Paige FTW: 2018: A Look Ahead
2017 was an amazing year for video games — so amazing that I still haven’t even played half of its major releases. (I am a very bad video game columnist.) Will 2018 live up to expectations? Here’s a preview of what’s been announced so far.
Far Cry 5 (March 27 for PC/PS4/XBO)
What better game for our turbulent political times than a title set in one of America’s disillusioned rural communities? Knowing that the game will involve you fighting a cult is somehow a little less bold than if they, say, fought corrupt politicians, but hey! It’s still bold for Far Cry to bring its signature violence to American shores.
Anthem (Q4 2018 for PC/PS4/XBO)
BioWare’s first original IP in a very long time honestly looks to me like Iron Man meets Attack on Titan meets Destiny. But this is BioWare! This is the company that created Commander Shepard and Hawke! They are capable of such great things, sometimes. Against my better judgment, I’m intrigued. I will be disappointed, but that is part of the anticipation process.
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (TBA for PC)
I keep meaning to write about the original Pillars (expect it in the next few weeks), but this delightful, very old school RPG boasts excellent writing, plenty of player choice and serves as a heartfelt tribute to Dungeons & Dragons of yore. A sequel can only mean more good things.
Soulcalibur VI (TBA for PC/PS4/XBO)
It’s a big year for fighting franchises, with new entries in Dragon Ball FighterZ and Dissidia Final Fantasy coming up just this month alone. But the return of Soulcalibur, which went wildly off the rails in its last entry (discarding classic characters and other series staples), is worthy of inclusion. Sophitia and Mitsurugi, at the very least, promise to return.
Kingdom Hearts III (TBA for PS4/XBO)
They say it’ll happen this year … I don’t believe them, but I can hope.