New Titles Coming: What To Play The Rest Of 2018

For those into gaming, the rest of 2018 will be ho, and this forecast has nothing to do with global warming. The releases already planned are so numerous that a single article has no place to fit them all, and many decent releases will be left overboard like dinosaurs outside Noah’s ark. It was really hard to select the seven pairs of those to let in, but we gave it a sheer try.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2019

Release date: August 30th, 2018

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

When speaking of this game, football fans don’t mind calling their favorite sport “soccer,” as it’s a part of the tradition, as well as yearly releases. This is the 19th in the series, and not only it catches up with football news, but brings some innovations in the gaming process.

Seven new national leagues, graphics improved, weather conditions like snow added, and, of course, new players available, as the stars change their positions in the football sky.

In fact, it will be released in the latest days of summer, but true fans will hastily purchase it, so they won’t even notice autumn coming. That’s why we put it first. So, what’s the antonym for “last but not least”?


Release date: September 7, 2018

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Well, Sony has let Peter Parker return to his marvelous home in movies, but in the gaming world, he’s still web-bound to the Japanese company (though Marvel initiated the game). That’s why the official Spider-Man game of 2018 will only be available for PS4 users – at least, they’re the first in the queue.

The game is a 3D action with the third-person perspective, and its unique control system is based on Spider Man’s special skills, like wall crawling, web-slinging and special kind of parkour. The hero isn’t bound to a single suit; he can change them and use the unique features of each.

Expect a lot of cameos (Stan Lee isn’t confirmed, but fans will see the whole bunch of familiar characters). But the story is completely new, and the sequel comics will be published only 3 weeks after the game.

Hitman 2

Release date: November 13, 2018

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

There’s still time to kill, and the whole world is your shooting gallery. Agent 47 returns after the 2016 game, and again we get more of the same stuff. But heh, if it works with 007, what can go wrong with 47?

The trailer brings the spectacular experience, and the announce promises six locations around the globe, where Agent 47 chases the new enemy, the notorious Shadow Client, and his own forces. They say we’re about to touch the bloodiest game of the whole franchise since 2000, and this sounds nice.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Release date: September 14, 2018

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

The reboot trilogy of Lara Croft is getting its final part. This time the archaeologist is heading to Latin America, to find yet another treasure sought by Trinity members (oh, damn if they find it!) As usual, it has something to do with her late father’s researches, and saving the world for Lara is very, very personal.

The jungle is full of Mayan and Incan artifacts, lost cities, remains of ancient rites and traditions. The developers created an imaginary civilization of Paititi, based on real Pre-Columbian history.

The new game has a lot to tell. Lara is yet to master the environmental skills while recollecting old ricks and fighting abilities. In the end, she should become the Lara Croft we know from the original games, the experienced, unstoppable Tomb Raider.

NBA 2K19

Release date: September 11, 2018

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Just like football aficionados will get their kicks in PES, basketball fans are about to enjoy the 20th installment of NBA game. Released for all major platforms, it will represent the current NBA situation, but the current teams and players will meet the old-time stars. You’ll be able to collect the GOAT dream team literally.

Of course, there will be gameplay and graphics improvements over the previous version, and an updated soundtrack including licensed rock and hip-hop hits. The Anniversary edition will bring both digital and physical bonuses, so true fans already watch out for it.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Release date: October 5, 2018

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

And again we’re to hit the road with an assassin on the mission. This time a lot of action is expected, as usual, but the developers decided to add more RPG elements, like dialogues, storyline branches, and even multiple endings. There are two main characters available – Alexios or Kassandra, of different gender and look, but they equally share the potential of a hunter, warrior, and assassin.

The setting is Ancient Greece now, the Peloponnesian War, so the word “Odyssey” is more literal than it might seem. But the mission style remains the same: a mercenary’s adventure. The game is still stuffed with tricks and fights, but there’s much more place for romantic and moral aspects of the story.

We still wonder about the special power of King Leonidas’s spear, but some may already know from the leaked version.

Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game

Release date: 30 October 2018

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

So we know the day when Cthulhu awakens! But the character you play, a private investigator, doesn’t yet. He just knows about the family that got murdered on Darkwater Island. And as he proceeds with his investigations, the mystery of The Great Old One slowly rises out of the deep.

This Lovecraftian survival stealth brings truly gothic experience, being based on classical horror story (though not following its storyline). Watching the trailer shows perfect visuals, and it perfectly describes the primal fear of the unknown. Of course, the name is a little spoiler, but that’s all we know for now.

Just Dance 2019

Release date: October 23, 2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


So you think…? This game is a perfect chance to learn whether you really can dance. And if your skills are under your expectations, you don’t have to leave your room to practice and improve. The dancers on the screen lead you, and if you follow them right, you win.

While other famous game soundtracks (like GTA’s) just help create atmosphere, in Just Dance it’s the essential part of gameplay. Snoop Dogg, Sean Paul, Arash, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Daddy Yankee and other stars already confirmed their songs in Just Dance 2019. No wonder for the game named after Lady Gaga’s song.

Of course, it takes a Kinect or a similar controller, but you’ll be good with your smartphone camera if you download the auxiliary app.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Release date: October 12, 2018

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

The megahit FPS seems as unstoppable as its fighter characters. It’s the 15th installment of the whole series and the fifth Black Ops (in spite of the number in the name).

There are some changes in gameplay; no health restoration but manual, more customizable weapons, more various zombie species generated via mutations. And yes, some addons are planned soon after the initial release.

You may miss the single-player mode, but multiplayer campaigns, Battle Royale, and (of course) zombie extinction modes are still there, and they’re even more spectacular. And the Specialists from Black Ops III are back! And (surprise!) Blackout features the largest map in the whole series, ever!

Red Dead Redemption 2

Release date: October 26, 2018

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One

If you’re into Western as a genre, you can’t have missed the original game released in 2010. Part II is, in fact, a prequel. But the job done over this one (resulting, by the way, in two subsequent delays) makes us hope that it will outrun the first part and become even a greater shock to the gaming world.

The main character named Arthur Morgan, an outlaw and a gangster still has to be the exotic kind of noble villain, while he has to shoot, rob and kill a lot; he still has to interact with locals, to behave himself in towns and to watch his moves… unless he’s even a greater shooter than we expect. It’s 1899, and the law is firmly establishing in the Old West, but the world is still open for big adventures.

Maybe the most stunning part of the game is its visuals. The trailers demonstrate work so elaborate that sometimes it looks like a real movie. The movie you star in.

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!

Release date: November 16, 2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

While the Pokémon madness had seemed to cease back in 2016, a revolutionary Pokémon Go brought them pocket monsters back into the focus. The new game to be released will probably have less impact, but millions of Pokémon fans will gladly meet it.

Bound to Nintendo platform (at least so far), this one won’t bring you outside. But as it’s connected to your Pokémon Go account, the more successful you are in Go, the more Pokémon you have in Let’s Go. So it still has a lot to offer for winter evenings at home or for wandering the streets, and transferring your Pokémon from one to another also requires some gaming success.

And, of course, it’s compatible with the existing controllers, but that’s a good reason to promote the new one, designed exclusively.

Battlefield V

Release date: October 19, 2018

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

One of the greatest FPS ever will also be continued this fall. You’re about to fight in World War II, along with your party. Battlefield series has always been tactical first of all, and this time there’s even more realistic environment and fighting mechanics. And this time you can create multiple characters and switch between them to master different weapons and skills. The skills matter the most in Final Stand, where you only have your primary weapon, and no health restoration.

As it’s just a game, it doesn’t have to be absolutely accurate to historical details. This unbound attitude provides more freedom for developers, so they can plan more great operations. Well, “fun over authentic” is the motto, so welcome to the battlefield!

Of course, we have a lot of planned releases uncovered, as they won’t fit in a small article. And we might have missed the features that attract (or annoy) you the most in the upcoming games we mentioned. But even the most detailed review is nothing before your grand expectations and then the tremble as you unbox it. And then, let’s play. We know you will.

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