What are going to be the best games of 2018? 2017 had everything from masterpieces like Divinity: Original Sin 2 and What Remains of Edith Finch, to more disappointing turnouts such as Destiny 2 and Mass Effect: Andromeda. And how could we forget about our battle royale behemoth - and PCGN game of the year 2017 - PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
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But us PC gamers are a ravenous bunch, shovelling down levels, stories, and experience points without any of it even coming close to touching the sides. We are hungry for more, and 2018 has plenty of tasty morsels to go towards satiating our appetites.
From the splendid open-world chaos promised by Far Cry 5 to the drug-fuelled dystopia of We Happy Few, 2018 has just about everything up its temporal sleeve for PC gamers of all stripes. And that is without mentioning the game in which you flap your wings about as a sociopathic goose. Below you will find PCGamesN’s most anticipated games for 2018:
Ni No Kuni 2
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a spellbinding, deeply moving adventure, led famously by the inimitable masters of Japanese cinema, Studio Ghibli. It united RPG fans all across the globe in their adoration of the game. It is just a shame it did not come to PC.
Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom, on the other hand, will be on PC. Once again, serious themes are embedded into an ostensibly whimsical world, as the game’s mouse tribes seek to overthrow the incumbent cats with a coup d’etat (coup d’ecat?) in the town of Ding Dong Dell.
Endearing protagonist Oliver, his familiars and, the biggest blow, Studio Ghibli, are out for this sequel. But Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum - boy king of the cat tribe - and the quaintly-monikered higgledies are in. The game has already suffered two delays, but we have our fingers crossed that Ni No Kuni’s first adventure on PC will be a special one.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
We have been waiting for Kingdom Come: Deliverance for quite some time: we were even talking about it for our most anticipated games of 2017 lineup. Hopefully, when the gritty realism of this medieval RPG is ‘delivered’ (ahem) in February 2018, it will have aged like a fine mead, rather than a slab of rotten meat.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is the RPG for people who thought The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim could do with a larger dose of historical accuracy - you won’t be bashing brutes with destructive spells here. However, this strive for realism could possibly be to the game’s detriment. Let’s just hope that fun wins the day in the end.
In any case, the impression of 15th century Bohemia that Warhorse Studio have created, in all its bucolic beauty, looks a pastoral dream just begging to be explored.
Far Cry 5
2017 saw the reinvention of Assassin’s Creed. Origins was the result of a gap year for the series, and it was all to the game’s benefit: the sumptuous recreation of Ancient Egypt has only been improved by the RPG trappings seamlessly integrated into it.
Far Cry 5, on the other hand, might be, by comparison, a more modest update for Ubisoft, but we are still very much excited for our jaunt to modern-day America. Hope County, a fictional region in Montana, is home to unnervingly devout preacher Joseph Seed and his gang of miscreant cultists.
Despite Ubisoft’s reticence to attach any serious political message to the game, Hope County remains an enticing environment in which to sow the seeds of chaos as with any Far Cry world that has come before. We might not see the series shed its skin completely when it comes round to its March release date but, considering the fun we had in Kyrat and Rook Island, that is fine by us.
We Happy Few
The way the world is at the moment, we would happily take any medication that helps us forget our troubles and bestow upon the world a few more rainbows and loot-crate-free videogames. Your protagonist in We Happy Few, however, is evidently less defeatist than we are.
In Compulsion Games’s ‘60s-tinged urban survival game, the residents of Wellington Wells are forced to take the hallucinogenic sedative known as Joy. As this is an alternative history in which England is now a nightmarish totalitarian dystopia on the verge of societal collapse, most of its denizens are more than willing to comply.
Your character is not, however, which makes him a ‘Downer’, and a target for the authorities. It is an intriguing premise with a heavy seasoning of Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World. Its survival elements are the perfect way to tell its story, too, and we are looking forward for the game to surface from Early Access in April 2018.
Untitled Goose Game
2018 really is covering all bases, isn’t it? This game from developers House House does not have a name yet, but its concept is certainly a novel one. The important thing, we gather, is that you have to be as annoying and horrible as possible.
OK, we can imagine that might not be new for you, but here’s the twist: you are also a goose.
We only have a pre-alpha gameplay trailer to go by yet, but as far as we can see, you only have two interactions at your disposal as a sociopathic goose: honk, and grasp at things with your beak. We do not know much yet, but what we have seen has admittedly whet our anarchic appetite.
Destiny 2, on the whole, was a disappointment for us in 2017. It saw the light - oh, right, it’s power this time isn’t it - and burst-jumped its way onto PC, and told a story that was mostly a step forward. But the nagging feeling that Bungie did not manage to deliver on the game’s potential remains.
Enter Anthem, a “science fantasy game,” a multiplayer action-RPG, and our next carriage on the PC gaming hype train. Since we got ourselves into an excitable tizzy over Destiny 2 in 2017, obviously we are going to do so again with Anthem. The definition of sanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results, after all.
From the slew of service games that are all but certain to descend on 2018, Anthem looks the most promising. In it, you assume the role of a Freelancer, a group of explorers that gad about in a massive world full of massive beasts. You will also be donning exosuits called Javelins - which can be imbued with various weapons and superhuman abilities.
We do not know much but are excited to learn more. Let’s just hope there are no wizards coming from any moons here.
Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
We have a penchant for crowdfunded RPGs: our game of the year runner-up was the astounding Divinity: Original Sin 2, a game that raised its development funds through Kickstarter. Let’s hope history repeats itself with Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire in 2018.
According to Obsidian’s Fig crowdfunding campaign, this sequel will have a Q1 2018 release date, so we should not have long to wait before taking the plunge into the Deadfire archipelago. As we gallivant about this wondrous world hunting gods - or Eothas - we will be taking in what is shaping up to be one of the greatest RPG cities ever made.
The original isometric RPG was a spiritual sequel to the likes of Icewind Dale, Baldur’s Gate, and Planescape: Torment, but Obsidian now intend to fold the reactivity of Tyranny into their next ambitious project.
Monster Hunter: World
Monster Hunter is comes to an even wider audience when its beast bashing arrives at the end of January 2018. First, it is the inaugural title in Capcom’s famous series to make its way to PC, and we are ready to show console players how it is done.
Second, it is much more accessible than previous entries in the series. Monster Hunters past have struggled to achieve true mainstream appeal, but series loyalists find the games irresistibly compulsive. World, on the other hand, is ready to warmly embrace PC players into the fold.
There is no split between single-player and online modes: now you can easily fight through the cohesive story alongside friends seamlessly with drop-in/drop-out co-op. Scout flies highlight the tracks of monsters, leading you straight to your target. You can change equipment and armour in more locations, saving time and making experimentation less of a faff. Monster Hunter: World appears to be kinder to newbie hunters than ever before, and it is certain to steal away a good chunk of our 2018.
These are the games we are most excited to get on our PC’s in 2018, but what are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below.