There are so many games we've yet to finish from 2017, but in a few days, 2018 will be here. Though we've spent much of this week taking stock of the year that was, now's a chance to think about what we'll be playing and talking about in the months ahead. Austin, Danielle, Rob, and myself looked through the calendar and came up with four games we'll be hot taking in 2018. (Yes, we're aware one of the games we discussed, Psychonauts 2, has already been delayed out of 2018. Oops.)
For all the criticism that Microsoft (rightfully) took for its lack of exclusives this year, I’m actually pretty excited Xbox’s 2018. We should see the release of Crackdown 3 and Sea of Thieves, and we’re due for Halo 6 and Forza Horizon 4 as well. It’s not exactly the largest selection, but all those games are very much my jam.
Any of y’all heard of Dusk? It’s a Quake-inspired game where you run fast and shoot at low poly villains. It’s going into early access in 2018 instead of doing episodic releases, and so far it’s extremely fun.
Game I’m most looking forward to playing that I already own: CrossCode (as mentioned over in this other thread). I’m so in for Sci-Fi Zelda Ys that I don’t want to even launch it until it’s out of early access and has an ending, so it’s just sitting in my Steam library, tempting me. “Early 2018” can’t come soon enough.
Game that I can’t believe has a release date, and it’s just a month away: Iconoclasts. Sandberg’s earlier Noitu Love 2 is a terrific little game, and I’m thrilled to see that same 2D action craft applied to a larger project.
The more I think about it, the more I realize I’m mostly just excited about catching up on this year’s games. I still need to check out Wolfenstein 2, Observer, Night in the Woods, Tacoma, Yakuza 0, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, Doki Doki Literature Club, Butterfly Soup, Uncharted: Lost Legacy, Nioh, Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Divinity Original Sin 2, and I have big chunks still to play of Nier: Automata and Prey.
So, I’m actually grateful that there isn’t a ton that I’m hype for in 2018.