Anticipated Games of 2018

2017 was an exciting,  yet controversial year for video games with the release of amazing reboots like Breath of the Wild, or not-so-great sequels, in Battlefront 2’s case. But with a new year comes new hopes and promises, so here are some of the most anticipated games of 2018:

Dragon Ball FighterZ: Previous Dragon Ball games have certainly had their share of fans, but this 2D-esque, 3v3 team fighter from Arc System Works looks like it's going to finally tap into the mainstream's powerful nostalgia for DBZ. Using the same gorgeous art style as Guilty Gear Xrd, Dragon Ball FighterZ's bold, bright 3D models use clever lighting techniques and shading to make themselves look like they’re straight from the anime- and even better, almost every attack animation is a reference to the original source material. Being able to unite Goku, Vegeta, and Cell on a single team, chaining flashy supers and assists together, looks like the realization of the secret dream we've all been having ever since Marvel vs. Capcom 2.

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Monster Hunter World: This game marks a new era for Capcom's beloved, long-running action series, as Monster Hunter: World gives up its handheld portability for exceedingly shiny graphics, refreshed co-op, and reworked third-person hunts for the modern market. This new installment of Monster Hunter has you pursuing some very big game - dinosaurs and dragons, among others - as you lurk through tropical jungles and try to conceal your approach using foliage-based camouflage. We do it all in the name of fancier armor and outlandishly large weaponry, and the inclusion of a grappling hook should add a new layer of complexity to the series’ already hard-to-master movement and attack options.

Shadow of The Colossus Remastered: Spruced-up remasters are commonplace these days, but Shadow of the Colossus on PS4 makes itself stand out for the significance of the original game. Often ranked highly among the best games ever made, this colossus-sized action adventure follows the lonely quest of Wander and his trusty steed Agro as they take down gargantuan stone beings who roam the land. The gameplay is largely the same, albeit with the option to use a new control scheme, but the visuals are a massive improvement, with completely redone textures and character models replacing the now-muddy-looking textures of the PS2 original. Hopefully this PS4 remaster will retain all the magic of the original and modernize this masterpiece for anyone who missed it the first time.  

Kingdom Come: Deliverance: Kingdom Come: Deliverance portrays itself as, essentially, a historically accurate Skyrim. This large-scale, first-person medieval RPG takes place in a massive open-world devoted to the real-world history of Bohemia. It’s arguably more “hardcore” than others in its genre with the removal of HUD indicators and minimap markers we’ve come to expect, and amazingly, quests and world events will carry on with or without you, adding a real sense of urgency to your hero's actions; stopping to chit-chat with every NPC could mean missing out on the melee battle of a lifetime. Kingdom Come's refusal to hold the player's hand sounds like a refreshing change of pace, and if the finished product can pull off the kind of grandiose living world suggested by its preview, it should be something special indeed.  

Far Cry 5: Far Cry 5 won't take place in another exotic, far-off region like Far Cry 4's Kyrat, or portray ancient history like in Far Cry Primal- it'll be bringing its first-person mayhem to the USA. The fictional region of Hope County, Montana is thrown into disarray by a doomsday cult known as the “Project at Eden's Gate”, led by the charismatic Father Joseph who embodies religious fanaticism and advocates keeping stockpiles of high-powered firearms. As Hope County's newest deputy sheriff, you'll have to band with the unturned townsfolk to take down Eden's Gate in the most chaotic ways possible, including aerial dogfights and bombing runs in a pilotable plane, or vicious takedowns using pitchforks, sledgehammers, and trusty animal companions.

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Red Dead Redemption 2: Considering how well the first was received, Red Dead Redemption 2 has a lot to live up to, so it's understandable that Rockstar Games needed so much time to get this open-world, Wild West sequel just right. Set before the first Red Dead Redemption, you're filling the cowboy boots of Arthur Morgan, an outlaw in the employ of familiar villain Dutch van der Linde. Morgan seems to be a rougher, thornier character compared to the stoic John Marston of the first game, but we'll surely get to know him better after dozens of hours spent traveling across quaint plains, hunting for wild animals in verdant mountain regions, and carrying out high-stakes train heists.

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We Happy Few: We Happy Few is practically a must-play based on the concept alone, which manages to blend a BioShock-style society of deranged drug addicts and the kitschy 1960s feeling of Austin Powers into one delightfully creepy survival game. You play as one of several residents of the fictitious English city Wellington Wells, navigating in first-person through a society where residents are forced to take a daily dose of the hallucinogenic pill known as Joy. You've refused to take your medicine and have been labeled a kill-on-sight Downer, forced to flee from the mind-altered citizens and coppers while crafting and scavenging for anything that might help you survive. All the while, you're taunted and oppressed by Uncle Jack, a live-action TV host who's not unlike a sinister, pill-pushing Mr. Rogers.

Skull and Bones: Ubisoft's Skull and Bones is a relatively realistic take on pirate battles on the high seas. Skull and Bones is essentially Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag without the assassins, and it so happens that it's being developed by much of the same team responsible for Black Flag. The game promises an elaborate solo campaign where you vie for control over the 18th-century waters in the Indian Ocean, but the real focus looks to be online player-versus-player ship skirmishes in which each player controls their very own warship in team-based fleet battles. There’s also the promise of supernatural elements amidst the cannon-fire, such as the colossal tentacles of a terrifying kraken lurking in the deep.

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These were but a few of the games expected to come this year with more to be announced. Whether any of these games will live up to their hype, only time will tell!