The 15 most anticipated games of 2018

UPDATED: These are the must-play games of the year ahead

05 March 2018
by Stuff Staff

Well, 2017 truly lived up to our expectations: it’s been one of the best years that gaming has ever seen. But we’re an optimistic bunch, and we think 2018 can be even better.

It’s true! Why? Well for starters, developers are flocking to the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo itself has been delivering knockout experiences. Meanwhile, both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One should be well-stocked with greatness from first-party and third-party studios. Oh, and the PC remains the destination for the widest selection of games large and small.

It’s early days still at this point and we only know about some of the games that’ll grace our devices in the next 12 months, but the initial list is already deeply compelling. We’ll update this article monthly to usher in fresh selections, but here are all of the most exciting new releases we’ve heard about so far…


Platforms: PS4, Xbox One

It’s really no surprise at all that Red Dead Redemption 2 is our most anticipated game of the year: it’s not only the successor to one of Rockstar’s absolute best games of all time, but it’s also the studio’s next project following the world-dominating Grand Theft Auto V. That’s huge.

And in fact, it’s a prequel rather than a sequel, making it a pretty ideal starting point even if you didn’t play the brilliant Red Dead (which you should fix ASAP). As the trailers show, RDR2 is shaping up to be absolutely gorgeous, and an open-world Western with the ambition and capabilities of Grand Theft Auto V could be truly mind-blowing. We want it bad.

Due: Spring 2018

2) FAR CRY 5

Platforms: PS4, XB1, PC

It’s been a few years since the last mainline Far Cry game (Primal was perfectly solid though), so we’re itching to get our hands on Far Cry 5. And Ubisoft seems unafraid to wade into some potential controversy with the plot, which centers on a cult of violent, religious fundamentalists in rural Montana in the United States.

You’ll take the role of a sheriff’s deputy sent out to arrest the leader, and as you might expect, that’s not going to be an easy or straightforward task. Expect another wild open-world romp that lets you approach missions however you see fit, this time with the ability to commandeer planes and drop in from above. Amazing.

Due: 27 March 2018


Platform: PlayStation 4

Eight years after the last core God of War game, Sony is ready to revisit Kratos’ quest – this time with a shift from Greek to Norse mythology. And that’s not the only change in what looks like a soft reboot for the series, continuing his saga but shaking up a lot of what we’ve seen before.

For instance, God of War now uses an over-the-shoulder perspective, Kratos’ twin chained blades are swapped out for an elemental axe, and… oh, he’s got a son with him. That’s right: you’ll be both protecting and mentoring young Atreus along the way, which might even inspire Kratos to quell his legendary anger.

Nah, just kidding: it’s as gleefully violent as ever.

Due: 20 April


Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Will Kingdom Hearts III really release in 2018 following years of teases, not to mention a 13-year span of inane spinoffs? We don’t know. But that is Square Enix’s current promise, and we seriously hope that the fans’ agonising wait is finally over.

And wow does this game look marvellous, with Toy Story leading the charge of amazing new Disney locations that we can’t wait to fight through. Other worlds include those from Big Hero 6 and Tangled, and the combat looks dramatically more dynamic and exciting than in the past entries. Hopefully the game makes a lick of sense to anyone who didn’t follow the myriad handheld and mobile editions.

Due: 2018


Platform: PlayStation 4

Superhero games usually suck, and the wall-crawler hasn’t had a great starring role in ages – but we have high hopes for the Sony-exclusive Spider-Man. Why? Well, it hails from Insomniac Games, the studio behind the brilliant Ratchet & Clank and ultra-entertaining Sunset Overdrive.

Also, it looks pretty phenomenal in motion, although we still need to be convinced about how much you’ll actually be controlling the webhead during these frantic, spectacular action scenes. The fact that it’s not tied into a movie seems like a plus, but we’re anxious to get hands-on and see how it feels before we can be sure of anything. The trailers make a fantastic first impression, though.

Due: 2018


Platforms: PS4, XB1, PC

We rarely see big publishers push games that feel truly unique and original anymore, but that’s exactly what’s coming with A Way Out. EA’s surprise E3 reveal is a prison escape game that must be played in split-screen co-op, whether your ally is online or next to you on the couch.

That’s right: there’s no single-player version with an A.I. partner, unless EA is just keeping that bit under wraps for now. That adds a compelling twist to this slick-looking action game, which has sort of an Uncharted-meets-The Shawshank Redemption feel to it, plus it’s from the director of the also-special co-op game Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

Due: 23 March 2018



Platform: PlayStation 4

Quantic Dream’s next game has been on the horizon for a couple of years now, but we’re hoping that this heavily cinematic adventure – about societally oppressed androids that begin acting more like humans – will really deliver on its lofty ambitions.

It’s the latest from director David Cage, who has been hit (Heavy Rain) and miss (Beyond: Two Souls) with his last couple of narrative games, and it appears to be a decision-centric, choose-your-own-adventure type game in which each perilous scenario has multiple possible paths to varying finales. It looks super intense, not to mention totally dazzling.

Due: Spring 2018


Platform: PlayStation 4

Bikers vs zombies in an open world? Yeah, we’re sold.

It’s a compelling elevator pitch in its own right, but the actual game looks even more promising than the basic premise suggests. Days Gone is one of Sony’s most exciting new original IPs on the horizon, and while it’s earned comparisons to Naughty Dog’s brilliant The Last of Us, there are actually more differences between them than meets the eye.

True, they’re both third-person shooters starring grizzled, regret-filled heroes, but Days Gone sometimes pits you against hundreds of frantic, pursuing zombies. And the most compelling twist is the ability to tackle encounters and problems in many different ways, using the open world to your advantage.

Due: 2018


Platform: Nintendo Switch

Nintendo is always keen on innovation in gaming, and Nintendo Labo certainly embodies that approach: it’s a series of cardboard accessories that you can build and then use with the Switch console for an array of unique experiences.

For example, you can build a functional Switch-powered cardboard piano, or build an RC car that actually moves thanks to the rumble of the tucked-in Joy-Cons – and there’s even a cardboard robot costume you can don as you punch in-game robots. It’s wild, imaginative stuff, and it puts as much emphasis on the play as it does creation and STEM-like learning. The two starter packs launch in late April with their included games, and we imagine they’ll be quite scarce.

Due: 27 April


Platforms: Xbox One, PC

The most exciting Xbox exclusive on the near horizon isn’t a big-budget shooter or or a lavish action game – and believe it or not, it comes from Rare. Sea of Thieves is a pirate game, as you might surmise, and it’s a very silly one at that.

Effectively, it’s a freeform, open-world pirate simulation that lets you set sail alongside a crew of online companions, blast the hell out of rival ships, drink grog, and have a damn fun time doing all of it. The cartoonish look and open-ended design ensure ample entertainment every time, especially when no two games will end up the same way.

Due: 20 March 2018


Platforms: PS4, Xbox One

Racing games have come a long way in the last decade, and yet we still can’t turn down the opportunity to return to Paradise City with a fresh coat of paint.

Criterion’s classic open-world racer returns in Burnout Paradise Remastered, which has 4K support for the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro, as well as updated graphics and all of the add-on content bundled in. Whether you like to race, hunt for things to smash, or try to cause epic collisions, you’ll find it all here.

Due: 16 March


Platform: Switch, PS4, XB1, PC

Dark Souls wherever you want? Sold! While the other console and PC versions might pack a bit more visual pop, we’re admittedly most excited about Dark Souls Remastered on Switch, as the tough-as-nails 2011 action role-player goes portable with a bit more polish in tow.

Every version includes the complete original game with the Artorias of the Abyss DLC bundled in, with a better frame rate and higher resolution – going up to 4K on the non-Switch platforms. It’s the same game, of course, but this hardcore time sink should still be plenty appealing.

Due: 25 May


Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light are cult favourites from the last console generation, but Metro Exodus looks like the game that’ll take this series to new heights. As before, the atmospheric shooter is set in a post-apocalyptic Russia, in which survivors huddle in the train tunnels below Moscow.

But there’s an intriguing contrast here between the grim, confined tunnels and the vast, open environments seen in the trailer, and Exodus promises massive, non-linear levels to explore along with a blend of combat and stealth. We’ve only gotten a taste, but we’re intrigued. And if you need to catch up, both Metro games have been remastered for current consoles.

Due: Autumn 2018


Platform: Nintendo Switch

Nintendo still hasn’t officially announced a lot of 2018 games, but we’re already absolutely smitten with their new Yoshi platformer. Hailing from Good-Feel, the studio behind Yoshi’s Wooly World and the fabulous Kirby’s Epic Yarn, this side-scroller blends the fabric worlds of those games with a bit of LittleBigPlanet charm.

The levels have that same kind of LBP diorama feel, as if they’re built from common objects, but the twist in Yoshi is that you can flip the world around to solve puzzles and discover hidden delights. Our favourite Mario pal looks to have a plum starring role on Switch in 2018.

Due: 2018


Platforms: Xbox One, PC

It’s been eight years since the underwhelming Crackdown 2, but we still have so much love for the original Xbox 360 entry – in which you explored the futuristic city as a super-powered agent – that we’re happy to give the series another chance. And from what we’ve seen of it so far, Crackdown 3 certainly looks set to amplify the original’s approach thanks to a vast open world and massively destructible cities.

The game’s been on the horizon for quite some time now, and after missing its latest launch date alongside the Xbox One X we were left wondering whether it’d actually ever materialise. But Microsoft says it’s pegged for spring, so we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. Here’s hoping.

Due: Spring 2018




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