Tony’s Most-Anticipated Games of 2018 – Part One

2017 was a whirlwind year for games–the likes of Horizon: Zero Dawn, Nier: Automata, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild–will be quite difficult to beat in 2018. However, there are games releasing in this new year that hold immense promise. In no particular order, here are my most-anticipated games for this year. In no particular order.

The Metro games are one of those titles that kind of fly under the radar. Their fans know the saga’s worth and I certainly count myself as one of them. A post-apocalyptic horror [loosely] shooter with tight controls, interesting firearms, and a penchant for darkness, Metro Exodus is likely to produce these attributes and more and I’m excited to delve back into Artyom’s bleak world.

Days Gone went into development in 2015 and marks Bend Studio’s first game since 1999’s Syphon Filter. When it was first announced at E3, I was struck by what seemed like a The Last of Us clone. A gruff protagonist, in a post-apocalyptic setting with zombies. Days Gone, however, is an open-world action survival game and the more I read into it, the more excited I become. Bring on the hoard.

Of course, what most-anticipated list would be complete without Red Dead Redemption 2? It’s predecessor was extremely lauded and fans are dying to see what Rockstar can do with the next outing on new hardware. I’m simultaneously wary and excited to depart from John Marston, despite his tale being wrapped with bullet-riddled bows, but we grew to love him and I hope we can do the same with the upcoming protagonist. Here’s to 2018, Rockstar.

Another not-so-surprising entry on my list, God of War. Santa Monica is taking the series in a new direction with a behind-the-back camera and not-so-angry Kratos who happens to also be a father. The new style and cinematic direction–as well as the Norse theme–has me super stoked to see what this game holds. It looks absolutely amazing so far and I can’t wait to make my return with the Ghost of Sparta.

I suppose you could say, I saved my best for last. As many of you know, I am one of the biggest Spidey fanboys ever. While this obviously lends some bias to my typical objectivity, gamers have been clamoring for a current-gen debut of the Web-Slinger for some time. With Insomniac at the helm, the character finally home within the MCU, and Marvel lending a creative hand to the character and narrative, it holds LOADS of promise and I personally cannot wait to swing through the city again. 

Tony Marinilli

Tony is a passionate and devoted gamer who studies, examines, and enjoys all aspects of games from narrative, script, and score, to character development, and of course, gameplay and graphical quality. He enjoys Action/Adventure and RPGs like Last of Us and The Witcher, respectively. He writes about a myriad of topics within the gaming community, including but not limited to: reviews, focus pieces such as sexism within the industry and general news surrounding gaming as a whole. If reading about hot topics and enjoy engaging conversations about games, Tony is your go-to guy. When he is not at work, writing, or eating, Tony can be found playing games.

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