Best Upcoming Narrative Video Games of 2018

The best upcoming video game narratives of 2018.

The new year is nearly upon us and 2018 is shaping up to have some incredible video game releases. If you’re looking to enjoy some video games with deep narrative journeys then we have you covered. In this list we’re going over all the of best upcoming video games that are sure to entertain players through the narrative alone. Take a look at our picks down below and be sure to let us know if we missed a title that should be included in the list below!


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Vampyr
  • Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018

Dontnod Entertainment has crafted up some popular titles so far. Their debut title Remember Me sparked the highly beloved Life is Strange IP.  Following up the release of Life is Strange is Vampyr, a vastly different IP then what the developers have worked.

Vampyr takes place during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic in London where players take the role of a doctor Jonathan Reid. Our protagonist is in a predicament as he is a vampire with a bloodthirsty nature, but is battling his condition with his Hippocratic Oath.

Being an action role-playing title, players can traverse parts of the world while also leveling up Jonathan in order to unlock new abilities and skills through the skill tree.


Anthem
  • Developer: BioWare
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018

The upcoming Anthem video game will be a third-person shooter much like BioWare’s past video game franchise, Mass Effect. In order for players to transverse the world, the use of an Exo suit will be required which are known as Javelins within the video game. These Javelins will give players new powers and abilities such as the flight to soar through the open air or propel them through the depths of an ocean.

So far what we know about Anthem is that players will be taking the role of a freelancer who finds work by protecting civilians by exploring the dangerous landscapes outside of the safe zones. Likewise we know that the game will feature some co-operative multiplayer elements, but there have been no fine details on the matter quite yet.


Shenmue 3
  • Developer: Neilo, Ys Net
  • Publisher: Deep Silver
  • Platforms: PC, PS4
  • Release: 2018

It’s been a longtime coming but we’re finally getting a release of Shenmue 3. The video game is the third installment to the Shenmue saga that launched starting back in 1999, but with the titles not being a commercial success, the third installment found itself in development hell.

Now that we’re finally gearing towards its release, players will be able to pick up the story of Ryo Hazuki. What we know is that the video game will still take place after the events of Shenmue II where Ryo Hazuki continues his journey to find his father’s killer, Lan Di.

With so many fans requesting the third installment and the cult following Shenmue managed to craft, we’re hoping the upcoming video game lives up to expectations. Currently, Shenmue 3 is set to launch towards the end of 2018.


God of War
  • Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: 2018

What can we say about God of War that you probably are not already fully aware of? The video game franchise got its start back in the days of the PlayStation 2 and is still going strong today. However, this upcoming title, in particular, is more of a soft reboot to the franchise.

If you’re familiar with the past installments, this time around Kratos has ended his time with Greek mythology and has moved onto Norse mythology. Likewise, Kratos will not be alone anymore as he will be looking over his son named Atreus, preparing him for the real world after the recent passing of his mother.

Adding a son to the mix and an older Kratos will certainly change some aspects that we’re familiar with in the God of War franchise. Kratos will have to control his rage while he teaches his son vital life lessons.

God of War is slated to launch at some point early next year, 2018, for the PlayStation 4 platform.


Detroit: Become Human
  • Developer: Quantic Dream
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: 2018

Set in Detroit, Michigan, and developed by Quantic Dream, gamers who enjoy choice-driven narratives will want to keep tabs on Detroit: Become Human. This is a futuristic neo-noir thriller that’s based off an old 2012 tech demo from Quantic Dream that became viral online.

Players will take control of three different characters, all of which are androids. You will have Kara, a female android that has escaped the factory from where she was made. There’s also Connor, who is a male android that is tasked with hunting down deviant androids. Lastly, there is Markus, another male android who has begun an android revolution against the human race.

This video game is all about choices and it certainly seems that there will be a ton of them to choose through within the game. In fact, there are so many choices that each will alter the narrative storyline and can have grave consequences with your characters. We’re not positive just how long this narrative journey will be, but it seems like there will be plenty of replay value for when Detroit: Become Human officially releases some time in 2018.


Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Developer: Square Enix Business Division 1
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platform: PS4
  • Release: 2018

Out of all the Final Fantasy video game titles to have released, there’s no arguing that Final Fantasy VII is the most recognized and well-known among gamers. The video game title was such a big hit on the original PlayStation that it was still being brought up and talked about nearly decades later.

Now original fans and newcomers can once again relive the narrative journey soon with the Final Fantasy VII Remake. This will be a retelling of the original narrative that follows Cloud Strife and the eco-terrorist group known as Avalanche as they battle against the corrupt megacorporation, Shinra.

There are some slight change ups to the remake, for instance, this will be an action role-playing title, but with so many requests to see a remake release, it’s a safe bet that Final Fantasy VII Remake will be a day-one buy for a majority of gamers.

There’s no set release date attached to the video game just yet but we’re hoping to see the title come out at some point this coming year, 2018.


The Last of Us Part 2
  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: 2018

It’s no secret that one of the most beloved and cherished video games to have released for Sony’s last generation console was Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us. The video game was a massive hit with a deep dramatic narrative storyline that left us eagerly waiting for more.

While it’s no surprised for gamers, Naughty Dog has unveiled that their upcoming sequel to the video game known as The Last of Us Part II is currently in development. We’re still left with little to no information other than the fact that the sequel will take place five years after the first video game with Ellie confirmed to be present.

Just what players can expect from the upcoming sequel remains to be seen, though I think we are all hoping that the narrative journey will continue to be just as strong and deep.


Death Stranding
  • Developer: Kojima Productions
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: 2018

After the brutal split between world famed developer Hideo Kojima and his previous employer, Konami, the gaming world kept close tabs on just what Kojima would bring out next if anything. Luckily, the developer is not interested in leaving the gaming industry just yet and has graced us with his own development studio known as Kojima Productions.

The first video game title to release under the development studio will be Death Stranding and if one thing is certain, no one knows just what to expect from the video game title. There’s a ton of secrecy surrounding it with trailers and teasers only adding fuel to the hype of this upcoming Hideo Kojima production.

Perhaps the mysterious trailers and lack of information leading to the video game launch alongside knowing that Hideo Kojima, a well-known and respected developer is in control of this product, could be the source of why this video game is building up so much with fans around the world.


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