I don’t think it’s much of a reach to say that 2017 was a landmark year for gaming. The games released with a vicious frequency and didn’t seem to stop being of an incredible quality. There were a lot of surprises stemming from games that at first glance didn’t look like they were going to shake up the world but ended up doing exactly that. When it was time for our annual Game of the Year discussion, we were all having internal conflicts about which of the many amazing games we played is deserving of the title. 2017 felt like a golden year for gaming and it was also the bombastic introduction of the Nintendo Switch, which blew us all out of the water with its stellar line-up.
But time is a fickle mistress and we’re now in the shiny new year of 2018. Among the packed gyms, maxed out credit cards and people falling asleep at their desk, we also have a new year of gaming to look forward to. It’s never really a good idea to fully anticipate which games will be released so early in the year as there can be monumental changes being made to the schedule at a moment’s notice. There’s also the question of those pesky games that have the vague “coming in 2018” release date where we’re not quite sure when they will release or see delays into the next year. To throw another wrench into the engine, there are a bunch of games with “to be determined” release dates that may or may not be coming in 2018 and we’ll have to wait for the big trade shows to confirm when they are coming or get fed the info throughout the year.
So how is 2018 looking so far? In my opinion, it looks exciting but massively uncertain. We have a few confirmed titles on the horizon that are worth being excited about while there are a bunch of those vague titles that I mentioned before. The most immediate game to get excited for is Monster Hunter World which has received quite a lot of praise and rave reviews in Japan already and promises to be the definitive Monster Hunter title of this current generation. We have Far Cry 5 releasing in March which despite its scattering of controversies looks to be fresh new take on the classic Far Cry formula where you shoot cultish racists in suburban America. The new Shadow of the Colossus remake releases next month that will expose a new generation to its majesty and it will be interesting to see how the giant hulking monsters will look in their new shiny glory. Ni No Kuni 2 also releases in March, which is more of a niche JRPG, but considering how the first one touched so many people, this can be a bonafide winner.
Past May, we don’t really know what’s going to happen. Sony has another strong line-up this year with the God of War reboot expected sometime in the near future and the new Spider-Man game also promises some web-slinging action. Days Gone might also be a new IP that is worth looking at, even if it does initially look like a plain zombie shooter. Detroit: Become Human is the new Quantic Dream game, but considering some very recent controversies surrounding the studio, it’s a bit tumultuous at the present moment. Xbox doesn’t really have anything going on, but I believe that is subject to change as there have been rumours circling around that they’re really going to focus on their exclusives this year. A new Halo, Gears of War and even Fable, perhaps?
We also have some heavy hitters that are set to make their debut in 2018. Red Dead Redemption 2 was supposed to come out last year but got moved to 2018 in order to get it just right. We’re still waiting on the official release date, but the game is bound to make some giant waves when it finally drops. Considering the impact GTA V made, it’s definitely worth getting excited about going back to the Wild West again. We also have the return of Darksiders with Darksiders III featuring Fury, the first female protagonist in the franchise. The previous games were incredibly solid and it’s wonderful to see that the franchise is back and trying something new. There’s also EA’s Anthem that might see a release this year and despite some hesitance, because it’s EA, it does look beautiful and rather fun to play.
That’s most of the big titles that we know of and I have yet to ask the burning question. Which game are you most excited for in 2018? Is there a game I didn’t mention that you’re super excited for?
My game is a little bit different and it can be considered some wild wishful thinking, but Cyberpunk 2077 is a game I really want to see in 2018. I’m still reminiscing about the time I spent in The Witcher 3 and I’ve been dying to play a game that is similar to it for so long. The communication of CD Projekt Red has been a little… underwhelming, but there’s this little hope in the centre of my heart that they’re going to surprise us all by releasing the game this year. It’s most likely a 2019 game if we’re being realistic, but let a man dream, dammit.