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2018 video game hype!?

December 31st, 2017 Leave a comment Go to comments

2017 will likely be remembered as one of the top years in gaming, being put alongside other juggernauts likes 1991, 1997/98, 2001 and 2007. So many great games, some of the best examples of several genres, some games that will remain on top of the highest-rated games ever, forever. So how do you follow up a year like 2017? Honestly, I don’t think you can. But hopefully it still tries.

So I figured, now that I posted my GotY post, I would go and talk about my most hyped games of 2018. I’ll make it a top almost-10, because why not. I’ll also include a list of most noteworthy upcoming games, separating them between games I’m personally interested in for whatever reason and games I’m not particularly excited for. I may put some notes next to some of them.

Rules for this post: there are no rules. I will put in games that I’m pretty sure are coming in 2018, though I may get some wrong. I mean, my 2017 list had Scalebound as one of my most hyped games and look where that lead. Know that I am gonna make assumptions here.

So let’s go!

(quick note: this was written before the probably-coming-soon January Nintendo Direct, so if anything cool was announced there that fucks this post up… whatever)

Some of the top hyped games for me

Mega Man 11

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It’s Mega Man, of course I’m excited for this. Finally, after 8 years (by the time this comes out), a new Mega Man game. Fucking Capcom taking so damn long to put any support behind one of their biggest franchises because they’re mad a dude left… What was shown thus far looks quite good, therefore I am avoiding as much information as I can from this point on, since I’m buying it no matter what. I liked the graphics shown in the trailer though clearly they need a bit of extra polish, and I’m excited to see what kind of weapons we’ll get to use and levels we’ll get to go through.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
It’s slightly unsure when this is getting localized, and personally I’m waiting for the Switch version (which hopefully will come out at the same time as the other versions in the west), but I’m beyond excited for this game. I absolutely love Dragon Quest, so obviously the latest game in the series would be near the top of my anticipated list. The little I’ve seen from the japanese version looks great (again I’m avoiding spoiling myself too much of the story and gameplay, so I haven’t seen that much). Please be out this year. On Switch.

Kingdom Hearts III

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I’m not totally convinced this will come out in 2018. I mean, it’s Squeenix, they kinda do what they want. But if they do keep their promise, nice. Despite me not having played much of the KH series after KH2 and missing some of that plot overall (very little of which is really important outside of BBS and maybe DDD, if the summaries I’ve heard or read are correct), but whatever. I quite enjoy the KH games, the mix of the different classic Disney films and FF-ish stuff (and actual FF stuff sometimes) is interesting and the gameplay is fun. Won’t say no to more. It’s been a long ass time since 2.

Project Octopath Traveler

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We got the demo for this, which was really solid. It’s an FF-style RPG, with graphics reminiscent of classic SNES RPGs and combat with similar elements to Bravely Default, but with more detail and nicer environments and nice big sprites for boss battles. It has surprisingly striking graphics, but the gameplay is also pretty strong from what I’ve seen. It does some pretty unique things, with the different kinds of NPC interactions different characters can do for example. There’s a lot of potential with this game, I hope it’s great.

WarGroove

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Nintendo’s not making Advance Wars anymore. People want that particular brand of turn-based strategy, but there isn’t much that functions quite the same. Wargroove seems like it may fill that massive gap quite nicely. It seems to feature similar troop movement, base capture, and seems to have something similar to COs (from what I understand they have a more active role in battle). To add to that there’s a campaign editor, so that’s nice too.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
I played the E3 demo for this, and despite still needing some polishing at the time, this was quite fun. With Castlevania (and Konami as a whole really) also being dead at the moment, it’s nice to see something else that’s similar being done, by the creator of what is probably the most popular Castlevania game no less. Of course we do have to keep our expectations in check, this IS a kickstarter game that did really well on KS made by a big industry person after all and we know what usually happens to those. But if the demo is any indication, we have a lot less to be worried about than Mighty No 9 (which had a bad demo that the devs didn’t bother listening to any of the feedback to). It does have a better chance of living up to its potential than MN9 ever did.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Speaking of Metroidvanias, here’s another one. The sequel to the surprise hit Ori and the Blind Forest, this seems to continue not long after where the first one left off. Ori featured really interesting gameplay, fun progression may it be with power-ups or movement options, some pretty unique movement options. I can’t wait to see what the sequel will provide as far as new upgrades and stuff to do. Plus it will probably be a pretty good speedrun too, can’t wait to see the skips.

One or more of these games: Metroid Prime 4, Bayonetta 3, Pokemon Switch

 
People think none of those will come out in 2018. I think there’s a good chance at least one of those will. In fact I wouldn’t be THAT surprised if they all did. Nintendo has changed their philosophy of announcing games since Zelda was delayed so long. Mario Odyssey wasn’t even known at all before January 2017 (not counting the 3 seconds of gameplay from the Switch reveal trailer), so who knows. Everyone was skeptical of that 2017 release date at first. Add ARMS, Splatoon 2, Fire Emblem Warriors, Metroid: Samus Returns, Xenoblade 2, Mario+Rabbids and probably some other things I’m not thinking about to the recent trend of Nintendo waiting for games to be decently far in development before announcing them.
Metroid Prime 4 is a big assumption because we don’t even know who’s making it (my far-fetched theory: id Software), and we’ve seen nothing but a logo for it. But I don’t see why it wouldn’t be decently far in development considering Nintendo’s recent philosophy. My previous paragraph points to Nintendo being actually good at announcing games nowadays (rather than how all the other devs do it, announcing the game when it’s just a concept), and I don’t know why MP4 would end up being an exception.
Bayonetta 3 is a bit less likely I’d say, but there’s a chance they’ve been working on it for a while, especially after Scalebound got cancelled. I’d still bet for an early 2019 release, but I think there’s a chance for 2018. Platinum’s only other “known” upcoming project is Granblue Fantasy Project Re:Link and some mobile game. So there’s a chance for 2018. At least there’s Bayonetta 1+2 coming out (and they’ve teased W101 coming to Switch as well), people need to buy that on Switch for sure. The Wii U version of Bayonetta 2 was a decent success considering no one cared about the console (nearly a million copies sold), the Switch version should have no trouble topping that. Either way I can’t wait for Bayonetta 3. That teaser raises so many questions about the villain and even who we’ll be playing as.
Finally Pokemon Switch (whatever it may end up getting called). Of these 3 I think it’s the most likely to come out in 2018, going by the info we have. The info isn’t MUCH, sure, but it’s something. First is the “it will be out in at least a year” comment from E3 2017, which means anytime after June 2018, so a November release would work (which is when Pokemon games usually come out). Second is the fact that there’s HD models for what seems to be most Pokemon so it’s possible a lot of work was already done. Then there’s the fact that it’s Game Freak and they pump out Pokemon at a crazy rate. I figure US/UM was more of a side-team thing since it seems to re-use a lot of the stuff from Sun and Moon, with a main team working on the Switch game. I always skip the “third version” of Pokemon games (as well as most of the remakes), so I’m pretty excited for this.

Whatever Retro Studios is making


Because it wasn’t announced yet, I am definitely making a stupidly big assumption with this one, but dammit I want it, whatever it is. By February 2018 it will have been 4 years since Retro’s last game came out, so I do think it’s very realistic that, whatever it may be, it easily could be announced AND come out in 2018. I don’t really have any idea what it might be either. Is it another revival of an old Nintendo franchise? If so I want it to be StarTropics, or For the Frog the Bell Tolls. Is it another Donkey Kong? Maybe, maybe even a 3D collect-a-thon one (I don’t think they’d make a third side-scrolling one in a row). It’s not Metroid, since some other company is making Metroid Prime 4. Maybe it’s a new IP? Could be, that would be pretty interesting as they have been making new IPs outside of Nintendo’s control. But whatever it is, I’m excited to see what Retro is doing, and since there’s been no leaks or hints or anything, it’s gonna be a big surprise no matter what it is.

Games that I have some level of hype for

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
Agony
Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings
BattleTech
Bayonetta 1+2
Book of Demons
Code Vein
Darksiders III
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory
Dragon Ball FighterZ (This is an amazingly good fighting game. I played the beta and it was superb. The DLC kinda rubs me the wrong way (as does the Shenron system which just sounds weird, maybe it’s good in practice), but I’ll at least be watching some tournaments of it)
Dragon Quest Builders 2 (The Switch is also getting the first game. I’ll be checking that out before getting too excited for the sequel)
Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain
Fire Emblem Switch (it was announced for 2018, we’ll probably see it soon)
Freedom Planet 2
Ghost of Tsushima (“It’s a samurai game, you should want to play this with just that bit of info”, says Suckerpunch instead of SHOWING US GAMEPLAY… you need to show gameplay before I get excitement for this, even if I like both the theme and the devs… which is the only reason I have this on this list)
God of War (not sure why half the screen is used solely to show Kratos, but I’ll give God of War its first real chance since GoW3, which I didn’t like)
Granblue Fantasy Project Re: Link (it’s Platinum Games, and the little gameplay I’ve seen for this does look pretty interesting)
Indivisible (the backer beta was pretty fun)
Kirby Star Allies
The Last Night

The Legend of Bum-bo
Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time
Lost Sphear
Mega Man X Collection (may or may not actually be a collection but it sounded like it at the reveal, and it should be… please don’t split it up like the classic collection, that was a dumbass decision)
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again
Penny-Punching Princess
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology
Secret of Mana (I’m obviously grabbing this, but honestly they should just localize the collection that’s on Switch in Japan)
Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn (my current theory is that the devs ran away with the crowdfunding money. They’re completely unresponsive regardless of where you contact them, I tried and gave up)
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux
Shin Megami Tensei V (probably not a 2018 release but I’m hoping)
Soulcalibur VI
Spider-Man (please don’t be as QTE-crazy as that E3 trailer made it look)
The Swords of Ditto
System Shock
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
Underworld Ascendant
Valkyria Chronicles 4 (it comes out early 2018 in Japan, maybe we’ll get it soon too)
Witchfire
Wizard of Legend
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
Yakuza Kiwami 2 (maybe not 2018)
Yoshi Switch
Your Four Knight Princesses Training Story
New game by From Software (we have no idea what it is as of this writing, it had this “Shadows Die Twice” trailer at the VGAs)

Possibly noteworthy games that I’m not excited for but other people probably are

Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion (we’ve only seen screenshots so far so I’m putting it here for the moment)
Age of Empires IV
The Alliance Alive
Anthem
Ashen
Attack on Titan 2: Future Coordinates
A Way Out
The Bard’s Tale IV
Black Clover: Project Knights (featuring AstaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaah)
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
Concrete Genie
Crackdown 3
The Crew 2
Cyberpunk 2077
Dauntless
Days Gone
Death Stranding (well first it’s probably not coming in 2018, second we haven’t seen even a single frame of gameplay, just cutscenes. So whatever)
Detroit: Become Human (Another bad David Cage game… I get that it’s supposed to be all about the story and barely-important story choices and there’s no gameplay at all as a result, but if Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls are any indication the writing, characters and overall plot will be shit so… why should anyone care?)
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT
dreams
Dynasty Warriors 9
Far Cry 5

GTFO
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Kirby Battle Royale
The Last of Us Part II
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries
Metal Gear Survive
Metro Exodus
Monster Hunter: World
Moss
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
Red Dead Redemption 2
Sea of Thieves
The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia
Shenmue III
Skull & Bones
Starlink: Battle for Atlas
State of Decay 2
Super Meat Boy Forever (looks like an automatic runner game, not really where I was hoping the franchise would go)
Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido
ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove
Vampyr
Warhammer: Vermintide 2
We Happy Few

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