Our 10 Most Anticipated PlayStation 4 Games Of 2018

2017 saw several fantastic PlayStation titles like Horizon Zero Dawn, Nier Automata, and Persona 5. It looks like this year holds just as much promise. Fans have long-awaited Kingdom Hearts III, and that thirst will soon be sated. Some great exclusives are on the way too, including the post-apocalyptic Days Gone that brings a biker twist to zombie killing. Others titles, like A Way Out and BioWare’s Anthem, show that studios aren’t afraid to do something different thematically or through gameplay. Here are our most anticipated PlayStation games of 2018.

For more of our most anticipated games of 2018, check out the following lists:

10. Days Gone
Release: 2018
Platform: PlayStation 4
Post-apocalyptic open-world survival games aren’t as fresh as they once were, but we’re still hopeful for SIE Bend Studio’s take on zombie killing. Players take control of a drifter and former bounty hunter named Deacon St. John, who has been wandering the road, living in wilderness encampments, and eking out a pale existence in the wake of a global pandemic that nearly wiped out humanity. The game’s zombies, called Freakers, behave differently depending on the environment. For example, they might seem weak and slow during the day, but will become fast and aggressive at night. Here’s hoping the final release comes together.

9. A Way Out
Release: March 23
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Directed by Josef Fares – whose previous work includes Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons – A Way Out follows the adventure of two convicts who escape from prison and remain on the lam. The unique twist to this prison break is that the entire game is built around split-screen co-op, and must be played with another player, either locally or online. This means that while one player is engaged in a certain task, they will always see the progress their partner is making in a separate window. For example, while one player distracts a guard, the other player might hunt around for a tool to aid their escape. We’re still not sure if players can keep their attention split throughout an entire game, but we’re excited to see how this oddball take on co-op actually plays.

8. Valkyria Chronicles 4
Release: 2018
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch
With a gorgeous watercolor art style, memorable characters, and intriguing mix of real-time action and tactical gameplay, Valkyria Chronicles has long been a cult favorite in the G.I. offices. That’s why we’re so happy to see that Sega is finally bringing the series back to consoles after two PSP sequels. In addition to a new grenadier class, Valkyria Chronicles 4 features an all-new cast of characters and a more grounded setting that harkens back to the original game. Given the missteps of the recent Valkyria Revolution spin-off, we’re ready for a return to form.

7. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
Release: March 20
Platform: PlayStation 4
Yakuza might have finally reached a tipping point in the west. We love the series’ wacky vibe and the freeform open world. Yakuza 6 looks to give players their money’s worth since it will be jam-packed with a variety of unique missions and side quests. The story centers on mainstay Kazuma Kiryu who returns to Hiroshima after a three-year prison sentence. Of course, after we’re done in Hiroshima, he’ll probably be on his way back.

6. Far Cry 5
Release: March 27
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Montana may not be the most exotic location in Far Cry’s history, but it does offer an enticing perk: a co-op companion. For the first time in series history, players can play the entirety of Far Cry 5 with a friend, which should make all the flying, shooting, and exploding even more fun. A wide-open map allows players to take on Far Cry 5’s town-occupying cult anyway they see fit – provided it includes copious amounts of mayhem.

5. Anthem
Release: 2018
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Mass Effect may currently be in cryosleep, but that doesn’t make us any less excited for BioWare’s new sci-fi series. Up to four players can rocket around Anthem’s expansive open world in jet-propelled exosuits, and the E3 demo showed off plenty of gorgeous locations, deadly weapons, and strange alien creatures. EA clearly hopes that Anthem will be its answer to Destiny, and while we have many unanswered questions, we can’t wait to learn more about the game in the coming year.

4. Kingdom Hearts III
Release: 2018
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
It might star Donald Duck and Goofy, but Kingdom Hearts III is serious business. Fans have been waiting over 10 years for the next numbered sequel in Square Enix’s action RPG series, which promises more party members from Disney’s ever-expanding cast of characters, bigger worlds to explore, and new weapon transformations for Sora’s iconic Keyblade. All that plus the long-anticipated ending to Xehanort’s story arc has G.I.’s Kingdom Hearts fans jumping up and down in anticipation.

3. God of War
Release: 2018
Platform: PlayStation 4
After putting the Greek pantheon six feet under, Kratos escapes to the frozen north, hoping to live the rest of his life in relative peace. Unfortunately, the Norse gods aren’t keen on leaving Kratos alone. Players get to use Kratos’ new magical axe to cut through an army of trolls and Jörmungandr, level up his rage-fueled abilities, and issue commands to his son Atreus. Despite a greater and more mature focus on storytelling, the new God of War still features plenty of larger-than-life action, which feels more personal thanks to the new camera perspective.

2. Spider-Man
Release: 2018
Platform: PlayStation 4
QTE sequences be damned, Insomniac’s take on everyone’s favorite wall-crawler looks like a good time. Set within its own continuity, this version of Spider-Man lets players explore an open-world version of New York as our hero battles low-rent criminals and iconic super villains. Fortunately, comic characters like Mr. Negative will give players some fresh faces to punch. Insomniac hasn’t detailed all of Spider-Man’s mechanic, but the brief looks we’ve had of the stealth and action look bombastic in all the right ways.

1. Red Dead Redemption 2
Release: 2018
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
We still don’t know a whole lot about Red Dead Redemption 2; Rockstar has only released two trailers for the game since its announcement in 2016. However, those all-too-brief glimpses promise players the kind of meticulously crafted open-world experience that only Rockstar can provide. In addition to exploring the vast American frontier, we’re particularly excited to see how Rockstar translates the GTA Online formula to the Wild West; we’re guessing pistol duels at high-noon, backroom poker games, and high-speed train robberies are only the beginning of what Rockstar has in store.

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