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Top 10 Anticipated Games of 2018

2018 is going to be a big year for gamers on any platform. While there are surely many unannounced games for the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PS4, there is also a list of some excellent looking games we already know about. Here are the top 10 anticipated games of 2018.

10. Anthem

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4
Release date: TBD 2018

Anthem had an incredible debut at E3 last year. The world looked impossibly real; players could fly around seemingly anywhere they wanted to and the combat looked much more solid than Destiny’s. The reason this game isn’t higher on the list is that I don’t fully believe it’s coming out in 2018. I expect a delay. I’m anxious to see more and get a chance to play Anthem; it could be the game to rival Destiny’s market share in the FPS/MMORPG genre. Destiny desperately needs great competition – the mediocrity of the series only exists because gamers don’t have anything better at the moment. Anthem can be that.

9. Sea of Thieves

Platforms: Xbox One, Windows 10
Release Date: March 21, 2018

Sea of Thieves has plenty of potential to be the sleeper-hit of 2018. An MMO pirate game set on the open seas, commanding your own ship with your friends while looting vast islands, going on quests, and fighting other squads of real people controlling their own ship sounds like a social experiment that could blow up (in a good way). Alpha and beta feedback has been encouraging from almost everyone who’s played it, but I still have my doubts as to the mass appeal to this game, particularly for those playing solo.

8. God of War

Platform: PS4
Release Date: TBD 2018

The new God of War is a modern take on the mega-action series that captured gamers’ hearts for years back in the PS2-era. Kratos is a father (and has a sweet beard); the main plot looks intriguing for a once mindless killing-spree esque game. The combat looks as smooth and dynamic as ever – if God of War lives up to half of its expectations it will be one of the best games of 2018.

Hipster/Dad Kratos needs his organic local sourced protein NOW.

7. Yoshi

Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: TBD 2018

Yoshi’s Wooly World was one of my favorite games on the Wii U. The art style is absolutely stunning – the entire game is constructed out of seriously realistic looking yarn. The platforming, while not incredibly challenging, was joyful and interesting and the game harkened back to the N64 days of Yoshi’s Story. I think that the Yoshi series of games is underrated and that the Yoshi game slated to release for the Switch this year could be a smash hit. We haven’t seen anything yet, but the thing with Nintendo is that their 1st party titles are (mostly) always sealed with a quality that many other game companies can never figure out.

This is actually what Wooly World looked like. What will the next Yoshi look like?

6. State of Decay 2

Platforms: Xbox One, Windows 10
Release Date: TBD 2018

Imagine The Walking Dead, but actually good. State of Decay 2 is the ultimate zombie apocalypse simulator with friends. A vast open world with real consequences for your actions and decisions, State of Decay is an extremely rewarding game to play and the second game looks to add a layer of polish that the first game didn’t have. Given the massive success of similar titles such as DayZ and other massive multiplayer experiences such as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, State of Decay 2 is releasing in a window where it could be something very special for a lot of gamers.

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Squad up, Carl.

5. Dragon Ball FighterZ

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release Date: January __ 2018

If you haven’t seen this game in action, you need to do yourself a favor and watch this right here. Have you watched it yet? Good. It’s insane how great this game looks (and plays, might I add). Most Dragon Ball Z games in the past have leaned too far towards the universe of Dragon Ball, rather than balance it and turn it into a true fighting game. Dragon Ball FighterZ is fluid, fast, and most importantly captures the essence and intensity that the show has always had, but the games could never replicate. 3 on 3 combat with your favorite Dragon Ball Z characters presents near endless opportunities for different strategies and gameplay styles, and the balancing in this game ensures that if you pick Piccolo instead of Goku you aren’t at a disadvantage. As a massive fan of the series and many of its games, I’m extremely excited for this one.

Yes, this is gameplay. Indeed, it looks like the Anime but better.

4. Metroid Prime 4

Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: TBD 2018

Metroid Prime is one of my favorite trilogies in gaming, and I’m ecstatic to have it return to the Nintendo Switch. Much like Yoshi, we haven’t seen anything about this game yet other than its name, but we do know that it’s planned for this year. We haven’t had a proper Metroid game in years (aside from the 3DS) and gamers everywhere are excited to jump back into this critically acclaimed series. Metroid Prime 4 has the potential to be game of the year with the polish and likely ample development time this game was given. The switch is the perfect platform for this kind of game as well – changing from TV to handheld seamlessly while traversing massive areas is exactly the kind of innovation this series needed to come back swinging in 2018.

It’s been 11 years since we received a proper Metroid game.

3. Crackdown 3

Platforms: Xbox One, Windows 10
Release Date: Spring 2018

Crackdown 3 has had a *ahem* troubled development. Being revealed at E3 2015, shown at E3 2016 with its incredible multiplayer massive destruction trailer, and then shown again at E3 2017 to a disappointing response, Crackdown 3 has been delayed numerous times and may no longer be the same game that captured everyone’s attention more than two years ago. That being said, Crackdown became somewhat of a cult-classic on the Xbox 360. Partially thanks to bundling the game with a Halo 3 multiplayer beta, the original Crackdown sold very well and was met with good critic reception. Personally, I have very fond memories of traversing the city with a friend jumping 50 feet into the air and blowing up everything in sight. Despite a lukewarm reception last year, Crackdown 3 still has the potential to be a big hit for Xbox this year, and I expect that the ample development time given to this team will result in a polished, fun experience. Anything less would be death for the franchise.

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If this game is bad, not even Terry Crews can save it.

2. Kingdom Hearts 3

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: TBD 2018

Fans of the Kingdom Hearts franchise have been waiting more than a decade for the sequel to Kingdom Hearts 2 to release – and it’s finally happening (for real this time). While hardcore fans of the series have been partially satiated with numerous handheld experiences and HD console remasters (still not on the Xbox One…), a true sequel to the much loved and acclaimed Kingdom Hearts 2 never happened. KH3 looks to finally finish Sora’s story – and is bringing back the combat, RPG mechanics, charm, and scale that brought so much magic to this franchise in the first place. Old favorites such as Agrabah are returning, and exciting new worlds like Toy Story and San Fran Tokyo (Big Hero 6) are exciting hallmarks of this game. From the gameplay that we’ve seen over the course of many, many years, it looks as smooth and fun as ever. Assuming that Kingdom Hearts 3 is half as good as it looks and with the massive fanfare behind the franchise, it’s a surefire blockbuster success. I cannot wait to finally play.

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“Now why, is there a snake, in my boot?”

1. Red Dead Redemption 2

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release Date: Spring 2018

Rockstar has an incredible track record… Grand Theft ps4Auto IV, Red Dead Redemption, and Grand Theft Auto V all set the world on fire and went on to sell millions (upon millions upon millions…) of copies, and rightfully so. The sheer vastness of these games, coupled with the quality assurance and seemingly endless amount of things to do creates a game so great that it lives on for many years after its release. I can safely say that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be the highest selling game of the year, and maybe even the year after. Red Dead online should make an appearance as well, and if Grand Theft Auto online is any indication, it will become one of the most successful, fun, diverse, and profitable games ever made. This game has sky-high expectations, but how could it not after the incredible GTA IV, near-perfect Red Dead Redemption, and masterful GTA V. This game has the potential to be one of the best games ever made, not just 2018.

What are your most anticipated games this year? Let us know in the comments below, and thanks for reading!

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