On Monday we posted the first five games in our most anticipated games of 2018. Today we're back with five more from five different editors. We'll be back at the end of the week with our third and final part of our most anticipated games of 2018 round up. Until then enjoy a look at some of the most exciting games of 2018.
World Tour Tennis
By Joel Szerlip
For the past five years I've been begging for any developer out there to make a simulation tennis game. In the last six-months we've had two tennis games get announced for 2018. Of the two games though I'm most excited for World Tour Tennis coming from ex-Top Spin developers. We haven't heard much from Big Ben Interactive since the game's announcement, but here's to hoping that this game is able to fill the giant tennis void in my life in 2018.
And if not, there's always AO Tennis as well.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
By Alex Mateo
It’s going to be hard to follow up 2017’s phenomenal year for gaming. This early in the year, there isn’t a lot that catches my eye, but I’m pretty excited for Bandai Namco’s Dragon Ball FighterZ. As a huge fan of the franchise, I try to pick up Dragon Ball games as they come. This game adopts a three-on-three tag-team playstyle à la Marvel vs. Capcom, which will hopefully help it stand out from other anime fighting games. The character roster, while not as diverse as others, includes both old and new characters, representing a new era for the series. And the beautiful, fluid animation looks like it’s been lifted straight from the show. I’m already excited to watch the action unfold when I recreate my favorite matchups and invent new ones. Dragon Ball FighterZ is shaping up to be the fan’s ultimate dream game.
Dragon Quest XI
By Chit Ko
Originally, I was going to pick Monster Hunter World as my most anticipated game, but since it was taken, I will pick Dragon Quest XI instead, the second most anticipated game in 2018. I love JRPGs and Dragon Quest III was my first ever JRPG. I practically grew up with Dragon Quest games and my love for JRPGs stemmed from this series. While many big name JRPGs like Final Fantasy changed/evolved over the course of time, Dragon Quest remains true to its root to this day and that’s what I love about this series. There will be many JRPGs coming out in 2018, but Dragon Quest XI will be the one that will, undoubtedly, gives me the experience and wonder that I’ve had since my childhood. It’s time to squash those blue slime again!
State of Decay 2
By Jonathan Paris
State of Decay 2 is my most anticipated game of 2018. A couple of years ago I played and reviewed the Year-One Survival Edition on the Xbox One and was left impressed overall, but lamented the lack of co-op and bugs. With this entry, (and a bigger budget) developer Undead Labs has switched over to the Unreal Engine 4, but more importantly has added co-op which will surely add another layer to the game. State of Decay did a great job of making every decision feel important especially since the game has permadeath, so I'm excited to see how this carries over in this game. I'm also looking forward to seeing how the world itself has evolved. I imagine the current gen hardware will allow the world to be more elaborate than the first. State of Decay 2 is slated for a Spring 2018 release and the recent ESRB rating is a good sign it'll hit that timeframe, so until then I keep my fingers crossed.
By Brian Tyler
Ha! And you thought you would get through this list without a superhero mention at all. Insomniac Games is making a Spider-Man game, and based on everything I’ve seen so far, this is looking like it might be The One. Arkham inspired combat, at least one great set piece, and… hopefully some Spider-Man 2 level city swinging. Maybe. One can hope. There’s still no date firmly attached to this one, but all signs point to this year. More hope, the most hope. At least until we here about Rockstar Games’ next venture.
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