In 2018, I defeated Nordic gods in the tremendous God of War, I swung around Stark Tower in the enormously fun Spider-Man and I moseyed my way through a changing West in the jaw-dropping Red Dead Redemption 2. And yet, when considering my Game of the Year selection, it was all too easy to land on a tiny little indie game made by a very small studio.
Celeste came out in January and could have been swept under the rug in the embarrassment of riches that 2018 bestowed on video games. But throughout the torrent of great experiences, I still came back to it again and again and again. I’ve put nearly 100 hours into it, and I know I will gladly put in more. Celeste, made by Matt Makes Games, is definitely my Game of the Year.
Celeste has three things going for it: a genuinely touching story, exceptionally challenging (and rewarding) gameplay and pure polish.