Game Of The Year 2018 - Staff Awards

It's the final day for you to cast your Game Of The Year votes, you have until midnight today (Sunday) to vote, this is your final warning - no complaining if you don't vote.

In the meantime, let's look at which games our members of staff voted for across the very same categories. This year we decided to create categories for Switch Retail, Switch eShop, 3DS, Developer, Art Style, Multiplayer and Overall Game Of The Year.

Remember, only games that were released in the UK or US first in 2018 were eligible for voting.

Switch Retail Game Of The Year - 2018

Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Winner: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo)

Was there much doubt for this one? Arguably this category isn't a competitive as 2017, but Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been synonymous with 2018, we've had countless Directs, news and leaks related to the game. Thankfully, the release just about lived up to the hype as we awarded this game 10/10 in our review earlier this month and is a firm favourite amongst staff.

Runners Up: Octopath Traveler (Nintendo), Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu! and Eevee! (Nintendo), Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Ubisoft).

Switch eShop Game Of The Year - 2018


Winner: Celeste (Matt Makes Games)

A title that was originally created during a game jam, Celeste has grown into a full release that has been hugely popular on Switch, selling over 500,000 copies to date. As you make your way up the mountain you'll have an array of obstacles in your path, which we encountered during our review, awarding the game 10/10.

Runners Up: The Messenger (Devolver Digital), Hollow Knight (Team Cherry), GRIS (Devolver Digital).

3DS Game Of The Year - 2018


Winner: Luigi's Mansion (Nintendo)

A spookily quiet year for 3DS, Luigi's Mansion resurrected itself following on from the sequel released a few years ago and ahead of the third instalment due to hit Switch in 2019. Yes, it's a port of an old GameCube game but it still served as a stand-out release this year, which we awarded a healthy 8/10.

Runners Up: WarioWare Gold (Nintendo), Detective Pikachu (Nintendo), The Alliance Alive (Atlus).

eShop Developer Of The Year - 2018


Winner: Matt Makes Games (Celeste, TowerFall)

What a fantastic year for Matt Makes Games, first releasing new game Celeste to critical acclaim, followed by a Switch version of TowerFall later in the year. Celeste has been picking up plenty of awards throughout the year and we're happy to add to that list with eShop Developer of the year.

Runners Up: Sabotage (The Messenger), Nomada Studio (GRIS), SEGA (SEGA Ages)

Art Style Game Of The Year - 2018


Winner: GRIS (Devolver Digital)

If you have an appreciation of art styles in games you probably already know about GRIS, a gorgeous adventure game that has stunned critics and gamers alike. It's no surprise that it has won this category in the staff vote.

Runners Up: Octopath Traveler (Nintendo), Forgotton Anne (Square Enix), Pokemon Let's Go (Nintendo)

Multiplayer Game Of The Year - 2018

Smash Multi

Winner: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo)

The competition didn't stand much of a chance this year, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has taken over the mantle as best multiplayer game on Switch. People in arenas, offices, living rooms and bedrooms around the world will be settling arguments for years to come with Smash Bros on Switch.

Runners Up: Overcooked 2 (Team 17), Super Mario Party (Nintendo), Warframe (Digital Extremes)

Overall Game Of The Year - 2018


Winner: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo)

The final award is the most prestigious, no prizes for guessing that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate would win this category. It's attention to detail is phenomenal and we don't see how Nintendo could really improve upon the game significantly, this truly is the ultimate Super Smash Bros. game.

Runners Up: Octopath Traveler (Nintendo), Pokemon Let's Go (Nintendo), The Messenger (Devolver Digital)

Thank you to all our staff members that voted and more importantly to all the developers that released games in 2018, we firmly believe that gaming has never been better and we're already looking forward to 2019.

Do you agree with our staff choices? Don't forget that you have until midnight Sunday to vote as part of the readers choice awards. Let us know what you think of our choices in the comments below.