With 2017 coming to a close, I decided to take a look at the upcoming games for 2018 and talk a little bit about the ones I’m most looking forward to. There are a ton of really great looking games coming next year, God of War, Shadow of the Colossus, Spider-Man, and Crackdown 3 all immediately spring to mind. While some of these are on my list, not all of them made the cut with a handful of larger niche titles taking some slots. So lets kick off my most looked forward to games for 2018!
No.5: Shadow of the Colossus
I was 16 when Shadow of the Colossus was originally released, and it wasn’t just a game I played, it was one of the first games that made me feel something real. At the time, I was still discovering my place in gaming. I was in high school learning about myself and learning about what I was passionate about. Gaming had always been important to me, and Shadow of the Colossus was pinnacle title for me. The upcoming remake is essentially being built from the ground up by Bluepoint Games and JAPAN studio. According to an interview with Shuhei Yoshida, the game content will be the same, while assets have been built from the ground up. According to Yoshida the controls will also be revamped to feel more modern. I’m really excited to jump back into this world and hunt down all of the hulking colossi again, catch all of the lizards, and master all the time trials. Hopefully the second time will be just as prolific as the first. Shadow of the Colossus is scheduled to release February 6th.
No. 4: Detroit: Become Human
David Cage and the team at Quantic Dream have a really special formula with their titles. Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls are two of my favorite titles for PS3, and when someone can play a game three or four times and have completely different experiences, it’s a win in my book. On top of that, the acting and art direction in both of the previous titles have all been top notch. The script for Detroit: Become Human is supposed to be insanely long, and after watching various gameplay demos, it seems like David Cage’s latest is set to not disappoint. Coming sometime in Spring, I’m really excited to jump into the shoes of the three different androids Detroit: Become Human is based around and explore every nook and cranny to discover all of the endings.
No. 3: Kingdom Hearts 3
I’m still not convinced that Kingdom Hearts 3 will hit in 2018, but assuming it does, this is going to be a stellar year for Square Enix. Kingdom Hearts is a series that I’ve sunk hundreds of hours into just the main titles. With countless spin-offs and HD remakes, it goes to show that Kingdom Hearts is still going strong 15 years later. It’s been 12 years (almost exactly) since the launch of Kingdom Hearts 2, and I’ve gobbled up every morsel of information that gets dropped for the upcoming action RPG. I’m hoping a release date will be announced soon because I’m ready to explore all the Disney worlds with Sora and the gang. Side note: with Disney’s new acquisition of Fox, who knows what crazy worlds we might get to explore at some point!
No. 2: Dragon Ball FighterZ
Dragon Ball is another franchise that is near and dear to my heart. I’ve been watching the show since I was a little kid, and the franchise has seen a ton of games released for pretty much all consoles at some point. I’ve played a lot of various titles, but I’ve had the most fun with the fighters. When Dragon Ball FighterZ was announced at this year’s E3 as part of Microsoft’s press conference, I was ecstatic. I didn’t just get a new Dragon Ball title, but I was going to get one from one of the most acclaimed fighting studios, Arc System Works. The art design looks incredible, and with the character roster reaching the mid 20’s, each fighter seems to have a unique fighting style. With iconic scenes replicating some of the most important moments from Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super, Dragon Ball FighterZ is easily one of my most anticipated of 2018. It is set to release January 26.
No. 1: Catherine: Full Body
Just when I thought we wouldn’t get any new announcements in 2017, Atlus jumped in and surprised me at the last moment. Just recently announced, Catherine: Full Body is a remake of the brilliantly insane title of the same name. Catherine follows protagonist Vincent as he begins to have nightmares after his girlfriend starts talking about marriage and commitment. During these nightmares, Vincent must navigate puzzles and make choices throughout the stages to learn about the type of person and lover he is, all while fending off a younger love interest. The story and gameplay are absolutely bonkers, and it’s one of the things I love about it. I was hoping for a sequel, and we may get one after this remake. Catherine remains my favorite game of the PS3 and Xbox 360 era, and this is one title I won’t be missing when it launches late 2018. For clarification, it has a Japanese launch date of 2018, and while it has been confirmed for the West, it doesn’t have a release window, but for fans, since the PS4 isn’t region locked it might be worth an import.
These are just my personal anticipated for 2018, there are tons of other big titles still on the horizon, Monster Hunter Worlds, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, Far Cry 5, Ni No Kuni II, Code Vein, and so much more! 2018 is shaping up to be a huge year for gamers. Coming off a strong 2017, the industry is in a great place for software and hardware alike, and it’s years like these that excite and give me something to look forward to as I move into a new year. As always check back here throughout the year for our full review of these titles! Happy New Year!