2017 was one of the best years in the history of video games. From the return of Nintendo juggernauts The Legend of Zelda and Mario to standout new titles in Horizon: Zero Dawn and Player Unknown’s Battleground. While there are no (announced) new consoles coming up in 2018, the coming year’s games already threaten to rival 2017. Here are 15 games that could make this year a banner year for the indoor kids.
1. ORI AND THE WILL OF THE WISPS
The first game combined a tight action platformer with an emotional story about friendship and loss, and the sequel looks like a solid continuation of the world, which is great, since Ori is one of the best new IP to come from Microsoft in a long time.
2. CRACKDOWN 3
What’s better than running around a city as a super soldier, shootin’ baddies and tearing down buildings? Doing all that as TERRY CREWS! That’s right, Terry Crews is a playable character in this game, so get ready.
3. GOD OF WAR
Kratos hasn’t slain a God in a few years, and it’s about time for the Ghost of Sparta to take his rage to Norway. This time, though, he has his son in tow. The new God of War emphasizes story and character in a way previous iterations haven’t.
Spider-Man could not be in better hands with Insomniac Games, whose Xbox exclusive Sunset Overdrive nailed the spidey-like feeling of speeding through a city without ever touching the ground. Spider-Man looks slick, fun, and fast, hopefully marking a return to form.
5. SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS
Shadow of the Colossus on the PS2 is regarded as one of the greatest games of all time, introducing a concept–boss battles only–and sense of scale that had never been seen in the medium.
6. DRAGON BALL FIGHTERZ
The game looks just like an episode of the show, right down to the shouts of rage and powering up. This game is already beloved by the fighting game community
7. RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2
Though not as successful as its sibling, Grand Theft Auto, Rockstar’s wild west open world was one of last generation’s best games, and we can’t wait to get back to hunting thousands of deer. Oh, and also bandits.
8. FAR CRY 5
The villain is a militant group of Christian extremists in rural Montana, which angered quite a few people. But the game looks fun as hell and follows Breath of the Wild‘s “go anywhere, do anything” mentality.
9. MEGA MAN 11
The Blue Bomber is back, baby! After 30 years of Mega Man, the newest title takes our sidescrolling hero into a 2.5D landscape to once again fight robot masters who are way better at this game than we are.
10. PSYCHONAUTS 2
Last year saw a short PSVR experience to get us ready for the sequel and reminded us just how charming Razputin’s adventures are. The first game’s witty writing, psychadelic world, and tight platforming have been missing from games for years, so we’re excited for the series to return.