By WILLIE MALVEUX
2017 proved to be a fantastic year for gamers, eliciting two new consoles and a plethora of new titles. Luckily, a new year is here, packing tons of exciting games down the pipeline. Here are 10 of the games that are worth checking out this year.
“Shadow of the Colossus” – Leap onto a mount and chase down giants in this action-adventure masterpiece. The original “Shadow of the Colossus,” released on the Play Station 2, was considered a must-play at the time, and the remake in 2018 is another must-play. Control the protagonist, Wander, as he battles colossi with the aid of his mighty steed, Agro. The game features a massive open world with lots of rich environments as well as a fantastic vegetation system which supersedes the industry standard. The game will be released February 6 for PlayStation 4.
“Kingdom Hearts 3” – The wait is coming to a close, as Square Enix’s legendary series’ third edition joins the fray. The game follows the main protagonist, Sora, as he traverses through different Disney worlds to battle in a hack-and-slash-type linear adventure. A massive story is expected of the game. This game also comes after Disney’s annexation of Marvel and Star Wars which may lead to a game like “Disney Infinity” in which characters from these different universe may interact. Only time will tell–the release is expected to be in late 2018 or early 2019.
“Monster Hunter World” – Since its debut on the PlayStation 2, Capcom’s Monster Hunter series has proved to be one of the most exciting action role-playing games to play. This year will come with the latest installment of the series, “Monster Hunter World.” With the scout flies leading the way, gather friends for an adventure of cutting down massive, prehistorically inspired monsters using massive weapons. The game has moderately fast combat, and is the first in the series to contain next-generation graphics. “Monster Hunter World” will be a flying onto shelves on Jan. 26, 2018.
“Far Cry 5” – “Watchdogs,” “Rainbow Six,” and “Assassin’s Creed” all have something in common, and that is the ultra-powerful publisher behind them, Ubisoft, which is also responsible for the action-adventure first person shooter, “Far Cry,” which gets its eleventh installment this year in “Far Cry 5.” What makes “Far Cry 5” exciting is the combination of old and new into the game to invigorate gameplay and increase the game’s lifespan. For example, the game features a new character creation system so that the player is not filling in a set character. The game also revives the old system of leaning around cover to add complexity to combat. “Far Cry 5” releases March 27, 2018, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
“God of War” – SIE Santa Monica Studio is well known for the gorey hack-and-slash game, “God of War,” which first released on the PlayStation 2 in 2005. Now, over a decade later, the series is preparing for its eighth installment named the same as the first “God of War.” This title will follow Kratos as he protects and guides his son, Atreus. The game’s combat system will differ from the previous games and will feature more role-playing game elements such as crafting and skill points. The game will also be the first to have a third person, over-the-shoulder camera, instead of the games’ usually cinematic camera. “God of War” will be unleashed on the PlayStation 4 in early 2018.
“Spider-Man” – Marvel’s web slinger has had quite the history of popular console titles, from “Spider-Man” 1 and 2 on the PlayStation 2, to somewhat dropping the ball on “Web of Shadows,” but this PlayStation 4 exclusive holds amazing promise. One of the chief reasons why is because it is being made by Insomniac Games, the legendary studio behind titles such as “Ratchet and Clank,” as well as “Spyro” and “Sunset Overdrive.” The game’s visuals from the E3 trailer look stunning. So far, Peter Parker and Miles Morales have been confirmed to be in the game as well as a completely new villain to battle alongside a number of familiar ones. “Spider-Man” will be swinging onto the PlayStation 4 in 2018.
“Red Dead Redemption 2” – A prequel to the captivating and action-packed tale of John Marston, and the third edition to the “Red Dead” series, “Red Dead Redemption 2” aims to capitalize off of the original’s success in telling the tale of Marston as the outlaw that he used to be. It is a Rockstar game, so it goes without saying that it will be held to a high standard. “Red Dead Redemption 2” will be available in stores in 2018.
“Metro Exodus” – 4A Games has made a name for itself through its marvelous action game series, “Metro.” In this most recently announced installation of the series, the player must take control of the protagonist, Artyom, in order to explore the Russian wilderness and cling to life a quarter-century after the earth was plagued by nuclear fallout. The game boasts an immersive world, deadly combat and a strong campaign with decisions affecting the overall story. “Metro Exodus” will be released for Play Station 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows later this year.
“Mega Man 11” – “Mega Man 11” will be continue Capcom’s legendary adventures of the android, Rock, as he battles other androids and robots to save the day. This game comes after the series’ 8-year-long hiatus and is a celebration of the franchise’s 30th anniversary. The game is the first of the main “Mega Man” series to utilize 3-dimensional graphic assets, and this is shown to have a profound impact on the overall look of the game as it is notably different than any of the previous titles. Not only that, but the 2017 trailer for the game shows many unique enemies and abilities to use. “Mega Man 11” is set to release in late 2018.
“Kirby Star Allies” – Nintendo’s Dreamland warrior returns for his latest console installment since “Kirby’s Return to Dreamland” in 2011. For those unfamiliar with the series, Kirby is a puffy, pink warrior capable of devouring enemies and upon doing so, gains their powers. This new title, however boasts an interesting new feature in which Kirby may befriend enemies and have them fight alongside him, creating new ways to solve puzzles and clear rooms in game. “Kirby” floats into stores March 16, 2018, for the Nintendo Switch.