My gaming habits have certainly changed in the recent years. Back during the PlayStation 3 generation, I subscribed to the game rental service Gamefly, so between that and the games I actually bought, I pretty much played every game I was even remotely interested in.

I canceled my Gamefly subscription years ago, and instead of playing everything I now just play the games I'm really excited about. So although I don't play as many different games as I used to, I probably spend just as many hours playing them.

With 2018 wrapping up, I wanted to look back on my year in gaming.

My favorite new game to come has been "Red Dead Redemption 2." I loved the last game in the series on the PlayStation 3, and if Rockstar Games had just given me more of that but prettier I would have been happy. But it's been so much more than just that. The game tells an amazing story during the end of the Old West in which bonding with your fellow gang members and your horse are equally important. I've been playing the game for a month and there's still new places to discover and things to do. There's so much to see and do that it would take hundreds of hours for someone to experience everything. I might get there.

This was also the first year I bought a Nintendo console since the early 2000s, and although it came out in November of last year, "Super Mario Odyssey" was a new game for me this year and one of the best. "Odyssey" was the first Mario game I played for more than 10 minutes since "Super Mario Sunshine" back on the GameCube.

This has been an amazing year for the PSVR headset, with amazing games like "Astro Bot," "Tetris Effect" and probably my favorite, "Beat Saber," in which you use the Move controllers that simulate a lightsaber in each hand you use to cut through blocks of different colors in different directions. It's hard to master, but so much fun to try.

Despite all the great new games, I'm guessing the titles I played the most this year will end up being "Star Wars Battlefront 2" and "Friday the 13th: The Game," both of which were released last year.

Here's hoping that 2019 will bring some equally great gaming experiences. For more on that, come back next week.

Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached at He is currently playing "Star Wars Battlefront 2" and "Red Dead Redemption 2." You can find him to play online through his PlayStation Network ID, DustRAG316.