As 2017 transitions into a blur of faded memories, it’s a good time to reflect on our past trip around the sun. There are always highs and lows when a year is brought into retrospective, but that’s something for another article. 2017 is done, it’s over, now let’s look at something pouring over with potential: 2018. When the Ghost of Gamer Future pays a visit she always promises us killer games. Some will be delayed and most will fail to live up to the hype, but it’s still a time when every upcoming release is great until proven otherwise. Here are 5 great games that are set to hit shelves in 2018 that I’m looking forward to most.
Far Cry 5
This obscure series was first introduced in 2004, and now with the 5th installment, set to be released in February of 2018, Ubisoft hopes to break out of the underground and enter the mainstream.
Of course I’m joking.
If you’re not familiar with the franchise, the games consist of standard first-person shooter action set in an open world. I’m not into any FPS franchises, but Far Cry is the one exception. The depth, the exploring and the RPG character building are a few traits that cause the series to stand out among the others.
Far Cry 5 looks to be in the same style as the 3rd and 4th game and this time around it will take place in the good ol’ US of A.
Red Dead Redemption 2
As cliched as it is naming this to my list of games that I can’t wait to play, I don’t care. It’s even been nominated for some “most anticipated game” awards – yes those awards exists.
It’s no secret that Rockstar Games’ sequel to their open-world western is going to be huge. The game was initially slated for a late 2017 release, but was delayed. RDR2 is due to come out in spring of 2018, but none of us really know when we will be playing it.
Rockstar doesn’t typically disappoint, and if it’s as good as the first Red Dead Redemption then the sequel just might have a chance to live up to the hype.
Skull and Bones
This future release has nothing to do with a certain secret society that may or may not be part of the Illuminati and in control of the CIA. But it does have everything to do with pirates and pirate ships.
I’ve been obsessed with video games involving buccaneers since I was a boy. I would lock myself in my room and play Pirates! on the NES like a madman, and that was just the beginning. There was also the Monkey Island series, Sid Meier’s Pirates! on Xbox 360 and the more contemporary Assassin’s Creed 4.
Skull and Bones is being developed by Ubisoft and is said to be directly based on the Assassin’s Creed game previously mentioned, without all the convoluted storytelling. I can’t wait to shoot grapeshot at some poor souls on the high seas.
The game is pencilled in for a late 2018 release.
Here is a game that is being developed by the team who brought us Tropico 5, the dictator simulation game.
For those who dream about being a megalomaniac in charge of a group of people who are vulnerable to our every abuse, or grateful for our table scraps, then these games will appeal to you.
The gameplay in Tropico combined elements of Civilization and Sim City, and it was just as addictive. Surviving Mars is believed to have combined that same level of strategic sandbox play with the harsh reality of managing a space colony on Mars.
It’s still a mystery as to what drama and hard decisions await us on the red planet. Another mystery is when we will get to play the game; all we know is that it will be in 2018.
Mega Man 11
It has just been announced that the Blue Bomber will be suiting up for his 11th adventure in 2018, 8 years after the release of number 10.
The 8-bit style is once again being put to pasture, this time in favor of a hand-drawn art design. I like the retro and retro-looking Mega Mans－Mega Men?－the best, but it will still be a Mega Man game no matter how it looks, traditionalists be damned!
If Capcom is able to capture the signature style of platforming and shooting the series is known for, then there will be nothing to worry about. Yes it will be difficult, but video games were meant to be challenging and inspire us to throw our controllers at the wall.
What games are you looking forward to most? Let us know in that comments section below.