It has been yet another great year for video games. Games like God of War, Celeste, and Monster Hunter World are just a few names thrown into the game of the year debate so far in 2018, but there are plenty more great games coming down the pipeline. Let’s take a look into some of the best video games still set to release in 2018.
Release date: September 7th
Spider-Man has been on my radar as having the biggest potential to beat God of War as game of the year for me. The Insomniac game looks to borrow some cues from the Arkham series which could lead to it doing great things. The freeflow combat looks to compliment Spidey’s movements in every way possible. He is a very free and loose fighter, which should fit this character even more than I would think it fitting Batman. Miles Morales will have some role in the game as well. If there is some kind of playable inclusion of him things could be interesting. With multiple recognizable villains, suits, and a open world New York to explore, this is easily one of the most exciting games to come this year.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Release date: September 14th
Lara Croft is back and killing everyone who stands in her way. What promises to be the conclusion of Lara’s origin trilogy story, Shadow sees the Tomb Raider supposedly fighting back the Mayan apocalypse (possibly because of her own doing). There has been quite a bit shown off of her using the jungle environments to her benefit to combat the military group Trinity. This is the first of the reboot games to not be developed by Crystal Dynamics, those honors this time going to Eidos Montreal, developers of the Deus Ex franchise. The reboots are the only Tomb Raider games I have only played, but they are easily some of my favorite games to play this generation. If you have not played the first two on Xbox One or PS4, I highly recommend it.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Release date: October 5th
After the release of Origins last year, the Assassin’s Creed franchise seems to going through a rebirth at the moment. A few years ago, everyone seemed to be getting worn out on the yearly releases of the games, and the quality was starting to take a hit. It appears though that Ubisoft is starting to pay attention and give the games a longer development time. Origins was a very popular game last year with a revamped combat system and more to do than just open chests. Odyssey will be the first time the player can choose between playing a guy or a girl full time, and there looks to be more choices to be made as well.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Release date: October 12th
I can already hear the exasperated sigh. Another Call of Duty again… Ughh…. However, this is another Treyarch Call of Duty, which in my personal opinion, makes the best COD games. Black Ops 4 is ditching the idea of a normal campaign mode and will be leaning on the success the last couple years of the battle royale game mode that is taking over so many games. The multiplayer has some fun, interesting changes as well, and after playing the beta a few weeks ago, I can say this looks to be the first Call of Duty I have been excited for in a long time. The main pull of the Black Op series, Zombies, will also be getting nice additions with three maps on release.
Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
Release date: October 26th
After a much longer wait than anyone wanted, Red Dead Redemption is back. Even with the number giving the idea of a sequel setting, this game takes place before the previous game. The recent gameplay trailer shows just how beautiful the game looks, really to no ones surprise. Rockstar is known for making great games, and taking the time to make sure it is finished. RDR2 should be no exception. With an expected large expansion of things to do in the wild west, and an online that should rival the popular Grand Theft Auto Online, Red Redemption 2 is rightfully one of the most anticipated games of the year.
Fallout 76 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Release date: November 14th
This is the game for all the people who asked how the Fallout franchise would play in multiplayer. An online only game, Fallout 76 follows the dwellers of Vault 76 who were specifically put into the vault to make a life outside of the vault 25 years following the nuclear bombs dropping. It being a multiplayer game, there will obviously be some differences from the single player only games. V.A.T.S. and S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats will be slightly different, and the map is four times the size of Fallout 4. Also, there are measures in place to discourage griefing. If you are looking for a giant single player game, this is probably not going to be it, but if you are looking for something to spend a lot of time with friends in, this could be your ticket.
Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee (Switch)
Release date: November 16
Pokemon is returning to the Kanto region, the setting of the Red, Blue, and Yellow games. This will not be a copy of those games however. as an emphasis on the Pokemon Go gameplay will take over. These games will be much easier and if you have a small child, or someone who has never had any experience with Pokemon in the past, this could be a great entry point.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch)
Release date: December 7th
As the name implies, this is set to be the ultimate version of Smash Bros. Every fighter in the past games’ history is back, along with tweaks and balances. Over 100 stages are coming as well, and 28 hours of music. We have yet to find out what kind of single player is in the game besides classic mode, but overall this looks like it will be a great game to sink hours of gameplay into.