Top Upcoming Action Games of 2018

The best upcoming action games slated to launch in 2018.

Note: Article was updated in April of 2018.

2018 is quickly approaching and with it will come a slew of new video game titles to look forward to playing. With that said, now’s a good time to start marking down what video games to keep an eye on when they officially launch next year. Let us lend a hand, in this list, in particular, we’re going over the top action video games launching in 2018.


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Far Cry 5
  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release: March 27, 2018
  • Platforms: PS4, XBO, PC

The eleventh installment but the fifth main title within the franchise, Far Cry 5 will be seeing a release in 2018. The video game takes place within the United States of America this time around, though more specifically, in a fictional Hope County, Montana.

Within the narrative, Far Cry 5 pins players against Joseph Seed, a leader of a cult who has forced his way into controlling Hope County. As more innocent civilians become trapped and forced into submission under Joseph Seed’s rule, only a handful of resistance stands between Seed and his reign.

Just as before, players can expect the title to deliver as a first-person shooter in an open world environment to explore either on foot or through vehicles.


Days Gone
  • Developer: SIE Bend Studio
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: DELAYED 2019

Days Gone is an upcoming action-adventure title surrounding a post-apocalyptic world setting. Players take on the role of a man named Deacon St. John, who was once a former bounty hunter. Now that the world has gone awry and a global pandemic has killed off nearly all humanity, Deacon St. John will have to use his bounty hunter skills to survive in a world full of insane gangs and zombie-like creatures.

This will be an open world video game where developers have stated that the players within the game can complete various tasks multiple different ways. As it stands right now, Days Gone does not have a specific release date attached to the title just yet but it’s expected to launch at some point this coming year, 2018.


Crackdown 3
  • Developer: Reagent Games
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Platforms: PC, XB1
  • Release: 2018

Nearly a decade after the release of Crackdown 2, Reagent Games is bringing out the third installment, Crackdown 3. The video game doesn’t have too many details available quite yet though we do know that there is a big emphasis on destruction.

Action is a big part when it comes to Crackdown 3 as players will have the ability to destroy entire buildings among other structures when battling against the enemy forces.


State of Decay 2
  • Developer: Undead Labs
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Platforms: PC, XB1
  • Release: May 22, 2018

There are not too many details released for State of Decay 2 as of right now. We do know that this video game is a sequel to the 2013 State of Decay and will focus heavily on cooperative gameplay with up to three other players.

Overall, State of Decay 2 is a zombie-survival game that lets players have their own unique story. While battling zombies is very much a key aspect of the upcoming title release, players are encouraged to work together in setting up their own community that’s able to successfully take out the undead threat.


Anthem
  • Developer: BioWare
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: DELAYED 2019

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.


God of War
  • Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: April 20, 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.

With that said, you’ll still be encountering massive beasts and foes to battle. For fans of the series, this upcoming title still retains the intense action-adventure hack and slash gameplay that the franchise is known for.


Metro Exodus
  • Developer: 4A Games
  • Publisher: Deep Silver
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2018

Based on Dmitry Glukhovsky’s novels, developers 4A Games is bringing out the third installments to the Metro video game series, Metro Exodus. This first-person shooter takes place in the not so distant future, 2036, but in a post-apocalyptic Earth which was devastated by a nuclear war that took place decades earlier.

If you enjoyed the past installments, Metro Exodus will follow the events of Metro: Last Light. More specifically, the video game will follow the Redemption ending with players assuming the role of a young Artyom that flees Metro in Moscow in a journey with Spartan Rangers.

With development of the video game title starting back in 2014, 4A Games does not have a specific release date announced quite yet, but its slated to launch within the 2018 calendar year.


System Shock
  • Developer: Night Dive Studios
  • Publisher: Night Dive Studios
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: TBA

Back in 1994, System Shock was unleashed onto the masses. Now, decades later, Night Dive Studios seeks out to release a remake of the video game for current generation platforms. For those of you have yet to play the original, System Shock was an action-adventure title set within a space station during the year 2072.

Players took on the role of a hacker who is on a mission to stop an advanced AI known as SHODAN. Currently, the remake is slated to launch at some point in 2018 but a specific release date has yet to be unveiled. Regardless, there’s been a statement during February that stated System Shock was being put on hold.

This doesn’t mean that the project is being scrapped but the development team wishes to take a hiatus to look at the overall vision of the project. We’re uncertain if this will mean the video game will be pushed back into 2019 at this point, though we’ll update the post when more information is released.


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

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.


Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Developer: Treyarch
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: October 12, 2018

Note: Images are from Call of Duty: Black Ops III.

The Call of Duty: Black Ops series seems to do well in the market and now we’re finally confirmed that a fourth installment is set to release later this year. Unfortunately, we have no information at all when it comes to the game.

We’re interested to see if the game installment has any new spin to the series this time around. Right now, all we have is a teaser for the upcoming game with a reveal event scheduled on May 17, 2018.


Extinction
  • Developer: Iron Galaxy
  • Publisher: Maximum Games
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: April 10, 2018

Extinction is an upcoming action video game developed by Iron Galaxy, who may be best known for Killer Instinct. Coming out soon is their latest title, Extinction, which looks and acts similar to the Attack on Titan franchise.

Within the game, players will take control of a soldier named Avil who must protect the world from giant ogres. Gameplay is said to be fast paced where players will run around the map, making wall runs or even using your whip to vault you up towards the beast.

Developers also have plans for future DLC with the game so after you finish up the narrative campaign and side missions, more content will be rolling out for gamers to enjoy. Just how much content is set to launch after the game remains to be seen, but Extinction in itself looks to be rather interesting.


Blazing Chrome
  • Developer: JoyMasher
  • Publisher: JoyMasher
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: TBD

Blazing Chrome is an old school run and gun type video game that takes inspirations from Contra and Metal Slug. Overall, the narrative follows a world in which is controlled by robots that are suppressing humanity. Players will help Marva, a human resistance soldier, and Doyle a machine with a conscience as they attempt to overthrow the robotic overlords.

If you enjoy the old Sega Genesis games then you’ll find Blazing Chrome to visually look familiar. Likewise, this may be a perfect title to enjoy with a friend as the title will support cooperative gameplay.


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