2018

Boys’ Life is ready to celebrate another epic year for videogames! Check out our list of the 13 best videogames of the year below.

Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom

This is a deep action game full of quirky characters. And the epic visuals really shine. You play as Evan, a young prince who has to grow up quickly and lead his kingdom. All the while, he must deal with the warring Cat and Mouse tribes. You’ll find a bunch of monsters to battle and dozens of quests, too. (Bandai Namco for PS4, PC)

Lost Sphear

This fantasy adventure is all about the sheer joy of family and friendship. The main goal? You and your friends save the world from disappearing. Powerful mech suits offer great protection during battles. (Square Enix for PS4, Switch, PC)


Imagine Zelda meets Cuphead. The result: Fe, an addictive platformer that’s all about the outdoors. You’re a wandering fox in a magical forest. It’s a quiet game, but what it lacks in battles it makes up for with tricky puzzles that require plenty of patience and wit. (EA for PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)


One of 2016’s best games finally made it to consoles this year. Otus the owl is the lead character in this 2-D pixel-art platformer set in the clouds. Fly through levels, fighting and exploring. It’s especially fun for fans of open-world games and big boss battles. (D-Pad Studios for PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Mac, PC)


VR is still on the come-up as far as making high-quality, memorable games, but this action-adventure puzzler is a 201 standout. It takes advantage of VR by allowing you to move around to battle, explore and solve riddles as Quill, a tiny mouse with big attitude. (Polyarc Inc. for PSVR)

Shape of the World

Forget about the ticking clock and big boss battle. Shape of the World is all about adventure. Explore a mysterious world, and interact with its many strange creatures and landmarks. Also cool: The game is procedural, meaning it’s a completely different experience for each player. (Hollow Tree Games for PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Donut County

In this physics-based puzzler, you play as a black hole-like pit in the ground. Your goal: Make the hole bigger by devouring food and other items round you. You’ll meet cute characters, steal their trash, and throw them in the hole, too. (Annapurna Interactive for PS4, PC, iOS)


It’s all about the monster heads! These creepy noggins have secrets inside. Pull, press, grab and rotate each one to find out what lies within. (Double Fine Productions for PS4, PC, iOS)

Hollow Knight

Brave the dark depths of a forgotten kingdom in this spooky 2-D platformer. You’ll explore the creepy old town as you search for riches, befriend beasts and unravel mysteries. (Team Cherry for Switch, Mac, PC)

Alto’s Odyssey

This sequel to one of our all-time favorite mobile games, Alto’s Adventure, is all about soaring through an endless desert, getting big air and doing epic flips on a sandboard. You’ll want to play this one wearing headphones, because the music and sound effects are incredible.

Kirby Star Allies

Kirby is back! This time, he’s not alone. Play with three friends to form your own fearsome foursome, or recruit in-game enemies to your side by hitting them with a Friend Heart.

Overcooked 2

This sequel to the 2016 hit hasn’t changed much about its gameplay — and that’s a good thing! You’ll still cook and serve food to a crowd of impatient customers. There are new recipes to create, and the game adds online multiplayer for the first time. Plus, there are a few new strategies like tossing food to diners. Be sure to aim well! (Ghost Town Games for PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)


Game of the Year | Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate started 2018 as our most anticipated game of the year, and it ends as the best. Why so great? It’s epic for starters. 74 fan-favorite Nintendo characters, like Mario, Kirby, Zelda, Sonic and Pac-Man, compete in an enhanced remake of the classic Wii U fighting game for Switch.

The fighters battle in more than 100 stages, and there are more than 800 music tracks to keep you jamming while you play. But mostly, it’s just a ton of fun. And we’re not alone in out love for this game.

The Boys’ Life audience chose it as the game of the year, too, with more than 35% of the vote. What came in second? A whole other kind of fighting game: Fortnite!

45 Comments on It’s Boysies Time! These Are Our Favorite Videogames of 2018

  1. Still SmashBros fan. // November 25, 2020 at 5:07 pm // Reply

    No Zelda Breath of the Wild?

  2. LukyanLightning // November 24, 2020 at 4:48 pm // Reply

    To late for this oh well I still would have picked Hollow Knight (it is 2020 right now and it sucks)

  3. Fortnite is TRASH

  4. Why no Nintendo 3DS games?

  5. go Kirby!!!!!

  6. SamuraiBowser // June 14, 2020 at 10:44 am // Reply

    GO SMASH!!!

  7. SAD BEKFAST BIG BOI // June 8, 2020 at 4:50 pm // Reply

    why no undertale 🙁

  8. Go smash1

  9. Everything can beat NASCAR heat


  11. NO SPLATOON 2?! BEST SWITCH GAME EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. I only agree with owl boy and hollow knight (why in the world did they put star allies in there it stinks)

  13. Mario Lover // June 28, 2019 at 12:44 pm // Reply

    I hate fortinite but love mario

  14. Minecraft???

  15. Fornite Storming into theaters HAHA

  16. Deadpoolmaan // April 23, 2019 at 7:33 pm // Reply

    Where is fortnite,Pokemon,and call of duty!?!

    • jonathan joestar // April 3, 2020 at 10:18 am // Reply

      fortnite was released in 2017, pokemon is good i honestly don’t understand, maybe they think pokemon is for little kids, and call of duty is rated M17+ they are not going to promote something that is rated mature

  17. Wheres madden at?!

  18. Smash for the win ya boi!!


  20. fortnite is boss i LOVE FortNite

  21. what about fortnite

  22. great choice

  23. God of War?

  24. Ultimate easy game of the year

  25. Fortnite is best of all game sm po cha // January 7, 2019 at 3:18 pm // Reply

    What thy heck there iS NO FORTNITE!

  26. what about spiderman and cod blackops 4

  27. I like super smash bros but donut county looks cool too. If they could put teen games on it I bet they would put fortnite but I am not saying it is good or anything it is super boring.

  28. Pokemon has been in Smash since the first game

  29. Fortnite better then all of these and so is overwatch

  30. So you never heard of fortnite boi

  31. lktornado360 // December 30, 2018 at 8:41 am // Reply


  32. YES!! I wanted Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to win!!

  33. Pokemon! Let's go pikachu and eevee! // December 21, 2018 at 2:41 pm // Reply

    I love super smash bros

  34. Street fighter // December 20, 2018 at 7:13 am // Reply

    I like black ops 4 better then any of them. Sorry

  35. 24JeffGordon // December 18, 2018 at 4:45 pm // Reply

    Nothing can beat NASCAR heat.

  36. Greengaming296 // December 18, 2018 at 11:39 am // Reply

    Sup dude

  37. I love that they’re adding Pokemon to super smash Bros! I’m so exited. Who else likes Pokemon?

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