Look Forward to These Games in 2018
This year saw some some excellent video games, and 2018 looks like it might be no different. Developers have a big lineup of games scheduled to release next year, many of which have gamers champing at the bit. The new year is only a few days away, but it can’t come soon enough with these games on the horizon. Unlike previous lists, this one is in no particular order; I’m looking forward to each of these games equally. Mostly.
Monster Hunter: World
I am a huge Monster Hunter fan. I have sunk hundreds of hours into Monster Hunter Tri alone and am looking forward to next year’s release of Monster Hunter: World. I was able to play the demo at NYCC and was blown away. The game looked amazing, and the world felt as if it could actually exist even with those talking cats and fire-breathing dragons. Also, the gamplay was tense and enjoyable. The developers at Capcom have gone above and beyond to improve the traditional Monster Hunter formula. I’m looking forward to hunting Barroths and Anjanaths through expansive ecosystems, and the producer’s promise to provide free post-launch DLC updates and to avoid loot boxes is just the icing on the cake.
Red Dead Redemption 2
The original Red Dead Redemption is a masterpiece, a gripping story of betrayal and redemption (hence the title) that deserves a place among the Spaghetti Western greats. The game takes a page out of Grand Theft Auto and delivers a memorable experience that has made gamers desire a sequel for over half a decade. While Red Dead Redemption 2 will be a prequel rather than a sequel, Rockstar Games is bound to deliver a fantastic experience that will no doubt have gamers clamoring for yet another Read Dead game. Game of the Year nominee, thy name is Red Dead Redemption 2.
God of War
There is no doubt in any gamer’s mind that the God of War franchise is utterly fantastic. Each game pushed the graphical limits of its respective consoles, and the franchise helped shape the landscape of the hack and slash genre with its epic stories and even more epic set pieces and boss battles. Santa Monica Studio has been content to keep the God of War formula mostly the same because it works so well, which is why the studio is taking a risk with the upcoming 2018 God of War game; instead of a fast-paced hack and slash game that takes heavy inspiration (and liberties) from ancient Greek mythology, the new game will be a slightly slower action-adventure game with an over-the-shoulder perspective and a Norse mythology setting. However, all the trailers and demos have done nothing but show promise, and like previous entries in the franchise, 2018’s God of War could be Game of the Year material. Heck, normally I’m the kind of guy who complains when game studios replace voice actors, but I’m completely ok with Christopher Judge supplanting Terrence C. Carson; he’s an excellent fit for an older, less roid ragey Kratos who wants to start over and have the family the Greek gods never let him have.
Licensed video games are a huge gamble. While most are mediocre, some of the worst games ever created are licensed video games. But, Spider-Man games usually catch a lucky break and tend to range from above-average to spectacular. Insomniac Games’ upcoming Spider-Man game looks as if it will carry on that proud tradition, as with all good Spider-Man games, it takes inspiration from different Spider-Man mediums but tells its own story. The game even takes some cues from the Batman Arkham series and combines stealth mechanics, open world exploration, and freeflow combat. If Spider-Man is even half as impressive as the gameplay trailer, it could be the must-buy PlayStation 4 game of 2018.
Kingdom Hearts III
Gamers have been waiting for Kingdom Hearts III since 2005. While Square Enix has provided a steady stream of prequels and sidequels, it has yet to release an actual, bona fide sequel. The Internet lost its mind when the company finally announced the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts III, and the announcement trailer was everything we hoped it would be, everything that made gamers fall in love with Kingdom Hearts, and more. Not only will the game feature some of the prettiest and flashiest graphics ever in the franchise, but it will also include plenty of new worlds and abilities that will please long-time fans. The previews of Kingdom Hearts III imply it will be worth the ten year-plus wait.
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
The original Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was a visual masterpiece that was essentially a Hiyao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli film in video game form. However, some people complained about the combat system and PlayStation 4 exclusivity, so in some ways, Ni No Kuni II is an apology, as it sports all of what made the first game great (the visuals and story) and fixes the combat and exclusivity problems. Sorta. The game be available for PC and PlayStation 4 but not on Xbox One, which is actually a running problem with a lot of game these days, but that’s a small price to pay for what will no doubt be an improvement on an already excellent game.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Development studios have used Kickstarter to fund fantastic games such as Shovel Knight and Shadowrun Returns, but Kickstarter is also how lemons like Mighty No. 9 have been funded. Luckily, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night falls into the former category. As I wrote in a previous article, the Bloodstained demo available at NYCC felt and played like an actual Castlevania game, which is the best praise the can be given to a metroidvania game. If Igarashi can deliver on his promises for the game, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will be yet another Kickstarter success story.
Mega Man 11
The announcement for Mega Man 11 came out of nowhere and wowed gamers everywhere. While we know little about the game (it was only revealed earlier this month), the trailer demonstrates it is a return to form for the blue bomber. I wish I had more to say on this title, but while only time will tell if Mega Man 11 is good, it deserves to be on every gamer’s radar. The release date of “late 2018” can’t come soon enough.
The Darksiders franchise is a cult classic that mixes Devil May Cry combat with Legend of Zelda dungeon crawling and takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where Heaven and Hell fight for dominion over what remains of Earth. It’s a novel premise that is brought to life with excellent controls and Joe Madureira’s art direction, and each game leaves players wanting more. When THQ filed for bankruptcy, gamers thought they had seen the last of Darksiders, but earlier this year Amazon “accidentally” leaked Darksiders 3. Developed by Gunfire Games, a studio made up of developers from Virgil Games (the firm that made the first two Darksiders games) Darksiders 3 looks very promising. With luck, the game will sell well enough to warrant a final Darksiders game and let the developers fulfill their original goal of creating one game for each of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
Lab Zero Games’ first outing was the fantastic 2D fighting game Skullgirls. The studio wants to make lightning strike twice with its 2D RPG Indivisible. Judging from the trailer, demo, and website, the game oozes style and will draw from a huge host of cultures from around the world to create an eclectic cast of protagonists and antagonists. The number of playable characters is jaw-dropping, and while the game is primarily a turn-based RPG, it will utilize fighting game-esque combo mechanics that will set it apart from other games. Indivisible is tentatively scheduled to release next year, but in the meantime, you can/should play the prototype demo; it will help you understand just why Indivisible could be the must-play RPG of 2018.
Nightdive Studios has made a name for itself by re-releasing old games for new computers, complete with essential compatibility updates. However, never before has the company tried to actually remake a game, which is exactly what the studio wants to accomplish with its remake of System Shock. Unlike Bethesda’s Prey, System Shock will be a mostly-faithful recreation of the original game; I say mostly-faithful because, while the game was originally intended to be a 1:1 remake with better graphics and music, the studio decided to improve the game with various game mechanics and systems that were simply unavailable back in 1994. System Shock and its sequel System Shock 2 were landmark games that have had a wide-reaching influence that even affects games today, including 2017’s Prey, so if any game deserves a remaster/remake, its System Shock.
5 Reasons You NEED To Play The Final Fantasy VIII Remaster
After many years of fans begging Square Enix to remaster Final Fantasy VII, they finally listened and did just that. There were numerous excuses as to why the game’s re-release had lagged behind the re-releases of both VII and IX, with the most common excuse being that the game’s original code was lost years ago. However, the company made it happen and the game is finally available for modern audiences to play on modern hardware today. We’re going to give you 5 reasons why you should do just that.
First time available on modern hardware
As we’ve already said, this is the first time that the game is available on modern hardware. While the game originally launched for PS1 back in 1999, it later got a PC port in 2000. That means that is has been a whopping 19 years since a new version of the game has been available for purchase, and that wait was a brutal one. However, it is finally over and you can now play this classic game on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch along with PC. If the lack of modern hardware support was stopping you from checking out, that excuse just got thrown out the window.
The visuals look better than ever
Thankfully, Square Enix did not just slap this port together quickly and throw it out there to shut everyone up. They did a terrific job of putting on a shiny new coat of paint for the game, with the character models in particular looking much better. While things like environment textures didn’t get quite the same amount of attention, this is nevertheless the best that the game has ever looked. It also helps that the game is simply beautiful from a design standpoint, with the game’s world being gorgeous to behold even though we’re dealing with the hardware limitations of 1999.
Quality of life improvements
While those who played the game 20 years ago will still be getting what is essentially the same experience, Square Enix did add some quality of life improvements to put it more in line with current JRPGs. These changes include the likes of increasing battle speed by 3 times, shutting off random encounters completely and even a cheat to give you max HP and limit breaks. While these may seem minor, these will go a long way to ease some of the tedium that many feel after some particularly long gaming sessions. Max HP and Limit Breaks will also make the incredibly tough Ultima and Omega Weapon boss fights a lot easier to deal with.
The Final Fantasy series is known for having its fair share of enticing side quests and mini games, but there isn’t a single one that is as addicting as Triple Triad. The game is essentially a card game that is played on a 3×3 grid, and each card has a certain number on the top, bottom, left and right sides. You need to place your cards in a manner that the numbers on your cards are higher than your opponents, and seeing as your card can be attacked from four different sides this can be tricky. You’re able to challenge many different characters to a match throughout the course of the entire game, and doing so comes with plenty of nice rewards that will make your quest easier.
The game is awesome
While our previous points focused on specific elements of the game, this one is a simple fact that has been true since 1999: the game is awesome. Unfortunately, releasing immediately after Final Fantasy VII (a watershed moment for gaming) put it under a very cruel microscope, with many knee jerk reactions simply saying it “isn’t as good as VII.” However, in the years that have passed people have revisited the game, and the consensus has definitely changed. This adventure that Square created is unlike any other in the series, being host to an ambitious and bizarre plot filled with some of the best characters the series has ever seen. If you’ve played the game before then this is the perfect time to experience this masterpiece all over again, and if you haven’t then what are you waiting for?
10 Huge Games Still Coming In 2019
2019 has been yet another good year for gaming so far, with several games releasing that will be big contenders for game of the year once the curtain closes. However, despite the year already being more than halfway over, there are still some huge titles on the horizon that are sure to make their own dents on the coming best-of lists. This article will list the 10 biggest games that are still coming in 2019.
A new game from Remedy Entertainment is always highly-anticipated, and Control is no different. The game is an action-adventure game in the same style as Alan Wake or Quantum Break, but with a supernatural twist. Players will control Jesse Faden, who possesses a variety of supernatural abilities like telekinesis, levitation and more. She will be using her abilities in order to defeat an enemy known only as the Hiss, which has corrupted reality. Control launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on August 27th.
It has been many years since the last game in the Borderlands series released, but the hiatus is finally coming to an end very soon. Those who have played previous games in the series will feel right at home with this game, as it’s once again a loot-driven FPS. The game will offer more zany characters and a charming and insane world to explore, all while dealing with new antagonists Troy and Tyreen Calypso along with their Children of the Vault cult. Borderlands 3 launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on September 13th, with a Google Stadia port release date being TBA.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon series is returning soon with Breakpoint, which will serve as a continuation of previous game Wildlands. The game is set in an open world environment called Aurora, which is a fictional island in the Pacific Ocean. Players will control Lieutenant Colonel Anthony “Nomad” Perryman, who is a special forces operative that was sent to the island to investigate a series of disturbances in the area. Breakpoint launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 4th, with a Google Stadia port coming in November.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Each new installment in the Call of Duty series is always huge, but Modern Warfare’s release marks a first for the long-running franchise. It will be the first game in the series that is reimagining of a previous game in the series, taking 2004’s original game and updating its mechanics and themes to match today’s world. The game will still have some of the beats that the first game had, but will also incorporate lots of surprises to make it a fresh experience. Modern Warfare launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 25th.
The Outer Worlds
Obsidian Entertainment’s The Outer Worlds is one that will be very highly-anticipated for fans of Fallout: New Vegas, as this game serves as a sort of spiritual successor to that game. It will be an open world RPG that allows you to explore many unique areas crawling with plenty of deadly foes. Players will also be able to encounter and recruit NPCs as companions that have their own personal missions and stories to take part in. The Outer Worlds launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 25th, with a Switch port also being in the works.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
It seemed very unlikely that Luigi’s Mansion would become a recurring franchise for Nintendo following the original GameCube game, but here we are. Luigi’s Mansion 3 is coming to Switch, which also means it will be the first home console release since the original game back in 2003. This time the game is set in a haunted hotel rather than a mansion, and Luigi has some new tricks up his sleeves to take down all those ghosts. Luigi’s Mansion 3 will launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch on October 31st.
If you’re looking for the most ambitious (and weirdest) game still coming in 2019, then look no further. Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding has perplexed gamers ever since its announcement, and each new trailer that releases just brings more and more questions to the table. It is Kojima’s first game since breaking up with Konami after the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phanton Pain (and the cancellation of Silent Hills), and it looks like Kojima has taken the newfound complete creative control to deliver something truly original. Death Stranding launches exclusively for PS4 on November 8th.
Pokemon Sword & Shield
At this point we all know what to expect from a new Pokemon game, and Sword and Shield seems poised to deliver even more cute creatures for players to capture and battle very soon. What sets Sword and Shield apart from its predecessors is that it will be the first home console release for the series, which is saying something considering the series has been around for over 20 years. Pokemon Sword & Shield launches exclusively for Switch on November 15th.
If you’re a fan of Shenmue then nothing needs to be said for the inclusion of the upcoming third game on this list. Fans of the series have been waiting nearly two decades for a follow-up to the second game, and in just a couple of months that will finally be delivered to them. Brought to life thanks to an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign, the game continues the adventure of protagonist Ryo Hazuki as he hunts down his father’s killer. Shenmue III will launch for PS4 and PC on November 19th.
id Software’s DOOM 2016 was one of the best FPS games to come along in years, so it’s a no-brainer that the follow-up would be on this list. Eternal is set to offer yet another intense FPS campaign for players to plunge into, while also offering a multiplayer component that greatly improves upon the last game’s underwhelming multiplayer mode. There will also be twice as many demon types than there was in the last game, meaning that the chaos level just got that much higher. DOOM Eternal launches for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia and PC on November 22nd.
5 Most Exciting Announcements From The Xbox E3 2019 Press Conference
Microsoft’s Xbox E3 2019 Press Conference has officially come to an end, and with it came plenty of big announcements to get excited about. Some new games were announced, whereas previously-announced games got new footage and/or release dates. In this article we’ve narrowed it all down to the 5 most exciting announcements.
New Xbox “Project Scarlett” Coming Holiday 2020
We’ve known for a while now that a new Xbox was in the works, but now we know when to expect it. Microsoft’s fourth console (which hopefully has a better official name than Xbox One did) will be a big step up from the previous console. Things like much faster load times, an AMD Processor that is four times more powerful than the Xbox One X, 8K Resolution and 120 FPS were all mentioned. A price and exact release date weren’t mentioned. It will also be launching with…
Halo Infinite Coming Holiday 2020, Launching On Both Xbox One and Project Scarlett
The wait for the next Halo game has been longer than ever before for series fans, and the announcement at E3 revealed that the wait will continue. Halo Infinite will not be launching until Holiday 2020, meaning it will have been 5 years since the previous game released with Halo 5. It will also be launching on Xbox One and Project Scarlett, meaning the new console will have a big launch title for fans to get pumped about.
Cyberpunk 2077 Coming April 2020, Stars Keanu Reeves
It’s hard to pick a game that people have been more excited about than Cyberpunk 2077, and after Microsoft’s press conference we’re even more excited. Not only is it coming in April of next year, but Keanu Reeves himself will be playing a “key” role in the game. Everything shown from the game has looked great so far, so hopefully it all pans out and we have another classic from CD Projekt RED come April 2020.
FromSoftware and George R.R. Martin Collaboration Elden Ring Announced
This one was actually leaked prior to the presentation, but Dark Souls developer FromSoftware and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin are collaborating on a new game. The game is called Elden Ring, and it will be a departure from the developer’s most recent games as it will be open world. Very little information on the game is known at this point, as it is still in the early stages of development.
Phantasy Star Online 2 Is Coming West
It took a very long time, but the popular MMORPG is finally coming west. The game is coming to Xbox One in a free-to-play form in Spring 2020, so the wait won’t be that much longer. “There will be no limitations on game experiences,”says Sega, because they want to “provide all players with a fair and exciting experience.”
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