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The 10 Most Anticipated Video Games Of 2018

Whatever your platform, here are a few more reasons to keep on playing in the coming year
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No matter what we were running from (we have a guess), 2017 made escapism a worthy investment. And from Nintendo taking classic franchises to new heights on the Switch to Microsoft delivering us the most powerful gaming system of all time, it was a banner year for picking up the sticks. Below, 10 upcoming video game releases that will keep us playing well into the next one. 

1| Far Cry 5 

Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release: March 27, 2018 

The eleventh installment and fifth main title in the Far Cry series is sure to do two things: ruffle feathers and be 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.

2| Shadow of the Colossus 

Platform: PS4
Release: February 6, 2018 

It's not just big, it's colossal. Since the announcement at E3, 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.

3| Kingdom Hearts III 

Platform: PS4, Xbox One 

Despite massive success and acclaim, the Kingdom Hearts series still feels like a cult phenomenon. If you're new to the franchise, you're entering a world where Final Fantasy characters battle Disney villains inside Andy's house from Toy Story—and you're totally okay with it, because it's a hell of a lot of fun. And as Disney continues its world-eater domination of more and more entertainment properties, don't be surprised when other familiar faces start making their way into the series as well.

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4| Red Dead Redemption 2 

Platform: PS4, Xbox One
Release: Q2 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.

5| Anthem 

Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release: Q4 2018 

With Anthem, BioWare is coming for a piece of the Destiny crown. A "shared-world" RPG shooter, there's a ton of monsters to be bagged, terrain to be explored, and cool equipment to be found. Oh, and jetpacks. Let the hunt begin.

6| Yoshi (Working Title)

Platform: Switch

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.

7| Spider-Man 

Platform: PS4 

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.

8| Sea of Thieves

Platform: Xbox One, PC 

If a pirate's life is still for you, then Sea of Thieves is the game you've been waiting for. Should we mention it's another open world? Cooperative multiplayer 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. 

9| God of War

Platform: PS4 

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 will most certainly ensue.

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10| The Crew 2 

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

Across land, sea, and air; by bike, by car, by blade; 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. 

This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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