There are a lot of games to look forward to coming this year. This first quarter of 2018 is certainly packed with a large roster of games to choose from. Here are the ten that have piqued our interest.
Monster Hunter Worlds
One game we are looking forward to is the release of Monster Hunter World, January 26th. This newest instalment signals the first Monster Hunter title to release on consoles since 2011’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for Wii.
Returning is the grind-heavy gameplay, which tasks the player with consistently fighting ferocious behemoths to obtain better armour and weapons. However, this will not be done alone – co-op, a staple for the series, is also returning; allowing you to fight monsters and explore alongside up to three friends.
The monsters are also much smarter, with unique movements and choices making them appear extremely life-like, acting accordingly to their environment, which makes each fight different. The environment the game offers is a gorgeous tropical island, which can also be experienced in 4k, with an extremely realistic ecosystem. Following this ecosystem is the inclusion of monster vs monster battles, which involves two giant beasts fighting for food or territory. Monster Hunter: World is a game we are anticipating greatly.
Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom
We all love the beautiful art-style of Studio Ghibli. Which is why were definitely looking forward to the anticipated sequel of one of the most critically acclaimed JRPGs of 2010. Despite the studio not being involved in this next instalment, the hype for this game has not been diminished. Ni No Kuni 2 will be set in the same magical world with a new young protagonist as he battles to save his kingdom from the dastardly mouse tribe. The young King, Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum, will work with Roland, a visitor from another world and Tani, a feisty air pirate. Fight alongside the adorable Higgeldies as you utilise their magical powers to provide various bonuses in battle. Your characters themselves can also use a variety of magical attacks in ranged and close-quarter battles. The game also allows players to build and manage their kingdom as your characters focus on the arrangements of workforces and building your armies. First announced back in 2015 during the PlayStation Experience, it was described by Eurogamer as the biggest highlight of the event. Gamers will look followed to step back into the world of Ni No Kuni on March 23, 2018.
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment, JP: Level 5
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4
Buy on Amazon here: Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (PS4)
Sea of Thieves
We are excited to play upcoming pirate-’em-up Sea of Thieves and band together with a team of scallywags.
Exploring its open world players can search of adventure, danger and most importantly treasure. Players can then use this treasure to customise their ship and themselves, changing their ships loadouts and their appearance to prepare for the next voyage.
Sea of thieves has no story and is entirely multiplayer with islands and shipwrecks full of treasure just waiting to be plundered. Getting treasure won’t be easy with enemies to fight and terrors of the seas to face, and we mustn’t forget other pirates looking to take our booty.
Although the game is releasing soon it is still going through its player testing phase in the form of a beta, with weekly updates from developers Rare to iron out any bugs in time for the games release.
We look forward to Sea of Thieves’ release on March 20th with cross platform play between Xbox One and Windows PCs.
Amazon link: Sea of Thieves (Xbox One)
Developer – Rare
Publisher – Microsoft Studios
Platform – Xbox One, Windows PCs
UFC 3 takes to the list as the long-awaited sequel takes a big step away from its origins of stiff stand up, where the game makes its return hitting harder than ever. With fluent transitions and a smooth evasive system being brought into the mix its likely UFC 3 will be making a huge entrance in the fighting games genre. With ‘big money’ fighter Conor Mcgregor leading the hype from the games front cover its evident that EA sports are putting a lot of their cards on the table for this game to make the impact which is predicted. Due to release on the 2nd of February this game will looking to have a strong start with all eyes on EA fresh into the month of February. Taking a very personal touch to the characteristics of fighters in the UFC this will surely make a mouth-watering impression on both gamers and MMA fans around the world. From women’s strawweight to men’s heavyweight this game is sure to have players crushing through competition in all divisions.
Developers – EA Canada
Publishers – Electronic arts, EA sports
Platforms – PS4, XBOX One
Buy on Amazon here: UFC 3 (PS4)
Orwell: Ignorance is Strength
Orwell was like a philosophical homage to text based adventure games. It required the user to select data on individuals related to a recent terrorist incident in The Nation, through the self descriptively named surveillance system named Orwell. A prequel that featured a variety of options as well as multiple endings based on the users’ choices throughout the five part episodic adventure. This sequel aims to provide a different experience from the original by changing the focus of the game from mass surveillance to propaganda through the same Orwell system. Ignorance is Strength will give you the ability to uncover the truth surrounding news as well as the ability to create the truth to influence public opinion. Much like its predecessor, the game will dive into the philosophical issues surrounding technology and the control of the media. It is very much like a video game version of Black Mirror. And everyone likes Black Mirror regardless of how depressing it is.
Developer: Osmotic studios
Publisher: Surprise Attack
Available on Steam Store here
Little Nightmares: The hideaway
We’ve been obsessed with Little Nightmares since its release back in April 2017. Tarsier Studio’s surprisingly spine-chilling puzzle-platformer was beautifully imperfect, yet left us wanting more. Thankfully, our prayers were answered when the first episode of a three-part DLC Secrets of the Maw released back in November. The second episode, The Hideaway, is due to grace our systems this February. Continuing the story from the perspective of the Runaway Kid, players embark on a journey to locate and rescue the curiously reserved Nomes. The DLC takes on a unique twist, with more complex, puzzle mechanics that require the assistance of the Nomes in order to complete levels. We’re bound to be dragged back into some bad dreams, and we couldn’t be happier about it.
The second part of Little Nightmares: The Hideaway releases 10th February on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Publisher: Bandai Namco
The Resistance DLC for Call of Duty: WW2
Sledgehammer games has announced the addition of three new multiplayer maps, a War Mode mission and a Zombies chapter, and we are excited. Due for PC release in February very little information has been disclosed by publishers Activison. Here’s what we do know; the three maps named Anthropoid, Occupation and Valkyrie will first be released on PlayStation before other platforms. Though the details of each map are sparse we’re pretty happy with what Activision have given us.
Anthropoid – A map based in Prague, with inspiration from the famous attempt of assassination on a high ranked German officer, named Operation Anthropoid.
Occupation – A remake of the classic Call of Duty map set in German Occupied Paris.
Valkyrie – Inspired by Hitler’s Eastern Headquarters; “Wolf’s Lair” in East Prussia.
Resilience is the first of 4 DLCs that has been promised for 2018, all covered by the Call of Duty: WWII Season Pass. The DLC is available for pre-order on all platforms despite their different release dates.
Call of Duty: WWII – The Resistance: DLC Pack 1 DLC | PS4 Download Code – UK Account
Release Date- 30th January PS4
Publisher – Activision
Developer – Sledgehammer Games
Platforms – PS4 PC, Xbox
Far Cry 5
Set in Hope County, Montana within the United States of America, a cult of religious activists who accept the 3 F’s – Faith, Freedom and Firearms – what more could we want from one of the biggest games in 2018.
Far Cry 5 features the same shooting systems we have come to know and love from these games. However, we are excited for the tighter and renewed focus on melee attacks and character customisation which were not previously seen in past Far Cry games. We are looking forward to creating and customising our character’s appearance, gender and skin tone instead of taking on the role of a set character.
The one feature we are looking forward to is to newly crafted recruitment system which allows the player to buddy with two humans and a DOG.
Some individuals would enjoy this game more than others.
Far Cry 5 is set to be released on March 27th for the PS4, Xbox One and PC
Publisher – Ubisoft
Developer – Ubisoft Montreal
The Crew 2
The Crew 2 isn’t a game many of us thought we’d play. As a sequel to Ivory Tower’s 2014 racing-MMO, this spiritual successor to the company’s beloved Test Drive Unlimited series plans to fully reinvigorate the gameplay style of the original.
Players will once again get to roam around the entirety of the United States of America, albeit in a much smaller scale to real life. Whether you’re going on a road trip with your mates or taking part in one of the game’s many mission types, there is always something to do in the world of The Crew 2.
Variety is at the forefront of The Crew 2’s design. This time around you won’t just be limited to the sprawling roads of America; the introduction of a new seamless vehicle switching mechanic takes players to the skies and seas with the addition of planes and boats. The Crew 2 isn’t just a racer, it’s an experience and an experience we’re very excited to explore this March.
Release Date: March 16
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Purchase Link:The Crew 2 (PS4) and The Crew 2 – Xbox One
Ben Kerry & Lewis White