These are the top 40 games we’re looking forward to in 2018

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‘Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes’

Like most games from Suda51’s Grasshopper Manufacture, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes isn’t comfortable with the conventional. Set seven years after No More Heroes 2, Travis encounters Badman, a villain seeking vengeance for the death of his daughter. Travis will once again wield the beam katana to hack-and-slash through enemies via single Joy-Con motion controls. But the main draw of Travis Strikes Again is the Death Drive Mk II, a video game console that both men get pulled into. Inside, players will play 15 real indie games such as Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami and Let it Die. Essentially, Travis Strikes Again could be 16 games in one when it launches exclusively on Nintendo Switch in 2018.

Our interview with Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes director Suda51

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‘Untitled Yoshi Switch Game’

Announced at E3, Yoshi’s untitled Switch platformer looks like it may be a sequel to Yoshi’s Woolly World. The 3D side-scroller is set in a charming two-sided cardboard world. Yoshi can turn the cardboard around with a ground-pound, giving players a new perspective and means to make progress. While most of the footage so far sees Yoshi traveling horizontally from left to right, Mario’s pal has free movement in some areas. Multiple Yoshis were shown in the reveal trailer, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the game will have co-op when it comes out next year.

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‘Psychonauts 2’

The long awaited sequel to Tim Schafer’s 2005 cult hit Psychonauts doesn’t actually start at the end of the original game. Instead, it begins after the events of the PSVR exclusive Psychnauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, which launched in early 2017. After rescuing Truman Zanotto, Raz and his pals learn that the organization they recently graduated from is experimenting with radical practices such as necromancy. Psychonauts 2 will include similar platforming gameplay from the original, as well as all of the fun psychic powers. Also expect to learn more about Raz’s background and family history when Psychonauts 2 launches on PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2018.

Our Psychonauts 2 coverage

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We’ve tried, but it’s impossible to discuss the ambitious indie Ashen without invoking Dark Souls. Even developer Aurora44 cited the series as a major influence. So yes, Ashen is an action RPG with combat that looks and plays like Dark Souls, but the game’s driving feature is its co-operative play. Ashen tells the story of a wanderer seeking a home. Over the course of the adventure, you encounter other players on their own journeys who you can team up with to explore dungeons and defeat baddies. Aurora44 wants these meetings to have emotional weight. Considering Ashen‘s other major influence is Journey, we’re anxious for Ashen‘s expected 2018 launch on Xbox One and PC.

Our Ashen preview

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Ooblets, created by a two-person indie team, mixes farm simulation, town management, and the eponymous creatures called Ooblets, which you capture, train, and use in battle. Think Stardew Valley meets Pokémon.

The combination of RPG exploration and combat with relaxing day-to-day tasks in town makes Ooblets one of our most anticipated indies. Given the charming aesthetic, perhaps it’s also no surprise that Double Fine Productions is aboard to publish the PC game in 2018.

Our Ooblets coverage from PAX West 2017

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‘UFO 50’

Developed by the creators of Spelunky, Downwell, Time Barons, Skorpulac, and Madhouse, UFO 50 aims to inject retro style games with modern game design. UFO 50 contains 50, yes 50, 8-bit-style games. The collection includes platformers, puzzlers, RPGs, and shooters, and roughly a third of the games support competitive or cooperative multiplayer. UFO 50, and its hundreds of hours of modern-retro content, launches in 2018 for PC, with console ports coming at a later date.

Our UFO 50 coverage

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‘Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire’

The sequel to one of the best RPGs of 2015, Pillars of Eternity, transports users back to the sprawling fantasy world of Eora. Taking place after the events of the first game, the god of light Eothas is reborn and decimates the Watcher’s stronghold. Staving off death, the Watcher heads to Deadfire Archipelago to confront Eothas.

If you played the original, the decisions you made there will how the sequel progresses. Each character class now has three sub-classes, and Deadfire places a greater emphasis on companion relationships. The Watcher will also have his or her own mobile base, a ship that can be used to explore the seas and uncover uncharted islands. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire launches on PC in 2018.

Our Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire coverage

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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is endearing and wonderfully weird

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Call of Duty: Mobile is the best shooter I’ve played on a smartphone

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