With more and more video game releases every year, there are definitely enough games to be excited for, and as we all know release windows are shaky at best. So with that in mind, I’ve put together a short list of some games that we should all keep an eye on, plus they have definitive release dates. As the year goes on, we will have to see what others will surface for a 2018 release.
Monster Hunter: World – January 26th
When Monster Hunter: World was announced on the Playstation stage at E3 last year, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Finally, after all these years, we see the Monster Hunter world fully realized in true open-world fashion. Ever since its first and second iterations on the PlayStation 2, it has been stuck on the 3DS for the most part. Similar to Final Fantasy XV, Capcom is doing away with the traditional turned-based combat in light of a more action, true to life approach. With the power of current-gen consoles, I’m sure you will see bigger, badder monsters than ever. This will be a huge win for Capcom, and a chance for Monster Hunter to claim an even bigger audience. Fingers crossed.
Shadow of the Colossus – February 6th
Shadow of the Colossus was another massive surprise at E3 by Sony. PlayStation has been reaching back into its history and giving us all the nostalgia fix we crave. Fumito Ueda, director of “Ico” and “The Last Guardian”, created something truly unique in 2005 for his second game ever. Shadow of the Colossus featured no dungeons, no NPC’s, and even no dialogue. Instead, it created entire levels using the giant colossi as the puzzle and foe. Some criticism has surfaced regarding the antiquated control scheme, so hopefully, there will be some options there. Either way, I can’t wait to play this game in all it’s uprezzed glory.
Sea of Thieves – March 20th
Oh, Rare have we missed you… your legacy is so closely tied to Nintendo’s success over the years that you will never be forgotten. It’s not your fault Microsoft tied you to Kinect in 2010. You did your due diligence, and here you are finally able to make something of consequence. Sea of Thieves was one of the best-previewed games at E3 in 2017. Our only hope is that there is a significant amount of content available at launch because the framework is definitely there. Even though your team looks much different than it did in yesteryear, I can see your values haven’t been forgotten. I definitely am excited that this game has almost finished its voyage to my home.
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom – March 23rd
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch stole the hearts of so many, strictly through word of mouth. When it released, there wasn’t much advertising done, but word quickly spread and over time it became a cult hit. Personally, I thought the game had a lot of charm and a great gameplay structure, however, the combat left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. I had trouble being able to efficiently control my characters when battling monsters that were stronger than me. Honestly though, after talking to many people about this, it’s just a personal problem. People have a special place in their heart for this game, and I can’t help but agree. I’m ready to see what this team can accomplish with a bigger budget and more steam behind them. My fingers are crossed for some battle system changes.
We Happy Few – April 13th
Indie developer Compulsion Games presented an incredibly thought-provoking cinematic trailer at the Microsoft E3 press conference in 2016. Set in an alternate timeline for Europe in 1964, the government kept its people complacent with a drug called “Joy”, the trailer showed a playable character that was able to break free of the drug-induced state and escape after being labeled as a “downer”. We Happy Few features a unique “1984” or “Clockwork Orange” art style and setting. Since its cinematic trailer, news about the team has been focusing on their gameplay elements, which will feature survival elements having you explore, fight, and solve problems through the different districts as you become tired, hungry, and thirsty. Everything so far has looked great, so prepare for it to come to shelves this Spring.