What a year we have had for games! With the Game Awards releasing their nominee’s list, you may be taking a look back at all of the amazing releases from 2018, and thinking about some of your personal favourites. At Game Savvy we have been discussing this year’s Game Awards nominees at length, and something has certainly stood out – PlayStation is killing it!
It’s a great time to be a PlayStation fan. Two of the six games nominated for Game of the Year are PlayStation exclusives, those being SpiderMan and God of War. Not only that, they were both huge sellers and made a big splash across social media. Tack on Detroit: Become Human, which also picked up a few nominations, and it becomes evident that PlayStation owners have a lot of reasons to be happy with their console choice this year. Overall, PlayStation picked up a total of 20 nominations.
Meanwhile, Microsoft and Nintendo seem to be relatively absent from the nomination list in comparison. Forza Horizon 4 and Sea of Thieves, despite being talked about a fair bit this year, only managed to get 3 nominations total. State of Decay 2 was noticeably absent as was Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Octopath Traveler was a fairly high rated and well selling game, but still only pulled in three nominations for Nintendo. Other than dominating the Family Games category and last year’s Game Awards, Nintendo doesn’t have much going on this year. It seems like Nintendo games, while doing incredibly well, don’t break past the point of being popular exclusively with Nintendo fans. Microsoft appears to be staying the course and trusting that they’ll still keep their existing users this gen, and while they’re putting out some good games they just aren’t generating the same buzz.
Gamers are taking notice, so much so that I bought a PS4 this fall after exclusively being an Xbox fan for the last decade. I’m not the only one at Game Savvy in that situation either! Sony knows what they are doing, and they are making all the right moves. This has been a record breaking year for PS4 sales, so it obviously isn’t just me jumping on the Sony bus.
It isn’t just the big games, either. Sony has been making headlines all year long. The PSN name changes were a pretty Big Deal, particularly for adults filled with regret over the names their tween selves thought were hilarious. The upcoming release of the PlayStation Classic has also been generating a lot of positive press, as long time fans have the chance to relive a bit of nostalgia. Sony also added the ability to customize controllers, a feature that gave Microsoft a bit of an edge previously.
The big news doesn’t seem to be stopping, either. Amidst all of these announcements and releases, Sony has just revealed that PlayStation won’t be attending E3 for the first time in 24 years. After such a phenomenal year, this news is a pretty big shock. Is it an indication that they will be announcing their next gen console next year, or is it more of an indication that E3 isn’t the place to be for gaming news that it once was?
Either way, we can hope that it means the 2018 high Sony is riding will ride into 2019 just as furiously. If their announcements at this year’s E3 were any indication, I’m certain it will be another year of big hits. You’ve caught my attention, Sony. Show us what you’ve got.