Lets face the truth. 2017 had some awesome games. Some of them just happened to be open world titles that many of us couldn’t wait for and that many of us are currently wanting. Games such as Conan Exiles, Horizon Zero Dawn, Assassin’s Creed Origins, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and even Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 have all kept us busy in many ways.
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So many ways that some of us are still exploring some of those very games (here’s to looking at you Breath of the Wild and PUBG). But what about in 2018? What do we have to look forward to in the upcoming year? Lets take a look.
14. Monster Hunter: World | Capcom | PC, PS4, Xbox One
Monster Hunter: World is a first of its kind for the franchise. It’s an open world game, something we’ve never seen before in a Monster Hunter title, which will give us an entirely new approach to a franchise that’s already well established.
Lucky for us, modern consoles give us the edge we need to see the games come to life in ways never before imagined. With each zone featuring its own unique biome, it’s own unique creatures and an entirely new approach to combat – we can only wonder what Monster Hunter: World will be like in comparison to previous titles.
After all, it’s an open world game that’s about hunting creatures, it’s about hunting down resources needed in order to optimize your gear and craft new gear to match specific encounters. Luckily for us, Monster Hunter: World is only a month out from next week.
13. Conan Exiles | Funcom | PC, PS4, Xbox One
Life has never been the easiest. It’s been tough, it’s been hard and unfortunately for your character, it absolutely blows. After all, you’ve been exiled, left to die and now have to fend for yourself against a vicious world that seeks to only kill you. The best part about this? Fans of titles like Ark: Survival Evolved, Minecraft, and even Rust will be right at home as they fight against other vagabonds and scavengers such as themselves.
While you may expect to find this game easy, you can easily find yourself gathering goods such as clothing items, food, clothes, and even craft all of the aforementioned goods. The only downside? You’ll have to wait till the middle of 2018 in order to play the game.
12. Praey for the Gods | No Matter Studios | PC, PS4, Xbox One
Praey for the Gods is an amazing game, one that we can’t exactly wrap our heads around in many ways. Being developed by the indie team No Matter Studios, Praey for the Gods is an amazingly well done title, one that actually has our attention unlike any other game to date.
In many ways the game resembles two games that fans absolutely love, adore, and can’t seemingly get enough of. Combine the elements of Horizon Zero Dawn with that of Shadow of the Colossus and it seems that Praey for the Gods may very well be one of the most interesting looking games to release in 2018.
11. Spider-Man | Insomniac | PS4
23 year old Peter Parker’s life isn’t all that ordinary. After all, that just happens to be apart of your life when you’re bitten by a radioactive spider and just happen to get super powers. But all of that changes after having defeated Wilson Fisk aka the King Ping and things seem to get a bit out of hand.
With Kingpin out of play, a new organization called the Inner Demons has begun to make moves in order to take over the Kingpin’s territory. With one of New York’s most prominent philanthropists, Martin Li, running the Inner Demon’s under the name Mister Negative, it’s time for Peter Parker to put on the suit, sling a few webs, and stop some of the cities biggest threats.
Luckily for us, Insomniac Games, the team behind franchises such as Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet and Clank, and Sunset Overdrive was approached by SIE and Marvel in order to make a Spider-Man game, one that would live up to the hopes of a Triple-A experience unlike any before. While we have seen a few Amazing Spider-Man games, none of them were really that great, nor did they stand out from one another in any way shape or form. It looks like it’ll be changing this time around.
10. The Walking Dead | Overkill Software | PC, PS4, Xbox One
The Walking Dead is, without a doubt, a world phenomenon. It is one of the longest running zombie based franchises in recent history, if you put John Romero’s works side by side, Romero still wins out against it and so does Resident Evil by Capcom. However, we’ve not seen a solid game series from The Walking Dead. While Tell Tale Games has undoubtedly mastered interactive graphic novels, we’ve still yet to see a suitable game. A game that manages to push the envelope and see just how far a The Walking Dead title can go.
That was until now. Currently in development by Overkill, Overkill’s The Walking Dead could quite possibly be just that when it releases in 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. However, at this time, we only know that it is indeed open world, that it will feature four player cooperative play and that it will have a non-linear story. But that’s about it at this time and we can only hope that E3 will be where the developer divulges more information about the game.
9. Darksiders III | THQNordic | PC, PS4, Xbox One
Darksiders is an interesting franchise. Themed around the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse being summoned early, we got to see just how the world would end and what the riders would do if they were to end it. Unfortunately, this meant that humanity was wiped out, that the world had been extinguished of all living life outside of the Horsemen and the forces of both Heaven and Hell would wage war for what remains.
In this latest installment, we get to see Fury as she takes on her mission to free her brothers from the deeds they had done and ultimately set the record straight. While she is only the third of four horsemen, we can surely have an idea that something is going terribly wrong and she’s the one whom would taking on both angels, demon’s, and everything in between. The only thing we don’t know? Just how pissed off she really is.
8. Days Gone | Bend Studio | PS4
Sony has done well with post-apocalyptic games. Their stories have tugged at our hearts strings more than once and now, it’s their chance to do it again, and harder than before. Days Gone just happens to be that title. A game set in a world where Freakers (mindless zombie like creatures) are running about, causing a greater threat to humanity, than the infected from The Last of Us.
However, nothings exempt from this outbreak, not even bears, dogs, cats, or any form of wildlife that may lying in wait. Unfortunately for Deacon, this apocalypse has been anything except for easy. It has taken what he loves, what he knows, but his memories are all that remains of his Days Gone.
7. Crackdown 3 | Microsoft Studios | PC, Xbox One
If there’s any game that can prove that being a bad ass is possible even in a cell shaded games. Crackdown 3 isn’t one that is slowing down, even with being delayed into 2018, after having been originally announced as a flagship title for the Xbox One X. While the game certainly does have its own well deserved merits, we can only cross our fingers in hopes for an extremely explosive title when it launches next year.
Even when it releases next year, we can only hope that it’s bigger, better, and louder than before. After all, it seems like the world is our playground once again, that explosions are back, and our super-hero like cops are going to be devastating any enemies get in their way. Plus, Terry Crews. Dare we say more?
6. State of Decay 2 | Undead Labs | PC, Xbox One
State of Decay was no doubt a hit and miss for Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners. It’s a game that was undeniably unique as players struggled to rebuild society after the zombie apocalypse. Choices would be made whether or not to help civilians. This simply meant killing zombies, building a base, maintaining survivors in that base, and making it so that your fort remained clear of the threat around you.
Just like before, the next title seeks to do the same, but drive this ideology home through both single player and multiplayer modes. The goal is still the same, however, you won’t be fighting hordes of undead alone while trying to re-stabilize the world you know and love around you.
5. Anthem | BioWare | PC, PS4, Xbox One
Online focused cooperative shooters are interesting. Most of them, as of late, have begun to take on their focus as MMO-esque loot based games. Games where players are hunting down the best weapons, best armor and even undertaking some of their games most difficulty quests. Unfortunately for BioWare and EA, Anthem is in a tight spot due to the controversy of loot boxes and micro-transactions.
Anthem, however, could be the first game of EA’s 2018 year that could very well change that momentum and give players a full-on incentive in order to keep playing. But Anthem has its work cut out for it when it releases in 2018. It’ll have to go up against already established games such as Destiny 2, Tom Clancy’s The Division, and a very likely release of Borderlands 3.
4. Beyond Good and Evil 2 | Ubisoft Montpellier | PC, PS4, Xbox One
Fans of Beyond Good and Evil have been anticipating this one more than ever. It’s a sequel long overdue for games that had released in 2003. With more than 14 years already having passed since the introduction of the franchise, we can only wonder just what the story will be, what it will be about, or what exactly is going on.
All we do know? The game is going to be a massive action RPG style game where players will take on various tasks, they will get to improve their attributes, and even have the ability to obtain a spacecraft, a crew, and explore a massive technologically advanced open world. The best part about it? They will get to do it alone or with a friend when the game releases sometime in 2018.
3. Metro Exodus | 4A Games | PC, PS4, Xbox One
Metro is an interesting series. It takes everything we know about horror, survival, and extremely narratively themed games, and combines all of them into a single, but extremely well rounded franchise. But that’s all getting ready to come together with the release of Metro Exodus in 2018.
Set in a post-nuclear world, Metro Exodus will be the first title out of the three to actually feature an open world with dynamic day and weather systems that are always ever-changing. The only downside of the game? We know Artyom is back. We know the world he is in is an extremely hostile one. The only thing we don’t know about it? Just how interactive and dynamic the games variety of weapons, NPCs, and missions will be, if it even features quest-like missions.
2. Red Dead Redemption 2 | Rockstar | PC, PS4, Xbox One
Red Dead Redemption 2 is already earning its merits by becoming one of the most talked about games of 2018. Serving as a prequel to Red Dead Redemption, we’re finally getting a chance to look inside of Dutch’s gang and what lead up to the events we see unfold in Read Dead Redemption 2 that lead up to what John Marston chasing down Bill Williamson and Dutch van der Linde’s band of not-so-merry gentlemen.
The only thing we don’t know? Just what its multiplayer will look like, how it will play, and just how closely it will resemble that of Red Dead Redemption or Grand Theft Auto V. What we do know? It’s going to be on Hell of a ride ladies and gentlemen and we can’t wait to be on it.
1. Shadow of the Colossus Remaster | Team Ico | PS4
Shadow of the Colossus is probably one of the most beloved games in video game history. It is one that everyone knows about whether they owned a PlayStation 2 or not. It’s a game that garnishes attention time after time and it’s a game that none turn their eyes from when the chance to play it arises.
It’s a game that even to this day keeps the attention of those that wish to play it, a game that has inspired many like it, but none have ever surpassed receiving the attention its adoring fans give it. The only downside for Shadow of the Colossus Remastered? We want it and we want it now, not later, which will keep us on edge until we get our hands on it.
Lets face it. 2018 has a great start and for any developer out there, single player games are going to be the place to do it, which seems to be the case with many of next years games. Some of these very games could keep us quite busy in the upcoming months and many of us can’t wait for our chance to play them even though those games are quite a ways out. But we all know one thing is for sure: we’re going to be busy when these games launch next year.
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About the Writer:
Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on Twitter, Google+, and or you can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.