We’re nearly two months done with the year 2018 and it has me thinking about video games lately. Many video games sites and blogs often discuss which upcoming games in the new year they’re most excited to see and play across all platforms. It’s a mixed bag of genres, style, and gameplay that will appeal to just about any personal gaming tastes. Or at the very least put it on a gamer’s watch list if they’re on the fence deciding to purchase it on Day 1. When taking stock of the titles coming for the current year we’re in, I always find myself counting less games on my hand of what I’ll immediately purchase.
I don’t typically compile a list of games I want to buy and play every time a new year is ushered in because there hardly is a game I want badly enough. While other gamers and bloggers tend to have at least five games they’re excited about, I realize I probably have maybe one or two I’m really anticipating. Another reason why my list of games is usually so thin compared to everyone else is because I’m limited to the devices and platforms I own. I can only watch for the games coming out on Xbox One or the 3DS, and I have to ignore the ones exclusive to Playstation 4 or the Nintendo Switch.
Most people may think the easiest way to ensure I don’t have a case of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) when it comes to video games is to simply buy the other two consoles I’m missing and then have my pick of any game I want whenever I want. But it’s not so simple. The main issue is the amount of space I have in my apartment. When I decided to buy an Xbox One a few years ago, I barely had the room to make that fit in whatever available space I currently had. If I added a Playstation 4 or Nintendo Switch, without trading in my Wii or even getting rid of my Xbox 360, it’d add to the headache of creating space for these shiny new devices. The other reason I won’t be investing in any new console for the foreseeable future is not wanting to add any more games to a fairly sizable backlog I have.
I know it’s normal for gamers to have a backlog, which they may or may not ever finish. It comes with the territory of being a gamer as I’ve learned over the years. But that doesn’t mean I want to keep feeding this strange and accepted irrationality. Why am I going to keep buying games and consoles I know I’ll only have maybe one or two hours a week to play if I’m super lucky? While I’ll be longing to play the highly anticipated remake to Final Fantasy VII or may never get the chance to play slightly older and critically acclaimed titles, like Persona 5 or Breath of the Wild, the desire still isn’t so great for me to finally give in and get the other two consoles I’m missing from my entertainment library. I’m currently content with the games I can play with the systems I do own. And if I’m ever successful at completing my backlog one day, there are a number of older video games I would love to revisit and replay, such as Dragon Age or The World Ends With You.
For all my refusals to buy new systems and the video games that go with them, which video game(s) am I at least keeping an eye on for 2018? After scanning through GamesRadar+’s list of new games to expect in 2018, I’ve narrowed it down to two—Vampyr and Cyberpunk 2077.
From the studio who made Remember Me and Life Is Strange, Dontnod Entertainment’s Vampyr looks to be an interesting mix of RPG elements and choices that matter gameplay. You play as Jonathan Reid who’s a doctor towing the line between saving lives or taking them to satisfy his own vampiric blood cravings in order to survive himself. Based on what I’ve read, the choices you make as Jonathan has the potential to impact not just the people you come into contact with but the state of 1918 London as a whole. Vampyr seems to have the gorgeous graphics I admired about Remember Me and the complex choices system that Life Is Strange mastered. If there’s one game I could potentially buy within the first few weeks of its release it would be this one.
Little may have been said or shown in CD Projekt Red’s still in development Cyberpunk 2077 since its 2013 teaser trailer, but it’s another game that has the potential to be an incredible gaming experience. With the game’s Blade Runner sci-fi feel and a quick glimpse at what seems to be the game’s male protagonist, it has piqued my interest in the kind of story this could be and the type of gameplay you’ll be immersing yourself in. While carefully crafted graphics isn’t enough to make a game great if the story and gamplay isn’t in sync with everything else, there is a feeling of confidence in the studio that created the highly successful and beloved Witcher series. Whenever more information is released about Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll bet I’ll be monitoring those details closely.
Are there games you’re looking forward to playing this year? Or are you like me and there isn’t much you’ll really want to purchase immediately?