Last year was very good to the gaming world, providing such smash hits as Horizon: Zero Dawn, Super Mario Odyssey, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While some of you may still be experiencing the blues after finishing these, fear not: 2018 looks to produce just as stellar of a lineup. From zombies to cowboys, pirates to myths, here are our top games to watch for in 2018.
Days Gone (PS4)
Release Date: TBA 2018
Days Gone was first revealed through a trailer at E3 2016 and teased us with a mysterious post-apocalyptic story set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The game lets you play as bounty-hunter Deacon St. John and has you fighting off hordes of zombies, as well as other threats such as human mercenaries and undead wildlife. The game looks to provide the player with an immersive open world experience, complete with destructible environments, vehicles, and entire cities to be explored. The game also boasts a crafting system, upgradable weapons, and even realistic weather patterns that will affect enemy behavior. The player will be able to go in guns blazing, or take the stealthy route and set traps, with each approach having different consequences.
The game has impressed with its ability to squeeze the most out of the PS4’s processing power, as the demo showed a huge fight with dozens of enemies on screen at once. While there is no confirmed date for release, players should find themselves fighting off the undead horde sometime this year.
Far Cry 5 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Release Date: March 27, 2018
Ubisoft’s Far Cry series is a fearless and bold franchise that has taken players to wildly different settings, from the Himalayas in Far Cry 4 to a prehistoric hunting ground in Far Cry Primal.
In the latest installment, the super-fun shoot’em up takes us to rural Hope County Montana, where players assume the role of a sheriff’s deputy officer who has been tasked with liberating the area from the dangerously powerful Eden’s Gate religious cult. The game also features a system in which the player’s actions affect the gameplay: the more the player attacks the cult and builds the resistance, the more chaotic and aggressive enemies will get, culminating in a showdown with the cult leaders in that area of the map.
You won’t have to fight the dangerous cult yourself, either; the player has the ability to recruit NPC characters in the game to help with missions, each boasting a unique skill set depending on the plan of attack. Two-player cooperative play is also available, allowing you and a friend to team up together. Finally, no Far Cry game would be complete without a plethora of wildlife and side missions, and there are hunting, fishing, and wingsuit challenges for the player to take on to break up the main story. Ubisoft has also announced a full Season Pass, with three unique DLC campaigns which include an undead zombie campaign, a Vietnam War adventure, and a sci-fi inspired effort titled Lost on Mars.
In addition to all of this, a new character creation system will allow the player to feel even closer to the story. Just don’t get too close to the cult, they can be very persuasive.
Sea of Thieves (PC, Xbox One)
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Rare is the legendary game company behind some of the most beloved titles in gaming history, such as GoldenEye 007 and Banjo-Kazooie. Their latest effort, Sea of Thieves, gives players the chance to adventure solo or on a crew of up to three friends in an online cooperative open world pirate setting.
As with any pirate crew worth its weight in gold, Sea of Thieves takes sailing very seriously. Players can alternate between the duties of steering, hoisting sails, navigating, and manning cannons. The crew will need to be about their wits in order to defend their treasure safe from enemy crews made of real-world players, stronghold forts, and natural threats like storms and hungry sharks. Players will also have the option of exploring the world on their own and uncovering secret treasure stashes or taking on missions for various trading companies-some with sinister or secret motives. If you find your character dead, you’ll wake up on board the Ferry of the Damned-the game’s equivalent of the legendary ship the Flying Dutchman-and be forced to work alongside a ghost crew before being returned to life.
Keeping with Rare’s trademark experience, the game is a first-person adventure with a cartoon art style that is sure to please the eye of even the most hardened sea dog. With all this game has to offer, we are excited to slap a parrot on our shoulder and belt out our favorite sea shanties as we set sail this March.
Release Date: TBA 2018
Insomniac Games, the company behind blockbuster franchises Spyro the Dragon and Ratchet and Clank, are offering players the chance to take control of everyone’s favorite web-slinger in their upcoming Spider-Man title.
Set in modern-day New York City, the game focuses on a gang war between the ever-present cronies of crime kingpin Wilson Fisk and a new threat from an unknown group called the Inner Demons, who are led by the terrifying Mister Negative. The gameplay trailer from Paris Games Week 2017 showed refreshing new gameplay mechanics, such as gadgets used to stealthily take down foes, environmental traps activated by web-slinging, and a Matrix-esque time slow down combat mechanic, allowing the player to perform cinematic and smooth takedowns of multiple foes at once. Insomniac is taking full advantage of the rich Spider-Man universe, and plenty of familiar faces-both friend and villain-will be making an appearance. To appease many fans’ biggest qualm with the game, Insomniac has stated that the web swinging mechanic in the game is in fact physics based and building-anchored, similar to the 2004 game Spider-Man 2-which many fans consider to be the standard for a Spider-Man game. There are also many new surprises to be revealed in the game, making this new entry to the franchise a bold step forward, rather than a simple rehash of the familiar.
With a release date uncertain, fans could likely expect the game to be hitting shelves sometime late in 2018, with a holiday release being likely. This is the Spider-Man game fans have been wanting for 14 years.
God of War (PS4)
Release Date: April 20, 2018
God of War first made waves back at E3 2016 by showing the world that the series had shed its traditional setting of ancient Greece-which makes sense, given that Kratos had offed most of the gods there. This new entry is not a remaster, but a complete reboot and instead places Kratos in a gritty, grueling, and more photo realistic-looking Scandinavian setting, complete with characters and enemies from traditional Norse folklore.
Kratos is now shown to be raising a son, Atreus, in the harsh northern winter, and cooperation between the two will be key to overcoming the various monsters and challenges the game will throw at the player. Kratos now wields a magical battle axe, which can be thrown and summoned back to him, as well as it’s armed with various elemental attacks, such as ice or fire. Trademark to the series is the inclusion of several fierce monsters to battle, such as trolls and ogres, and larger leviathan-sized bosses await. The game also boasts a new over-the-shoulder camera angle which puts the player right into the action. Accompanying this new camera angle are a minimal heads-up display and “one take” mechanic-meaning there are no loading screens or cuts to black to break up the action- give this game a beautifully thrilling new aesthetic.
God of War has cemented itself as a legendary franchise, and this new entry looks set to take the series to another level. Grab your axe and get ready for April.
Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
Release Date: October 26, 2018
Since the release of Red Dead Redemption in 2010, fans have been clamoring for another crack at Rockstar Games’ Old West, and now they finally have it. Since being announced in 2016, Rockstar has been tight-lipped about the game, releasing only the announcement trailer in 2016, and an updated trailer that revealed a bit more in 2017. Even still, anticipation is high for what is sure to be another masterpiece from the minds behind Grand Theft Auto.
The game takes place before the events of Red Dead Redemption, with the player assuming the role of Arthur Morgan, an outlaw who is a member of the notorious Van der Linde Gang-the gang that the first game’s protagonist, John Marston, had once been a part of. The trailers for the game detail a breathtakingly beautiful open world-complete with cities, small towns, mountain ranges, deserts, and prairies. In keeping with the original, a wide variety of wildlife appear, such as moose, grizzlies, horses, bison, vultures, and alligators. Thinking that the game would incorporate and build upon the heist mechanic seen in Grand Theft Auto V is a logical speculation, as it would be an absolute blast to carry out a train robbery after planning and recruiting henchman. Though unconfirmed by Rockstar, rumors are swirling about of a first-person mode, also seen in the next-gen remake of GTA V. In addition to the single-player campaign, an online mode has been announced, featuring free-roam as well as game modes such as battle royale, team deathmatch, and capture the flag.
This is easily the most hyped game of the year, and the fact that it has been through three release delays without sullying its buzz is proof that fans can always count on Rockstar to deliver. This October, we are all outlaws.
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