Wow, y’all… you may not have realized this but… the holidays are kind of crazy. I know, I know, this is a big news story. Maybe I’ll cover it some time in the future. The TL;DR here is that I have had ZERO time to write, edit or play video games in the last month or so and that has made me a sad, sad panda.
I want to do a top games of 2017 but I still have a couple of games I need to finish before I feel like I can comfortably make that list. Night in the Woods is amazing but I haven’t finished it yet. What Remains of Edith Finch is also demanding some attention in my Steam library. I’m hoping I can finish those in the next couple weeks and get a top 10 list out there.
In the meantime, 2018 is here and great, new games refuse to wait! So here’s what I’m looking forward to in the new year!
A Way Out
Just like TB, the new game from the makers of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons caught my attention IMMEDIATELY when it debuted at E3 this year. A two-player narrative-driven prison break sounded amazing by itself. Add in the amazing style demonstrated in that trailer and A Way Out is easily my most anticipated game of the year. That doesn’t mean it’s my only one though…
Project Octopath Traveler
In art history, realism was the name of the game until it suddenly wasn’t. After we hit a point of everything looking just like reality, we wanted things to look different and stylized. Video games are no different. Think back to the original reaction to Cuphead when that was announced. It had about 2-3 seconds of footage in a sizzle reel but that was enough to capture people’s imaginations for years until it finally released this year.
Octopath Traveler is no different, except that we’ve been able to play this one and can be fairly certain it will come out in 2018. This game’s fascinating pop-up book art style melds 2D sprite work in with 3D environments in a wholly unique way. Promising unique characters with individual special abilities and branching paths, this RPG for the Switch is looking very promising.
Okay, okay, this one’s kind of a cheat but I’m just so excited! It seems very unlikely that Chucklefish’s new project, codenamed Spellbound, will be out in 2018. If we’re very, VERY lucky, maybe we’ll get an early access look at the game but more than likely, we’ll be excited for this one in 2019. Still, I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing more about this new wizard school game from the publisher of Stardew Valley (NOT THE DEVELOPER!) and the developer of the amazing Starbound (which made my top games of 2016 list last year!) Their company does great work and I’m excited to see what’s next. Not to mention, the idea of finally living out my Harry Potter fantasies is impossible to not be excited about.
Sea of Thieves
Some of you may not remember when Rare suffered its slow and painful death. Some of you may not… but I remember. I’ll always remember. Many people remember certain logos of games from their childhood being synonymous with quality. I bet TB still gets excited whenever the NES Capcom logo pops up. For me, that was Rare. Donkey Kong Country 1-3, Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie, Diddy Kong Racing… these were some of my favorite games as a kid and seeing that Rare logo just got my excited to play whatever I happened to get a hold of.
Then Microsoft gutted them.
After years of languishing in Kinect Sports sequels and other mini-game compilations, Rare seems to finally be back! Rare Replay (one of the only games I own for my Xbox One) was a sign that Rare was back to its roots and Sea of Thieves is out to prove it. With goofy humor, pirate adventures and some gorgeous graphics, I’m excited for Rare to make their return from the dead and start making me excited to play again.
This one’s gonna be tough because I don’t actually have a PS4 but dammit, if Spider-Man winds up being as good as it looked at E3, I may just have to take that plunge! Super hero games are not exactly known for their quality. Sure, the Batman: Arkham series has had a good go of it but it’s not that easy to duck decades of terrible games like Batman: Return of the Joker or Superman 64.
If anyone can bring super hero games back into vogue, it’s Spider-Man and with Insomniac at the wheel, I think it has a solid chance of joining Batman in righting that ship.
There will undoubtedly be some other great games coming out in 2018. I firmly believe that while AAA gaming is far from dead, the indie space is where gaming is at right now and those don’t often get a lot of press prior to release. For every Cuphead, there are 10 Night in the Woods’ that pop out of nowhere and blow you away.
Is there anything you’re looking forward to in 2018? Let us know in the comments and let’s hope for a great year of games!