2017 was a good year for Sony. Good, but not great. But 2018 is shaping up to be much better. One of the reasons I prefer PS4 over Xbox One is that it supports VR capability. This adds a whole new dimension to the end-user experience. PS4 also has a much more substantial list of games than Xbox One, making it the preferred option for most console gamers. Sony’s exclusive titles include Uncharted: Lost Legacy, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Persona 5 and Nioh. Compared to these, Xbox has a much shorter list out of which the best known are Halo 5 and Gears of War 4.
Right from the beginning of 2018, games on the PS4 console are coming out both in VR and controller formats. Some old titles are coming out with long-awaited sequels. Others are remastered beloved games from a decade ago. Either way, 2018 has seen groundbreaking developments in the gaming industry. As a hardcore gamer, I make it a point to research upcoming titles each year on my Spectrum Service Area. This helps me to know what to expect from any given year in terms of gamer experience. This year brings an interesting assortment of titles, of which I am listing five of the most anticipated ones in this blog.
1God Of War
One of the most iconic titles to ever emerge in the PlayStation world was God of War. The first two installments were hugely popular, thanks to outstanding graphics, depth of storyline and excellent action sequences. The third part in this series is a departure from the first two. The setting is in a desolate world ruled by Norse gods many years after the destruction of the Olympian gods. An aged Kratos lives with his son Atreus in hiding, in peace. But once the Norse gods discover his role in the fall of Olympus, the plot to kill him. Kratos then embarks on a struggle for survival with his son. Featuring God of War II director Cory Barlog, the game promises to may well be the finest of the three.
The Inpatientmakes a promising second on this list for two reasons. Firstly, the use of VR to induce psychological horror with visuals and audio makes for a potent combination. The game aims to work its way inside your head, preying on the darkest fears of your childhood. Secondly, it is the prequel to the wildly popular choice-driven game Until Dawn. It even features the same directors and writers as the 2015 game. You play a sanitarium patient looking for lost memories, 60 years before the events of Until Dawn. The story plays out based on different choices throughout the game and affects how you interact with characters.
3Metal Gear Survive
When Hideo Kojima left Konami, the future of the Metal Gear franchise seemed doubtful. Many fans were opposed to a continuation of Metal Gear without Kojima’s creative input. However, as it promised, Konami has come out with a new Metal Gear game, this time with a twist. Instead of a continuation of the saga, this game is a spin-off set in an alternate universe. Big Boss’ soldiers are transported to a hostile, zombie-infested island right after the events of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. The game involves a multiplayer co-op style gameplay, using limited resources and teamwork to survive. An open world game with Metal Gear mechanics and support for up to four players seems too good to be true. The game footage seems to be promising enough. However, it remains to be seen if Konami can do justice to the franchise on their own.
4Far Cry 5
The Far Cry franchise has made use of most settings when creating their open-world, first-person shooter games. Rural America is perhaps one of the few locations left that could keep the franchise going fresh in its latest addition. Far Cry 5 is set in the fictional “Hope County, Montana” which is a great setting for an open-world game with open farmlands and lush forests. The game also promises, as always, an iconic, villainous antagonist in the shape of Joseph Seed. Seed heads a doomsday cult and looks to be just as exquisitely evil as Vaas or Pagan Min from the earlier games. Incorporating both animal companionship and co-op play, Far Cry 5 promises to continue the distinguished tradition of the franchise.
The cult favorite Darksiders made waves, soon followed by its sequel Darksiders II. However, when THQ dissolved in 2012, the franchise’s future was very much in doubt. When THQ Nordic acquired the rights to the game, fans were pessimistic about what to expect from an unknown company. The publisher subsequently released remastered versions of Darksiders and Darksiders II, but in 2018 it unveiled Darksiders III. The game is set in parallel to the first two, featuring the Fury, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Fury sets out to destroy manifestations of the Seven Deadly Sins that are wreaking havoc on a chaotic Earth. The game is being developed by members of the same studio that worked on the first two. Given the excellent work they did on the earlier installments, we can reasonably expect the third one to be in the same vein.
With so many big names coming out this year, its impossible to choose which one to play first. But this year, I think we gamers are spoilt for choice. There are tons of other games on that couldn’t be included in this short list. Names like Jurassic World: Evolution is set to bring silver screen titles to the gaming world. There is also the sequel to The Crew calledThe Crew 2 combining fast cars, fast planes and fast boats in a truly mindless freedom. Then the one game that has had gamers waiting since the first chapter, Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2.
This follow-up is perhaps slated to be 2018’s most significant release. The first one was a critically acclaimed success that left gamers hungry for more. The second installment in the series is expected to build on the emotional impact of Red Dead Redemption. While it has the same creators as the GTA saga, Red Dead Redemption 2 is based in the wild west, like the first game. It features an open world map much like GTA and similar game mechanics but the depth of storyline is simply exquisite. Red Dead Redemption 2 is slated for release in October 2018 and has serious gamers salivating with anticipation.