2018 was a fantastic year for games and I don’t think it’s a controversial statement to say that that’s entirely thanks to the people who make video games. Games don’t suddenly appear from thin air, after all. To commemorate the video game year of 2018, we decided to reach out to those folks, the ones who make video games, and find out what sort of games they liked in 2018, specifically their five favorites, but the rules are fast and loose. A few snuck in bonus sixth entries and others wrote exactly why they picked the games they did, which we were happy to accept and share.

Check out the lists below to learn what the makers of games like God of War, Darksiders, Destiny, Resident Evil, Monster Hunter, and plenty more were into this year.

David Adams is game director for Darksiders III at Gunfire Games.

  1. God of War
  2. Monster Hunter: World
  3. Ashen
  4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  5. Into the Breach

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Cory Barlog is the director of God of War at SIE Santa Monica Studio.

  1. Spider-Man
  2. Celeste
  3. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
  4. Red Dead Redemption II
  5. Detroit: Become Human

Steve Cotton is the game director for Destiny 2: Forsaken at Bungie.

  1. Destiny 2: Forsaken – I know I’m a little biased here, but the fact is that I completely love playing Forsaken at home and I am still finding things that surprise me about the game. No matter what other games I’m playing, I’m always drawn back into the game to make my character stronger, play Gambit, or go after a new exotic.
  2. Tetris Effect – There’s something very Zen about Tetris to me and the latest version is such a complete experience with much more depth than I was expecting. Not to mention it’s one of the few games that I’m still better at than my kids, so it provides a nice confidence boost. I’ve spent way too many hours fitting blocks together in my life.
  3. Fortnite – Confession: I’m terrible at Fortnite. I don’t play it a ton because it’s pretty overwhelming for me. But I am totally blown away by so many of the things that the game of Battle Royale does so well, and how perfectly Fortnite takes that game and adds building mechanics and a compelling progression model.
  4. Red Dead Redemption II – This game is so well polished and the shear breadth of the playable space is truly awe inspiring. To me, it wins on shear production value and I find myself going back in only to remember the perfectly captured feel of being an outlaw.  Also, the bar scene alone with Lenny was one of the most enjoyable and creative experiences I’ve had in a video game in a long time.
  5. God of War – This was the only game this year that made me want to replay entire sections of the game just to show it to someone else. This happened several times for me. I was uncontrollably grinning the entire time I played the massive fight scene between Kratos and Baldur. And the swing of the axe just felt so good.

Honorable Mention

  • Meteorfall – I’m always looking for good casual games that I can play on the road. I love roguelikes. I also love card games. I was huge fan of Dream Quest and when Meteorfall came out earlier this year it managed to capture a similarly deep roguelike experience with the simplest of mechanics. Swipe left or swipe right. It’s brilliantly designed and captured my attention for awhile.

Forza Horizon 4

Rod Fergusson is the studio head of The Coalition which is currently working on Gears of War 5.

  1. God of War
  2. Monster Hunter: World
  3. Forza Horizon 4
  4. Red Dead Redemption II
  5. Beat Saber

Ralph Fulton is the creative director at Playground Games, which released Forza Horizon 4 this year.

  1. God of War
  2. Dead Cells
  3. Spider-man
  4. Clash Royale
  5. Sea of Thieves

Dead Cells

Mike Gamble is producer on Anthem for BioWare.

  1. God of War
  2. Forza Horizon 4
  3. Dead Cells
  4. Valkyria Chronicles 4
  5. Beat Saber

Koji Igarashi is known for his work on the Castlevania series and is currently directing Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.

  1. Yo-kai Watch World
  2. God of War
  3. Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner M∀RS
  4. Detroit: Become Human
  5. Identity V

Astro Bot Rescue Mission

Kazunori Kadoi is the director of the Resident Evil 2 remake for Capcom.

  1. Detroit: Become Human
  2. Astro Bot Rescue Mission
  3. Spider-Man
  4. God of War
  5. Red Dead Redemption II

Kris Piotrowski is creative director for Below and creative director for Capybara Games.

  1. Museum of Symmetry
  2. Gnog
  3. Simmiland
  4. The Haunted Island
  5. The Static

Shelley Preston is a senior designer at Rare.

  1. Dark Souls: Remastered
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  3. God of War
  4. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
  5. Shadow of the Tomb Raider

God of War

StudioMDHR, the developer behind 2017’s Cuphead, offered up its top 5 as collective list from the studio as a whole.

  1. Return of the Obra Dinn
  2. Into the Breach
  3. Celeste
  4. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
  5. Minit

Joseph Staten is the senior creative director for Microsoft Studios.

  1. Return of the Obra Dinn
  2. Forza Horizon 4
  3. Red Dead Redemption II
  4. Frostpunk
  5. Moss

Red Dead Redemption II

Yuya Tokuda is the director for Monster Hunter: World for Capcom.

  1. Red Dead Redemption II
  2. Fortnite
  3. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
  4. Dead by Daylight
  5. Hearthstone

Honorable mention

  • God of War

Yosuke Tomizawa is producer for the Tales series and is also the general producer of the God Eater series for Bandai Namco.

  1. Mega Man 11
  2. Spider-Man
  3. Detroit: Become Human
  4. Crystar
  5. Dragon Ball FighterZ

Monster Hunter: World

Ryozo Tsujimoto is the producer of Monster Hunter: World for Capcom.

  1. Spider-Man
  2. God of War
  3. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
  4. Dragon Ball FighterZ
  5. Detroit: Become Human

Nathan Vella is the co-founder and president of Capybara Games, which released Below this year.

  1. Donut County
  2. Into The Breach
  3. Celeste
  4. Ashen
  5. Midair

Jonathan Warner is game director on Anthem for BioWare.

  1. God of War
  2. Spider-Man
  3. Dead Cells
  4. Monster Hunter: World
  5. Diablo III: Eternal Collection

Developer Top 5 Games Of 2018