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. The first genre on the block is the First Person Shooter.
The Most Anticipated FPS Games of 2018
Far Cry 5
Radio towers, dangerous wildlife and legitimately creepy bad guys, it must be a Far Cry game. Far Cry 5 has a lot riding on it. The Far Cry series has felt a little stale over the last 2 entries so the next entry needs to wow players once again. Thankfully things are looking good with a topical setting and more varied gameplay on offer. Ubisoft also has a knack for reinventing series when they get tired (see last years excellent Assassin’s Creed Origins for proof of that) so things are looking up for Ubi’s premier shooter. What I played at PAX only further increased my anticipation for this title with some really interesting combat scenarios on offer. Here’s hoping Ubisoft delivers when the game is released on March 27.
I have to be honest in any year without a Rockstar game this title would probably be my early favourite for my personal game of the year. Both Metro titles have been depressing, bleak and savage yet utterly enthralling adventures through a post-apocalyptic Russia I expect Metro Exodus to continue that trend. For the first time in the series history, the game looks to feature uncontaminated above ground levels which should add a feeling of relief from the constant misery of the Metro tunnels. Sign me up for more adventures with Artyom when Metro Exodus hits late 2018.
Metroid Prime 4
Not much is known about the return of Samus but if this isn’t the most hotly anticipated Switch title I’ll eat my arm cannon. One of the strangest things Nintendo did during the Wii U era was not capitalising on the previous, excellent Prime games. Thankfully they are not making the same mistake again. There is no release date as yet but I feel with the excellent release strategy that Nintendo went with last year, this one seems like a sure bet for the September – November release period.
As far as FPS spooky shooters go, System Shock and its sequel are held in justifiably high regard, but the fact still remains that they are old games and the first game in particular just doesn’t hold up very well. Thankfully we have an all singing all dancing remake coming our way in 2018. I can’t wait to explore the tense, claustrophobic predecessor to Bioshock with modern graphics and gameplay touches and I am happy that all those young ones out that missed this game when it first came out get to experience it for the first time. This title has been kickstarted and is therefore likely to be hit with delays but I think we will still see it in the second half of 2018.
Deep Rock Galactic
This one is looking strange, yet totally appealing. Think Red Faction with Dwarves and four-player co-op and you will almost have an idea as to how Deep Rock Galactic is going to play. I love the idea of a Left 4 Dead style experience with 100% destructible environments so I really hope Deep Rock Galactic delivers. It is going to be released into early access on PC soon but you can expect it to get a console release later in the year.