2018 GAME OF THE YEAR

2018 Game of the Year - from media outlets

Video Game Awards Only - The Video Game includes Console games,
PC games, Handheld games, and Indie games, but not Mac games, Kids games,
Free games, etc.

Professional Awards Only - The Media include Sites, Magazines, Newspapers, Publications, Broadcastings, but not Blogs have a staff of one.

All-Format GOTY Awards Only - But a single GOTY pick must be a single title, except for a tie.

* In release order.

* More details are here.



Trusted Reviews (UK) : God of War

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards (UK) : God of War

TIME (US) : God of War

Golden Joystick Awards (UK) : Fortnite Battle Royale

Golden Joystick Critics Choice (UK) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Premios Xataka (ES) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Paste Magazine (US) : Florence

The Game Awards (US) : God of War

Game-Debate Global Game Awards (UK) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Mashable (US) : Return of the Obra Dinn

WhatCulture (UK) : God of War

Vulture (US) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Radiónica (CO) : God of War

CBS Gamers' Choice Awards (US) : Fortnite Battle Royale

Entertainment Weekly (US) : God of War


Fun & Serious Game Festival (ES) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Polska Press (PL) : God of War

Hot Press Magazine (IE) : Red Dead Redemption 2

ABC.es (ES) : God of War

Reno Gazette-Journal (US) : Monster Hunter: World

The Guardian (UK) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Brazil Game Awards (BR) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Digital Trends (US) : Red Dead Redemption 2

The New Zealand Herald (NZ) : God of War

Tech Awards (PL) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Complex Magazine (US) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Slant Magazine (US) : God of War

Empire Magazine (UK) : God of War

Código Espagueti (MX) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Critical Hit (ZA) : God of War
 
 
IGN Japan (JP) : Red Dead Redemption 2

SA Gamer (ZA) : God of War

news.com.au (AU) : Red Dead Redemption 2

The Enemy (BR) : God of War

Maxim Magazine (US) : Red Dead Redemption 2

WatchMojo (CA) : Red Dead Redemption 2

M3 (SE) : God of War

TechTudo (BR) : God of War

CNET (US) : God of War

DualShockers (US) : God of War

DualShockers Readers' Choice (US) : God of War

Digitally Downloaded (AU) : 11-11: Memories Retold

Nerdist (US) : God of War

Twinfinite (US) : Red Dead Redemption 2

franceinfo (FR) : Red Dead Redemption 2


TyC Sports Player One Readers' Choice (AR) : Red Dead Redemption 2

NRK P3 (NO) : Red Dead Redemption 2

IGN Hungary (HU) : God of War

Checkpoint on JOY 94.9 (AU) : God of War

GameSpot (US) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Stuff Gadget Awards (UK) : Red Dead Redemption 2

VidaExtra (ES) : Return of the Obra Dinn

jeuxvideo.com (FR) : God of War

Geekbecois (CA) : God of War

Australian Games Awards (AU) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Player.hu (HU) : God of War

Antyradio.pl Readers' Choice (PL) : God of War

The Digital Fix (UK) : Marvel's Spider-Man

The Blade (US) : God of War

Globo - G1 (BR) : God of War


GamingBolt (IN) : Red Dead Redemption 2

ComicBook.com (US) : Marvel's Spider-Man

PC Games Readers' Choice (DE) : Red Dead Redemption 2

IGN Brasil (BR) : God of War

USgamer (US) : Red Dead Redemption 2

GameRevolution (US) : God of War

Bay Area News Group (US) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Destructoid (US) : God of War

God is a Geek (UK) : God of War

The Telegraph (UK) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Kotaku Australia Readers' Choice (AU) : God of War

VOXEL (BR) : Red Dead Redemption 2

VOXEL Readers' Choice (BR) : God of War

Polygon (US) : God of War

USgamer Readers' Choice (US) : God of War


NDTV Gadgets 360 (IN) : Marvel's Spider-Man

bit-tech (UK) : Return of the Obra Dinn

IGN (US) : God of War

IGN Readers' Choice (US) : God of War

Gameswelt (DE) : Red Dead Redemption 2

GAMES.CH (CH) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Gamekult Readers' Choice (FR) : God of War

ActuGaming.net (FR) : God of War

ActuGaming.net Readers' Choice (FR) : God of War

GamesRadar (US) : God of War

Tom's Guide (US) : God of War

New Musical Express Magazine (UK) : God of War

The Auburn Citizen (US) : God of War

Gamekings Readers' Choice (NL) : God of War

The Games Machine (IT) : Red Dead Redemption 2


Goomba Stomp (CA) : God of War

Knack Focus Magazine (BE) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Новое Время (UA) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Zona IT (RO) : Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Geeks and Com' (CA) : God of War

Metro - GameCentral (UK) : God of War

IGN Benelux Readers' Choice (NL) : Red Dead Redemption 2

MovieZine (SE) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Webtekno Readers' Choice (TR) : Red Dead Redemption 2

TechCentral (ZA) : God of War

VGN.it (IT) : God of War

Ars Technica (US) : Celeste

National Post - Post Arcade (CA) : Red Dead Redemption 2

GameAxis (SG) : God of War

mxdwn (US) : Red Dead Redemption 2


Meristation (ES) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Spieletipps (DE) : God of War

Vandal (ES) : Red Dead Redemption 2

SpazioGames (IT) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Areajugones (ES) : Red Dead Redemption 2

IGN Italia (IT) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Pixel Vault (NL) : God of War

Pixel Vault Readers' Choice (NL) : Red Dead Redemption 2

DTF Readers' Choice (RU) : God of War

Eurogamer.pl Readers' Choice (PL) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Gamer.nl (NL) : Celeste

TierraGamer (MX) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Eurogamer.it Readers' Choice (IT) : God of War

GameCrate (CA) : God of War

VideoGamer (UK) : God of War


Variety (US) : God of War

The Young Folks (US) : Marvel's Spider-Man

VidaExtra Readers' Choice (ES) : God of War

Magazine.HD (PT) : Marvel's Spider-Man

Cadelta (RU) : Red Dead Redemption 2

GameWorld (GR) : God of War

Le Monde (FR) : Celeste

Wicked Local (US) : Tetris Effect

Hypertext (ZA) : God of War

Muropaketti (FI) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Gamereactor Suomi (FI) : Red Dead Redemption 2

The Daily Camera (US) : Marvel's Spider-Man

Huffington Post Brasil (BR) : Red Dead Redemption 2

The Register-Guard (US) : God of War

Giant Bomb (US) : Tetris Effect


VentureBeat (US) : Celeste

NAT-Games (DE) : God of War

Rolling Stone Italia (IT) : Red Dead Redemption 2

n3rdabl3 (UK) : Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

KnowTechie (US) : Fortnite

EDGE Magazine (UK) : Red Dead Redemption 2

UOL Jogos (BR) : God of War

FZ (SE) : Red Dead Redemption 2

ITHardware (PL) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Zougla (GR) : God of War

MensXP (IN) : God of War

Atomix.vg (MX) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Globo - G1 Readers' Choice (BR) : God of War

Wired Magazine (US) : Marvel's Spider-Man

The Inner Circle Games Network (US) : Red Dead Redemption 2


Cubed3 (UK) : Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Gamereactor España (ES) : God of War

IGN España (ES) : God of War

AnaitGames Readers' Choice (ES) : God of War

Gamereactor PT (PT) : God of War

Gamer365 Readers' Choice (HU) : God of War

24.hu (HU) : Marvel's Spider-Man

Eurogamer.net (UK) : Tetris Effect

TechRadar (UK) : God of War

Gamereactor Danmark (DK) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Stevivor (AU) : God of War

Press Start Australia (AU) : God of War

Gamereactor Italia (IT) : God of War

GamerGen (FR) : God of War

Gamereactor UK (UK) : Red Dead Redemption 2


Gamereactor Deutschland (DE) : Red Dead Redemption 2

XGN (NL) : God of War

Gamereactor France (FR) : God of War

Gamereactor Norge (NO) : God of War

Softpedia (RO) : God of War

GameSpew (UK) : Red Dead Redemption 2

MANIAC.de (DE) : God of War

JeuxVideo-Live (FR) : God of War

DarkStation (US) : God of War

TheSixthAxis (UK) : Marvel's Spider-Man

3DJuegos (ES) : Red Dead Redemption 2

3DJuegos Readers' Choice (ES) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Unwinnable (US) : Celeste

Komputer Świat (PL) : God of War

Spider’s Web (PL) : God of War


Next Gen Base (UK, formerly known as Next-Gen Gaming Blog) : God of War

Twinfinite Readers' Choice (US) : God of War

Flickering Myth (UK) : Red Dead Redemption 2

GameGrin (UK) : Two Point Hospital

Zonared (ES) : God of War

Gameparty (NL) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Gamereactor Nederlands (NL) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Game Rant (US) : God of War

JVFrance (FR) : God of War

Malditos Nerds (AR) : Celeste

GameVicio Readers' Choice (BR) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Shacknews (US) : Marvel's Spider-Man

Eurogamer.net Readers' Choice (UK) : God of War

Hip-Hop Wired (US) : God of War

GameMAG (RU) : God of War


InsideGamer Readers' Choice (NL) : God of War

Onedio (TR) : God of War

Eurogamer.de Readers' Choice (DE) : God of War

Eurogamer.pt Readers' Choice (PT) : God of War

SweClockers.com Readers' Choice (SE) : Red Dead Redemption 2

PlayGround.ru (RU) : Frostpunk

PlayGround.ru Readers' Choice (RU) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Varvat (SE) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Insomnia (GR) : God of War

TheSixthAxis Readers' Choice (UK) : God of War

Niche Gamer (US) : Monster Hunter: World

Niche Gamer Readers' Choice (US) : Monster Hunter: World

Gaming Age (US) : Marvel's Spider-Man

EGM (US) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Navi Games (ES) : God of War


3DNews (RU) : Red Dead Redemption 2

3DNews Readers' Choice (RU) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Bleeding Cool (US) : Marvel's Spider-Man

Just Push Start (US) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Everyeye.it (IT) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Everyeye.it Readers' Choice (IT) : Red Dead Redemption 2

SmashPad (US) : Marvel's Spider-Man

BILD Readers' Choice (DE) : God of War

Glitched Africa Readers' Choice (ZA) : God of War

Metacritic (US) : Red Dead Redemption 2

GamerGen Readers' Choice (FR) : God of War

Culturellement Vôtre (FR) : Red Dead Redemption 2

FayerWayer Readers' Choice (ES, formerly known as Niubie) : God of War

Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (IT) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Gamesource (IT) : God of War


Gamesource Readers' Choice (IT) : God of War

PC Guru Magazine Readers' Choice (HU) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Gamekapocs Readers' Choice (HU) : God of War

Les Inrockuptibles Magazine (FR) : Tetris Effect

WorthPlaying (US) : Marvel's Spider-Man

Zero Punctuation (US) : Return of the Obra Dinn

Gaming Access Weekly (US) :
Red Dead Redemption 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

COGconnected (CA) : Marvel's Spider-Man

4Players (DE) : Red Dead Redemption 2

4Players Readers' Choice (DE) : God of War

Destructoid Readers' Choice (US) : God of War

The Buttonsmashers (US) : Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

Polygamia (PL) : Red Dead Redemption 2

N4G Readers' Choice (US) : God of War

LevelUp (MX) : Red Dead Redemption 2


Gamerweb (PL) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Digiato (IR) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Digiato Readers' Choice (IR) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Movies Room (PL) : God of War

Ticinonline (CH) : Fortnite

Ticinonline Readers' Choice (CH) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Starburst Magazine (UK) : Astro Bot Rescue Mission

GameSpace (US) : Red Dead Redemption 2

CNews (FR) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Hobby Consolas (ES) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Gameswelt Readers' Choice (DE) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Stuff Gadget Awards (IN) : God of War

Busted Readers' Choice (GR) : God of War

Nördliv (SE) : God of War

Jyske Medier (DK) : Red Dead Redemption 2


DTF (RU) : Red Dead Redemption 2

GRY OnLine (PL) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Gamepod.hu Readers' Choice (HU) : God of War

Root Nation (UA) : God of War

Metacritic Readers' Choice (US) : God of War

VGChartz (UK) : God of War

Hardcore Gamer (US) : God of War

SA Gamer Readers' Choice (ZA) : God of War

Game*Spark Readers' Choice (JP) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Multiplayer.it (IT) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Multiplayer.it Readers' Choice (IT) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Gamereactor Sverige (SE) : God of War

GamAlive (FR) : Assassin's Creed Odyssey

GamAlive Readers' Choice (FR) : God of War

The Daily Star (BD) : Red Dead Redemption 2


IGN Middle East (AE) : God of War

IGN Middle East Readers' Choice (AE) : God of War

DarkZero (UK) : Marvel's Spider-Man

Knockout Magazin (DE) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Мир фантастики (RU) : God of War

Мир фантастики Readers' Choice (RU) : God of War

VideoGames24 (GR) : God of War

Stay Nerd (IT) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Stay Nerd Readers' Choice (IT) : God of War

Game Informer (US) : God of War

Game Informer Readers' Choice (US) : God of War

GameWorld Readers' Choice (GR) : God of War

App Trigger (US) : God of War

ENTER.CO (CO) : Red Dead Redemption 2

ENTER.CO Readers' Choice (CO) : God of War


New Game Network (CA) : God of War

AusGamers (AU) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Hardware Upgrade Readers' Choice (IT) : Red Dead Redemption 2

TechRaptor (US) : God of War

TechRaptor Readers' Choice (US) : God of War

GAMING eSports (ES) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Sector (SK) : Red Dead Redemption 2

GameOver Readers' Choice (GR) : God of War

GameFAQs (US) : Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

GameCritics.com (US) : Astro Bot Rescue Mission

TheGamer (CA) : Florence

Play Legit (US) : God of War

Athens Voice (GR) : Subnautica

CGMagazine (CA) : God of War

GamersGlobal Readers' Choice (DE) : God of War


Gameliner Readers' Choice (NL) : God of War

Want Readers' Choice (NL) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Factornews Readers' Choice (FR) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Hrej.cz Readers' Choice (CZ) : God of War

SaudiGamer (SA) : God of War

Easy Allies (US) : God of War

Easy Allies Readers' Choice (US) : God of War

GoHa.Ru (RU) : Red Dead Redemption 2

GoHa.Ru Readers' Choice (RU) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Канобу (RU) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Digital Spy Readers' Choice (UK) : God of War

HiComm Magazine Readers' Choice (BG) : God of War

Showmetech (BR) : Celeste

Showmetech Readers' Choice (BR) : God of War

Shazoo Readers' Choice (RU) : God of War


Refresher (CZ) : God of War

Optimagazine (IT) : God of War

Premiere Line (BR) : God of War

JagatPlay (ID) : God of War

GamersRD (DO) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Gamers.at (AT) : God of War

Giant Bomb Readers' Choice (US) : God of War

MonsterVine (US) : God of War

Troy Daily News (US) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Bazimag (IR) : God of War

Bazimag Readers' Choice (IR) : Red Dead Redemption 2

BonusWeb.cz Readers' Choice (CZ) : Red Dead Redemption 2

GRY OnLine Readers' Choice (PL) : Red Dead Redemption 2

NeoGAF (US) : God of War

PardisGame (IR) : God of War


BGR (US) : Monster Hunter: World

StopGame (RU) : God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2

StopGame Readers' Choice (RU) : God of War

ResetEra (US) : God of War

BaziCenter (IR) : God of War

FZ Readers' Choice (SE) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Undercover-Network Readers' Choice (NL) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Игромания (RU) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Cultura Geek (AR) : God of War

Sick Critic (US) : God of War

Games.cz (CZ) : Red Dead Redemption 2

HCL Gaming Portal (HR) : God of War

HCL Gaming Portal Readers' Choice (HR) : God of War

SomHráč.sk (SK) : Red Dead Redemption 2

SomHráč.sk Readers' Choice (SK) : God of War


The New York Videogame Awards (US) : God of War

HOPsi (SI) : God of War

Pelaaja Magazine Readers' Choice (FI) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Merlin'in Kazanı Readers' Choice (TR) : God of War

ITC.ua (UA) : God of War

Geeky (AR) : God of War

IlVideogioco (IT) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Zoomg (IR) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Zoomg Readers' Choice (IR) : God of War

T3 Magazine (PL) : God of War

Sector Readers' Choice (SK) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Hooked Readers' Choice (DE) : God of War

Horrible Night (US) : God of War

Gameblog (FR) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Gameblog Readers' Choice (FR) : God of War


Metro - GameCentral Readers' Choice (UK) : God of War

NWTV Readers' Choice (NL) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Games.cz Readers' Choice (CZ) : Kingdom Come: Deliverance

WCCFtech (US) : God of War

WCCFtech Readers' Choice (US) : God of War

GameSoul Readers' Choice (IT) : God of War

STACK Magazine Readers' Choice (AU) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Hey Poor Player (US) : Red Dead Redemption 2

Rubber Chicken Readers' Choice (PT) : God of War

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (US) : God of War

PPE.pl Readers' Choice (PL) : God of War

PlayDome Readers' Choice (HU) : God of War

Pelit Magazine (FI) : Return of the Obra Dinn

Pelit Magazine Readers' Choice (FI) : Red Dead Redemption 2

AIAS - D.I.C.E. Awards (US) : God of War


JeuxCapt Readers' Choice (FR) : God of War

GameStar Hungary Readers' Choice (HU) : God of War

IGN Australia Select Awards (AU) : Red Dead Redemption 2

IGN Australia Select Awards Editor's Choice (AU) : Astro Bot Rescue Mission

HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards (SG) : God of War

NAVGTR Awards (US) : God of War

SXSW Gaming Awards (US) : God of War




* The Winners of this year *


God of War - 195

The Critics' Picks - 124

The Readers' Picks - 71


Red Dead Redemption 2 - 132

The Critics' Picks - 96

The Readers' Picks - 36


Marvel's Spider-Man - 16

The Critics' Picks - 16

The Readers' Picks -


Celeste - 7

Return of the Obra Dinn - 5

Fortnite Battle Royale - 4

Monster Hunter: World - 4

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - 4

Tetris Effect - 4

Astro Bot Rescue Mission - 3

Florence - 2

Kingdom Come: Deliverance - 2

Assassin's Creed Odyssey - 1

Frostpunk - 1

Subnautica - 1

Two Point Hospital - 1

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life - 1

11-11: Memories Retold - 1


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* The Big Winner of the Year *



God of War captured our imaginations this year with its beautiful world, incredible pacing, and a perfect weapon in Kratos' Leviathan Axe. But God of War's most brilliant trick is adding depth and humanity to Kratos, long-time video game poster boy for yelling, thanks to his connection with Atreus. The throughline of their relationship is a thrill to watch develop both narratively and mechanically, as everything in Sony Santa Monica's adventure comes together to form a gorgeous, memorable masterpiece.  
- IGN -



You know it’s been a good year for games when giving top honors to a title as flawlessly executed as God of War can be considered contentious. While G.I. has a posse of irate cowboys ready to declare mutiny over the decision, even they can’t argue against God of War being a modern-day masterpiece. Santa Monica Studio’s reinvention of the series has made Kratos relevant to new and old audiences alike, and is backed up by superb visuals, combat, writing, voice acting – the list goes on and on. Even for a god slayer, taking down this year’s phenomenal  competition was a herculean task, but Kratos proved a worthy champion.  
- Game Informer -



God of War is proof that sequels can also be opportunities, not just to make something new but interrogate something old. They can be better. That’s exciting, because it also suggests that the next entry — and the one after that — won’t be static continuations of what worked in 2018, but games that reflect their own moment. God of War succeeds by defining this year in games, by balancing familiarity and risk to become not derivative, but transformative.  
- Polygon -


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* Special thanks to ResetEra! 
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