The year is coming to an end – we still have to survive Halloween, Thanksgiving, the Black Friday shopping craze, and Christmas until the last day of 2017. This fall is filled with amazing video game releases – not to mention the upcoming Xbox One X and its native 4K game lineup. They are amazing games with big names behind them, of course, but they are covered far too widely by the media for them to still be excited (almost 50 minutes of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus are available online today, spoiling some of the aspects of the game for many). Sometimes, I feel I should back away from video game media, reading online casino reviews until the end of the year. Instead, I chose to take a look at some of the most exciting video games that we won’t be able to play until 2018. Believe me, there are many to look forward to.
System Shock (Q2/2018)
The original System Shock was released in 1994 by Looking Glass Technologies, a company with talents like Warren Spector, Ned Lerner, and Doug Church. The company has had quite a few well-known names, like the Ultima series, Thief, and System Shock, the one that is remembered to this day.
System Shock was a first-person action role-playing video game where players assume the role of an unnamed hacker who has to defeat a malevolent artificial intelligence called SHODAN that has taken over Citadel Station. The game was very well received by critics and players. And now it is being remade thanks to Night Dive Studios.
The Kickstarter-funded game will be released simultaneously on all major platforms, including PS4 and Xbox. Among the people working on the game, we find veteran game designer and comic book writer Chris Avellone (Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance, Fallout: New Vegas, Prey) and other members of the Fallout: New Vegas team. “Electronica organica” composer Zircon will contribute to its soundtrack.
Far Cry 5 (February 27)
After tropical islands and ancient times, Far Cry finally comes to America. The fifth game in the Far Cry series takes its players into Hope County, Montana, to take on a militaristic doomsday cult called Eden’s Gate, led by radical preacher Joseph Seed. The players will assume the role of a sheriff’s deputy, part of a task force sent to arrest Seed – but things, as you might expect, don’t work out as planned.
Far Cry 5 was subject to a lot of controversies this year due to the events happening around the world – like the rise of the far-right within the US and the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. A petition was even started to convince the developers to recast the antagonists of the game as Muslims and to change the game’s setting to Canada. But this controversy only makes the game more exciting for many.
State of Decay 2 (Spring)
State of Decay was a hit in 2013, selling half a million units in less than two weeks after its release. It had generally positive reviews from critics and it has built a solid fan base. Polygon reviewer Arthur Gies called State of Decay “one of the most cohesive, terrifying and engaging open-world games” ever. And it gets a sequel next spring.
The second game in the series comes with cooperative multiplayer for up to four players, an open world, friendly survivors to recruit and hordes of flesh-eating zombies to defeat. It will have RPG elements, too, allowing players to develop the traits of their characters, the other survivors, and to continuously improve and fortify their base.