Coint & Plick 2018 - ILX's best video games of the year - CAMPAIGN and VOTE here!

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What are the best games of 2018? In ILX's twelfth (?!) Coint & Plick poll, ballots work similar to Pazz & Jop; you have 100 points to allocate, and may give as few as 1 or as many as 30 points to any game. Ballots are due in a little over three weeks (Tuesday, April 2) and the rollout will begin shortly after.

There are three ways to vote!

a) Make a copy of this spreadsheet, fill it out, and e-mail me the spreadsheet (ps2ilxⓐgmail.com)
b) Use the spreadsheet (above) and enter the "copy/paste" line into this Google Form.
c) Manually make your ballot, spacing your number of points and your game with " /// " (e.g. 30 /// Minesweeper), each game on a new line, and e-mail it to me (ps2ilxⓐgmail.com)

You can find the complete list of titles in the second tab of the spreadsheet. PLEASE ONLY VOTE FOR GAMES YOU PLAYED ON THAT PLATFORM. As much as I want to vote for Yakuza 0, I just played it late on PS4, not on PC. Having a game place top 5 multiple years in a row because it was slowly rolled out on multiple platforms and people forgot they voted for it the year before was bad!

Please also include, if you choose, your disappointment of 2018 and your non-2018 game of 2018, as well as your top 3 platforms of 2018.

Write-ins are fine, but I'll look at you like a stern and disappointed authority figure. Make a post here so I know you'll vote, too, even if you are gonna be a last-minute lemmy, because I wanna know there's gonna be more than like 8 of you.

they're not booing you, sir, they're shouting "Boo'd Up" (Will M.), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 21:31 (two months ago) Permalink

As much as I want to vote for Yakuza 0, I just played it late on PS4

Ah boo hiss!

I think my ballot is only going to be like 5 games max, is that OK?

Gaseous Clay (Leee), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 21:56 (two months ago) Permalink

the beauty of the format is you don't need to list tons of stuff you can just award 3 30s and two 5s if you want

moose; squirrel (silby), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 22:01 (two months ago) Permalink

celest goty

moose; squirrel (silby), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 22:02 (two months ago) Permalink

just got an access request on the spredsheet - do you need to be able to edit to make a copy?

they're not booing you, sir, they're shouting "Boo'd Up" (Will M.), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 22:08 (two months ago) Permalink

Making a copy worked for me. I went to "File > Make a copy"

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 22:11 (two months ago) Permalink

voted via google form

ciderpress, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 22:23 (two months ago) Permalink

my ballot is like 5 things that everyone on the board played and 5 things that i'm pretty sure no one played but me

ciderpress, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 22:28 (two months ago) Permalink

the only campaigning i will do is to remind everyone about Yoku's Island Express. it only takes like 6 hours to complete so you still have time to play it

ciderpress, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 22:36 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm trying to figure out the best/lolziest way to include MPQ into my ballot.

Gaseous Clay (Leee), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 22:41 (two months ago) Permalink

xp i'll have to tackle that and Hollow Knight on my Switch, got them a while back

Nhex, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 00:47 (two months ago) Permalink

I think I only played two games from last year, Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire and Pathfinder: Kingmaker, so I don't know if I should vote.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 09:59 (two months ago) Permalink

what a seriously great year for 2d platform games.

thomasintrouble, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 11:07 (two months ago) Permalink

is Celeste as good as Hollow Knight?

Neil S, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 11:17 (two months ago) Permalink

Celeste is the best 2D platform game.

moose; squirrel (silby), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 13:53 (two months ago) Permalink

celeste, hollow knight, dead cells, yoku's island, any others?

Mordy, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 13:59 (two months ago) Permalink

Good games to consider, you mean? Or platformers? I’ve played a bit of yoku (the demo) but it’s more like pinball than a platformer, right? Maybe I didn’t play far enough into it.

but i'm there are fuckups (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 14:15 (two months ago) Permalink

2D platformers

Mordy, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 14:23 (two months ago) Permalink

the four mordy picked out are good enough that people will still be talking about them a decade from now ... yoku as more of an aficionado's pick but still. All four are on my ballot.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 15:34 (two months ago) Permalink

tropical freeze sorta belongs in the conversation at least for me

Mordy, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 15:44 (two months ago) Permalink

it's on my must play list yet
tbh i don't know if i'm gonna have time or inclination to do anything but Sekiro for the next four months tho

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 15:53 (two months ago) Permalink

How rage quit inducing is Celeste, compared to Hollow Knight?

Gaseous Clay (Leee), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 16:22 (two months ago) Permalink

Oops I didn't play any 2018 games, just the same game I've been playing since 2016. See you on the results thread!

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 16:32 (two months ago) Permalink

MPQ! MPQ!

Nhex, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 16:33 (two months ago) Permalink

btw, Pomentiful, definitely vote. we love seeing those picks!

Nhex, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 16:34 (two months ago) Permalink

Celeste is much more rage quit inducing than Hollow Knight (except for the very, very last parts of Hollow Knight which are Celeste-like in the demands they place upon the player)

Dan I., Wednesday, 13 March 2019 16:54 (two months ago) Permalink

celeste will hurt you but if you quit soon enough or hang on long enough it is a thing to love

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 17:10 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh I just remembered the Katamari Damacy re-release, did that get a nom?

JimD, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 17:11 (two months ago) Permalink

I quit Celeste because it was too challenging, but not in rage, which sort of captures how great a game it is.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 17:24 (two months ago) Permalink

What is beating Celeste anyway? I finished the a sides some of the b sides some of the mountain there’s so much more to do to 100% it

Mordy, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 17:31 (two months ago) Permalink

There are c sides!

Mordy, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 17:32 (two months ago) Permalink

This has happened to me in a lot of games recently! There's the "ending"-- which is usually p.easy to get to--followed by tons more content that I end up playing until I hit the wall beyond which my reflexes/ability/dedication won't allow me to proceed, so I just kind of stop playing. I'm not criticizing games for this, though! It's a lot better than the alternative, which is finishing a game you love and wishing you had more of it (e.g. Steamworld Dig 1 & 2)

Dan I., Wednesday, 13 March 2019 18:05 (two months ago) Permalink

If by better you mean worse, I completely agree.

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 21:49 (two months ago) Permalink

just getting to the top of the mountain is 'beating' but yeah there's way more stuff after that

ciderpress, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 22:00 (two months ago) Permalink

gris also deserves the year-of-the-2d-platformer shoutout, one of the prettiest ones ever

ciderpress, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 22:04 (two months ago) Permalink

ctrl-f "Marvel Puzzle Quest"

wtf I don't know you people anymore

GDPR vs GAPDY (DJP), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 22:05 (two months ago) Permalink

You need to search for "MPQ"!

I have a feeling I'd vote for GRIS but it's not on PS4 and I don't like playing on my laptop.

Gaseous Clay (Leee), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 23:29 (two months ago) Permalink

the best 2D platformer and best game i played that came out last year is La-Mulana 2. it's a very open metroidvania similar in vastness to Hollow Knight, except centred around very very elaborate puzzles. it's one of the best games i've ever played and took me something like 50 hours to complete

ufo, Thursday, 14 March 2019 03:57 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah, that looks great. Out for ps4 and switch in a month or three.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 14 March 2019 04:42 (two months ago) Permalink

submitted. As always, I'm a couple of years behind on the big games as I'm a tightarse when it comes to buying games that'll be on sale by the time I get round to playing them.

thomasintrouble, Thursday, 14 March 2019 10:24 (two months ago) Permalink

That is the only rational way to buy games tbh.

Gaseous Clay (Leee), Thursday, 14 March 2019 16:22 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah...I kinda wish that maybe we could take a year off and then start doing the polls 2 years later (2021 poll for best games of 2019)

but i'm there are fuckups (Karl Malone), Thursday, 14 March 2019 16:56 (two months ago) Permalink

That would definitely have increased my nominations!

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 14 March 2019 17:00 (two months ago) Permalink

how will i know which games to play a year or 2 late then

ciderpress, Thursday, 14 March 2019 17:14 (two months ago) Permalink

Nintendo Power

but i'm there are fuckups (Karl Malone), Thursday, 14 March 2019 17:34 (two months ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/KqTRX4f.png

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 14 March 2019 17:36 (two months ago) Permalink

free weekend for two point hospital everyone play it and vote for it ty that it all

Mordy, Thursday, 14 March 2019 17:46 (two months ago) Permalink

Actually, it's a not a terrible idea to do anniversary polls, if someone is willing to do the legwork. (Not me, cough)

Nhex, Thursday, 14 March 2019 19:24 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm in a movie club that does this all the time, going back 10 years, 20 years, etc.

Nhex, Thursday, 14 March 2019 19:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Considering the noise I made about doing a HOF, I am totally willing to do this.

Gaseous Clay (Leee), Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:05 (two months ago) Permalink

*sharpens the knives*

but i'm there are fuckups (Karl Malone), Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:33 (two months ago) Permalink

i don't feel qualified to talk about games 2006-2016, i wasn't playing much during that time that wasn't online timesinks. i'm catching up now on the genres i care about but its a slow process

ciderpress, Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:35 (two months ago) Permalink

about a week to go and not a lot of votes so far, can i count on anyone else?

they're not booing you, sir, they're shouting "Boo'd Up" (Will M.), Monday, 25 March 2019 17:00 (two months ago) Permalink

Thanks for the reminder. I'll be sending in a ballot shortly.

methanietanner, Monday, 25 March 2019 17:07 (two months ago) Permalink

i'll definitely be sending one in later this week

but i'm there are fuckups (Karl Malone), Monday, 25 March 2019 17:14 (two months ago) Permalink

i'll send today

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 25 March 2019 17:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Totally forgot about this tbh. I'll send something soon

Nhex, Monday, 25 March 2019 17:41 (two months ago) Permalink

I voted via Google Forms, totally normcore ballot

Neil S, Monday, 25 March 2019 17:42 (two months ago) Permalink

will did u receive my ballot via email

moose; squirrel (silby), Monday, 25 March 2019 17:55 (two months ago) Permalink

yep silby i got yours! also got yours neil s. with neil's and methanie's that i just received we are at 9 ballots. with ulysses/km/nhex we are at 12. i am gonna look at some of the old ballots and see who is missing from past yrs

they're not booing you, sir, they're shouting "Boo'd Up" (Will M.), Monday, 25 March 2019 18:06 (two months ago) Permalink

i'll be voting in a few days. i want to try donut county before i vote.

adam the (abanana), Monday, 25 March 2019 19:13 (two months ago) Permalink

I will vote when I get home later week

L'assie (Euler), Monday, 25 March 2019 20:53 (two months ago) Permalink

got 14, had 22 last year. waiting on euler, abanana, karl for sure (karl if you need an extension i 100% understand, you might be a little polled-out right now lol)

also last year we had roberto s, jordan, ufo, notenough, adam br., devvvine, chihuahuau, ste, jjjusten, jimd, andrew fa. vote -- anyone know if they're still around? maybe they missed this?

they're not booing you, sir, they're shouting "Boo'd Up" (Will M.), Monday, 1 April 2019 15:09 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm here, but I think that nearly everything I played, I alone nominated :)

I'll try and get something in this evening, if you want.

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 1 April 2019 15:18 (one month ago) Permalink

voted

L'assie (Euler), Monday, 1 April 2019 16:00 (one month ago) Permalink

fuck Marvel Puzzle Quest forever

L'assie (Euler), Monday, 1 April 2019 16:00 (one month ago) Permalink

I'll be putting mine in at the very last minute, same as I always do! Wanted to play as much of Yoku's Island Express as possible before I finalised my ballot.

I also started playing MPQ for the first time, a few weeks ago, in advance of this. I do not get it.

JimD, Monday, 1 April 2019 16:02 (one month ago) Permalink

Shit! I will do a really quick poll entry tonight after work! Sorry about that!

Karl Malone, Monday, 1 April 2019 16:11 (one month ago) Permalink

no rush! deadline is tomorrow, and if you need an extra minute just let me know. i like i said i know yr already pretty ilx-busy :)

they're not booing you, sir, they're shouting "Boo'd Up" (Will M.), Monday, 1 April 2019 17:26 (one month ago) Permalink

sorry, i'll sit this out because the only 2018 game i played was yakuza 6 and i'd rather not skew the results with 30 points for a single title (plus 0 was much better anyway but i already voted for that last year, same for edf5)

chihuahuau, Monday, 1 April 2019 18:05 (one month ago) Permalink

Well I had no compunction giving 30 points to one game, 25 to another, and then 6 total points between three other games.

LEOPLOD BLOOMPS (Leee), Monday, 1 April 2019 19:26 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah I did like 30 / five 12s / two 5s, everyone throwing their hobbyhorse game 30 points is a lot of the fun of these results

moose; squirrel (silby), Monday, 1 April 2019 19:47 (one month ago) Permalink

i've been doing 15s 10s and 5s in some arrangement, there hasn't been a game i felt 20+ about at the time of voting either time i've done this

ciderpress, Monday, 1 April 2019 19:50 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah, lack of playing time is no excuse for not voting... heavily overweighted ballots are half the fun!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 1 April 2019 19:57 (one month ago) Permalink

Ok sent, I included a write in, sorry.

JimD, Monday, 1 April 2019 20:09 (one month ago) Permalink

Well I had no compunction giving 30 points to one game, 25 to another

that's what i did last year because i'd played enough nominations to make a viable ballot but that was the exception to the rule

yeah, lack of playing time is no excuse for not voting... heavily overweighted ballots are half the fun!

agreed, i don't regret skewing the 2017 ranking with the edf5 write-in but despite liking y6 well enough it's not 20+ point-worthy like y0 was imo.

if only i'd gotten around to playing monster hunter...

chihuahuau, Monday, 1 April 2019 23:18 (one month ago) Permalink

man this might be the first year we don't even have 77 games

they're not booing you, sir, they're shouting "Boot Edge Edge" (Will M.), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 19:32 (one month ago) Permalink

was kind of a thin year tbh

ciderpress, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 20:07 (one month ago) Permalink

there's undoubtedly a billion wild games on itch.io it would be great if someone were throwing votes to but I basically can't bring myself to play games other than on Switch anymore.

moose; squirrel (silby), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 20:09 (one month ago) Permalink

i'm already probably the sole voter for like 5 games, i can't in good conscience leave stuff like celeste or yoku off my ballot to get more on there

ciderpress, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 21:20 (one month ago) Permalink

just sent in a quick ballot - sorry if it's too late!

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 18:42 (one month ago) Permalink

that's 19 in! if anyone wants to make it an even 20 now's the time. otherwise i'll roll it out, uh, sometime (TBD)!

they're not booing you, sir, they're shouting "Boot Edge Edge" (Will M.), Wednesday, 3 April 2019 18:50 (one month ago) Permalink

OK! talked to KM and I'm gonna start the rollout when under 2m is done. back to back rollouts, how thrilling!

if someone didn't submit and wants to i'll extend the deadline to let's say monday, which should give me enough time to work on the pictures. then you can all suffer my awful posting schedule all over again!

they're not booing you, sir, they're shouting "Boot Edge Edge" (Will M.), Thursday, 4 April 2019 00:17 (one month ago) Permalink

im making the pictures now so polls are cloesd! see you back here in like a week!

they're not booing you, sir, they're shouting "Boot Edge Edge" (Will M.), Thursday, 4 April 2019 21:58 (one month ago) Permalink

yayyyy

moose; squirrel (silby), Friday, 5 April 2019 00:13 (one month ago) Permalink

ah sorry, i missed this. didn't get to play that much in last year unfortunately. will follow the rollout though!

devvvine, Sunday, 14 April 2019 09:49 (one month ago) Permalink

speaking of which.

they're not booing you, sir, they're shouting "Boot Edge Edge" (Will M.), Monday, 15 April 2019 14:53 (one month ago) Permalink

*drumroll*

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Monday, 15 April 2019 14:58 (one month ago) Permalink


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