The Best Role-Playing Game Releases Of 2018

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The Best Role-Playing Game Releases Of 2018

Thanks in part to new avenues of discovery, role-playing games are experiencing a surge in popularity that is frankly astounding to players who’ve enjoyed the hobby for decades. After many years during which the hobby was a niche experience, the arrival of streaming gaming groups and increased community building through the internet has meant millions of new players entering the fold.

While much of that growth has been fueled by Dungeons & Dragons, other games and publishers have been also seen a Renaissance of creative output.

In previous years, this list of role-playing releases served as the second half of our larger article on the best board, card, and miniature games. This year, we’re splitting into two separate articles for ease of reading, but you should feel free to check out whichever interests you. Click here to read the sister article on the best tabletop board, card, and miniature games of 2018.

The Best Role-Playing Game Releases Of 2018

about X hours ago from
The Best Role-Playing Game Releases Of 2018

Thanks in part to new avenues of discovery, role-playing games are experiencing a surge in popularity that is frankly astounding to players who’ve enjoyed the hobby for decades. After many years during which the hobby was a niche experience, the arrival of streaming gaming groups and increased community building through the internet has meant millions of new players entering the fold.

While much of that growth has been fueled by Dungeons & Dragons, other games and publishers have been also seen a Renaissance of creative output.

In previous years, this list of role-playing releases served as the second half of our larger article on the best board, card, and miniature games. This year, we’re splitting into two separate articles for ease of reading, but you should feel free to check out whichever interests you. Click here to read the sister article on the best tabletop board, card, and miniature games of 2018.

The Best Tabletop Games Of 2018

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The Best Tabletop Games Of 2018

Another banner year for board games brought us dozens of remarkable projects that meld art, design, and strategic depth to bring friends and families together around the table. From ancient Japan to the Wild West and out into the depths of space, this year’s best releases offer options for veterans and newcomers alike.

In previous years, this article has offered separate sections for traditional tabletop games and role-playing releases. This year, the latter has been split off for ease of reading. Feel free to click over into our list of the Best Role-Playing Releases of 2018 after you’re done here.

In the sphere of board, card, and miniature games, this year offered no shortage of excellent products, exhibiting the ongoing innovation and flexibility that has characterized the tabletop world in recent years. Below, you’ll find ten selections that represent some of the most fun and engaging products that hit shelves in 2018. If you’d like, you can also click over into lists from previous years, with our selections from 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012.

The Best Tabletop Games Of 2018

about X hours ago from
The Best Tabletop Games Of 2018

Another banner year for board games brought us dozens of remarkable projects that meld art, design, and strategic depth to bring friends and families together around the table. From ancient Japan to the Wild West and out into the depths of space, this year’s best releases offer options for veterans and newcomers alike.

In previous years, this article has offered separate sections for traditional tabletop games and role-playing releases. This year, the latter has been split off for ease of reading. Feel free to click over into our list of the Best Role-Playing Releases of 2018 after you’re done here.

In the sphere of board, card, and miniature games, this year offered no shortage of excellent products, exhibiting the ongoing innovation and flexibility that has characterized the tabletop world in recent years. Below, you’ll find ten selections that represent some of the most fun and engaging products that hit shelves in 2018. If you’d like, you can also click over into lists from previous years, with our selections from 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012.

The Most Badass Lines From Video Game Characters In 2018

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The Most Badass Lines From Video Game Characters In 2018

Hello friends. It's the holidays and you know what that means: it's time for the third edition of our favorite badass lines from games in the year (here's 2016 and 2017).  2018 was a fantastic year for games and for writing in games as well, so we've got a lot of rad threats, boasts, jokes, and other amusing quips for you this year. So let's get to it.

Warning: some strong language ahead!

It's a western, of course it's going to have fantastic acts of bravery and foolishness as well as clever dialogue to go along with them. Here's the best of the best from Rockstar's opus.

The Most Badass Lines From Video Game Characters In 2018

about X hours ago from
The Most Badass Lines From Video Game Characters In 2018

Hello friends. It's the holidays and you know what that means: it's time for the third edition of our favorite badass lines from games in the year (here's 2016 and 2017).  2018 was a fantastic year for games and for writing in games as well, so we've got a lot of rad threats, boasts, jokes, and other amusing quips for you this year. So let's get to it.

It's a western, of course it's going to have fantastic acts of bravery and foolishness as well as clever dialogue to go along with them. Here's the best of the best from Rockstar's opus.

Dutch to Kieran: “I got a saying, my friend. We shoot fellers as need shooting, save fellers as need saving, and feed 'em as need feeding. We're gonna find out what you need.”

Why I Love Just Cause 4, In 25 Absurd Videos

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Why I Love Just Cause 4, In 25 Absurd Videos

2018 is finally drawing to a close, causing gamers around the world to reflect on what an amazing year we’ve had. While the industry’s heated Game of the Year arguments are mostly focused on the world’s best Western and world’s worst dad, there were a ton of other games that I loved just as much in 2018 (well, almost anyway – I really wanted to be a cowboy as a kid, okay?).

I’ve already written about how much I enjoyed hunting giant monsters, web-slinging through New York City, getting unceremoniously shot in the back, and hanging from Zeus’ giant dong this year. My latest obsession, however, has been a little game called Just Cause 4, which I was too busy reviewing to offer up the usual FTAP treatment when it released – I just hate when real work stands in the way of getting stupid!

Why I Love Just Cause 4, In 25 Absurd Videos

about X hours ago from
Why I Love Just Cause 4, In 25 Absurd Videos

2018 is finally drawing to a close, causing gamers around the world to reflect on what an amazing year we’ve had. While the industry’s heated Game of the Year arguments are mostly focused on the world’s best Western and world’s worst dad, there were a ton of other games that I loved just as much in 2018 (well, almost anyway – I really wanted to be a cowboy as a kid, okay?).

I’ve already written about how much I enjoyed hunting giant monsters, web-slinging through New York City, getting unceremoniously shot in the back, and hanging from Zeus’ giant dong this year. My latest obsession, however, has been a little game called Just Cause 4, which I was too busy reviewing to offer up the usual FTAP treatment when it released – I just hate when real work stands in the way of getting stupid!

Overwatch Has Become A Sniper’s Game

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Overwatch Has Become A Sniper’s Game

The metagame of Overwatch is constantly in flux. The addition of new heroes and reworks of existing ones frequently shifts the balance. Some heroes receive nerfs or buffs, while others can be drastically altered, becoming a shadow of their former selves (RIP Mercy’s Team-Res ultimate). We’ve seen characters like Symmetra switch classes, while others like Torbjörn can no longer act as extra support by dropping armor. On the one hand, this encourages people to explore the roster and approach new strategies, but sometimes these alterations have a negative impact on the game. As the game stands now, snipers are extremely overpowered, and this problem has only been exacerbated by the addition of Ashe.

I know what you’re thinking: “Get good.”  Yes, I’ve adjusted my strategy to be more cautious of this aspect, but it gets frustrating whenever I enter a match and three are immediately locked in. It’s affecting team composition, leading to people choosing snipers over more dynamic heroes such as healers and tanks. It makes it difficult to play the game the way it’s meant to be played. It feels like there should be some fall-off for effectiveness beyond the first sniper, but that’s not currently the case. 

Overwatch Has Become A Sniper’s Game

about X hours ago from
Overwatch Has Become A Sniper’s Game

The metagame of Overwatch is constantly in flux. The addition of new heroes and reworks of existing ones frequently shifts the balance. Some heroes receive nerfs or buffs, while others can be drastically altered, becoming a shadow of their former selves (RIP Mercy’s Team-Res ultimate). We’ve seen characters like Symmetra switch classes, while others like Torbjörn can no longer act as extra support by dropping armor. On the one hand, this encourages people to explore the roster and approach new strategies, but sometimes these alterations have a negative impact on the game. As the game stands now, snipers are extremely overpowered, and this problem has only been exacerbated by the addition of Ashe.

I know what you’re thinking: “Get good.”  Yes, I’ve adjusted my strategy to be more cautious of this aspect, but it gets frustrating whenever I enter a match and three are immediately locked in. It’s affecting team composition, leading to people choosing snipers over more dynamic heroes such as healers and tanks. It makes it difficult to play the game the way it’s meant to be played. It feels like there should be some fall-off for effectiveness beyond the first sniper, but that’s not currently the case.