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Players’ Choice Jan. 2018 Winner: Monster Hunter World

Capcom's gargantuan new game dominated voting in our first-ever monthly reader-voted Players' Choice poll.

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Update: And we’ve got our first official Players’ Choice winner! Monster Hunter World devoured the competition, earning more than 50% of the total votes. Dragon Ball FighterZ mustered nearly 20% of the vote, followed by EA Sports UFC 3 and Celeste.

Monster Hunter: World

All in all, a fine start to the year. Thanks to those who participated, and we’ll see you February 28 for the next official Players’ Choice vote! It’s another solid lineup, with Shadow of the Colossus, Secret of Mana, and Metal Gear Survive among some of the higher-profile new releases. See you then!

Hot off our 2017 PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year Awards, we’ve been looking for new ways to recognize the very best games on PlayStation platforms.

So we decided to ask the real experts: you! Today, we’re launching Players’ Choice, a new game-of-the-month award decided by players.

How does it work? On the last day of every month, PlayStation.Blog will open a poll where you can vote for the best new game released that month. Seven days later, we’ll close the polls and announce the winner on PlayStation.Blog. PlayStation Store will also showcase some top Players’ Choice winners will throughout the year.

What is the voting criteria? That’s up to you! If you were only able to recommend one new release to a friend that month, which would it be? In keeping with our long tradition in the Game of the Year Awards, remastered or re-released games won’t qualify. Larger-scale rebuilds and remakes like Shadow of the Colossus and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will.

How are nominees decided? The PlayStation.Blog and PlayStation Store editorial teams will gather a list of that month’s most noteworthy releases and use it to seed the poll. Write-in votes will be accepted.

Time to get started! Tell us: what was the best game of January 2018?

Add Your Own

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thewath1 said:

January 31st, 9:11 am

not a great month for games

    DeafWalrus said:

    January 31st, 9:15 am

    Terrible month for games right?

    joyrul96 said:

    January 31st, 9:19 am

    Dissidia Final Fantasy NT
    Dragon Ball FighterZ
    Monster Hunter: World

    These are all terrible? Lol

    parvaz11 said:

    January 31st, 9:21 am

    What ?

    DeafWalrus said:

    January 31st, 9:22 am

    I’m sure he was joking cuz it was a great month!

    whereymyconary said:

    January 31st, 9:49 am

    Other then Inpatient, I’ve been doing good this month. That was just swear.

    DisnayATX said:

    January 31st, 11:05 am

    Okay, sounds cool but let’s be honest. This idea will probably only last this month, most of these PSBlog vote on X to get discount stuff doesn’t last very long or PSBlog forgets.

    CBLAmAKER said:

    January 31st, 12:19 pm

    You only have to like one of them…

    As a matter of fact that’s the point.

    Kratier said:

    January 31st, 2:29 pm

    i havent played either. was trying to rent MHW last night but red box had none available.
    I’m more hyped for SOTC

    xFallenxWolfx said:

    February 1st, 5:56 am

    Monster hunter world surprised me. Def game of the month and goty material.

    Darthddawg said:

    February 1st, 3:01 pm

    MHW is a ton a fun, I voted for that, I cant wait for Feb. FC5!!!

    MinionatorX said:

    February 3rd, 3:49 pm

    Not really any good games for January

    TheGOLDENWOLF55 said:

    February 4th, 8:17 pm

    To bad we have to wait another year for GtA6 to come out

    antwone_13-antwo said:

    February 5th, 4:05 am


    antwone_13-antwo said:

    February 5th, 4:06 am

    I like when they choose you

    Leojlovesminecra said:

    February 5th, 8:02 am

    Worst month for games in PlayStation history.
    But call of duty ww2 is the best of the year and I love the
    Graphics it is so realistic.

    Corethunder said:

    February 6th, 4:57 am

    Games are Games they are all pretty good in away

    drd7of14 said:

    February 8th, 8:42 am


    Oh yeah? Please, enlighten us on what “is” the criteria best month in PlayStation History oh wise one.

    If it’s selections include anything with COD, you’re just wrong…But go ahead.

DeafWalrus said:

January 31st, 9:12 am

Monster Hunter World all the way!!!! I’ve been having a lot of fun with my friends in it. Thanks capcom! Well done

nathanuc1988 said:

January 31st, 9:14 am

Might as well close the polls. Monster Hunter World. Best game of not only last month, but this generation.

    nathanuc1988 said:

    January 31st, 9:16 am

    This month* I jumped the calendar gun :)

    Trendy_Kid said:

    January 31st, 10:48 am

    Exactly my thoughts as well!

    BlueBl1zzard said:

    January 31st, 2:20 pm

    Yup haha +1

    ranmanb said:

    February 1st, 4:32 am

    MHW is indeed great, but let’s not get nuts. There are plenty of past games I like better than MHW and there will be undoubtedly be more in the future, later this year even. I would consider it for GOTY, but not best of this generation, lol.

    nathanuc1988 said:

    February 1st, 6:47 am

    Fine then, it’s my absolute favorite of this generation. Nothing else comes even close.

joyrul96 said:

January 31st, 9:16 am

Iconoclasts for it being on both PS4 and Vita
(Also a great game)

    joyrul96 said:

    January 31st, 1:12 pm

    Wait how did you guys leave out

    Digimon Cyber Sleuth: Hackers Memory ?

    Mr_Soulslayer said:

    February 4th, 11:29 pm

    what why?dissidia makes really fun

joyrul96 said:

January 31st, 9:20 am

Dissidia NT is a big disappointment worser than it’s PSP games in every way

    kNoWlEdGe22 said:

    January 31st, 10:15 am

    “Worser” is not a word in the English language.

    CBLAmAKER said:

    January 31st, 12:20 pm


    Treymok said:

    January 31st, 6:43 pm

    Seems you can’t spell or formulate an opinion on a game.

parvaz11 said:

January 31st, 9:21 am

one of the Best January Months in 8 console Generation and of course Monster Hunter World will be Top, not only for this month but one of the GOTYs for 2018…

Potter13579 said:

January 31st, 9:21 am

I’m sorry to say it, because I really do love this idea for the PS Blog that I would have wanted this a long time ago, it’s just that there’s very few months in a year where this concept will prove actually useful compared to the game of the year poll being probably that March-June area and October-November area where a lot of big titles come out. Months like this, I can see a high percentage of the votes going toward the same game which I may be wrong on, but I can see Monster Hunter World winning like nothing this month and Shadow of the Colossus next month.

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    Sid Shuman said:

    January 31st, 2:21 pm

    Good feedback – we had these discussions too, but we’ll have to see how it pans out. I think it could make the really competitive months extra interesting. We’ll keep an eye out for any issues!

    parvaz11 said:

    January 31st, 9:31 am

    Maybe you are Right, but one of the Biggest reasons for creating this Polls is for some Games that won’t deserving Good attention.
    games such as Nioh or Nier compare to Call of Duty or Star Wars Battlefront Games in Selling Part…
    this Poll Maybe help them to become more important for Buying…

    FeistFan said:

    January 31st, 10:08 am

    The idea that a poll like this would help promote games like Nioh or Nier over CoD or Battlefront when released at the same time assumes that either they can take over the number one spot, or that Sony shows vote percentages or otherwise promotes second-place and third-place finishers.

    Besides – this is just a popularity contest, anyway. How many people have had time to actually play every game on the list to fairly compare? Most of us will be voting based on videos or blog posts we’ve seen, which will all be influenced by whatever’s most popular out there.

    Now, if they have a standard that whichever game wins becomes the free Plus game the following month (so in March, since we vote on January games during February, they’d make Monster Hunter World the free game), then that changes EVERYTHING. But that’s not realistic to expect.

    Jaghat said:

    January 31st, 3:46 pm

    I mean, were you trying to make an example to support your point? If those titles win it just means they were voted the best of the month… as intended.

alexan_86 said:

January 31st, 9:30 am

Such a terrible time to not be able to afford any of these awesome titles! I feel like I’m missing out on so much right now! Anyway, I haven’t played any of them (apart from the beta of Dissidia, which I didn’t really enjoy honestly), but I heard and read great things for Celeste, Monster Hunter: World and Dragon Ball FighterZ. And since I’m a DB fanboy, my vote goes there!

Boy, if you started the year like this, I’d like to see what’s gonna happen by the time it’s over! Bring it on!

gohan16ken said:

January 31st, 10:13 am

I have an idea…the game that wins should be on sale

kNoWlEdGe22 said:

January 31st, 10:18 am

Shu – Perhaps I missed it, but I read the post twice… what exactly is the point of this monthly poll? Is there a discount on the winning game? Is this just for market study purposes? In all honesty, at first blush, seems pretty pointless. Like an initiative for initiative’s sake.

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    Sid Shuman said:

    January 31st, 2:23 pm

    It’s designed to celebrate great games! It’s much like our Game of the Year Awards — a way to help other players who may be wondering what to play next.

    Krillinfan said:

    January 31st, 10:58 am

    That would be counter-intuitive. People wouldn’t vote for the game they actually thought was the best, they’d vote for the game they want the most so it goes on sale.

    It’s a way to show appreciation.

    kNoWlEdGe22 said:

    January 31st, 8:37 pm

    Understood. Thanks for the response Sid.

gingerhitman said:

January 31st, 10:20 am

I had to give monster hunter world my vote It’s a great game to play with friends thank you capcom

Krillinfan said:

January 31st, 10:55 am

FighterZ, easy.

DeathGazer said:

January 31st, 11:32 am

Monster Hunter should dominate this poll. The game is HUGE right now,

Bashr21 said:

January 31st, 12:14 pm

I’m not into Monster Hunter (nothing against it, just not my thing), so I voted for Celeste. Don’t sleep on this game folks. It’s very good.

    Trendy_Kid said:

    January 31st, 3:29 pm

    Celeste does look fun and I’m planning on picking it up once it goes on sale.

BlaqMagiq24 said:

January 31st, 12:16 pm

Monster Hunter World is EASILY the best game to come out this month.

Natsu-no-Yu3tsu said:

January 31st, 12:31 pm

At the same time, can we also vote for the worst games in January that should take no part of PSN store?
Briks2、 Frutakia2、Cold Iron、sword of fortress、 neverend…not to mentione so many release from the past.
PLEASE please have some kind of quality control for what you sell to your users. This is not steam nor you have a refund system.
The more of low quality products flood on your system, the more damage it will cause and harm the entire eco-system of PlayStation.

    Welmosca said:

    February 1st, 9:55 pm

    Well said…Sony needs to put a stop to the flood of terrible PSN games we’ve been having.

spookyxelectric said:

January 31st, 1:37 pm

Dragon Ball FighterZ!

guelfi23 said:

January 31st, 2:59 pm

To me it’s Gintama Rumble. It was released January 19.
And yes, it’s in english.

    Welmosca said:

    February 1st, 9:48 pm

    Wow never expected to see someone actually mention Gintama here on the Blog.Glad to see a fellow Gintama lover here.And yes Gintama Rumble is the real deal…finally Gintama had a well-deserved full-fledged game.

kcatriel said:

January 31st, 3:14 pm

I am preety upset with a useless voucher code I got when I bought GT Sport. I wish I have a voucher replace

berianco said:

January 31st, 5:50 pm

Why is Detroit by Quantic Dream not on this list?

    KiWiSouP1986 said:

    February 1st, 12:14 am

    Maybe because it’s not out yet.

GrimmAxiom said:

January 31st, 6:39 pm

Monster Hunter world

cusman said:

January 31st, 6:52 pm

With past Monster Hunter games, I felt too complicated, stiff controls, weird area transitions. Mostly I noticed the negatives.

With Monster Hunter World, playing in the beta, I found it to be greatly improved accessibility to the point where I finally “got” it. I finally got to enjoy it like the fans of the series. Hopefully without making it less enjoyable for those fans that put up with all the technical limitations and high learning curve of past games.

Hessian1967 said:

January 31st, 7:13 pm

Star Trek: Bridge Crew should be on this list. It’s a GREAT game and very immersive!

    KiWiSouP1986 said:

    February 1st, 12:15 am

    The poll is for games that came out in January, not last year.

anszbd1 said:

January 31st, 7:33 pm

Monster hunter world for number one, dbzf for number two. And thanks for the psn 10% discount code, that make me buy both monster hunter world and dbzf :)

I think it will be really cool if psn give 10% code on the last week of each month, that will make me nearly full digital for this gen (beside a couple of physical steelbook edition).

markyjasper said:

January 31st, 7:51 pm

I am throughly enjoying the inpatient

Whovian10th said:

January 31st, 8:05 pm

Hi I think it’s a good month for game even if I only got a ps4 this yr I’ve had a ps2 since 2006-2017 XD still works too. Also in my opinion the new LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 game sounds like a good 2017 game anyone agree?

    Welmosca said:

    February 1st, 9:53 pm

    For sure Lego Marvel 2 is great…1 is awesome.

micdy70 said:

January 31st, 9:21 pm

Monster Hunter World is not only the best game of this month, but the best game i have ever played in my life

dogmeat-7 said:

January 31st, 9:26 pm

They didn’t ask if you thought it was a good month for games or not. They asked what was your favorite game of the month. What the hell is the matter with you people?

VictorVDoom83 said:

January 31st, 9:27 pm

I don’t even own a copy of DB Fighterz but I know it should win… wish I had a copy though…..

Yakushi_X said:

January 31st, 9:37 pm

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory

Scorx-Z said:

January 31st, 10:34 pm

Basically a vote for whichever series u like the most? I doubt the majority of gamers would’ve played all the games extensively, especially the ones that are released at the end of the month. The Impatient’s PS VR requirement severely limits its experience to only those who have it.

I haven’t start playing Dissidia NT yet & I loved the original Dissidia, but seeing the ratings & few comments here about it says it’s inferior to its PSP predecessors, now I’m kinda having buyer’s remorse….

TNtoesdown said:

January 31st, 11:17 pm

Monster World, easy

KiWiSouP1986 said:

February 1st, 12:19 am

Where exactly is this poll? It says it’s supposed to be up now, but I can’t find it anywhere.

Supersonic2642 said:

February 1st, 3:09 am

Dragon ball fighterz should be praised for it’s marvel vs capcom like gameplay and it’s 3d visuals make it feel like you’re actually watch dragon ball z kai

PonyHead21 said:

February 1st, 3:11 am

Honestly all the games listed are lame. I voted fortnite

    Mr_Soulslayer said:

    February 4th, 11:33 pm

    what’s wrong with you?

    dbzlord2016 said:

    February 5th, 4:56 pm

    It was already voted for best online game for 2017, plus, unless you are new to fighting games, FighterZ is not close to lame

Krazeroth said:

February 1st, 3:37 am

Monster hunter world

theguy998 said:

February 1st, 4:47 am

This month wasn’t really great for games nothing really got my eye.

MageApp said:

February 1st, 5:33 am

I have not played Monster Hunter, but what I have seen and the reactions of those I know have showed me that this game is amazing. I want to at least try this title, but I may have to purchase a copy in the future.

Kemikalz said:

February 1st, 9:27 am

Literally does not need to be any other game besides Monster Hunter World.

If you are not playing Monster Hunter World right now, then you’re not living life. Seriously, stop wasting your time with whatever game you are playing and start hunting!

also make sure you have a solid month to devote ONLY to it.

Hemingway29 said:

February 1st, 1:04 pm

Is it me or is choosing a game of the month redundant? Firstly, i have not even played 1 of these games, and second a month is definitely not long enough to judge which game is better. So I put the inpatient for vr because I’d like to see vr as a platform move ahead and be recognized.


February 1st, 1:08 pm

….you glorious bastards.

L337-D4D said:

February 1st, 1:26 pm

Where is the poll?
Do we just write a comment with the game?
Do we select one or one for each platform?
Do we need to provide links for those who don’t remember all the games in January or will you provide a list?
I went through the blog for “The Drop:” posts of January 2018.
There are 4 as The first Tuesday of January had no releases.
I do love this concept of voting monthly as last year there were several games forgotten by years end that shined over later releases.
So without further ado, my selection for January is… Monster Hunter World
VR is The Inpatient
For Vita I enjoyed The Little Red Lie

I feel Beholder is the best Indie game for January. Kerbal was a re-release so it can’t win.

Please, Oh Please keep doing this each month.

BossmanCCrowder1 said:

February 1st, 3:58 pm

It won’t count, but I voted for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition anyway. :)

Welmosca said:

February 1st, 9:51 pm

Well its useless to ask…of course Monster Hunter wins and its probably GOTY 2018.

Randinator-_001 said:

February 2nd, 4:48 pm

i can already predict the upcoming GOW winning the month of april, no doubt about it

iTsBrian__4 said:

February 3rd, 3:15 pm



February 3rd, 8:39 pm

Monster Hunter World is a sweet game, it’s got my vote! I have had a blast playing this on my Pro, it’s been everything I was expecting and then some. If you haven’t played it then don’t knock it before you try it. Game is amazeballs!!!

andy_senpai7 said:

February 4th, 11:09 am

bruh dragon ball fighterz

andy_senpai7 said:

February 4th, 11:10 am

dragon ball fighterz

ZombDrakomUk said:

February 4th, 6:51 pm

The year just started there isn’t much of an option of games. But I’ve been a hunter since the beginning, the Monster Hunter series never disappointed me so my votes for MHW.

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