Bleeding Cool Game Awards 2018

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Bleeding Cool's Best in Gaming 2018: Game of the Year

Every year, there's one game that manages to surpass all the rest in terms of quality of its narrative, gameplay, innovation, and design. Which means its finally time for the award you've all been waiting for, Bleeding Cool's Game of the Year. This time, the digital edition. While the competition was fierce, we have an […]

Bleeding Cool's Best in Gaming 2018: Tabletop Game of the Year

When you sit down and look at what every game had achieved over 2018, it's hard to compare what Dungeons & Dragons did for their own brand this past year. We already covered it in the Best Tabletop category what they did with the three books they released this year, as well as what they've […]

Bleeding Cool's Best in Gaming 2018: Best New Tabletop Miniature Game

While we've already crowned our Best Tabletop Miniature Game, most of the entries on that list were on the older side. This time, we're focusing on the new tabletop miniature games, in all their shiny modernity. The nominees for Best New Tabletop Miniature Game are: Warhammer 40,000 Killteam The Other Side A Song of Ice […]

Bleeding Cool's Best in Gaming 2018: Best Board Game

When sizing up all the board games that came across our kitchen tables this year, the one that stood out to us the most was Betrayal Legacy. Avalon Hill did a fantastic job of taking something familiar and turning it around into what is basically a masterpiece in long-form board game storytelling. When you get […]

Bleeding Cool's Best in Gaming 2018: Best Tabletop Miniature Game

Not all tabletop games come with miniature models, but every gamer knows that the best ones come with several unique minis for you to assemble and paint. For this category, we'll be looking at the Best Tabletop Miniature Games of all time. We'll come back to the 2018 specific games in just a bit. First […]

Bleeding Cool's Best in Gaming 2018: Best Trading Card Game

It's weird how trading card games rise and fall in popularity over the years. A name we were surprised to see make a resurgence this year was Magic: The Gathering. Not like MTG ever vanished or took time out from its regular pace, but we've noticed in 2018 that the series has found a bit […]

Bleeding Cool's Best in Gaming 2018: Best Tabletop Wargame

Tabletop wargames are a microcosm of war itself, combining strategy, combat, and ruthless negotiation into a heady mix of entertainment. The nominees for Bleeding Cool's Best Tabletop Wargame for 2018 are: Warhammer 40,000: Heroes of Blackreach Bolt Action BattleTech Rune Wars Fallout: Wasteland Warfare Rising Sun And the winner is… Rising Sun. Rising Sun is the […]

Bleeding Cool's Best in Gaming 2018: Best Puzzler

This year didn't see too many puzzle games make their way into the top spots of gaming, but the few that did stuck with us, with Tetris Effect coming out on top. The game managed to take what was already one of the most well-known puzzle formats in gaming history and add in elements that made […]

Bleeding Cool's Best in Games 2018: Best Tabletop Skirmisher

A tabletop skirmisher wargame is like a large scale wargame, just smaller and shorter. Rather than controlling legions of miniature battle units, instead you control only a handful. The games are often shorter than your typical wargame, and are waged on smaller tables. However, that doesn't mean they can't be absolutely brutal. The nominees for […]

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Bleeding Cool's Best in Gaming 2018: Best Tabletop RPG

While we had a lot of good tabletop RPGs come out with content this year, it was kind of hard to deny Dungeons & Dragons the top spot in 2018. The company released three books this year that really set the tone of things to come, starting with Waterdeep: Dragon Heist which was a starter adventure […]

Bleeding Cool's Best in Gaming 2018: Best Sports Game

Sports games call to the armchair athletes and the superfans alike, which makes them fertile ground for a set of gaming awards. The nominees are: NBA 2K19 Madden NFL 19 WWE 2K19 Super Mega Baseball 2 UFC 3 Forza Horizon 4 And the winner is… NBA 2K19 2K games has been killing it in the sports […]

Bleeding Cool's Best in Gaming 2018: Best Sim Game

We kinda had a hunch clear back in April when we saw previews of Two Point Hospital, that we were probably looking at one of the best games of 2018. Sure enough, when we sat down and cast our votes, the hospital simulator from SEGA was one of the highest rated games in our results. […]

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Bleeding Cool's Best in Gaming 2018: Best MMO

Massively Multiplayer Online games come in many forms, but this year we stuck mostly to MMORPGs. Because there are just too many. Which isn't to say that other MMO games aren't worth the recognition, but when we thought of the best MMOs of 2018, we came up with a list of the most popular MMORPGs, […]

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Bleeding Cool's Best in Gaming 2018: Best Fighting Game

It came in near the end of the year and didn't look like it stood a chance, but Super Smash Bros. Ultimate won out in our vote for Best Fighting Game. It is, for the time being, one of the biggest gaming crossover titles in the history of video games. Which will already put it high […]

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Bleeding Cool's Best in Gaming: Best Story in a Video Game

While games rely on their characters to drive interest, they can also snag our attention with a thrilling story. While good characters are indeed key to a compelling narrative, they don't always match up. Some stories are great because their protagonists are empty spaces for us to fill ourselves into, or because of a strong […]

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Bleeding Cool's Best in Gaming 2018: Best Game Soundtrack

It takes a hell of a soundtrack to transport you from the real world into another, but Marvel's Spider-Man did the trick in more ways than one. While a lot of top-tier games have soundtracks that rival those of major motion pictures, many of them come across as posturing when the music doesn't fit the game. […]

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Bleeding Cool's Best in Gaming 2018: Best Character in a Video Game

Games are only as good as their cast, and often times the protagonists and supporting characters are what make or break a game outside of pure gameplay. 2018 gave us plenty of stellar characters to choose from, and the decision was harder than we expected. But first, the nominees: Kirby (Kirby's All-Stars, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate) Kassandra […]

Bleeding Cool's Best in Gaming 2018: Best Indie Game

No matter where you go, there you are. Words to live by as thousands of gamers found joy and meaning behind the story told in this year's Best Indie Game, Celeste. Matt Thorson and the entire crew he worked with behind Matt Makes Games did an excellent job of creating a single-player platformer that made […]

Bleeding Cool's Best in Gaming 2018: Best VR Game

In most VR games, it's almost a foregone conclusion that you're getting a workout. But Beat Saber lets you pretend to do it as a Jedi. All kidding aside, sorta, this is one of the few VR games we tried all year that helped us lose some weight, practice our swordsmanship, find the rhythm all […]

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Bleeding Cool's Best in Gaming 2018: Best Action Adventure Game

Action Adventure games cover a lot of ground in the gaming space, but the genre also includes some of the top games of the year. Before we get to the reveal, here are the nominees for Best Action Adventure Game of 2018: God of War Shadow of the Tomb Raider Marvel's Spider-Man We Happy Few […]