2017 offered gamers lots of amazing moments, from exploring an open-world Hyrule in The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, to battling massive mechanical beasts in Horizon Zero Dawn. But now that we're finally done handing out awards to our favorite games of 2017, it's time to look ahead at the year to come.

Thankfully, there are already plenty of games to get excited about in 2018, which we'll be shining a spotlight on over the next two weeks. You can expect a slew of genre- and platform-specific lists in the days to follow, but we're kicking things off today with our overall Top 20 Most Anticipated Games list. This list was compiled and debated by the Game Informer staff, and kicks the frivolous categorizations to the curb. The only two requirements are that the game has a 2018 release (making TBA titles like The Last of Us Part II and Ghost Of Tsushima ineligible), and that it excites the heck out of us. Our picks may change as new titles get announced and others are inevitably delayed, but as of right now, these are our most anticipated games of 2018.

20. Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Release: February 13
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Kingdom Come's sprawling forests and medieval soldiers may look straight out of the Elder Scrolls series, but you won't be wielding any magic spells or Dragon Shouts on this adventure. Warhorse Studios' open-world RPG eschews fantasy for pure historical accuracy, from authentic armor and combat techniques to historically accurate castles. Players take on the role of an unassuming blacksmith who gets swept up in a war for the Kingdom of Bohemia, though what you focus on and how you complete quests is entirely up to you.

19. Dreams
Release: 2018
Platform: PlayStation 4
We're still not entirely sure what Dreams is, but we can't wait to see more of it. Media Molecule's new game/story/art creation tool offers even more creative freedom than Little Big Planet, allowing players to craft their own environments, characters, animations, and even soundtrack. Media Molecule's continued focus on sharing and collaboration should ensure that even unimaginative gamers will have plenty of intriguing worlds to play around in.

18.  Hunt: Showdown
Release: 2018
Platform: PC
Competitive survival games are a dime a dozen nowadays, but Hunt: Showdown throws a new wrinkle into the mix in the form of terrifying A.I.-controlled monsters. Five two-player teams must scour the massive open-world map for the deadly creature while avoiding roaming packs of zombies and other human hunters alike. After killing the monster and banishing its spirit, the winning team must hightail their bounty to the nearest exit before the other surviving players can take them out and steal the reward. Hunt: Showdown's clever mix of PvP and PvE gameplay has us intrigued, as do the atmospheric (and positively gorgeous) gothic-horror hunting grounds survivors find themselves in.

17.  GTFO
Release: 2018
Platform: PC
Speaking of atmosphere, GTFO looks like the horrific mutant lovechild of Left 4 Dead and Alien, and we couldn't be more excited. The sci-fi co-op shooter tasks a four-player team of scavengers with exploring an underground complex for precious artifacts – but you must fight your way through an army of alien monstrosities if you actually want to cash them in. GTFO is the latest project from Payday designer Ulf Andersson, and sports an equal focus on teamwork. An A.I. "Expedition Director" also promises to deliver plenty of replayability via "procedural gameplay scenarios," which could make GTFO a dream (or nightmare?) come true for co-op fans.

16. Mega Man 11
Release: 2018
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Mega Man fans have had a long wait since the Blue Bomber's last adventure. Fortunately, Capcom hasn't forgotten how it's done in the interim. Mega Man 11 might look modern, but it remains true to the series' roots. Eight new robot masters give Capcom's adorable blue robot a hearty challenge, but four difficulty modes should make it easier for newcomers to adjust to Mega Man's traditionally unforgiving action/platforming. Capcom also has one new mysterious mechanic up its sleeve, which we'll hopefully learn more about later this year.

15. Pokémon Switch
Release: 2018 "or later"
Platform: Switch
Of all the games on this list, Pokémon Switch has the slimmest chances of coming out this year – an investment report pegged the release window as "2018 or later," which could literally be anytime. However, we're willing to bend our own list criteria for the sheer potential of a console Pokémon game. Fans have been dreaming about a supersized monster-catching adventure for decades, and now it's finally happening! We can't wait to see how Game Freak incorporates the added horsepower and unique features of the Switch for its next outing – even if it doesn't happen in 2018.

14. Skull & Bones
Release: 2018
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Those who couldn't get enough of the naval battles from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag should get ready to set sail again later this year. Ubisoft Singapore is taking the tactical pirate battles established in the Assassin's Creed series and expanding them to create this standalone adventure. Players will be able to customize their own pirate captain and then loot the Indian Ocean by themselves or with up to five friends. Players can also expand their fleets with a variety of ships, including sloops-of-war, frigates, and brigantines – then outfit those vessels with mortars, broadside cannons, and rockets. Polish off your spyglasses, because you don't want Skull & Bones to drift by without a closer look.

13. Metro Exodus
Release: Fall
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
The third installment in 4A Games' post-apocalyptic FPS series, Metro Exodus has Russian protagonist Artyom setting out for greener (and hopefully less radioactive) pastures. This time around players can expect to battle Metro's horrific monsters in more open sandbox environments, in addition to the linear and claustrophobic tunnels that the series is known for. Metro Exodus also boasts dynamic weather and a day-night cycle, which should make the survival-oriented action all the more immersive. Players can start stocking up on ammo and air filters sometime this fall.

12. A Way Out
Release: March 23
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Directed by Josef Fares – whose previous work includes Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons – A Way Out follows the adventure of two convicts who escape from prison and remain on the lam. The unique twist to this prison break is that the entire game is built around split-screen co-op, and must be played with another player, either locally or online. This means that while one player is engaged in a certain task, they will always see the progress their partner is making in a separate window. For example, while one player distracts a guard, the other player might hunt around for a tool to aid their escape. We're still not sure if players can keep their attention split throughout an entire game, but we're excited to see how this oddball take on co-op actually plays.

11. Valkyria Chronicles 4
Release: 2018
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch
With a gorgeous watercolor art style, memorable characters, and intriguing mix of real-time action and tactical gameplay, Valkyria Chronicles has long been a cult favorite in the G.I. offices. That's why we're so happy to see that Sega is finally bringing the series back to consoles after two PSP sequels. In addition to a new grenadier class, Valkyria Chronicles 4 features an all-new cast of characters and a more grounded setting that harkens back to the original game. Given the missteps of the recent Valkyria Revolution spin-off, we're ready for a return to form.

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