Whichever way you game, 2017 has been a fantastic year for gaming. We’ve seen 2 strong hardware pieces launch in the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.
It has been announced within the last few days as well that the Switch has sold over 10 million units in 9 months. A fantastic achievement and shows that Nintendo has a strong future with the Switch, especially with the third party support that they are getting. Games have been flowing as well with Sony especially seeing a fantastic flow of games coming out with Uncharted Lost Legacy, NieR Automata, Everybody’s Golf, Horizon Zero Dawn and GT Sport. The release of Cuphead on Xbox showed lots of promise, it’s even getting its own Funko collection in January. Nintendo Switch had a nice flurry of games with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Arms, Splatoon 2 and the recently announced Game of the Year – Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
There has been plenty to shout about and enjoy over 2017, but what have we got in store for next year?
Sony look to have a strong showing for the next year and below you can read some of the picks that we are excited about.
God of War
Detroit Become Human
Ni No Kuni 2
Shadow of the Colossus
I know that most of the above have been trailered and talked about to death over the last year or so and it’s starting to get to the point where I just want to play them, and for a few there it looks like spring is going to be a good time as God of War, Detroit: Become Human and Shadow of the Colossus all come out around that time.
One of my gripes recently with Xbox is the lack of first party games, closing studios and cancelling projects. Fable Legends and Scalebound come to mind… For me, first party games are the pinnacle of a brand, it’s what makes your system stand out from the rest. Yes, we know there is still Gears of War and Halo, but surely a nice variety across the platform would be nice. New and innovative games, single player experiences and not joining the bandwagon of games as services… Cuphead was a good start but to me, platformers can be quite a one trick pony, I’ve played one you’ve played them all. I am a very big fan of open world adventures, being able to do my thing, do whatever missions I want, when I want to do them. This is something that Microsoft needs to pick up on, bring out some wonderful new IPs that are going to get everyone talking, cause at the moment, from the list below, there is one game there that I would play and buy an Xbox for and that is State of Decay 2.
I know Phil Spencer has said that games are coming and that they may be 2 to 3 years down the line. Is that too little too late? I would have thought by that point that is when we are going to see the Xbox 2 and PS5? Or since the release of the X is Microsoft going to try and extend this generation further with their most powerful console yet?
Sea of Thieves is one of the games that I am excited for that is coming this spring on Xbox. My only reservation is with it being an online game, how long is that community going to last, especially at vast numbers. Couple of weeks or months down the road, how busy are the servers going to be? I have a feeling that unless you have a crew who are going to play regularly, then I don’t think the game is going to be popular for long. Don’t get me wrong I think the concept is brilliant and is a game I will end up getting, but it’s longevity probably won’t be there. Fingers crossed I’m wrong about this.
I love the State of Decay series, the first one was brilliant, and at the time, something new for me to get my teeth into, so when the second game was announced, I was very excited and all the little snippets that I’ve seen from the game have me excited for this one, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
Forza Horizon 4 was an inevitable release, which will no doubt show up in September. Rumours are showing this is going to be based in Tokyo or somewhere in Asia. Will be interesting to see the details when it is announced.
I am really hoping at this year’s E3, Microsoft goes all out with the games and shows a lot of new games and certainly IPs. After losing Fable and Scalebound, Xbox needs some games and I hope Phil has realised this and it just isn’t going to end up being 1 or 2 games which he has previously said is coming.
There are a very good amount of games coming to the Switch in 2018 and there will no doubt be more that will be announced in the coming weeks and months. Bethesda has had a strong showing on Switch so far with Skyrim and Doom, and I personally for one would love to see further presence with other franchises such as Fallout 4, Prey and The Evil Within 2. There are also rumours around that GTA V would be coming to the Switch so you never know, we might get a surprise (or not so surprise) announcement for that at some point in the near future. Bringing games like this to the Switch will only enhance its appeal to a lot of people. However, bringing older games that most may have already played on Xbox, PS or PC might just be the thing to put people off buying a system or the game in general, however the 10 million people who have bought a Switch must be turning heads with developers, especially when it comes to games like Call of Duty? Could we see 2018’s iteration hit the Switch? Only time will tell with this.
There are a few games that we’re excited for in 2018, the next Mario Kart seems to coming in the Summer and it will be interesting with how they go about this one. Metroid Prime which was teased earlier in the year has people excited as well as the recent announcement of Bayonetta 1,2 and also Switch exclusive 3. 1 and 2 will be on the Switch in February and 3 is in development.
2018 looks to have a very strong AAA presence and here are some of my choices to look out for.
Far Cry 5 looks to be a game, if done right could be up there for Game of the Year. From what Ubisoft has released so far in terms of footage etc, the game is looking very promising and I can’t wait to get my hands on it in March.
Kingdom Come Deliverance, this is one game to me that seems to have been in development for ages and one that peaked my interest when it was announced. The way the combat looks and game plays seems to be fantastic and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
When it comes to A Way Out, I love the concept behind it, but my idea is a game like this where 2 people need to be playing at the same time doesn’t cut it for me and I have a feeling that this may fall flat to its face. I don’t want it too, but I think the concept of playing with someone will put a lot of people off. I know you can connect and play with anyone over the internet with this, but there are a lot of impatient people in the world who won’t wait or get easily frustrated, which ends up in stupid messages being sent to each other.
Vampyr – Aaah Victorian England… What can be better? Especially when it includes Vampires. Can. Not. Wait.
Metro Exodus, Mother Russia calls again, da? The game looks absolutely stunning and playing the first 2 games has me excited to get stuck into Exodus.
As you can see from the above it looks like it is going to be a very good year again for gaming with the games being released. The above as well is only a pick from what it coming out, to think there is going to be a lot more and this includes games that haven’t even been announced yet. I’m pretty sure that on the Nintendo front there are going to be loads more ports coming from Nintendo and Third Parties.