The 34 hottest video games you shouldn’t miss in 2018

Between “Super Mario Odyssey,” “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” “Horizon Zero Dawn,” and “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” 2017’s game line-up was hard to top.

But 2018 has some massive games of its own.

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From major new Nintendo games to highly-anticipated sequels, 2018 is full of promising new games. As such, we’ve put together a thorough list of games that should officially be on your radar this year.

Perhaps we forgot your favorite game? Let us know! This list will be updated over time, and your contribution is much appreciated!

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1. “Dragon Ball Fighter Z”

If you even remotely care about the “Dragon Ball” universe, you probably already know what “Dragon Ball Fighter Z” is. Even if you don’t, you should: It’s a gorgeous, unique fighting game that doesn’t require a burning passion for anime to enjoy.

The game plays out similarly to the “Marvel vs Capcom” franchise, with each player selecting a team of three to fight as. You can switch between that trio during a match — matches play out in 2.5D, where the fight is on a 2D plane but the visuals are in gorgeous 3D. If you’re a “Dragon Ball” fan you’ll enjoy it more, but this one looks like a delight for anyone who enjoys a good fighting game period.

Release Date: January 26, 2018

Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC

2. “Monster Hunter: World”

“Monster Hunter: World” is the latest major entry in the long-running, cult-classic “Monster Hunter” series. 

If you’re wondering what the game is about, look no further than the on-the-nose name: You hunt monsters, repeatedly, in the third-person. This is a game about exploring a massive world and taking down its massive monsters. You can do that alone, or you can do that with up to four friends, but the goal remains the same: Murder monsters, take the loot you get from those monsters, and use it to take down more monsters. 

Release Date: January 26, 2018

Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC (release date unknown for PC version)

3. “Shadow of the Colossus”

In 2018, the best game from 2005 arrives on the PlayStation 4. It’s called “Shadow of the Colossus,” and it’s getting a gorgeous remake on the PlayStation 4.

When the game originally launched on the PlayStation 2 in 2005, it was a revelation for PlayStation 2 owners. Though it may look like a standard video game, “Shadow of the Colossus” is anything but — the diminutive character you see above is who you play as, and he’s got an objective: Take down gigantic monsters. But why? And what are these “monsters”? Are they monsters, or is he, for murdering them? 

Release Date: February 6

Platforms: PlayStation 4

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