The best upcoming games of 2018

We're only a few months away from hotly anticipated sequels like Red Dead Redemption 2, Fallout 76, and Assassin's Creed Odyssey - but those aren't the only games you have to look forward to. There's plenty of greatness left to go this year before we start thinking about the best new games of 2019 - and you might not have even known about some of these titles until now. Whatever your platform of choice, from your favorite console to the best gaming laptop, there are plenty of games you should keep an eye on over the weeks and months to come. 

We've gone ahead and collected the standouts for your viewing pleasure, updated weekly with new additions (Valkyria Chronicles 4 and Pathfinder: Kingmaker have just been added to the mix). Browse our list, which is ordered by release date, and see what you need to start saving up for ASAP - then be sure to let us know in the comments which games you're most excited for. 

Guacamelee 2

Platform(s): PS4, PC
Release date: August 21, 2018

The original Guacamelee is one of the indie greats, with its delightful blend of luchador theming with Metroidvania design, punchy combat, and pitch-perfect platforming. So we're stoked to see masked wrestler Juan and his pals make a comeback to save the world (or 'Mexiverse' as the game calls it) once more. Along with all those fun, tricky techniques from the first game, like swapping between the planes of life and death to phase in different parts of the level, Guacamelee 2 adds news grappling-hook-style points you can launch from (much like Ori and the Blind Forest) and ups the co-op antics from two players to a chaotic four, with everyone leaping around and walloping skeletons in tandem. 

Donut County 

Donut County

Platform(s): PS4, PC, iOS
Release date: August 28, 2018

If you adore the quirky humor, pleasant art style, and simple satisfaction of the Katamari Damacy series, you're going to love Donut County. Instead of collecting every element of a city - from bite-sized bits to entire buildings - rolled up into a big ball, you'll be sending it all down an ever-widening pit controlled by a mischievous raccoon. It's not just a matter of dropping increasingly large objects down the hole, though; you'll also need to solve a few puzzles along the way. Add in some goofy dialogue, and you've got an irreverent adventure that looks like an absolute delight to play.

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate 

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate

Platform(s): Switch
Release date: August 28, 2018

Monster Hunter World was a perfect gateway game for legions of players earlier this year, enticing plenty of series greenhorns with its slick visuals that put the PS4 and Xbox One to the test. Switch owners might've felt left out at the time - but now the Switch-exclusive Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is here to fix that, with a substantially upgraded port of the 3DS entry from 2016 (complete with save data importing if you already played it back then). Veterans who thought World's endgame content and exotic bestiary felt a bit lacking compared to previous entries will be overjoyed to hear that Generations Ultimate has the largest monster list of any game in the series, so it'll be hundreds of hours before you and your multiplayer hunting party have seen everything. The aesthetics of Generations Ultimate are definitely more in line with its portable predecessors - but that look could easily be a plus for anyone who prefers supersaturated colors and simpler environments in their Monster Hunter. 

Yakuza Kiwami 2

Yakuza Kiwami 2

Platform(s): PS4
Release date: August 28, 2018

Just as Yakuza Kiwami remade the first game in this long-running, open-world crime series, Yakuza Kiwami 2 is a spruced-up version of Yakuza 2 from way back in the PS2 days. Our debonair lead Kazuma Kiryu must once again bust some heads on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka as he attempts to defuse a gang war before it even begins. The plot follows Yakuza 2 closely, but the gameplay includes most of the niceties and refinements from more recent games in the series, making for a modern take on a cult-classic beat-'em-up.

Strange Brigade

Strange Brigade

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: August 28, 2018

One look at Strange Brigade, and you'll wonder why nobody thought to make a co-op monster shooter set in the 1930s sooner, because you need it in your life immediately. As one of four intrepid adventures braving the heat and sand of early 20th century Egypt, you'll have to fend off hordes of mummies, zombies, animated statues, hulking minotaurs, and all manner of supernatural creatures that want you dead. Each Indiana Jones-esque environment is loaded with secrets to seek out, and traps you can use against your rotting enemies. Strange Brigade comes to us from Rebellion, makers of the cult favorite Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army trilogy, so you can bet it'll deliver plenty of intentionally campy, mummy-mutilating fun.

Destiny 2: Forsaken 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: September 4, 2018

Bungie has to regain a lot of good will for its shared-world shooter, with many Destiny 2 players tapping out in frustration over the current state of the game - but the Forsaken expansion could win a lot of those lapsed Guardians back. Revenge might be motivation enough, after beloved hero Cayde-6 met his untimely end at the hands of Uldren Sov in Forsaken's cinematic trailer. Each Guardian subclass has a new Super Ability to try out, and the introduction of the Bow weapon class will be a treat for any would-be space Legolases (Legoli?). Besides the story, the main reason to jump back in for Forsaken is Gambit, a fresh competitive mode that blends elements of PvE and PvP into one colossal, enemy-filled battlefield. 

Spider-Man

Platform(s): PS4
Release date: September 7, 2018

This open-world superhero game should be an interesting departure for Insomniac Games, the studio most famous for the Ratchet & Clank series. You'll be web-swinging between buildings and beating up thugs as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, dealing with the likes of Kingpin and Mister Negative in your efforts to keep the peace in the Big Apple. This game isn't tied to any specific comic or movie, so the creators aren't bound by an existing storyline; here's to hoping we don't have to see any origin stories play out for the umpteenth time.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: September 14, 2018

Lara Croft will be struggling to survive once more in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the third and final game in the reboot trilogy following Lara's origins. There's a strong emphasis on stealth this time around, as Lara is greatly outnumbered by Trinity forces in the thick of a South American jungle. She also just so happens to have triggered a li'l ol' apocalypse thanks to her somewhat selfish actions, which seems out of step with her character; hopefully this hardened iteration of Lara will eventually win us over like in the previous games.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy 

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One
Release date: September 21, 2018

Not to be outdone by the revival of Sony's other would-be mascot in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, everyone's favorite purple dragon Spyro is getting his very own three-pack remaster. Spyro Reignited Trilogy features the first three games in the series (i.e. all the best ones) rebuilt from the ground up with wildly improved Unreal Engine 4 visuals and a refined control scheme. We'd be shocked if this oft-requested trilogy didn't eventually make its way to Nintendo Switch as well, so for anyone who missed them back in 1998, Reignited Trilogy will be a great way to enjoy a beloved slice of 3D platforming history.

Valkyria Chronicles 4 

Platform(s): Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: September 25, 2018

World War 2 never looked so anime until Valkyria Chronicles came along on PS3, and Valkyria Chronicles 4 continues the saga's turn-based tactical strategy with a welcome multiplatform debut. The story this time around follows a fledgling commander named Claude and his squad of wartime buddies, who will no doubt mature into battle-hardened heroes over the course of the campaign. You'll be overseeing the action via the series' trademark BLiTZ system, switching from a top-down view to move around and aim shots in third-person, and the patented CANVAS graphics engine creates a fetching watercolor aesthetic for this theater of war. Only in Valkyria Chronicles will you find a WW2-era tank that wouldn't look out of place in a Studio Ghibli film.

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