Truly, 2018 has been a landmark year for video games. Kratos' triumphant return in Sony Santa Monica's God of War soft reboot, Capcom's most critically acclaimed and financially successful game ever in Monster Hunter: World and, of course, Rockstar's seminal once-in-a-generation labour of love Red Dead Redemption 2, to name a few, have set the gaming calendar ablaze over the last 12 months, but not always for the right reasons.
Deservedly so, Rockstar has been drowned in praise and adulation for the staggering attention to detail it lavished upon Arthur Morgan's Old West adventure, disbelief that flipped praise on its head when tales of the studio's questionable work environment started to circulate, but that furore swiftly dissipated in light of far juicier controversies.
Blizzard proving total ignorance of its fan base's desires with Diablo Immortal's announcement, itself far outstripped by Fallout 76 (and the Great Canvas Shortage of 2018, lest we forget) serving as the catalyst for Bethesda's catastrophic fall from grace, the industry just can't help but one-up itself on the disaster scale, it seems.
2019 will bring with it a fresh batch of meme-spawning outrage, no doubt, but in the interim between now and then, join us, won't you, for a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
Joe is a freelance games journalist who, while not spending every waking minute selling himself to websites around the world, spends his free time writing. Most of it makes no sense, but when it does, he treats each article as if it were his Magnum Opus - with varying results.