Travis4

Joined 01/23/2012

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https://travisnewman.me

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Your votes have been cast, and now it's time to reveal the winners!

Best AAA Game: TIE between Red Dead Redemption 2 and Spider-Man
2018 saw many great games, and many of our nominees were worthy of this award, but these two inched out past the competition.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a masterpiece, an experience that anyone who's into cinematic, character driven games should not miss. The follow-up to the original Red Dead Redemption (2010) improves upon its predecessor in basically every way imaginable.

Spider-Man is an open-world game with a much tighter focus than RDR2, but adds another dimension (literally). Insomniac took the superhero game formula that Rocksteady used for the Arkham series and refined it to match our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

Runners up: a three-way tie (!!) among Fallout 76, God of War, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Best Indie Game: Celeste
This indie title took the world by storm with its difficult platforming that takes you on a journey up Celeste Mountain. Celeste got its start as a browser game (which you can play here: https://mattmakesgames.itch.io/celesteclassic) and got way more than a fresh coat of paint for its big release.

Runners Up: a five-way tie (!!!!!) among Dead Cells, Graveyard Keeper, Into the Breach, Jurassic World Evolution, and Subnautica.

Best Ongoing Game: Terraria
What can be said about Terraria that we haven't already said. If you've been on this site for long you know how much we love this game. It *is* still in ongoing development, and even though it didn't get an update in 2018, the news and spoilers about the next patch kept us captivated.

Runner Up: No Man's Sky

Best DLC/Update: No Man's Sky: NEXT
Hello Games had a bit of a rough launch with No Man's Sky, but they didn't retreat from it, they doubled down and fixed things. 2018's release of the NEXT update added a slew of new features and depth, and added the much sought after multiplayer.

Runners Up: Jurassic World Evolution: The Secrets of Dr. Wu, and Stardew Valley's Multiplayer update.

Best Mobile Game: Egg Inc.
There weren't many votes in this category, but Egg Inc. received them all. This heavily addictive incremental idler by Auxbrain has quite a following, and with good reason. It was released a few years back but Auxbrain keeps things interesting with contracts (added on Easter of 2018, fittingly) and occasionally update the game with new farm upgrades to buy into and new eggs to research. It nails the gameplay loop to keep you feeling rewarded while not giving everything to you too soon, and it's just bizarre enough to be interesting. I'm literally stopping this post every now and then when I see a drone fly by out of the corner of my eye and when I'm done with it I'm going to prestige and work my way back up over a few minutes. I've been at this for months folks.

So what do you think about the winners? Did your favorite games make the cut?


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2018 is over, so you know what that means: it's time to pick our favorite 2018 games! Your nominations are in (along with some other games that were huge in 2018) and now it's time to vote!

You'll have through January 14 to cast your votes, and we will announce the winners on January 15.

Best AAA Game

  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey

  • Fallout 76

  • God of War

  • Red Dead Redemption 2

  • Spider-Man

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate


Vote here: https://www.strawpoll.me/17150345/

Best Indie Game

  • Celeste

  • Dead Cells

  • Graveyard Keeper

  • Into the Breach

  • Jurassic World Evolution

  • Revenge of the Bird King

  • Subnautica


Vote here: https://www.strawpoll.me/17150357

Best Ongoing Game

  • Fortnite

  • Minecraft

  • No Man's Sky

  • Overwatch

  • Terraria

  • Stardew Valley


Vote here: https://www.strawpoll.me/17150366/

Best DLC/Update

  • Ark Survival Evolved: Extinction

  • Jurassic World Evolution: The Secrets of Dr. Wu

  • No Man's Sky: NEXT

  • Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps

  • Stardew Valley Multiplayer Update


Vote here: https://www.strawpoll.me/17150379/

Best Mobile Game (includes Ongoing games)
Since we only had two nominations in this category and one wasn't released this year, I called a last minute audible to expand this to include new and ongoing games for the mobile category.

  • Alto's Odyssey

  • Egg Inc.

  • Hearthstone

  • Fortnite Mobile

  • PUBG Mobile


Vote here: https://www.strawpoll.me/17150389/

Go forth and pick your favorites, then check back on January 8 to see how your picks fared!


In this Cheerful Ghostradamus episode we’re going to tap into our future telling abilities and make predictions about everything coming in 2019 in gaming! In addition to your hosts' humble predictions, we share some predictions from Will Ball and Greg Woodruff, two awesome users on Cheerful Ghost, as well as the folks from BrothersForgeGaming and Game Dev's Quest.

Bonus, if you start listening to this episode at 11:17:32 PM, the end credits theme will kick in right at midnight. Ring in the New Year with Cheerful Ghost Radio!

BrothersForgeGaming: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMcrNT6_3HXVSjDcOhrO1yg

Game Dev’s Quest: http://airpodcast.com/ http://gamedevsquest.com/

Auld Lang Syne: https://archive.org/details/78_auld-lang-syne_tiny-hill-and-his-orchestra-erwin-bendel_gbia0042243b/Auld+Lang+Syne+-+Tiny+Hill+and+his+Orchestra.flac


Pour yourself some eggnog, cozy up by the fire, and join us for the Cheerful Ghost Radio 2018 Holiday Special! We talk about some recent news that Blizzard is scaling back Heroes of the Storm, chat about what we've been playing over the past month, and discuss some of our favorite games to play and films to watch around the holidays.

Links and notes about topics we discuss this episode:

Unforeseen Consequences: A Half-Life Documentary: https://cheerfulghost.com/jdodson/posts/3960/unforeseen-consequences-a-half-life-documentary-is-a-must-watch

The Future of Diablo: https://kotaku.com/the-past-present-and-future-of-diablo-1830593195

Heroes of the Storm: https://cheerfulghost.com/jdodson/posts/3961/blizzard-halts-heroes-of-the-storm-e-sports-and-cuts-team-to-focus-on-other-projects

Macaulay Culkin shows up in a bunch of awesome YouTube : https://cheerfulghost.com/jdodson/posts/3963/angry-video-game-nerd-reviews-the-home-alone-games-with-macaulay-culkin

Music credits:

Blizzard 12 Days of Christmas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVSgyVz85MU

Life Day Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRrm59Z_0w4

Still Alive Christmas Remix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZVHmJ1useg&index=13&list=PLP4erihWcdh3YC2vDZcbK85qoQ-PtrX0D

Boston Pops Sleigh Ride: https://archive.org/details/78_sleigh-ride_boston-pops-orchestra-arthur-fiedler-leroy-anderson_gbia0011004a


Marvel dropped trailers for Captain Marvel and Avengers Endgame in the same week, and our heads exploded in anticipation. RIP Jon, Tim, and Travis. But we were prepared for this: our hosts have been replaced by Life Model Decoys.

Captain Marvel Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1BCujX3pw8
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​​Infinity War Endgame Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee1172yeqyE


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It’s that time again, folks! We are gearing up for our Game of the Year awards, and we need your nominations!

Please listen closely, as our menu options have changed. We have changed up the categories a bit this year, so please read those carefully.

Then drop your nominations in the comments below, and we will compile them into polls for final voting.


  • Best AAA Game: This category is for the Call of Duties and the Fallouts, the big games with big publisher backing.

  • Best Indie Game: The games that go their own way, sometimes self-published.

  • Best DLC/Expansion/Update: Any addition to a game that had a very positive effect, from something as simple as an update or horse armor, to big expansions.

  • Best Ongoing Game: This category is for the games that didn’t release in 2018 but continue to receive content. MMOs, games like Minecraft and No Man’s Sky, etc.

  • Best Mobile Game: Self-explanatory. These are the games you play on your phone.



The nominations will close December 31st, and we will open up the polls for voting on the 1st.



The folks at Obsidian, the original creators of Fallout and the developers of Fallout: New Vegas (which they're keen to point out in the trailer, for good reason) have a new game coming next year that looks like everything good about Fallout, but in space!

PC Gamer has a good breakdown of what they know. They say it looks like Fallout meets Bioshock meets Firefly and that's a pretty apt comparison.

The big thing for me is the focus on player choice, which I feel Obsidian does very well.

In addition to the trailer, Game Informer has a brief gameplay video that shows the game and makes me want to play it even more. It feels like a modern take on more classic First-Person RPGs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3cRpYGVPsU

Let me say that I adored Fallout 4, but it looks like a lot of the choices in this game were direct responses to criticism Fallout 4 received.

You can see PC Gamer's coverage here: https://www.pcgamer.com/obsidians-the-outer-worlds-blends-firefly-and-fallout-into-a-bold-open-ended-sci-fi-rpg/


Dracula's war against humanity rages on, and we are here to tell you all about it! Netflix recently released season 2 of Castlevania, their hit series based on the vampire-slaying video games. Will Trevor, Sypha, and Alucard stop Dracula and bring peace? Find out in this episode of Cheerful Ghost Radio!

And if you'd like to hear what we thought of the first season way back in Episode 4, check it out here: https://cheerfulghost.com/Travis/posts/3452/cheerful-ghost-radio-episode-3-castlevania-special


Wow, Hello Games doesn't know how to stop pushing out massive updates.

Watch the video above for info about the next major update, just a month after the last one.

In brief, Visions brings...

  • New biomes

  • New creature types

  • Different grass, sky, and water options

  • Different looks for different atmospheres (including rainbows)

  • New secret treasures to find including exotic trophies and ancient skeletons

  • Salvageable tech

  • New and varied hazardous plants

  • Sentient minerals(!?)

  • New community missions

  • More variance to crashed freighters

  • And tons of bug fixes.



It's only been about a month since Abyss, the underwater-focused update, and already we have a new major update. With the end of the year packed with game releases, I haven't even had a chance to try Abyss much yet. When I DO finally get around to No Man's Sky again, it's going to be packed with new stuff.

You really gotta hand it to Hello Games. Two years on and they aren't slowing down; if anything they seem to be speeding up. From a pretty intense flop at launch, they've created one of the best games out right now.

https://www.nomanssky.com/visions-update/


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