As 2018 slowly closes its eyes, reliving its triumphs and foibles in a psychedelic freakout on its way to the afterlife, little baby New Year waits patiently on the horizon.
What do we know about this metaphorical baby, which represents 365 days of life and the video games released therein? Let us gaze into the sparkling dawn and see what silhouettes have already begun to form:
Resident Evil 2
Just 17 years after the Gamecube’s astonishing remake of the original Resident Evil comes Resident Evil 2, remastered for the modern era and available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Wait, 17 years? That can’t be right, that would make me 31 years … oh my God.
This top-to-bottom remake replaces some quintessential RE2 staples, such as fixed camera angles and rookie cop Leon S. Kennedy’s trademark shoulder pads, but the liberties Capcom is taking seem well-founded. I’m tremendously interested in seeing how this thing turns on when it drops on Jan. 25.
As BioWare’s first major tentpole release since Dragon Age: Inquisition in 2014, expectations for Anthem are pretty high. Media released for the game has made a big deal out of the highly customizable exosuits that everything focuses on, as well as Anthem‘s purportedly ginormous open world.
Considering what a major disappointment Mass Effect: Andromeda was — even if that was a Bioware b-team release — the world is definitely ready for another expansive action-RPG from the genre’s most revered developer. We’ll find out just how many hundreds of hours this thing demands, and deserves, when it launches on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 come Feb. 22.
Devil May Cry 5
I’ll admit that I was disappointed when they announced Devil May Cry 5, on account of it taking place in the proper DMC continuity and not the vastly superior DmC: Devil may Cry universe. But after seeing footage of that demo they put out recently, my interest is as piqued as these demons are disgusting.
It’s been a hot minute since a high-budget character action game like this came out, and the additions Capcom is making to the series’ cast look hokey and over-the-top in exactly the right way, so I’m pretty pumped to make some giant gross bulbous butt monster explode. DMC5 gets gross on Xbox One, PS4, and PC on March 8.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
It’s that new From Software ish, baby!! From has been one of my absolute favorite developers ever since Otogi: Myth of Demons, and after a long and enjoyable time with the Dark Souls series, I’m ecstatic to see what they do with a return to Japanese mythology.
Though Sekiro‘s visual presentation may make it seem like a Souls game in screenshots, seeing it in action will quickly change that perception. The game has a real, solid, titular protagonist, Sekiro, as opposed to a player-generated character like a Souls game. Sekiro is also way more mobile than anyone ever was in Dark Souls, and his prosthetic arm shoots fire out of it, so he’s got that going for him when the game launches on Xbox, PS4 and PC on March 22.
Mortal Kombat 11
Okay, so granted we haven’t seen any actual gameplay footage of Mortal Kombat 11 yet, but the exceedingly bloody trailer that Netherrealm debuted during this year’s Video Game Awards has whet my appetite to a considerable degree. Though I skipped MKX for monetary reasons, I had a win/loss ratio of 2:1 over several thousand matches of MK9, and I think I’m ready to get serious again. I also always appreciate that Netherrealm releases Mortal Kombat games in April (April 23, in this case), as that’s when my birthday is. Thanks Ed!