Our 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2018
There are plenty of games scheduled for the coming year, and many that we plan to play – here are 10 of our most anticipated games of 2018.
On paper, 2018 is looking like one of the best years for gamers in a while in terms of the games on the way. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are both hitting their sweet spot with developers, and the Switch is coming into its own (it has already outsold the Wii U), all of which means we should expect some killer titles.
With that in mind, we broke down our most anticipated games of 2018. As a guideline, we focused on the games that are officially confirmed for 2018, so those that are just rumored for a 2018 release – say Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – aren’t included, even if we were inclined to include it (which is a debate for another time). There might be more titles on the way that will have us playing for days, weeks, and months, but these are the ones we’re ready to pre-order right now.
Far Cry 5
PC, PS4, Xbox One
When Far Cry 4 came out, we became a wee bit obsessed with it. Our tips and tricks guide became novella length as we continued to find new ways to interact with the world, and the Far Cry Primal guide was only slightly less dense. And judging by what we’ve seen of the first-person shooter Far Cry 5, there’s no reason to think Ubisoft’s latest will be any different.
There’s also the added element of controversy, which like magic, seems to have appeared out of thin air. The story follows an undercover police officer sent to infiltrate a cult operating on American soil. But since apparently there isn’t enough to be mad about in the real world, some people decided to take a stand against this game, claiming that it is politically motivated. Please do the smart thing and ignore that nonsense.
If you didn’t like the previous Far Cry titles, then the latest iteration may not be enough to win you over. If you haven’t tried them before, however, or you did experience the joys of “accidentally” releasing wild animals that would then immediately and hilariously attack your unsuspecting co-op buddy, then Far Cry 5 should be very much on your radar.
God of War
If you are still on the fence about owning a PS4, God of War (frequently referred to as “God of War 4”) is a good argument in favor of taking the plunge. It’s also not the only PS4 exclusive on this list, but more on that later.
The location is moving from Ancient Greece to Scandinavia, where the Vikings reign and the Norse gods prepare themselves for a classical ass-kicking from the Ghost of Sparta. The game will bring back the combat that made the series famous, along with some of the cinematic ultraviolence that had Kratos massacring the entire Hellenistic pantheon, but it will include some new RPG elements. So if you liked the originals, you should really enjoy the new ones as they offer more depth than before.
Exclusive franchises have diminished over the years as developers and publishers have less and less reason to spurn a possible audience that numbers in the tens of millions to remain loyal to a brand. That makes games like God of War, created by one of Sony’s internal teams, are an exception. It also makes it a good time to buy a PS4.
To be fair, Nintendo Labo isn’t really a “game” as much as it is a platform that uses the Switch as its core. It also offers yet another reason that you should never, ever count out Nintendo.
Initially designed as a way to teach the principles of engineering and physics, Nintendo Labo uses cardboard cut-outs (and other materials) to create “Toy-Cons” meant to be used with specific software. The game is limited only by the creativity of the user. And traditionally, when Nintendo comes up with something unique that allows its users to do something original with a game system, it does very well.
Don’t be surprised to see this title become a thing in its own right, with younger Switch owners obsessively creating new and interesting things. It has all the potential signs of a phenomenon in the making.
PC, PS4, Xbox One
June 5, 2018
Dontnod Entertainment, the developer of the critically acclaimed Remember Me and the extremely critically acclaimed Life is Strange, is flexing its muscle with an ambitious new action RPG and original IP.
Vampyr is an ambitious game that has been in development for a few years now. You take control of a doctor who becomes a vampire in 1918 London during the height of the Spanish flu, interacting with the citizens of a gothically flavored setting. To survive, you need to take the lives of London citizens – but who you stalk and how you take them out is entirely up to you. There are even ways to beat the game without killing anyone, but you’ll lose all the cool vampiric powers as a result.
While vampire games are no stranger to gamers, Vampyr’s promise and Donotnod’s pedigree easily earns it a spot on this list.
Red Dead Redemption 2
PS4, Xbox One
October 26, 2018
Rockstar Games is slow and deliberate when it comes to its releases. Its last original release was in 2013 with Grand Theft Auto V, a game that went on to become one of the best-selling games of all time. So the simple fact that it has a game coming out this year is enough to earn it a spot on this list. Having it be the sequel to one of the best games on the last generation of consoles doesn’t hurt either.
All we really know about this upcoming title from Rockstar Games is that it’s a prequel to the 2010 original, and that it follows the exploits of the gang that featured prominently in the last game. But if you played the 2010 predecessor, that’s probably all you need to know to get excited about this one.
Rockstar tends to generate a lot of controversies, but it hasn’t really made a “bad” game yet – even its weirdly out of place Ping-Pong game wasn’t technically bad. Until it does, it will continue to earn the benefit of the doubt – and our money.
In another bragging point for PS4 owners, the developers behind the Ratchet & Clank and Resistance franchise are trying their luck with Spider-Man, in a totally original game not connected to a movie or an existing comic series. That means it will be free to explore any and all corners of the Spidey-verse – at least those that Marvel doesn’t mind lending out.
Sure, superhero games have had a spotty history when it comes to video game adaptations, and when you factor in movie tie-in games, that subgenre gets even weirder. Spider-Man has had some decent success though, based in part on the character’s inherent powers and actions that allow the player to move with a freedom most other superhero characters can’t match. It’s just fun to play as Spider-Man, especially in a large sandbox.
With Insomniac Games on the job, the latest Spider-Man game should be enough to lure in Marvel fans alongside anyone looking for a good action/adventure game. And PS4 fans have yet another reason to rejoice.
We Happy Few
PC, PS4, Xbox One
While the rest of the games on this list are very much in the traditional AAA release mold, We Happy Few has the potential to break out of the ranks of the indie games and become a hit to rival them all.
We Happy Few was first revealed back in 2015, and it is a testament to what has been shown that people are still talking about it. The gameplay may not be as engaging as some of the other titles on this list, but the FPS survival horror style with a hint of puzzle solving, paired with the setting of a dystopian world where citizen rely on a drug to keep them happy and forget about past horrors, should be enough to get people interested.
Compulsion Games has a possible hit on its hands. Now it just needs to stick the landing.
PC, PS4, Xbox One
The Metro series is not for everyone. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where radiation still covers the Earth, forcing the survivors into the subway system beneath the streets of what used to be Moscow, the FPS is a bleak and often brutal game. Ammo is scarce and most of the time you are trying to find your way out of pitch blackness while monsters and the odd Nazi attack you. But those that gave it a chance and bought in were treated with a game unlike any other.
Although the series was originally based on the books by Russian novelist Dmitry Glukhovsky, the series is branching off in its own direction and leaving the Metro setting behind (at least partially). The game will continue to utilize the scavenger dynamic where you are forced to hunt for dwindling ammo, but it will do so in a much bigger world
With FPS games around every corner, it takes more and more for a game using that style to stand out. And Metro Exodus stands out.
In another exclusive – and an original IP to boot – PS4 users will get a chance to kill zombies in a post-apocalyptic setting! Or, kill different zombies in a new post-apocalyptic setting from any others!
Days Gone combines some of the most popular features of modern games, including scarce resources and crafting to survive. You’ll constantly be trying to stay one step ahead of the hordes trying to kill you, you’ll do so in a world unlike any other.
Sure, there is a glut if post-apocalyptic games out there, but that’s partly because the medium does it well, arguably better than any other. Games can world build new and original environments, and they are typically steeped in originality – and Days Gone is no different. And for PS4 owners, it’s one more for the bragging column.
Kingdom Hearts III
PS4, Xbox One
Based on Disney properties, the Kingdom Heart series gives players a tour through places familiar to fans. It also gives them a deep RPG story to go along with it.
2018 has several RPGs and RPG-related games on the way. That’s good news for fans of the genre, but not everyone has the patience or time to really immerse themselves in a game that demands dozens of hours from you. By incorporating Disney ccharacters and location, however, those hours feel more familiar, and
So if you are looking for a series to occupy your time this year, pair it with the recently released Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix and you can dive deep down a nostalgia-drenched rabbit hole padded with modern classics in the making. This game may also be a decent antidote if you have spent the rest of the year playing half the other violent titles on this list.
Untitled Yoshi game
Although we don’t know a lot about this game – not even a rough release window beyond 2018 – Nintendo Switch owners will be glad to see the triumphant return of Mario’s ride/BFF in his own game.
For his Switch debut, Yoshi is going the 2D side-scrolling platformer route. That might seem limiting in a sea of 3D platformers, but if any developer can put out a solid, modern scroller, it’s Nintendo.
Given that Nintendo operates more or less in its own sphere, at least when compared to the PS4 and Xbox One, it needs exclusive titles to keep the interest levels up – and so far it has managed to deliver, with two of the best-rated games of 2017 (The Legend of Zelda: Breathe of the Wild an Super Mario Odyssey). The upcoming Yoshi game looks to continue that trend, and so far Nintendo has earned the benefit of the doubt.
Alogn with the new, original releases, there are a lot of remakes on the way in 2018. Some are just HD re-releases, while others are essentially remakes of the game using a new engine. Here are a few we’re looking forward to this year.
Fear Effect Reinvented
Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, Xbox One
Originally released in 2000 on the PlayStation, Fear Effect quickly gained a cult following due in part to its dark, cel-shaded cyberpunk look, and its mature story. The run and gun gameplay was also impressive for the time, and the re-release should end up bringing fans back and winning over new ones in the process.
Secret of Mana
PC, PS4, PS Vita
February 15, 2018
Although sometimes derided as a Zelda clone among fans looking for a fight, Secret of Mana has gone on to be regarded as one of the best SNES games released. There’s a version out for the Switch as part of the Seiken Densetsu Collection, but no western port has been announced. So call it another advantage for PS4 (and Vita and PC) users.
PC, PS4, Xbox One
If you are a fan of the BioShock and DeusEx series, then System Shock should be on your list. Night Dive Studios is taking over the remake duties from the now-defunct Looking Glass Technologies, and the game is essentially remaking the game from the ground up. So basically, it’s a new game with a legendary core.