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With all the announcements of games slated for a 2018 release, 2018 is shaping up to be a potentially great year for games. As is often the case, most of the spotlight is hogged by the popular franchises, the games that boast the best marketing prowess and the hot ticket genres. It can be easy to forget (or not even be made aware of) some of the smaller titles.
Here are some 2018 bound games that deserve more of your attention:
PC | 11 bit studios | Link
From the same developers that brought us This War of Mine. Frostpunk is a city builder with a focus on survival, set in a post-apocalyptic frozen world. You must plan, build and expand your city by using the ever freezing climate to develop steam powered technology. Your not just managing the infrastructure of your city, your also managing the citizens that live in it. In a similar vain to This War of Mine, Frostpunk will test your morality in extreme circumstances with seemingly impossible decisions, only on a larger scale.
PC, PS4 | DrinkBox Studios | Link
Sequel to everyone’s favourite Metroidvania inspired action-platformer where you play as a Mexican themed wrestler. From the little that we have seen from the announcement trailer, Guacamelee! 2 looks to build on the original game with new player abilities, fighting moves and multidimensional platforming puzzles. Not a dramatic overhaul, but with the original being so highly regarded, I don’t see how that could be a bad thing.
PC, PS4, XBox One | Experiment 101 | Link
Update: Biomutant has been delayed to Summer 2019.
A rather quirky open-world action RPG where you play as ……. some sort of anthropomorphic furry mutant creature. You’ll be able to customise your character with different robotic attachments, mutations and weapons. Combat is a mixture of classic melee attacks, martial arts and shooting. There’s also a wide variety of toys that you can use for both combat and exploration; grappling hook, hand glider, mech, jet skies just to name a few. The game also has multiple endings, which ending you get is determined by the choices you make during your play through. Biomutant sounds ambitious with all of its interesting ideas, but can the studio debut from Experiment 101 (made of former Avalanche employees) execute them well?
PC | Klei Entertainment | Link
Not a great deal is known about this sci-fi themed RPG but Klei Entertainment has a great track record with their games and that’s enough of a reason to pay attention to their latest offering. Your put into a world revolving around pirates and mercenaries with the goal of making your fortune. Interestingly, the game will feature procedurally generated NPCs and a turn-based party combat system that emphasises subduing your enemies rather than killing them, how you play dynamically affects the world such as morale and NPC personality. Will be interesting to see how these ideas are handled.
PC, PS4, XBox One | 4A Games | Link
Update: Metro Exodus has been delayed to Q1 2019.
Probably more high profile than any other game mentioned but nonetheless earns its spot. The third instalment in the series; Metro Exodus is a first person shooter with survival horror and stealth elements. Set in a post-apocalyptic Earth, devastated by nuclear war where you’ll have to fend off hostile humans and mutated creatures. While previous titles were largely comprised of linear underground levels, Exodus will feature more open sandbox levels. Other features include a weapon crafting system, day-night cycle and dynamic weather system. Will Exodus be the game that catapults the Metro series into stardom?
This is by no means an exhaustive list, there are plenty of other games to look forward to in 2018. Many deserving of more attention, and there will undoubtedly be more games announced for the year. What games coming in 2018 do you think deserve more attention?