It might be a bit early in the year to claim that 2018 will be as good for gaming as 2017 was – titles that have been teased give us plenty to look forward to though.

Dark Souls Remastered

This should excite anyone with a masochistic streak, because soon you will be able to constantly die in 1080p! Fancy graphics isn’t all the new and improved Dark Souls will offer though! The downloadable add-on Artorias of the Abyss is also included, along with improved resolution and enhanced visuals.

If you’re looking for the nostalgia of Dark Souls without the grainy graphics and a smooth 60 fps, then this is something to keep your eye on.

Far Cry 5

Some people believe that Far Cry 5 suffers from Assassins Creed syndrome, where every game is similar to the last. We can say with confidence that this one will be different though.

The game is now firmly back in the modern era, with a story revolving around northern American fanatics and a host of interesting characters. We expect this is likely to be one of the titles better attempts at storytelling.

Plus you get to fly planes now, and having built upon the Primal Beast Master mechanics from the previous game; You will be able to control animals ranging from dogs to bears!

Kingdom hearts III

Although a new Kingdom Hearts game came out not too long ago, the franchise has received much slack for its prequels, unusal spin-offs and re-releases. Due to this, 13 years have passed since the release of Kingdom Hearts II, and fans have grown more than a little ticked off with the wait.

Games rarely live up to the hype, but the graphics of Kingdom Hearts III look stunning and some of Disneys modern favorites are being thrown into the mix – Such as characters from Toy Story!

Naturally beloved classics such as Donald Duck and Goofy will be included, and exploring Square Enixes new combat system looks much smoother.

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

It feels like just last year that we were all grinding through the snow-covered mountains of Northrend, and now World of Warcraft is set to release its 7th expansion! This new add-on will grant us access to the islands of Zandalar, where you’re likely to run into six new allied races.

Naturally more dungeons will be released, alongside the new “Island Expeditions” which are similar to the scenarios from Mists of Pandaria.

Players must group up in teams of three to explore mysterious islands and collect rare treasure. The expeditions won’t be role dependent either, so you can complete it without being forced to play as a cleric. Not only that but the islands change each time, which should stop it from becoming stale

There’s a couple of different difficulties too, including;

Normal

Heroic

Mythic

PvP

The first three will be against a new form of AI, whereas PvP pits your team against the opposing faction.

Expeditions should take 15-20 minutes to complete, and if you do get tired of them then there’s always a ton of new Island areas to explore with your guild!

League of Legends

Although not released in 2018, League of Legends is still a must play game. The 2017 World Championship was one of the biggest E-sporting events in history, bringing in more viewers than the Super Bowl! But just why is it so popular?

Well, we have to thank Riots ingenious Champion creation team for coming up with such innovative abilities. This year we’ve seen the release of lovebirds Xayah and Rakan, whose unique abilities make them stronger together. Also released in 2018 was a guy who can run through walls, a tree guy who can create bushes, and a girl who can steal people’s Summoner Spells. It’s safe to say that these interesting abilities are one of the reasons League of Legends never gets old.

It’s highly competitive too! Granted, forcing five strangers to work together often results in the gaming equivalent of road rage, only there’s no windshield to block the sound of profanities, leaving people free to insult other players mothers all game long.

Competitiveness does have its upsides though. Players regularly tune in to Twitch to root for their favorite teams, just how Football players spend hours watching matches. The challenging nature of League of Legends encourages people to play every day in order to become the best amongst their friend groups.

Then again, there’s other ways to impress people, such as owning a smurf that comes with impossible to obtain skins.

There’s many other reasons why League of Legends is such a dominant force, such as the short games. Some people might complain that games are too long, but if you compare them to dungeons in MMORPGs that take hours to complete, then LoL matches take barely any time. If you haven’t tried it out already, we definitely recommend you do so in 2018!

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