Hello friends, back again. Today I wanted to show you some games being released in the next few coming months.
This list will compile of different types of video games so there will be a little something for everyone, but everything I mention within this article will be 10 games I am personally looking forward to watching, discussing and playing as they are released this year. We will go by date order as not to confuse anyone, in case you are interested in picking them up yourselves!
This one is first up on my list as it looks like it could take the crown of the best fighting game this year and I’m hoping it’ll be considered one of the staple fighting games from this generation in years to come. I have strong feelings towards this as it looks the part with gorgeous graphics, slick combos and overall looks incredibly authentic from what it is based on. This is a 2.5D fighting game from developers Arc System Works, who if you’re a fighting game fan will know they created the classic Double Dragon as well as the Guilty Gear series and BlazBlue series. I will warn you though with this game, I am hoping they do not go down current trending routes in which they hide most of the Dragon Ball cast behind DLC paywalls, and in terms of prices, this one is retailing at about £44.99 which might be a bit pricey for some people, so after the initial release, I’m hoping this one won’t have a big drop off of concurrent players, in order to keep online fresh and easy to queue for matches. This is looking to release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows.
This game is releasing on the same day as Dragon Ball FighterZ so it could be a tight squeeze on the wallet if you’re looking to pick up both games on release. Monster Hunter: World looks like a fantastic open-world action roleplaying game from veteran developers Capcom. This is looking to be the 5th game in the series which has seen its main popularity come from Japan and other Asian countries. It is generally considered to have a steep learning curve with plenty of complex systems to figure out, but I think Capcom are looking to broaden their horizons with this one as they have been hyping up Monster Hunter: World across Europe and the US markets. I think the open-ended maps, mixed with player customisation and four player online co-op (A first in the series) will make this one incredibly fun to play for a long time coming. You’ll first find this game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but it is looking to have a Windows release later on in the year so I will hold out til then to make full use of how gorgeous it’ll look on PC (I’m a little biased towards PC gaming).
Although this is a remake, Shadow of the Colossus is an exciting game to see on the list of releases to me this year. Much like last years remaster with Crash Bandicoot, this is Sony taking another classic PlayStation game, this time from the PlayStation 2 generation and rubbing on the polish making it a must buy for PlayStation 4 owners. Shadow of the Colossus is considered by many who have played it as one of the best games of all time. I think this one originally flew under the radar when it was released and could be considered a cult classic today. If you haven’t heard of Shadow of the Colossus, once you’ve tried this game you won’t be able to put it down and you’ll remember it long after you’ve completed it. This reminds me kind of like Monster Hunter, as your main goal within this action-adventure game is to defeat giant creatures. The trick will be in finding out how to defeat them, so you can consider this one as a puzzle game within an action game. There was originally a HD remaster for this on PlayStation 3, but this one is looking to be a remake of the original PS2 version using ultra high definition art assets. Both the remaster and remake have been worked on by Bluepoint Games and SIE Japan Studio and will be a PlayStation 4 exclusive.
This month we see a few juicy releases, starting with Microsoft exclusive pirate adventure game Sea of Thieves, which looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun with friends as you control a ship together, can explore islands looking for buried treasure and battle other players and NPCs. This will probably be the game to own if you are looking for a new experience with your group of friends (or a gaming community night hint hint). There are other pirate based games coming out, but this one will completely blow them out of the water as it focuses on social fun. This will be available on Xbox One and Windows exclusively, and maybe one of the best reasons to own an Xbox One to date.
Also available from the 20th is Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. While PlayStation 4 owners may not get to try Sea of Thieves anytime soon, they have a fantastic exclusive of their own releasing on the same day. Here is an action game with heavy amounts of detail and activities available from a series well known for its whacky creativeness and arcade-style combat. You’ll be spending a long time on this one discovering all the secrets and trying all the activities from looking after babies to beating up high-level criminals, this is a wonderful addition to any PlayStation 4 collections.
If you have an interest in Roleplaying games, look no further with Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom. This is the highly anticipated sequel to Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch which won several awards and accolades including “Best RPG” for many gaming publications. This is a stunning game built on the foundations of the first, playing in third person, you are able to explore the world, dungeons and your own kingdom. The battles are fun and the animations are beautiful, I would consider this kind of similar to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild mixed with Final Fantasy XV as you will spend a lot of time following storylines, completing quests and exploring, this will be an incredibly fun game that will take you a while to complete. Whats new for Revenant Kingdoms is the ability to build and manage your kingdom where you can arrange the different workforces across your town. This is looking at a PlayStation 4 and Windows release.
Now for a pause in the article. My next few suggestions are all games that haven’t got full release dates yet, but either have Early Access available or will be looking for hopeful releases in the first half of 2018.
First up is a game I think you would enjoy if you are a fan of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. There will be a whole host of these battle royal style games coming out this year, leading on from the host of battle royal games that came after PUBG as it is in huge demand right now by competitive online gamers. Out of all the different types of battle royal games I’ve seen, one has stood up above the rest to me and that is SOS: The Ultimate Escape. I played the beta last year and thoroughly enjoyed it even though this isn’t my type of game, and it took a couple of rounds before it really started to grow on me.
SOS is styled after a game show, where 16 players are spawned into an island, the goal is to find one of three crystals on said island, fighting off monsters and other players in order to be picked up by a helicopter to win. In that time you will find yourself scavenging for materials and weapons, and making temporary truces with your fellow competitors while you hunt for crystals but bare in mind at any time you can get stabbed in the back, or do the stabbing in order to win. But the game doesn’t stop there as once you die, you can watch other players and vote on how well they are doing. You can also vote as a spectator while people are streaming it on Twitch, and that player gets added to a “fame” leaderboard based on how well they entertained their viewers. I love this style of interaction and I hope this game does well. SOS is looking to be released early 2018 according to the website and is releasing in Early Access on the 23rd of Jan on Windows. I guess if it is popular enough on that, it may be released on other platforms.
My next suggestion is a game called Griftlands. This immediately caught my eye for its art style. I recognised straight away that this was from the developers Klei, known for their Don’t Starve series as well as Oxygen Not Included. This is looking like it could be a fantastic RPG where you play as a mercenary looking to make as much cash as you can within a procedural world. I imagine this game could have a bit of a learning curve once you get into it, and you will die many, many times before you get past the fact you need to survive to make cash but it will be fantastic and will be looking at being one of the cheaper games on this list due to coming from a smaller developer. There hasn’t been much word on the wheres and whens of release but I imagine it will be on Windows first, and possibly follow elsewhere at a later date.
My next choice is also missing an official release date but has been in Early Access since last year on Steam. This game is known as Northgard. I think Northgard has the potential to become one of the best RTS games of 2018 having played multiplayer through its current state, I have enjoyed what I’ve played. The gameplay is set in the style of Vikings, where the goal is to win via one of several different methods much like Civ games or Age of Empires. The easiest way to win I’ve found so far has been by Wisdom, where you have various ways to gain Wisdom points known as “Lore” points, and you just focus on that to win the game over time. You can also win by brute force, just killing everyone else, or you can win by having the most areas on the map, and there are even special tiles you can hold to win, such as by colonising a tile with the mythical Yggdrasil tree on it. This is looking like it will be great fun with friends, and I am super looking forward to trying out the campaign mode, which they’ve promised will be released soon.
The last but not least game on my list is Vampyr. This is a 3rd person action RPG from developer Dontnod, creators of Life is Strange so I am very excited to see how the story progresses in this one. Vampyr reminds me of Assassins Creed or the Batman Arkham series but set in 1918 London, and with awesome vampire abilities, it could have the potential to be incredibly fun and long-lasting, as you run around the city in an open environment, discovering hidden spooky going on and becoming hooked on the fascinating story. I love the idea this game will allow you to make choices that cause an impact on your character, surroundings, and storylines so I will be keeping a close eye on this one. It has no official release date but could possibly be out in the first half of 2018 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows.
So that’s it! Look out for these games as you won’t be disappointed when you try them. I also want to shout out a few games that didn’t make my full list but will also be hopefully fantastic.
The first shout out goes to Escape from Tarkov as having watched some friends play the beta for this, it looks like a lot of fun. Similar to PUBG but set in a smaller environment, with an easier access to loot, this could be an excellent game to play with friends.
I also want to shout out Red Dead Redemption 2 from the minds behind GTA and their other fantastic story based games, this has the potential to be one of the best games of the year. The single-player experience will be wonderful so my eyes are on the online mode, where Rockstar could face a lot of backlash depending on how they deal with micro-transactions which it will no doubt have plenty of.
They Are Billions looks like a fantastic steampunk style RTS game where the idea is you build a town in a zombie apocalypse, trying to survive waves of zombies from eating everyone by building walls and defenses. This is currently in Early Access on Steam but I am waiting for a full release or at least more content than is currently available before I sink my teeth into it.
QUBE 2 is going to be a great game if you are interested in puzzle games, and if you want a dumb multiplayer game, look no further than Mount Your Friends 3D. I was so shocked to see this one as Mount Your Friends is a favorite of mine for parties, so imagining how mad it would look in 3D is mental.
Finally, Last of Us: Part 2 will hopefully be fantastic as the first game was incredibly iconic when it released, this will easily be a must buy for any PlayStation 4 owners when it comes around.