Even with something like Anthem being delayed out of 2018, this year still has a ton of big-name games coming--Red Dead Redemption 2, Far Cry 5, a new Battlefield, and perhaps Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. But there are countless other, lesser-known games that are plenty deserving of your attention, too.
In the video above, we've highlighted five such games. One of these, Celeste, is actually already available; the stellar platformer is out now on Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It's well worth a look--as our Celeste review states, "[Madeline's] tale is delicately told and beautifully illustrated, confidently coalescing with the satisfying, empowering game it lies within. Not bad for a game about climbing a mountain."
Looking further ahead this year, games like Donut County, Way of the Passive Fist, Wattam, and The Gardens Between look like exciting releases. We've spent time with each of these previously, and the video above dives into what makes each of them notable. If that's not enough, we have an even more extensive rundown on the biggest hidden gems of 2018, which covers a wide variety of genres and styles.
To get a look at the bigger games releasing this year, we have roundups of the most anticipated PS4 games, Xbox One games, PC games, and Switch games. We've also broken down lists for all the Xbox One exclusives, PS4 exclusives, PC exclusives, and Switch exclusives.
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