Is 2018 the Best Year in Gaming History? A Breakdown of Each Month’s Big Video Game Release

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With 2018 coming to a close, and presuming that there’s no secret, unannounced big game that gets released in the next two weeks, we should be set when it comes to the big, AAA gaming experiences of the year.

Having said that, taking a look at each month’s release, and lining them up per month, one can’t help but wonder: is 2018 the best year in gaming history in terms of video games and their quality? We take a look at each “big” or significant game released per month, and you can help us judge if 2018 is indeed one of the best, if not the best, in terms of video game releases.

Note that we included every big release, and not just those that feature multiplayer, and we won’t be listing down re-releases or ports that came out this year.

January

  • Dragon Ball FighterZ – January 26
  • Monster Hunter World – January 26

February

  • Batallion 1944 (Early Access) – February 1
  • Kingdom Come Deliverance  – February 13

March

  • Sea of Thieves – March 20
  • A Way ut – March 23
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom – March 23
  • Far Cry 5 – March 27

April

  • Yakuza 6: The Song of Life – April 17
  • God of War – April 20

May

  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – May 4
  • Destiny 2: Warmind – May 8
  • State of Decay 2 – May 22
  • Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection – May 29

June 

  • Vampyr – June 5
  • Unravel Two – June 9
  • The Crew 2 – June 29

July

  • Octopath Traveler – July 13
  • Mega Man X Collection 1+2 – July 24
  • The Banner Saga 3 – July 24

August

  • Dead Cells – August 7
  • Overcooked 2 – August 7
  • We Happy Few – August 10
  • The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 1 – August 14
  • Guacamelee! 2 – August 21
  • Shenmue I & II – August 21
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2 – August 28
  • Strange Brigade – August 28
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 – August 31

September

  • Destiny 2: Forsaken – September 4
  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age – September 4
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) – September 4
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man – September 7
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider – September 14
  • The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 2 – September 25
  • Life Is Strange 2 – Episode 1 – September 27

October

  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission – October 2
  • Forza Horizon 4 – October 2
  • Mega Man 11 – October 2
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey = October 5
  • Super Mario Party – October 5
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – October 12
  • SoulCalibur VI – October 19
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 – October 26

November

  • Hitman 2 – November 13
  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy – November 13
  • Fallout 76 – November 14
  • Battlefield V – November 20
  • Darksiders 3 – November 27

December

  • Just Cause 4 – December 4
  • Subnautica – December 4
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – December 7

Again, we didn’t include any game that was a remaster, retro release compilation, console to console ports, etc. Even without those, we had one hell of a year in gaming this year, right? Is this the best year in gaming history? That’s open to debate, but it’s definitely up there.

Which year is the best in gaming history for you and why? Where do you put 2018 in terms of the all-time best? Make sure to bookmark MP1st! We’ll be covering all the latest and best multiplayer games in 2019 and beyond!

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