2017 was a momentous year for gamers. From Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to Mario Odyssey on Nintendo Switch to cross platform success stories like Resident Evil: Biohazzard, 2017 was big. How will 2018 top arguably the best year in gaming since we left the Dreamcast to die? With more great titles of course.
First up we have System Shock Remake. This re-imagined classic has jumped from the Unity engine to the Unreal Engine 4 recently and that is seemingly extended its stay in development hell. While nowhere near as long a period as Duke Nukem Forever enjoyed we are expecting to see System Shock Remake this year, and trust that it will come out better than Duke’s most recent game release.
What would a list of upcoming games you need to play be without Mario Tennis Aces? Nintendo is really pushing their Switch console with titles that gamers want to play. Mario Tennis Aces is just one more title in that growing list of first party titles that require you to have a Switch to enjoy – no playing this one on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.
The Last Night is a 2D side scrolling action game that has more than a passing resemblance to Blade Runner, a classic movie franchise of one movie. The world is gritty and dirty and full of technological advances that give the game world an advanced dystopian feel. 2D is not something we see a lot of, furthering the niche appeal is the aesthetics as most 2D games we do get are cartoon based, not mature in nature.
Capcom seem to have learned that gamers want 2D and they want Mega Man squarely in that realm. Mega Man 11 was announced at the Mega Man 30th Anniversary celebration and since then has not been shown that much. From the looks of it, we are going to get a graphically impressive, and 2D, Mega Man game that remembers the early days of the franchise (please no more 3D Mega Man).
Shadow of the Colossus is a classic game on the PlayStation 2, then the remake on PS3 (and upcoming PS4 edition) will surely carry this one game franchise into the future. For those of us that want more than just better graphics watch for Praey for the Gods. This title brings a larger world map, more devastatingly huge creatures to bring down, and adds a bit of realism to the whole affair that is missing from Shadow of the Colossus. One to watch.
Metroid Prime 4 is another Nintendo title that we have our eyes on. So do the fellows over at Sports Betting Dime who are calling Metroid Prime 4 as one of their picks for best selling game of 2018. With the power of Nintendo and a massive fanbase of Metroid fans ready and willing to buy it, I can hardly argue with their reasoning.
It is hard to argue with a pirate game and gamers certainly have had an extended period without a good one. Could that mean that Sea of Thieves, a new Rare IP, is shaping up to be an interesting entry on the “life of the sea” adventure. This reminds me of the hours I lost playing Pirates! Gold on the Sega Genesis – maybe Sea of Thieves will recapture that fun.
Kingdom Hearts 3 is finally coming, not a 2.8 or whatever Square Enix thought was cute for the last couple of entries in this franchise. This entry in the Kingdom Hearts franchise will feature new worlds from Disney franchises such as Tangled’s Kingdom of Corona, Big Hero 6’s San Fransokyo and finally a Toy Story level just to name a few. This is one I am interested in seeing because I was hopelessly lost in the first Kingdom Hearts game on PlayStation 2.
Tomb Raider, a franchise that started on the original PlayStation console has seen surprisingly little success on competing consoles (only seeing one entry on the Sega Saturn and one on the Sega Dreamcast). Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the latest entry into the franchise as well as the latest to use the new “younger” Lara Croft – helps tie into the upcoming movie starring a younger Croft in her early adventures.
Finally, Shadow of the Colossus Remake is due in February and is shaping up to be just that – the most graphically impressive entry of Shadow of the Colossus. It needs to be since it is coming out on the PlayStation 4. I may have to grab this version because it should be a significant jump over the PlayStation 2 release.
2018 is shaping up to be even bigger than 2017 but that is going to be a big order to fill. While there are ten games on this list, there are plenty more coming so let me know in the comments what your picks are.