An intoxicating collection of sequels, prequels and brand new video game titles are planned for release in 2018. Players can anticipate exotic and beautiful open worlds, exciting new characters and sophisticated gameplay powered by advanced game engines.
If the rumours are true and the trailers faithful to the overall look and feel of the action, gamers have something really special to look forward to as the new year looms into view. Here are three console games set to sizzle and splash across your PlayStation, Xbox or PC:
God of War
Kratos, the burly warrior is back to fight the good fight in God of War, an action-packed third-person combat adventure exclusive to PlayStation 4. In this rendition by Santa Monica Studios the repetitive slash, stab and smash gameplay has been tempered by the debut appearance of Atreus, an agile little fighter highly adept with the bow and arrow.
Brave, elfin-like and intelligent, Atreus is the son of Kratos and his point man in a never-ending battle between good and evil… and evil there is in all sorts of horrifying iterations. Coupled with his fighting ability, the youngster has a penchant for deciphering ancient runes and writings associated with magic, wizardry and dangerous quests.
The action takes place in a spectacular snow-covered world, where Elk skip in and out of view and huge trees tower overhead. The standout features in this combat epic are close-up third-person camera views, the stunning Norse location and the more sophisticated and varied fighting moves.
If you’re looking for a great video game that features awesome animated armed combat and more narrative than before, God of War is a must for your new year shopping list.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Brought to you by the developers of Grand Theft Auto V and featuring the all-new proprietary Rage engine, Red Dead Redemption 2 is sure to blow off your socks. The long-awaited follow-up to Red Dead Redemption features a whole string of exciting changes guaranteed to freshen up the gaming experience.
The Western bank robber theme continues but with new characters, upgraded weapons, more animals and more diverse and exciting ways of moving around what can only be described as spectacular natural environments.
The Rockstar masterpiece is available for PS4 and Xbox 1 and the jury is still out as to whether it is a sequel or prequel to the 2010 series opener. What we do know is that Arthur Morgan is now the main man around town but Dutch, the nefarious gang leader, is back with a bang.
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Sea of Thieves
If you’re looking for a fun and entertaining gaming gig, Sea of Thieves is a charming multi-faceted video game for Xbox 1 and PC. It’s a pirate-themed open world MMO with cartoon-style visuals and all the trappings of the legendary thieves of the high seas.
You’ll have to team up with other players to hunt for treasure, explore islands and carry out rudimentary repairs to your ship when it’s hit by cannon fire below the bows. Apart from doing all the usual ‘piratey’ things like drinking copious quantities of rum, singing sea shanties out of tune and picking up the odd dose of scurvy, your objective is to carry out a variety of cool in-game quests!
Best of all, if you want to get from A to B in a hurry you can blast yourself right out of the ship’s cannon. Sea of Thieves is a delightful video game developed by Rare Studio that has the potential to become a blockbuster hit.