The best upcoming games of 2018

We’ve gone ahead and collected the standouts for your viewing pleasure as we near the end of 2018. Browse our selections, all ordered by release date, and see what you need to start saving up for ASAP – then be sure to let us know in the comments which games you’re most excited for.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One
Release date: November 13, 2018

Not to be outdone by the revival of Sony’s other would-be mascot in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, everyone’s favorite purple dragon Spyro is getting his very own three-pack remaster. Spyro Reignited Trilogy features the first three games in the series (i.e. all the best ones) rebuilt from the ground up with wildly improved Unreal Engine 4 visuals and a refined control scheme. We’d be shocked if this oft-requested trilogy didn’t eventually make its way to Nintendo Switch as well, so for anyone who missed them back in 1998, Reignited Trilogy will be a great way to enjoy a beloved slice of 3D platforming history.

Hitman 2

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: November 13, 2018

Hitman 2 sees the return of expert assassin Agent 47, and though the series has switched publishers from Square Enix to WB Games, it’s still being developed by the dedicated folks at IO Interactive. As always, there will be plenty of exotic locales to explore, hilarious disguises to don, and high-value targets to eliminate through ingeniously crafty or violently direct means. You simply haven’t lived until you’ve knocked out a guard with a coconut while wearing a flamingo mascot outfit.

Fallout 76

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: November 14, 2018

First things first: though Fallout 76 takes place in the same ’50s-esque, post-apocalyptic setting the series is known for, this isn’t a new single-player-focused story from the folks at Bethesda. Instead, Fallout 76 is a shared-world survival game set in in the irradiated expanses of West Virginia, 25 years after the conclusion of the Great War. You don’t necessarily have to play with others, but they’ll be out there, gathering resources, killing mutated beasts, building their own encampments, and possibly even launching nukes from silos found all around the map. Fallout 76 is reportedly four times bigger than Fallout 4’s map, and it’ll be fascinating to see how players interact in a Fallout that doesn’t revolve around a single wasteland hero.

Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee

Platform(s): Switch
Release date: November 16, 2018

Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee are two versions of the same game (in classic Pokemon style) that are set to make a splash on Nintendo Switch – but they’re not the core RPG you might’ve been expecting. Instead, think of this outing as a mix between the classic Pokemon Yellow on Game Boy and the megahit mobile game Pokemon Go. You’ll explore a spruced-up, 3D version of Kanto from a top-down perspective, with either Pikachu or Eevee at your side, catching Generation 1 Pokemon through simplified mechanics with Joy-Con motion controls (or the new Poke Ball Plus peripheral). There will be battles against other Pokemon Trainers, but you won’t be weakening wild Pokemon before you attempt to catch them.

Battlefield 5

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: November 20, 2018

Battlefield 5 is taking the series back to its World War 2 roots, with infantry, tanks, and aircraft aplenty locked in combat across massive multiplayer skirmishes. Choose your preferred class between Assault, Medic, Recon, and Support, then master your role to turn the tide of battle one spawn location at a time. Veterans should be aware of a few key tweaks this time around: now any class can revive downed allies, so no more ignoring cries for help when you’re getting your snipe on. The classic spotting mechanic now highlights general areas rather than individuals, encouraging you to seek out enemies yourself without immediately flagging a target for death. And there’s a strong focus on Squad play in Battlefield 5, which rewards you for sticking with a designated group of men and women (including your very own customizable soldier). As in Battlefield 1, War Stories provide some single-player action, while the multiplayer does away with the traditional Season Pass in favor of Tides of War, a system modelled around Fortnite’s Battle Pass featuring limited-time events.

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