It's officially a brand new year! 2019 is sure to be another great year with exciting titles like the Resident Evil 2 remake, Kingdom Hearts III, a new Animal Crossing, and so much more. Before we charge ahead into the new year, let's take one last moment to look back on 2018 and appreciate the games that challenged us and brought us joy and excitement.

As someone who primarily games on Nintendo Switch, it was something of a quiet year, at least in terms of AAA games. Nintendo had few first-party releases for the first nine months, then launched three massive hits in the final quarter. Super Mario Party, Pokémon: Let's Go, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are all fantastic games that have been consuming all my free time over the holiday season. Each one is a worthy candidate in its own right, but I'd say they all felt a little too familiar to stand out as game of the year material.

Instead, I'm going to choose a title that totally captivated me when it launched much earlier in the year. I've never been the best at platformers, but something about Celeste just made me want to keep trying again and again and again until I got it right. The gameplay alone is outstanding in its clever design and ever-escalating challenge, and that's all wrapped up in an emotional story, a beautifully-crafted retro aesthetic, and one of the best video game soundtracks I've ever heard.

So what was your favorite game of 2018, and what made it stand out above the rest? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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