Well, here we are at the end of it all. The the old year has come to a close and the new year is poised to replace it. And with a new year comes new games to look forward to! I gotta say, I’m not really convinced that 2018 is going to be a strong year for gaming. Unlike 2017, 2018 doesn’t look like it’ll be coming out of the gate swinging. There’s some cool stuff to look forward to later in the year, but for now…eh. I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see. That said, 2018 isn’t completely devoid of games I’m looking forward to playing. I’m just hoping that there will be more to get excited about beyond what’s on this list.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
I’ve never really been all that big of a fighting game fan. I love me some Smash Bros., but outside of that, I just can’t seem to get into them. I suspect that it’s due to how the controls work and the precision required in order to execute anything more than a simple combo. At any rate, the only exception to this general dislike beside Smash Bros. are Dragon Ball fighting games. Specifically, the old Budokai series of Dragon Ball fighting games. I’ve given more recent ones a try here and there, but none of them have managed to capture the awesome spectacle of the anime to the degree that Budokai could. This is why Dragon Ball FighterZ is so exciting! Based on everything I’ve seen thus far, it not only matches Budokai’s level of spectacle, but surpasses it! It’s almost looks like something right out of the show! Perhaps this will finally be the game to make the standard fighting game formula fun again.
Detroit: Become Human
Truth be told, I’m not really a David Cage fan. I never played his Indigo Prophecy game, and neither Heavy Rain nor Beyond: Two Souls had all that much that I found appealing. I’m not going into this as a fan of his work. That said, I am rather psyched for Detroit: Become Human. I had a chance to play a demo at PAX West this year, and what I played was something…different. I wasn’t assaulted by quick-time events, my choices had a real sense of weight to them and the subject matter being dealt with was interesting to say the least. I know the game has stirred up some controversy with how it handles a couple of issues, but I am nonetheless excited to dive into a game that explores some more mature ideas and themes (even if it doesn’t quite succeed in being mature itself).
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology
It’s mostly the Chrono Trigger fan in me that’s excited for this one. Radiant Historia originally came out on the Nintedo DS, but since I’ve never managed to make mobile gaming a priority I missed it the first time around. The game is getting a remaster for the 3DS in 2018 and comes complete with an additional timeline and what-if scenarios to explore. That’s right, this is a game about time travel and it uses the idea in ways I haven’t played in any other game yet. Supposedly your character and their party jump back and forth between different timelines in their quest to save the world, which sounds pretty cool to me. Time travel also gets worked into the combat to a degree. The game allows its players to adjust both theirs and the enemies turn orders in order to make the battle play out the way they think will be best. So yeah, color me intrigued by this one.
The Wolf Among Us Season 2
While I know next to nothing about this game, I do know that I absolutely loved the first Wolf Among Us. It’s really the only TellTale game I can honestly say I enjoyed. The characters were very well fleshed-out, the plot was compelling, and the conclusion absolutely left me wishing for more. It’s been four long years since the original was released and now we’re finally getting another installment! YAAAS!!!
Fire Emblem Warriors
Okay so this one’s actually been out for awhile, but I still haven’t gotten around to getting it. I’ve got 5-6 games I’m trying to get through before buying more, so I need to be patient (so very patient!) This game is basically Hyrule Warriors, but made better. It’s got a large selection of heroes to choose from and plenty of enemy mobs to plow through, but it also adds some Fire Emblem Flair to it. Heroes can partner up, they can have their own support conversations like in the more recent games, and I think that weapon triangle mechanic is in there to some degree too (sword>axe>lance>sword). I hear the main story isn’t all that great, but everything else is enough to keep me excited to play it!
That’s all I got for this year! Thanks to all of you who took the time to read our lists this month and even more to those who left some comments along the way! Happy new year everyone, we’ll see you on the other side!
What games are you looking forward to in 2018? Got any older games you’re looking forward to diving into instead?