Much like the year before it 2018 was a fantastic time for videogame releases. With so many good titles releasing throughout the year however I got to wondering where my time was spent. Which titles did I spend the most time playing this past year? Well much like I did at the end of 2017 I’ve done the research, crunched all the numbers and have worked out which five games I basically lived in during 2018.
Over 210 hours*
Making a return to this list is none other than Destiny 2. It hasn’t been an easy year for the title even with the three expansion that were released for it. Curse of Osiris was lackluster, Warmind was a step in the right direction and thou Forsaken has brought life back to the title but the narrative continues to disappoint. No matter the state of Destiny 2 mind you I always find myself jumping back in to put more hours into the grid for the best gear possible. Sure, I have a love/hate relationship with the title but you cannot fault how refined and robust Bungie’s gameplay is. I’m still on the fence about the Annual Pass so who knows if the title will make a return for the 2019 list. For now though, I can’t seem to put it down even when I claim to hate it on Twitter.
Sea of Thieves
At least 100 hours*
Now, I say ‘at least 100 hours’ because Sea of Thieves offers no way to see your play time. How did I work this number out then? Well considering everytime I play it ends up being at least three or four hours, the playtime release has added up. I spent a week solid playing this at one point in 2018 so though it is not a true figure I think the title has earned a place on the list. It may have been met with mixed feelings at launch but with every update the title has grown and improved, now being a ridiculous fun experience that can offer crews countless hours of laughs and adventures. Seriously, if you haven’t played Sea of Thieves or have been meaning to return to it now is the time to do so. There is even a battle royale mode of sorts coming in 2019 so if that takes your fancy, look forward to it.
Monster Hunter: World
Over 70 hours*
Let’s be honest, these are rookie numbers. I see you all posting on Twitter your play times in the hundreds and sometimes even over a thousands. I don’t have that kind of time but I wish I did. Monster Hunter: World is a brilliant experience no matter how much time you put into it and I’m keen to jump back in at some point in the future to push this number up. Like many titles throughout the year, I want to invest more time but ultimately something else shiny comes along. Still, the week I spent glued to the sofa playing this with friends was awesome.
Over 35 hours*
Okay so I still haven’t finished this because, say it with me, it’s a bloody hard video game. That said, Nioh is one of those soul-like games that I completely fell in love with because it has some interesting gameplay twists that make the whole journey truly unique. That and the setting is just so compelling that you want to push on through the next challenge no matter what. With the second title currently in development I’ll need to get my act together and finish this sooner rather than later. Oh yes, one thing I’ll add. Screw the spiders. Just, nope.
I’m not sure I want to know...
The one and only mobile title on the list is none other than Azur Lane, a title about cute anime girls who just happen to be ships. I don’t think I want to know how much time I have spent playing this because I think I might cry. I picked it up about half way through 2018 and it has been open on my phone for at least a few hours a day. The English version is quite behind the other versions - no submarines for example - but that doesn’t mean there is no content to enjoy. If you have listened to the GrinCast you’ll have heard me talk about Azur Lane more than once including my struggles to marry ships. I did marry Belfast in the end and yes, it was a beautiful wedding thank you for asking.
No I don’t have a problem. Next!
Honorable Mention: Insurgency
Over 30 hours*
Released back in 2014 Insurgency has been the multiplayer title that I have always had installed on my machine no matter what. I may only jump in for one or two matches but its unique FPS gameplay and focus on intense firefights keeps me coming back for more even now, years after release. The sequel Insurgency: Sandstorm might have released recently but the honorable mention goes to its sibling because it holds a special place in my heart.
So there you have it, a handful of videogames that stole my life during 2018. As always I missed a number of releases over the course of the year so i’ll need to play catch up in 2019, but that is fine. After all, no one has all the time in the world to play every videogame right? RIGHT!
What about you? What were the games that you spent most of 2018 playing? Let us know in the comment section below.
*playtime at the time of writing