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Hidden Gems: 5 Games To Be Excited To Play In 2018

There's a lot to look forward to this year.

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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Chris Pereira

Chris Pereira is GameSpot's engagement editor. He likes Twin Peaks, The X-Files (before it was bad), and serial commas.
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THANK YOU to every comment that mentioned games I haven't even heard of yet.

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A few of the ones I'm watching are Past Cure(out in the next week) and Light Fall(out next month).

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Remember kids: Big-name games does not mean good and small/indie games does not mean bad (sometimes)!

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It's a great sign when we get a list like this and then a bunch of comments adding even more great games. This is shaping up to be a great year in gaming.

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@olddadgamer: Agreed. Indies are where my true delights come from, and gamers sharing game mini-reviews is indeed what this SHOULD be all about.

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Once again, they forgot to include "They Are Billions" on the list.

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@Pyrosa: Well the list is meant to talk about hidden gems that are yet to release right? They are billions has gotten tons of exposure as an indie darling on steam and furthermore it even shows up on twitch streams too. In contrast I've not heard one word of ANY of these titles (maybe you have or others down below have). They are billions will probably show up among the best indie titles of this year though so look forward to that I suppose!

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"Even with something like Anthem being delayed out of 2018"

What an unmitigated tragedy!

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@PETERAKO: lol well said!

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Ghost of a tale is coming out this year and it looks amazing

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What about the hulk ultimate destruction 2 no ones talking about

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@spiddyman007: Hulk Ultimate Destruction was a huge surprise. Lot of fun.

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@lionheartssj1: we need a good hulk game. And not a lego or a capcom. Unless the capcom one does a good game like marvel superheroes 97. But I want a open world game where I can **** shit up

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Dead Cells

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not exactly new but it's finally leaving early acces this year

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Pixel Games, can i call it like that!?

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You forgot Toejam and Earl

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@chiefwiggum16: Haha, you must have been gutted when that got delayed. 90's psychedelia ftw!

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@gotrekfabian: Nah I've waited for so long I wouldnt mind if it was delayed until 2020. I just want it to be good, I still play the original and as a backer of the new one I just want it, complete and fun.

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Genital Jousting. That is all...

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Erm, no.