Upcoming Releases of 2018 Pt. 1

E3 is officially done and dusted for another year, and with that we’ve seen a number of games announced and shown off. If E3 was an indicator of anything, it’s that we’ve got some great games coming over the course of the next year or so. What some people might not realise though is how stacked the rest of the year looks to be.

There are so many games coming out this year, so much so that it’s impossible to list them all in just one article. Because of this, we’ll be doing a two-part series! Read on to see five upcoming games that you should be keeping an eye on.

Marvel’s Spider-Man (September 7)

Coming off a highly entertaining showing at E3, the next stop for Marvel’s Spider-Man is its release. Insomniac Games have been pretty successful this generation, developing great titles such as Sunset Overdrive and Ratchet & Clank. With Marvel’s Spider-Man, it looks like this trend will continue.

Spider-Man is going to present players with a brand-new story for the hero, although Sony and Insomniac have been relatively quiet about it. What we do know though is that we’ll be getting a number of villains appearing in the game. So far, we’ve seen many villains such as The Kingpin and Mister Negative – who work alongside other villains as a part of The Sinister Six.

In an open world setting, Insomniac looks to provide a gameplay experience that feels faithful to Spider-Man and his abilities. This will include utilising his web to traverse around the city as well as during combat scenarios. We’ll see stealth scenarios and quick time events in the game too.

Forza Horizon 4 (October 2)

When it released, Forza Horizon 3 provided arguably the best racing experience that we’ve seen in years. It’s a game that would be hard to improve for just about any developer, but the team at Playground Games are looking to do just that.

Fresh off the heels of their recent acquisition by Microsoft, Playground Games are looking to once again demonstrate the talent that they possess. This time around, Forza Horizon 4 will be taking players to the United Kingdom, and for the first time ever they’ll be playing in a shared world with up to 72 players.

With this shared world, players will get to experience the changing seasons with each other for the first time ever. With the introduction of seasons to the game, players will see the world in Forza Horizon 4 change significantly. For example, during winter the lakes will freeze over, presenting players with the chance to drive across them and explore an area that they couldn’t reach before.

Battlefield V (October 19)

Battlefield is back in 2018 and once again it’ll be releasing in close proximity to the latest Call of Duty entry. With just a week separating the two, it’s possible that many people will choose one over the other, and EA have done a great job of showing off how good Battlefield V looks to be.

In Battlefield V, DICE have implemented a variety of new features to enhance the gameplay experience. First off, are a number of new multiplayer modes, such as The Grand Operations, as well as a new royale mode that we have yet to see.

That’s not all though, the game also features an increased focus on customisation through the new Company system. During matches, you’ll also find that you can now move defensive weaponry, and rebuild small structures to avoid explosive attacks.

Also, unlike Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Battlefield V won’t feature paid downloadable content or loot boxes for non-cosmetic items.

Red Dead Redemption 2 (October 26)

Next up is arguably the biggest release of the year; Red Dead Redemption 2. It’s been eight years since Red Dead Redemption released, and fans have been begging for a follow up ever since. Rockstar, after a few delays, look set to give the fans exactly what they want when the game releases in late October.

That being said, we’ve yet to see a lot of information on the game. So far, we know that it’s set before the events of the previous entry, and this time around we’ll be in control of an outlaw named Arthur Morgan. Morgan is a member of the Dutch van der linde gang, and their leader will be returning this time around too. We’ll also get to see a younger John Marston as well, which I’m sure many fans are excited for.

The anticipation for Red Dead Redemption 2 is already through the roof, and we haven’t even seen Rockstar detail the gameplay yet. With everyone as excited as they are now, it’ll be interesting to see what it’s like when the game releases.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (December 7)

A few months ago, we saw Nintendo unveil a new edition of Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Switch. At E3, we saw a wealth of information thrown our way as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was featured for most of their Direct presentation.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate aims to give fans everything they need. Not only has the game been updated significantly, but players will also have the ability to play as every single character that’s appeared as a fighter in the series. That means that we’ll be seeing the return of characters like the Ice Climbers, Wolf, Pichu, and Snake.

The game is also introducing a couple of new combatants as well. The Inklings from Splatoon will be making their debut, and Daisy will also make an appearance as Peach’s Echo Fighter. That’s not all though, after years of requests, Ridley will also be available as a playable character.

With all the new features and effort going into the development of the game, it looks like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is going to be an excellent title to finish up the big releases of 2018.

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