Last week, the first part of the two-part countdown detailed five of the most anticipated videogame releases for the second half of 2018. Now it’s time for the second portion of that article, where we’ll once again detail another five titles that we’ll be seeing later this year.
Let’s cut straight to the chase and take a look at the first game.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (September 14)
On September 14, Lara Croft will once again return for another adventure in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The latest entry in the series sees Lara venturing to Latin America in search of a Mayan relic. The relic has a connection to Lara’s father, and as she seeks it, out Trinity returns once again to stop her and take the relic for themselves.
In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Eidos Montreal have introduced a number of new features while refining ones that we’ve already seen in past games. Underwater traversal has been expanded upon significantly, with full 360-degree underwater swimming allowing for better movement and the addition of air bubbles providing players with more time to explore.
Lara can also grapple and wall-run in certain areas. Stealth gameplay has received an update too, with new ways for Lara to take out enemies without detection. With additions such as these, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is looking to be the best entry yet.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (October 5)
I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t like the idea of Assassin’s Creed returning to a yearly format after seeing how much Assassin’s Creed Origins benefited from the extra year of development time. With that being said though, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey had a good showing at E3 this year.
Set in Ancient Greece, Odyssey directs its focus more towards the role-playing elements of the game. New additions expand on this including dialogue options, branching quests and multiple endings. Players will also have the option to choose their protagonist, with Alexios or Kassandra being available for selection.
Add in a new skill tree system, naval combat, and more and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey looks like it’s changing things up quite a bit. The E3 demo also highlighted how beautiful the new environment looks as well, and I think it could possible end up looking better than the world of Assassin’s Creed Origins which is no easy feat.
It doesn’t feel like much of an Assassin’s Creed game, but Assassin’s Creed Odyssey definitely looks like a title that you should keep your eye on.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (October 12)
We’ll be getting the latest entry into the Call of Duty series a little earlier this year, and fans are excited to return to Blacks Ops after a few years off. It’ll have a lot of competition this year, especially with Battlefield V releasing a week later. Unfortunately, the game’s received a lot of criticism prior to its release for a multitude of reasons, so they’ll have to work hard to win players over this time around.
First things first, Blacks Ops 4 will be the first entry to not feature a single-player campaign. Instead, the game will contain Multiplayer, Zombies and the brand-new battle royale mode; Blackout. Despite the lack of a campaign, it’s worth noting that the game will still be sold at the same price.
This time around Treyarch are aiming to provide a multiplayer experience that caters for more tactical and team-focused gameplay. Health regeneration is no-more as the game now features a manual-healing system. This should force players to play more cautiously as the lack of health in some situations could lead to a quick death.
The game will see the return of five fan-favourite maps, whereas Zombies will launch with three on-disc maps to play with your friends, with more to come down the line. It sounds like Treyarch are trying to provide as much content as possible, and with the removal of the single player campaign, they’re going to have to.
Fallout 76 (November 14)
I don’t think anyone was expecting a new Fallout title anytime soon, yet Bethesda gave us just that with the reveal of Fallout 76. Fallout 76 represents a new step for the series as it introduces something that we’ve never seen before; online multiplayer. That’s right, for the first time ever Fallout 76 will place players in a shared world where they can come across and interact with other individuals.
Fallout 76 takes place in a post-apocalyptic West Virginia, and from the footage that we’ve seen I’m already liking it a lot more than Fallout 4’s Boston setting. West Virginia is split into six different regions, and the game takes advantage of West Virginian folklore as inspiration for some of the creatures that you’ll come across.
As you venture through the world you’ll be able to team up with or attack other players. If you choose to work together, you can set out to find a collection of nuclear codes, which will allow you to devastate the world and cause havoc for other players. It’s an interesting mechanic, and I’m curious to see if it’ll become a problem upon release or if there’s a level of balance to it.
Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon Let’s Go, Eevee! (November 16)
This year Pokémon will finally be making its debut on the Nintendo Switch, but it might not be in the way that some were expecting. Last year, it was revealed that a traditional Pokémon RPG was coming to the system, and while Pokémon Let’s Go is taking a lot of influence from Pokémon Yellow, a lot of its features set it apart from a traditional title.
Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee will be taking players back to the region of Kanto, where we’ll see the original 151 Pokémon that longstanding fans grew up with.
The biggest difference to note though, is that the game will also be taking inspiration from the wildly successful mobile game; Pokémon Go. This comes with a change in the method to catching Pokémon, which is more similar to Pokémon Go than the traditional entries. To catch them, players will either press a button or utilise motion controls to throw the ball.
The game will also feature cooperative multiplayer where each player can control a single Joy-Con each. The second player will be able to join in on battles with trainers and wild Pokémon. This is just a small taste of the new features coming with the game as we’ll see many more when it releases later this year.