So far, 2018 has been chock full of great games like God of War, Monster Hunter World, Far Cry 5, A Way Out, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, Vampyr, Celeste, Octopath Traveler and Fe just to name a few. But the year is not done raining that sweet gaming greatness down on us just yet, as the ever-exciting Fall madness has yet to begin. Vast open worlds, blazing fast cars, historic battles, and mighty warriors await us in the coming months as we approach the end of the already stellar year of gaming. Below you’ll find every game set to release from now, through the Fall season and the remainder of 2018.
Madden NFL 19 – August 10 – Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
The annual Madden title is on our doorstep. Along with various gameplay changes and improvements, Madden NFL 19 will feature the return of the single player story mode: “Longshot 2.” As someone who values story as one of the most important aspects of a video game, I believe this mode is worth the entire price tag of the game alone. Though unlikely, I’m vouching for Longshot to become the main course, so to speak, of the franchise moving forward. After seeing Devin Wade and Colt Cruise struggle through their trials and tribulations of trying to get drafted in NFL 18, I’m very excited to see what happens next with them – as I thoroughly enjoyed their journey so far.
We Happy Few – August 10 – Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
This is a game I’ve been intensely looking forward to since its reveal by its developers, Compulsion Games, way back in 2015. After being in early access for a few years, reworked, and painfully delayed many times, we finally have a rock solid release date! What interests me about this game is its almost cartoon-like art style and the horror-like tone of the trailers and gameplay shown throughout the years. Not to mention the very dark, gloomy setting with remnants of color and happiness strewn throughout. During its early access phase, players were hungry for more story in the game. Compulsion took this to heart, spending extra time developing its story and characters. Set in the English city of Wellington Wells, we’ll embark on our “Joy”-defying adventure as three different playable protagonists: Arthur Hastings, Sally Boyle, and Ollie Starkey. I’m very interested to see how the stories of these characters lead them to cross each others’ paths. Will they all team up? Maybe they turn against each other? It’ll be up to us as the gamers to play through it and find out.
The Walking Dead: The Final Season (Ep.1) – August 14 – Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
The fourth and final season of Telltales critically acclaimed series The Walking Dead is nearly upon us. The previous season, A New Frontier, lacked in certain areas mainly by pushing the fan favorite Clementine to the background of the cast. In The Final Season it looks like her and AJ will be at the forefront of the dramatic walker slaying story. In all honesty, I’d be absolutely ok with Clem and AJ being the only survivors we see and interact with in the game. However, that’s likely not going to be the case and I hope the new character(s) being introduced will have a heavier, more meaningful presence than some we’ve seen in previous seasons. Unlike its past three entries (excluding The Walking Dead: Michonne), The Final Season will have only four episodes which I think is unusual – especially for the swan song of the series. There’s the possibility that unannounced DLC would fill in the fifth spot, but whatever the case is I have the utmost faith in Telltale to deliver an impactful end to the series that earned them so much praise and the opportunity to do more. I recommend stocking up on lots of tissues before playing The Final Season.
(Update: Telltale Games is shutting down, and so the fate of this final season is unknown as of yet.)
Spider-Man – September 7 – PlayStation 4
The world-famous web slinger is swinging onto PS4 this Fall! The game looks like it performs and plays great; with the fluidity of the combat and traversal movements, you can tell Insomniac Games was the perfect studio to make a game like this. The scripted story events we’ve seen so far are epic and seem smooth. With a wide open New York City to explore and a plethora of Spidey’s fiercest enemies to battle, Spider-Man is looking to be one of the hottest games of 2018, already making headlines as one of PlayStation’s biggest exclusives on the calendar.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider – September 14 – Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
Lara Croft’s third adventure in the Tomb Raider reboot trilogy is nearly upon us. As a fan of both 2013’s Tomb Raider and Rise I am quite excited to return to her world and story for the excellent third-person action gameplay. I just hope the new mechanics are enough to make this entry feel different than the others – the new setting of Latin America looks to help with that as well. Another big change here is the increased size of the hub area, Paititi – the biggest hub in a Tomb Raider game to date. A concern among some fans is that Paititi is too big, ruining the notion/feeling of Lara being lost, alone and in danger. I feel like it shouldn’t be a problem, especially if certain events or decisions may effect the status of Paititi. We’ll have to wait and see how that dynamic will work once the game is out. The story seems to be ramped up here as Lara’s own morality will swing in the balance as she strives to survive while also trying to accomplish her mission of obtaining a Mayan relic.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy – November 13 – Xbox One, PlayStation 4 (this date has been edited to reflect the new release)
As somebody who has never played a Spyro game before, knowing its huge nostalgic appreciation among tons of fans, I’m interested in getting the opportunity to explore Spyro’s world this generation. From frying sheep to collecting gems, this remaster has been painstakingly rendered from scratch after many of the resources from the original games had been lost – a feat that demonstrates both the love and the respect that the development team has for this classic. The original three Spyro games will be bundled up and remastered for us (including Xbox fans) to enjoy this Fall.
Life is Strange 2 (Ep.1) – September 27 – Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
The true sequel to Dontnods original episodic storytelling game Life is Strange will start up very soon with the first of five episodes coming this Fall. Nobody really knows what or who the story will be about. Since the release of The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit earlier this Summer, I have an idea that it will be about Chris Eriksen and his father rather than a return to our beloved Max and Chloe. I’d be content with leaving our two punky pirate friends behind in light of a completely new storyline – especially since I think their stories were wrapped up quite nicely. It would be cool, though, if there are some sort of tie-in(s) to the characters or events of the first game. Just thinking about the idea of a shiny new Life is Strange title to dive into this Fall makes me want to shoot bottles in a junkyard out of excitement.
Forza Horizon 4 – October 2 – Xbox One, PC
Rev up those engines for the lone AAA racing title coming this Autumn, Forza Horizon 4. This entry in Microsoft’s annual rotating racing franchise will take place in historic Britain – a stark difference from the previous Horizon location, Australia. What has me really interested, though, is the new seasons system. In this system, the four seasons – Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall – will cycle through weekly with their unique weather patterns. However, when you first start up Horizon 4 the game will spend the first few hours or so taking the player through each season. This way they can get a feel for each one before being put into the weekly season cycle. These seasons are also quite dynamic as they can change accessibility to different parts of the open world. For example, in Winter a lake can freeze over granting access to previously unreachable territory.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey – October 5 – Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
The next chapter of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Odyssey, will take place in ancient Greece 400 years before the events of last years Origins. Some fans of the series are questioning why the game is still titled Assassin’s Creed if the Order of Assassins hasn’t yet been created. I think there will be some sort of tie-in to the Order perhaps through flash-forwards, but will it be big or important enough to justify the game being part of the Assassin’s Creed series?
Origins shook up the formula of the blockbuster stealth series, adding RPG-like elements like item management and a more in depth combat system. Odyssey is looking to take it even further with dialogue options and even the opportunity for romance with some NPCs. Also, you can now Spartan kick your enemies to death! Before diving in, Odyssey makes you choose between two characters to play as: Alexios and Kassandra. I was hoping that in choosing Kassandra, for example, Alexios would still be part of the story in some way and vice-versa – much like in Dishonored 2. Sadly, this will not be the case, as the character you don’t pick will be banished from the game and its story – which seems very odd to me. Despite the character confusion, I’m sure Odyssey will pick up where Origins left off in the RPG-transformation of the AC series.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – October 12 – Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
After a breath of fresh air with last years Call of Duty: WWII, we’re being dragged back to the futurism of the Black Ops series with the fourth installment – this time, without a campaign. That’s right, the biggest change to any Call of Duty game to date is the eradication of its storytelling game mode. I hope that Sledgehammer and Infinity Ward do not take after Treyarch here, neglecting campaign modes in their next titles, because it’s the main part of the series I get excited for. Even though the Black Ops III campaign wasn’t my personal favorite, I always look forward to playing the new Call of Duty campaign each and every Fall season around Thanksgiving.
The number one reason I think Treyarch ditched a campaign is to make way for its new multiplayer experience, “Blackout” – a battle royale game mode. Call of Duty multiplayer maps have always been small throughout the years so I’m interested to see how a bigger map suited for battle royale will feel in a CoD game. Blackout will stand beside traditional multiplayer modes as well as zombies co-op which I’m glad they stuck with because the studio is king, among the CoD teams, at making zombies. Overall, I’ll be sad about the absence of a campaign this year, but I’m still interested in checking out the new Blackout mode along with the rest of what the game will have to offer.
Lego DC Super-Villains – October 16 – Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC
I’m always in the mood for a Lego game every Fall and holiday season. Even after 100%-ing Lego The Incredibles this Summer I still want more Lego to enjoy. This year we’ll be treated to a brick-infused jaunt with the villains of DC! At the beginning of the game, you’ll be able to create your very own villain to wreak havoc with along side the giant cast of baddies. Since Traveler’s Tales has so many characters at their disposal, I’m interested to see how the story will turn out. I’m also excited to see where the hub areas will be – I feel like Gotham City is inevitable, but will there be more areas to rampage through? I’m sure what ever the case, Lego DC Super-Villains will be a real blast!
Battlefield V – November 20 – Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC (this date has been edited to reflect the new release)
EA has shown and told us very little about Battlefield V over the past few months, much less than they did with Battlefield 1 two years ago. The biggest addition to this new installment is the new battle royale mode and I think Battlefield will be a good fit for the survival contest because its maps are usually really expansive, so it will feel natural and true to franchise. BFV follows history right after the previous game and is set in WWII. I’m curious to see if we’ll get to experience the Pacific Theater as well, since most of what we’ve seen so far looked like it was based in Europe. Dice is good with growing into other areas and including different factions in their post-launch DLC, so I’m sure we’ll get to step outside of the WWII epicenter. My only concern with this setting is that I don’t know if the traditional multiplayer will feel different enough from Battlefield 1. I hope the updated weaponry and war technology will help extinguish this doubt of mine and make BFV feel unique.
Along with battle royale, we will see the return of War Stories, the short vignette tales which serve as the campaign. While I liked these in BF1, I still longed for a full length story to be told. However, I understand that it’s a more effective way for Dice to tell stories, so I’ll roll with it here. EA’s confidence might be wavering with Battlefield V, but I still think it will be a really fun experience – especially with the promising addition of battle royale, WWII style.
Soulcalibur VI – October 19 – Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
After four years, we’re finally getting a new installment of the Soulcalibur series! This title will look to feature a more methodical style of gameplay. In my opinion, this is a step above the typical button-mashing antics because I think these fantastic characters deserve a more respectful interaction with the player. With Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher series entering the fray, the long awaited Soulcalibur VI will help to rock the fighting scene this Fall!
Read Dead Redemption 2 – October 26 – Xbox One, PlayStation 4
This is the big one! It isn’t very often that Rockstar releases a video game, yet here we are. After a few delays the prequel to 2010s hootin’, tootin’, shootin’ western action game is nearly upon us. RDR2 will follow the story of Arthur Morgan and his time with the Van der Linde gang. We’ll see a familiar location in Blackwater, the “big city” – if you will – of the previous title. We haven’t seen the last of our friend John Marston either, as he’s featured in one of the latest trailers for the game. I’m hoping he’ll be a central component of the story, maybe even playable! The dynamic between John and Arthur will be interesting to see, especially within the rest of the gang. An open world online mode would also be a feasible possibility, considering the incredible success of GTA Online. There really isn’t much more to say, because we all know this game is sure to deliver Rockstar quality to fans who have long-awaited this franchise’s return.
Overkill’s The Walking Dead – November 6 – PC (PS4 and Xbox One versions delayed to 2019)
The developers behind the Payday series are back with another co-op experience, this time set in the world of The Walking Dead. Orchestrating traps and carefully planned attacks with friends will be nothing short of a blast. Not to mention, walkers won’t be the only creatures at the end of your barrels – you’ll have to face human threats as well. The ransacked environments are enticing and the gunplay looks very smooth. I hope the characters are interesting and that there’s some sort of story to be told with them. My only qualm is the title of the game, but that’s just a personal thing as I think the game will be fun – especially paired up with episodes of The Walking Dead: The Final Season sprinkled around its release.
Hitman 2 – November 13 – Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
The sequel to 2016’s episodically released Hitman title is here. Hitman 2 will not be episodic, which I am glad about because I never thought that type of release model suited an action stealth game like this, despite the high replay value of the episodes. Since developer IO Interactive has acquired the Hitman property from Square Enix, Warner Bros Interactive will be publishing the game in the Fall. Get ready for some more under-cover stealth fun, all in one neat package!
Fallout 76 – November 14 – Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
In post-apocalyptic West Virginia, players of Fallout 76 will rise up from the vaults and try their hand at survival on Reclamation Day. Either teaming up, building settlements together, or racing to find the nuclear launch codes to unleash upon one another – chaos will ensue.
Hearing the news that 76 will only be online multiplayer was a shock or even in some cases a disappointment to many franchise fans. As a hardcore fan myself of Fallout 3 (my favorite game of all), 4, and New Vegas, thinking about encountering other players in an online Fallout world seems weird to me. However, Bethesda does have plans of adding private servers later on so people like me can play completely alone in the wasteland. But that being said, every human in the world is an online player – meaning there will be no NPCs whatsoever, not even enemy raiders. The story and quests will be told through finding notes and audio logs in the world, making for an experience that’s quite different from what many Fallout fans have come to expect. Regardless, it’s possible the lack of any NPCs may actually contribute to the sense of loneliness that many previous games have tried to evoke and feel like a really nice fit for Fallout 76.
Darksiders III – November 27 – Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
It’s been six years since the release of Darksiders II and the series is making its return this Fall with Darksiders III. Our playable protagonist here will be Fury, the third of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Unconventionally, the game is set parallel to its two predecessors. This is something we don’t see too often in video games, so I’m interested to see if War and Death will make appearances. The pre-alpha gameplay that’s been released looks sort of elementary, which has me a little bit concerned, but I hope the game is holding some secrets back to surprise us upon release.
Just Cause 4 – December 4 – Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
This new stormy entry to the explosive action series is arriving this December. Just Cause 4 sees the return of our hero Rico Rodriguez as he faces off against raging tornadoes. With a few new tools to play with like a mini hot air balloon launcher for Rico’s grappling hook, more ridiculous sandbox fun is sure to be had. I know story isn’t the main focus of the series, but much was left to be desired after Just Cause 3 – I hope a little more care is put into that department for Just Cause 4. I also hope for some more mission variety here as well, but I think the addition of extreme weather might take care of that.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – December 7 – Nintendo Switch
This is Nintendo’s big hitter of the Holiday Season. With every character ever featured in previous Smash Bros. titles, plus more, Ultimate will have the biggest roster in the series to date. This isn’t something fans were expecting and it will be the most important selling point of the blockbuster throwdown. Due to this being the final big title releasing this year, 2018 will end with a Smash and bring closure to the Fall rush of our beloved video games.
And that’s a wrap for the big headlines!
As you can see, this Fall will be absolutely monstrous – filled to the brim with incredible experiences for all of us to enjoy as 2018 winds down. Autumn truly is my favorite season of the year, and the abundance of game releases is a huge part of why that is the case. Make sure you keep in touch with the Obilisk Twitter page for updates about all these great games as we move toward their release dates.
Even more games coming in 2018!
- Cosmic Star Heroine – 14th – NS
- Death’s Gambit – 14th – PS4, PC
- Penguin Wars – 15th – NS
- State of Mind – 15th – Xbox One, PS4, NS, PC, Mac
- All-Star Fruit Racing – 21st – NS
- Guacamelee! 2 – 21st – PS4, PC
- Shenmue – 21st – Xbox One, PS4, PC
- Shenmue II – 21st – Xbox One, PS4, PC
- My Hero One’s Justice – 23rd – PS4, NS
- F1 2018 – 24th – Xbox One, PS4, PC
- Little Dragons Café – 24th – PS4, PC
- Blade Strangers – 28th – PS4, NS, PC
- De Blob 2 Remastered – 28th – NS
- Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate – 28th – NS
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 – 28th – Xbox One, PS4, PC
- Strange Brigade – 28th – Xbox One, PS4, PC
- Victor Vran: Overkill Edition – 28th – NS
- Yakuza Kiwami 2 – 28th – PS4
- Naruto to Boruto: Shinibo Striker – 31st – Xbox One, PS4, PC
- Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age – 4th – PS4, PC
- God Wars: The Complete Legend – 4th – NS
- Immortal Unchained – 7th – Xbox One, PS4, PC
- NASCAR Heat 3 – 7th – Xbox One, PS4, PC
- SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy – 7th – PS4, NS
- Dakar 18 – 11th – Xbox One, PS4, PC
- NBA 2K19 – 11th – Xbox One, PS4, NS, PC
- Black Clover: Quartet Knights – 14th – PS4, PC
- NHL 19 – 14th – Xbox One, PS4
- Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk – 18th – PS4, NS, PC
- Star Control: Origins – 20th – PC
- Steins;Gate 8-bit – 20th – NS
- Steins;Gate Elite – 20th – PS4, NS, PS Vita
- Steins;Gate: Linear Bounded Phenogram – 20th – PS4
- Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse – 21st – NS
- Paw Patrol: On a Roll – 23rd – Xbox One, PS4, NS, PC
- Metal Max Xeno – 25th – PS4
- Pathfinder: Kingmaker – 25th – PC, Mac, Linux
- Valkyria Chronicles 4 – 25th – Xbox One, PS4, NS, PC
- Dies irae: Amantes amentes – 27th – NS
- Super Neptunia RPG – 27th – PS4, NS
- The World Ends with You: Final Remix – 27th – NS
- Dragon Ball FighterZ – 28th – NS
- FIFA 19 – 28th – Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, NS, PC
- Insurgency: Sandstorm – TBA – PC
- Underworld Ascendant – TBA – PC, Mac, Linux
- Astro Bot Rescue Mission – 2nd – PS4
- Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise – 2nd – PS4
- Mega Man 11 – 2nd – Xbox One, PS4, NS, PC
- Super Mario Party – 5th – NS
- Disgaea 1 Complete – 9th – PS4, NS
- WWE 2K19 – 9th – Xbox One, PS4, PC
- The World Ends with You: Final Remix – 12th – NS
- Starlink: Battle for Atlas – 16th – Xbox One, PS4, NS
- Warriors Orochi 4 – 16th – Xbox One, PS4, NS, PC
- Crayola Scoot – 23rd – Xbox One, PS4, NS, PC
- Just Dance 2019 – 23rd – Xbox One, 360, PS4, NS, Wii, WiiU
- Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer Memories – 25th – PS4
- My Hero One’s Justice – 26th – Xbox One, PC
- Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game – 3oth – Xbox One, PS4, PC
- SNK 40th Anniversary Collection – 13th – NS
- Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! – 16th – NS
- Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! – 16th – NS
- Wreckfest – 20th – Xbox One, PS4
- Robotics;Notes DaSH – 22nd – PS4, NS
- Artifact – 28th – PC, Mac, Linux
- Ketsui Deathtiny: Kizuna Jigoku Tachi – 29th – PS4
- Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth – 29th – 3DS
- Override: Mech City Brawl – 4th – Xbox One, PS4, PC