This year’s list was compiled by collecting votes from Alec Meer, Alice Bell, Alice Liguori, Alice O’Connor, Brendan Caldwell, Dave Irwin, Graham Smith, John Walker, Katharine Castle, Matt Cox and Matthew Castle.
We put together the collection using the same method as last year: each voter was given ten points to spend as they wished. They could give ten games one point each, or one game all ten points, or anything in between. This system is useful for a couple of reasons. First, it means people focus their points only on the games they loved, rather than padding it out to find an arbitrary ten. Second – and most significantly – it means that a game that one person loved can still find a place on the list instead of being muscled out by a more mainstream game that three or four people merely liked.
Everything on this year’s list received two points or more, and every game that received two points or more made the list. The games which received one point but narrowly missed the cut were Minit, Quarantine Circular, Dragon Quest XI, Megaquarium, Two Point Hospital, Frostpunk, Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kindom, Unforeseen Incidents, Fe, Dead Cells, Thronebreaker, and Ion Maiden. You can consider these honourable mentions.
Return Of The Obra Dinn and Into The Breach were originally tied on points for the top spot, but we settled the dispute with some discussion and some tactical voting. Both games were voted for by 5 people.
If 2018 failed to satisfy and you’re still looking for more game recommendations, check out our other guides to great PC games:
The best PC games to play right now
The best free games on PC
Or try our genre-specific lists, if you want a particular kind of great game to play:The best strategy games on PC
The 50 best RPG on PC
The best coop games ever made
The best VR games
The best FPS games
The best management games on PC
The best space games on PC
The best non-violent games
The 14 best Metroidvanias
The 10 best hacking, coding and computing games
The best horror games on PC
The 10 greatest games based on movies
The 25 best stealth games on PC
The 25 best action games on PC
The 25 best adventure games ever made
The 25 best puzzle games on PC
And that’s it for another year. The advent calendar will return…