The BEST ACTION Games Of 2018 | Our Favorite Games & Guides List

The biggest games of 2018 are undoubtedly in the ACTION genre. That includes everything from open-world games, to difficult side-scrollers, to RPG-lite beat-em-ups. If the game is all about action, pressing buttons, and quick reflexes — it fits into the ACTION category for 2018. Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, Spider-Man are more fit into this list, making it an incredibly stacked category. Picking just a handful of games was a challenge. Each and every one is a contender for best game of the year.

Action games weren’t just bigger in 2018, they were also more complex. With additional features, and (at times) complex narratives to go along with all the frenetic adventuring. 2018 gave us stories about protagonists growing older and learning parental responsibilities (God of War, Yakuza 6) — or inverted power fantasies completely in the sobering Red Dead Redemption 2. We finally got a game worthy of the Marvel stamp of quality, currently burning up cinemas — Marvel’s Spider-Man just might be the best comic book game ever made, and it’s got some steep competition in the Arkham Asylum series, so that’s saying something.

Enough with all the introduction, let’s get into the complete list — we’re selecting our favorite games, and linking all the appropriate guides so you can browse in one convenient spot. To learn about WHY we picked the game we did, watch the video above.


BEST ACTION Game Guides of 2018

Check out all the guides for the best ACTION games of 2018 in the entries below, or watch the video above for in-depth explanations for all of our best-of picks.

[WARNING: The following links contain spoilers!]


Red Dead Redemption 2


God of War (2018)


Marvel’s Spider-Man


Shadow of the Colossus


Mega Man 11