As the new year begins to sink in, let’s pump the brakes, and highlight a few standout games from 2018. We were pleasantly surprised to have yet another year squeezed full of sensational games, so trimming down the list to 10 technically impressive games was a true challenge.
We’ve done this style of list in years past, but it’s always worth having a refresher here for new readers. This list isn’t primarily focused on the use of raw GPU horsepower or the most innovative mechanics – it’s a celebration of technical achievement in every conceivable way.
Flashy AAA releases will definitely get their due here, but we purposefully keep the criteria for this list as broad as possible so we can call out impressive releases at any size. After all, the industry has so much more to offer than just high-end shaders and ever-rising resolutions.
Unfortunately, the 10-slot limitation means that some truly wonderful games aren’t mentioned here. If another title from 2018 struck you as particularly impressive, please take a moment to shout it out in the comment section.
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