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Last year was absolutely huge for gaming on all platforms, but 2018 looks set to be just as big, with some colossal titles scheduled for release within the year. Here’s eight that I reckon you should keep an eye on.

Sea of Thieves

This was my standout game at E3 last year and having had the chance to play it, I reckon it’ll be within the top 3 games of 2018.

It packs the same secret sauce that makes PUBG so special – it lets you and your pals go about objectives how you want, and because the massive world is full of other players doing the same thing, every game is different.

For example, amassing wealth for the Gold Hoarders can be done by following treasure maps, searching sunken wrecks, or simply stealing it from other players. The freedom to do what you want in a world that looks absolutely stunning will no doubt make Sea of Thieves an instant classic.

Days Gone

Set in a post-apocalyptic world full of zombies, you step into the shoes of former bounty hunter, Deacon St. John. While literal hoards of infected Freakers rushing at you is something you should definitely be worried about, it’s not your only challenge, as human scavengers can be just as deadly.

It looks dark, gritty, and creepy as hell. Suss the trailer below.

Far Cry 5

For the first time in the franchise, the setting of Ubisoft‘s upcoming shooter isn’t an exotic country or island, rather, you get to fang around the US state of Montana in any manner of vehicles.

Tasked with fighting back against an extremist religious cult, the game maintains much of Far Cry 3 and 4‘s outpost-style gameplay, but adds enough new spice to keep things fresh.

Jurassic World Evolution

Picture this: you’re playing the absolute classic RollerCoaster Tycoon, but instead of building a boring old theme park, you get to build your own Jurassic Park. That’s exactly what this upcoming game will let you do.

Hell, it’s even being developed by Frontier, the company who actually made the RCT series, so you know it’ll be legit.

Hunt: Showdown

Creating a compelling multiplayer experience has become an important part of modern gaming. Look at games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – a simple premise without overbearing rules that allows players to tackle it how they want.

Hunt: Showdown looks to have the same approach. Set in the 19th century, you and your pals are tasked with killing monsters for a bounty. There will be other players in the map who are after the same monsters and death is permanent for every match, so caution is essential.

I’m really excited for this one, it looks like a heap of fun.

Yoshi

I’ve always been a huge fan of Yoshi games, particularly 1995’s Yoshi’s Island on Super Nintendo, so you can damn well bet I’m keen as hell for this one.

Sporting a similar cutesy aesthetic to Yoshi’s Woolly World on the Wii U, this entry is being developed by the same studio, Good-Feel. This time around, players are able to flip the camera around to get a good look at what’s going on behind the scenes of the hand-made world.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Rockstar Games has a pretty good track record, with most of their games turning into absolute hits upon release. The entire Grand Theft Auto series is a pretty solid testament to that fact.

But its western counterpart, Red Dead Redemption, was also insanely good, which is why RDR2 is sure to be just as popular. Set before the events of the previous game, you assume the role of outlaw, Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde Gang. You’ll learn his story and how he fits into the wider world of the series.

Shadow of the Colossus

A complete remake of the 2005 title, the action-adventure game pits you against 14 absolutely massive monsters. When I say massive, I mean you’ll spend the majority of your time climbing them to find their weak spots.

Bringing the original into ultra-high definition gives a whole new generation of gamers the chance to experience one of the best PlayStation games of all time.

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Image: Hunt: Showdown