The New Year has come and gone, and so it is time to start looking ahead to all of the amazing games that will be released this year, today I want to walk you through the games that I am most exited about. Though as a warning, quite a few of the games I want to discuss are simply labelled for release in "2018", and some of them I highly doubt will actually release this year. That not withstanding, let's begin!
Monster Hunter World, launching January 26th on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with a PC release coming "Autumn 2018". This is a game that I'm not 100% convinced by, I played both Beta releases and I enjoyed the second one, but struggled a bit with the first. That isn't to say that anything major changed between the two Betas, just that I understood the game more and had a more enjoyable time with the game. This is not a game that I'll be storming out of the house for in the first week, but it is certainly one that I may play later in the year if there is a dry spell of releases.
Shadow of the Colossus, launching February 6th as a PlayStation 4 exclusive. I never played Shadow of the Colossus when it was released on the PS2 or PS3, so I feel it necessary to play it now, with its very shiny new coat of paint. I've never even played an Team Ico game, though I do have The Last Guardian staring at me from my backlog shelf of shame, so between the two PS4 releases, I would like to have completed both of them by the end of the year!
Dynasty Warriors 9, launching February 13th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. This is a franchise that has a bizarrely high level of nostalgia for me personally, having played Dynasty Warriors 5 back in the glory days of the PS2 I am incredibly excited for this new Open World iteration of the franchise. Whether it is a critical success or not, I feel my nostalgia for the series leaves me no choice, I must play this game!
Devil May Cry HD Collection, launching February 13th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. There are a few series of games that I am yet to play at all, Metal Gear Solid being one of the most noticeable, DMC is up there as well. With this collection including DMC 1, 2 and 3 it will be a hard package to turn down! I would also be intrigued to fully understand the controversy that arose when the aesthetic of the protagonist was completely changed in the series reboot a few years ago!
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, launching February 23rd on PlayStation 4 and PC. This is one of my most anticipated games of the year(that we know will release this year). Having missed the bus on the first game I am saddened there is no PS4 port of Ni no Kuni, but I am happy to join the series in its second iteration. I am on the fence about Studio Ghibli films, but I truly in love with the anime-esque style that is the core of this games aesthetic!
Far Cry 5, launching March 25th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. I've only every played Far Cry 4 from this series, but I fell in love with it. Certainly there were issues with the game, but the freedom and combat the game served up for the player was, and still is great fun. By all accounts Far Cry 5 is looking to return to these staples of the series, there also sounds to be a very interesting story to boot. Tackling religious zealots and cultists is usually a plot point saved for small side quests in AAA games, but here it is front and centre and I applaud it for that!
Brief interlude to say that they are all of the games I'll talk about today that have firm release dates, the next segment will be on games that are simply slated for 2018 release dates, some I believe are guaranteed to release this year, while other games I think are bound to be pushed back to 2019.
God of War, launching on PlayStation 4. I start this section with this game, not because it is my favourite of the games on this list, but because it is going to be releasing relatively soon, it was recently leaked via the PS Store that March 22nd is the release date, time will tell if this is accurate. The God of War franchise is another series that I have never played, so for this game to be the start of a new story, featuring Norse mythology as opposed to Greek mythology has me very excited. I've heard tell of the fluid and bloody combat, and I look forward to seeing for myself this year!
Detroit: Become Human, launching on PlayStation 4. Staying in the vein of PlayStation exclusives, this title is also currently slated for a Spring 2018 release, more solid detailed should emerge in the coming month or two. The latest release from French studio Quantic Dream has attracted a fair number of headlines, both for the realistic looking graphics as well as widely branching story, but also for one of the recent trailers portrayal of child abuse. Only the release of the game will tell the full story of these issues, but I for one am very excited to see the latest game from this iconic studio.
Days Gone, launching on the PlayStation 4. Another PlayStation exclusive now(sorry, there will be more!), this game has intrigued be constantly since it was announced. From the incredible graphics, to massive hoards of zombies shown on screen at once, Days Gone is a game that will attract, and has attracted a lot of attention. I couldn't bank on it releasing this year, but stranger things have happened.
Spiderman, launching on the PlayStation 4. This is by far my most anticipated game of 2018(working on the basis TLoU II isn't releasing this year). Everything about the game that has been shown thus far excites me to my core. I have so many fond memories of swinging round the city landscape back in the PS2 Spiderman game, and if this release from Insomniac Games comes even close to how much fun that used to be, we are in for a treat. I'd personally put odds at about 50/50 as to whether this game will actually release this year, and while I'm very impatient to get my hands on the game, I'd rather Insomniac take their time and release the game as good as it can be next year!
Dreams, launching on the PlayStation 4. The next game from Media Molecule has been the source of much anticipation for me ever since it was first announce back in 2015. The principle is one of pure creativity, allow the players to create whatever they want, and be able to link them together in the form of dreams. Suffice to say, having put a lot of time playing user made content from the Little Big Planet series, to Trials Fusion, or even Trackmania, I know how creative gamers can be when given the right tools, and a game has never given players more tools to make what they want that Dreams appears to. Pure child-like excitement fills me when I think about the possibilities of this game, I do so hope it lives up to that excitement!
Death Stranding, launching on the PlayStation 4. I don't feel in any way alone when I say that I am excited for this game, but I don't fully know why. Of the various trailers that have been released no light has truly been shed on what the game actually is! Whatever the final product, I'm sure Kojima is working on something that will be talked about for a long time after it has been completed! Don't rule out a release in 2018 either, with Kojima recently hinting that this is possible!
The Last of Us Part II, launching on the PlayStation 4. How could I possibly make a list of the best games that might release this year, without included The Last of Us Part II? I simply couldn't. The first game is my third favourite game of all time, and my absolute favourite story, and linear game ever made. Naughty Dog put the skills of their studio to use to strike gold with the first game, I know many people are with me in hoping that they can make lightning strike twice. If any studio can, it's Naughty Dog. Though the chance of a release in 2018 is incredibly slim in my opinion, I wouldn't be surprised if the inevitable trailer that either opens or closes the PlayStation conference at E3, ends by saying "Coming 2019"!
Shenmu 3, launching on PlayStation 4 and PC. The first of a few games I want to quickly give mention to, I'm both sceptical that this will actually release this year, and also not excited at all for it. I've never played Shenmu 1 or 2, so this will be a pass from me in all lightly hood, though I appreciate that a large number of people are incredibly excited for its release!
Beyond Good and Evil 2, launching on unknown platforms. Another game that I would put money on not releasing this year, this game was quite probably my most exciting reveal of E3 2017, and I'll be paying very close attention to it as we move closer to the, probably, far of release date.
Red Dead Redemption 2, launching on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. I only mention this game briefly because I'm intrigued by, but not excited for the game. I was impressed by Rockstars last release, the small indie release of 2013 GTA V, but it didn't draw me in for the long game with the introduction of GTA Online. I'm sure this will review very well, and I'll more than likely play it at some point, but a launch game for me, it is not.
Anthem, launching on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. This could have been my favourite game shown at E3 2017, were it not for my own pessimistic thoughts that the final release will be far cry from the amazing trailer we were treated to. Time will tell, but this could be truly incredible, or the next game to be thrown on the disappointing and downgraded rubbish heap!
Honourable mention to finish this list off, Sea of Thieves on the Xbox One and PC looks to be an incredible game, and I hope it does very well. However by not owning an Xbox this will be a pass for me!
There you go guys a list of my most anticipated games of 2018, and probably beyond. If a lot of these release this year, I predict it will be one of the best years for gaming, and specifically PlayStation, in recent memory!
Thanks for reading,
Friends of The Games Critic:
My name is Ed, I write everything here, covering all kinds of games, but I only play them on the PS4!