What do you use the internet for? Work? Business? Socializing? In my case, it’s gaming. The bulk of my Cox Internet Deals is spent downloading and playing games on my Xbox or PC. Video games have come a long way since the earliest Nintendo and Sega consoles. Powerful computers and engines have allowed developers to create jaw-dropping, realistic environments. Advanced rendering technology lets us travel through unearthly worlds on adventures or for survival. Even on their smartphones, people spend a lot of their free time playing simplified games. However, in this blog, I will be focusing on the real deal.
Games to watch out for in 2018
Games from big studios with pedigree are usually building on the success of the first title in the series. Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty and Battlefield are good examples. These games have been around for almost a decade. When you look at their present-day continuations, the advances in graphics, platforms, and storylines are staggering. In what remains of 2018, you can expect to see the following upcoming games:
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
- Fallout 76
- Darksiders 3
- Battlefield 5
With a multitude of new games coming out this year, these 6 stand at the top of my list. You may notice that these are all continuations of previous games under the franchise. Whether they live up to the reputation remains to be seen, but let’s discuss their new, highly anticipated quirks:
Red Dead Redemption 2
The sequel to Red Dead Redemption is coming on PS4 and Xbox One on the 26th of October this year. Red Dead Redemption 2 has some pretty big shoes to fill. Given its huge reputation, Rockstar Games can be forgiven for taking so long to develop the second part. Enter the classic, open-world, Wild West set just before the events of the first part. In RDR2 you will be playing outlaw cowboy Arthur Morgan. Arthur is in the employ of the dastardly Dutch van der Linde, the same villain from RDR1. Arthur is a much different character from the even-tempered John Marston, but I don’t mind. Arthur is a much thornier, rougher character that fits well with the environment of the second installment. You will get to know him pretty well out in the wastelands, as you will be spending countless with him. Whether you’re just passing through the quiet planes or hunting in the mountains, Arthur fits the game pretty well. Interestingly, there is now a new bow and arrow combo that you can use for stealth. I, for one, can’t wait for my first train heist in RDR2.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
The Assassin’s Creed franchise has come a long way from Al-Tair and Jerusalem. The many installments that followed have taken us to Europe, America, Egypt and even the high seas. The setting for Odyssey is obvious from the name and also the classic “This. Is. SPARTA!” kick in the opening. That’s right! On October 5th, this time, the franchise takes us to Ancient Greece around 431 BC. You can choose between the male protagonist, Alexios, or the female protagonist, Kassandra. Whichever you choose, your story is one of redemption as you are cast out as a child from the martial city-state of Sparta. Unlike the previous installments, Odyssey focuses much more on the RPG elements of the game. You have dialog options in cutscenes, collectible gear, more combat opportunities, and multiple endings. You also have more fighting abilities to choose from, as well as the return of naval warfare. You can also take part in huge Conquest skirmishes with 150 other players on your team. Assassin’s creed Odyssey has a lot to offer.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
The most striking thing about Black Ops 4 is the absence of single-player mode. The game drops you into the near future with heavy arms and intense fighting. Thankfully, they have done away with the ridiculous jetpacks and wall running, returning to more palatable dynamics. Black Ops 4 features “Blackout”, a battle royal mode much like the popular Fortnite format. In multiplayer mode, you get a mix of old and new soldiers, with most of the unique Specialists from Black Ops 3. The Zombie mode now features 3 time-travelers facing off against zombies. You can make the other 2 AI when playing by yourself as well. Let’s see how the world reacts to ditching the campaign mode in favor of the Blackout mode on October 12th.
Coming to PC, Xbox One and PS4 on November 14th, Fallout 76 is a step up from Fallout 4. The new installment is set in the same post-apocalyptic 50sesque open world but has one major difference. Fallout 76 is not a single player focused game like the previous ones but an open shared-world survival. In West Virginia, 25 years after the Great War, you are in a world with other survivors. You don’t necessarily have to play with them, but they will be out there hunting, gathering, and building. They can even launch nukes from silos all over the map. The new map is said to be 4 times bigger than Fallout 4 and will make an interesting non-single-hero setting.
War and Death were two of the most iconic characters from Darksiders 1 and 2 respectively. Now, the stage is set for the third Horseman (or Horsewoman) of The Apocalypse, Fury. The series made a blood-soaked name for itself with its unique blend of open-world exploration and bloody combat sequences. The larger-than-life but undoubtedly cool characters are the brainchild of comic artist Joe Madureira. Fury is different from the other 2 horsemen. She is more magic-focused and has a spiky whip as her weapon of choice. Get ready to fight angels, demons, and incarnations of the Seven Deadly Sins themselves. The release date is on November 27th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Going back to its WW2 roots, Battlefield 5 is full of large-scale, multiplayer skirmishes on land and in the air. You can choose your preferred class from Recon, Medic, Assault, and Support. Enter the battle and turn the tide, one spawning point at a time. A great change we can expect is that all classes can now revive fallen allies, not just Medics. You now have to seek out enemies yourself, with general areas highlighted by the spotting mechanic. Battlefield 5 focuses strongly on playing as a Squad. There will be a single story mode as well as the end of the Season Pass. Now there are Tide of Wars limited-time playable events, much like Fortnite.
I am someone who spends a lot of time browsing Xfinity double play Deals just for gaming needs. And I can confidently tell you I’m about to go AWOL for the rest of the year. Share your opinions of these games with us after you play them. Happy gaming!