The Best Video Games Of 2018 (Top 11)

No matter what we were running from (we have a guess), 2017 made escapism a worthy investment. And 2018 is no different. From Nintendo giving Yoshi a new home on the Switch to Rockstar Games putting us into godless shoot-outs in Red Dead Redemption 2, it is a banner year for picking up the sticks. Here are the 11 best new (and upcoming) video game releases that will keep us playing well into the next one.


Detroit: Become Human

Platform: PS4
Release: May 2018

In Detroit: Become Human, humanity’s greatest existential dread comes to life. In the not-too-distant future, androids are breaking ranks and organizing against their creators. (Westworld, anyone?) The twist here is that you play as one of the deviants, exploring this brutally complex world and fighting for a future where AI beings are more than servants—if you want it.


Monster Hunter: World

Platform: PS4, Xbox One
Release: January 2018

Sometimes, you just want to grab a crossbow and harpoon a giant dragon, spearing it from the sky as it rains fire down on you. And that’s pretty much it. Monster Hunter: World is simple in premise—kill the beasts, get rewarded in weapons, kill bigger beasts—and remarkable in execution. You’re a natural born slayer, at least in this land.


Far Cry 5

Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release: March 2018

The eleventh installment and fifth main title in the Far Cry series does two things: ruffle feathers while being an absolute blast. Set in a fictional county in small town USA, the player is tasked with taking down a man named Joseph Seed. Seed just so happens to be the charismatic leader of a doomsday cult, and has plenty of followers willing to do whatever it takes to protect their preacher. Religious extremism and weapons blazing in the heartland? Good thing it’s all just a game.

Shadow of the Colossus

Platform: PS4
Release: February 2018

It’s not just big, it’s colossal. Since the announcement at E3 in 2017, the gaming world has been buzzing about Sony’s remade classic. If any PlayStation game deserved a high-def remake, it was this (and of course, the Final Fantasy VII remake coming… eventually?). Explore the vast open world as you hunt down the 16 towering Colossi—rebuilt from the ground up with the beautiful visuals of the PlayStation 4.


Sea of Thieves

Platform: Xbox One, PC
Release: March 2018

If a pirate’s life is still for you, then Sea of Thieves is the game you’ve been waiting for. And did we mention it’s an open world? Its cooperative multiplayer set-up on the high seas puts you in the captain’s seat as you and your allies pillage, plunder, and loot your way across the ocean.


God of War

Platform: PS4
Release: April 2018

It’s not a remake; Kratos is back, and about to learn it’s tough to leave your past behind. He’s a dad now, adjusting to life in Scandinavia, a place full of Norse deities that aren’t exactly thrilled to have a God-killer in their land—a history he still has yet to tell his son. Hijinks (and soul-searching) ensue.


Mario Tennis Aces

Platform: Switch
Release: June 22, 2018

It’s not Nadal or Federer; it’s better. Mario, Luigi, and the rest of the gang do battle on the court with the help of power-ups, star shots, and trick serves. It’s good, clean fun, Nintendo-style. And hey, you can finally put all that tennis knowledge you learned from Wii Sports 10 years ago to good use.


Red Dead Redemption 2

Platform: PS4, Xbox One
Release: October 26, 2018

Grand Theft Auto in the Wild West is back. Fans of the genre, especially those looking for more after finishing Godless on Netflix, will be excited for this one.


Platform: Switch
Release: December 28, 2018

Following a killer year for Nintendo’s franchise players Mario and Link, a Yoshi-centric Switch platformer just might be the title we didn’t know we needed. The visual style is unlike anything we’ve seen before, and since we’re still exploring the secrets of Super Mario Odyssey, we trust the Mushroom Kingdom’s leading lizard to deliver.



Platform: PS4
Release: September 7, 2018

Open-world gaming seems to have been made for Spider-Man—and finally, the technology has caught up to do it justice. In a brand new story for the web-slinging superhero, take an older, more experienced Peter Parker through the streets of New York City, with Aunt May, MJ, and others aiding you in your fight against the bad guys. Our Spider Sense is already tingling.


The Crew 2

Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release: June 29, 2018

The Crew 2 gives you the whole United States as a playground to race your way to fame and fortune—all while sparing you the lengthy prison sentences you’d probably accrue if you tried bringing this into real life. Seatbelts on.