A reader looks forward to the year ahead and lists the games he’s most interested in, from Sea Of Thieves to Metro: Exodus.
2017 was a fantastic year for games and 2018 is already shaping up to be another cracking year, with loads of great looking games. These are my most anticipated, but I could easily list 10 or more on top of these that I’m looking forward to, and that’s before we see what else gets announced at the big gaming events over the course of the year. In order of release my most anticipated games are as follows.
Monster Hunter: World
Release date: Friday, 26 January
Having never played a Monster Hunter game before, aside from a demo on 3DS, I know very little of this series. But I was blown away by the announcement trailer at Sony’s E3 2017 press conference and all the trailers and footage from the PlayStation 4 betas. Shame there hasn’t been a beta test on Xbox One, but I watched 4K footage on a PS4 Pro and it looked utterly stunning. So it will look even better on my Xbox One X and 4KTV. I cannot wait.
Aside from looks though it sounds like a meaty challenge to take on the huge beasts in the game. I found the developer’s words in an interview, ‘we are not teaching people to play chess by selling them checkers’, in answer to whether the game would be dumbed down to appeal to a wider audience. I certainly hope so, as I’m after a good challenge and both solo and playing co-operatively with up to three mates sounds like a lot of fun.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Release date: Tuesday, 13 February
This game looks incredible. Set in the 1400s Czech Republic, and based on real world history, it recreates huge scale battles with hundreds of men charging at each other fighting with swords, axes, bows, and other medieval weaponry. You play as the son of a blacksmith whose family and friends are murdered and are out for revenge. Warhorse Studios have promised over 100 hours of action role-playing gameplay and claim that, ‘you begin the game a nobody and by the end you’re even less of a nobody’.
The graphics look incredible in this as well, in stunning 4K if you have a PS4 Pro, Xbox One X, or a beefy enough PC. The combat mechanics look excellent as well, as they aim to make it very realistic to real-life fighting with these weapons and armour of the time period.
Sea Of Thieves
Release date: Tuesday, 20 March
I’ve played the technical alpha and have been really enjoying Sea Of Thieves. Recently Rare addressed a major concern I had with the game, in if I can play the game solo if none of my mates are on. They made it so a single-player, or two people playing co-op, can have a smaller ship that can be easily controlled with less people. I tried it in the last alpha test and it works fantastically well. The game looks fantastic and it is an immense amount of fun sailing the open waves to uncharted islands, following clues that lead you to the treasure. They’ve really captured the fun and spirit of the pirate’s life. Can’t wait to play it again in the closed beta.
Red Dead Redemption II
Release date: spring
(This feature was written before the game was delayed until October – GC)
Recently a Danish retailer leaked a potential release date for this as 9 June 2018. That sounds pretty dead on to me, and I don’t expect the game will be released before then. The single-player comes out then and Rockstar takes to the stage at E3 to tell us all what to expect from Red Dead Online, launching in August maybe, is what I reckon they’ll do.
Red Dead Redemption was one of my favourite games of last gen with a great story, technically stunning and the best Western game ever made. So I have very high hopes for the sequel, not least because it’s been so long and running on the even more impressive engine from GTA V this could potentially be the best game released this year.
This game also blew me away and was one of my highlights from Microsoft’s E3 showcase. Graphically, the game looks fantastic in trailers and although I’m a late comer to the Metro party I loved Metro 2033 on Xbox One recently, and have Last Light currently sitting on my to-be-played pile. The atmosphere of post-apocalyptic Russia in these games, the story and terrifying creatures in them, are great and this looks like the best entry yet.
By reader Big Angry Dad82 (gamertag)
The reader’s feature does not necessary represent the views of GameCentral or Metro.