The 7 most anticipated games of 2018

UPDATED: These are the biggest games still coming this year

It's been a hell of a year for gaming, with massive releases like Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, Forza Horizon 4, and Spider-Man already in the rear view.

But it's not over yet. The holiday season is always jam-packed with big games, and while some of those have already shipped, the last few weeks still bring some seemingly must-play titles to Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Drawing up a Christmas list, or just trying to plot your gaming calendar for the next month? Here are the games we're still excited about that are coming before 2019 rolls around.

1) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Switch owners have been hyped about the prospect of a new Super Smash Bros. this year, and Nintendo took off the wraps at E3 – and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate looks like it will absolutely live up to its billing.

Ultimate is a new entry in the series, but it also feels like a best-of compilation: it'll feature every single fighter seen in the franchise to date, including past guest and DLC characters, along with newcomers like the Splatoon squid-kids and Ridley from Metroid. It'll support GameCube controllers and bring back the extra 8-player mode, as well. Ultimate Smash? Yeah, we'd say so.

Due: 7 December

2) Katamari Damacy Reroll

Platforms: Switch, PC

Katamari Damacy? Awesome. The Nintendo Switch? Also awesome. Putting both of them together? Yesssssssss.

In what's almost guaranteed to be a perfect pairing, Bandai Namco is porting the original, ultra-bizarre PlayStation 2 game to Switch with additional control options and some nips and tucks. As ever, this cult classic is all about rolling a ball of garbage that gradually grows larger and larger as you roll up food, furniture, animals, people, and maybe even buildings. It's a delight.

Due: 7 December

3) Gris

Platforms: Switch, PC

This might be the most beautiful game we've seen all year. Gris is an indie platformer about the titular character, a young girl who is recovering from a traumatic event. Her emotional growth is manifested in the game design, as the world expands along the way.

Developer Nomada Studio describes the game as being "free of danger, frustration, or death" – which means it's probably not for anyone seeking a tense gameplay challenge. But it still looks like a deeply compelling, and possibly evocative experience that we're looking forward to savouring.

Due: 13 December

4) Forza Horizon 4: Fortune Island Expansion

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

How great is Forza Horizon 4? We called it the "best racing game ever created," so yes, the idea of having more Forza to play right about now sounds pretty fantastic.

Luckily, Microsoft will deliver just that in December with the Fortune Island expansion. What we've seen so far reminds us of the Storm Island expansion from Forza Horizon 2, with plenty of inclement weather to battle amidst the tight turns and extremely varied terrain. Forza Horizon 4 is already huge on its own, but if you need more to play, you'll want to pick this up.

Due: 13 December

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5) Sega Mega Drive Classics

Platform: Switch

The idea of playing a load of Sega games on your Nintendo console might still feel uncomfortable to some old-school fans, but you'll probably want to bury that sensation when you see what Sega Mega Drive Classics has in store.

This Switch compilation features more than 50 Sega Mega Drive/Genesis games from the 16-bit glory days, including gems from the Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star, Shining Force, and Shinobi franchises along with plenty more. It's certainly one of the most value-packed Switch offerings you'll find right now.

Due: 6 December

6) PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Platform: PlayStation 4

Although overshadowed by Fortnite – and to some extent, at least briefly, by Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout mode – PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) was the original battle royale survival sensation. And after PC and Xbox One launches, it's finally coming to PlayStation 4.

PUBG puts a realistic military spin on the 100-player, open-world shootouts, challenging each player to use his or her cunning, wits, and weaponry to outlast the competition. If you're wearing thin on Fortnite, put PUBG on your PS4 wish list in December.

Due: 7 December

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7) Borderlands 2 VR

Platform: PlayStation VR

New Borderlands?! No, not quite: it's the same Borderlands 2 from several years back, but now the wild world of Pandora has been redesigned and reimagined to be experienced in virtual reality.

If you own the PlayStation VR headset, this is sure to be one of the must-play experiences for the rest of the year. It packs in the entire first-person shoot-and-loot experience, but it's now a single-player experience – losing co-op is the one obvious drawback of switching to VR.

Due: 14 December