Top 10 Games to look out for in 2018

2017 was an absolutely crackin' year for games and a lot of the games I was looking forward to turned out to be really great. Yakuza 0 took the west by storm and brought the series into popularity in ways that I didn't even expect and NieR Automata ended up as an all-time favorite for a lot of people. I thought it was good too, don't get me wrong, but I can't always deal with games about loss.

The Nintendo Switch! What a super hit that turned out to be! It's almost hard to grasp that it only came out 8 months ago, since it already has amassed a library of quality titles, which is something you normally only see a couple of years into a consoles lifespan, but that is just how good 2017 has been.

On to 2018!

List items

  • This gotta come out in 2018, right? I had it on last years list as well, but really... Would anyone at all even have had time to play it, considering the amount of quality games?

  • For me this is a dream crossover: Yakuza and Fist of the North Star. FotNS certainly have had a lot of games over the years, but the Yakuza/Shenmue style of action adventure RPG is a PERFECT fit for the series. While it hasn't been confirmed localized yet by SEGA, it's probably gonna happen, right?

  • I was looking forward to Valkyria Revolution a lot this year, but the game we got was a travesty. However, Valkyria Chronicles 4 more than makes up for it by returning to the roots of the series: Less magic, more drama and tactical excellence.

  • Dad-core games are a stable of the industry now: The Last of Us, God of War, The Walking Dead, Dream Daddy, Yakuza Kiwami. Well, prepare to step even deeper into the genre by becoming a sorta granddad in Yakuza 6. Elder-core? Granddad-core?

  • Considering the comeback of Japanese games in the west in 2017, it's likely that DQXI is the next one lined up to really make it big here too. Already released in Japan on 3DS and PlayStation 4, it has gotten great reviews. Not only does it look incredible, the story is supposedly really gripping as well. Look up IGNs import review to see what you can look forward to.

  • If you are turned off a bit by Dragon Quest's traditional turn-based combat, Platinum Games has been hard at work on an action RPG, based on the popular smartphone game. This similarly impressive looking game has Platinum's signature combo-driven action combat. Platinum themselves still consider the game in early development, but they recently showed off some really nice snippets at Granblue Fantasy Fes 2017. https://youtu.be/b8Hl3dRxGE8

  • Travis returns to the Nintendo Switch in this sequel from the enigmatic creator Suda51. Suda games has a punk-rock style that you don't get anywhere else and while they are hit and miss in the gameplay department, they are still some of the most memorable games ever made.

  • I had this on the list last year, but like RDR2, this looks like the year it will finally come out. Fantastic arcade dogfighting and also available in PlayStation VR.

  • The game nobody asked for, based on the Metal Gear nobody seemingly liked. I thought MGSV was a great game, mechanically. Undoubtedly the best Assassin's Creed game ever made. The zombie survival thing might be a bit dated, but I bet Konami is scrambling to add a Battle Royale mode, which could make it the definitive console PUBG experience. Keep an eye on this one.

  • Far Cry 5 is another Far Cry game and another Ubisoft game, which means it's open-world, you use your drone to scan targets and then try to stealth kill them all until you get spotted and switch to full-on Rambo mode. What's really interesting this time around is the setting. I'm not American, so the thought of playing murder tourist in the beautiful american heartland is a thrilling prospect. Say what you will about the gameplay, but you cannot deny that Ubisoft tends to make richly detailed game worlds.