Video games hitting screens in 2018

The captured gameplay features Spider-Man swinging from building to building. Photo from flickr.com.

2018 is coming to an end but not for video games. This fall, a number of new releases are coming out in several different franchises. From old franchises to new ones, enthusiasts will have the chance to pick up a new title for whatever system suits them the best.

Spider-Man: PS4
Insomniac Games places the web-slinging vigilante in the universe of Marvel’s concept on New York City. The game will feature Peter Parker as Spider-Man. This time around players will get a feel for what it is like to control a more masterfully experienced hero. The web system will be smoother than that of other games while players swing from buildings. The new web system features an infinite number of points where you can latch onto. Foes to appear in the game so far are Rhino, Electro, Scorpion and the Vulture, who all are featured as the Sinister Six.
Release Date: Sept. 7, 2018

NBA 2K19: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
This time around in their NBA series, 2K has chosen Los Angeles Lakers’ Lebron James to appear on the legendary edition cover and Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo to appear on the standard edition cover. Players can expect a brand new MyPlayer storyline where they can experience playing overseas and building a road to stardom. The game has also been rumored to feature new mechanics and updates to the overall play style as well as the playground.
Release Date: Legend Edition/ Sep. 7, 2018, Standard Edition/ Sept. 11, 2018

Shadow of the Tomb Raider: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Lara Croft is back in a new story set just one year after Rise of the Tomb Raider. The game takes place in Mexico and later on in Peru where Croft is set to stop an apocalyptic event. The new installment in the series will have players going through conflicts with Croft herself and the militant organization, Trinity.
Release Date: Sept. 14, 2018

Firebreak is one of the eight specialists in the new Black Ops game. Firebreak has two special abilities, reactor and purifier. Photo from dexerto.com.

NHL 19: PS4, Xbox One
EA Sports presents another installment in their NHL series featuring Nashville Predators’ P.K. Subban for the 2018 cover athlete. NHL enthusiasts can expect new skating mechanics that make the game more realistic in pivoting aspects. NHL 19 will also feature pond hockey gameplay, which gives players the digital feel of connecting with the sport’s roots.
Release Date: Sept. 14, 2018

Forza Horizon 4: Xbox One, PC
Microsoft Studios presents another new installment in the Forza series. This year the open-world racing game will be set in the U.K. The new installment will have a dynamic seasons feature, which changes the environment around drivers during fall, spring, summer and winter. Racers will be able to team up with each other with a new system which allows players to communicate with the touch of a button. Another feature is dynamic world events, where players will race toward a blimp.
Release Date: Oct. 2, 2018

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: PS4, Xbox One, PC
The game takes place in Ancient Greece, 400 years prior to the last game, Origins. Odyssey will let gamers play as either Alexios or Kassandra, both Spartan warriors during the Peloponnesian War. The game will also let players choose their player’s dialogue to get details and quest marks from supporting characters.
Release Date: Oct. 5, 2018

Call of Duty Black Ops 4: PS4, Xbox One, PC
This year the game will feature no campaign but instead a series of operations. Black Ops 4 brings back operators for online, but this time, once an operator is chosen by a player, that operator is locked. The game also takes out wall-running and jet packs, making the game boots on the ground gameplay. The new installment will also feature a battle royale game mode, Blackout, which has players survive to the end of the round against a number of other players.
Release Date: Oct. 12, 2018

Battlefield V: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Battlefield is back and this time set during World War II. The game will be similar to that of Battlefield 1, where players work together in a squad to complete and take over map objectives. The game also features a ticket and spawn system as well. Players will be able to gain tickets by holding objectives which they can use toward vehicles. Spawning will be similar to that in the prior game, where players can spawn on their squad individually. The campaign will also feature “war stories” like those featured in Battlefield 1. The war stories are the game’s featured storyline missions where the player will get a feel for multiple characters and settings in WWII instead of a drawn out story.
Release Date: Oct. 19, 2018

Red Dead Redemption 2: PS4, Xbox One, PC
The third-person western shooter is set in 1899, 12 years prior to the first game, making RDR2 a prequel. Gamers will play as Arthur Morgan, who is a member of the Dutch van der Linde’s first gang. The open world will be bigger than the first successor in the franchise with random missions, side quests, and gun fights to go through. The game will also feature an honor system, where your actions either impact your Arthur and his gang’s reputation in a good or bad way.
Release Date: Oct. 26, 2018

The game’s cover features just a handful of characters that will be in the upcoming game. Photo from ign.com.

Fallout 76: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Fallout 76 will start players from a vault in West Virginia 25 years after a nuclear strike. 76 will be the earliest game in the series. The main idea to the game is to “restore civilization.” Fallout 76 is a multiplayer online game that will feature survival elements but also features story missions. The map is also rumored to be much bigger than that of Fallout 4. Players will be able to target certain body parts of their opponents and the game will bring back crafting for weapons as well. Players will also have a Construction and Assembly Mobile Platform, C.A.M.P.,where players load into their last location. Players will be able to level up through xp and perk cards.
Release Date: Nov. 14, 2018

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Nintendo Switch
Smash Bros. is back and this time bigger than ever. The upcoming game will feature every character that has been in the franchise from the beginning such Ridley from the Metroid series and King K. Rool from Donkey Kong. The game will also feature new characters and maps that have never been in the series. The game also has a GameCube controller compatibility feature, The game will also feature Amiibo functionality with which Amiibo players can level up.
Release Date: Dec. 7, 2018

Published By: Stephen Dumnich

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