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The Top Upcoming Video Games Of 2018 And Beyond

  • March 15, 2018 11:00 PM +06

    Monster Hunter World

    Release Date: Jan 26

    Platforms: Xbox One, PS4

    The first current-gen Monster Hunter entry, this also marks the series' biggest world wide release. The franchise is much more popular in Japan, but hopefully break into the West with Monster Hunter World's giant, seamless environments and online co-op.

    Shadow Of The Colossus Remake

    Release Date: Feb 6

    Platforms: PS4

    Whether or not you played the original Shadow of the Colossus, this remake (not remaster) looks absolutely gorgeous. One of the most creative games ever made, SotC pits you and your trusty horse against massive colossi who you then have to climb and subdue.

    Credit: Team ICO

    Shadow of the Colossus

    Kingdom Come: Deliverance

    Release Date: Feb 15

    Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4

    I have some serious concerns about this game, but I do love the concept. It's like Skyrim or The Witcher 3 but set in a realistic Medieval open-world. I love the idea of an expansive Medieval RPG but recent footage of wooden dialogue and less-than-stellar facial animations has me concerned that this is releasing too soon. Don't be surprised if it's delayed.

    Secret Of Mana Remake

    Release Date: Feb 15

    Platforms: PC, PS4, PS Vita

    Another remake (not remaster) of yet another classic, though Secret of Mana is a game that dates back to the SNES era. Still one of the best JRPGs of all time (with a lovely score) I am beyond hyped to return to the game. I may have to play the original version on my SNES Classic Edition first, however.

    Metal Gear: Survive

    Release Date: Feb 20

    Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4

    I'm not sure if I'm excited for Metal Gear: Survive or if what I'm feeling is morbid curiosity. It's no secret that Konami and Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima parted ways after Metal Gear Solid V. The question is whether Konami can make a good Metal Gear game without him. I think they can---theoretically---I'm just not sure this is that game. We shall see.

    Credit: Polyarc Games

    Moss for PSVR


    Release Date: Feb (?)

    Platforms: PS VR

    I'm not a huge fan of VR games. They still feel mostly gimmicky. But Moss, the story of a little mouse on a big adventure, looks incredibly charming. It's one of those games I see and think "Why can't this be just a regular game rather than a VR game?" But I'm crossing my fingers that it will pleasantly surprise us.

    Sea Of Thieves

    Release Date: March 20

    Platforms: PC, Xbox One

    Sea of Thieves looks like a cool concept that's maybe a few years too late. I want to believe that it will be a big hit for the Xbox One, but cartoony pirate co-op strikes me as something with fairly limited reach. I hope I'm wrong and the game is a smash hit that defies all expectations. At the same time, I think I'd be more excited for a big pirate game that was more solo-focused with co-op as an option.

    Credit: Microsoft

    Sea of Thieves

    Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life

    Release Date: March 20

    Platforms: PS4

    I've never really gotten into the Yakuza series but that's something I aim to change in 2018. I like Japanese games. I like crime games. I like action games. Sounds like Yakuza would be a good fit, though I'm not really sure where to start. Certainly this game has received rave reviews in Japan where it released in 2016, earning a 39/40 from Famitsu.

    Valkyria Chronicles 4

    Release Date: March 21

    Platforms: PS4 (later on Switch/Xbox One)

    I loved the last Valkyria Chronicles game. It's part JRPG, part turn-based tactical third-person shooter, all set in a WWII-esque fictional conflict with tanks and rifles and engaging characters. The game picks up where the last one left off, as the Second Europan War is still being waged, but with new characters, better graphics and so forth. I'm very excited for this one.

    A Way Out

    Release Date: March 23

    Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4

    I'm not sure if A Way Out is going to be good or not, but it's certainly an interesting concept. It's a two-player couch co-op game that takes place in split-screen. The twist is that one side of the screen can be playing a cut-scene while the other side can still be playing, meaning both characters' stories play out at the same time even as one character enters a rendered moment. Heavily choice based, it's the story of two convicts who escape prison and go out on the road for a big adventure. The biggest reason to be excited about this one is the studio's first game, Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons, which remains one of the most emotionally poignant, mechanically fascinating indie adventure games I've played.

    Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom

    Release Date: March 23

    Platforms: PC, PS4

    I loved everything about the first Ni No Kuni except for how tedious it became after a while. Combat, in particular, was a far too frequent chore. But the story, the characters, the animation, the fact that you're basically playing a Studio Ghibli movie as a game---all of that was wonderful. My hope with the sequel is that they've fixed the combat issues and put together another game as charming as the first without all the tedium.

    Credit: Level-5

    Ni No Kuni II

    Far Cry 5

    Release Date: March 27

    Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4

    More than likely, from all we've seen so far, Far Cry 5 is going to be a lot like 3 and 4. That's a good thing and a bad thing. It's a good thing because those games have a winning formula that's a ton of fun to play: Crazy villain, big open world, lots of enemy bases to take down, and so forth. Lots of fun. On the other hand, maybe this formula has grown a bit stale. It would be neat to see the series take a bigger turn, much as did between 1 and 2 and between 2 and 3. Still, I'm excited to shoot psycho cultists in the land of my birth, Montana. And I'm excited to read all the silly hot takes on why the game is [fill in the blank with your politics and why this game goes too far/doesn't go far enough/etc.]


    Release Date: March 30

    Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4

    Agony looks terrifying. From what little I've seen of it, this is not going to be a horror game for the meek or faint of heart. The entire game is built around an interesting possession mechanic. You start out in Hell and can possess other people and later lesser and greater demons. Sounds interesting and looks freaky.

    Credit: MadMind Studio

    Agony looks hellish.

    We Happy Few

    Release Date: Apr 13

    Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4

    One of the more intriguing, zany looking games of 2018, We Happy Few is a survival-based game set in a dystopian fictional 1960s English town called Wellington Wells where everybody is constantly high on a hallucinogenic drug called Joy. It looks a bit like A Clockwork Orange meets Brazil and while its Early Access reviews are mixed on Steam, I'm hoping the final release will be fantastic. It certainly looks like nothing else coming out this year.

    Sunless Skies

    Release Date: May (?)

    Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux

    The sequel to the popular indie hit Sunless Sea, Sunless Skies abandons the oceans and heads for the stars. Instead of a steam ship, you pilot a space locomotive. The same RPG, survival and roguelike elements are all here, and while the game has been seeing mixed reviews in Early Access, judging by the quality of its predecessor this should be yet another great game.

    Jurassic World: Evolution

    Release Date: June (?)

    Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4

    Basically Jurassic World: Evolution is SimCity with dinosaurs. Based on the movie, you construct your own dino theme park, unlocking various new dinosaurs along the way. Not sure if you get to train your own velociraptors, but I'm hoping the answer is "no." Some things are just too silly, even for games and movies.

    **Release Date To Be Announced, Slated For 2018**

    Credit: New World Entertainment

    Insurgency: Sandstorm

    The following games, as of this writing, do not have a release date but have been announced for 2018. As with the above games, this could change at any time, with release dates, or delays, announced. Some could even be cancelled. Hopefully most of these see a 2018 release. There's little chance all of them will (and of course, more will be added like the annual Call of Duty game, etc.)


    Ghost Of Tsushima

    Release Date: TBA

    Platforms: PS4

    Sucker Punch Games is probably best known for the stealth-based Sly Cooper series. They went on to make the action-packed superhero Infamous games and now they're taking yet another hard turn, this time making a gorgeous looking Samurai title called Ghost of Tsushima, which we honestly know next to nothing about at this point. The last Samurai game I played was Nioh and it was awesome, so I say the more Samurai games the better.

    Credit: Sucker Punch

    Ghosts of Tsushima

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