So far, 2017 has had some iconic games, and although there can be the usual upsets, the good outweigh the bad. Looking ahead there are a some super exciting releases coming up. Let’s focus on the latter half of 2017 and beginning of 2018 for our top 5 list, I believe they beat the next couple months new releases.
1. Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 is by far one of the most anticipated upcoming games of 2018 and has a lot to live up to. Red Dead Redemption 2 has been in the works for quite a while, but considering the scale and popularity of the title, Rockstar seems to be taking their time with getting it just right. Though there is no concrete information regarding the game, the game has been confirmed to have a multiplayer mode as well.
2. Far Cry 5
When we heard about yet another Far Cry game being in the works we were skeptical whether it was worth getting excited for, but after seeing the trailer and gameplay, Players Initiative can confirm that Far Cry 5 might just be the best Far Cry game to date. Rather being set in an isolated island or jungle, Far Cry 5 will be based right in the USA on the fictional region of Hope County, Montana that is under the control of a fanatical religious cult. Players will take the role of the sheriff and work alongside the town’s people, animals, and high powered firearms to bring order back to the county in the most chaotic way possible.
3. Crackdown 3
Crackdown 3 is yet another high-profile game that has seemingly been in development forever, only to be pushed further and further away on the release charts. Let’s hope it hits us sometime in the beginning of 2018. In Crackdown 3 you’ll take the role of a super cop in an open world, leaping buildings, and raining explosives down on a destructible planet for a truly enjoyable time. Plus, you can play as Terry Crews, which is more than enough for us.
4. Code Vein
Player Initiative loves Dark Souls and anything that comes close to it. Code Vein is not like Dark Souls, but rather is Dark Souls – with a lot anime. Code Vein is the spiritual successor to the Dark Souls franchise and shares an extremely similar unforgiving combat system but with a more cinematic and story driven approach. Check out the gameplay trailer here.
5. God of War
There is no doubt that the new God of War game is one of the most promising and anticipated games coming out. The developers at Santa Monica Studios have decided to a new yet familiar start to the series with Norse Mythology, and after having a look at some bits of this game at E3 and other gaming events, it’s undoubtedly worth the wait. With gorgeous graphics, fluid animation, and a tantalizing new story, God of War is out to reclaim its positions as the best PS4 exclusive game.
6. Death Stranding
Death Stranding is the love child of Hideo Kojima, the man behind the iconic Metal Gear franchise, and Sony. When Kojima decided to leave Capcom, Sony was more than willing to sweep in and claim him for themselves. After getting a budget with no limits and Sony’s full support, Kojima is now developing Death Stranding, a beautifully bizarre and complex, yet utterly mesmerizing game. It already has incredibly big names attached to it like Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, and Guillermo del Toro.
7. Final Fantasy VII Remake
Quite a few of us at Players Initiative grew up playing Final Fantasy VII – even though it’s not aged well. But, after all said and done it’s still one of the best games of all time with a massive fan base. For good reason too. Square Enix being fully aware, have been working on a complete remake of Final Fantasy VII which will hopefully be released in 2018. Final Fantasy VII Remake will follow the same story but with a more dynamic combat system like Final Fantasy XV’s rather than its turn based gameplay.