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Ones for the wishlist

2017 was a mixed bag for both gaming and life in general. A lot of us wanted to hide when the UK voted for Brexit, Donald Trump became President of the United States and gaming controversies continued; but we were shown things weren’t entirely bad when people from all over the world came together in the name of equality, and we were treated to new and amazing video game experiences.

Here’s hoping 2018 continues in that positive vein and the next 12 months are filled with light and awesome games. As part of the Liebster Award nomination, Thero159 from A Reluctant Hero asked us which titles we’re most hyped for this year so let’s stay positive and look ahead to what we’ve got coming up. Thank you to this lovely blogger for selecting Later Levels – this post is dedicated to you!

A Way Out

Leo and Vincent don’t know each other, but they’ll need to find a way to work together no matter the situation in order to break out of prison. I adored Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons so I’m really looking forward to this game by its creators; and I love the fact it’s a couch co-op designed to be played together with a friend. This is definitely one I’ll be roping the other-half into playing with me (although I don’t think it will take much persuasion).

Detroit: Become Human

Not everyone is a fan of Quantic Dream’s games but I’ve eagerly awaited their releases since first playing Fahrenheit in 2005. I got the chance to play a Detroit: Become Human demo at last year’s EGX event and have been excited about it since. There has been some controversy surrounding the title already, so it will be interesting to see how its themes will be handled in this story about androids and what it means to be human.

Lake Ridden

Here’s another game I got to try out at EGX in 2017, which is being created by former Mojang and Paradox developers. I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to the horrors genre but give me a supernatural adventure with puzzles and an atmospheric plot and I’m right there. If you liked The Vanishing of Ethan Carter or What Remains of Edith Finch, I get the impression you’re going to like this one.

Praey for the Gods

I really enjoyed Shadow of the Colossus (see below) so it was hard to resist backing Praey for the Gods on Kickstarter when the project appeared on the crowdfunding platform in July 2016. You’ll play as a lone hero sent to the edge of a dying world to discover the mystery of a never-ending winter, and will have to face immense battles with giants where you can climb your foes.

Shadow of the Colossus Remake

Following on from Praey for the Gods, here’s a title which is cited as one of its influences: Shadow of the Colossus was originally released in 2005 and is now getting a remake. I’m really looking forward to getting the opportunity to play this game with my other-half and stepson; they’ve never experienced it before, and I have a feeling they’re going to end up loving it as much as I do.

The Gardens Between

It was the art-style that initially drew me to this title as it brought to mind a cross between The Witness and Oxenfree. And when I found out it was a puzzler in which you travel back and forwards in time to reveal a story about friendship, childhood and growing up, it got added to my wishlist straight away. I get the feeling this is going to be one of those unassuming little games which actually turns out to be something pretty special.

Trüberbrook

Another game which I backed on Kickstarter, this point-and-click adventure has a distinct visual style: all scenery is built by hand and real lighting is used to simulate different times of day and weather conditions. It’s a sci-fi mystery inspired by Twin Peaks, The X-Files and Stranger Things, and players will step into the shoes of Hans Tannhauser to find out what’s going down in the town and save the world.

Vampyr

Dr Jonathan Reid is a newly-turned vampyr. As a doctor, he must find a cure to save London’s flu-ravaged citizens; but as a member of the undead, he’s cursed to feed on those he vowed to heal. That conflict of interests sounds incredibly interesting and I can’t wait to play this game. It was delayed from November 2017 due to a technical issue which has now been resolved, so let’s hope we’re able to get our hands on it very soon.

We Happy Few

This one has been on my wishlist for absolutely ages but I’ve resisted the temptation to purchase it in its Early Access status so I can play it in its finished form. It’s now finally due for release in the spring. It’s a game full of paranoia and survival set in a dystopian English city in 1964: can you blend in with its drug-addled inhabitants, most of whom don’t take kindly to people who won’t abide by their not-so-normal rules?

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine

This is a recent addition to my wishlist after reading several posts by bloggers, and is a game about folktales. Players take on the role of the personification of folklore after losing a poker game with the wrong entity and it’s now their responsibility to pass these stories from place to place. Each character is penned by a different writerso the title’s content is influenced by their individual interests.

Thank you once again to Thero159 for the nomination! Which games are you looking forward to in 2018?

24 thoughts on “Ones for the wishlist Leave a comment

  1. Thank you for putting together this list of games! I was unaware of The Gardens Between and Lake Ridden; both seem like intriguing projects. They’ve been added to my list of games for the year.

    And congrats on the nomination. 🙂

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    • Thanks very much!

      I’m hoping The Gardens Between and Lake Ridden will be at the expos taking place in the next few months. I’m not sure they’re the the sort of games that can be properly enjoyed while among a crowd, but it would be good to see how they’re coming along. 🙂

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  2. I had never heard of The Gardens Between, but I absolutely love that style of game! I’ll definitely have to look into that one, but I am so excited for Vampyr. I just want me a good Vampire game that takes advantage of modern tech.
    Great selection!

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    • It was a shame Vampyr was delayed, but hopefully we’ll get an even better game because of the extra time. Can’t wait to play it!

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    • I’m kind of gutted it won’t be released in time for our GameBlast event (just a couple of weeks later, dammit!). It could have been a good co-op for us to stream.

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  3. You’re welcome! There are quite a few games on your list that I’m also looking for to, like Detroit: Become Human and A Way Out. There are also some, like Lake Ridden, that I’m going to have to keep an eye on!

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  4. The Gardens Between was not one I had heard of before, it looks pretty cool and I’m now on the lookout for it.

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    • I really like the art-style of this one. The developers are saying they’re making a ‘surreal puzzle adventure’ and that sounds just like my cup of tea.

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  5. We Happy Few is actually coming out!?! That’s awesome news. After what must be about 2 years of waiting I’d given up on it. The first time I saw a trailer for it I was blown away by how creepy it looked.

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  6. This is a very nice listen you made. I am really looking forward to a couple of games on this. A way out reminds me of Prison Break which I am a very big fan of so I definitely want to play A Way Out.

    Praey for the Gods also looks very interesting even though it probably will be a Ps4 exclusive which is FeelsBadMan for me since I don’t have a ps4. This is the same for the Shadow of the Colossus Remake.

    And the last game which grabbed my attention was The Gardens Between which artstyle looks really cool and ever since it is a puzzle game, I should definitely play this!

    Also congratulations on your nomination!

    The games I am looking forward to are: Far Cry 5, Ori and the Will of the Wisp (Not sure if this will be released in 2018), The Universum, ECO, Light Fall and Hunt: Showdown (With probably more to be added!)

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    • Good news: Praey for the Gods will be available on Xbox too!

      I hadn’t heard of The Universim before, but it looks excellent – if I’d known about it sooner I probably would have backed the Kickstarter project. Another one added to my wishlist.

      And the Hunt: Showdown looks great also… although I’d never have the coordination to ever be good enough at it! Ha ha ha

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        • Even more good news then: it’s also coming to PC! I tend to make sure the stuff I back on Kickstarter is going to be available from Steam so I can be certain I can play it. 😀

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  7. Kim, you’re a legend. Having fully turned to the esoteric side in my triple A-eschewing vow late last year these titles are absolutely perfect to keep an eye on: Lake Ridden especially looks like just the ‘Edith Finch’-er continuation I’ve been looking for. Sublime.

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