2018 is poised to be an excellent year for gaming. There is still plenty of time for more games to be announced for next year, but as it stands, there will be plenty to choose from. Here is out top 10 games coming in 2018 as well as some honorable mentions.
10. State of Decay 2
The Original State of Decay released to average reviews but the game had an excellent bone structure. State of Decay 2 looks to improve upon the original while maintaining the intense decision making that could lead to a permanent death for you or a close ally. The developer wants it known that State of Decay is a survival game with zombies, not a zombie game. This is a gem in the making.
9. Metal Gear Survive
Hideo Kojima may not be happy about this game, but fans of Metal Gear shouldn’t be scared away. Metal Gear Survive brings back all the buttery smooth gameplay of Metal Gear Solid 5 but completely changes the game into a survival horror action type adventure. If you enjoyed the gameplay of the Metal Gear Solid games, but could never understand the confusing story then this might be just the game for you.
8. Far Cry 5
The Far Cry series has consistently built upon itself in very meaningful ways. The franchise that started out as shallow eye candy has continued to grow into a fantastic experience that trumps much of what is available for first person games. Far Cry 5 looks to be the best in the series to date and certainly worth a spot on this list.
7. Days Gone
Some say this game looks too much like The Last of Us. To those people I say, is that really a bad thing? With one of the most exciting E3 trailers from 2016, Days Gone is an open world action adventure that will be packed with exploration and strong set pieces. If nothing else, the zombie wolves and bears should get people hyped.
6. Monster Hunter World
Monster Hunter is the fifth main title in the Monster Hunter series. Monster Hunter has gone largely under the radar in the West but it is considered a mega hit. Monster Hunter is the second highest selling franchise of any Capcom game, including Street Fighter, while trailing only Resident Evil. Monster Hunter World is primed to light a blaze through a virtually entire new audience of fans when it is released on the PS4 and Xbox One in 2018.
5. Sea of Thieves
Sea of Thieves is a beautiful and immersive game that takes all of the common pirate tropes and turns it into an incredible experience. You may not be a fan of MMO style games or maybe you have never experienced them. Sea of Thieves is a typical MMO/Shared World game, but one with enough character and attention to detail to make it worth your time.
4. A Way Out
The most pleasant surprise from this year’s E3 conference. A Way Out makes the conscious decision to play out the entire story as a split screen experience between two convicts as they escape from prison. This unique storytelling method could be the beginning of something special. At the very least it could revive the lost pastime of couch co-op.
3. Spider-Man PS4
The game to finally rival the Arkham series for the best superhero video game. With Insomniac at the helm, it is fair to have incredibly high expectations. Read about how the E3 2017 trailer blew us away HERE.
2. God of War
One of the most respected franchises from the modern gaming era, God of War will be getting its first reboot of sorts. Kratos returns in a land filled with beasts and gods from Norse Mythology. With an upgrade in hardware as well as some changes to the gameplay, God of War is one of the most anticipated games of 2018.
1. Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar needs no introduction at this point. The studio behind Grand Theft Auto, who also brought us the instant classic Red Dead Redemption back in 2010, has finally revealed the long awaited sequel. Originally expected to drop in 2017, Red Dead Redemption 2 is the type of game that will get all the polish necessary to guarantee a smooth launch.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Though not officially announced, the hints and leaks have been pretty convincing. Expect this new reboot to continue chugging along with rave reviews as each new entry is released.
Anthem: Anthem is EA’s answer to Call of Duty. It looks like one hell of an answer. At best, Anthem is to Destiny as Battlefield is to Call of Duty. At worst, it’s a generic shooter and EA is forced to try again. From what has been revealed, however, it looks like they got it right on the first try. Keep an eye out for this one.
Fire Emblem Nintendo Switch: Nintendo is known for milking their money franchises. Fire Emblem doesn’t have the name recognition as Mario or Zelda, but the gameplay is there and it will keep Switch owners satisfied for a long time.
Star Wars Game from Amy Hennig and Visceral Games: There still hasn’t been much word on this game, but there is too much star power amongst the development team working on a beloved franchise to go wrong. The team behind the Dead Space games with one of the minds that brought us the Uncharted franchise are working together to make a 3rd person action adventure set in the Star Wars Universe. This game will get plenty of 9s and may even creep up in game of the year discussions….that is…when it finally gets released.
Kingdom Hearts 3: The recent gameplay shown at E3 was the perfect tease for the next reveal in July. If some of these honorable mentions had more concrete details about release windows then they would have easily made the actual top 10 list. Kingdom Hearts 3 is one of those games.