2018's Gaming Lineup Looks Disappointing, But the Best is Yet to Come

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Jan 14, 2018 4:00 PM
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Cast a cursory glance over the biggest games due out in 2018 and you’re likely to be disappointed. Right from the offset, this looks like a year that can’t hope to live up to 2018. There are some golden nuggets scattered throughout, but the early part of the year looks a bit flaky from an AAA perspective. There are the usual suspects like Far Cry 5, of course, but that retread isn’t exactly the most exciting release ever, even if does end up a barrel-load of fun.

But things are never quite as simple as that. At this point last year, we didn’t know about the existence of Assassin’s Creed Origins. Or Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, The Evil Within 2, Call of Duty: WWII, Destiny 2,  Total War: Warhammer II or Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. Heck, most of us hadn’t heard of PUBG and yet it would go on to become the best-selling PC game of all time. Between them, they were the biggest PC games of the year, and in January 2017 none of them had even been announced. My point being - a blank slate is to be expected this early in the year.

Even taking all that into account, we’ve still got some fantastic stuff to look forward. We already know about the likes of Anthem, Monster Hunter World, Red Dead Redemption 2, A Way Out, Far Cry 5, Skull & Bones, State of Decay 2, Crackdown 3, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Sea of Thieves, The Crew 2, Darksiders 3 and Jurassic World Evolution, to name but a few. That’s not to forget the bevy of PlayStation exclusives like Spider-Man, God of War, Dreams, Detroit: Become Human and Days Gone. Add that hefty list of games to the titles yet to be announced and you begin to see a cracking lineup emerge. Even since writing the original this article, Total War: Three Empires has been announced and Cyberpunk 2077 has been teased.

The truth is that most publishers these days are tending to shy away from extended hype cycles. We first really saw this put into practice with Bethesda and Fallout 4, announcing the game and releasing it with a five-month period. EA swiftly followed this tactic with Battlefield 1, Star Wars Battlefront 2, Titanfall 2, etc.

It’s now the norm to find out about a game in the summer and be able to play it by the fall. Just take Bethesda as a prime example. Right now we know about precisely zero upcoming Bethesda games. Last year it launched five games. It’s practically assured Bethesda publishes multiple games this year, as it’s always done. We just don’t know what they are yet. Talking of which, it’s been three years since Fallout 4 was announced…

So while it can be all too easy to look at the upcoming release calendar with a smidgen of disappoint, take heart in the (hopeful) fact that the best is yet to come. Games we still don’t even have a clue about; games that still hide in busy development studios around the world, one of which could become the greatest game released all year.

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19:20 Jan-15-2018

Pantheon: Rise of the fallen anyone? Can't wait! Probably the best mmorpg since the original everquest

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17:29 Jan-15-2018

Say what you want, but I'm pretty much looking forward to Total War: China - 3 Kingdoms

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16:08 Jan-15-2018

Trying not to be a fanboy, but man does Sony have a damn good lineup coming

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17:16 Jan-15-2018

It does indeed, provided people are into single-player, cinematic games (I very much am).

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08:51 Jan-15-2018

it is ok if the game selection this year is lacking, I am going to be lacking on money for all of 2018 anyway

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01:53 Jan-15-2018

off-topic, sorry but this is important.


Ok they are going full evil now... no this is not a joke.

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02:52 Jan-15-2018

seems believable but Im no expert in powerpoints so the jury is out:


https://boards.fireden.net/v/thread/403405459/\#403405459

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08:51 Jan-15-2018

After further investigation and trying to crack the password myself (since I am all about conspiracy) to see what company(ies) is hiding behind those black bars from the guy who released those pictures - I was unable to do that. Not sure how he did it with just by copy/paste C# example AES, since they're password encrypted.


Anyway, if you go down, someone made a good point about Microsoft --

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08:51 Jan-15-2018

-- being culprit behind this, but don't take my word for it.

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00:31 Jan-15-2018

Mount&Blade 2? Please? finds a corner and cries

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21:39 Jan-14-2018

I've booked the Friday off for Monster Hunter and the following Monday, just so I can binge the crap out of it.
I can't remember the last time I was this excited for a game. It's going to be so good.

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04:19 Jan-15-2018

I'm with ya man, those games hold a special place in my heart. Kinda sad it's not coming to Switch, so I'm gonna have to wait for the PC release... I hope ya enjoy it!

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20:58 Jan-14-2018

Don't forget 2 Total War games, just google: ''games of 2018'' and there is so much games I don't know if I will be able to buy 1/4 of them

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20:17 Jan-14-2018

I won't be disappointed because the only games I play are Japanese developed games that are single player only. If it's a AAA western game I'm not touching it.

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20:23 Jan-14-2018

With the exception of PS4 single player exclusives like Ghosts of Tsushima, Days Gone, Spiderman ect. Anything from EA, Activision, WB & MS I won't touch.

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23:55 Jan-14-2018

You are missing on so much.

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02:20 Jan-15-2018

No, I know exactly what I'm missing out on, and I honestly don't care. Destiny, BF, COD, I hate western multiplayer focused MTX riddled trash games.

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14:37 Jan-15-2018

But you don't play any game outside the Japanese developed games ones?

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14:52 Jan-15-2018

It's quite a specific interest but if that's what they're most interested in, why not? There are so many games now, catering to so many tastes, that we're all 'missing out on so much' because there just isn't enough time in the world to play them all. Why not narrow it down to the type you like best and play them?

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15:01 Jan-15-2018

I can't seem to figure out how to reply to you (Jon) because the reply button doesn't appear so I'm going to reply to malbhet again.
The missing out on so much is missing on games that might please him since he refuses ( if I understand correctly ) to play AAA western games.

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15:11 Jan-15-2018

Yeah I get you, it's just you're doubtless missing out on hundreds of great games too as you're always playing something at the expense of another. In Japan, for example, they overwhelmingly play Japanese games, and I seriously doubt they feel like they're missing out. There's also probably a Japanese Malbhet1 out there saying he doesn't play Japanese games, he's only interested in Westen titles.

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15:19 Jan-15-2018

Ohhh I wish I was missing out on all those games. I feel that I've already burned out all possible games that might interest me :(

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15:28 Jan-15-2018

You can't be lol, unless you're limiting your game choices by your own set of rules? Just head onto Steam and click Explore, there are heaps (mostly trash, but plenty of good ones)!

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16:49 Jan-15-2018

I just did and after 3 discovery queues I found one that might interest me.
Edit: I already wanted to add it to my wishlist but had forgotten.

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19:42 Jan-14-2018

where is Metro Exodus?

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09:28 Jan-15-2018

This is about games you actually play, not those that don't let you do anything and consist of 70% cutscenes.

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10:13 Jan-15-2018

Metro games doesn't have that much cut scenes

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11:40 Jan-15-2018

Dude metro is a killer game, great combo of action, stealth, and yes the occasional cutscene, which to me tops it all off.

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13:22 Jan-16-2018

Exactly both games were great and i can bet third one will be great gameplay and story wise. Let's just hope for better optimization.

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18:50 Jan-14-2018

The one game im really hyped for this year is Anthem. There is speculation that Bully 2 might get announced at E3 this year for next year that would be cool. Also speculation of Halo 6 this year don't count on it. The Last of us Part 2 maybe this year :D. A little birdie gave me a quick play at Crew 2 and it was not what I expected really badly ported and such. Hope Far Cry 5 will be great. Bethesda I think should make Brink 2.

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21:38 Jan-14-2018

Anthem is going to be garbage. EA is the publisher, and regardless of how good Bioware want to make it, EA is going to have ruined it in the typical EA fashion.

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18:37 Jan-14-2018

Anthem looked really awesome, but EA scares me...

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17:47 Jan-14-2018

Farcry 5, Scorn, Vampyr and few smaller games, was looking forward to state of decay 2 but wont get it now as its store only, hope for steam version

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16:33 Jan-14-2018

I’m hyped for Vampyr! Which is not even listed :/

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16:27 Jan-14-2018

I am waiting for jurassic world evolution since I am a big fan of planet coaster alredy and for state of decay 2

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16:15 Jan-14-2018

I'm going to be frank, this article sucks for 2 reasons. its highly opinionated and last year sucked for video games, the only games that released last year were destiny 2 and persona 5 but this year we have an amazing line up

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16:19 Jan-14-2018

Such as Monster hunter world, red dead redemption,far cry 5, sea of thieves,anthem,spider man, a way out, god of war, metro exodus, Detroit become human, days gone, state of decay 2, crackdown 3, code vein,Dynasty warrior 9 and Ace combat 7

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16:20 Jan-14-2018

Among many others, so i think that this year will be even better than 2017.

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17:00 Jan-14-2018

Thats a big opinion on the "last year sucked". The year was amazing for console games. Pc however didnt get nearly as much good games imo.

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18:30 Jan-14-2018

Divinity The Original Sin II duh. The best oldschool RPG of 2010s.

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19:19 Jan-14-2018

Persona 5, Resident Evil 7, Divinity 2, Zelda BOTW, Mario Odyssey, Cuphead, Nioh, Nier Automata, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Shadow of War, Wolfenstein 2, Yakuza 0, Splatoon 2, what a terrible year for gaming.

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10:20 Jan-15-2018

It's subjective. It's not here to reaffirm your own opinions :)

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