Hello and welcome to the tenth annual Silicon Sasquatch…
A celebration of the best and most noteworthy games we played in 2018.
Updated every single dang weekday
from December 31st, 2018 – January 18th, 2019.
Our #4 game is many things—a constant triage simulator, a roguelike puzzle game, and an absolute head scratcher that will leave you wondering if victory is even possible. And it might be, even if it takes 20 minutes of staring at the screen to figure out how.
Games writer, speaker, and teacher Charlene Putney shares her favorite games from 2018 and the many ways they impacted her life.
Crowning the best photo mode required us to look beyond the most realistic tools or the best use of knockoff Instagram filters and instead select a game with a varied, beautiful world that encouraged this budding photographer to flex his creative muscles across cities, mountains, oceans, and forests.
For our tenth anniversary, we’re exhuming the calcified remains of the past nine Game of the Year top ten lists we’ve put together and asking ourselves: did we goof? And if we goofed, how do we un-goof and right the wrongs of history?
Our celebration of the best and most surprising oddity of the year that was returns, once again brought to you by Norman Reedus™ and Hideo Kojima©.
Guest contributor Ben Morgan was gonna make it through this year if it kills him.
Good art direction envelops the player in worlds and experiences that feel rich and well-realized. But the best art direction shows us things we’d never even imagined before, yet it still manages to communicate with us in an intuitive and clear way.
Week 3: Honorable Mentions
Monday, January 14th
8am — Nick’s Honorable Mentions
Tuesday, January 15th
8am — Spencer’s Honorable Mentions
Wednesday, January 16th
8am — Doug’s Honorable Mentions
Thursday, January 17th
8am — Aaron’s Honorable Mentions
Friday, January 18th
8am — Tyler’s Honorable Mentions
Monday, January 21st
8am — Podcast #2 - Category Awards Deliberations
12pm — Podcast #3 - Top 10 Deliberations
…and that’s it!
Week 2: Our Top 10 Games of 2018
Monday, January 7th
8am — #10
10am — #9
Tuesday, January 8th
8am — #8
10am — #7
Wednesday, January 9th
8am — #6
10am — #5
Thursday, January 10th
8am — #4
10am — #3
Friday, January 11th
8am — #2
10am — Game of the Year
Week 1: Category Awards and Guest Lists
Monday, December 31st
8am — Best Music
10am — Best Character
12pm — Dan Phipps’s Top 10 Games of 2018
Tuesday, January 1st
8am — Best Art Direction
10am — Best Moment
12pm — Ben Morgan’s Top 10 Games of 2018 (and matching Mountain Goats songs)
Wednesday, January 2nd
8am — Best Tone Control
10am — The Kojima Award (aka the Norman Reedus Climbing on Things Memorial Award)
12pm — Podcast: Re-litigating Ten Years of Top 10 Lists
Thursday, January 3rd
8am — Best Continuation
10am — Best Storytelling
12pm — Chris Price’s Top 10 Games of 2018
Friday, January 4th
8am — Best Photo Mode
10am — Most Fun
12pm — Charlene Putney’s Favorite Games of 2018
(All times PST)