You bet your sweet eyeballs it is, friend. Another year has passed and there’s very little else we can say about 2018 in terms of gaming that hasn’t already been said. An absolutely stellar year across the board has made us genuinely scratch our heads with what we would be considering for our Ultimate Game of the Year.
We skimped out on doing it last year because there were just too many great games to choose from. In 2018? It’s damn near impossible so we’re doing the same again this year! As we’re four individual gamers who have a variety of tastes we had each chosen our three favourite games of the year (along with honourable mentions), ensuring they don’t clash to save any confusion from last year (no, Odyssey wasn’t the GOTY).
It’s been a magnificent year for video games and 2019 is shaping up just as strong, so no doubt this time next year we’ll be doing the same thing all over again.
A little while after Where the Water Tastes Like Wine was released, a developer shared on Twitter how the game had completely bombed, and didn’t resonate with audiences like they were expecting, effectively seeing very little return for their monumental efforts.
To me, this was heartbreaking to hear because Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is one of the most astonishingly moving experiences I’ve ever had in gaming. You might be surprised to see a PC only game on my list as here at FG we’re almost exclusively console based, but we had a code sent over and thought I’d give it a shot despite my PC coughing up a lung to get it running smoothly. I’m so glad I gave it a shot. From the beautiful soundtrack to the stories told by those you meet across the breadth of a broken Americana.
The narrative thread throughout pulls you in and doesn’t ever let you go, discovering a vast array of reasons as to why the people you meet are where they are and what they dream of. The voice performances in this game are perhaps some of the best of year from the likes of Dave Fennoy, Cissy Jones and even Sting. Yeah, that one. Each one is more powerful than the next and I was a broken mess by the end.
If the gaming world turned its back on this game then fine, that’s their choice. They’re missing out though, I haven’t loved a game in this genre as much as Wine since Edith Finch. It might even be better.
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