2017 was a stellar year in video games, with a number of superb titles that a lot of you are probably still playing into 2018. But you’d better save room on your hard drive, because we’re in for a slew of new titles that are sure to rock your world, whether you’re storming the high seas of Skull & Bones or eagerly awaiting what Telltale Games does next with The Wolf Among Us Season 2. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg – we haven’t even quieted our excitement for Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes.
But there are some titles that we just can’t wait for, either because a great deal of hype has built up behind them, or they offer the kind of gameplay that will keep us glued to our game systems for hours on end.
Here’s a rundown of the ten games we can’t wait to play in the new year. Chances are you’ll agree with most, if not all, of them.
While Mass Effect: Andromeda may have gotten some mixed reception last year, BioWare is putting an incredible amount of effort into its next project, Anthem, which promises to pack in as much mech-based third-person action as you can get your hands on. The premise is interesting, though we still have yet to see more footage before we’re completely sold. For now, though, the gameplay has a lot going for it, and the story could expand into hours on end. Plus, those graphics. If any title can redeem what BioWare had to go through over the past few months, it’s certainly this one. Now, about that online multiplayer…
Yes, 2018 looks to be the year we, at long last, continue the saga of Ryo Hazuki and see if he can avenge his father’s murder or not. Yu Suzuki and his team have been putting some strenuous effort into this sequel, promising a compelling story with lots of twists and turns, along with the same level of interaction we’ve come to expect from the first two Shenmue games. And with Deep Silver’s assistance on the publishing side, the game should get a far greater promotional push than the first two titles combined. Hey, as long as we get to achieve another high score in Space Harrier and race around forklifts, we’re down.
Telltale has already done an extraordinary job creating an original – and solid – Walking Dead storyline with its episodic series. But now it’s time for the makers of Payday 2 to step up and get a turn, with a full-blown third-person action game with cooperative elements that promises to make Left 4 Dead look like child’s play. Overkill’s The Walking Dead looks to have established characters, a great storyline and plenty of gun-toting action to go around, along with unique survival elements that will put your humanity to the very test as you try to protect others. We can’t wait to see this game in action at E3 in a few months.
Just in time for the Blue Bomber’s 30th anniversary, Capcom sprung this wonderful little surprise out of nowhere just a few weeks ago, promising the return of traditional 2D Mega Man gameplay, this time in a beautiful new 3D surrounding. Though the gameplay clip is a bit on the short side, it gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect from the latest Mega Man, including plenty of enemy blasting antics, along with new special abilities that will do a world of good when it comes to crushing Dr. Wily. We’ll have to wait until later this year to see what this is all about, but not to worry – the Mega Man X games will be released in the meantime!
Consider this Far Cry: Paradise Lost. While previous games in the first-person open-world series focused on tropical surroundings and outlandish villains, the latest chapter brings you back to the U.S., as you go head to head against a brainwashed cult, hellbent on keeping their ways intact. As a small-town sheriff, you’ll find locals to team up with as you take the city back one step at a time, eventually forming a resistance and trying to bring down the cult leaders once and for all. With a strong new setting and hours’ worth of wild gameplay, Far Cry 5 promises to be the best yet in the series. And that’s saying something.
While this latest entry in Kratos’ ongoing saga is much different from the usual torso-ripping adventures we’ve come to expect, this God of War also introduces something quite new – Kratos’ son, who serves as a secondary character in a new Nordic era. This fresh approach is exactly what the series needed, but it will also keep up the bone-ripping violence we’ve come to expect, since Kratos will always be, well, Kratos. With Cory Barlog and company set to wrap up development on this one in a matter of weeks, we won’t be waiting long to see what Kratos has up his sleeve. More than likely, it’s a very large axe.
As if previous Monster Hunter games didn’t get you excited enough about hunting down large beasts, then World should certainly do the trick. As you’ve probably seen from the game’s betas, World offers the most expansive – and gorgeous – open world to date, along with beasts that are ferociously designed. Plus, the game’s co-op support will be completely intact, so you can get a battle party together and hunt down even the most dangerous of creatures. And expect customization aplenty – there are hundreds upon hundreds of armor types and weapons that you can pair together. Nothing beats a little variety when you’re monster hunting.
Insomniac Games has done some amazing work over the past few years, from the Ratchet & Clank series to the fun cult favorite Sunset Overdrive. But Spider-Man could be its most ambitious work to date, focusing on the web-slinger as he takes on a who’s who of villains in a whopping 3D environment. Expect some deep, involving action-based gameplay, along with plenty of exciting moments and storytelling straight out of the comic book – not to mention graphics that will push the PlayStation 4 hardware (and Pro, for that matter) to new heights. We can’t wait to see if this Spider-Man really does do what a spider can.
Do you know how long we’ve been waiting for an excellent 2D Dragon Ball fighting game? Like, an eternity. Maybe even back to the SNES days. But later this month, we’re finally going to get one with Dragon Ball FighterZ, Arc System Works’ incredibly impressive 2D brawler. Filled with great tag-team tactics, earth-shattering super moves (no, really – a planet gets ripped right in half in one) and an abundance of great modes, FighterZ promises to be a genuine game-changer in the world of fighting games. Don’t be surprised if you’re talking about FighterZ years following its debut. It’ll be that good.
The wait for this sequel has been like an eternity, even though the original game came out almost eight years ago. But, finally, we’ll be able to see the continuation of the Red Dead saga sooner rather than later. Rockstar Games’ latest looks to be one of its best games yet, with the promise of an open-world environment to explore, along with multiplayer components, ranging from heists to card games, to keep fans entertained. And then there’s the story, and while it’s still tightly under wraps, it seems like we’ll be seeing the return of many familiar faces – including John Marston. This one will be well worth six-shooting for.