This year has been a mixed bag in terms of games released. I remember starting the year very excited for what was ahead but disappointment and delays have put out that fire.

Titles such as Star Wars Battlefront 2 looked to build on the success of its predecessor but fell short from the word go with a rather greedy microtransaction model. Crackdown 3 was to be the highlight for the Xbox One X launch but was delayed shortly before with Microsoft citing a need for more time to polish one of their flagship games. Bioware’s latest outing into the Mass Effect universe drew great enthusiasm from its fan base but launch broken and bug ridden, making it one of the biggest gaming meme’s of the year. The launch of Red Dead Redemption 2 was also another delay but we’ll let that one slide as its Rockstar and they haven’t let me down yet.

So as 2017 draws to a close, we look forward to 2018 with open eyes and curious optimism. I’ve compiled the below list of the upcoming games we are most looking forward to:

Dragon Ball Fighter Z

Dragon Ball FighterZPlatforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Developer: Arc System Works
Release Date: 26th January 2018

Dragon Ball Fighter Z looks to bring the franchise back to a more simplistic style of fighting game by opting for a 2.5D, 3v3 team fighter game. Developed by Arc System Works, they look to use the same art style that the studio is famous for with Guilty Gear in order to bring the as true a representation as they can of the Anime show. Flaunting a packed roster and a fast-paced fighting game, this is sure to be one of 2018’s hottest new beat um ups.

Monster Hunter World

Monster Hunter: WorldPlatforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Developer:
Capcom
Release Date: 26th January 2018

A major step forward for Monster Hunter as they look to move away from the handheld marketspace and thrust their franchise onto mainstream console gamers. Sporting some shiny new graphics and 4 player co-op, it’s no doubt to be a hit with fans and those not graced by Monster Hunter thus far. As the name implies, the game has you hunting some monsters but we’re not talking just any old cretin. Think the likes of Dinosaurs and dragons, each with their own strengths and weaknesses you need to exploit. Do you attack head on or try a more tactical / stealthy approach? The choice is yours. When the time comes to battle one of these beasts, you can be sure Monster Hunter world provides the tools with over the top weaponry and lavish armour to ensure you are prepared for battle.

God Of War

God Of WarPlatforms: PlayStation 4
Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio
Release Date: Q1 2018

God Of War or God Of War 4 as some may call it is the 8th instalment of the God Of War franchise and a sequel to 2010’s God Of War 3. Kratos makes a return for the latest game but this time he has a son called Atreus. Kratos must mentor and protect his son whilst controlling his rage that drove him on for so many years. Fans of previous titles will find a vastly different experience this time with the franchise moving away from Greek Mythology and into Norse Mythology as the developer looks to soft reboot God Of War. The game features elements similar to that of an RPG, such as archery knowledge points, as well as a Spartan Rage timed-ability during battle. This new ability takes on the “Rage” ability of the previous instalments. Crafting resources will also become a main part of the game.

Sea Of Thieves

Sea Of ThievesPlatforms: Xbox One, PC
Developer: Rare
Release Date: 20th March 2018

Sea Of Thieves will be the first of two pirate-themed adventure games to grace our screens during 2018. Exclusive to the Xbox One and Microsoft Windows, Sea Of Thieves is Rare’s first new original game in several years. Played from the first person perspective, players will work with each other to sail a ship through an open world in search of treasure and adventure. Each player will assume different roles to control the ship, everything from hoisting sails to steering, navigation to firing the cannons amongst numerous other tasks. The open world will be shared with other pirate crews, meaning groups will encounter each other during their travels and no doubt engage in some hostilities.

Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Developer: Ubisoft
Release Date: 27/03/17

Much like its predecessors, Far Cry 5 will be an action-adventure game set in an open world environment which can be traversed using a number of different vehicle types. A variation this time around is the ability to customize your own character using the new character creator. Everything from gender and skin tone to the overall appearance will be customizable. This will also be the first time a Far Cry game will be set in America which itself has been the centre of some controversy given its use of religious fanaticism and cult-like villains. From what we’ve seen so far though, Far Cry 5 will no doubt be a hit amongst long-standing fans of the series.

Crackdown 3

Crackdown 3Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Developer: Reagent Games, Sumo Digital, Cloudgine, Ruffian Games
Release Date: 30/04/2018

Originally set to launch alongside Microsoft’s Xbox One X, Crackdown 3 took quite a substantial delay with the studio citing more time needed to produce a game of the standards they and fans will expect from the series. Nevertheless, Crackdown 3 looks like it could be a belter from previous gameplay footage that’s already been shown. The gme mostly retains the same elements of previous titles with over the top abilities and a sandbox setting but adds one new feature which could change everything. Destructable environments are being introduced with whole buildings being able to be levelled. This will be locked to the games multiplayer modes but the singleplayer will see some small level destructability.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Developer: Rockstar Games, Rockstar San Diego
Release Date: Q2 2018

Seven, nearly eight years since the franchises last outing, Red Dead Redemption returns with a prequel to the first game. Players take control Arthur Morgan, an outlaw and a member of the van der linde gang which were also featured in the original game. Initially scheduled to release in 2017, this is another title to take a fall from this year and into next due to extra polish from the studio being required. Other than a few trailers which have detailed characters and shown off the sites, not much else is known at this point. No’ doubt a multiplayer element will accompany the singleplayer story.

Detroit: Become Human

Detroit Become HumanPlatforms: PlayStation 4
Developer: Quantic Dream
Release Date: Q2 2018

Originally starting out as just a tech demo shown off back in 2012, Quantic Dream saw fit to make a fully fledged game. Detroit: Become Human is a neo-noir thriller revolving around storylines of three androids, Kara, Connor and Markus. The choices you make throughout the game will ultimately keep them alive or bring their stories to an end. Those that have played 2010’s Heavy Rain will be familiar with this style of gameplay. As the story branches out, players will be able to rewind back to certain points should they feel a mistake has been made.

Anthem

AnthemPlatforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Developer: BioWare
Release Date: Q4 2018

Anthem received one of the biggest receptions on the back of this years E3 and it was clear to see why. Stunning visuals and the promise of adventure had gamers drooling at the prospect. Anthem will be a online multiplayer action role-playing game set in an open world. Players will assume the role of freelancers which pilot customizable exosuits called Javelins. Three different types of javelins are available, each with their own strengths to accommodate different play styles. Other than the E3 trailer and some minor details from the developer, Anthem remains mostly a mystery at this stage.

Days Gone

Days GonePlatforms: PlayStation 4
Developer: SIE Bend Studio
Release Date: 2018

If you’ve not seen the trailer for this one then I suggest you hit up YouTube now as it has perhaps the most impressive horde of zombies in a video game I’ve ever seen. Exclusive to PlayStation 4, Days Gone will be the first new IP developed by SIE Bend Studio since Syphon Filter back in 1999. Players take control of protagonist “Deacon St John”, a former bounty hunter who’s just looking to survive. Set two years after a global pandemic, you’ll find yourself on the run from most of the world’s population who have been turned into Freakers. Situations will require different approaches with stealth optional or a more aggressive manner if that’s not your style.

Skull And Bones

Skull And BonesPlatforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Developer: Blue Byte, Ubisoft Singapore, Ubisoft Chengdu
Release Date: 2018

Our second pirate themed game of 2018 comes from developer Ubisoft. Described as a tactical action game, players take control of a customizable pirate captain to sail the open Indian ocean. The game will feature a single-player campaign and an online multiplayer mode for you and five others to take part in. New ships can be unlocked through progression which can be upgraded with new weapons and gear such as cannons and mortars. Skull And Bones takes heavily from the naval battles featured in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

Spider-Man

SpidermanPlatforms: PlayStation 4
Developer: Insomniac Games
Release Date: 2018

Finally, a superhero game that looks to be at a decent standard. I think we can agree that adopting any superhero to a video game has not been very successful these past few years. It appears Insomniac Games may have finally cracked it with its latest Web slinging action adventure game based on Marvels Spiderman. Set in a Modern-day New York City, Spiderman will be a fully open world environment with plenty of web sling from and wall climb on. Environmental combat, quick time events and stealth will also feature as gameplay mechanics.

A Way Out

A Way OutPlatforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Developer: Hazelight Studios
Release Date: 2018

A Way Out is an interesting concept for a video game. The game is only playable in co-op with now singleplayer function present. It sounds like a hard sell but owners of the game will be able to invite those who don’t own which means only one copy needs to be purchased between partners. Not a bad compromise hey? Players take the role of two brothers, Leo and Vincent, two convicted prisoners who plan to break out of prison. The two characters stories will be told simultaneously which means their progress may not be synchronized. Both will need to ensure they are working to the same goal in order to achieve the required outcome. It may also mean that whilst one player is performing a task, the other may be watching a cutscene.

State Of Decay 2

State Of Decay 2Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Developer: Undead Labs
Release Date: 2018

The first State Of Decay was a quiet hit amongst gamers selling a cool 4.5 million units which is impressive for a new IP. This was mainly down to its base building mechanics and zombie survival gameplay. State Of Decay 2 looks to build upon the originals core components and expand further by adding cooperative gameplay with up to three other players. For those that haven’t played the original, State of Decay 2 will be set again in an open world environment overrun with zombies and human enemies. Players are tasked with navigating this harsh world in order to recruit new survivors to their settlements whilst gathering supplies to keep them running. You’ll also be responsible for managing defences of those bases along with promoting survivors to help in the day to day running. The cooperative element will still remain solely PVE and players will still need to manage their own individual communities whilst playing with friends.

Metro Exodus

Metro ExodusPlatforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Developer: Deep Silver
Release Date: 2018

What a stunner! If you’ve seen the gameplay trailer from E3 then you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t then open a new tab and search it now. Metro Exodus looks to be a visual masterpiece with super sharp graphics and high-quality textures. The third instalment in the Metro franchise remains set in the post-apocalyptic wasteland of the former Russian Federation. The player must cope with the new hazards and engage in combat against mutated creatures as well as hostile humans. Most of the weaponry on offer is handmade and can be customized through a crafting system using scavenged materials. Also featuring a dynamic weather system, a day and night cycle, and environments that change along with the seasons as the story progresses. These changes will be set over one whole in game year.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Kingdom Come DeliverancePlatforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Developer: Warhorse Studios
Release Date: 13th February 2018

A single-player game set in 1403 which looks to recreate the medieval kingdom of Bohemia using period accurate armours and clothing along with recreated castles using historical records. I think I’m already in love. Warhorse wants to really bring to life their game and make it as realistic as they can in a video game. You’ll assume the role of a classless character which you can shape any way you see fit using the games classless RPG system. This means players can assume roles such as warrior, thief, bard or a hybrid of them. A reputation system is also present and is shaped by the choices you make during dialogue with other characters that can ultimately lead to consequences further down the road. The games clothing system is perhaps one of the most complex we’ve seen with 16 item slots available and many of those can be layered meaning unique designs and outfits are only limited by your imagination. Add into all this a non-linear storyline and some large scale battles that will have you laying siege to enemy castles, it sounds like one hell of a prospect on paper. February 13th isn’t that long to wait either.

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