2017 was a stellar year for video games and 2018 has a similar potential for greatness. After scanning the year’s planned releases and plucking out the standouts, I jotted my brief thoughts on each game as they popped into my head.

A Way Out

Find a buddy to play this cooperative crime drama with lest you risk invoking Josef Fares’ wrath.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

Ace Combat returns with VR support but still no guest appearance by Starscream.

Agony

*watches trailer* Well…alrighty then.

Anthem Title

Anthem

EA and Bioware can’t possibly screw up an idea as awesome-sounding as Destiny meets Iron Man, right?

Artifact

The Dota card game Valve enthusiasts were clearly clamoring for.

Biomutant

A wacky amalgamation of animal splicing and open-world gameplay that I hope rises to the occasion.

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

Like all Arc System Works fighters, I will admire the sprites before getting decimated by my opponent.

Bloodstained Ritual of the Night Screen 2

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

I adore Castlevania and Bloodstained has been pushing many of the right buttons so far.

Call of Cthulu

Maybe I’ll play this instead of finally reading the short story.

Code Vein

Anime Dark Souls with vampires makes for one of 2018’s exciting dark horses.

Conan Exiles

Skeptical but intrigued by this blend of open-world survival with the Conan universe.

Concrete Genie Screen

Concrete Genie

Fun to look at but is it actually enjoyable to play?

Crackdown 3

This has no choice but to be amazing or it could be quite the disaster for the Xbox brand.

Darksiders 3

Mildly concerned that this hasn’t been shown more but I heartily approve of more Darksiders.

Dauntless

Can Dauntless out-Monster Hunter Monster Hunter?

Days Gone

I’m desperately trying to muster excitement for Sony Bend’s open-world zombie epic.

Detroit: Become Human

Don’t screw this up, David Cage.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT

Will a release date for the Final Fantasy VII Remake be hidden in here?

Dragon Ball FighterZ characters

Dragon Ball FighterZ

I haven’t chomped at the bit to play a DBZ game this badly since the original Budakai.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

If this comes to Switch (and it likely will) I’ll be down for taking a quality Dragon Quest adventure on-the-go.

Dreams

Nice to see this game still has a pulse even if I haven’t decided whether or not I want to play it.

Dynasty Warriors 9

Give me the Yellow Turban Rebellion or give me death.

Far Cry 5 Art

Far Cry 5

Despite some uninspired trailers recently I hope the promising setup lives up to its potential.

Fe

Fe emphatically checks the box of “adorable animal platformer that brings all of the feels”

Full Metal Furies

This cooperative action-RPG from the makers of Rogue Legacy looks like a blast.

God of War

Krato’s Norse-flavored reinvention is arguably my most anticipated game of the year.

Golem

VR experiences don’t often excite me but I’m itching to try Golem.

Griftlands Trailer

Griftlands

Klei’s negotiation-based RPG lets players have a rad slug-man in their party.

GTFO

A new co-op shooter from the Payday team could be fun but I can’t get over that title.

Guacamelee 2

You can’t go wrong with more lucha-Metroid.

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game

Despite sucking at Gwent in The Witcher 3, I’m interested in redeeming myself in the single-player campaign.

 Iconoclasts

As a sucker for 2D action-platformers, Iconoclasts gets my blood pumping each time I see it.

Jurassic World Evolution

Constructed parks that don’t fall into complete disarray should qualify as failures.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Hopefully this medieval epic can overcome its awkward character animations and a general air of blandness.

Kingdom Hearts III Toy Story

Kingdom Hearts III

Square Enix says 2018 but I won’t believe it until I’m excitedly tearing the plastic from my copy.

Kirby Star Allies

Switch becomes a real Nintendo device once the new Kirby game hits it.

Left Alive

Curious to see more of this survival mech-shooter set in the Front Mission universe.

Lost Soul Aside

I’ve been very impressed with this one-man project that blends Devil May Cry style action with Final Fantasy-caliber visuals.

Lost Sphear

Toyko RPG Factory feeds us more member berries of the JRPG’s heydey.

Mega Man 11

Our favorite fighting robot finally returns with some modern upgrades.

Metal Gear: Survive

I kind of hope this winds up being amazing just to watch everyone’s reactions.

Metro Exodus

Looking forward to a current-gen take on one of last generation’s standout narrative shooters.

Monster Hunter World Dino

Monster Hunter World

For the first time in, well, ever, I think I want to play a Monster Hunter game.

Mulaka

The only thing better than learning about an indigenous culture is doing so while playing a video game.

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

I missed out on the first game but may give this a shot.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Salivating at the thought of Rockstar revolutionizing the Wild West one more time.

Sea of Thieves

Could be a fun cooperative romp provided you can assemble a regular crew of friends.

Secret of Mana Remake

Never played the original (always wanted to) so I look forward to finally diving into the beloved JRPG.

Shadow of the Colossus Remake Flying Colossus

Shadow of the Colossus Remake

This stunning face-lift to one of my favorite games ever has me counting the days to its release.

Shenmue 3

I’m more interested in seeing if this actually sticks to its 2018 release window.

Skull & Bones

Assassin’s Creed IV pirate battles minus the Assassin’s Creed part works for me.

Soul Calibur VI

Returning to the era of the first Soul Calibur is smart after V’s lame next generation fighters.

Spider-Man PS4 Sceen 1

Spider-Man

As a big Spidey fan, I need this game like yesterday.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas

Curious to see how the physical model ships (which look cool) figure into the gameplay.

State of Decay 2

Awaiting word of this receiving a “new” battle royale mode.

Super Meat Boy Forever

My thumbs and sanity dread the release of this long-awaited sequel.

Surviving Mars

Colonizing Mars must sound extra appealing after enduring 2017’s world events.

The Crew 2

The original had interesting ideas so let’s see if the sequel can realize this concept’s potential.

The Inpatient Old Man

The Inpatient

This eerie PSVR-exclusive prequel to Until Dawn makes me wish I owned the damn headset.

The Last Night

This mysterious cyberpunk platformer oozes style.

The Walking Dead: The Final Season

Pour one out for a series that feels as if its been running since 1999.

The Wolf Among Us 2

I should really get around to playing the first season.

Valkyria Chronicles 4

The original is one of my favorite hidden gems so I’ll have my eye on this.

Vampyr Screen

Vampyr

The choice and world-shaping aspects of Dontnod’s vampire epic has me thirsty for its release.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2

We’re rats!¬†

Wattam

Katamari fans have waited a long time for the chance to befriend toilets and rocks.

We Happy Few

I used to be jacked for this but its completely fallen off my radar.

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

Yakuza faithful get a third game to hit the West in just over a year.

Yoshi for Switch

I’m down for a new, adorable Yoshi adventure after the awesome that was Woolly World.

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