Well hi, hello and how do you do? There’s just one last festive tradition to tick off the list before we resume work for the new year, and it’s the finest tradition of them all – the Eurogamer reader’s top 50 games of the year! 2018 was a fascinating, diverse year for new games, and your list beautifully reflects that – as do your comments. Thank you so much for taking part, and see you all again soon!
What we said: “Mania takes everything that was memorable about Sega’s pioneering 2D platformers – that joy in momentum always teetering on the brink of disaster, the deranged magnificence of those levels, the mournful bassnote as poor, faithful Tails stampedes into all the traps you’ve just triggered in passing – and rejuvenates it, to the point where you can only put down the pad in astonishment. Sonic the Hedgehog happened, everybody.
“He’s supposed to be all washed up – gaming’s Birdman, a balding, leather-jacketed C-lister they wheel on whenever some Mario crossover finds itself short on backing characters. How the hell is this possible? It’s possible because for a small group of dedicated aficionados, the blue blur’s halcyon period never ended. What’s old has become new, and Sonic is once again the star he was supposed to be.”