It is no secret… one of my favorite hobbies is playing video games. Ever since the day that my father brought home a Nintendo Entertainment System for my younger brother and I, and we were able to get our small hands around a controller, I knew I was going to be hooked for life. And with that, the beginning of a new year always gets me excited because I get to look forward to a whole new list of titles that I am anticipating to dive deep into. I know many have said that 2017 turned out to be one of the best years ever for the types of games that came out. However, and yes, I know I am in the extreme minority of saying this, I think 2017 was pretty week overall. I can count on one hand all the titles that I actually consider great games that came out last year, but if 2018 turns out to be as awesome as I think it will be, that number will double easily. So here you will find out my current top 20 most anticipated games of 2018.
- Lost Sphear – Release date: January 23 – PS4, Switch, and PC
First off, and this list will be in order of release date, is Lost Sphear from Tokyo RPG Factory. Yes, this game is already out, but I have just recently finished playing my final backlog game from 2017, and am looking forward to jumping into another JRPG. A spiritual successor to 2016s I Am Setsuna, Lost Sphear has me excited as I was a huge fan of Setsuna. It was in no means a perfect game at all and did not really do much as far as blowing away how the standard JRPG is made, but it was build well enough and brought me hours of entertainment with a really good story and I absolutely loved the art style. I do hope Lost Sphear fixes the issues Setsuna had and improves on the combat system (at least this time the characters have feet!)
- Sea of Thieves – Release date: March 20 – Xbox1 and PC
This game makes the list just out of the shear curiosity of it. I do not know much other than it is a first-person pirate game that I can play with friends. In a console generation where Xbox is being dominated, not just by sales but a complete lack of first party games, I really do hope this is a hit for them. Even if it is just a game that I may play only on the weekend with friends a few times a month, if it is as fun as it looks then that is a win for me.
- Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom – Release date: March 23 – PS4 and PC
If you were to ask me what my favorite RRG games are, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will be in the top five. As it’s sequel, Ni No Kuni II still sports the absolutely beautiful Studio Ghibli artwork, although Ghibli is not involved in the development as they were with the first game. Seemingly ditching the Pokemon combat system of the first game, this time around it looks like the developers are going for a more action type system. And in a time where it seems like dark adult themes reign king, Ni No Kuni is the bright light that shows a family friendly esthetic is not a knock against it. Easily, if not the most anticipated game for me this year.
- Far Cry 5 – March 27 – PS4, Xbox1, and PC
I have only played the later releases of the Far Cry series, Far Cry 3, 4, and Primal, but I enjoyed them. Montana isn’t the first setting I would have ever thought of for the fifth entry to take us, but I am optimistic that Ubisoft will have the correct formula to make it just as good.
- God of War – Release date: April 20 – PS4
When you think of Playstation’s current tent pole titles, God of War is one you think of. Technically the seventh game in the series (but we won’t count the awful cell phone game Betrayal here), God of War completely changes the original systems from all the others. Leaving Greek mythology behind and taking a stab (no pun intended) at the Norse gods this time around, new combat system, getting rid of the jump button altogether, and placing the camera view from behind our Anti Hero Kratos, this newest entry will serve as a compete upgrade for the series and not just a new set of paint.
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Release date: May 4 – Switch
As somebody who basically did not play a single Nintendo game from its last two console generations, there are a ton on games I missed. You can blame the Wii for that, as its force use of motion controls turned me away. The best thing about Switch to me is getting to experience these lost gems on a proper system with a proper controller. It looks like Switch is building a gallery of older games, which may turn some off, but for those of us who Nintendo turned away, this is a perfect time to start trying them for the first time, and Donkey Kong is such a game I wanted to play since it came out in 2014.
- Vampyr – Release date: June 4 – PS4, Xbox1, and PC
Vampyr can honestly go either way for me right now. Its setting looks interesting enough, being in 1918s London, but not much is known yet about it. Labeled as an action RPG, Vampyr may be able to fill that missing Castlevania themed itch, but only time will tell.
- Red Dead Redemption 2 – Release date: October 26 – PS4 and Xbox1
Do not think I need to say much here. It’s Rockstar Studios’ newest game, sequel (technically prequal) to the 2010 acclaimed hit Red Dead Redemption, and it will be GTA Online with cowboys. What else do you need to know?
- Anno 1800 – PC
The rest of this list is comprised of games slated to come out in 2018, but with no given release dates. Some may not make the cut when all is said and done, but for today they all complete the 2018 catalog. Anno is a real-time strategy game with city building mechanics… think of Sim City. The seventh game in the series, Anno has always been a series I have enjoyed playing when I just want to sit back and relax for a bit and not worry about playing some fast-paced action combat and paying attention to a story.
- Biomutant – PS4, Xbox1, and PC
I literally know nothing about this game, other than that you play as some type of sword wielding pirate racoon thing, in this open world RPG. It reminds me of the excellent comic series Mouse Guard, and is the first game by the Swedish developer Experiment 101.
- Code Vein – PS4, Xbox1, and PC
Code Vein is the next anime inspired game from Bandai Namco and looks to be a very fast, very dark, and very violent action RPG.
- Darksiders III – PS4, Xbox1, and PC
In Darksiders III we take control of the third Horseman of the Apocalypse, Fury. To me Darksiders has always been a very underappreciated series. Originally co-created by comic artist Joe Madureira, Darksiders was always what filled my Zelda void, not having played any new releases since Majora’s Mask. This action adventure game is very welcomed this year.
- Days Gone – PS4
Let’s face it. Right now, there are two things we will never be lacking. Superheroes and zombies. Days Gone is the first game from Sony Bend Studios since 2012’s Uncharted: Golden Abyss for the PSVita. It has a lot of comparisons to Sony’s other zombie mega franchise, The Last of Us, but looks to stand apart by being open world and featuring a faster placed zombie threat. Think of 28 Days Later the video game version.
- Detroit: Become Human – PS4
David Cage’s Quantic Dream developed newest game, Detroit is the next in line of Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls. As a big fan of Heavy Rain (I played it enough to get the Platinum trophy) I was super disappointed with its follow up, Beyond. Here is to hoping they come back around with its awesome looking Sci-Fi setting.
- Mega Man 11 and Mega Man X Collection – PS4, Xbox1, Switch, and PC
For me this is a no brainer. Mega Man X is my favorite game of all time and I replay it every year. Now I get to do it while collecting trophies, and getting to play a brand-new game in the series since 2010 with Mega Man 11!
- Metro: Exodus – PS4, Xbox1, and PC
The third game in the Metro series, based off the Russian novels by Dmitry Glukhovsky. The Metro games were never anything super amazing, but they were different enough in their setting to stand apart from the pack. Here is to hoping this jump into semi-sandbox gameplay works out.
- Project Octopath Traveler – Switch
The newest JRPG from Square Enix is a Switch Exclusive! Who would have thought? Whether or not it stays an exclusive is anyone’s guess, but the retro HD pixel art looks amazing. For any fans of the SNES Final Fantasy series of games, this is a must play.
- Spider-Man – PS4
This is a strange one. Spider-Man is arguably one of the biggest comic book characters ever made, so the fact it is an exclusive to a single console is interesting. I have no idea if it has to do with the film rights Sony has for the character, but either way, the only chance you will get to web sling across the city scape of New York is on a Playstation 4. I am not a Spider-Man fan per say, but the fact that the game is being made by Insomniac is all the proof I need to know that it will be super fun. They are some of the best in the business, and I actually always thought that their last game, the Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive, was a Spider-Man game in a different skin.
- System Shock – PS4, Xbox1, PC, and Mac
I never played the original back in 1994, but this remake has me interested as it is considered a class game and actually one of the inspirations for the BioShock series. And I am always interested in Sci-Fi.
- The Walking Dead: The Final Season
As somebody who jumped off the TV show long ago, I still enjoy the actual comic series. And with the Telltale games being in the same world as the comics I have enjoyed each one as well. This being the final game and send off for Clementine, 2012 seems so long ago when it first started.
Well there you have it. My top 20 most anticipated games of 2018. How many will actually be great games when the end of the year rolls around? Time will tell. But I suspect quite a few on this list will have been well worth the wait. What do you think? Any games you looking forward to not make my list? Let us know in the comments below.