This past year was possibly the greatest year in video games ever, but it looks like 2018 could be giving 2017 a run for it’s money with its amazing-looking lineup.
With long-awaited sequels to beloved games, new takes on classic characters, and brand new entries in the video game world, 2018 is lining up to be another really great year for video games. And that’s only with the games we already know about. More surprises could be lurking just around the corner.
In looking ahead at games in 2018, we picked some of the most exciting titles that are expected to release in 2018 (and maybe a couple more that haven’t been confirmed for 2018).
1. Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption was the first take on the American frontier using the medium of video games that really nailed everything to a T. The story, the characters, the scenery — everything was unforgettable. Rockstar Games has teased us with a prequel (although titled like a sequel) that looks like it continues to capture the rugged spirit of the wild west, coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the second quarter of 2018.
Among the recent rush of superhero movies and TV shows, the upcoming Spider-Man game is one of the few games featuring a Marvel or DC hero that looks like it could be a game-of-the-year contender. Not only does Spider-Man look beautiful, it has its own original story and the short bits of gameplay we’ve seen look incredible. Plus swinging around New York City has never looked so good. The game is expected to come out for PS4 in the first half of 2018.
3. Sea of Thieves
There simply aren’t enough games about pirates, but luckily Sea of Thieves is looking to change that. Sea of Thieves is about every aspect of being a pirate, including finding treasure, attacking other ships, and getting drunk with your pirate friends. The open world game is both hilarious and exciting, and is coming for PC and Xbox One on March 20.
4. Monster Hunter World
Monster Hunter World takes the core monster-hunting mechanic of the popular series and gives it a gorgeous new coat of paint. Monster Hunter World is one of the best-looking games coming in 2018, and with the backbone of Monster Hunter it looks like a stellar way to kick off the year when it releases Jan. 26 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
5. A Way Out
Two individuals find themselves in jail and two individuals have to get them out. A Way Out is the first dedicated couch co-op game in a long time, built around the idea of working together with a friend to solve different problems and escape prison. The two main characters Leo and Vincent are compelling in their own ways, and will be making their escape on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on March 23.
6. God of War
Kratos is done killing the Greek gods and has started a new life in the cold lands of the north, which presents its own Norse mythological figures to inevitably beat to death. As the fourth main entry in the series, God of War has quite a few new tricks up its sleeve, including a companion for Kratos (his young son), some elements reminiscent of an RPG, and a little bit more restraint from Kratos (but not too much restraint). It’s scheduled to release for PS4 in the first quarter of 2018.
Sometimes you need a bright and colorful game with fun little exploration elements to get rid of all the gloom in your life, and Yoshi looks like the perfect cure for whatever blues come your way in 2018. Not only is Yoshi adorable, it has an interesting take on level design, allowing players to see 2D-ish levels from two different perspectives. Yoshi comes to the Nintendo Switch in 2018.
8. Code Vein
Vampires don’t get enough love outside of the Castlevania franchise. Code Vein is a post-apocalyptic action-RPG starring vampires that looks striking in both its level and character designs. The game’s combat looks like it’s inspired be games like Dark Souls, where timing is everything, except Code Vein looks a little more forgiving. Code Vein comes out for PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2018.
9. Kingdom Hearts III
It’s been 12 years since Kingdom Hearts II came out, and fans of the series have been clamoring for the official third entry for a long, long time. Combining Final Fantasy with the various Disney animated universes, Kingdom Hearts III looks like it will be delivering more of the same in an even better-looking presentation on Xbox One and PS4 in 2018, which is really all anyone could ask for.
Ooblets looks like a mix between Pokémon and town life games like Stardew Valley, with adorable and loyal little creatures that follow you around wherever you go on your journey. The game, admittedly, looks super weird, but in the cute way that makes you want to go along with its odd journey. Ooblets comes out for PC and Xbox One in 2018.
11.The Last Night (2018 – PC, Xbox One)
The Last Night made a splash at E3 this year thanks to its flashy visuals — and some questionable comments from its creator. The game itself is a very cinematic 2D adventure game with some very strong Blade Runner influences, in which players navigate a cyberpunk city with strict class divisions.
12. Metro Exodus (Late 2018 – PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Metro Exodus continues the harrowing, post-apocalyptic tale of its two predecessors, set in a harsh wasteland that was once Russia. You’ll have to deal with the elements as well as horrifying mutated creatures, and Exodus adds in new elements like dynamic weather and environments that change depending on the time of year.
These are games that have been announced but don’t have a specific release date. We hope with all of our hearts that they’ll come out in 2018, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Death Stranding looks absolutely insane, and each new trailer just introduces more and more wild and confusing things. But, like, wild and confusing in a good way. Fingers crossed for a 2018 release to blow every other game out of the water.