With E3 having just rolled around and bringing with it some amazing footage and gameplay of upcoming titles, we’re itching to get our hands on some new games, and fast. But which of the games that are coming out soon have caught our eyes the most? We’re going to take a lot at the likely-blockbusters heading our way and why you should be excited for them, too!
Mega Man X Legacy Collection
Release date: 24 July 2018
Since the previous console generations were host to some genuine video gaming classics, collections of remastered old-school games have become quite a roaring trade on consoles and PC. Mega Man will be enjoying a return with Mega Man 11 this year, but for those who need to scratch their old school itch, a Mega Man X Legacy Collection is split into 1 & 2 – containing MM X, X2, X3, X4 and MM X5, X6, X7, X8 respectively. Any side-scroller addicts will likely want to keep an eye out for this release coming up, and fortunately it will be released across Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC, so that any and every gamer can have access to it.
Release date: 7 September 2018
The Batman Arkham series set a new benchmark for superhero video games, and since its release, fans of other franchise have continually asked: “Why can’t they use that model for [insert your favourite superhero here]?”. Well, Spidey fans will be glad to hear that New York’s infamous wall-crawler is getting similar treatment from Insomniac Games (known for the Ratchet and Clank franchise) and looks to be open-world superhero nirvana. The slick combat system, sprawling explorable environment, and massive set-piece boss fights will make Spider-Man a serious contender for undisputed super hero game champion when it hits the PS4 in a couple of months.
Soul Calibur VI
Release date: 19 October 2018
For any nostalgic PS2 owners, there are two heavyweight fighting games that they’ll be instantly familiar with: Tekken and Soul Calibur. The Soul Calibur series doesn’t just let you beat opponents to a pulp using your bare hands, but instead gives you access to characters that have mastered a number of conventional and bizarre weapons for you to eradicate your foes with – and SC VI will be the first outing on this current generation consoles. Favourite characters, new battlegrounds, and some refined combat and gameplay tweaks await established fans that have been waiting for a new instalment in the SC franchise.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Release date: 26 October 2018
It may not seem like it, but it’s been a whole 8 years since the original Red Dead Redemption came out on Xbox 360 and PS3 all the way back in 2010 – and diehard fans have been crying out for a sequel for a few years. The first game managed to deliver a combination of incredible open-world immersion as well as an engaging story. The sequel will have all the power of current-gen consoles to harness, and looks like it’s going to expand the scope of the original quite significantly. Whether you’re keen to dive headfirst into the compelling narrative or hunt HD armadillos with a Remington again – RDR2 will have you covered!
Kingdom Hearts 3
Release date: 29 January 2019
Kingdom Hearts 3 has effectively been the video game version of Schrodingers Cat – in many people’s eyes, it’s been both dead and alive until people actually see it on store shelves. Mercifully, that release confirmation came at E3 2018 – with the game now (holding thumbs) slated to arrive in January 2019. Sora and his pals are getting back together to find some resolution to the garbled conundrum that Kingdom Hearts’ story has evolved into, but for established fans, it’s a piece of much-needed closure to a beloved action-RPG series. Despite the long delays in release, the final product should be a seminal piece of video gaming history, but hopefully all the delays haven’t resulted in fans moving past the franchise. I mean – who can turn down teaming up with the Buzz Lightyear and Woody?
2018 looks like it’s going to be a massive year for games – which games would be in your top 5 and what’s on your shopping list? Let us know! Remember to also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!