Game of the Year 2018: The Winners

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Game of the Year 2018: The Winners

Your votes are in, the polls are closed, and the winners have been selected. Let's go.

And here we are. With hundreds of thousands of votes (thank you!) across 15 different categories, PlayStation.Blog readers have curated a series of gaming experiences from 2018 that exemplify the best the medium has to offer.

Longtime PlayStation fans will likely be pleased to see which title raked in the most overall votes, but many will be surprised by the degree by which it dominated. Popular categories like Best Narrative and Best PS4 Game showcase how last year’s polls became a battleground for titans. There are also some fun surprises in there, too, such as the stylish winner of Best PS VR Experience, Best Independent Game, and more.

If you’ve followed our Game of the Year festivities in previous years, you’ll notice one big difference: This year, we split our Editors’ Choice writeups out into their own posts, which ran over the holiday break. Here’s our take on 2018, with each nomination hand-picked by members of PlayStation.Blog and PlayStation Store:

But you didn’t come here to read what we think. Let’s get to the exciting part!

Game of the Year 2018

As Voted by PlayStation.Blog Readers

Best Narrative
God of War

Kratos. Arthur Morgan. Peter Parker. Some of the most impactful stories in video games were told last year, featuring some of the most memorable characters. The voters have spoken — the familial tale of Kratos and Atreus conquers the category. Honorable mention to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Destiny 2: Forsaken, and A Way Out, which received noteworthy support as well.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Detroit: Become Human
Honorable Mentions: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Destiny 2: Forsaken, A Way Out

Best Multiplayer
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Call of Duty this year was all about multiplayer, so it’s fitting that Treyarch’s trio of industry-standard competitive and co-op modes captured the category. Even though the trail-ridin’ beta for Red Dead Online didn’t launch until late in the year, Red Dead Redemption 2’s multiplayer mode still ranked high. The narrative co-op adventure, A Way Out, as well as Destiny 2: Forsaken deserve honorable mentions for the support they received.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Battlefield V

Monster Hunter World
Honorable Mentions: Destiny 2: Forsaken, A Way Out, PUBG

Best Sports Game

PlayStation fans worldwide showed up to show support for the planet’s most popular sport, securing FIFA’s dominating victory here. While they didn’t break the top four, MLB The Show 18 and Madden 19 also got strong support.

NBA 2K19

WWE 2K19

Pro Evolution Soccer 2019
Honorable Mentions: Madden NFL 19, EA Sports UFC 3, MLB The Show 18

Best Graphical Showcase
Red Dead Redemption 2

From the wondrous, sprawling lands of Midgard to the spectacularly detailed streets of Marvel’s New York, the games of 2019 teleported us to some stunning locales. Rockstar Games’ jaw-dropping interpretation of the Wild West in Red Dead Redemption 2, with its rolling prairies and meticulous interiors, captured the most votes this year.

God of War

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Detroit: Become Human
Honorable Mentions: Battlefield V, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Destiny 2: Forsaken

Best Art Direction
God of War

Graphical fidelity doesn’t mean much unless you have a compelling art direction to focus that power. The fans have chosen God of War as the reigning deity of this category, with its vivid imagining of mythological realms from Norse myth. Whether you were stunned by the otherworldly design of the massive World Serpent or were sucked in by the ornate décor of Tyr’s Temple, developer Santa Monica Studio packed Kratos and Atreus’ journey with beauty. Red Dead Redemption 2’s devilish details – from intricately furnished homes to elaborately designed general store catalogues – also placed it high in the running.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Detroit: Become Human

Dragon Ball FighterZ
Honorable Mentions: Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Destiny 2: Forsaken

Best Sound Design
God of War

Expert sound design is one of those hidden pillars that separates great games from the fantastic. God of War cleaned house in the category, from the weighty “whump, whump, whump” of Kratos’ spinning Leviathan Axe to the rumbling bass of the World Serpent. Red Dead Redemption also receives recognition for recreating a convincing Wild West soundscape, down to the way Arthur whistles for his trusty steed.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Battlefield V
Honorable Mentions: Detroit: Become Human, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Destiny 2: Forsaken

Best Soundtrack
God of War

Bear McCreary’s epic score earned God of War the top spot here. The musical backing of the father and son’s journey perfectly underscores the game’s adventurous bombast and quiet moments of bonding. Red Dead Redemption 2’s driving rhythm and country twang earned high praise, too. Fans also showed a groundswell of support for the sounds of Beat Saber and Destiny 2: Forsaken.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Detroit: Become Human
Honorable Mentions: Beat Saber, Destiny 2: Forsaken, Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Best Ongoing Game

This was Fortnite’s category to win, and it did so handily with nearly a quarter of all “Best Ongoing Game” votes. It was a tight race otherwise, with Rainbow Six: Siege, Overwatch, and Monster Hunter World separated by just a few percentage points each. Rocket League and newcomer PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds also mustered strong support.

Rainbow Six: Siege


Monster Hunter World
Honorable Mentions: Destiny 2, Rocket League, Final Fantasy XIV

Best Independent Game
The Forest

The indie space hosted one of this year’s most competitive races, with survival game The Forest leading the pack and PS VR hit Beat Saber coming in a close second. Dead Cells, Hollow Knight, and Guacamelee! 2 were narrowly edged out… and Dream Daddy: Dadrector’s Cut saw strong support, too.

Beat Saber


Tetris Effect
Honorable Mentions: Dead Cells, Hollow Knight, Guacamelee! 2

Best PlayStation Console Exclusive
God of War

A high-impact combo of stellar titles made 2018 a banner year for PlayStation exclusives. The web-slinging fantasy of Marvel’s Spider-Man exceeded fans’ expectations and Detroit: Become Human delivered an impressively intricate story — but God of War garnered the most votes, landing it the Platinum Trophy for this category. What an incredible time to have a PS4.

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Detroit: Become Human

Shadow of the Colossus
Honorable Mentions: Yakuza Kiwami, Astro Bot Rescue Mission

Best Performance
Christopher Judge – Kratos, God of War

In a year defined by larger-than-life performances, Christopher Judge’s nuanced take on world-weary Kratos won over voters. Alex McKenna (Sadie Adler) and Benjamin Byron Davis (Dutch van der Linde) also fared well, proving the value of Red Dead Redemption 2’s sprawling ensemble cast.

Roger Clark – Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption 2

Yuri Lowenthal – Peter Parker, Marvel’s Spider-Man

Bryan Dechart – Connor, Detroit: Become Human
Honorable Mentions: Alex McKenna (Sadie Adler, RDR2), Darin De Paul (J. Jonah Jameson, Marvel’s Spider-Man)

Best PS VR Experience
Beat Saber

PS VR was built for transportative experiences like Beat Saber, giving players one-to-one freedom to slash to the rhythm in a visually entrancing world. To that end, Beat Games’ musical hit ran away with the number one spot. These titles showcase how amazing last year was for PS VR, and Star Trek Bridge Crew – the Next Generation nearly joined the winner’s circle as well.

Borderlands 2 VR

Astro Bot Rescue Mission

Tetris Effect
Honorable Mentions: Star Trek Bridge Crew: The Next Generation, Creed: Rise to Glory

Best PS4 Game
God of War

PlayStation fans showed huge support for the Santa Monica Studio-developed God of War across all categories, so of course its huge victory in the Best PS4 Game category was no exception. Quantic Dream’s narrative-driven sci-fi thriller Detroit: Become Human also notably secured a place among the winners. This category also received the most write-ins, with Fortnite having the lion’s share (though not enough to squeeze in among the winners).

Red Dead Redemption 2

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Detroit: Become Human
Honorable Mentions: Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Call of Duty Black Ops 4, Assassin’s Creed Odyseey

Most Anticipated Game
Kingdom Hearts 3

Voters are amped up for 2019, which this competitive category conveys. Years of anticipation for Kingdom Hearts 3 earned it the winning spot with Days Gone and Ghost of Tsushima also faring well with support. The Last of Us Part 2 also raked in a ton of write-in votes, but as we noted before, Naughty Dog’s hotly desired sequel wasn’t eligible since it won Most Anticipated in 2016.

Resident Evil 2

Mortal Kombat 11

Death Stranding
Honorable Mentions: Days Gone, Ghost of Tsushima, Anthem

Studio of the Year
Santa Monica Studio

The tightest race of the year, with less than 1% of votes separating Platinum and Gold. Santa Monica Studio ultimately took the top spot over Rockstar Games, but just barely. Toys For Bob (Spyro) and Quantic Dream (Detroit: Become Human) saw noteable write-in support.

Rockstar Games

Insomniac Games

Epic Games
Honorable Mentions: Ubisoft Quebec, Capcom, Bungie

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  • Congrats to Santa Monica studio on all the wins for God of War. It really was the best game of 2018. Shout out to The Forest as well for winning best indie game. That was a surprise and more people need to play that game. What was up with Borderlands 2 VR over Astro Bot though? Very strange voters.

    • God of War Best Game On PS4 And Also Best Game Of All Time. Indeed!!!!!! It deserves every award it gets and i hope it breaks the witcher 3’s record of game of the year awards 251.

    • Can’t argue with the numbers! Agreed that God of War’s many wins were well-deserved. Congrats to everyone at Santa Monica Studio!

    • Holy crap D 2 got a lot of nominations

    • Just finished the main quest of GoW this morning and would agree. Spectacular experience, definitely an all-time great for me.

    • kill room encounters are a huge turn off for me, so god of war didnt click with me,
      a lot of these categories are more like “what was your favorite game” rather than what the category is about, graphical showcase for RDR 2 is a joke though and i’d argue detroit become human’s performances were vastly superior to god of war, connor carried that game and was amazing , god of war was voice actor emoting the same grumpy dad voice the entire game

  • This would have been a VERY different situation had God of War and Red Dead not released last year. Poor Spider-man and Detroit: Become Human. Congrats to the winners, but in my eyes all the games were winners. I loved Connor in Detroit and thought it was Quantic Dream’s best game to date, loved Red Dead Redemption 2, and Spider-man I thought was Insomniac’s best game to date and overall was my personal game of the year for the story alone.

    • Hear, Hear!

      This has been one of the best years for gaming as far as I can remember, and I’ve been gaming for 3 decades now. Congrats to God of War for all the deserved praise. For me, Red Dead Redemption 2 is my heart’s game of the year, and probably one of the best of the best of the decade (and generation). But, as you mention, Spider-Man, what an incredible, entertaining title. And Detroit had me really invested in its world and characters. I mean, in normal times, games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider or Assassin’s Creed Odyssey would be contenders. But this was just a crazy good year.

    • It really was an insane year. So much good gamin’ to be had!

  • Best Performance Christopher Judge – Kratos, God of War


    • *approving grunt*

    • An absolute joke that he beat Roger Clark – Arthur Morgan. And also ridiculous that God of War beat RDR2 for best score. What are people thinking?

    • This is all a joke! Red Dead Redemption 2, hands down Game of the year. And Rockstar games should’ve taken that best studio title as well.

    • Obviously these were going to win because they are popular but if we talk gameplay which is number 1 it’s a different story!

  • No surprise to see all the God of War love but how the heck did Moss not make it in any placement in the VR category? That was such a beautiful little immersive VR game. Probably the second best VR experience I’ve had.

    • Yeah very sad but I have a feeling it was because it came out so early in the year and people had these later releases more on their mind.

    • I loved Moss! VR was a pretty competitive category this year, though. Big ups to the team at Polyarc!

    • Yes LOVED Moss, that and Astrobots were my fav VR titles this year. But there really are so many good VR games around the same price range/release year, it is ridiculous competition. But well done Polyarc!

  • Firewall Zero Hour for VR is also one of the headsets best games! Why isn’t it recognized?!!!

  • Seriously who would ever vote a single player Borderlands 2 VR port over the fresh Astro Bot Rescue Mission for best PSVR? Metacritic for sanity check please.

    • Astro Bot Rescue Mission is my personal GOTY, but in voting like this, people vote for what they have played and I am guessing more people that are the type to visit here and vote got the Beat Saber with Borderlands 2 PSVR bundle than the one including Astro Bot and Moss.

  • Beat Saber over The Persistence? Tsk.

  • Spider-Man gets robbed again…

  • Got over an hour into God of War and was absolutely bored out of my mind…
    FIFA and NBA 2K19 are garbage and shows this was a popularity contest, not what actual sports game was better..

    • Wow this is coming from someone who thinks the first 2 hours of talking and nothing else in RDR2 was super exciting!

  • Haven’t played God of War, so can’t be certain, but I’m sure it’s soundtrack was good! But for me, Tetris Effect wins that category. Wonderful music! One of the sleeper hits for me this year. Simply magnificent work of art! I would’ve never thought of what could be done with the simple game of Tetris.

  • Kindly hush up with that nonsense.

  • This should be the list of winners at the Game Awards!
    Last year was fantastic and this year will be even better!
    Kingdom Hearts as most anticipated surprised me a little, I tought Death Stranding or Resident Evil 2 would be more anticipated?!

  • Many winning games I have yet to try. 2018 was just too awesome a year for gaming and I only have so much time that there is no way I can play all of the best games.


  • No, no. Let him speak. I’d love to see where he is going with this. Just too good.

  • No joke thought fortnite was going to win a lot more because of its huge success in 2018

  • God of War truly deserves to be the Game of The Year… Awesome game, awesome argument, amazing graphics… In resume #GodofWar #GameoftheYear congratulations @corybarlog #santamonicastudios

  • God of War was good but it wasn’t THAT good. It’s mostly forgettable aside from the set-piece fights.

    • That’s just you and a few others then, god of war had my attention gripped from the first axe swing to the walk back home. I was left wanting more and I still got the itch nearly a year later. Have beat it 5 times now purely to enjoy the story lol

    • Yup not that good just 3rd best PS4 game…forgettable you say?….you’re making it hard to take you serious.

    • I couldn’t disagree more. The story was so good and hooking!

  • Well this isn’t biased at all.

  • I’m glad to see that Spyro is at least in honorable mentions

  • I’m late to this but wow…the day this was posted shall be remembered as the greatest bs ever and proof to nowadays gamers stupidity if this wasn’t rigged which probably was due to Sony holding hands with activision (B.O 4 best online?…pfff).RDR2 winning best graphical showcase over GoW and Spider-Man?…not only a multiplat but more than that a damn rockstar game?…the irony and joke here are beyond comprehension.Blind rockstar followers are everywhere I know their foolishness but this is too much even a baby can tell rockstar would be in last place whenever good tech is involved.

  • God of War 4 is such an overrated game, without any plot and a repetitive exploration.
    A common city in Assassins Creed Odyssey is larger than the whole area of God of War 4.
    Such a waste of 30 hours of my time.

  • Good lord there is to much constituency top games of the year God of war red dead spider man become human every single category except the ones they couldn’t qualify in I guess it’s shows that those are the best games of the whole year but I am disappointed that there is no variety but good job to those games I see that I should get God of war so that’s great. Last should kingdom hearts and resident evil 2 count in that category when they came out just this week which is not in 2018

  • come on santa monica fast it up we need moooore of god of war more of kratos and much more of brutal finishers more of anger and brutality and pleeease would you make a DLC that makes us play like the old god of war games with camera and QTEs I would really play it again with full happiness and in the end thank you santa monica for this great game THE (GOD OF GAMES).

  • Excelente el mejor juego si inteligente para felicitaciones el primer God Of War y segundo Red Dead Respuesta 2.
    Saludos cordiales

  • Congratulations to the winners. That said I am surprised people voted for games from certain companies filled with loot boxes when this was the chance to NOT award them for doing so. I’ll be interested to see how the vote goes next year with games like KH3 and Anthem coming out.

  • Where was subnautica ? Not mad just asking

  • Esta tondo chido de los juegos no me quejo y playstation no lo cambio

  • I was hoping that God of War 2018 would do as well as it did, because I was pleasantly surprised by it. If it were more of the same from all the other games in the series, I wouldn’t hold it with the same regard but alas, that’s not the case. Congrats to Santa Monica studio and let’s hope you guys don’t feel too much pressure for the next installment.

  • God of War cleaned up! You got to admit that you can see the bias of popularity playing a factor in the voting. Hence, popular games that get played by all would get the popular vote. Games that are great but not played are going to get snubbed in this poll. We need an electoral college for gaming, like the voting of the Oscars, the Gaming Academy, who play all games – are ruthless, and unbiased, and will eventually get accepted by all. And the Gaming Academy award goes to……

  • I’m ok with all of these results, but I still like Marvels Spiderman the best

  • Great praise to all the winners and honorable mentions…but where was Firewall Zero Hour in all this? The game is at the top of the PSVR gaming lineup in my opinion. I definitely should of won something or even an honorable mention. Such a great title.

  • The only difference I would have is Roger Clark winning best performance. Morgan was brought to life & he, as always crushed it

  • I agree with most of it but Spiderman shouldn’t be higher than games like Detroit become human. But that’s just what I think.

  • God of War!!! Epic.

  • Sony had a great year with more to come. Cudos to all of Sony’s studios for a great year. GOW is a great game, played all of them, loved all the VR games also, Moss where was it. Can’t wait for 2019 games.

  • For me DMC 5 is my most anticipated title of 2019.
    God of War was truly one of the best games ever made.

  • There’s a reason why God of War won so many of the awards… It’s probably the most detailed, graphically enhanced, game in the history of PlayStation… God of War is simply put a masterpiece… Unfortunately there are people that think that games like fortnite should be number one for Game of the year…it’s because they have no concept of different games and different genres to try..they like to stick to one game and that’s it… I mean open your … Kratos wants to rip it out of your chest cavity…

  • God of War truly was the best pick, my only wish is that it had a ending worthy of Atreus’s story line to come I hope. Congrats to all the other contenders. Glad to see Destiny 2 and Assassins Creed Odyssey were honorable mentions as well. 2018 was a K.A.Y. For gaming been gaming since the Atari 800 console. Bring’em on 2019!

  • If Red Dead Redemption 2 had been released earlier in the ye as r it would’ve ta kn en game of the year spot in my opinion! It took runner up in just about every poll and it was only out for about a month at the end of the year?

  • I would like to congratulate to those from Santa Monica who make God Of War even possible. sadly, RDR2, Spider Man or Detroit Become Human didn’t win, but they all winners in my opinion.. so yea

  • Ya know as a person who was uber hyped for Spider-Man I’m kinda glad it got silver and gold meaning that theres things to approve upon and be better, or dare I say, be greater. Spider-Man pretty much got silver this year but who knows maybe the sequle will get gold or platnium, or bronze or not even be mentioned at all I’m trying to keep an open mind. My point is YES I HAVE ONE, Spider-Man was a good game and its ranking proves that most if not some people liked it and it has room to outdue itself unlike say God of War who’s sequel is gonna be a bit more difficult since its previous title set the bar so high.

  • Uhhhh, how did Red Dead Redemption 2 get second place for best multiplayer? It’s literally one of the worst multiplayer experiences I’ve ever played. There’s not much to do and everybody just sets their lock on aim to wide which is the equivalent to aimbot and they go on to grief the whole time. I’m pretty it’s not an unpopular opinion I have either that the online is complete trash. Like 90% of the community despises the online.

  • I was surprised to see that Monster Hunter World made it that far. I think its a good game I just didn’t think it was that popular.

  • I think last year was great but come on we all know what will win 2019’s game of the year

  • WHHAAAAT GOD OF WAR WHHAAAAT!!!!??! Seriously it should have been RDR2 for game of the year. Everybody from players to reviewers praised this game and everybody loved it. When was the last time you seen such an emotional connection to a character? When Arthur Morgan died everyone felt it, during the epilogue playing as John Marston (the main character from RDR1) I couldn’t connect to him and I wasn’t the only one. I actually stopped playing the game and moved on because of the connection to Arthur Morgan.

    • thanks for the spoiler man, some of us have not had the chance to finish the game yet. I’m disappointed to see a fellow gamer making this game of the year post a spoiler unfriendly place to read about what games should be given a second chance.

  • This is the best game to ever be made congrats to the Santa Monica studio

  • I can’t be the only one who thinks god of war got a little too much praise right? Also This is an playstation award list and couldn’t help but notice with the exception of RD2, most of the awarded games are sony playstation exclusives. Nice to see RD2 hold it’s own in what I feel is a one sided fight because the game is the pinnacle of gaming in 2018 in my opinion (with the exception of the guarma chapter), but really would like to see something more than PS Exclusives fill the board. Final notes, I feel Rodger Clarke portrayed arthur to perfection, and as far as soundtrack goes, it made well use of music in game furthering the feeling of sorrow in some cases and bringing a smile in some of the more light hearted moments.

  • I am happy with how I voted, because it got red dead redemption 2 a bunch of golds!

  • Felicidades sony se lo merecen sigan así más juegos exclusivos :)

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