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ⓘ 2018 in video gaming




2018 in video gaming
                                     

ⓘ 2018 in video gaming

Numerous video games were released in 2018. Best-selling games included Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Red Dead Redemption 2, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Far Cry 5, God of War, Monster Hunter: World and Dragon Ball FighterZ. Games highly regarded by video game critics released in 2018 included Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Marvels Spider-Man, Forza Horizon 4, Monster Hunter: World, Dead Cells, Return of the Obra Dinn, and Celeste. The years highest-grossing games included Fortnite, Honor of Kings/Arena of Valor, Dungeon Fighter Online, League of Legends, and Pokemon Go.

Among major trends in 2018 included the explosive growth of battle royale games such as Blueholes PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds and Epic Games Fortnite Battle Royale, the resurgence of Pokemon Go, ongoing governmental review of loot boxes in light of national gambling restrictions, Sony Interactive Entertainment agreeing to allow cross-platform play between PlayStation 4 and other console users, and the entry of Fortnite -related internet memes into popular culture. With Fortnite s success, Epic was able to establish the Epic Games Store for personal computers as a strong competitor to the dominant but criticized position held by Valves Steam digital storefront by significantly increasing the revenue split it gave to developers. Additionally, with a number of major sudden studio closures, including Telltale Games, there was an increasing call for video game developers to unionize. A nearly year-long freeze on video game approvals by the Chinese government had a major impact on publishers Tencent and NetEase, and is expected to impact future revenues in the industry.

                                     

1. Top rated games

Major awards

1 These awards are sometimes given as one e.g. Best Mobile/Handheld, Excellence in Audio or two awards.

Critically acclaimed games

Metacritic is an aggregator of video game journalism reviews. It generally considers expansions and re-releases as separate entities.

Highly scoring games with fewer than 10 reviews included Owlboy, The Banner Saga 3, and the Nintendo Switch ports of Undertale and Bastion.

                                     

2. Financial performance

According to industry analysis firm NewZoo, the video game industry was worth $134.9 billion by revenues in 2018, a 10.9% growth over 2017. Of this, 47% of the revenues were generated from mobile gaming, with consoles taking 28% and personal computers taking the remaining 25%. The top five largest video game markets of 2018 were China $34.4 billion, the United States $31.5 billion, Japan $17.7 billion, South Korea $5.8 billion, and Germany $5 billion.

According to the NPD Group, total revenue from the video game industry, including hardware, software, and accessories, in the United States grew by 17% to US$43.4 billion, nearly matching revenues for the American film industry for 2018. Of that, US$35.8 billion were from software sales, digital content, and subscriptions. Hardware sales, at US$7.5 billion, were up 15% from 2017, as despite the fact that there was no new hardware releases, several system-exclusive titles helped to drive hardware sales.

                                     

2.1. Financial performance Highest-grossing games worldwide

The following were 2018s top ten highest-grossing video games in terms of worldwide digital revenue across all platforms including mobile, PC and console platforms. Six of the top ten highest-grossing games are published or owned by Tencent.

                                     

2.2. Financial performance Best-selling games by region

The following were 2018s top ten best-selling video games by region, in terms of software units sold excluding microtransactions and free-to-play titles on PC and console platforms, for the United States, Japan, and Europe.

                                     

3. Game releases

Series with new installments in 2018 included Anno, Assassins Creed, Battlefield, Bayonetta, Bit.Trip, BlazBlue, Bomberman, Call of Duty, Darksiders, Digimon, Donkey Kong, Dragon Ball, Dynasty Warriors, Earth Defense Force, Fallout, Far Cry, Forza, God of War, Hitman, Just Cause, Kirby, Mario Party, Mario Tennis, Mega Man, Monster Hunter, Ni no Kuni, Persona, Pillars of Eternity, Pokemon, Red Dead, Sakura Wars, Science Adventure, Shantae, Soulcalibur, Spider-Man, Spyro, State of Decay, Super Smash Bros., The Bards Tale, The Crew, The Walking Dead, Tomb Raider, Tropico, Valkyria Chronicles, Warhammer, and Wolfenstein

                                     
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