We’ve weathered the high and low points of the 2017 video game landscape and, even though we’ll undoubtedly be dumping plenty more time into games from the soon-to-be yesteryear, we can’t help but turn our eyes forward.
That's why we've compiled this not-quite-scientific ranking of the 13 biggest games slated to launch in 2018. It's gonna be a great year...
1. RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a new game from the maniacs over at Rockstar Games, and we cannot wait for them to drop their latest gunslinging blockbuster on us. We can’t be sure where Red Dead Redemption 2 will take us, but we’re expecting a captivating story that takes us on a huge adventure through a massive world... and we doubt we’ll be disappointed.
2. BLOOD AND TRUTH
This PSVR game blew us away when we played an early demo, nailing the Snatch-esque atmosphere and packing tons of wild gunplay. The VR landscape needs more heists, and crime and Blood and Truth is delivering it in 2018.
3. METROID PRIME 4
We’re honestly not sure if Metroid actually will return in 2018, but we can hope, right? Samus’ long hiatus from home consoles has killed us a little bit. Having a new Metroid game for the Switch would continue Nintendo’s streak of outstanding first-party titles on their shiny, new console.
After creating a phenomenon with the Mass Effect series, BioWare is pouring their talents into an entirely new IP. Anthem seems to carry some of the signature Mass Effect style but the action and gameplay look outstanding and teeming with innovation. We’ll hold our breath for fear of EA totally dicking this up like they did with Star Wars Battlefront 2, but that’s not stopping our high expectations on this one.
5. FAR CRY 5
You can always count on the Far Cry series to serve up some over the top story with plenty of gunplay and memorable characters and Far Cry 5 looks to continue in that vein. Set to be one of the first really big games of 2018, we’re keeping an eye out for new details in the lead up the its early spring launch (March 27th, 2018)
6. GOD OF WAR
It’s not just that Kratos is making a comeback. It’s that he’s moving the entire framework of the God of War series into an entirely new era and mythology. As much as we’re looking forward to playing the overhauled combat system, we’re also really eager to find out how Kratos made the jump into Norse mythology and who his son will turn out to be.
7. SEA OF THIEVES
The co-op pirate simulator being developed by Rare is going to be an early obsession in 2018 as players have eagerly awaited becoming pirate kings, building up a crew and taking to the seas for some treasure hunting, looting and pillaging. We played Sea of Thieves the first time back in 2016 and were floored by the scope of the game. We can only imagine how great the final product will be. (March 20th, 2018)
8. NO MORE HEROES: TRAVIS STRIKES AGAIN
If you’re familiar with Suda51, you’ll know he brings an irreverence and stylized violence to the video game industry that’s not unsimilar to what Tarantino brings to Hollywood. If you’re not familiar, go dig up a Wii and play through No More Heroes’ quest to become the world’s ultimate assassin and then tell us you’re not fucking stoked that a sequel is coming to the Nintendo Switch.
9. THE LAST OF US PART II
Playstation earned itself a new blockbuster with The Last of Us, and the sequel is taking a cavalier approach to the beloved characters with producers claiming that, this time, no one is safe. We’re looking forward to the bleak story continuing later this year.
10. CRACKDOWN 3
The open-world super cop game is set to return after being delayed out of the 2017 season. We played a highly polished version of Crackdown 3 at E3 a few months ago and were impressed by the scope and freedom of the world. We’re hoping that the team behind it is using the extra time to polish the online co-op mode to perfection.
11. KINGDOM HEARTS 3
You won’t find a more anticipated game on this list. Kingdom Hearts 3 rounds out the Kingdom Hearts trilogy and seems to be loaded with more beloved characters from across Disney’s properties than ever before. We won’t speculate what surprises are packed in here, just give us this game so we can finally see for ourselves.
It’s been a long time since Spidey has gotten a video game that had us this excited, but the folks over at Insomniac Games seem to be on point with what they’ve shown so far. We’ve never minded Spider-Man games that run in conjunction with Sony’s films, the fact that this one will be telling its own story, independent from the upcoming Tom Holland movies is good news to us.
13. DETROIT: BECOME HUMAN
Detroit: Become Human looks to borrow a bit from sci-fi history, invoking elements of Blade Runner as much as it sets out to tell an entirely new story in an entirely new universe. David Cage’s Quantic Dream studio is known for making games that tell sweeping narratives and play out largely as choose-your-own adventures while animated those adventures with groundbreaking graphics. Detroit: Become Human is certain to be a new high-water mark in video game storytelling.