Hello everyone, this is ChrisX and today we are finally doing another countdown…
And it’s NOT about characters for once.
Yeah, the year 2018 is here, and to greet this new promising year (uh, I hope), let’s begin with a list of games that got my interest for this year. Yes, the future of video game is still pretty long and 2018 has promised a lot for gaming overall. Though I have a rather WEIRD taste that maybe not everything would be in-sync with many of you guys’ tastes. But I have to say it.
This list might not be permanently accurate forever, as we may see delays or that I don’t pick some games that has a rather vague release date, even around 2018. And for once… I’d like to try a new style for this post…
I’ll try not to be too much of a blabbermouth for each sections. Let’s see… 4 sentences at most per section will do.
Without further ado, let’s begin this countdown of…
I liked the first Valkyria Chronicles game, but I got the second game right before my PSP crashed for good so I couldn’t finish even the first quarter, the third game got no localized release, and the Revolution spinoff… it was kind of different. But thankfully, it seems that the fourth game, Valkyria Chronicles, will ‘go back to its roots’ of strategy gameplay and character interactions. I just hope the characters will be as lovable as the strategy is solid, as cliche as they may turn out. Not a lot seem to talk about Valkyria Chronicles amongst Sega franchises, but it’s amongst one of my personal favorites.
Already a fan of the Fist of the North Star series, I’m surprised that it could have a rather wacky (as much as Sega allows it) retelling with the Yakuza team. For this reason alone, I jumped into the Yakuza series starting with Kiwami to prep myself for this. From what I experienced with Yakuza Kiwami, it’s really good, and I think I can expect really good stuffs, including all the mini games, from this Hokuto ga Gotoku, or whatever it’s gonna be called in the West later (please bring it here, Sega). Because seriously, who can resist on Kenshiro in a tux going ‘Shaka shaka shaka–shakashakashakashakashakashakashakashaka’? (どうぞ)
The manga Dragon Ball has gotten several video game adaptations before, but I think that this has got to be the hypest Dragon Ball game ever. Take a fighting series like Dragon Ball, give it the solid foundation of Arc System Works’ fighting system and… I think this is a match made in heaven. Great roster, crisp animation, overall solid action-packed fighting scene, this is the definite game that Dragon Ball needs. It only ranked this low because while I acknowledge Dragon Ball’s legendary status and also grew up with it, partially… I have been quite away from Dragon Ball for quite some time, so sorry.
Under Night In-Birth has always been a rather underrated game, something that I always have fondness of. Exe:Late[st] is their latest expansion and it adds something very important: Story/Chronicle. While the fighting system is already quite solid, this is what I think is needed the most for a setting that is as rich as the UNIB series, to make it stand amongst the likes of BlazBlue for a newer anime-style fighting series. Which might raise further because of what’s going to be in the latter numbers…
Amongst Nintendo franchises, there’s only one series that caught my great attention to the point of deal-breaker, and that’s not Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Kirby, or some others. I’ve followed the Fire Emblem community, for its good and bad parts (also I don’t hate Fates), and so that’s why this new Switch Fire Emblem is pretty big on my list. It’s definitely not going to be a remake of older games like Shadows of Valentia (where’s my Genealogy of the Holy War Remake, IS?), but after playing a lot of their games, I do have trust on Intelligent System to make something that’s nice enough for me, from its strategy gameplay or its colorful characters. Should the game turn out to be really good, standing on its own, then I believe that this will be one of my deal-breakers to finally purchase a Switch (if I haven’t already).
Anybody remember that one time IGA delayed his Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night thanks to the fiasco of Mighty no. 9? Guess what, it’s finally that year he promised this successor of the Castlevania series that I love to be released. Though I’ll be fine if he tuned in further just to avoid a failed product, this is a game that will definitely relive my sweet memories of playing Metroidvania games, it already looked solid on the demo before. I’ll not say “Enough delays, have at you!”, I’m definitely waiting patiently until I get a hand to whatever version it’s in.
Oh dear, Soul Calibur, you have really fallen through bad times these years and after looking at the Story Mode of V at youtube, I get the idea. Good thing you are returning with full force on Soul Calibur VI, and with the more classic roster too! Combining the good gameplay additions in V while adding new features and hopefully good story, I can definitely see that this is going to be a rather definitive Soul Calibur game that I will thoroughly enjoy. Just please don’t screw up again, Bamco.
Dissidia is one of the best things I experienced amongst the Final Fantasy franchise, and the Arcade game was pretty hype when I looked at it. To see it becoming a console game is like a dream come true, and they even added a Story as well (what is a Final Fantasy, without a story?)! The gameplay is promised to be even more action-packed than the previous Dissidia games, and the new addition of the game (in particular Ramza Beoulve) brings a smile into my face. My only regret is that they seemed to delay my favorite boy in Final Fantasy, Kain Highwind, from the early roster, but there’s always DLC and even more new faces, so yeah!
A lot of people called foul when Dynasty Warriors 9 said it was going to revamp the moveset. Me, I’m actually super hyped with the game, thanks to the open world feature, everyone getting their own stories and hey, the new movesets aren’t that bad. It’s like playing an officer-style Romance of the Three Kingdoms game, except with Dynasty Warriors action. I’ll support this game’s success, I mean, if it succeeds, maybe it can shed away the accusations that it’s an unchanging game like Call of Duty, which is honestly undeserving (and I don’t have any opinions on COD either, never played it).
This is without a doubt, the biggest hype of a game that I have ever experienced; a crossover between BlazBlue, Persona 4, the aforementioned Under Night In-Birth, and RWBY… that I never watched! Tag battles with a lot of lovable characters (except a certain character) and a simplified system that I’m sure will still be pretty solid, and even a new story together from Arc System Works, this is a combination that I’d love the most. I guess my only worry is that a certain character might not make the cut thanks to the situation, but still I already had a team ready just in case. The impact will be unavoidable, so I hope this impact leaves a crater.
Well, that concludes my hopes for 2018 in video games. I think this would be the last time I’d be using this 4-sentence-maximum style, but if you like it, let me know and the format may make a return in a future post. Still, these are the games I’m most hyped for this year of 2018. But due to my limited wallet, I still have to be careful to choose which to buy… Still, which video games in 2018 are you waiting for the most? Let me know via the comment section!
Until then, this is ChrisX, signing out. Happy New Year of 2018!
(Chris, what about Honorable Mentions)
- Fate/Extella Link – I’m not that satisfied with the last game’s story decision and gameplay, but they say they will improve it, and they have Scathach…
- God of War (PS4) – Because after playing Smite, I’d be interested to see which Norse deity would Kratos smack in the face because reasons.
- Final Fantasy 7 Remake – I’m not sure just WHEN it’s going to be released, it might have the delay issues like Kingdom Hearts 3, but when there’s certainty, I will wait with hype.
- Fighting EX Layer – Another nostalgic game from playing the Street Fighter EX, I’d like to see how it stands on its own without the Street Fighter cast.
This blog post was made before the very next blog post was made, so on the first entry of this countdown? Pretend that this post is my opinion before the very next blog post.