New year, new apps, and that means some great new games coming to the Play Store. Every year mobile games get more sophisticated and graphically impressive, setting a new standard for mobile titles. Here's our pick of the most exciting games we're looking forward to playing in 2018.
We're always scouring the Play Store to bring you new top-quality games to enjoy. 2017 has been a good year for mobile gaming but 2018. Lately, we've been getting stuck into the action with Shadowgun Legends and PUBG Mobile. But as usual, bigger, better and more beautiful games are appearing on the horizon to suck our time away. Check out these promising titles that are gearing up to hit the Play Store in 2018.
Dragon Ball Legends
Bandai Namco has announced Dragon Ball Legends for Android and iOS, naturally with a tie-in to the cult anime series. The new mobile game will be a mash-up of a card game with more conventional fighting game mechanics. The trailer already gives us a peek at what to expect:
A treat for fans of the series, Dragon Ball Legends will also feature a brand new character designed by manga legend Akira Toriyama. While we don't know when the new game will release, it's already possible to pre-register on the Play Store.
HBO's Westworld was a captivating TV series, and soon the cyber- and cow- punk setting will be moseying on down to mobile, too. The Westworld game for iOS and Android is scheduled to launch this April and puts you into the role of a new employee at Westworld learning the ropes on a simulation.
Westworld rather gritty and mature aesthetic is toned down for the mobile game, which features colorful 2D characters. But that doesn't mean it won't engage with the more serious themes of the TV series. As a Westworld employee, you can create new, disposable life in the form of hosts, and learn how to make keep the guests (both cruel and benign) happy.
The Westworld mobile game is intended to be free-to-play with IAP, but we'll see if Warner Bros manage to strike a good balance. In the meantime, you can pre-register for the game here.
Fornite Battle Royale
Epic Games zombie-apocalypse building/survival game introduced a free-to-play battle royale mode that quickly stole the spotlight away from the main game. Cynics will point out this move came hot on the heels of PUBG's success, but Fornite's take on the genre is undeniably fun, with a vibe of its own.
It's specifically this battle royale mode that's going to come to Android and iOS, ready to compete with PUBG in the mobile arena. Even better, Fortnite on mobile will support cross-platform play, so you'll be playing the same game, same graphics, as those using PC and PS4, and be able to keep your game progression between devices.
This is exciting news to gamers frustrated by the scaled-down or piecemeal adaptions that we're used to seeing when a big name title comes to mobile. Epic has stated “Fortnite is the same 100-player game you know from PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac. Same gameplay, same map, same content, same weekly updates.”
Surprise! https://t.co/AXOXkhfriX— Wes Phillips (@WesPhillips) March 9, 2018
Even if you're on tenterhooks waiting for Fortnite Battle Royale to arrive on Android, then there's nothing to stop you from building your skills on any of the other platforms, including your home computer. Everything should carry over once the hit game becomes available on your phone. If you've got an iOS device, you can sign up for an invitation here.
Runescape may need no introduction for old-school RPG fans, as the popular massively multiplayer fantasy world has been a staple on desktop since 2001. Runescape has a huge and dedicated community that will no doubt welcome the opportunity to adventure on their mobile devices.
Mobile gamers shouldn't be afraid of diving straight in either, however, as this version of Runescape will be optimized with mobile devices in mind. In the video below, you can see Jagex studios explain how they are adapting their popular MMORPG for smaller touch screens.
Runescape may be old school, but it's earned its long lifespan through quality content and a great community, so don't be surprised if this turns out to be even more addictive than the flashier modern new MMOs on mobile right now.
Life is Strange Mobile
Life is Strange is a narrative choice-driven game centered around the protagonist's special ability to rewind time. Without spoiling too much, let's just say that gamers who are less focused on action and more into exploring an emotionally engaging story will really appreciate that this game is finally coming to mobile.
The game is already available to iPhone users but Life is Strange is scheduled to release for Android in early 2018. Something sweet to kick off the new year's gaming with, then. Be warned when taking this game out on your morning commute, you might just end up crying on the subway.
Contra is a classic video game franchise that's been around since the '80s, and has seen release on a variety of home and arcade machines. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a great history on mobile, with a remake of the original Contra being only briefly available outside of China before being pulled from the Play Store.
But there's still hope, as Contra: Return, Tencent and Konami and currently being tested in China, is slated for an eventual worldwide release. It boasts 3D graphics and huge bosses as well as the series' trademark insane firepower and classic 2-player mode.
Mobile gaming has never been better
It's shaping up to be a good year for Android games. These are the main titles we're looking forward to playing in 2018, but that's not all. Popular sports titles (hi there, FIFA 2018!) will get their new versions. Popular iOS games will be adapted to Android, and the retro-gaming scene will no doubt bring new ports to mobile, such as we're seeing with Sega Forever bringing back Genesis classics to the Play Store.
To keep up to date on the coolest games coming to the Play Store every month, bookmark our regularly updated best new games list.
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Many of our current favorites will continue to be updated and may get expansions, and there are no doubt going to be a few good surprises this year too!
What games are you looking forward to playing in 2018? Let us know in the comments!