It’s not often that we post written features on our podcast site. But if there was ever a reason to do it, this is it. I’ve been talking about games with Official Friend of the Podcast, Dave Femia, for something like 17 years. His intuitive understanding of gameplay, taste in style, and love of clickers and idlers are beyond any mortal reckoning. I am proud to present his Game of the Year 2018 feature.
I barely noticed when the credits rolled after completing the final story mission in Far Cry 5. After nonsensically gunning down my former allies and reviving them during the game’s climactic battle, then driving through the flaming hellscape that was formerly Hope County, my next series of inputs was the repeated mashing of the escape key. Joseph Seed talked a good game about delivering his adherents to Eden. But I secured my own deliverance from the psychic apocalypse of the game’s ending by tapping a key while I looked down at my phone.
[I love how different Ben’s list is from mine. And despite my revulsion at the inclusion of console-exclusives on this list, it’s a perfect reflection of our buddy-cop partnership of gaming. -Jon]
This year’s been a long, strange ride: I got married. Worked in an ad agency. My country elected a former reality star to the highest office in the land, but somehow didn’t choose Brett Michaels. Princess Leia died of a massive coronary. So it’s fitting that the first game I want to single out is all about taking long, strange rides into the Finnish countryside in an uninspected 70s import.