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21 Most Anticipated Games of 2018

Biggest Games of 2018

What are the biggest games to look forward to in 2018?

2017 was a damn fine year for gaming, and 2018 is looking to carry the momentum into a whole new year of big-name titles, highly-anticipated sequels, and exciting new releases; and we’ve rounded up the ones we can’t wait to get our hands on:

Dragon Ball FighterZ

Release date: 26 January 2018 (Xbox One | PS4 |PC)

With Tekken 7 and Injustice 2 shaking up the ghosfighting genre in 2017, Dragon Ball FighterZ is the next big release throwing its weight around the ring. Set in the beloved Dragon Ball Z universe, FighterZ takes the tried-and-tested DBZ fighting games back to a 2D plane, resembling the animated series more than ever. There’s a huge roster of fighters and some incredibly cinematic moves to unleash on your poor younger brother or unsuspecting friends. This should be a goodie.

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Red Dead Redemption 2

Release date: TBC 2018 (Xbox One | PS4)

Arguably the most anticipated game of the entire year, Red Dead Redemption 2 is set to take gamers back to the Wild West for another cowboy-packed, smoking-gun adventure. To be honest, not too much is known about Red Dead Redemption 2, as Rockstar have been pretty tight-lipped, but based on the first trailers, we can expect a far larger world, more characters, gorgeous visuals, and a compelling story which may or may not include RDR’s original hero, John Marston. In addition, Rockstar also recently registered the domain for “Red Dead Online”, suggesting that the developer will follow the framework of GTA V, which had a fully-fledged online component called Grand Theft Auto Online.

Far Cry 5

Release date: 27 March 2018 (Xbox One | PS4 |PC)

The next instalment in the beloved Far Cry series detours away from the tropical islands and exotic foreign locations for a shoot-’em-up tale in middle America. Stranded in Montana alongside some pretty hostile extremists, players need to use their tact and skills to chip away at their maniacal plans, while inciting a resistance from the locals who will help you on your missions. Of course, in typical Far Cry style, you will have access to a ton of vehicles and ways to dispatch of your enemies.

Monster Hunter World

Release date: 26 January 2018 (Xbox One | PS4 |PC)

Arguably the biggest release of the month, Monster Hunter World is the long-awaited, current-gen jump of the franchise to the PS4, Xbox One and PC. Giant, seamless maps. 4-player online co-op, and of course, a ton of colossal monsters to hunt down and kill in what’s looking to be the series’ most ambitious to-date. Along with being able to play with friend across the globe for the first time, players will also be able to dive into a world-spanning single-player campaign.

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God of War

Release date: TBC 2018 (PS4)

Kratos is back… and he has a son. God of War is getting a reboot, although this time the game is wrapped up in some intriguing Norse lore, rather than Greek mythology, featuring Kratos with a beard and brutal war axe. The game will revolve around Kratos’ relationship with his son, Atreus, who players will also be able to take control of. The gameplay demo gave us a look at the game, which is similar to past God of War games but refreshingly different too. Of course, the giant creature battles return and look better than ever.

Extinction

Release date: 31 March 2018 (Xbox One | PS4 |PC)

Killer Instinct studio Iron Galaxy’s next project is a giant-slaying fantasy action game called Extinction. Playing as one of the world’s last Sentinels, you must defend humanity’s cities from rampaging, 10-storey-tall ogres and the armies that trail in their wake. It doesn’t look like much of a fair fight from the get-go, but you’ll have to chop the ogres down to size (literally) by removing their armour and limbs to expose their weak points. It looks like a great combination between a colouful hack-‘n-slash and Shadow of the Colossus, and that’s not a bad thing at all.

Spider-Man

Release date: TBC 2018 (PS4)

We’ve had a few Spidey games in recent years, but they’ve always been tied-in to film releases; and we’re craving an adventure that really explores Spider-Man’s villain roster and one that takes the story to new places. Thankfully, Sony and Insomniac Games’ new title looks to be delivering just that. From what we’ve seen of the game already — it looks incredible, with some fluid swinging and fighting mechanics, alongside some gorgeous visuals and jaw-dropping cinematic moments. We’re just hoping the final product sticks its landing.

Sea of Thieves

Release date: 20 March 2018 (Xbox One|PC)

Coming from legendary developer Rare, Sea of Thieves is an open world multiplayer game which involves running around, sailing, exploring, engaging in naval warfare and working as a five-man pirate team. But while the ultimate goal is to become the best pirate on the seas, you will need to work closely with your crew, as teamwork is crucial to surviving the threats and challenges that await. It looks to be aiming to capture those Fortnite and Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds players, but who are looking for a little more to do.

Ghost of Tsushima

Release date: TBC 2018 (PS4)

Moving away from the inFamous series for the first time in a while, the team over at Sucker Punch is working on a brand new IP called Ghost of Tsushima — an open world adventure game set in Feudal Japan where you take on the role of a samurai. What we do know about the gameplay is that there’s going to be a lot of samurai action, as you’ll tasked with battling overwhelming odds against the incoming Mongol Empire using your katana, samurai skills, and honour to protect your homeland.

The Hong Kong Massacre

Release date: TBC 2018 (PS4)

The Hong Kong Massacre is a new top-down, twin-stick shooter that blends the look and feel of Hotline Miami with the bullet-time action of Max Payne. Players will be able to slow down time in order to pull off some seriously-stylish gunfights, but more importantly, to (attempt) to dodge incoming fire and make some crucial decisions about your next move. It looks absolutely stunning in motion and we can’t wait to get down to some gritty film-noir firefights when The Hong Kong Massacre launches.

Anthem

Release date: TBC 2018 (PS4 | Xbox One | PC)

Electronic Arts’ next big thing is set to be Anthem, a sci-fi third-person action game set in a Halo-esque type universe where people don mechanical suits kitted-out with jetpacks and powerful abilities. The game features both single-player and co-operative multiplayer elements in a “shared-world” that can have up to four squad members per team. Teams can fight savage beasts and ruthless marauders while exploring lost ruins and experiencing massive, world-altering terrain occurrences, such as “Shaper Storms” — we don’t know what those are, but they sound pretty cool.

Kingdom Hearts III

Release date: TBC 2018 (PS4 | Xbox One)

The third primary instalment in the Disney/Final Fantasy crossover franchise will arrive this year, but there’s still very little known about it, although that doesn’t stop us from being excited. You will once again play as Sora alongside his best friends Donald and Goofy as they travel across various worlds interacting with beloved characters in epic battles and cute, personal stories; and this time, the Toy Story universe has been included. Sora will have some new tricks up his sleeve too, including wall running, jumping and clambering upon certain enemies to reach new areas and traverse around the environment.

Days Gone

Release date: TBC 2018 (PS4)

Days Gone is an upcoming post-apocalyptic zombie title from Bend Studios, who worked on the underrated Uncharted: Golden Abyss on PS Vita. Set in the beautiful, volcanic scarred high-desert of the Pacific Northwest, Days Gone throws you into the boots of Deacon St. John, a drifter and bounty hunter who has to use his former biker days to gain an edge in a world where survival is the only option. It looks gorgeous and the sheer volume of zombies on-screen gets us excited to what the game has in store.

A Way Out

Release date: 23 March 2018 (Xbox One | PS4 | PC)

A Way Out, EA’s narrative-driven adventure game from the team behind the acclaimed Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, is a co-op-only experience where you play one of two men (your buddy taking on the role of the other protagonist) who team-up in order to break out of a maximum security prison. While other co-op games just let you play alongside your partner, this time you’re dependent on them and have to coordinate and strategise in order to plan the ultimate escape.

State of Decay 2

Release date: TBC 2018 (Xbox One | PC)

Like its predecessor, State of Decay 2 will be an open-world third-person survival RPG set in a recent zombie apocalypse. Unlike its predecessor, it will support drop-in co-op play so you can enlist a couple friends to help keep the roaming hordes at bay. Your actions will again have an impact on the world around you, only this time, the ripples can be felt much further away.

Crackdown 3

Release date: TBC 2018 (Xbox One | PC)

The Crackdown series has produced a cult-like fan-base among Xbox gamers. The franchise follows The Agency, who deploy a cybernetic police-force in crime-ridden cities to take down the bad guys using some pretty nifty gadgets, guns and incredible superhuman abilities. The third instalment was shown off at Gamescom 2015, and it really came in with a bang. Fully destructible environments, multiplayer, and a massive city are only some of the incredible features that await us in Crackdown 3. The game will take advantage of the Xbox One’s cloud computing feature, to up the processing power of the console and capabilities of what can happen in the game.

Darksiders III

Release date: TBC 2018 (PS4 | Xbox One | PC)

The hack-‘n-slash action adventure sequel Darksiders 3 will kick off following the events of the first Darksiders game and take place around the same time as the events of Darksiders 2; but this time around, players will take control of Fury, the female Horseman of the Apocalypse. Different to the protagonists, War and Death, from the past two games, Fury uses an acrobatic fighting style and whip as a primary weapon to deal pain to all matter of monsters and demons that try and stop her from rounding up her Horseman brothers.

Detroit: Become Human

Release date: TBC 2018 (PS4)

Detroit: Become Human is an upcoming neo-noir thriller video game developed by Quantic Dream, the team behind the narrative-driven PS3 hit, Heavy Rain. Set in the future, the plot revolves around three androids all with different roles and fates, and like the studio’s previous game, you’ll have to make some difficult decisions that will branch the story to affect not only your outcome, but the future of the city.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Release date: 13 February 2018 (PS4 | Xbox One | PC)

After an extremely long time in development, first-person medieval combat game Kingdom Come: Deliverance will finally see its release this year. Set in a massive open-world, the game is a single-player experience that features period-accurate armours and clothing, combat techniques, and real-world castles recreated with the assistance of architects and historians. The game will even contain period-accurate music recorded by Czech musicians; so if you’re a lover of history and stabbing things in the face, this is for you.

SoulCalibur 6

Release date: TBC 2018 (PS4 | Xbox One | PC)

The SoulCalibur series is back, bringing it’s unique, weapon-based fighting system and gorgeous visuals back to consoles in 2018. Many of the franchise’s main characters, such as Mitsurugi and Sophitia, will return, along with the series’ 8-Way Run movement system, a mainstay since the first Soulcalibur title. Players will also be able to pull off a new Reversal Edge move — a powerful counter-attack while in guard. It looks gorgeous and will be a great addition to the impressive list of fighting games on the market.

Biomutant

Release date: TBC 2018 (PS4 | Xbox One | PC)

Set in a post-apocalyptic universe filled with humanoid animal creatures, Biomutant is an open-world RPG that combines exploration and combat across a vast but dangerous setting. Described as a “kung-fu fable”, the game allows you to customise your character with different robotic attachments, mutations and weapons, ranging from samurai swords to full-blown assault rifles. It’s incredibly unique and ambitious, and could very-well end up being the surprise hit in 2018.

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