The best upcoming games of 2018 (and beyond)

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We’re expecting great things from these new games coming to PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch

The rest of the year is looking ridiculously stacked when it comes to the best new games of 2018. You’ve got long-awaited sequels to legendary games, like Red Dead Redemption 2, Super Smash Bros. for Switch, and Kingdom Hearts 3, bumping up against excitingly fresh ideas like Sea of Thieves, Indivisible, and Dreams. Whatever you’re looking forward to the most, there are plenty of highly anticipated titles set to debut in the coming months (and the years to come) – so we’ve collected the standouts for your viewing pleasure, updated weekly with new additions. Browse our list (ordered by release date) and see what you need to start saving up for ASAP – then be sure to let us know in the comments which games have your rapt attention.

A Way Out

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: March 23, 2018

Now you can experience your very own Shawshank Redemption courtesy of A Way Out, a co-op only jailbreak story written and directed by the mind behind the affecting puzzle adventure Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Whether you’re playing with a partner on the couch or online, A Way Out is always played in splitscreen co-op, as inmates Leo and Vincent begrudgingly work together to bust out of prison and reclaim their freedom. The persistent splitscreen presentation creates some intriguing opportunities for teamwork; for instance, one player might be locked in a cutscene, while the other can freely move about, planning the duo’s next move or viewing critical story scenes from a different perspective.

Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom

Platform(s): PS4, PC
Release date: March 23, 2018

With its beautiful, Studio Ghibli-inspired art direction, Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom is unmistakable, and it looks like the sequel iterates on the original’s gameplay in all the right ways. Ni no Kuni 2’s RPG action is more Pikmin than Pokemon: instead of controlling individually collected Familiars from the sidelines, your party members Evan, Roland, and Tani are always in the thick of each real-time fight, assisted by a horde of cutesy elemental creatures called Higgledies. Though the events once again takes place in the parallel realm of Ni no Kuni, this story has a much grander scope than the first, as the deposed young king Evan endeavors to reclaim his kingdom of Ding Dong Dell after a hostile takeover.

Far Cry 5

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: March 27, 2018

Far Cry 5 won’t take place in some exotic far-off region like Far Cry 4’s Kyrat, or an ancient history setting as in Far Cry Primal – it’ll be bringing its first-person mayhem to the US of A. The fictional region of Hope County, Montana is thrown into disarray by a cult known as the Project at Eden’s Gate, led by the charismatic Father Joseph who advocates religious fanaticism and militia-style stockpiles of high-powered firearms. As Hope County’s newest deputy sheriff, you’ll have to band with the unturned townsfolk to take down Eden’s Gate in the most chaotic ways possible – including aerial dogfights and bombing runs in a pilotable plane, or vicious takedowns using pitchforks, sledgehammers, or trusty animal companions, to name a few options.

Agony

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: March 30, 2018

There’s a pretty easy way to figure out if the first-person horror of Agony is for you: can you stomach the sight of virtual babies being smashed into bloody stumps? If you answered ‘yes’, then you’re just twisted enough to enjoy this harrowing trip through Hell itself. You’re a tortured soul seeking out the Red Goddess, the so-called ruler of the underworld, in a desperate bid to escape eternal suffering. To do so, you’ll need to fearfully sneak past demons in your meek human form as a feeble Martyr – though later on, you can possess them and use their terrible powers to your own ends.

Extinction

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: April 10, 2018

The classic David and Goliath story has been modernized in some wildly popular ways, from the Attack on Titan anime (and its many tie-in games) to the timeless Shadow of the Colossus. Extinction is hoping to join that pantheon of human-versus-giant greatness, featuring a Sentinel named Avll who takes on skyscraper-sized ogres known as Ravenii, cutting them down to size before they can completely level helpless villages. Combat takes place on the small and large scale, as you need to clear out waves of regular-sized orcs and flying gargoyles before you start chopping whole limbs off the hulking Ravenii (who have toenails bigger than your entire body). When you’re not swinging your blade, you’ll be making leaps and bounds around the terrain with your acrobatic movement, and the environments are fully destructible so you can really see the kind of damage these giants can do.

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

Platform(s): PS4
Release date: April 17, 2018

Sega’s irreverent, thoroughly Japanese answer to the open-world criminal hijinks of GTA has quite the cult following, and the fanbase has ballooned in recent years with Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is just another instance of Westerners getting the latest in the series long after Japan, but no matter – if you’re a Kazuma Kiryu devotee, then any wait is worth it. As always, the dramatic story of Kiryu’s escapades amid Japan’s criminal underbelly is just part of the picture, because you can spend dozens of hours messing around with the many ridiculous and/or deep minigames available on the side. Play baseball, sing karaoke, make friends at a hostess club, go spearfishing, take loving care of babies and cats – there’s so much more to the virtual life of this former gang member than just bare-knuckle brawling.

God of War

Platform(s): PS4
Release date: April 20, 2018

Having torn the Greek pantheon asunder, Kratos (now sporting a scruffy beard) has set his sights on a new mythology to conquer: Norse. The fourth main entry in the legendarily brutal PlayStation series – God of War – drops the numbering and looks like it’ll force Kratos to control his endless rage, as he raises his young son Atreus to become a hardened warrior. Don’t worry, you’ll still slay plenty of fantastical creatures along the way, using Kratos’ new lightning axe main weapon – but expect a lot more character development and quieter moments in between all the carnage.

Nintendo Labo

Platform(s): Switch
Release date: April 20, 2018

Nintendo has always excelled at innovation, but this is the kind of inspired design that no one saw coming. Part cardboard construction kit, part peripheral-centric gaming made possible by the advanced sensors in the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers, Nintendo Labo has you building your own peripherals (called Toy-Cons) to play a variety of unique games designed for your newly made device. It’s a simple-but-brilliant concept, evoking fond memories of putting together Lego sets, and is sure to delight any aspiring engineers in your life. While the prices to pre-order Nintendo Labo do seem a bit steep, building the means of play is part of the fun – and it looks like we won’t have to worry about the kind of limited supply issues that plagued amiibo and NES Classic stocks in the past.

State of Decay 2

Platform(s): Xbox One, PC
Release date: May 22, 2018

If The Walking Dead has taught us anything, it’s that forging bonds between survivors and building up a community is essential to surviving the zombie apocalypse. State of Decay 2 takes those values to heart with co-op for up to four players, provided you all agree to work together instead of backstabbing one another for precious supplies. To build up your customizable encampment, you’ll need to scavenge on foot or four wheels, splattering the skulls of countless undead along the way. And if someone’s unfortunate enough to get bitten, their allies will have the tough choice between curing them with a limited supply of medicine, or ending their impending suffering with a bullet to the brain.

Detroit: Become Human

Detroit Become Human box art

Platform(s): PS4
Release date: May 25, 2018

As is the trend nowadays, Detroit: Become Human is a choice-driven adventure revolving around androids achieving sentience. Remember the Kara tech demo Sony showed off years ago? She’s back as one of three playable androids in a futuristic Detroit, along with detective ‘bot Connor and the aspiring revolutionary Marcus. It’s a game of staggering ambition: it took David Cage two years to write the script, and hundreds of actors have done mo-cap work for it.

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