I played a couple of good games this year. Even Red Dead Redemption 2, one of the most interesting games of the last 5 years.
But 2018 was the year I discovered DCS… And everything else became a shadow. This year I reignited my passion for flight sims, spent money on my PC setup, bough a HOTAS, a new monitor and a GPU. I just remembered when I bought my first SVGA Graphics card to run an F14 simulator (Fleet Defender maybe) back in the day.
And the F/A 18 was the first full fidelity model I learned. (Spoiled brat, such an easy plane - but I digress)
I’ve been flying some of the mini campaigns: Challenger, Eastern Friendship and the Snakes head, and to actually be confronted with the full fidelity aircraft and have to remember every procedure - AND THEN - still be able to execute a mission is such a blast. Right now I cannot still refuel in mid air, so I’m stuck on one of the missions, but everything else, when DCS starts working, it really shines. I’m no expert by any means, but steam already says I spent 150 Hours in game and I have many more to spend. I have not had any other game that felt so endless for me (I’m not a hardcore gamer, let alone a competitive one, so maybe that’s why).
I see old users that are getting more tired than I am form the same old and rightfully demanding more gameplay upgrades (and I certainly join the choir) but to be fair, DCS as it is is already such an expansive and complex and fun experience, it’s hard to complain. In fact, I feel absolutely out of place talking about other games because I still cannot wrap my head around this I know some don’t like to classify simming with gaming, but I do. Especially when flying single player story based campaigns.
Anyway, after those off topic formalities and homages I’ll chime in.
For me, Game of the year: DCS F/A-18 Hornet.