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Winner: Week: 2018.10.28

Runner-up: Week 2018.11.25

Runner-up: Week 2018.10.21

Despite not having a true photo mode (plz Rockstar!!), Red Dead Redemption 2 still has the ability to disable the entire HUD, allowing players to show off some incredibly cinematic moments. The gang's visit to Braithwaite Manor being just one of many.

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Best PS4 Post or Comment

Winner: God of War wins Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2018

Runner-up: PSN ID changes officially beginning soon

Runner-up: Sony launches console cross-play beta with Fortnite

Sony vs Rockstar. God of War vs Red Dead Redemption. In 2010, Red Dead Redemption beat God of War III at The Video Game Awards for Game of the Year. 8 years later and we once again saw the two go head to head for GOTY at The Game Awards, except this time God of War emerged victorious!



Favorite PS4 Trophy

Winner: God of War – "Hello, Old Friend" –

Runner-up: Marvel's Spider-Man – "With Great Power…" –

"Then I must return home…"

The line in God of War that sent chills to players. Was it really happening? A slow build-up capped off with one of the most memorable moments in recent years.



Best LOCAL Co-op or Multiplayer Title

Winner: A Way Out

Runner-up: Overcooked 2

Unable to be played solo, A Way Out took a gamble with its "co-op only" approach to storytelling. Luckily, it paid off thanks to an interesting story and gameplay that rewards players who work together. Interested in the game but not sure if you can talk a friend into buying it? Thankfully, the developers also include a Friend Pass with every copy, so you and a friend can still play together even if they don't own the game.



Best ONLINE Co-op or Multiplayer Title

Winner: Monster Hunter World

Runner-up: Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII

Monster Hunter made a triumphant return to a PlayStation console outside of Japan for the first time since Monster Hunter 2 in 2006. Players need to work together to take down some of the massive beasts in grueling battles. Suddenly outnumbered when a few other monsters decide to join the fight? Pop an SOS flare for some jolly cooperation! (I know, wrong franchise.)



Best PlayStation Plus Complimentary Title

Winner: Bloodborne

Runner-up: Ratchet & Clank

A hunter is a hunter, even in a dream. This wasn't a dream though. 2018 was one of the best years for PS+ on PS4 and saw several AAA games being given away, none more popular than Bloodborne as many new players were introduced to FromSoftware's Soulsborne games thanks to PS+ in March.



Best Single-Player Game

Winner: God of War

Runner-up: Red Dead Redemption 2

Another year, another excellent single-player game from a Sony 1st party studio. God of War was the complete package at launch, garnering universal praise and breaking PS4 sales records, proving once again that single-player games aren't dead.



Best Action/Adventure Game

Winner: God of War

Runner-up: Red Dead Redemption 2

Gamers were a bit hesitant when they first learned that Kratos would be ditching the famous Blades of Chaos for the Leviathan Axe in this reboot/sequel to the God of War franchise, but those worries were short-lived. The Leviathan Axe quickly became many players' favorite weapon, with its unique ability to throw and recall at will mid-combat. And even after Kratos has thrown his axe, his fists and shield prove more than capable in delivering solid action gameplay.



Best RPG

Winner: Monster Hunter: World

Runner-up: Assassin's Creed Odyssey

In an incredibly close vote, Monster Hunter World narrowly comes away with the victory here. While many gamers can't seem to decide if Monster Hunter is technically an RPG or not, voters have shown that it's enough of an RPG to win this year. Are you more of a DPS kind of player, a tank, or do you want to support your friends in combat with a hunting horn? It's up to you!



Best Shooter

Winner: Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII

Runner-up: Far Cry 5

Black Ops 4? Black Ops IV? Black Ops IIII? However you want to call it, the Black Ops series returned this year and continues to be the most popular sub-franchise in the Call of Duty series. Skipping a campaign didn't seem to matter too much for most players as the standard multiplayer and zombies modes continue to impress. Blackout, CoD's new battle royale mode, also gives an impressive showing on its very first try.



Best Sports/Racing Game

Winner: FIFA 19

Runner-up: The Crew 2

FIFA returns with another solid outing in 2019. Like most annual sports franchises, minor gameplay tweaks and a roster update are all that is really needed to continue to top sales charts. FIFA 19 has one large addition this year though, with the inclusion of the Champions League, ending the 10-year licensing partnership they had with Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer.



Best DLC/Add-on

Winner: No Man's Sky: Next

Runner-up: Marvel's Spider-Man: The Heist

Ok, seriously, 2 years ago who would have predicted No Man's Sky to be unironically winning this award? Credit to Hello Games for continuously working hard to add to and improve the game, transforming it into something almost totally unrecognizable from what we saw at launch.

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Best Digital-Only Game

Winner: Hollow Knight

Runner-up: Celeste

Hollow Knight (not to be confused with Shovel Knight, Arkham Knight, or Portal Knights) finally made its way to PS4 in 2018, much to gamers' excitement. This tough metroidvania platformer will take you to a creepy atmospheric world with tons of secrets to uncover as you fight bizarre creatures.



Best PSVR Game

Winner: Astro Bot Rescue Mission

Runner-up: Beat Saber

PSVR had a stellar year in 2018 with several critically acclaimed games, none of which more surprising than the PSVR exclusive Astro Bot Rescue Mission. This platformer starring the little Astro Bots first introduced in the PS4 pack-in game


, shows that you don't need to be a 1st person game to succeed in VR.



Best Audio Experience/Sound Design

Winner: Red Dead Redemption 2

Runner-up: God of War

The sound of your horse galloping over different terrains. The footsteps, howls, and growls of nearby animals as they scurry away or prepare to attack you. A storm coming in from the distance. The way the ambient music fades in as you begin combat or run away from the lawmen, only to fade out moments later as you're returned to the sounds of nature. Red Dead Redemption 2 never stops pulling you into its world in the most subtle ways.



Best Soundtrack

Winner: Red Dead Redemption 2

Runner-up: God of War

Much like the first game, Red Dead Redemption 2 doesn't throw songs at you often (at least compared to Rockstar's GTA franchise), but when it does, it's all the more memorable and impactful because of it. Whether it's the instrumental music during combat reminiscent of the best western movies, or lyrical songs during story moments, they all work to create a work of art.



Best Performance (Motion Capture and/or Voice)

Winner: Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan in Red Dead Redemption 2

Runner-up: Christopher Judge as Kratos in God of War

Arthur Morgan was a surprise character for many players this year. How could this new guy ever compare to what we loved about John Marston from RDR1? Lo and behold though, Roger Clark gave a performance that made many of us love (or hate) Arthur Morgan. Determined yet unsure, compassionate yet unafraid to be vicious at a moment's notice, Arthur epitomizes the unpredictability of the wild west.



Best Writing, Story and/or Narrative

Winner: Red Dead Redemption 2

Runner-up: God of War

Reminiscent of some of the best westerns like The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Red Dead Redemption is pretty much the definition of a "slow burn." Its story unfolds over several chapters and dozens of hours as players not only embark on Arthur's journey, but also learn about the Van Der Linde gang and what lead to the events of RDR1 . Players patient enough to see it through to the end are rewarded with a tale of family, change, and unwillingness to adapt.



Studio of the Year

Winner: Sony Santa Monica (God of War)

Runner-up: Insomniac (Marvel's Spider-Man)

It takes a strong vision to completely overhaul a franchise after 6 games and 10+ years, but Sony Santa Monica managed to successfully redefine God of War for a new generation. A new setting, new gameplay, new story, and a new take on Kratos. Any one of those would be a big change for an established series, but somehow doing all 4 of them and making it work so well is an incredible feat. Even though there's no story DLC plans, Sony Santa Monica continued to update and improve the game after launch, adding in an excellent photo mode and a New Game+ mode that offers a wide variety of additions and changes, such as new armor and equipment and enemy behavior.



Most Underrated Game (Based on Metacritic Critics' Score)

Winner: Detroit: Become Human – 78/100

Runner-up: Shadow of the Tomb Raider – 76/100

Will you serve your designed purpose, occasionally break free from programming, or will you lead a revolution? Detroit: Become Human has players taking control of three separate androids who question their purpose and humanity. Quantic Dream's "choose your own adventure" style of games are unique and fill a niche that not many others currently do. A recent interview with over 100 Japanese developers even places it #3 overall as their Game of the Year, and Detroit is now Quantic Dream's fastest selling game.



Non-PS4 Game of the Year

Winner: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Runner-up: Forza Horizon 4

Everyone is here! In any other game, that tagline would be met with skepticism, but Super Smash Bros. Ultimate gets as close as any game can reasonably get to including pretty much every major character on a platform (and even some that aren't, like Persona 5's Joker). There's like a dozen Fire Emblem characters, several versions of Link, and even freakin' King K. Rool and Ridley! Yup, everyone…is…here.



Best PlayStation Console Exclusive on PS4

Winner: God of War

Runner-up: Marvel's Spider-Man

God of War is not just the best PS4 exclusive of the year, but possibly of the entire generation. If you own a PS4, it's a must-play game, and if you don't own a PS4, it's a reason to rush out and get one.



PS4 Game of the Year

Winner: God of War

Runner-up: Red Dead Redemption 2

Amazing world building, great combat, stunning graphics, and overall just a fun as hell experience. God of War is one of the best games of the entire generation, and that statement doesn't come lightly. What else can be said about it that hasn't been said already? Congratulations Sony Santa Monica, God of War is PS4's Game of the Year for 2018!

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