Most Anticipated Games of 2018 (and beyond)

Didn't know if I would get a list up in time, but I'm feeling inspired and January is looking slow for releases anyway.

List items

  • (And by exenstion Sen no Kiseki IV)

    The saga continues! While part II was admittedly a bit underwhelming, consensus from people who have played the Japanese version seems to be it's a step up from the first two games (and I loved Cold Steel 1). There's nothing like the Kiseki/Trails games.

  • While Dragonball is understandably getting more hype I'm more excited for this crossover project because a) I actually care about these properties, and b) I'm more intrigued by the tag mechanics in this one compared to the Marvel-esque chaos of Dragonball FighterZ.

  • We finally did it guys, we got a proper VC sequel that not stuck on a handheld. After all this time it's a bit strange that it just looks like more VC, but as long as the story isn't too rote and the map design is on point it should be a good time.

  • Another series that has finally returned with a big budget entry, it looks great and word of mouth seems pretty strong. To be honest though I'm going to be disappointed if it doesn't get the full DQ VIII treatment in localization.

  • Newest version of a cool anime fighter I felt guilty for not messing with more the first time around. A new, more feature filled iteration on current consoles is just what I needed.

  • I honestly thought this franchise had been put to pasture, so I'm really hoping this shapes up into a strong entry. The director says they are aiming for a synthesis of SC II and SC V, which is exactly what I want. As long as Namco gives them a decent budget this time so the roster isn't gimped this might be the entry we've been waiting for.

  • Don't care about Dragon Ball, but there's no denying this looks amazing. Arc System Works has been the best developer in the fighting game scene for some time now, so anytime they come out with a new title it's worth a look. The fact that this one is going to have Marvel tag mechanics and looks to be on the more approachable end of the fighting game spectrum, this could be something great.

  • A followup to Legend of Legacy, an neat little gem on the 3DS with Saga-like mechanics. This one is going to have an actual story though. Will it be any good? We'll see.

  • Don't know much about this beyond the premise, but a realistic depiction of medieval Europe sounds cool.

  • I don't play a lot of these types of games, but this one looks a cut above.

  • I've bounced off all my previous attempt to get into the series, so this might be the final chance for me personally. Whether it hooks me though, this one looks impressive and I hope it finds a larger audience.

  • Persona 4 Dancing All Night was a merely okay rhythm game, but Persona does have really good music, and it will be fun to see better models of the Persona 3 cast too.

  • It's a game centered around Persona music, so sure I'll give Atlus more money.

  • I've enjoy God of War a good bit in the past, but I was ready to put it to bed. I was very intrigued by new direction for the series with the reveal trailer. Most of the stuff since then hasn't looked super exciting to be honest, but it looks like decent AAA fare at least.

  • I'll be honest I didn't care for Bravely Default (despite some good ideas) and I don't love the look of this as much as a lot of others (environments look too much like Minecraft instead of pixel art) but if the writing is better than the Bravely games this could be cool.

  • Love Sucker Punch's Sly games, didn't care for Infamous, so it's up in the air whether I'll get on board with this. It looks great though, and the cool setting means there's plenty of potential here.