Hayley Williams' 10 Most Anticipated Games Of 2018

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This year is the year I actually play everything on my most anticipated games list, I swear.

After all the huge game releases of 2017, it was actually kind of hard to pick ten games for 2018. Most of the big titles of the year are either sequels to games I've never played, or titles I'm just not all that interested in. While some of these games are must-buys for me, I'm holding out hope that 2018 will surprise me with something great out of no-where, just like 2017's Hellblade.

Here are the games I'm looking out for this year:


The Inpatient

The first game on my list for 2018 is actually a PSVR title. I don't think I've played VR in at least six months, but I'm willing to dig it out again for The Inpatient, for one major reason: it's an Until Dawn prequel.

I'm a huge fan of Until Dawn, and while I'd rather have a straight-up sequel, I'll settle for spin-off titles too.

Release Date: 24 January


Shadow Of The Colossus Remake

Confession time: I've never actually played the original Shadow Of The Colossus. I wanted to, but it's also... so dated. This remake is made for me. Bring it on.

Release Date: February 6


Fe

Fe is one of those games that flicks past during indie montages at E3 but still sticks with you for its striking visuals and interesting concept. I'm all about cute indie games with adorable critters and blissed-out soundscapes, and Fe looks to hit that very specific beat.

You play as a little fox-like creature, exploring the forest, interacting with other creatures and helping to defend against the enemies that threaten the eco-system, called the Silent Ones. Music and sound is a big part of the game play — you 'sing' with other creatures to complete certain puzzles and unlock new areas.

Fe looks like exactly the kind of game I want to escape into on a rainy autumn weekend.

Release Date: February 16


Sea Of Thieves

I want to be a pirate. I want to be a drunken pirate. I want to sing sea shanties and sail around blue seas with my good mates. I can do all of these things in Sea of Thieves.

Rare's pirate game is, notably, both the first online-only game and the first Xbox exclusive I've ever included on this list. I played the demo twice at PAX, dragging friends back with me to show them all the cool things I'd discovered the first time. Did you know that if you get drunk enough, then equip a bucket, you can throw up into the bucket and then throw it at people?

Sea Of Thieves is the kind of game that gives you a bunch of abilities and features and then just dumps you in the game to see what you can do with it. Honestly I'm anticipating giving up on it very quickly when playing with real life people online (please don't attack my ship, I just want to party) but I hope that before that I'll get some good time in with a couple of friends in my crew.

Release Date: March 20


Far Cry 5

Honestly this is probably the biggest stretch in this list. I've never played a Far Cry game in the main series, though I did put a decent number of hours into Primal (mainly for the cute saber-tooth tiger pets). I'm willing to give Far Cry 5 a chance, though. It looks interesting, and I'm a fan of the basic Far Cry formula. Even if Horizon did it better.

Release Date: March 27


Agony

Agony was in my list last year, and it's back again — this time with a release date. I'm always on the lookout for interesting survival horror games, and Agony looks both interesting and suitably fucked up. I need to be scared. My body is ready.

Release Date: March 30


Detroit: Become Human

Oh, David Cage. I never really expect his games to be good, but they're always entertaining - especially if you bring a friend, some alcohol and try to mess things up as much as you can.

I'm still not sure if I expect Detroit to be on the 'good but flawed' side of the spectrum with Heavy Rain or the 'terrible but hilarious' end with his most recent effort, Beyond Two Souls. Either way it's going to be a wild ride.

Release Date: TBA


Lost Ember

Lost Ember reminds me a lot of Fe, actually - you play as a wolf, exploring an expansive and beautiful wilderness. This time, instead of communing with the local wildlife you become them, however, slipping into a bird or a fish or a mountain goat to explore new areas. The game is set in the ruins of an ancient civilisation and throughout the game you unravel the story of what happened to them. But also I'm happy to just run around pretty environments as a wolf, honestly.

Release Date: TBA


Monster Prom

Monster Prom is a COMPETITIVE DATING SIM. Or at least a multiplayer one. Let's be honest, with me it'll probably be competitive anyway.

Why has no one ever made something like this before? I'm so excited by the prospect of stealing my friend's love interests right from under their noses. Plus, the monsters are pretty cute.

Release Date: TBA


Dreams

I honestly don't know too much about Dreams, the new game from LittleBigPlanet creators MediaMolecule. It's that mystery that has me intrigued, however. It seems impossible to really define what Dreams is, and I'm always going to check out something that seems a little different or new. Plus it got the stamp of approval from my co-worker, Gizmodo's Rae Johnston, who always has impeccable taste in these things.

Release Date: TBA


Comments

    Amazing how different peoples' tastes can be.

    I tellya, though, after watching a couple youtube channels that only do trailers, and seeing their 'coming in 2018' lists, there's a tonne of stuff that doesn't appear to have made either last E3, general gaming coverage that I'm exposed to, or Wikipedia's 'video gaming in 2018' lists that I am now very, very interested in.

    Lotta indie stuff that seems doomed to semi-fail, but hell, The Surge was one of my favourite games of 2017, so let's hear it for the more-ambitious-than-their-reach indies.

      Must-get no-brainers:

      Monster Hunter, Shadow of the Colossus, Civ 6 expansion, Dynasty Warriors 9, Metal Gear Survive, Far Cry 5, Age of Empires remastered, BattleTech, Ace Combat 7, Days Gone, Detroit, FF15 expansion, God of War, Metro Exodus, Ghost of Tsushima, Red Dead 2, Spider-Man, State of Decay 2, System Shock, Wolf Among Us 2.

      Cautiously optimistic, very interested but not slam-dunk no-brainers/have some concerns:

      Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Fe, Bravo Team, Golem, AC: Rogue remaster, Sea of Thieves, A Way Out, Ni no Kuni 2, Agony, We Happy Few, Sunless Skies, Anthem, Biomutant, Call of Cthulu, Darksiders 3, Extinction, Frostpunk, Greedfall, Mechwarrior 5, Shenmue 3, Skull & Bones, Vampyr.

      I'm sure there was more 2018 stuff I saw in trailers that I can't remember, though...

        This could be The Year that I catch up on Pile of Shame games. The only ones that have gotten any interest from me at all are Anthem, Sea of Thieves, and Red Dead Redemption 2. Maybe Monster Hunter World as well, I can see myself getting sucked into that.

        Everything else that sparked curiosity (a few that you list) can probably wait for the sales.

          Yeah I'm planning to go back in my Pile a bit this year too, especially to catch up on games that have sequels coming out soon. Also The Witcher. That being said I get so little time to actually play games (you know, despite the job)

        Metal Gear Survive is a must-get no-brainer? Last I was aware it was the laughing stock of the industry.. Have things changed or are you just really keen for post-Kojima Metal Gear universe? I don’t understand

          Ah, MGSV hate was just people complaining that it wasn't an expansion-pack/remaster for snake-eater, and that the second half was padded with repeating missions in higher difficulty modes. It was fantastic in its own right, and ticked a LOT of my buttons.

          And completely ignoring lore, Survive is right up my alley mechanics-wise.

            Oh, I enjoyed MGSV, don't get me wrong. I just see little-to-nothing in Survive that appeals to me as a fan of the franchise. Each to their own!

              Haha, that's probably the trick. I'm less a fan of the franchise than I am of the engine. Also, zombies and base-building/tower defence. It's like the game is custom-made for me.

    "I never really expect his games to good"

    Hey Hayley, you might want to fix that sentence up.

    Nice list. Missing Spiderman, though. ;)

      What you do expect his games to good? (Good catch)

      And yeah Spiderman is not for me. I am not a Marvel fan, haha.

        While Marvel may not be for everyone, the marvel of a web sling 'n' swing is universal. Just wait, you'll see.

    Agony looks awesome, but I cant seem to find it on PS4 in any of the Australian stores. Will it be released here?

      Based on my previous experience with indie horror games I'm assuming yes, though there's always the slight chance they decide not to deal with the classification board.

    I tried out Detroit, Monster Hunter and Far Cry 5 at PAX last year. Out of the three, Detroit is the one I'm really looking forward to - it had me and my partner talking for the rest of the day about the different choices/experiences we had in the bit of game we played.

    Monster Hunter was just...meh. I've never played any of the other games before, so maybe I'm missing something. With Far Cry 5, I'm interested in the ideas it presents (battling far-right extremists in the US could be very interesting) but my experience with it was mostly just getting killed a lot. Maybe I'm not good enough of a gamer to play it.

    I think I would be more interested in Sea of Thieves if it wasn't an online multiplayer game...

      I am so bummed out by Skull & Bones and Sea of Thieves being multiplayer-focused affairs. They're both talking up the fact that people who only play single-player should totally buy these games and try them, but everything they say is about hoping those people will play the PVP, instead of, y'know... how rich and rewarding the single-player experience is, which makes me assume that it'll be glorified tutorials at best, hamstrung mechanically in every way. Single-player in much the same way as chess can be single-player.

      The gaming industry's exponentially-increasing fixation on multiplayer in the last couple decades is a depressing development that almost makes me wish we hadn't invented the bloody internet.

    rich and rewarding the single-player experience is

    Means it will be fun, but about 15 minutes long, and you'll get a cheev when you complete it.

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