The Most Anticipated Games of 2018

Posted in Kulturecade by - January 08, 2018
The Most Anticipated Games of 2018

We’ve finally put 2017 behind us and the new year has started with the same questions that we see at the start of every year, what will this new calendar hold for us? The wonderful thing about the gaming industry is that, even with as strong a year as 2017 was for the industry, we always look forward, as we wait for the next big thing that new innovation that will drive us forward into the unknown. How can you top a year like 2017 though? From the start 2017, was firing on all cylinders with huge releases like Horizon Zero Dawn and Resident Evil VII: Biohazard and the year refused to slow down as games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Sonic Mania, and Injustice 2 kept us satiated throughout the remainder of the year.

While I haven’t finished all of the titles I wanted to play in 2017, I still can’t help but look ahead to see just what 2018 has to offer. It’s still far too early to tell if it will be a big a year as 2017, but even this early in the year we’ve still got a pretty good idea of what we’re going to see over the next twelve months.

Secret of Mana

I still can’t believe this is something that we’re seeing in 2018. Secret of Mana is one of my favorite games on the Super Nintendo, so it’s not hard to understand why I was so elated when I learned that the game would be receiving a remaster ahead of its 25th anniversary for the PlayStation 4 and PSVita.

This classic action RPG was one I loved in my youth and the mere prospect of joining Randi, Primm, and Popoi on their adventure once again has me excited beyond belief. The game’s graphics and sound have been updated, while still remaining true to the original feel of the game. The game is currently slated for a February 15th release and will available in a digital format and as an exclusive retail release through GameStop, at least for the North American PS4 version.

Detroit: Become Human

Much like last year’s Cuphead, Detroit: Become Human feels like a game that we’ve seen over the past few E3’s that is somehow different every time we see it. I’m not sure exactly what David Cage and Quantic Dream have in store for us with this title, but it feels like something truly special. The sheer amount of freedom that this game is supposed to offer seems like a pipe dream, especially after games like Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls felt like they failed to deliver on the truly interactive experience that they promised in their build-up to their releases, but I remain cautiously optimistic that Detroit: Become Human may finally deliver on these promises.

Detroit: Become Human is currently my most anticipated title on the PlayStation 4, and while I didn’t feel their previous works were quite where they needed to be at the time, perhaps it’s now the right time to revisit them before this game releases. Either way, I can’t wait to see just what Quantic Dream has come up with for the three androids the game will center around in their futuristic vision of the city of Detroit. Detroit: Become Human doesn’t currently have a solid date, but is expected to release in the first half of 2018 for the PlayStation 4.

Kirby: Star Allies

It seems odd to be excited about a new Kirby game in 2018, but here we are. The first new mainline Kirby game for a Nintendo home console since 2011’s Return to Dreamland on the Wii, Kirby: Star Allies will see the return of co-op gameplay along with the ability to combine powers like you could in Kirby 64.

Unfortunately, we don’t know much in terms of story for Star Allies, as we’ve only had a couple of brief looks at the title during Nintendo Directs in the latter half of 2017. I’m sure we’ll learn more about the game when we receive our first Direct of 2018. For now, however, I look forward to a new Kirby game and I can’t wait to see what HAL Laboratories has in store for Kirby’s first outing on the Switch as we approach it’s release later in 2018.

Project Octopath Traveler

It’s been almost a year since we got our first look at Project Octopath Traveler. Throughout 2017, we slowly got to see more of the game that culminated in a playable demo being released in September. A demo which I played and fell in love with. The demo featured two of the playable characters, the Knight Olberic and the Dancer Primrose. Each character follows their own path in the demo version. After completing a character’s brief story arc you are able to visit other characters and even join forces with them.

Project Octopatch Traveler looks like it’s going to be a real standout among the offerings coming from the Nintendo Switch. An RPG from Square Enix and Aquire that will offer a 2D HD design aesthetic, and should certainly delight older gamers like myself who grew up on the Final Fantasy and SaGa games from Square. If this game sounds at all interesting to you then I highly suggest that you check out the demo on the Switch’s eShop and join us as we wait for more news, and hopefully a better title, as we approach Project Octopath Traveler‘s release sometime in 2018.

Soulcalibur VI

It’s been six years since our last foray onto the “stage of history”, and it’s nice to see both Mitsurugi and Sophitia in the game’s announcement trailer after such a long absence. The game will, of course, maintain it’s weapon-based combat from the previous entries while returning to the roots of the story, taking place around the same time as the first Soulcalibur, as opposed to taking place after the fifth entry, which takes place nearly twenty years after Soulcalibur IV.

There hasn’t been much information released since the announcement trailer, save for a 2018 release date. Soulcalibur IV will make use of the Unreal Engine 4 and is easily the best-looking entry in the series to date. I’ve been a huge fan of Soulcalibur since the second entry and I can’t wait for this title later in the year. We’ve received some really stellar fighting games over the last few years and here’s hoping that Soulcalibur VI follows that trend and gives us another year of fantastic fighting games.

It wouldn’t be fair to say that this is a definitive list of the most exciting titles coming in 2018, especially since there’s already so much that’s been announced. There are still more games that I wasn’t able to talk about here for the sake of time and there are still titles like Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory, Anthem, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and A Way Out among many others. Other titles, like Kingdom Hearts III, are games I still don’t believe we’ll see this year, so it was automatically off the list. Overall, 2018 is already looking like a very solid year for video games, and it’s still only January. As the year unfolds and we see our Nintendo Directs, CES, Gamescom, E3, etc. we’ll see plenty of more games coming down the pipe. 2018 has some big shoes to fill after 2017, but even with the small amount we currently know, I think we’re going to be in for another phenomenal year.

This post was written by
He is a senior editor at Kulture Shocked. A seasoned gamer, Zach has been playing video games since the early 90s and have owned everything from the NES to the Xbox One. Aside from video games, Zach is a nerd of all trades and dabbles in everything from collectible card games to Gunpla.

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