The 10 game releases of 2018 we're looking forward to most

Promotional artwork for the 'Magic: The Gathering' set 'Dominaria'. Promotional artwork for the 'Magic: The Gathering' set 'Dominaria'. WOTC / TYLER JACOBSON

With 2017 drawing to a close and 2018 on the immediate horizon, we take a look at the big gaming releases and choose ten that have really caught our attention.

Crackdown 3 (ETA 2018)

Gamers have been waiting for this one for quite a while.  Originally announced at E3 2014 during Microsoft's Xbox One press conference, the open-world action/adventure game Crackdown 3 has been more-or-less in development hell ever since.  Finally, the sequel to 2010's Crackdown 2 will see light on Xbox One and PC.

Dominaria (Apr. 27, 2018)

For the first time in a decade, Magic: The Gathering will be returning to its home setting on the plane of Dominaria in the aptly-named set, Dominaria.  Along with the set will be a number of characters iconic not only to the plane, but to the overall game itself including the (former) Planeswalker Teferi, artificer Jhoira, and current Planeswalker Karn.  There is also anticipated hope that other iconic location-currently-unknown characters such as Archmage Eternal Jodah and old-school Planeswalker Jaya Ballard may also be seen.

Far Cry 5 (Mar. 27, 2018)

Ubisoft caught lightning in a bottle with the original Far Cry game way back in 2004.  Fast forward thirteen years after four core games, three spin-offs, and a VHS-inspired stand-alone sequel, and we'll find Far Cry 5 coming out for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.  The game will mark the first time the franchise has been set in the good 'ole U-S of A and will take some more contemporary and serious themes including racism, cults, and unchecked nationalism.

Fire Emblem (ETA 2018)

One of Nintendo's top RPG franchises will be making its debut on the Nintendo Switch in 2018 when Fire Emblem comes out for the platform.  There really isn't a whole ton of information yet available about the game, but it's got nearly 30 years of history behind it so we're expecting big things.

God of War (ETA 2018)

2018's God of War, coming exclusively to PlayStation 4, isn't so much rebooting the franchise as it is passing the torch.  It's moving away from its Greek mythological setting and tropes and heading north to the Nordic tales and settings of Scandinavia.  Franchise protagonist Kratos has a new role in the game as well:  Dad.

Kingdom Hearts 3 (ETA 2018)

With how long gamers have been waiting for a third core game in the Kingdom Hearts franchise, you'd almost expect a cameo from Gordon Freeman.  The game was originally announced in 2013 with series fans on the edge of their seats ever since.  Finally, in 2018, PS4 and Xbox One owners will have their chance to play the next chapter in the popular Disney/Final Fantasy hybrid RPG.

Masters 25 (Mar. 16, 2018)

Celebrating 25 years of Magic: The GatheringMasters 25 will be a limited-run set similar to this year's Iconic Masters and Modern Masters 2017 sets.  Masters 25 will contain 249 cards from across Magic 's entire history.  As of the publication of this article, no cards have yet been announced for the set.  Safe to say that speculation is rampant and excitement is high.

Mega Man 11 (Late 2018)

There's no keeping a good (Mega) man down.  Expected out in the latter part of 2018, the 11th entry into Capcom's iconic Mega Man franchise is coming to PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.  The game is ditching the long-running 8-bit visual aesthetics for something a bit more modern and clean, but Capcom promises that the caliber of gameplay and overall vibe that Mega Man fans have come to expect will be there in full force.

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (Mar. 23, 2018)

The original Ni no Kuni game, Wrath of the White Witch, captivated audiences when it came out in 2010 thanks to the skill of developer Level-5 and the artistic vision of the iconic anime maker Studio Ghibli.  Publisher Bandai Namco is hoping for similar results when Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom comes out on PlayStation 4 and PC despite no official support from Studio Ghibli this second time around.  The game was originally announced to release in late 2017, but Level-5 said they needed more time.  We'll find out if that extra time was worth it in just a few short months.

Red Dead Redemption 2 (Spring 2018)

Some things are worth the wait and we feel that Red Dead Redemption 2 -- another game that was supposed to come out in 2017 -- is such a thing.  The Rockstar-developed western open-world action game looks as gritty as it does epic.  Xbox One and PS4 gamers will want to keep their eyes open for this one.

Looking beyond our list, what's on your top ten for 2018?

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