2018 has been a pretty interesting year for gaming. It’s not exactly producing the type of titles that we got in 2017, but there have been plenty of hits in here so far, and we’re just reaching the halfway mark.
With the second half of the year approaching, we thought it would be a good idea to highlight a handful of upcoming titles that we can’t wait to play. This list was not ranked or made in any specific order and the choices here may not coincide with your own personal choices, so please keep that in mind while viewing this piece.
All that being said, let’s jump right in!
5. We Happy Few
We Happy Few has been a much-anticipated title for the past couple of years. Though the game has gone through its share of ups and downs, the fans haven’t stopped supporting this game. The post-apocalyptic, eerie game definitely gives us the Bioshock-like feels we’ve been craving. We Happy Few is one of the few heavy story-driven games we’re absolutely looking forward to getting our hands on. I was able to experience an hour and a half of gameplay at E3 and haven’t stopped thinking about it! From the compelling story world to the unique gameplay, there’s a lot to love about this game. After Compulsion Games’ team up with Gearbox Software, we can expect a full, complete game for the upcoming release on August 10, 2018. I’m intrigued to get back into the crazy, dysfunctional world of We Happy Few, and so should everyone else.
4. Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee
If I’m being honest, even if the Switch could only play Pokemon, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company could still get away with selling me the console for $300. Like many others, Pokemon was my first true introduction to video games. Pokemon Silver introduced me to love for RPGs and a turn-based battle system that despite only slightly evolving, I never grew tired of. Of course, change is finally coming with the series debut title on the Nintendo Switch. Pokemon Let’s Go is bringing a revamped version of the popular mobile game Pokemon Go onto console while introducing several firsts. This new adventure has just the right balance of approachability to help the millions of fans who played the mobile game as their first Pokemon experience, convert to the franchise’s mainline titles. While adding enough new features, like 2-player co-op, and staying true enough to the Pokemon framework to ensure veteran players don’t feel forgotten. And with the addition of the Pokeball Plus, a peripheral allowing you to carry your favorite Pokemon with you anywhere you go, I’m entirely ready to scream “I choose you!” while simultaneously turning my hat backward and making a fool of myself in public. If you want to look foolish too, be sure to pick up Pokemon Let’s Go on November 16th!
3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Full disclosure: I’ve never owned a Super Smash Bros. game before in my life. I grew up with an Xbox and with parents who didn’t understand the need for more than one console in the house, so I only got to play Melee and Brawl when I went to visit cousins or friends, and those games always had a special place in my heart because playing them was such a rare occasion for me. So when Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was initially announced, I literally bought a Nintendo Switch the next day and patiently waited for more news. E3 delivered us with a showcase of the game, which features every character to ever grace the franchise before as well as the announcement of a Gamecube controller that can be used with your switch to play this game. It’s safe to say that this is going to be a huge release, and we’re all stoked for it. We only wish it was released earlier than December 7th.
– Okon Essien
3. Red Dead Redemption 2
The wait for Red Dead Redemption 2 has been exceedingly long. After two delays, the prequel will finally launch this coming October 26. An open world setting at the end of the Wild West era isn’t the game’s sole appeal. For fans of the franchise, especially 2010’s Red Dead Redemption, the narrative is integral to the experience, as well. Players will see firsthand how Dutch van der Linde’s gang of outlaws tears itself apart and why Red Dead Redemption protagonist John Marston abandons the crew that raised him. However, in typical Rockstar fashion, new mysteries are expected to unfold, along with an array of moral conundrums. Rockstar will undoubtedly package all of the above in a quality experience with plenty to do, much to explore, and a slew of new ways in which to enjoy the American Wild West.
Before we reach our last pick, here are a couple of honorable mentions!
Shadow of The Tomb Raider
Life Is Strange 2
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
TellTale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season
To say that we haven’t had a really great Spider-Man game in the last decade wouldn’t be very far from the truth. However, Insomniac Games has linked up with Sony to deliver gamers with what looks like a new and fresh spin on Spider-Man. The Sunset Overdrive developers seem to have taken every good ingredient from past Spidey titles and mixed them in a giant pot of web-slinging goodness. All the gameplay footage shows stunning but familiar combat, fluid web-slinging, and interesting bosses and storylines. With Spider-Man being my personal favorite superhero, I have such high hopes for this game. I know I said this list wasn’t put in any particular order, but this game is definitely at the top of the most anticipated list. September 7th can’t get here any faster.
-Okon Essien (Me again)
And that’s our list! If you have any games you’re looking forward to that weren’t mentioned, make sure to post it in the comment section below or let us know on twitter.