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The 8 Ball: Top 8 Most Anticipated Games of 2018 – Far Cry 5, Red Dead Redemption 2, More

January 16, 2018 | Posted by Marc Morrison
Far Cry 5

Welcome all to another edition of The 8 Ball! 2017 was really a banner year for games, with Mario and Zelda, Nier, Persona 5, Wolfenstein 2, Cuphead, among others, all coming out and entertaining gamers. 2018 has a lot to live up to with regards to quality and going forward, so here is my own personal list of games I am looking forward to for this year. Probably the biggest omission from this list is Kingdom Hearts 3, but that’s only because I imagine the release date for that game is like 2021, along with the first episode of that Final Fantasy VII remake. Let’s begin:

#8: Yakuza 6

To be fair, Yakuza 6 has been out for a while in Japan, but it’s only coming to the States in March. I’m excited due to the resurgence of Yakuza in the West, principally due to Yakuza 0 and Kiwami. I haven’t read any early reviews for the game, but I do know that it is the end of Kiryu’s journey. Oh, and apparently there’s a gang made up by New Japan Pro Wrestlers, which is kind of great. I loved Yakuza 0, and was somewhat disappointed by Kiwami, but I still have hopes for this game.

#7: Vampyr

Everyone loves Life is Strange, but Dontnod’s earlier game, Remember Me was a divisive game. I enjoyed it, but it did have some flaws. The world building in Remember Me was superb, but the combat took some real getting used to, which turned off some people. Vampyr seems to have an interesting hook, be a vampire in 1919 London during the Spanish Flu epidemic, which I’m sure will have some unique set pieces. Also, the game looks to really follow the vampire mythology down, like you having to be invited into people’s homes, or the hypnotize ability. Let’s face it, the last good vampire game was Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, and that was 14 years ago.

#6: Red Dead Redemption 2

I’m not as excited for this game as other people. I think the sticking point for me is the idea of it being a prequel set within Dutch’s gang. I’m all for it being a prequel, after all, Redemption 1 kind of ended with “the west” being slowly driven out due to encroachment by civilization. The point I don’t like is “within Dutch’s gang” part, which feels really needless to me. I don’t mind if you have a mission or two with Dutch, though I doubt John Marston will be back due to the voice actor seemingly retiring to Indiana. Why tie RDR 2 into the first Redemption so hard? Still, the game is likely to be good, and god willing, it actually comes to PC, unlike the first game.

#5: God of War

I look at the new God of War, the same way I look at the rebooted Tomb Raider game in 2013. Taking an existing franchise and keeping some of the core elements in place, but drastically rebooting the actual gameplay. Hopefully it goes as well as Tomb Raider did also, since I’m not a fan of the God of War games, in the slightest. The “I’M ANGRY ALL THE TIME!!!” Kratos never did anything for me, because the character was essentially nothing, even if he did have a decent backstory. Having this Kratos team up with his kid as they hunt, forage, and kill monsters in Norse-land. I’m hoping this is a more contemplative Kratos as he tries to be a good parent.

#4: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

This is one of the few games I actually backed, via Kickstarter. The Metroidvania genre is one of my favorites and since Konami isn’t going to make another console Castlevania game, this is the next best thing. Unlike with other recent Kickstarter games, I have hopes that this one can live up to its promise, having played the backer rewards demo a few years ago, and finding a lot of enjoyment in it. The game has been in development for a long time, but Iga and the rest of the team have been fairly communicative about the hurdles they’ve faced and what they’ve been doing with the project. I’m sure when this game finally comes out, I’ll be just as addicted to it as I was when SOTN was released.

#3: Spider-Man

It has been a decade since the last good Spider-Man game was released, that being Spider-Man: Web of Shadows. The Amazing Spider-Man games were passable, but weren’t exactly good. This Spider-Man game is being developed with Insomniac Games at the helm who have an almost unblemished track record for making good games. This game might be a little too QTE heavy, but the world looks great, and combat seems fast and fluid. Also, this is taking from more modern characters like Mr. Negative, so it won’t be the same 6 or 7 usual Spider-Man villains. Insomniac Games always tend to have great movement, so I hope the web-swinging will be as dynamic as in Spider-Man 2.

#2: Far Cry 5

To piss off all the really dumb white supremacists in this country, I really wish Ubisoft would subtitle the special edition, “Far Cry 5: Kill Whitey”, that would be absolutely superb. This joke aside, Far Cry 5 looks to be the same general Far Cry formula, only set in Montana, so it has more recognizable landmarks and settings than Far Cry 3 and 4. Also, it should have slightly better characters than 3 or 4, which had outstanding bad guys, but tended to falter with side characters. Gameplay-wise though, I imagine it’ll be the same type of stealthy gameplay, broken up by missions of over the top violence, and plenty of outposts for you to take control of.

#1: Dragonball FighterZ

It is crazy that in 2018 my most anticipated game is a Dragon Ball Z game. A friend of mine asked if I had ever done a “Top 8 Best Dragon Ball Games” list, and I responded with “No, because there are only about 3 good Dragon Ball games in existence.” Who would have thought marrying the fighting game engine that Arc Systems Works made, along with a franchise that people actually know/care about, would create a good game? Funny how that works. As I type this, the beta is going on now, and after playing a few matches, I am already hooked. This game comes out in just 11 days, but I knew that I had to write this column this week, for it to be really eligible. The fact that Capcom is releasing Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition tomorrow, means it is absolutely going to be trampled by Dragon Ball Fighter Z just next week.

For comments, list which games you’re looking forward to in 2018 and why.

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