Ben’s Most Anticipated Video Games of 2018 (So Far)

Last year was one of the best in video game history. From fantastic sequels like the series savior Resident Evil 7 to the original instant classics like Horizon Zero Dawn, 2017 gave us some of the most outstanding games ever produced. Luckily, 2018 looks like it might be just as great, maybe even better! Here are the upcoming releases that I’m most excited for, so far:

 

Honorable Mention: Final Fantasy VII Remake

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Cloud has aged AMAZINGLY well.

Platforms: Playstation 4

I’m cheating with my honorable mention. Final Fantasy VII Remake probably won’t be out until 2020, but there’s no way I’m not going to bring up a full-fledged remake of my favorite video game of all time on a list of games I’m eager to play. With the addition of standard qualities seen in today’s games (like voice acting and human beings with realistic proportions), Final Fantasy VII Remake will hopefully instill the same awe in a new generation of gamers that it did in me two decades ago. And to all the people who keep telling me that Final Fantasy VI was better: I don’t see trailers for your remake anywhere…

 

Anthem

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You had me at “exo-suits”

Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC

After the extremely disappointing Mass Effect Andromeda (or “BLANDROMEDA,” amirite?), Bioware is changing gears with their upcoming title, Anthem. Will a game that combines the cooperative monster slaying elements of Monster Hunter, power armor akin to Halo/Starcraft/Warhammer/whatever, and an open world narrative similar to Destiny be enough make us forget about Andromeda? Only time will tell for sure, but I think that it’s very likely. And even if Anthem doesn’t bring back all of Bioware’s old fans, it will most certainly create new ones. As someone who was never too keen on Dragon Age or Mass Effect, this is the most hyped I’ve been for a Bioware game in a long time.

 

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes

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I’ll play almost anything from the wonderfully twisted mind of Suda 51.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Grasshopper Manufacture is known for games that are equal parts great and bizarre, and the first two No More Heroes are the greatest and most bizarre of the bunch. The first installments of the series follow protagonist Travis Touchdown, a wrestling fan armed with a laser sword he bought online, as he clashes with all a number of colorful assassins. The main antagonist of Travis Strikes Again isn’t just another assassin though, he’s the father of an opponent Travis killed in the first game. While that last bit makes Travis Strikes Again sound like a sequel, director Goichi “Suda 51” Suda has said it’s more of a reboot for the series than a continuation of Travis’ story. If you haven’t played the previous NMH games, 2018 looks like it’ll be a good time to jump in.

 

GTFO

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How was everyone involved with choosing the title “GTFO” not asked to do just that?

Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC

Aside from the laughably bad title, the first teaser for 10 Chambers Collective’s new survival horror game hit all the right notes for me. A four-player cooperative game in a genre that hasn’t had many remarkable entries (aside from the amazing Resident Evil 7) in quite a while would be enough, but it may also be the closest thing we’ll ever get to a decent version of Aliens: Colonial Marines. I’m still mad at Gearbox for botching a game with such a great premise (and not completely focusing on Borderlands 3), but GTFO just might fill the void in my gamer heart left by all that wasted potential.

 

Monster Hunter: World

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I can’t wait to turn that thing into a pair of boots!

Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC

I’ve always admired the Monster Hunter series from afar, but I was never able to get into it. The previous entries were always released at times (in the US) when I was busy with other games or on consoles I didn’t have/want, but I’m really making an effort to keep my schedule open this time around. I recently played the beta for Monster Hunter: World, and I loved it! If that’s any indication of things to come (which it probably is), slaying giant beasts with friends online might be one of my favorite things to do next year.

 

Shadow of The Colossus Remake

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I hear he looks bigger in person.

Platforms: Playstation 4

Like the Monster Hunter series, time and console-based circumstances kept me from playing Shadow of The Colossus and its Playstation 3 remaster. Team Ico’s 2005 giant-slaying epic is widely regarded as one of the greatest video games ever made, and I’m looking forward to finally seeing what all the hype was about. Amazingly, I’ve managed to avoid hearing or reading any spoilers from the game’s story, so there’s a good chance Shadow of The Colossus Remake will astound me like it did with it’s first fans 13 years ago.

 

God of War

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Not the usual father/son dynamic.

Platforms: Playstation 4

Oh how I’ve missed Kratos, the perpetually pissed off demigod. After -SPOILERS FOR THE GOD OF WAR SERIES- killing off virtually every Greek monster, hero, and deity ever, the Ghost of Sparta now aims to murder the legends of Norse mythology in the series’ fourth main entry. However, Kratos’ next adventure looks pretty different from his previous outings. The insanely violent hack and slash combat our favorite Godslayer is known for appears to have been toned down (although it still looks ridiculously brutal), and now seems fairly reminiscent of Naughty Dog’s third-person action adventure titles, Uncharted and The Last of Us. While this change may upset some, it has made me even more excited. Santa Monica Studio realized that their beloved series needs to change with the times, and I respect that… As long as I still get to rip the head off of, tear in half, or straight up obliterate almost every single living thing in my way.

 

Spider-Man

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I’m diggin’ the new suit.

Platforms: Playstation 4

The people at Insomniac Games understand what made Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham trilogy such a huge success, and it looks like they’re aiming to give Marvel’s Wall-Crawler the same treatment. Fluid combat with huge action set pieces, an original story that isn’t tied to any other property, and an open world to explore are the hallmarks of Batman’s greatest gaming adventures. I’m betting that soon enough, they’ll be Spidey’s too. And in all honesty, I’ve been DYING to web-swing around an open map of New York again since 2002’s Spider-Man 2 game.

 

The Last of Us Part II

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Gaming’s greatest heroine.

Platforms: Playstation 4

If someone were to ask me why I love video games, I’d probably bring up Naughty Dog’s 2013 masterpiece more than a few times. The Last of Us helped prove that video games are one of the best platforms for storytelling. It’s a prime example of how the narrative, characters, and emotional impact of a video game can match the best of any film, television series, or book. Joel and Ellie’s journey is as close to perfect as any tale could be, and I can’t wait to see what awaits them in the sequel. Players are mainly controlling Ellie this time around, and I’m extremely curious to see how she’s changed since we last saw her. Is she still the optimistic and caring girl we got to know in the first game, or has her time exploring the world (well, what’s left of it) made her cold like Joel? Has she found new friends, or given up on connecting with others after so much loss? And most importantly: Will she ever see those giraffes again?

 

And there you have it! Those are my most anticipated video games of 2018 (so far). If you liked what you read and want more, follow me and some other awesome people on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and middleofrow.com.

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