Upcoming Xbox One Games 2018: The titles to look out for

2017 may have been thin on the ground for Xbox One exclusives, but we’ve still had plenty of amazing games, and there’s more to come in 2018.

As well as a plethora of amazing Xbox One games, we also have the most powerful console on the market on the way in the form of Xbox One X. This console will not only trump its rival, the PS4 Pro, for horsepower, but also provide a lovely boost to games you already own. If you want to know the full list of Xbox One X enhanced games, click the link.

While we haven’t had a huge number of exclusives, there have been some pretty great ones in 2017, including Forza Motorsport 7 and Cuphead. Then there’s the likes of Middle Earth: Shadow of War, which, while also available on PS4, on Xbox it takes advantage of the Xbox Play Anywhere program, meaning digital purchases will also obtain a PC copy of the game.

So, without further delay, let’s dig into some of the biggest and best Xbox One games coming our way.

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Developer: Rare
Platform: Xbox One and PC

Anything created by Rare is usually a massive hit with us. And although we’ve not had a chance to get our hands on it yet, we’re already optimistic about Sea of Thieves.

Yo ho, yo ho a pirate’s life for me. Or it will be in Sea of Thieves anyway. You must decide what kind of pirate you want to be, crew up, and set sail on various voyages. This is a multiplayer game set on the big blue.

Like other games, this is a persistent multiplayer world where you’ll be battling (or avoiding) rival crews as you explore the world.

Pre-order at Amazon.co.uk from £44 | Amazon.com from $59.99

Expected release date: March 20, 2018

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Read the full Sea of Thieves review

Below

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Platform: Xbox One and PC
Developer: Capybara Games

Below is an unusual indie game that is centred around the concept of exploration. The game is still very mysterious, but you will play as an unnamed adventurer that arrives on a vast island in the middle of an endless ocean, dragging your little boat behind you.

Capybara Games won’t be there to hold your hand in this isolation either. The developer has said there won’t be any tutorials, text or heads-up display, so the exploration concept actually extends to the controls and systems themselves as well as the physical exploration of the island.

There’s definitely a Don’t Starve element to Below, but it’s also one of our most anticipated games of 2016.

Pre-order at Amazon.co.uk from £54.99

Expected release date: TBC 2018

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Crackdown 3

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Developer: Sumo Digital
Platform: Xbox One

Microsoft’s idea with Crackdown 3 is that you’ll “never look at another open-world game the same again”. This is a sandbox that positively encourages mayhem and destruction in a futuristic city.

Your task is to stop crime as a Agent of Justice with powerful super-abilities. And to do so you’ll need to create some mayhem.

There’s a cooperative mode and all new multiplayer where your ultimate weapon is destruction.

City, you’ve been warned.

Pre-order at Amazon.co.uk from £42.99 | Amazon.com from $59

Expected release date: Spring 2018

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Read the full Crackdown 3 review

State of Decay 2

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Developer: Undead Labs

Platform: Xbox One, Windows 10.

The original State of Decay was a surprisingly unique approach to the undead genre, forcing us to focus on survivors, base building and exploration rather than piling through thousands of zombies. Heck, sometimes it was better to avoid them altogether while scouring abandoned suburbs in search of supplies.

Once again developed by Undead Labs, State of Decay 2 continues the co-operative carnage from the first entry with an entirely new open-world. You and up to three friends can team up to build a community, gather supplies and fend off the undead menace. You’ll also need to protect each other whenever possible.

Microsoft is yet to show anything more of the game beyond a brief yet brilliant teaser trailer, so expect more info in 2017.

Expected release date: Early 2018

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Red Dead Redemption 2

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Developer: Rockstar

Red Dead Redemption 2 stands tall as one of 2017’s most anticipated titles. Rockstar has done a great job of building hype for the game, and its latest trailer has certainly got us excited to explore the Old West once again.

It’s a cross-platform title, but we’re pretty sure it’ll be one of the biggest sellers on every console it comes to, if the GTA V sales figures are anything to go by.

Release date: Spring 2018

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Metro Exodus

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Release Date: TBC 2018

One of Microsoft’s rabbits in the hat during E3 2017, Metro Exodus looked incredibly impressive in its gameplay debut, helped by the fact it was running to Xbox One X spec.

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Based on the third entry in the Metro novels, the game will finally see players leave the dark and dank subway tunnels for more open expanses. Enjoy the debut gameplay trailer to see what’s in store in the latest entry in the survival horror series:

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Far Cry 5

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Release Date: March 27, 2018

The latest entry in Ubisoft’s popular shooter franchise takes us to Hope County, Montana. This fictional province is packed with the usual array of dangerous mercenaries and hostile extremists wanting nothing but to hunt the player down with an array of lethal weapons.

Ubisoft is yet to reveal any specifics on Far Cry 5’s story, characters and gameplay, although we’re hoping it expands upon the existing formula while introducing some new and exciting additions. No dinosaurs, but it’ll do.

Anthem

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Release date: 2018

Announced at this year’s E3, Anthem is the next big thing from EA and Bioware, developers of Mass Effect and Dragon Age.

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Anthem is an open-world action-RPG set in a hostile alien world. Humanity has taken shelter inside a huge walled city to hide from the giant monsters that lie beyond, and it’s your job as a guardian of the people to venture beyond the wall and scout for resources.

We saw some extensive gameplay during the reveal, but with a game so early in development, it’s best to take the below footage with some healthy skepticism with exactly how much it will reflect the final product:

But coming from a studio like Bioware, there’s every reason to look forward to what this game can offer.

Release date: January 26, 2018

Capcom has opened the doors to its incredibly deep and complex beast-hunting RPG to create the perfect jumping-on point for fans new to the series.

With a much friendlier gameplay experience, improved tutorials and smoother gameplay, Monster Hunter World looks set to take an even bigger chunk of players by storm when it launches earlier next year.

Read the full Monster Hunter World review