We are back for another year of Player 2 and what better way to start 2018 than to look ahead at what will be gracing our consoles and PC’s in the coming 12 months. With this in mind Player 2 Editor, Matt Hewson has put together a list of anticipated titles for each major genre of game, sticking with games that are likely to get released this year. It is now time to get your bat and ball and hit the tarmac with Driving and Sport games. *Note* We have excluded games like FIFA and NBA 2k from this list on purpose. We know basically what we are getting there and that they are going to be quality games.
The Most Anticipated Driving/Sports Games of 2018
Forza Horizon 4
While Forza Horizon 4 hasn’t been announced yet, I think it is pretty safe to say that it is coming The Forza series has been yearly for quite a while now, alternating between the more hardcore original series and the friendlier Horizon games. For mine, Forza Horizon 3 is the most fun you can have on a console in a car so I am super excited to see what the next installment has in store. I would love to see this one set somewhere different to the norm, South America or even Africa. Forza games are traditionally a September release and this one will be no different. An E3 announcement is likely.
Tennis World Tour
I know I am probably in the minority here but I am excited about a new tennis game from the people that created Top Spin. Tennis has always translated well into video games but it has been quite some time since we had a new release. I do have one worry though, the career mode needs to be spot on. Sports games have come a long way since the last tennis game, with RPG like story modes the new standard and if Tennis World Tour fails to ship with something similar I feel many will dismiss it. The game has no release date yet but I expect this one to ship around the same time Wimbledon action is on our TVs.
The Crew 2
The first Crew was an interesting title. It was a great idea, the whole of the USA as your car playground, but it was held back by developing for two generations of consoles and as a result, the world felt empty and the novelty wore off quickly. The Crew 2 however, looks to take that cool idea and ramp it up in significant ways. From my time with the game the cars handled much better than the first game, with drifting and cornering feeling significantly improved. The other big change is the addition of both boats and planes to the mix, both of which are a joy to drive. I am very keen to see if this one can live up to its promise, because if it does we may have a new king of Arcade racers. Expect The Crew 2 around August/September.
Super Mega Baseball 2
What happened to all the arcade sports titles? I mean there used to be tonnes of them. These days they seem to be limited to dodgy budget titles but Super Mega Baseball 2 is looking to buck that trend. The first game was a great title that even Baseball newbie such as myself could get into and from the looks of things the sequel is going to improve on everything the first had to offer. Pick up and play, yet enough depth to keep single players happy seems to be the order of the day. Expect to be hitting home runs whenever the MLB season kicks off this year.
Codemasters is one of the premier raving devs on the planet so news of them bringing a Motorstorm style arcade racer out had me excited. The trailer looks crazy and it has been a long time since we have had this sort of game to share with our friends. Insane off-road arcade racing on a wide variety of vehicles, sign me up. ONRUSH is coming to PS4 and Xbox in the Australian winter so my guess is around E3 time.