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 (Lethal League Blaze has just been added to the list, while Insurgency: Sandstorm has been delayed). Browse our selections, 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. 

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.

Pathfinder: Kingmaker 

Platform(s): PC
Release date: September 25, 2018

Pathfinder has long been a fan-favorite alternative to Dungeons & Dragons, but Pathfinder: Kingmaker is the tabletop RPG's first foray into the world of full-blown isometric adventures, similar in style to contemporary hits like Divinity: Original Sin and Pillars of Eternity. On top of customizing your questing party, slaying fiends in pause-anytime combat, and making plenty of influential dialogue choices, you'll also have to manage an entire kingdom, forging alliances that will shape the rest of the Stolen Lands. Pathfinder: Kingmaker also has quite the heavy hitter in its corner: Chris Avellone, a genre godfather who designed classics like Planescape: Torment, Fallout 2, and Icewind Dale.

Life is Strange 2 

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

The folks at Dontnod are ready to tell another episodic coming-of-age story in Life is Strange 2, which is sure to be full of multifaceted characters, supernatural elements mixed with everyday struggles, and impossibly difficult decisions that have long-term consequences. Max and Chloe aren't in the picture, as the choice-driven narrative puts you in the shoes of 16-year-old Sean Diaz, who must flee Seattle with his 9-year-old brother Daniel after a simple fistfight escalates into tragic calamity. If you haven't already, you should play The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, which is like a free appetizer for this five-episode main course, and will carry over some of your decisions to boot. 

FIFA 19 

Platform(s): Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Release date: September 28, 2018

EA is constantly iterating on its virtual version of The Beautiful Game, and FIFA 19's major new feature is the introduction of the UEFA Champions League (now that Pro Evolution Soccer lost the rights to use it). The Europa League and Super Cup competitions are also here, along with a substantial Career mode that serves as the grand finale for Alex Hunter, the star of The Journey that started back with FIFA 17. As for the footie gameplay itself, numerous tweaks are being made to give players more direct control, most notably the Active Touch System which allows you to fake trap the ball, and the Timed Finishing mechanic, where you can tap the kick button twice to fine-tune your timing.

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise 

Platform(s): PS4
Release date: October 2, 2018

Even if aren't familiar with the classic manga and anime Hokuto no Ken / Fist of the North Star, you've surely heard one of its best lines: "Omae wa mou shindeiru," or "You are already dead." It's the death knell for any bandit thug who dares to cross Kenshiro, a martial arts master roaming a post-apocalyptic wasteland in search of his lover. Ryu ga Gotoku Studio, the folks behind Sega's fan favorite Yakuza series, are turning an alternate-canon version of Kenshiro's journey into a very Yakuza-looking brawler - which is practically a guarantee that it's going to be amazing whether or not you're a longtime fan. Along with the option for full English or Japanese voiceovers, our version in the West gets extra gore that was deemed too much for the Japanese market, so you can really appreciate people's heads exploding like nitro-filled watermelons after Kenshiro hits all their pressure points with a classic "ATATATATATA!" barrage.  

Forza Horizon 4

Platform(s): Xbox One, PC
Release date: October 2, 2018

Forza Horizon 4 looks to deliver the same fun, open-world, photorealistic racing you've come to expect from Playground Games, now with a heavy emphasis on the changing of the seasons. As you cruise around the UK in all kinds of high-end rides, the roads and environment will reflect seasonal conditions: icy pavement in winter, fall foliage in autumn, light drizzles in spring, and so on. And in a first for the series, Forza Horizon 4 is primarily a shared-world racing game, so the roads will be constantly be populated by your fellow drivers. You're free to befriend, challenge, or ignore them as you see fit, but there's definitely a push to make Forza Horizon 4 a more social racing experience.

Mega Man 11

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release date: October 2, 2018

After Capcom all but ignored its legendary Blue Bomber for years, the mainline Mega Man series is finally getting a new entry - and it's looking like a pleasant mix of old and new. Just over 30 years since the original NES game, Mega Man 11 is going fully 2.5D for a charming aesthetic that totally eclipses the lacklustre look of failed competitor Mighty No. 9. You already know what to expect from this platforming shooter: new abilities absorbed from defeated bosses, colorful levels full of inventive gimmicks, and oodles of old-school challenge. But there's also a fresh gadget called Double Gear, which lets you briefly slow down time or overcharge the Mega Buster for extra firepower.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

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

If the classic "This. Is. SPARTA!" kick didn't make it clear enough, Assassin's Creed Odyssey takes the series to Ancient Greece circa 431 BC. No matter which protagonist you choose - female Kassandra or male Alexios - your story in Odyssey will be one of redemption after you're cast out of Sparta as a child. There's a bigger focus on RPG elements this time around, with collectible gear, dialogue options during cutscenes, ample combat abilities to choose from, and multiple endings based on your choices. Naval exploration and warfare also make a comeback, and you can now take part in massive 150-versus-150 battles in Conquest skirmishes.

Super Mario Party 

Platform(s): Switch
Release date: October 5, 2018

If you've had a hankering for multiplayer minigames and last-minute star-count upsets, you're in luck. Super Mario Party is bringing Nintendo's storied party game series to Switch, with more brightly colored board game buffoonery for up to four players. The core gameplay gets back to the classics, with a focus on multiple boards to explore and 80 new minigames to mix things up. But a nifty new gimmick this time around is the ability to link up two Switch screens in certain minigames to create an extended level of your own design. And because everyone can easily play with a sideways Joy-Con, two Switches is all it takes to get a full party started.

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