We're back with our third and final installment of our editors most anticipated games of 2018. If you missed it, Part 1 & Part 2 went up earlier this week and cover a slew of amazing games. That's not all. We've got five more games that our editors are excited for in 2018. Give it a read.
By Mike Takahashi
I absolutely adored Metro 2033 for its excellent atmosphere, engaging gameplay and interesting monster designs. Metro: Last Light was more of a mixed bag, with some derivative elements in spite of the improved graphics and stealth. Regardless, the series has a special place in my heart, and I can’t help but be excited for Metro: Exodus. 4A games revealed some interesting details about Exodus’ dynamic weather system, day/night cycles, more expansive environments, and complex crafting system. While crafting is somewhat of a tired system in video games these days, I appreciate the series’ focus on risk versus reward and careful resource management. What may be a token system in another game could prove interesting in the Metro world, and I’m looking forward to seeing what they do with it in practice. Metro: Exodus looks to have solid gameplay, and with a strong story to match, it could very well be my favorite game of the year.
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
By Hiram Mojica
There’s actually a lot of trepidation on my part putting this on the list. It’s been years since I last found something in Suda51’s work that I really found interesting, and on top of that, Travis Strikes Back is apparently not even going to be a proper No More Heroes game. It sounds more like a hodgepodge of various indie games Suda51 is a fan of, with that extra No More Heroes flair on top. It may not truly be the actual third game in the series either, but it sounds like fun, and I just like this world too damn much to not be super jazzed about it! The announcement video of Suda51 playing Hotline Miami intrigued me, and I’m really glad to see this cult-hit franchise isn’t dead yet.
By John K
I was delighted when another Darksiders game was announced. After the underwhelming commercial reception for Darksiders 2, I didn’t expect that we would ever see another game in this God of War/Zelda hybrid series. Fortunately, I was wrong. The mixture of action/RPG combat and gadget-based puzzle dungeons is an excellent combination -- and one that I have yet to see replicated. It’s a formula I love, especially how it was implemented in the first game.. The second had a few improvements, but a few missteps as well, like the addition of an unsatisfying loot system. Hopefully, the third game in the series will pick the best of what worked out of the first two.
The Last of Us Part II
By Jonathan Miley
When the sequel to The Last of Us was first announced and when it was revealed to once again follow the exploits of Joel and Ellie, I was not excited. The first game ended so well that the idea of jumping back into the duo’s shoes felt wrong. However, last summer I had the pleasure of re-playing The Last of Us and it’s DLC Left Behind. When I finished, all I wanted was more time with Joel and Ellie. Naughty Dog has proven that they can take characters to unexpected places (e.g. Uncharted 4 and the original TLOU), so I don’t care what graphical improvements Part II shows off or what changes it makes to the game-mechanics, I’m just really happy I get to spend more time with these characters.
Kingdom Hearts III
By David Silbert
It has been nearly twelve years since Kingdom Hearts II and Utada Hikaru’s “Sanctuary” graced the PlayStation 2 in North America. Since then, Kingdom Hearts has gone on to become one of Square Enix’s most lucrative franchises, spawning numerous spin-offs across Nintendo handhelds, the PSP, mobile devices, and even browsers. In 2018, however, we may finally see the release of the long-awaited finale to the core series: Kingdom Hearts III. So much is still unknown about the game, from new worlds and recruitable NPCs to the possibility of having cameos from the now-Disney-owned Star Wars and Marvel franchises. Heck, we don’t even know much about the story of the game. Despite the lingering questions, one thing is certain: the release of Kingdom Hearts III will mark the end of an era for those who grew up on Sora, Riku, and Mickey Mouse wielding giant, impractical keys as swords. The wait is almost over.
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