By Chris Ventra
With 2017 quickly coming to an end, it’s all about anticipating what’s in store for the new year. 2017 gave us a whole slew of great games to feast on, no matter which genre of gaming you’re into.
Almost all the console games on this list are of the single-player horror variety. I know many people are into the world of eSports gaming, as am I, but sometimes we all need a break from the competitive grind of online multi-players.
Here’s a list of my 10 most anticipated Horror/Adventure games for 2018:
10. We Happy Few – PS4, Xbox One, & PC (Console Release Date: April 13th, 2018)
Genre: First-Person Dystopian Horror Adventure with RPG elements
We Happy Few was released for early-access on Steam this year, but the fully developed game won’t be available until April 2018. For those who like RPG style adventures in a dystopian setting, this game is for you. We Happy Few takes place in a fictitious English town; your character must survive a prescription pill epidemic called “Joy” created by some underlying political agenda. All the residents are hooked, walking the streets like smiling zombies, force-feeding Joy to others. We Happy Few makes the list because of its dark psychological undertones and mysterious political background.
9. Visage – PS4, Xbox One, & PC (Release date: TBA Early 2018)
Genre: First-person Psychological/Survival Horror
A game that’s been highly anticipated for over a year now, Visage looks to use incredibly realistic settings and atmospheres to give a true sense of eeriness. At first glance, Visage may look like a walking simulator with creepy vibes, but as you dig deeper you’ll find there’s a lot more to it than just that. Besides the realism of being able to interact with mostly anything in your surroundings, Visage provides you with weapons for combating evil entities and a deep plot that unravels as you progress. Most of all, Visage looks truly terrifying and should give Psychological Horror fans big bang for their buck.
8. Metro Exodus – PS4, Xbox One, & PC (Release Date: TBA 2018)
Genre: First-person Apocalyptic Action/Adventure
The first game on the list not focused directly on horror, Metro Exodus still brings a lot to the table for a single-player game. Don’t get me wrong, Exodus has horror elements to it, just like its predecessors within the Metro series. But, Metro Exodus takes things to a new level with top of the line graphics, a mixed landscape of linear and open-world settings, a day/night cycle, and even a dynamic weather system that shifts with the changing seasons… Yes, there’s a seasons cycle. If you’re a fan of the two previous games in the Metro series, then this is a long time coming for you. Metro Exodus still has all the same action-packed apocalyptic chaos of old, but on steroids.
7. Overkill’s The Walking Dead – PS4, Xbox One, & PC (Release Date: TBA Late 2018)
Genre: First-person Survival Horror/Adventure
You won’t get too far down any horror list before reading about another zombie apocalypse game. Every year a new wave of zombie games come out, but rarely do they stick. Overkill’s TWD has the potential to be a gem, but not much is known about it yet. A few brief trailers that show little gameplay is all that’s out there. The good news is there’s plenty of other highly anticipated zombie games on the horizon. Also, Overkill’s TWD is personally backed by the creators of the comic book and television series.
6. State of Decay 2 – Xbox One & PC (Release Date: TBA 2018)
Genre: Open-world Survival Horror/Adventure
When the first State of Decay released in 2013 it came as a pleasant surprise to those who’ve been waiting for a true open-world zombie survival game. With the developers now working with a much bigger budget this time around, the end-product should reflect that. Check out State of Decay 2 trailers and you’ll see a vast improvement in graphics and detail. The developers also made an emphasis on fine tuning the gameplay, storyline, and open-world depth. What made the original State of Decay such a success was its dedication to the survival part of the zombie survival horror genre. If you’re new to this game or the genre in general, the State of Decay series is about the human characters coming together to help each other survive a zombie apocalypse in a rural open-world setting. Specific survival tropes are incorporated to add a more realistic feel; as the player, you can switch between characters to utilize their individual strengths, but every individual is valuable due to permadeath. It’s basically the Walking Dead game we’ve been waiting for. Some other notable improvements from the original game include a more vibrant story with each character having their own personality traits, multiple storyline paths, and a deeper cache of items/weapons to help your group survive.
5. Red Dead Redemption 2 – PS4 & Xbox One (Release Date: TBA 2018)
Genre: Open-world Action/Adventure
Anyone who’s played the first Red Dead Redemption knows how impactful it was. Today it’s considered a classic amongst the story-driven open-world games. There isn’t much information out about Red Dead Redemption 2 right now, but we can expect massive things from this AAA development team. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade and don’t know much about the Red Dead Redemption series, I suggest you check it out. The best way to describe the game is a wild west version of Grand Theft Auto. Instead of using cars to travel, players use horses to navigate the midwestern landscape. A new Red Dead Redemption game is definitely worth buying.
4. Days Gone – PS4 Exclusive (Release Date: TBA late 2018)
Genre: Open-world Horror Action/Adventure
Unlike State of Decay, Days Gone takes the zombie apocalypse genre into a more action-oriented direction. In most zombie survival horror games, the objective is to use tactics and whatever you can scrounge up to survive. What makes Days Gone different is it’s focus on doing more than just surviving. Your character, Deacon St. John (great name), must fend off hordes of the infected that are a lot more dangerous than most zombies. Instead of the slow-paced zombies scattered about, Days Gone’s undead come at you with ferocity, running full speed like hungry dogs grouped together in tremendous herds. Not only do the zombies seem like a major force to be reckoned with, but there’s also vicious undead animals roaming the rural open-world landscape; Check out the latest trailers for Days Gone and you’ll see what I mean. To give a good comparison, think of Days Gone as the Last of Us with an open-world to scour and a variety of combative obstacles to be had. This is a AAA title that looks like a can’t miss.
3. The Last of Us Part II – PS4 Exclusive (Release Date: TBA Late 2018/Early 2019)
Genre: Third-person Horror Action/Adventure
When talking about the greatest games of this generation, or of all-time, The Last of Us is in that conversation. It’s been over four years since the first one hit the market and caused forever-rippling effects on the industry, so what should we expect from the sequel? Well, from what little we’ve heard and seen so far it looks to be another epic journey in the making. The Last of Us Part II takes place years after the first one based on how much older the girl Ellie looks, and the main character Joel is with her as well. The fungus that plagued the entire human race and drove the whole apocalyptic journey is still at the forefront, but there looks to be more emphasis on human factions and interactions. The original story is so grand I strongly recommend playing it before diving into Part II. With the bar set extremely high, developers Naughty Dog have a tall task in front of them. Hopefully, the developers don’t stray too far from the perfect mix of deep story-telling, combat, and exploration, but mix in better graphics and more capabilities.
2. Pathologic 2 (Remake) – PS4, Xbox One, & PC (Release Date: TBA 2018)
Genre: Psychological Survival Horror Adventure/RPG
The original Pathologic is an under the radar classic by indie developers Ice Pick Lodge. The game was only released for PC to limited countries in 2005. Pathologic didn’t translate to the United States well, but grew a cult following over time due to the creative detail the indie developers put into it. In short, you can choose between three different characters that follow their own paths and use different abilities. These characters will meet each other throughout the game as well. Your character travels to an isolated town in Europe stricken by the “Sand Plague”, and you have a 12 day in-game period to discover the cause and dark mystery surrounding the plagued town. The eerie vibes, the deep RPG story, and a totally different take on the survival genre make Pathologic one the best games not yet reaching its full potential in quality… Until the remake is upon us.
1. System Shock (Remake) – PS4, Xbox One, & PC (Release Date: TBA 2018)
Genre: First-person Sci-fi Survival Horror Adventure
System Shock makes the top spot on my list for many reasons, first for the original. System Shock may not be the best original survival horror ever, that goes to the Resident Evil and Silent Hill series’, but it’s one of the oldest games in the genre. System Shock Two might’ve been the better game, but both took sci-fi/horror to a new level, while the Dead Space series took it to new places. But, Dead Space lacks a lot of what System Shock did have in terms of story, the opposing A.I. system that ran the space station, the in-depth puzzles, and overall creepy atmosphere. Besides waiting for the Resident Evil 2 remake which may not happen for a few years, System Shock is the most anticipated update to come, and 2018 sets up to be the year.
A year of great horror gaming is upon us, yet none more than the classic remake of System Shock. The long wait will finally come to an end. Prepare your mindset for one of the greatest sci-fi horror thrillers this generation has ever seen.