So 2017 was a great year for video games, but what about 2018? Luckily Sony has a line-up of hot games that have many players, us included, wanting to play now.
God of War
God of War, developed by Santa Monica, is a reboot, or reimagining of the beloved hack and slash action game.
This time instead of fighting Greek Gods, Kratos and his son must fight the monsters of Norse mythology in a slower-paced, and arguably more intense and immersive story. The game will still be linear, but with plenty of exploration as God of War director Cory Barlog explains.
Exploration was a part of the original series, but it wasn’t really blown up. [We decided] to make that a massive part. Let’s celebrate the curiosity and discovery — what playing video games is all about.
Another highly ambitious game, Days Gone looks like cross between The Last of Us, Dead Rising and Mad Max, but with hordes of undead “freakers”.
The game will allow players to traverse the post-apocalyptic wilderness in a number of ways, using different tactics, and during different weather conditions. It will be interesting to see just how gameplay is affected by all of the above, and if levels are different when played during specific times of day.
Media Molecule’s vague, yet oddly endearing game, Dreams, is set to launch in 2018 and is one of the most interesting games in recent years. The game will have a story which will be interwoven with other stories, with the world building tools being also available to the community, so that they can also make their own levels and experiences.
According to the developers there will be a beta before launch, however, a release date is not yet confirmed.
Detroit: Become Human
Detroit: Become Human, developed by Quantic Dream, has sparked controversy recently with its trailer from PGW (see above). The trailer depicts extreme domestic violence, which can be prevented by the players’ actions. The game follows three androids, is set in a futuristic world, and the plot can be customised by the player as they play through the game.
Insomniac’s Spider-Man definitely swings its way onto the list of highly anticipated games, with many fans wanting step into the spandex shoes of the webcrawler as soon as possible. An open-world Manhattan filled with Spider-Man’s most notorious enemies is something that any superhero fan will be looking forward to experiencing.
The Inpatient (VR)
The prequel to Until Dawn, The Inpatient looks to take players on a guided tour of Blackwood Sanatorium as they tremble around every corner in VR. The game is set in the 1950s, at the time that the curse of the wendigo is unleashed. The Inpatient also releases soon, Jan 23rd (US) and on Jan 24th (EU) to be exact.
Release dates TBA:
- Kojima Productions’ Death Stranding
- Naughty Dog’s Last of Us Part 2
- Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima
- From Software’s new project, rumoured to be Tenchu