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Most Anticipated Games – 2018

2018 promises to be a big year for gamers across all platforms. Let’s see what’s in store:

Shadow of the Colossus

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Play it on: PS4
Release date: February 6th, 2018

Still high off the beastly adventures of Monster Hunter World, the Shadow of the Colossus remake has got me hyped. Who doesn’t like throwing themselves at monsters and giants for no other reason than because I can? This game follows the solitary path of Walker and his sturdy companion, Agro, as they scour the land for gargantuan stone beings who spend their time roaming and well… being gargantuan. As a remaster, the game will probably feel like the original PS2 release but with a much anticipated update to the controls as well as a complete overhaul of the graphics. Long time fans of the series are excited to settle back into the loving embrace of nostalgia when this game releases on February 6th, 2018.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

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Play it on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: February 13th, 2018

A big game full of bigger promise, Kingdom Come Deliverance has come a long way since it’s Kickstarter goal. Being hailed by many as a historically accurate Elder Scrolls style game, Kingdom Come invites you to play as son-of-a-blacksmith Henry on a quest for vengeance against those who murdered his family and burned down his home (then went and bought horse shoes from that other blacksmith, a town over. Damn that guy).

In contrast with many of today’s open world games, Kingdom Come Deliverance brings no minimap markers or HUD display tips. Instead, Warhorse Studios challenges you to drink and slash your way through a war-torn Bohemia as you see fit. Though, in an exciting twist, events and quests in game will progress with or without you. I suppose then that days spent harassing defenseless villagers is not advised.

I’m particularly excited to give this game a try, since playing through Skyrim for the umpteenth time finally seems to be losing it’s appeal (It’s not you Parthanos, it’s me!).

Metal Gear Survive

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Play it on: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release date: February 20th, 2018

Third person, crystal-headed zombie killing, multiplayer survival game. Down. How about the fact that you’re stuck in an alternate dimension? I’m game. What about the complete lack of any involvement whatsoever from Hideo Kojima? Ye- Wait, what?

Metal Gear Survive is all of these things and aside from a reuse of assets built for MGS: 5’s Fox engine, there really is no Hideo Kojima. With that being said, the concept is interesting and the idea is a new one in the world of Metal Gear. This is a game that i’ll pick up and play, if not just for the opportunity to blow open crystal heads with a bow and arrow.

Sea of Thieves

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Yo ho, yo ho! A pirate’s life for me.

Play it on: Xbox One, PC
Release date: March 20th, 2018

Make pirate, board ship, fire cannons, collect booty. Rinse and repeat. What’s not to like? Sea of Thieves is both a solo and online-social experience that puts the compass of destiny in the hands of players and just sort of says arrgh. 

Clash with other ships and war over treasure, all the while dodging cannons from an ambush and pray that the giant looking tentacles that just broke the surface of the water aren’t actually giant tentacles. If PvP is less your flavor, then complete quests (journeys) and bring home the booty the honest way. Just be weary, because someone who does like PvP may have different plans.

Will you trust that ship on the horizon and try to make friends, or turn your starboard cannons and yell “fire!”? The possibilities are endless. In the famous words of one Captain Jack Sparrow “Why is the rum gone?

Far Cry 5

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Play it on: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release date: March 27th, 2018

Far Cry 5 brings the party to Hope County, Montana, USA: Father Joseph plays at Master of Ceremony to his cult known as Project at Eden’s Gate, who have re-imagined what it means to live in the land of the free. Meanwhile, you’ve just started your new role as Hope County’s deputy sheriff; congratulations! It’s time to put those tax dollars to work.

Planes, bombs, and automobiles will be your weapons of choice (along with guns, dogs and more guns), as you fight alongside some of the locals to shut down the block party and bring good ol’ fashion law and order to the streets of Hope County.

God of War

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Play it on: PS4
Release date: April 20th, 2018

Beard or no beard? That, is the question. I guess the real question though, is what does one do after literally tearing Zeus apart? Go pick a fight with Odin, obviously.

I couldn’t be more excited for the fourth installation in the God of War series. We get to see a deeper side to our favorite God killer, as he not only makes a mad dash toward Valhalla but also works to raise his son Atreus in the ways of the warrior. Oh, and you get lightning powers. I’ll have what he’s having, with a side of righteous beard please.

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Play it on: Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: February 16th, 2018

The trailer for this game immediately makes me think of a Journey style game with an Ori and The Blind Forest setting. Placed in a beautifully rendered environment, you play as a cub who is tasked with healing the forest of light and fighting away the shadows. The cub interacts with it’s surroundings through various motions, chirps and sounds and can climb, hop, run or fly it’s way through this living landscape.

Extinction

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Play it on: PS4, PC, Xbox One
Release date: March 31st, 2018

You stand alone, the last Sentinel, before an army of beasts hellbent on the total annihilation and Extinction of human kind. Did I mention that army has 150 foot ogres?

In order to combat this menace, you will have to hone the skills passed down to you by previous Sentinels, along with a small arsenal of tools, parkour that would make Ezio Auditore jealous and a sword meant specifically for chopping up baddies, regardless of their size.

The game will feature a story campaign, horde style modes for the bloodthirsty and new daily challenges.

Red Dead Redemption 2

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Play it on: PS4, Xbox One
Release date: October 26th, 2018

Rockstar Games just announced the official release date for Red Dead Redemption 2 and has apologized for the continued delay. Originally thought to be releasing sometime in Spring 2018 and now set to come out October 26th, 2018, the push back is a bit disappointing. Still, Rockstar Games is a quality studio and if a few more months means an even better sequel-prequel to one of my favorite games, then so be it.

In Red Dead Redemption 2, you’ll play through a story line that precedes events of the first game. The new game will still bring cattle russtlin’, train robbing, hunting, lassoing and plenty more of that rough and tumble feel that fans have come to love. Rockstar has promised that there will be even more to do though; a wild west that invites you to be bad.

After the major success of GTA: V Online, could we expect something similar under the high-noon sun?

**As of the writing of this article, all the below games do not have release dates besides a vague 2018 stamp. I will update these as they become available.**

Crackdown 3

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Play it on: Xbox One
Release date: Spring 2018

Fight crime as an overpowered super agent in an open world setting that begs to be blown up, torn down and stomped all over. The game has been pushed back, as developers are aiming to deliver on promises of 4k quality graphics.

Days Gone

Play it on: PS4
Release date: 2018

Open world, rugged and grizzled protagonist, zombie killing and a motorcycle. Despite how many opportunities I’ve had in recent years to play through games that offer similar features, I find that i’m pretty excited for this game. Sometimes a guy just wants to sit back and kill some zombies.

Praey for the Gods

Play it on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: 2018

In No Matter Studios’ Praey for the Gods, winter has come and it won’t go away. The game looks like it’ll combine heavy survival elements with Monster Hunter/Shadow of the Colossus style boss fights as you battle not only the environment, but your own Gods for the answers you seek.

Anthem

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Play it on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: 2018

How to feel about Anthem? After a rough 2017 for EA (see Star Wars: Battlefront II), i’m not sure. I have been hyped for their games in the past, only to be a special kind of hurt on release. This project strikes me as EA and BioWare’s call to arms to Destiny and while I do enjoy a good BioWare game, I still can’t shake a feeling of apprehension about this announcement.

I’ve skirted the Destiny train altogether, after having played the first game in both alpha, beta and for a month on release and finding the whole thing a bit boring. That being said, I’ll admit that I’m excited for a better version of what I wanted that to be. My feelings toward Destiny are for another post though. Here’s to hoping that I’m pleasantly surprised with Anthem.

Marvel’s Spider-Man

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Play it on: PS4
Release date: 2018

My Spidey Senses are tingling.

Developed by Insomniac Games, this new clean look for your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is just what the doctor ordered. I haven’t been this excited for a Spider-Man anything since Spider-Man 2, played on the GameCube.

I am very much looking forward to a 2018 release date when this game will be swinging into stores.

It may be a stretch to hope we’ll see more of these two titles this year, but they definitely both deserve mention:

The Last of Us Part 2

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Play it on: PS4
Release date: TBA

I’m almost done with the first game. I swear!

Kingdom Hearts III

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Play it on: PS4
Release date: TBA

Technically, this is Kingdom Hearts VII…right?

What games are you most looking forward to in 2018? Let me know in the comments below.

As always, thanks for reading.

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