2018 Game of the Year

Before the boys can get back into the swing of things for 2019, there be awards to hand out! That’s right! It’s the SIPTG Game of the Year celebration! A bumper bonanza of deliberations, all for your listening pleasure!

Show Notes:
Intro : -> 3m30s
Best Non-2018 Game : 3m20s -14m15s
Best Auditory Experience : 14m15s -> 23m55s
Best Public Transport/Waiting Room Distraction : 23m55s -> 28m18s
Best Game We Didn’t Get Time To Finish : 28m18s -> 44m03s
Best New Thing : 44m03s -> 1h7m19s
‘Spring Breakers’ : 1h7m19s -> 1h18m30s
Graham’s Top Ten : 1h18m30s -> 1h39m42s
Steve’s Album of the Year : 1h39m42s -> 1h44m07s
Viewing of the Year : 1h44m07s -> 1h50m07s
Best Comfort Game : 1h50m07s -> 1h57m20s
Graham’s Sporting Moment of the Year : 1h57m20s -> 2hm16m56s
Steve’s Top Ten : 2hm16m56s -> 2h28m36s
Biggest Bummer : 2h28m36s -> 2m53m43s
Best Looking Game : 2m53m43s -> 3h22m32s
Best New Character/NPC : 3h22m32s -> 3h35m19s
Best Moment/Mission : 3h35m19s -> 4m22m40s
Site Top Ten : 4m22m40s -> 4h35m25s

Nominees and Winners

Winners are in bold.

Best Non 2018 Game

Assassin’s Creed : Origins
Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
Uncharted 4
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Just Cause 3
Watch_Dogs 2
Gears 4
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
Far Cry 3
Rogue Legacy
Halo 5
Prey (2017)
No Man’s Sky
Brutal Doom/Doom 2
City Skylines: Xbox Edition
Monument Valley 2

Best Auditory Experience

God Of War
Yoku’s Island Express
Donut County

Tetris Effect
The Messenger
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Best Public Transport/Waiting Room Distraction

Smashtastic Cricket
Monument Valley 2

WWE Supercard
Pocket City

Best Game We Didn’t Get Time To Finish

Starlink: Quest for Atlas
Dark Souls Remastered
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Spyro Reignited Trilogy
Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
Dead Cells

Best New Thing

Mutant Year Zero
The Gardens Between

Dead Cells
Into The Breach
The Messenger
Donut County
Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
Sea of Thieves

The ‘Spring Breakers’ Award

Starlink: Battle For Atlas
Yoku’s Island Express

Mutant Year Zero
Vermintide 2
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon

Graham’s Top Ten

 1) God of War
2) Forza Horizon 4
3) Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
4) Assassin`s Creed Odyssey
5) Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
6) Spider-Man
7) Yoku`s Island Express
8) Donut County
9) Dead Cells
10) Red Dead Redemption 2

Steve’s Album of the Year

Prequelle by Ghost
Where Owls Know My Name by Rivers of Nihil
The Unheavenly Creatures by Coheed & Cambria

When the End Began by Silent Planet
All That Divides by Black Peaks
Anon. by Hands Like Houses
Nadir by Black Tongue
Extinction(s) by Unearth

Viewing of the Year

Broooklyn Nine-Nine
NJPW Dominion
Incredibles 2

Age of Tanks

Best Comfort Game

Destiny 2: Forsaken
Forza Horizon 4
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Dead Cells

Graham’s Sporting Moment of the Year

World Cup 2018 – Japan vs Belgium (round of 16)
Winter Olympics – Johannes Thingnes Boe (Norway) and Martin Fourcade (France) finish 31st and 8th respectivelyt in a massive upset in the men’s 10k biathlon sprint
Winter Olympics – Marcel Hirscher (AUT) wins gold in Alpine Combined downhill skiing, after missing out in 2014 (Sochi) after being heavy favourite.

World Cup 2018 – France vs Argentina (round of 16)
World Cup 2018 – France for Croatia (Final)
Winter Olympics – Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo leads Norway to gold in men’s 4x10km relay, taking the lead with about 1.5 km in a great tactical race last leg.
Winter Olympics – Martin Fourcade wins gold in the 12.5km pursuit defending his title from Sochi.
Cricket – Australia get caught cheating in South Africa
Tennis – Serena goes nuts at us open
US College Football – Tua Tagovailoa Goes From Backup to Legend
NHL – Alexander Ovechkin Lifts the Stanley Cup
NBA – J.R. Smith Reveals His True Essence forget the score
NHL – Gritty Is Revealed
US College Basketball – University of Maryland-Baltimore County defeated Virginia in first No. 16 seed upsets a No. 1 Seed in tournament history
US College Basketball – University of Connecticut don’t win the Womens NCAA basketball tournament
US College Basketball – Villanova dominate in Mens NCAA basketball tournament

Steve’s Top Ten

1) God of War
2) Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
3) Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
4) Forza Horizon 4
5) Dead Cells
6) Ashen
7) Guacamelee! 2
8) Tetris Effect
9) Mark of the Ninja
10) Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales

Biggest Bummer

Onrush dying on the vine as hard as it did
IGN plagiarism scandal
Work practices/culture issues

Missing collectibles because of gameplay choices in Thronebreaker
Fallout 76
Being charge down to death by a Tank (MYZ)
Capcom putting ads into SFV, replacing Guile’s American flag tattoo with a CPT symbol
Puddle-gate (Spider-Man)
Far Cry 5​

Best Looking Game

God of War
Forza Horizon 4
Red Dead Redemption 2

Dead Cells
Tetris Effect
The Messenger
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Yoku’s Island Express
Detroit: Become Human
Assassin’s Creed : Odyssey
Sea of Thieves
Unravel Two

Best New Character

Mimir (God of War)
Kassandra (Assassin’s Creed : Odyssey)
Arthur Morgan (Red Dead Redemption 2)

Gabor (Thronebreaker)
Brock (God of War)
Bormin (Mutant Year Zero : Road to Eden)
Sadie Adler (Red Dead Redemption 2)
Lenny Summers (Red Dead Redemption 2)
Javier Escuella (Red Dead Redemption 2)
Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum (Ni No Kuni: Revenant Kingdom)
Connor (Detroit: Become Human)
Kara (Detroit: Become Human)
Markus (Detroit: Become Human)
Lieutenant Hank Anderson (Detroit: Become Human)

Best Moment/Mission

Overcoming your anxieties (Celeste)
Returning from Guarma (Red Dead Redemption 2)
The arguments (Florence)

Figuring out ‘who’ Izza and Fala are (Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden)
Hacking the big mech to turn it against the ghouls (Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden)
The turn at the end (Ashen)
Driving through a cobblestone wall (Forza Horizon 4)
The lake (God of War)
All of the different in-jokes/references (Guacamelee 2)
Throwing the axe (God of War)
Getting Best Play (Call of Duty: Black Ops 4)
Finding the captives/fight following – Lux (Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden)
The horse’s fall (Shadow of the Colossus)
The reveal at the end (Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden)
Graham’s Ending in Detroit : Become Human
Markus Climb From The Dead (Detroit: Become Human)
Arthur Got Infected With Tuberculosis (Red Dead Redemption 2)
Sean’s Death (Red Dead Redemption 2)
Arthur’s Horse Dies (Red Dead Redemption 2)
Lenny and Arthur get drunk (Red Dead Redemption 2)
The O’Driscolls Get Kieran (Red Dead Redemption 2)
Punching my horse and getting kicked it return (Red Dead Redemption 2)
Arthur’s last ride back to Camp (Red Dead Redemption 2)

Site Top Ten

1) God of War
2) Forza Horizon 4
3) Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
4) Dead Cells
5) Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
6) Donut County
7) Guacamelee! 2
8) Ashen
9) Assassin`s Creed Odyssey
10) Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom