The best upcoming games of 2018 (and beyond)

No matter how many great games you might already be playing, it's never a bad time to start getting hyped for the next big thing. With that in mind, we've rounded up some of the best new games of 2018 and the mysterious months that lie beyond, from the big blockbusters to the passion projects. Browse our list (ordered by release date) and see what you need to start saving up for ASAP - then tell us in the comments which games you're most looking forward to, or shine a spotlight on a little-known gem.

Moss 

Platform(s): PS4
Release date: February 27, 2018

Rare is the VR game that ranks among our most anticipated games, but Moss and its adorable mouse protagonist are just that enchanting. Our story follows Quill, who must travel dense woodlands and ancient ruins to save her uncle from an evil presence - but you aren't controlling her alone across this action adventure. Your physical VR presence also acts as its own character: a guiding spirit that can solve puzzles and open up new pathways for Quill using magic abilities. If you loved reading the rodent heroics of the Redwall books growing up, playing Moss should feel positively magical.

Sea of Thieves 

Platform(s): Xbox One, PC
Release date: March 20, 2018 

Who doesn’t love pirates? The swashbuckling, the loot, the rum, the fabulous hats - most of us have at one time or another wished we could leave our world all behind and run away to sea. The time has come to live out that dream and to bring friends along for the ride. Sea of Thieves is Rare's latest, with first-person pirating (the fun, family-friendly kind) full of cooperative crewmates collaborating in the pursuit of treasure. Competitive types can also try to rule the seas by battling (and ideally sinking) other players' ships.  

A Way Out 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: March 23, 2018

Now you can experience your very own Shawshank Redemption courtesy of A Way Out, a co-op only jailbreak story written and directed by the mind behind the affecting puzzle adventure Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Whether you're playing with a partner on the couch or online, A Way Out is always played in splitscreen co-op, as inmates Leo and Vincent begrudgingly work together to bust out of prison and reclaim their freedom. The persistent splitscreen presentation creates some intriguing opportunities for teamwork; for instance, one player might be locked in a cutscene, while the other can freely move about, planning the duo's next move or viewing critical story scenes from a different perspective. 

Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom  

Platform(s): PS4, PC
Release date: March 23, 2018

With its beautiful, Studio Ghibli-inspired art direction, Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom is unmistakable, and it looks like the sequel iterates on the original's gameplay in all the right ways. Ni no Kuni 2's RPG action is more Pikmin than Pokemon: instead of controlling individually collected Familiars from the sidelines, your party members Evan, Roland, and Tani are always in the thick of each real-time fight, assisted by a horde of cutesy elemental creatures called Higgledies. Though the events once again takes place in the parallel realm of Ni no Kuni, this story has a much grander scope than the first, as the deposed young king Evan endeavors to reclaim his kingdom of Ding Dong Dell after a hostile takeover.  

Far Cry 5

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: March 27, 2018

Far Cry 5 won't take place in some exotic far-off region like Far Cry 4's Kyrat, or an ancient history setting as in Far Cry Primal - it'll be bringing its first-person mayhem to the US of A. The fictional region of Hope County, Montana is thrown into disarray by a cult known as the Project at Eden's Gate, led by the charismatic Father Joseph who advocates religious fanaticism and militia-style stockpiles of high-powered firearms. As Hope County's newest deputy sheriff, you'll have to band with the unturned townsfolk to take down Eden's Gate in the most chaotic ways possible - including aerial dogfights and bombing runs in a pilotable plane, or vicious takedowns using pitchforks, sledgehammers, or trusty animal companions, to name a few options.

Agony 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: March 30, 2018

There's a pretty easy way to figure out if the first-person horror of Agony is for you: can you stomach the sight of virtual babies being smashed into bloody stumps? If you answered 'yes', then you're just twisted enough to enjoy this harrowing trip through Hell itself. You're a tortured soul seeking out the Red Goddess, the so-called ruler of the underworld, in a desperate bid to escape eternal suffering. To do so, you'll need to fearfully sneak past demons in your meek human form as a feeble Martyr - though later on, you can possess them and use their terrible powers to your own ends.   

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life 

Platform(s): PS4
Release date: April 17, 2018

Sega's irreverent, thoroughly Japanese answer to the open-world criminal hijinks of GTA has quite the cult following, and the fanbase has ballooned in recent years with Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is just another instance of Westerners getting the latest in the series long after Japan, but no matter - if you're a Kazuma Kiryu devotee, then any wait is worth it. As always, the dramatic story of Kiryu's escapades amid Japan's criminal underbelly is just part of the picture, because you can spend dozens of hours messing around with the many ridiculous and/or deep minigames available on the side. Play baseball, sing karaoke, make friends at a hostess club, go spearfishing, take loving care of babies and cats - there's so much more to the virtual life of this former gang member than just bare-knuckle brawling. 

God of War 

Platform(s): PS4
Release date: April 20, 2018 

Having torn the Greek pantheon asunder, Kratos (now sporting a scruffy beard) has set his sights on a new mythology to conquer: Norse. The fourth main entry in the legendarily brutal PlayStation series - God of War - drops the numbering and looks like it'll force Kratos to control his endless rage, as he raises his young son Atreus to become a hardened warrior. Don't worry, you'll still slay plenty of fantastical creatures along the way, using Kratos' new lightning axe main weapon - but expect a lot more character development and quieter moments in between all the carnage.

Nintendo Labo 

Platform(s): Switch
Release date: April 20, 2018

Nintendo has always excelled at innovation, but this is the kind of inspired design that no one saw coming. Part cardboard construction kit, part peripheral-centric gaming made possible by the advanced sensors in the Switch's Joy-Con controllers, Nintendo Labo has you building your own peripherals (called Toy-Cons) to play a variety of unique games designed for your newly made device. It's a simple-but-brilliant concept, evoking fond memories of putting together Lego sets, and is sure to delight any aspiring engineers in your life. While the prices to pre-order Nintendo Labo do seem a bit steep, building the means of play is part of the fun - and it looks like we won't have to worry about the kind of limited supply issues that plagued amiibo and NES Classic stocks in the past. 

Vampyr 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: June 5, 2018

The last great vampire-centric game was Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines, and that cult classic debuted way back in 2004 - but soon enough, Vampyr should sate our bloodlust and fill that vampiric void. Made the eclectic studio Dontnod, developers of Remember Me and Life is Strange, Vampyr casts you as the recently fanged Jonathan Reid in the Victorian-style streets of 1918 London. You have the option of roleplaying Reid as London's savior, using the doctor's powers of healing to find a cure for a deadly flu epidemic, or a sinner, hunting human prey under cover of night and serving only your eternal thirst. Hopefully, Vampyr will play like a Dishonored game starring Dracula.

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