Welcome to 2018. We here at Darkstation are back in full swing and are ready for another great year of video games. As we do every year, we asked our editors to tell us which game they were most excited for in the upcoming year. Today is our first of three posts with our most anticipated games of 2018.
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin
By: Jukka Piira
XSEED has become one of my favorite publishers. Not only do they bring quirky Japanese titles to the west, their localization work is nothing short of amazing, which will no doubt also be true in Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin. The game follows proud but lonely harvest goddess Sakuna after she’s banished to a dangerous island. There are two sides to Sakuna’s tribunal. She thins out local demons in nimble, imaginative looking 2D action sections, and after establishing a home in the mountains, she can start cultivating rice in a detailed simulation. It’s hard but harmonious work, which I’m sure will be reflected in the gameplay. Based on both legends and real history, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is promised to be a love letter to Japanese culture and agricultural arts. From the premise to the presentation, the game looks absolutely charming, and I can’t help but feel a bit moved by it all.
Far Cry 5
By Mark Steighner
First, I’m really excited that Red Dead Redemption 2 might actually appear in 2018, but who really knows? Also really looking forward to Code Vein, Vampyr, Darksiders 3, Monster Hunter World and Kingdom Come...but if I had to pick one, it would be Far Cry 5, which potentially continues the push of games into the realm of social and political commentary--something that Wolfenstein 2 did so well. It looks like this one could incite some real controversy, too, with its theme of cultish white supremacy in rural America. It looks incredible, too.
Bow To Blood
By Allen Kesinger
Star Trek Bridge Crew left me wanting more VR games that feature the player captaining or piloting large ships and I think I found that in Bow To Blood, a PSVR game I got to try at PlayStation Experience. This Treasure Planet meets Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag mashup continues to stick in my mind weeks after playing the demo because it was both immersive and really fun to play. I’m intrigued by its great visual aesthetic and how interaction among different ship captains can affect gameplay. It can’t come out soon enough!
Jurassic World: Evolution
By Michael Hoover
Of all the games it’s inspired, the Jurassic series lends itself most obviously to park-building simulators. Consoles and PC have only seen one (2003’s Operation Genesis), so it was wonderful to learn that Frontier Developments have been busy making the breathtaking Jurassic World: Evolution. Things to worry about include the possibility of excessive microtransactions and the prospect of it being rushed to match the release of the upcoming film, but its potential is so ripe, and Frontier’s back-catalogue so strong, that I’m practically drooling for this opportunity to fulfill John Hammond’s dream.
Monster Hunter: World
By Brandyn Boyd
I have only ever had passing engagements with the Monster Hunter series, personally. I’ve watched friends mess around in Monster Hunter Tri back on the Wii, I’ve briefly tinkered with various iterations on the 3DS, but for all intents and purposes, World will be my first true foray into the storied franchise. It is perhaps an odd choice for a ‘Most Anticipated’ list given that: A) I have already played the game; and B) The game is coming out in just a short, few weeks, but, the betas that Capcom have published to PSN not only gave me a staunch appetite that can be sated only by hunting dinosaurs, but forced me to reconsider my life decisions in ignoring the franchise up to this point. Having been hooked by the sheer weapon variety and combat -depth found in the beta, I can only wait with bated breath for the number-crunching loot-fest present in the full release. When discussing your next addiction, it’s nice to know that it waits just around the corner.
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