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The best games of 2018 (so far)

It’s been quite the year for gaming and we’re not even halfway through. Between long-awaited So if you’ve fallen behind on some of this year’s biggest successes, don’t panic, because here at Jelly Deals we’ve rounded up some of the best games of 2018 so far.

God of War

In the much-anticipated reboot of the God of War franchise, we return to Kratos, the God of War himself, years after his victory over the Olympic Gods. Kratos now lives in Midgard with his son Atreus, following the death of his wife Faye. Faye’s dying wish was for her ashes to be spread at the top of each of the highest peaks in the nine realms, leading Kratos and Atreus to set out on a peculiar father-son adventure in an effort to fulfil her wishes.

The same elements which we loved about the God of War franchise are still present, but there are some serious changes. For one, the game is no longer based on Greek mythology, instead transitioning into the vast world of Norse mythology. There’s also the fact that Kratos is a daddy now. Though it’s unlikely he’ll be coaching the soccer team anytime soon, the complicated relationship between Atreus and Kratos creates layers we arguably haven’t seen in the series to date. You can’t control Atreus, however, Kratos can command his offspring to distract enemies or shoot arrows until daddy dearest beats the bejesus out of them with his new ice-infused battle axe.

God of War’s immersive storyline, paired with intriguing mythology, and an abundance of side quests will keep you busy for hours on end.

Monster Hunter: World

In Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World you play as a hunter on a quest to explore the New World and take down the powerful beasts lurking in its untamed wilderness. The latest addition to the Monster Hunter series will keep you occupied for hours as you track down the biggest beasties, battle alongside friends in multiplayer mode, and spend far too much time creating the perfect character and sidekick. Perfect for the Pokémon fan who wants a game with extra bite.

Shadow of the Colossus

The nostalgic remake of Shadow of the Colossus released earlier this year to critical acclaim. The reworked version of the PlayStation 2 classic sees revamped HD visuals, alongside a new control system, which makes the tantalising, ancient landscape more seductive than ever. The gameplay itself remains the same, with you stepping into the shoes of Wander, a young man on a quest to destroy colossi roaming the forbidden land.

If you enjoyed the original of Shadow of the Colossus then this remake should be right up your street. Even if you didn’t play it, you have the luxury of experiencing the expansive, fantastical landscape in stunning HD.

Forgotten Anne

Perhaps one of the lesser-known gems of this year, Forgotten Anne is an intimate, magical cinematic adventure which echoes the work of Hayao Miyazaki. You play as Anne, one of only two human Enforcers in the whimsical world of forgotlings – forgotten objects which have taken on life and long to be remembered again. A looming rebellion threatens Anne, and her master’s, possibility to return to the human world and so she sets off on a journey to quash it. Forgotten Anne combines light platform puzzles with difficult choices, all encapsulated in an enchanting, charming world which will leave you feeling bad about all your lost socks.

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire

In Obsidian’s swashbuckling sequel to Pillars of Eternity, you captain a ship on a dangerous voyage to explore an uncharted region of Deadfire. This isometric RPG mixes magic, pirates, and exploration as you hunt down a rogue God across the seas, soaking up the culture of each location and taking in the lush environment. Pillars of Eternity 2 has plenty of content to keep you busy, with a vast world to explore, an abundance of side-quests, and a customisable crew. A must-buy for fans of CPRGs.

Laser League

If you’re looking for a modern multiplayer with the heart of an ’80s arcade game, then look no further than Laser League. The premise of Laser League is simple and pretty easy to pick up. You are taking part in a futuristic sport which sees you work in teams to light up nodes in an arena. When lit, the nodes create lasers which obliterate your enemies. The idea is to destroy all your enemies and be the last team standing. Each time you do this you’ll receive a point, and the winner is the team with the most points after three matches. It sounds simple, but it’s heaps of fun. The beauty of Laser League is that it works as either a casual party game or a friendship tester.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2

Fans of Warhammer: Vermintide will not be disappointed in Fatshark’s sequel. Vermintide 2 builds upon what made the original great, without losing its heart – creating an even bloodier hack n’ slash co-op. If you’re new to the series, Vermintide sees you and your team battling your way through waves of enemies in different levels. There’s a choice of five heroes with 15 different career paths, so as you progress you can customise and your arsenal and talents to your combat style. A definite for those who enjoy a raid with friends.

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