2018 in video games

Numerous video games were released in 2018. Best-selling games included ' Marvel's Spider-Man, Red Dead Redemption 2, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Far Cry 5, God of War, ' and Dragon Ball FighterZ. Games highly regarded by video game critics released in 2018 included Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Marvel's Spider-Man, Forza Horizon 4, Monster Hunter: World, Dead Cells, Return of the Obra Dinn, and Celeste. The year's highest-grossing games included Fortnite, Honor of Kings/Arena of Valor, Dungeon Fighter Online, League of Legends, and Pokémon Go.
Among major trends in 2018 included the explosive growth of battle royale games such as Bluehole's PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Epic Games' Fortnite Battle Royale, the resurgence of Pokémon Go, ongoing governmental review of loot boxes in light of national gambling restrictions, Sony Interactive Entertainment agreeing to allow cross-platform play between PlayStation 4 and other console users, and the entry of Fortnite-related internet memes into popular culture. With Fortnites success, Epic was able to establish the Epic Games Store for personal computers as a strong competitor to the dominant but criticized position held by Valve's Steam digital storefront by significantly increasing the revenue split it gave to developers. Additionally, with a number of major sudden studio closures, including Telltale Games, there was an increasing call for video game developers to unionize. A nearly year-long freeze on video game approvals by the Chinese government had a major impact on publishers Tencent and NetEase, and is expected to impact future revenues in the industry.

Top rated games

Major awards

1These awards are sometimes given as one or two awards.

Critically acclaimed games

is an aggregator of video game journalism reviews. It generally considers expansions and re-releases as separate entities.
TitleDeveloperReleasePlatformAverage score out of 100
Red Dead Redemption 2Rockstar StudiosOctober 26, 2018PS4, XBO97
God of WarSIE Santa Monica StudioApril 20, 2018PS494
Super Smash Bros. UltimateBandai Namco Studios, Sora Ltd.December 7, 2018NS92
Forza Horizon 4Playground GamesOctober 2, 2018Win, XBO92
'Larian StudiosAugust 31, 2018PS4, XBO92
Bayonetta 2PlatinumGamesFebruary 16, 2018NS92
CelesteMatt Makes GamesJanuary 25, 2018Win, PS4, NS, XBO91
InsidePlaydeadJune 28, 2018NS91
Sonic Mania PlusPagodaWest Games, HeadcannonJuly 17, 2018NS91
Dead CellsMotion TwinAugust 7, 2018Win, PS4, NS, XBO91
Shadow of the ColossusBluepoint GamesFebruary 6, 2018PS491
'PlatinumGamesJune 26, 2018XBO90
CapcomJanuary 26, 2018Win, PS4, XBO90
Hollow KnightTeam CherryJune 12, 2018NS90
Astro Bot Rescue MissionSIE Japan StudioOctober 2, 2018PS490

Highly scoring games with fewer than 10 reviews included Owlboy, The Banner Saga 3, and the Nintendo Switch ports of Undertale and Bastion.

Financial performance

According to industry analysis firm NewZoo, the video game industry was worth by revenues in 2018, a 10.9% growth over 2017. Of this, 47% of the revenues were generated from mobile gaming, with consoles taking 28% and personal computers taking the remaining 25%. The top five largest video game markets of 2018 were China, the United States, Japan, South Korea, and Germany.
According to the NPD Group, total revenue from the video game industry, including hardware, software, and accessories, in the United States grew by 17% to, nearly matching revenues for the American film industry for 2018. Of that, were from software sales, digital content, and subscriptions. Hardware sales, at, were up 15% from 2017, as despite the fact that there was no new hardware releases, several system-exclusive titles helped to drive hardware sales.

Highest-grossing games worldwide

The following were 2018's top ten highest-grossing video games in terms of worldwide digital revenue across all platforms. Six of the top ten highest-grossing games are published or owned by Tencent.
RankGameRevenuePublisherGenreBusiness model
1Fortnite$2,400,000,000Epic Games / TencentBattle royaleFree-to-play
2Honor of Kings / Arena of Valor$2,000,000,000TencentMOBAFree-to-play
3Dungeon Fighter Online$1,500,000,000Nexon / TencentBeat 'em upFree-to-play
4League of Legends$1,400,000,000Riot Games / TencentMOBAFree-to-play
5Pokémon Go$1,300,000,000Niantic / The Pokémon CompanyAugmented realityFree-to-play
6CrossFire$1,300,000,000Smilegate / TencentFPSFree-to-play
7PlayerUnknown's BattlegroundsBluehole / TencentBattle royaleBuy-to-play / free-to-play
8Fate/Grand Order,000,000Aniplex / Sony Music Entertainment JapanRPGFree-to-play
9Monster Strike,000,000MixiPhysicsFree-to-play
10Candy Crush Saga$1,100,000,000King / Activision BlizzardPuzzleFree-to-play

Best-selling games by region

The following were 2018's top ten best-selling video games by region, in terms of software units sold on PC and console platforms, for the United States, Japan, and Europe.
RankUnited StatesJapanEurope
1Red Dead Redemption 2'FIFA 19
2'Super Smash Bros. UltimateRed Dead Redemption 2
3NBA 2K19'Spider-Man
4Madden NFL 19Splatoon 2'
5Super Smash Bros. UltimateMario Kart 8 DeluxeMario Kart 8 Deluxe
6Spider-ManSuper Mario PartyGod of War
7Far Cry 5Kirby Star AlliesFar Cry 5
8God of War'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
9''Super Mario Party
10'Super Mario OdysseySuper Mario Odyssey

Major events

Hardware releases

Game releases

Series with new installments in 2018 included Anno, Assassin's Creed, Battlefield, Bayonetta, Bit.Trip, BlazBlue, Bomberman, Call of Duty, Darksiders, Digimon, Donkey Kong, Dragon Ball, Dynasty Warriors, Earth Defense Force, Fallout, Far Cry, Forza, God of War, Hitman, Just Cause, Kirby, Mario Party, Mario Tennis, Mega Man, Monster Hunter, Ni no Kuni, Persona, Pillars of Eternity, Pokémon, Red Dead, Sakura Wars, Science Adventure, Shantae, Soulcalibur, Spider-Man, Spyro, State of Decay, Super Smash Bros., The Bard's Tale, The Crew, The Walking Dead, Tomb Raider, Tropico, Valkyria Chronicles, Warhammer, and Wolfenstein





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