GamerCast: Looking Ahead into 2018

Hey, look at that, it’s finally 2018! Happy new year, everyone! Just like last year, 2018 is already shaping up to be another fantastic year for video games.

In my long-standing tradition, it’s time for the GamerCast. If this is your first go around with the GamerCast, welcome! Basically, this is my not so subtle rebranding of the “FutureCast” segments that weathermen use to show you what the weather is going to be over the next few days.

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Obviously, I’m not a weatherman. Instead of dealing with Mother Nature, I prefer to deal in video games. As such, I’m putting together a forecast for all of the games we will be seeing and hopefully be seeing sometime in the next 12 months. Of course, if there’s something you’re excited about that I missed, let me know in the comments. I’m always on the lookout for quality games.

So it’s time to dust off that crystal ball and have a sneak peek into the future to see what’s coming out in 2018. Full list after the jump…

The Obvious Names

God of War
As I mentioned last year in this very post, I’ve never been a huge God of War guy. I’ve played most of them and while they’re certainly showpieces for Sony, I’ve never felt overly hyped about the series. I feel like that’s changing with this new God of War which takes a dramatic turn from what people expect. Outside of the fact that we’re in a Norse-inspired landscape, Kratos is older now and has a son which completely changes the overall tone. The focus feels more intimate and personal rather than hyper-focused on violence and action. It’s certainly a new look and feel for the series and I’m rather intrigued to see where this one goes.

Crackdown 3
Another 2017 game is listed, Crackdown 3 was the victim of a significant delay, though many fans would have likely said that additional development time was needed. The game has gone way underground since it’s delay, but I’m fairly sure this one is set for a 2018 release so expect Microsoft to detail the newly revamped title soon.

Red Dead Redemption 2
Classic Rockstar. Announce a game with a teaser, don’t talk about it ever, and then delay it. Well, 2018 is finally here and that also means Red Dead Redemption 2 is that much closer. Though we got a second trailer a few months ago, there’s still a ton we don’t know about this game. Fans, like myself, have waited so long to return to this franchise and I’m absolutely thrilled that the wait is (should be) coming to an end sooner rather than later.

Shadow of the Colossus
Sure, this one may not be as exciting as some of the other games I’ve listed here due to the fact that it’s originally a PS2 game and has been remastered since that time. Still, this PS4 version looks different in a way. While the story and gameplay are basically what fans expect, just look at the trailers for it and you’ll see a massive difference. The masters of remakes, Bluepoint Games, has remade all of the game’s assets from the ground up as well as fixed many of the control issues. As someone who has yet to play this beloved game, I’m excited to finally get a chance. The gorgeous visuals are an added bonus.

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Ghost of Tsushima
I’m a big fan of Sucker Punch and when they finally revealed what they’ve been working on for the past couple of years, I was floored. Ghost of Tsushima is something completely different from what they’ve done with inFAMOUS and Sly Cooper.

The game itself takes place in 1274 on the island of Tsushima, Japan. Kublai Khan and his Mongolian Empire are expanding destroying everything in their path. As the last surviving Samurai on the island, you take it upon yourself to protect what remains. The trailer was in-engine but didn’t show off any gameplay. What we do know is that the game is going to be an open world full of varied environments such as bamboo forests, rural fields, to ancient castles. While it doesn’t have a release date, the game has been in development secretly for so long that I’m fairly confident that it’ll get a holiday 2018 release.

Spider-Man
Seems like I’m listing a lot of Sony exclusives, doesn’t it. Sadly, Nintendo hasn’t revealed their 2018 plans as of yet and Microsoft has been getting away from first-party exclusives, strangely enough. Hey, I only use what I’m given.

Anyway, on to Spider-Man. Coming from the super talented folks at Insomniac Games, this one is an open-world, action adventure game. What excites me most about this game is that it actually comes from Insomniac who previously crushed the open world scene with Sunset Overdrive. I can’t wait how they translate the work and experience from that game, and incorporate it using the tools that a character like Spider-Man has access to. Peter Parker also has a few prominent scenes, so I’m curious to see how these segments work in context of the higher action Spider-Man segments.

 

Games We Don’t Know Much About But I’m Am Optimistic About

The Last of Us: Part 2
I listed this game in last years post and I was so sure that it was going to be available in 2017. Clearly, that wasn’t the case. Naughty Dog has been eerily silent about this game, which I’m assuming will change the deeper into 2018 we go. Outside of a very graphic trailer, and a teaser which featured a more grown-up Ellie, there’s a ton we don’t know about this sequel. Even though the first game stressed me out, I enjoyed the experience and know that the second one should be just as good.

Darksiders III
I’ve felt that the Darksiders franchise was always an underappreciated one. Mixing third-person action adventure with RPG elements and a bit of Legend of Zelda-like dungeons and bosses, Darksiders tells the story of an apocalypse that was called too early. Each game explores the perspective of one of the four horsemen, first with War, then with Death. After THQ went under and Vigil closed, I thought that was the end of the road. Thankfully, former members of the studio were able to get involved with the IP once more and Darksiders III was born. While we don’t know a whole lot about this latest instalment, the game focuses on Fury this time around, showing her perspective during the events and aftermath of the first game.

Skull & Bones
Remember this one from E3? I almost forgot completely. Basically, if you enjoyed the pirating world of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, this game is for you. Ubisoft essentially extracted the ship combat from that game and developed it into its own spinoff title. We haven’t really heard much from this one since E3, so there’s a lot we don’t know, but I was certainly impressed by what was shown. I’m hoping that we’ll get more from it sooner rather than later.

Mega Man 11
I grew up with the NES, so Mega Man is a huge franchise for me. I was equally shocked and thrilled to see the franchise return after going on hiatus for quite a while. I honestly assumed that Capcom was essentially done with it, but I’m glad to be proven wrong. After a small gameplay trailer and a possible late 2018 release, here’s hoping Mega Man 11 is a return to form for the beloved franchise.

Death Stranding
I don’t even know where to begin with this game because Kojima’s trailers get weirder and weirder. At this point, this game has been in development at his studio for a while so I’m kinda expecting to see it later this year, but I couldn’t tell you what it’s going to play like.

Ummm, Norman Reedus is a guy who’s doing some sort of mining/exploration/alien hunting, gets attacked by an invisible creature and has a baby inside of him. Guillermo del Toro is involved somehow (baby smuggling?), there’s a lot of black tar/oil, creepy toy baby dolls, and Mads Mikkelsen who leads a squad of highly teched out soldiers.

Got all that?

Anthem
Another game that I’m hoping will see the light of day in 2018, Anthem represents the next big IP from BioWare Edmonton. So far, all we’ve seen is a trailer and some gameplay during E3 last year. As visually stunning and impressive as it looked, there’s still a massive knowledge gap with this game. It looks like a cross between basically being Iron Man and gameplay from a shared world experience like Destiny.

As cool as the game looks, I have to admit that my expectations have been tempered a bit with the recent behavior of the game’s publisher. As much as I like EA games, 2017 wasn’t their strongest year in terms of making fans happy. Mass Effect Andromeda had a horrific launch and the publisher then became the poster child for what not to do with loot boxes a few months later. After an exciting and hype inducing marketing campaign, Star Wars Battlefront 2 ultimately left a somewhat bad taste in my mouth with an awful over-reliance on microtransactions and gameplay that just didn’t stick with me. I’m hopeful that Anthem dumps all that predatory loot box/microtransaction garbage, but with EA behind the scenes, I guess you never know.

A Surprise, Major IP Reveal for the Nintendo Switch
I have a pretty good feeling that Nintendo is going to keep its momentum going into 2018, which also means fans should expect some additional big first party games. While Nintendo is planning to reveal some things in an upcoming direct, I think most fans are expecting to see more IPs hit the switch with Pokemon and Fire Emblem having the best odds at the moment. Personally, I’d love to see F-Zero resurrected, as well as a true Star Fox 64 sequel, though I wouldn’t be surprised if Nintendo was scared off of that franchise due to the lackluster reception for Star Fox Zero. We also know Metroid Prime 4 is a thing, though from what I heard last year, development had just recently started on it, so I’m thinking 2019 is more reasonable.

A Surprise, Major IP Reveal for Xbox One
See above. Also, Microsoft has a pretty barebones 2018 release schedule for exclusive games, so I’d be SHOCKED if they left it as is. Definitely not a way to sell a product and stay competitive with your rivals.

Other notable games: Dragon Ball FighterZ, Far Cry 5, Days Gone, Soul Calibur VI, Metro Exodus, Sea of Thieves, Monster Hunter World

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