Marvel's Spider-Man (PS4)

I already mentioned Marvel's Spider-Man being my most-anticipated game in a previous blog. However, it's hardly the only game releasing in 2018! With 2017 only recently coming to a close and having what I regard as one of the best years in gaming ever, 2018 has quite a few heavy hitters of its own. Without further ado, let's get started!

Marvel's Spider-Man (PS4) | Developer: Insomniac | Release date: 2018

Like quite a few titles releasing this year, there is no actual, confirmed release date for Marvel's Spider-Man yet. While some have suggested the game could release in early 2018, I suspect Fall 2018 is a far more likely release date for our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. The game will feature enhanced 4K textures for those of us with a PS4 Pro, with the likely frame rate being capped at 30. We'll almost certainly get more news about this one during PlayStation's E3 Press Conference.

Anthem (PC, PS4, X1) | Developer: BioWare Edmonton | Release date: Fall 2018

Speaking of another highly-anticipated game that is likely coming Fall 2018, we have BioWare's brand new IP: Anthem. There are still many questions that need to be answered regarding what kind of game Anthem is. Will it resemble Destiny as much as many gamers seem to believe? Will it be far more different than anything we've played before? I really have no idea what to expect from this game. I just know that I liked what I saw A LOT. More than likely, this will be EA's premiere title that they will be showing off at EA Play 2018.

Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation 2 (PS4) | Developer: B.B. Studio | Release date: 2018

This title may have flown under the radar for those that aren't Gundam fans. The successor to the game that was Titanfall before Titanfall. Gundam Battle Operation 2 builds upon its successor by not only offering Full HD visuals (maybe even 4K if we are lucky), but also introducing Zero-G space battles for the first time! It's worth noting that its predecessor, as well as the spinoff (Gundam Battle Operation NEXT), were F2P games. While not a guarantee, it's quite possible that this game will follow that same model. Regardless, it might be the perfect means for fans of mecha/giant robots to try out the game and see what they think!

It's unclear whether or not this game will be localized, but it's highly likely due to Gundam Versus receiving a localization this past September.

Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, X1) | Developer: Rockstar Games | Release date: Spring 2018

Red Dead Redemption is one of my favorite video games of all time. It was no surprise that its highly-anticipated sequel would absolutely shatter my hype meter... if not for one minor issue. No PC release! Not that I don't think a PC release is going to happen (GTA V received a PC version far after the others), but it's the likely wait of at least a year that will be painful. As such, I'm just going to do my best to act like this game doesn't exist until the PC version is around the corner. For those looking to pick up the game on consoles, the rumored release date is June 8.

Dynasty Warriors 9 (PC, PS4, X1) | Developer: Omega Force | Release date: February 13

I absolutely love open world games. What better evolution for the Dynasty Warriors franchise than to incorporate a living, open world? Not only will this game feature the best visuals and largest roster of characters to date, but massive overhauls are coming to combat, new activities are being added, even player housing is being incorporated! This is by far the most ambitious Dynasty Warriors title yet, and will definitely be one of the first titles I purchase this year!

Shadow of the Colossus (PS4) | Developer: Bluepoint Games/Team Ico | Release date: February 6

This wasn't initially on my radar at all, but the visuals, beauty, and scale of this game are really selling me. I had zero interest in Shadow of the Colossus on the PS2, due to its clunky controls and poor performance. The story, premise, and setting all seemed fascinating, but I couldn't overlook its glaring flaws. Luckily, the folks at Bluepoint Games are giving it a much needed and glorious makeover that addresses my concerns. Offering a quality mode or a performance mode for PS4 Pro owners, this looks to be the definitive edition to one of the most iconic games of the 6th generation of game consoles.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance (PC, PS4, X1) | Developer: Warhorse Studios | February 13

Ever wanted to know what a more grounded Skyrim with better combat and The Witcher 3 branching dialogue choices would look like as a game? Look no further! Kingdom Come: Deliverance is easily one of the most complex and ambitious titles this year! Sporting a large and beautiful open world, with what seems like infinite choices, a strong narrative, and the most engaging first person sword fighting I've ever seen in a game, this game could be in the conversation for GOTY. Luckily for us, it's not too far away from release!

Metro: Exodus (PC, PS4, X1) | Developer: 4A Games | Release date: Fall 2018

The sequel to my favorite, new IP FPS this generation, Exodus looks to pick up where Last Light left off, with Artyom and his family struggling for survival. Information on this title is incredibly scarce, but I'd anticipate a strong narrative, exciting action sequences, and plenty of beautiful environments, from the ruins of Moscow to the iconic underground metro. 4A Games' 4A Engine is one of the most powerful and impressive engines in the business, so I expect this to be one of the prettiest titles of 2018.

Ghost of Tsushima (PS4) | Developer: Sucker Punch Productions | Release date: TBA

While it's quite possible this game may not actually release this year, it's utterly impossible for me not to get excited for an open world, historically-accurate samurai game focusing on the Mongolian invasion of Japan. There is just too much awesome in that last statement! I'm expecting we'll learn plenty more about this game at PlayStation's E3 Press Conference, as well as probably even see some gameplay! Sucker Punch has been working on this game in secret for over three years, so we might just see it before 2018 ends!

Starfield (PC, PS4, X1) | Developer: Bethesda Game Studios | Release date: TBA

Details about Bethesda Game Studios' next game are few and far between. What we do know is that they are apparently working on two, new IPs that will release before The Elders Scrolls VI. Many believed we might hear news of this "Starfield" at Bethesda's Press Conference in 2017, but that did not happen. Whether this turns out to be a new open world sci-fi game or something entirely different, BGS is one of the few developers in the industry that's always working on something exciting, ambitious, and worthy of following.

Cyberpunk 2077 (PC/PS4/X1) | Developer: CD Projekt RED | Release date: TBA

Last but not least, I have to put this on the list just on the off chance CDPR surprises us all. What better way to cap off this year than CDPR's brand new open world RPG? Based on the little that we do know, this game may share quite a bit in common with Anthem. Not only will it have a single player campaign, but also online coop, with a full-fledged character creator, flying vehicles, and first and third person perspectives. After the amazing film that was Blade Runner 2049, I absolutely NEED an amazing Cyberpunk RPG in my life! Expectations will be high for this game after the success of TW3, but I fully expect CDPR to deliver and then some.

I could go on and on, but these are easily my most anticipated games this year. What do you think? How do you feel about these titles? Are there any games that I might have missed that you recommend? Feel free to post in the comments and let me know!