With the usual summer season gaming slump over, over the next few months we’ll begin to see an influx of (hopefully) great games head our way. We at Screen Critics have our own selection of highly anticipated upcoming games to look forward to, and with each one of our writers in the Gaming Team, there’s plenty of reasons to be excited for them. From the galactic adventures of Destiny 2 to Ubisoft’s controversial Far Cry 5, here’s a comprehensive list of our most anticipated upcoming games.
Bungie’s sequel to their gradually successful MMO shooter, Destiny, has a lot of people talking. For our writers Charles Rafter and Zak Brown, Destiny 2 is their most anticipated game leading into its launch only mere days away. Destiny 2 promises to double down on the amount of content present in the day one launch, as well as smoothen out the gameplay for a more refined and cooperative experience that the Destiny community has thrived on. Things are only looking up for this sequel to right the wrongs of its rocky past.
Super Mario Odyssey
The Nintendo Switch continues to remain a worthy adversary in this generation of consoles, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild potentially on its way to earning an abundance of Game of the Year awards. However, our writers Joe Brichetto and Chase Prior are anticipating the Switch’s next major title; Super Mario Odyssey. Odyssey will introduce an open world where the beloved Italian plumber is free to explore, and occasionally warp with his possessed cap into the environmental objects and people, though not quite as demonic. It’s a risky new mechanic for the series, but Nintendo seems confident it will persevere, and admittedly it does look like a ton of fun.
Pokemon Ultra Sun & Moon
Pokemon’s addition to 2017 arrives in the form of Ultra Sun and Moon, the next entry into the Pokemon series on Nintendo 3DS. Writers Chase Prior and Misael Duran, as big Pokemon fans, look to dive into another experience involving the addictive tasks of training and raising Pokemon to battle across various regions. Ultra Sun and Moon will introduce new Pokemon to the equation and also a few new tweaks and features to build upon the winning formula Nintendo has created for the series.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Let’s be honest: nobody expected South Park: The Stick of Truth to be as good as it turned out to be. The turn-based RPG set within the South Park universe was an instant success, so naturally it would mean a sequel would go into development. South Park: The Fractured But Whole (plus points for that creative name) will ditch the fantasy elements that it poked fun at in The Stick of Truth to focus on the superhero trend, where players create their own superhero to co-exist with the cast of South Park. Screen Critics Daniel “Alpha Wolf” Lee anticipates this sequel.
The Evil Within 2
First announced at E3 2017, The Evil Within 2, Shinji Mikami’s sequel to the Resident Evil spiritual successor, The Evil Within, saw a beautiful trailer mixed with some eye-opening and memorable imagery that clawed its way into our minds. We’ve been lacking in great horror titles in 2017, with only Resident Evil 7 and Outlast 2 (to some extent) really leaving their imprints deep in the mainstream, so The Evil Within 2 is welcomed with open arms in the horror gaming community. Our writer Zak Brown looks forward to revisiting the nightmare-inducing world of The Evil Within when it launches in October.
The Sword of Ditto
Devolver Digital’s The Sword of Ditto won Joe Brichetto over thanks to its cute, vibrant, and unique art style coupled with what seems to be a pretty addictive action-RPG flow of gameplay. We’ve seen plenty of indie games fade into obscurity over the years, but The Sword of Ditto genuinely looks to have immense staying power as it has already garnered plenty of attention in both the indie and mainstream market. Could this be the next breakout indie-game hit?
Sonic Forces is an upcoming platformer from Sonic Team which will receive a wide release on Switch, PS4 and Xbox One alongside PC. For our writer Madison Houston, Sonic Forces is the next highly anticipated entry in Sega’s long-running and iconic Sonic franchise. Furthermore, Sonic Forces appears to be Sonic Team’s most refined, fast-paced, and genuinely intriguing 3D Sonic game in a very long while. Here’s hoping it delivers and gives Sonic his day in the limelight once again.
WWE 2K18 has amassed a surprising amount of hype due to it finally returning to the shores of a Nintendo console for what seems like an eternity. Screen Critics Daniel anticipates the next WWE entry to captivate once again with its addicting gameplay and tons of customization options. For wrestling fans, WWE 2K18 is shaping up to be an exciting new addition to the series that continues to be the definitive wrestling gaming experience.
Sally Face: Episode 3
The third episode of the mysterious, strange, and creepy Sally Face is Madison’s next most anticipated upcoming release. The premise of Sally Face is both eerily disturbing and captivating; players assume the role of Sally Face, a boy with blue pigtails and a prosthetic face. We guide him through life in high school and his social life as we begin to unravel more of his elusive past through the various interactions he has with those around him. It’s a game that truly deserves the title “unique”.
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
As the third main title in the Danganronpa series and one of the most anticipated ports many are expecting to come out of Japan soon, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony continues the tradition of school life meets suspenseful mystery/murder followed by intense trials hosted by the diabolical and iconic Monokuma. Danganronpa V3 will mix things up during its signature Class Trials by introducing Mass Panic Debates, as well as additional new features during gameplay. Our writer Misael Duran anticipates this next installment.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus finally became a reality at Bethesda’s E3 2017 conference. The game acts as a direct sequel to The New Order and The Old Blood. Screen Critics’ Melissa Buranen lists this as one of her most anticipated upcoming games; a healthy slice of gory, entertaining Nazi-slaying fun mixed with all the kinks and whistles that make Wolfenstein such a distinguished shooter in the market.
Far Cry 5
Since Far Cry 3 and 4 hooked players by being genuinely great and refined experiences (Primal doesn’t count), Far Cry 5 has been a highly anticipated next step in the series for many including myself and writer Charlie. However, Far Cry 5 seems to be riddled with an insane amount of controversy surrounding its setting; rural America, and the focus on the villains this time being religious zealots. It’s not exactly a subtle proposition, but it does seem typical of the Far Cry series and the unhinged, quality entertainment that it will surely provide.
Monster Hunter World
Monster Hunter World marks one of the biggest and most anticipated launches in the series’ history due to Sony’s backing and the great E3 2017 reveal. While Monster Hunter has always existed outside of the spectrum of most mainstream series and remained a product reliant on its pre-built fanbase, World looks to graciously expand that well into the forefront of gaming. For myself and writer Melissa Buranen, Monster Hunter World is a title that we simply cannot wait to get our hands on.