Bender’s 5 Most Anticipated Games of 2018
A new year of gaming is upon us, and it shows great promise. Although it will be incredibly difficult to top 2017 when it comes to the sheer volume of amazing titles that were released this past year, I’m still hopeful that 2018 will be a great year. So, here are just a few of the games that I’m excited to play in the coming months.
Honorable Mention: Shadow of the Colossus
Since it’s not a new game, I’m leaving it off the proper list, but I wanted to give a special shoutout to Shadow of the Colossus. I’m looking forward to experiencing Bluepoint Studios’ remaster of this classic title just as much as most of the other games in 2018. From every trailer I’ve seen, it looks absolutely gorgeous, and I can’t wait to explore the Forbidden Land with Wander and Agro once again. I’ve talked about it ad nauseam in articles and on the podcast, but Shadow of the Colossus is one of my favorite games of all-time, and it proved to be a turning point in my life as a gamer. If you’ve never played it, then I’d recommend waiting for the remaster in February as it looks to be the optimal way to experience this unique adventure. Now, on to the main list!
#5 Project Octopath Traveler
Even though it doesn’t have an official title yet, I’m very intrigued by this new RPG from Square Enix. While playing the demo on my Switch, I was drawn into the world due to the unique art style, the fun turn-based combat, the voice acting, and the surprisingly mature story themes. The demo only featured two of the eight protagonists, so I look forward to meeting the others when this game finally releases later this year. Hopefully I won’t have to wait too long.
#4 Ori and The Will of The Wisps
Ori and The Blind Forest still holds the distinction of being my favorite Xbox One-exclusive game. It’s a beautiful and challenging Metroidvania that I thoroughly enjoyed. Although the sequel hasn’t been officially confirmed for 2018, I’m hoping that the folks at Moon Studios will be able to release it this year. As long as it has the same level of quality in terms of the art, music, gameplay, and challenge, I will be eagerly awaiting the next chapter in the Ori saga.
#3 Guacamelee 2
Speaking of Metroidvania, another game I’m incredibly excited about is Guacamelee 2. I didn’t play the original Guacamelee until about a year after it released, but I absolutely fell in love with the Mexican folklore-inspired world that developer Drinkbox Studios created. Everything from the unique art style and great soundtrack, to the challenging combat and platforming, colorful characters, and robust sense of humor made Guacamelee a treat to play from beginning to end. The folks at Drinkbox have their work cut out for them to top Juan’s last adventure, but if anyone can do it, they can.
Although I’m concerned that it may end up getting delayed out of 2018, I’m hoping against hope that Anthem will be in our hands this year. Ever since it was revealed at E3, I’ve been dreaming of exploring this massive world that Bioware is creating as I fly around like Iron Man with my buddies. It’s exciting to think about a game that is as fun and cooperative as Destiny, but with a story and lore that is crafted by the same people who brought us the Mass Effect trilogy. It’s almost too good to be true.
I usually try to temper my expectations for games and movies out of fear of being disappointed, but I have to admit that my hype level for Insomniac’s Spider-Man is through the roof! Not only is this a game featuring my favorite superhero, but it’s an all-original story being created by one of the industry’s best development teams. Insomniac is known for the fun and fast-paced gameplay in titles such as Ratchet and Clank and Sunset Overdrive, so I can’t wait to see what they can do with my favorite neighborhood wall-crawler. Unlike some of the previous Spidey titles which were rushed movie-tie-in cash grabs, this game seems to be giving Spider-Man the love and care that the character deserves, and I can’t wait to “do whatever a spider can” when the game finally releases this year.
So, there you have it! These are the titles that I’m most excited about and the ones that have me looking forward to gaming in 2018. What games are you anticipating most? Let us know in the comments below, or hit us up on Twitter @TheShortPause.