Operation Backlog Completion 2018
Jan 012018

Happy New Year! Yesterday I looked back at the wonderful games I played in 2017, and now I’m ready to look ahead. These are the five games I’m most excited for in 2018.

Honorable Mention

Since I already played Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2, I’m not counting them on this list, but I’m still excited that they’ll be available on the Switch this February!

(I’d love to count Bayonetta 3, but it might not be a 2018 release.)

I also considered including the unknown Ace Attorney game, but since we don’t even know what it is, I can’t really say that yet.

Now, let’s move on. Here are my top 5 anticipated games of 2018!

5. Vampyr

I had my eye on Vampyr, from Dontnod Entertainment, before I played anything else by them. Now that I’ve played Life Is Strange and enjoyed it a lot aside from the ending, I’m really looking forward to seeing how they handle a vampire story.

Vampyr follows a doctor who has become a vampire, and it deals with the conflict between his oath as a doctor and his thirst for human blood. It is an action RPG with multiple endings, and it sounds like your choices about whether or not to feed on people (and who) will play an important role. You’ll also encounter other types of vampires, as well as vampire slayers.

It sounds like a very cool game, and I can’t wait to see how these ideas are handled. Vampyr was originally announced for November 2017, but it was delayed to 2018.

4. Dragon Quest XI

I’ve been following Dragon Quest XI for a while, especially once it became clear that it would not follow the growing trend of big JRPG series to switch to action combat, but instead would feature turn-based combat across all of its versions. The localization announcement made me explode with happiness, and I included it on my list of upcoming turn-based RPGs to look forward to.

We don’t know when this year it will be out or even what systems it will be released for, but I’m looking forward to learning more about it.

3. The Wolf Among Us: Season 2

I enjoyed Telltale’s The Walking Dead, but I still haven’t played its sequels. On the other hand, when I finished The Wolf Among Us, I immediately wanted a sequel – not just because of the tease at the end, but also because I loved it so much.

Ever since then, every time Telltale announced a new game, I just had one question: “What about The Wolf Among Us 2?”

And earlier this year, it was finally announced!

We barely know anything about Season 2 except that it exists and is coming in 2018, but that’s enough for me. I’m looking forward to another dark, thrilling mystery to investigate!

2. Project Octopath Traveler

Project Ocotpath Traveler is another one of the turn-based RPGs I’m looking forward to, and while I still have some skepticism since we don’t know how it will handle the multiple characters, the demo convinced me that this could be an excellent JRPG.

Am I hoping you play as all eight protagonists separately and then they join together as a single party? Yes. Will I be disappointed if you just pick one to play as and the others are recruited without their stories being involved? Probably.

But since the demo already got me interested in its two playable characters and their stories, I’m hopeful that Project Octopath Traveler will turn out well.

And finally, there’s one game I’m looking forward to in 2018 more than any other announced so far…

You can probably guess what it is…

1. Kingdom Hearts III

I’m completely caught up on the Kingdom Hearts series now and eagerly awaiting Kingdom Hearts III. It finally received a release window for the first time and should be out this year. Let’s take another look at that exciting trailer.

I could go on and on about the things I hope to see in Kingdom Hearts III. (At the top of my list is a playable flashback featuring Young Eraqus and Young Xehanort. I don’t care which one is playable, as long as one of them is, please!) While it’s always a little worrying to approach the conclusion of an epic saga, I have faith it will be a satisfying one.

2018 is the year of Kingdom Hearts III, and I can’t wait to see more!


Vampyr, Dragon Quest XI, The Wolf Among Us: Season 2, Project Octopath Traveler, and Kingdom Hearts III are my most-anticipated games of 2018. Which games are you looking forward to this year?

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  8 Responses to “Top 5 Anticipated Games of 2018”

  1. Oooooooh, I didn’t know they announced Wolf Among Us 2! I have hype for that now. :>
    Will they really release Kingdom Hearts 3 this year I wonder. Project Octopath looks really cute & more Dragon Quest is always welcome.

    I’m really looking forwards to what looks like a teased Tenchu game (but no idea when that will be out) and the Steam version of Princess Maker 5 (not sure it will come this year either but hopefully)

    There are some PS4 exclusives I’m really looking forwards to but I still didn’t get a PS4. xD

    God of War 5 – looks more story driven and interesting than the other ones. I played the others but I’d skip this one if it had looked like more of the same.
    Detroit: Become Human – I loved Beyond Two Souls even though is was pretty silly, I just really enjoyed it a lot for some reason.
    Shadow of the Colossus – When I first heard about it I was going to ignore it since it’s the second re-master already, but then I watched a trailer and decided I had to buy this game for a third time after all…

    • Well, this is the first time KH3 had a release date, so it’s never actually been delayed before. I’m confident!

      Is the Tenchu game From Software’s mysterious tease? I’ve heard a few different theories about that tease, although Tenchu seems to be the most prominent one.

      I’ve never played any God of War games, although the new one caught my attention because I’ve always been a fan of Norse mythology. I’m conflicted about Detroit: Become Human. The first trailer I saw for it seemed really interesting, but the later trailers didn’t interest me as much.

      • Good point about the release date.

        Yeah, that’s it! It’s weird to me people seem to think it’s Bloodborne 2. The music is exactly Tenchu music, the Japanese scroll & weapon paired with the Tenchu quote just screams Tenchu.

        I really hope the new Wild Arms will be decent. Any kind of reboot gets me a bit nervous but I’m still super stoked.

        • I think people assumed Bloodborne 2 just because Bloodborne was popular and they’ve been hoping for a sequel, so a trailer with any sort of horror vibe looks promising. I’ve also seen people suggest a sequel to Kuon, a survival horror game FromSoftware developed, because the audio in the teaser has similarities.

          The main thing that has me nervous about the Wild Arms game is that it’s mobile. Not that there aren’t good mobile games out there, but it doesn’t always work out that way.

          • That makes me a bit nervous too. :/ At least with RPG it’s a bit harder to mess up the controls. I got Final Fantasy 1 & 2 android versions and the controls are a bit weird on them…hopefully this will be better. They have a giant and kind of ugly interface pop up when you move your character. Apparently a few RPG on phone use the same scheme.

            • I don’t mind the control scheme so much as long as it’s a legitimate full RPG. No gacha system. No complicated leveling/evolving/fusing system that seems to come with every new mobile RPG.

  2. Alright so I just learned there will be a Wild Arms reboot on mobile phones. If that comes out this year 2018 is going to rock.

    (sorry for the double-post, there doesn’t seem to be an edit button).

    Happy New Year to you too by the way!

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