What are the best upcoming PS4 games in 2018? There are a lot of them. Sony's console is now well and truly hitting its prime, so we're here to point you in the direction of the most promising games set to launch over the next 12 months. You might want to sit down -- this is a big list.

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: 
Bandai Namco
Release date: 19th January 2018

A followup to the rather good Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth which released in 2016, Hacker's Memory is another turn based RPG that promises more digital beasties to discover and train alongside an entirely new story.

Lost Sphear

Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Tokyo RPG Factory
Release date: 23rd January 2018

The second game by Japanese studio Tokyo RPG Factory, Lost Sphear is a traditional turn based RPG inspired by the classics. Much like I Am Setsuna, this is shaping up to be another solid and charming adventure.

Monster Hunter: World

Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Release date: 26th January 2018

We've been ranting and raving about Monster Hunter: World for months now. Capcom's going big and ambitious for the series' return to home consoles, and boy does it show. Weighty combat, dynamic environments, and lovely, lovely loot all play a part.

Dragon Ball FighterZ

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Arc System Works
Release date: 26th January 2018

Is it too much to suggest that Dragon Ball FighterZ could end up being the best Dragon Ball fighting game of all time? No, we don't think it is. Everything we've seen of FighterZ so far suggests an incredibly polished, unbelievably good looking brawler.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT

Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Team Ninja
Release date: 30th January 2018

Final Fantasy's crossover brawler is back, and it's looking good. Heroes and villains from across the series battle it out in a kind of RPG-fighter hybrid combat system, and it's every bit as flashy as you'd imagine.

Shadow of the Colossus

Publisher: Sony
Developer: Bluepoint Games
Release date: 6th February 2018

Bluepoint looks set to do it again with another top notch remake/remaster project. Rebuilt from the ground up, this is the current-gen rebirth of an undeniable classic. Slay giant creatures known as colossi while exploring a strange, atmospheric land.

Dynasty Warriors 9

Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Developer: Omega Force
Release date: 13th February 2018

Dynasty Warriors is going open world, and we're hoping that Omega Force can pull it off. Aside from its structure, this is set up to be your typical musou romp, complete with a gigantic character roster and huge battlefields swamped in soldiers.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Publisher: Warhorse Studios
Developer: Warhorse Studios
Release date: 13th February 2018

An ambitious open world RPG that focuses on realistic medieval combat and none of that magical fantasy nonsense, Kingdom Come could turn out to be something special if it can bear the weight of the expectations that it's set for itself.

Metal Gear Survive

Publisher: Konami
Developer: Konami
Release date: 20th February 2018

It may be destined to be torn apart by Metal Gear fans, but based purely on what we've seen of the game in action, Metal Gear Survive looks, you know, kind of decent. That Fox Engine still looks fantastic, and the title's survival elements are intriguing.

Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Dimps
Release date: 23rd February 2018

With a bigger budget and a longer development cycle, Fatal Bullet may just take Sword Art Online adaptations to a new level. Playing as your own custom hero, you'll shoot, loot, and make friends with all the cute anime girls you could ever dream of.

Devil May Cry HD Collection

Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Release date: 13th March 2018

Stuffing the original Devil May Cry trilogy into one stylish package, this HD Collection returns for the second generation in a row. Fans know exactly what to expect, so we'll just go ahead and say that the superb Devil May Cry 3 still hasn't been topped.

Attack on Titan 2

Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Developer: Omega Force
Release date: 15th March 2018

Make sure that your blades are sharpened, because another wave of titans are coming to PS4. A sequel to the reasonably well received Attack on Titan: Wings of Freedom, Attack on Titan 2 promises more of just about everything.

Yakuza 6

Publisher: SEGA
Developer: SEGA
Release date: 20th March 2018

The first game in SEGA's long running series to use the current-gen, updated Dragon Engine, Yakuza 6 certainly looks the part. Supposedly the end of protagonist Kazuma Kiryu's story, expect over-the-top Japanese drama, bone-crunching combat, and a riveting storyline.

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Level-5
Release date: 23rd March 2018

Picture perfect to look at, Ni no Kuni II is coming to whisk us off to a fantasy world full of amazing sights and wondrous creatures. Replacing the turn based combat of the first game with an action-oriented system, Revenant Kingdom isn't playing it especially safe, but everything we've seen of it so far suggests another masterful RPG.

A Way Out

Publisher: EA
Developer: Hazelight
Release date: 23rd March 2018

Innovative narrative co-op from the creator of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons tells a prison break story from a unique split-screen perspective. Buying one copy will allow you to share with a friend.

Far Cry 5

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft
Release date: 27th March 2018

A political statement on the current American climate or another open world rife with towers to takeover? Far Cry 5 is guaranteed fun either way.

MLB The Show 18

Publisher: Sony
Developer: SCE San Diego Studio
Release date: 27th March 2018

Sony’s flagship baseball franchise returns, with the all-important cover slot favouring New York Yankees hotshot Aaron Judge over World Series winners the Houston Astros.

Tennis World Tour

Publisher: Bigben Interactive
Developer: 
Breakpoint Studios
Release date: 
2018 2018

The team behind Top Spin is back with an all-new animation driven interpretation of gaming’s most underrepresented sport.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: 
Project Aces
Release date: 
2018

Bandai Namco’s most melodramatic military series takes off for the first time on PS4, with an all-new campaign and PlayStation VR exclusive missions.

ANTHEM

Publisher: EA
Developer: 
BioWare
Release date: 
2018

Goodbye Mass Effect, hello... ANTHEM? Publisher EA seems to be pouring the big bucks into BioWare's next project -- a sci-fi co-op shooter that's potentially going toe-to-toe with Destiny. Only time will tell if it can put up a fight.

BioMutant

Publisher: THQ Nordic
Developer: 
X101
Release date: 
2018

A strange looking action RPG in which you play as a furry little creature who can wield oversized weapons, BioMutant could be a surprise hit.

Code Vein

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: 
Bandai Namco
Release date: 
2018

We hate writing this, but there's no easier way to describe Code Vein: it's basically anime Dark Souls. Bloody, deliberate combat, crazy weaponry, and more dodgy looking monsters than you can shake a stylish anime haircut at.

Darksiders III

Publisher: THQ Nordic
Developer: Gunfire Games
Release date: 2018

Hell hath no Fury like… Well, Fury scorned. The long-awaited third chapter in the beloved Darksiders franchise promises to whip up a frenzy – quite literally, as the protagonist is armed with all sorts of items you’d ordinarily associate with an Ann Summers store.

Days Gone

Publisher: Sony
Developer: 
Sony Bend
Release date: 
2018

Fresh from a stint as Sony’s best handheld developer, Bend Studio will once again return to the bosom of console development with Days Gone, a post-apocalyptic adventure with an ambitious, emergent gameplay format.

Detroit: Become Human

Publisher: Sony
Developer: 
Quantic Dream
Release date: 
2018

Quantic Dream’s latest sees the Parisian developer return to the branching narrative of Heavy Rain, as a futuristic America reacts to the emergence of android slaves, who themselves are discovering what it means to be alive.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

Publisher: Square Enix

Developer: Square Enix
Release date: 
2018

The proud and noble Dragon Quest, back on a Sony home console once again. Japan's most beloved RPG series, the mainline Dragon Quest games have never cast aside their traditional structure and gameplay design -- and for good reason.

Dragon's Crown Pro

Publisher: Atlus
Developer: 
Vanillaware
Release date: 
2018

A remaster of one of the PS3 and Vita's greatest action RPGs, Dragon's Crown Pro brings super polished dungeon crawling to a new generation. Co-op enabled, with cross-play and cross-save functionality. What more could you want?

Dreams

Publisher: Sony
Developer: 
Media Molecule
Release date: 
2018

Media Molecule builds upon the foundations of its Play Create Share format with an imagination simulation so unprecedentedly ambitious it promises to let you create practically anything. The mind boggles.

Erica

Publisher: Sony
Developer: Flavourworks
Release date: 2018

The spirit of SEGA CD lives on with a PlayLink-powered FMV oddity. A murder mystery with a surprisingly tactile world, every action has a consequence in this complicated live action adventure.

Fist of the North Star

Publisher: SEGA
Developer: 
SEGA
Release date: 
2018

Developed by the same team that crafts the fantastic Yakuza series, Fist of the North Star adapts the classic manga and anime franchise of the same name.

God of War

Publisher: Sony
Developer: 
SCE Santa Monica Studio
Release date: 
2018

Kratos is back, and he's got a big bloody axe. The God of War's taking on Norse mythology this time around, as he takes his weedy son on a long and presumably epic journey. We reckon the change in direction is exactly what the series needs.

Jurassic World Evolution

Publisher: Frontier Developments
Developer: Frontier Developments
Release date: 2018

A park builder with a licensed theme, Jurassic World Evolution will allow you to live out a macabre fantasy, and place the toilet blocks right next door to the T-Rex enclosure.

Knights and Bikes

Publisher: Foam Sword
Developer: Foam Sword
Release date: 2018

From the brilliant mind of Tearaway maker Rex Crowle and company comes Knights & Bikes, a beautiful crowd-funded effort set in '80s England.

Lost Soul Aside

Publisher: Yang Bing
Developer: Yang Bing
Release date: 2018

With the character action genre underrepresented on new-gen systems, viral sensation Lost Soul Aside aims to bring back the combo-orientated combat of the PS2 era. This one's in production as part of Sony’s China Hero Project, which is helping local Chinese developers bring their games to PS4.

Mega Man 11

Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Release date: 2018

The blue bomber returns in this long awaited side-scrolling revival – a sequel which promises to come good on everything that Mighty No. 9 said it would.

Metro: Exodus

Publisher: Deep Silver
Developer: 4A Games
Release date: 2018

An ambitious sounding entry in the already established Metro series, Exodus is, of course, striving to be both bigger and bolder than its predecessors. That means larger environments and more creepy mutants than ever before.

Moonlighter

Publisher: 11 Bit Studios
Developer: Digital Sun
Release date: 2018

Lovely to look at and packed with promise, Moonlighter sees you take on the role of a shopkeeper who, at night, has a habit of delving into dungeons and procuring trinkets that can then be sold once the sun comes up.

My Time at Portia

Publisher: Pathea Games
Developer: Pathea Games
Release date: 2018

My Time at Portia looks to offer up an open-ended RPG adventure, where you can form friendships with townsfolk, explore dangerous dungeons, and take on tough monsters.

Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Bandai Namco
Release date: 2018

A team-based brawler with an emphasis on online play and character creation, Shinobi Striker should offer a slightly different take on the property's ninja action.

Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night

Publisher: Atlus
Developer: Atlus
Release date: 2018

Taking the characters of Persona 3 and throwing them into the infectiously fun Dancing All Night formula, Dancing Moon Night's set to be one heck of a party.

Persona 5: Dancing Star Night

Publisher: Atlus
Developer: Atlus
Release date: 2018

Taking the characters of Persona 5 and throwing them into the infectiously fun Dancing All Night formula, Dancing Star Night's set to be one heck of a party. What? Of course we were going to just copy and paste that.

Rainbow Skies

Publisher: eastasiasoft
Developer: SideQuest Studios
Release date: 2018

A followup to well received loot-heavy RPG Rainbow Moon, Rainbow Skies is looking to expand. More quests, more combat, and more over-the-top techniques.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Publisher: Rockstar
Developer: Rockstar
Release date: 2018

The long awaited sequel is set to take us back to the Wild West in 2018. Taking place when Dutch's gang cast a shadow of fear across the land, lead character Arthur Morgan is a new face, and no doubt Rockstar has plenty of surprises up its sleeve for the game's gritty story.

Shenmue III

Publisher: Deep Silver
Developer: Ys Net
Release date: 2018

The next chapter in a story that fans have waited over 15 years (and multiple console generations) to be concluded. Shenmue III won’t reveal the end of Ryo Hazuki’s saga, but Guilin will provide the backdrop for his pursuit of Lan Di.

Skull & Bones

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft
Release date: 2018

Ripping the enjoyable naval battles straight out of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and building an entire online game around them, Skull & Bones will want to catch the wind and avoid sinking right from the start.

SoulCalibur VI

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Bandai Namco
Release date: 2018

A tale of souls and swords, eternally retold. Or just about, at least. SoulCalibur VI returns to the series' roots, retelling and adding to the events of the first game. Running on Unreal Engine 4 and borrowing tech from Tekken 7, fingers crossed that this is the return to form the franchise needs.

Spider-Man

Publisher: Sony
Developer: Insomniac Games
Release date: 2018

A blockbuster of colossal proportions if Insomniac can get it right, Spider-Man could be the stuff of dreams for fans of the web-slinging hero.

Strange Brigade

Publisher: Rebellion
Developer: Rebellion
Release date: 2018

A 1930s-themed co-operative shooter sees Rebellion lend its four-player chops to a bizarrely imaginative setting, filled with fantasy foes and stiff upper-lips.

The Banner Saga 3

Publisher: Stoic
Developer: Stoic
Release date: 2018

The third chapter in Stoic's narrative-driven tactical RPG series, events are determined by player choice. Previous entries have been engaging tales indeed.

The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker

Publisher: Wales Interactive
Developer: D'Avekki Studios
Release date: 2018

Pitched as a Lovecraftian murder mystery, The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker sees you quizzing a complex cast of psychiatric patients, trying to get to the bottom of the titular doc’s demise.

Valkyria Chronicles 4

Publisher: SEGA
Developer: SEGA
Release date: 2018

Valkyria Chronicles back on a big screen? Yes please. Valkyria Chronicles 4 looks to erase the stain left by the misguided Valkyria Revolution and deliver the true home console sequel to the original that we've always wanted.

Vampyr

Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Developer: DONTNOD Entertainment 
Release date: 2018

An action RPG that sees you assume the role of a blood thirsty shrink, Vampyr will challenge you with murderous moral decisions. Your affliction deems that you must feast on your fellow humans – but who will be your victims and why?


So, which PS4 games are you most looking forward to in 2018? Raise some expectations in the comments section below.