The new year is about to dawn, and with it will bring another year of video games released for the PC and other platforms as well. Like every year, there will be some hits, and there will be some misses. While it’s tough to predict which one will be a hit and which one will flop, there are many great games on the horizon that we can’t wait to get our hands on.
As we close out the year, I thought it would be fun to highlight ten of the most anticipated PC games of 2018. Add these to your watch this. I’m betting that it will be worth it. Sure, we all know that they don’t always play as nicely as they are hyped, but many of these franchises are time tested and have a history of delivery high quality PC games that you’ll be able to get the most out of on your gaming laptop or PC. Now remember, this list is really my own, and you may disagree with what games should and shouldn’t be on the list. The list is in no particular order, either. So don’t read too much into where the game is on the list.
So, without further delay, let’s look at ten of the most anticipated PC games of 2018 so you know what you should watch out for when you are looking for a game in the new year.
Expected to be available on February 27, Far Cry 5 looks to be a modest upgrade from the previous titles from UbiSoft. For this game, we are moved to a mountainous region in Montana that’s been overrun by a homicidal cult. It’s guns for hire feature means you can call upon friends to help you at almost any time, making it easier for you to get through some of the toughest parts of the game. While Ubisoft may be avoiding any pollical statement with this game, it still offers you the ability to sow seeds of chaos across the game world in ways that have never been done before. Sure, it may only be a marginal update from the previous release, but all in all when you take on Joseph Seed it should be a satisfying and fun jaunt across the Far Cry universe.
Destiny 2 disappointed many gamers in 2017, and there is no denying the similarities between the Destiny franchise and Anthem, but we’re hoping that the Anthem developers do a little more work to improve the gaming experience. As a player, you will assume the role of a Freelancer, a group of explorers in mech suits that protect the world’s last group of humans. Gameplay promises to have you soaring through the skies on rocket boots, battling huge monsters and even contending with the elements and other weather effects that could mean your untimely demise. Overall, it’s a promising entry into the world of science fantasy games. Let’s just hope this multiplayer action-RPG delivers. Currently, not much is known about this game, but what we have seen so far looks promising, assuming the developers can deliver.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance was originally slated to be released in 2017, but because of many different issues the game has been delayed until 2018. Kingdom Come: Deliverance offers a different take on the medieval RPG genre by offering a much more realistic take on the genre than other titles such as Elder Scrolls. There won’t be any spells in this one, instead you will destroy things the old fashioned way. Some believe that the realism could be the games undoing, but I am looking forward to seeing this type of take on a medieval RPG. The game is slated for release in February 2018. Let’s just hope that they stick to this release date and it doesn’t get delayed until later in the year, or worse, 2019.
Based on serious themes wrapped in a whimsical world, the game is based around mouse tribes seeking to overthrow the incumbent cats in a coup d’etat in the town of Ding Dong Dell. I know, it may sound far fetched, but keep in mind its predecessor was one of the most popular RPGs ever, although it never made it to PC. This one, on the other hand, will be on the PC, and while it doesn’t include Oliver or his familiars from the first game, several characters from the first game will make an appearance. The game has already been delayed twice, but still should make it to release sometime this year.
This is an interesting and perhaps unique take on the horror genre by DONTNOD Entertainment. You assume the role of Dr. Jonathan Reid, a new vampire in early 20th century London. Though you may be a vampire, you must find a cure for the city’s diseased population while at the same time balancing the politics of other vampires. You must decide who to feed on while fighting off vampire hunters and zombies, all the while you must try and save the population on which you feed. Your choices will have consequences, too, and you must decide the narrative. Truly it’s a unique entry in the horror genre and one I am quite looking forward to trying.
How many of you love zombies and survival games, raise your hand? Anyone? While these games may not be enjoying the surge of popularity they had just a couple of years ago, they are still strong titles and can be quite fun. State of Decay 2 is the much anticipated sequel to the original. What’s new? Essentially, State of Decay 2 adds multiplayer to the game’s systems whereas the original was only a single player game. In addition to the multiplayer mode, there are three new maps and improved settlement crafting to really engage the player in the ever stressful world of survival. Do you have what it takes to survive in this world?
If you enjoy crowdfunded titles, and I know I do as it never ceases to amaze me what developers can create with the support of the community, then Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire could be a great option for you. Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire is an RPG, so don’t expect it to be as twitched and action based as you may originally believe. The game is set for a first quarter release in 2018, so hopefully we won’t have to wait long. However, often these games get delayed, so until the release is announced, make no assumptions. Still, the wait is looking as if it may be worth it in the end, as the game is shaping up to be one of the best RPG releases of 2018.
Monster Hunter: World will hit shelves at the end of January, assuming its on time, and it is the first Monster Hunter title from Capcom to come to PC. In the past, these games have been limited to console releases. In an interesting move, there is no real separation between first person and multiplayer, as friends can pop in and out in co-op mode to help you through the story. It brings with it many cool features, such as Scout flies to highlight the tracks of monsters, more areas to change your equipment, and much more. It is much more newbie friendly than past titles and is sure to garner a strong following on the PC as it has on the consoles.
Have you ever wanted to live on the Red Planet? While you may not get picked for the first manned mission to Mars (if it ever happens), you can live out your dreams in Surviving Mars. This space colony building simulator will bring the city building genre to a brand new world. When you play, you choose a sponsor agency for your initial resources, then from there it’s up to you to gather resources and build a glass domed colony that you can call home, without losing too many people in the process. Mars will also hold many new secrets, and chances are not all of them will be friendly. All in all, it’s unique approach to simulation and one I’m looking for playing the next time I get the itch to build something.
Set for release sometime early in 2018, Rare’s Pirates sim proves that pirates will always be cool and fun. In this first person sim, you will become a pirate. Once you assume your role, you will complete treasure quests and even engage in multiplayer naval warfare. The game looks fun and charming, and should fulfil all those latent pirate fantasies many of us have. What, you don’t want to be a pirate? The graphics are a bit cartoonish, but that adds to the charm. And if you get bored, you can always have yourself shot out of a cannon. I mean, who doesn’t want to play this game as it sounds like good old fashioned fun to me.
And that brings us to the end of our list. If you didn’t notice, this list covers many different game genres and represents some of the games we are most excited about that will be coming to the PC platform. I believe all of these games should deliver great gameplay and they will give us enough to do to keep us all busy for hours on end.
Of course, only time will prove me right. Sure, there is a good chance that one of these games will fail to deliver what’s promised, and others may only hit a few of the high points of our expectations. But, that doesn’t mean I’m not excited about it. Like you, I hope they all deliver amazing performance, but we will all have to wait and see if that comes true.
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What game are you most excited for in 2018? Is there a game you think should be on this list? If so, tell me what game I should include in the comments below.
About the author
Matt is an IT professional with over fifteen years experience supporting network infrastructure and computers. An avid gamer, Matt enjoys his time playing and writing about his experiences both in the IT world and in the gaming communities. You can find more of his writing for LaptopNinja where he enjoys talking about everything tech.