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Kat’s Most Anticipated Games of 2018

by Kat Haas

2017 was a good year for gaming, and judging by the current release schedule, 2018 is going to be pretty good as well. There’s a number of games I’m personally looking forward to in all different genres and across PC, console and handheld. This list addresses the five games I’m most excited for, and what I’m looking forward to most about them, in no particular order.

First up is We Happy Few, set to release on April 13th. We Happy Few is an upcoming action/adventure stealth FPS set in an alternate 1960s England, where everyone and everything is fuelled by psychedelic drugs, leaving people delusional and Joy-obsessed. The game combines elements of RPG, roguelike and survival, focusing on a strong narrative story with an underlying sense of paranoia. I’ve seen some demo footage for this game and to me it seems very Bioshock-esque, which hits a certain combination of buttons that not many games do. I don’t know much about the story, but the setting is an interesting twist on World War II and its outcome. Current reviews on Steam are Mixed thanks to it being in Early Access, so hopefully the final product holds up.

The new God of War for PS4 is slated to release sometime early this year, although there is no official release date as of yet. I missed out on playing the original God of War games when I was a kid, but I did watch other people play them, and I’ve kept relatively up to date on the new one. As both a history major and a mythology buff (both of the Greek/Roman and Norse variety) I can’t see any reason why I wouldn’t pick this game up. It may not be the most accurate depiction of the Greek gods, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the game’s unique take on the classic mythology. Plus a little hack and slash never hurt anyone.

It feels like it’s been 84 years since there was last a Kingdom Hearts game I cared about. I played the first one through in one night at a friend’s sleepover in 7th grade, and the second one at some point early in high school when my family ended up with a copy. There’s been plenty of new Disney movies since KH2 came out, which means there isn’t any shortage of material for the new game to draw on, and while I do have favourites I’m definitely going to enjoy running around in the new Disney worlds while trying to save everyone at the same time. And maybe a couple of the old ones as well. Please let me be a lion again, please please pleaaaseeeee.

Generally speaking I don’t play horror games, as I have stated before, because I am a big coward who gets spooked very easily and would much rather watch other people get spooked instead. That being said, the one horror game series that I absolutely adore are the Metro games. Metro 2033 holds a place in my top ten, and maybe even my top five depending on how I feel, and I’ve played through it from beginning to end at least three times, as well as having read the novel the game is based off of (there should be fan translations floating around on Reddit and if you find one I recommend it highly). Metro Exodus will for sure be one of the games I pick up this year, hopefully without any launch issues, so I can dive back into the nuclear wasteland of post-apocalyptic Russia.

Last, but certainly not least, and maybe the game I’m looking forward to the most, is Red Dead Redemption 2. RDR is one of my favourite games, and I think one of the best Westerns to be made, however many stereotypes it might play on. RDR2 is a prequel to the original 2010 game, where the player follows the story of Arthur Morgan, a member of the Dutch van der Linde gang, the same gang that RDR protagonist John Marston was a member of until shortly before the game events. I trust the story to be just as good, but honestly as long as I can ride around on a horse, rob people, have gunfights and decide if I wanna be a good guy or an outlaw I’ll be a very, very happy girl.

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