9 games I hope to finish in 2018 (with updated impressions)

2017 was an amazing year for video games. Unfortunately, I'm a busy adult with work, school, and a kid to raise, so time to play these games is at a premium.

Despite my scarce amount of free time, I've had the pleasure of playing through some awesome games. I got through the Mass Effect trilogy, grinded through nearly 100 hours of Persona 5, and bought a Switch to experience classics like Mario Odyssey, among many other smaller titles.

It's going to be tough for 2018 to follow what was arguably the greatest year for video games of the generation, which should give me a good chance to catch up on some of the games I've missed. Unlikely, but if 2018 manages to surpass 2017 in video games, well.. at least I'll always have something to play.

A huge shout out to the Giant Bomb staff, as well as everyone who made a Top 10 list on the site. Seeing everyone gush about these games is what brought me to them, and it's what keeps the industry fun and exciting.

I was planning to do 10 games, but at the time of writing I felt like I could come up with 9, so until I figure out one more, here is the 9 games I hope to finish in 2018.

EDIT: 2018 is well underway and I have finished some of these games and updated the list with my impressions

List items

  • I probably wouldn't have thought of playing through NieR if not for Alex's unrelenting enthusiasm for this game. It's not really my style of game. The outward appearance doesn't do a good job of hinting at the nuances that keep me coming back to this game.

    I've just finished Route B, and it seems as though the real game is just getting started. If there's any game on this list I'm determined to finish, it's this one.

    UPDATE: There's a reason the people who loved NieR REALLY loved NieR. Maybe I'm still on a little post-game euphoria, but right now I think this may be one of the greatest games I have ever played.

    What sets it apart isn't the gameplay or production values; it has heart and soul like few other games do. It tells a story like few other games do, and in a way only a video game can tell a story. It isn't necessarily exploring ideas I haven't heard of before, but it explores these ideas in such a moving, heartfelt way that I won't ever forget.

    VERDICT: If you play video games for dumb fun and enjoyment (no judgement), this game is not for you. If you want something more out of video games, if you want to feel something, if you want to walk away with something, NieR Automata is a game you must play.

  • I don't know anything about Night in the Woods, except that it is apparently a very good game. I like very good games. I'm in.

  • Wolfenstein should be my type of game. Alternate world, shooting bad guys, blah blah blah. It checks off my boxes. I really want to see this game. I haven't played the first two yet, so I will be sure to check those out before I load up New Colossus.

  • I don't have much experience with Assassin's Creed. I played through all of III and thought it was okay, an opinion I've learned is not mainstream. I've also played through some of the other ones, but it didn't leave enough of an impression for me to finish the game.

    At the time of release, I thought, "Meh, it's just more Assassin's Creed. Who would want that when Mario Odyssey is out?" So I'm a bit surprised to learn it's one of the best games of the year. I'm interested to see the world Ubisoft has put together.

  • If you aren't a fan of dad humor and think the idea of dads dating is werid, then you can at least appreciate the simple, uncombative style of Dream Daddy. At least, that's what I'm getting out of what I've heard and seen.

    This game looks adorable and charming. With everything going on in our world, video games are the best way I know to escape for a little while. This looks like the perfect getaway.

  • I love simulating simulators simulating simulations. Simulate! This game looks like my cup of tea, and it seems to have an intriguing story to go along with it.

    UPDATE: I've finished the game. Jack Boyd has retired from the police station, and I don't think I'll be returning either.

    I don't want to go into full review mode, but I will say this game did some interesting things, but fell flat in other areas. The numerous cases, with the stories and illustrations to go along with them, made me pause a few times and appreciate all the hard work the developers poured into this game, which makes all the cringe moments feel even worse. The story didn't deliver, and the dialogue and voice acting didn't do it any favors. The simulation part of the game is fun for nerds like me at first, but grows tedious by the end. I enjoyed most of my time with the game, but I don't know that I'll be putting the same time and money into the sequel without some serious overhauls.

    VERDICT: If you like simulation games and want to try something new, This is the Police might be worth looking into, and is fairly priced at $20 for what you'll get.

  • The art style is gorgeous and can be appreciated by anyone who has ever watched a cartoon. The music compliments the art style perfectly. The controls are simple. The combat is fun and.. extremely hard. I'm stuck on the dragon right now, and I'm too busy with other great games that I know I can beat without breaking a controller. I think I want more of this next year.

  • Throwing a curveball here! I cherish my childhood memories playing through Pokemon. Exploring Johto AND Kanto, raising strong Pokemon, defeating gym leaders and Team Rocket. It was all great, but for some reason I passed this game up when it was out.

    Now, it's hard to find. Luckily, I found a copy at a local shop for about $40. A little expensive for a 10 year old game, but cheaper than it was online, and more than worth it for the nostalgia.

    I beat the 8th gym leader in Johto before abandoning the game for Super Mario Odyssey, something I can't say I regret. Part of me hopes to find time to finish the adventure this year.

  • More Pokemon! Sorry, but I've heard a lot about this game that I otherwise would have ignored. I despise all the new excuses for Pokemon Game Freak has developed. Yet as I understand it, this game is a huge overhaul for the series and does a lot of things well, so I suppose I should check it out for myself.