2018 has already been a great year for games, and it's showing no signs of letting up, with even more good stuff on the way in 2019. The likes of Monster Hunter: World and God of War have already blown us away over the last few months, and we've still got Fallout 76, Battlefield V, and Spider-Man on the way later this year - to name just a few.
It's exhausting trying to keep up with all the new releases on the way, so we've decided to do the hard work for you and round up all of the biggest and best games on the way this year, next year, and even a few that might be further off than that. We've done our best to include games from across all the main consoles and PC, listed in release date order.
This PlayStation 4 exclusive sees the wall-crawling webslinger swing into New York City as its overrun with his rogue's gallery of foes in a setup more than a little reminiscent of Rocksteady's Arkham games. Still, that's no bad influence to have, and everything we've seen of Insomniac's take on Spidey looks fantastic: fluid combat, dynamic webslinging, and the inclusion of Miles Morales, who might well get up to some Spider-y antics himself.
Find out more about the Spider-Man game.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
The third entry in the rebooted Tomb Raider trilogy sees Lara Croft finally earn the title of 'tomb raider' (though we're not sure how rigorous the accreditation procedures are for that sort of thing) in a game that looks as dark as its title implies. Stealth gameplay has been made more complex, the tombs and crypts are bigger than ever, and the story promises to challenge Lara's role in vandalising ancient burial sites and fiddling about with magical artifacts.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy
Spyro the Dragon is back, arriving on modern consoles in a crisp HD remastering of the original PlayStation trilogy - though this time he'll be appearing on Xbox One too. All three original games are included in this new package, which has entirely revamped graphics, soundtrack, and UI, while trying to preserve the original gameplay as much as possible.
Get the latest news on the Spyro remastered trilogy.
The annual FIFA refresh is on the way, this time bringing with it a fairly major new addition: the UEFA Champions League, after rival franchise Pro Evo lost the license. Story mode The Journey will also return, with what's being described as the conclusion to Alex Hunter's journey through the ranks of professional football.
Forza Horizon 4
Race through scenic Britain across all four seasons in the latest entry in this arcadey Forza spin-off series. This is more silly than simulation, but it still boasts near-photorealistic graphics and a fleet of supercars, which you'll use to drive around the massive open world and take part in races and missions - all online in a shared environment with other players.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey
It feels like it was only last year that the Assassin's Creed producers discovered the benefits of taking a year out, with the critically acclaimed Assassin's Creed Origins. That's because it was last year, and yet here we are again with Odyssey, due out just 12 months later. That might ring alarm bells, but everything we've seen of the ancient Greek game actually looks pretty brilliant, and it was enough to convert even an AC sceptic when we went hands-on at E3.
Find out more about what to expect from the next Assassin's Creed.
The world's biggest wrestling game franchise is back with its latest annual edition, this time with a new cover star: AJ Styles. Expect close to 200 WWE superstars in the game, along with the usual bevy of different modes and tournaments.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
A new Call of Duty has long been an annual event, but that doesn't make it any less exciting for fans of the series. After last year's detour into a historical setting, Black Ops 4 is back to the familiar near-future warfare of the modern setting. There are two changes here though: first up, there's no single-player campaign at all, with an exclusive multiplayer focus. Second, and more predictably, there's a battle royale mode to tap into the recent popularity of PUBG and Fortnite.
Battlefield V sees the series jump from the First World War to the Second, for yet another attempt to ramp the giant scale shooter up even further. Expect huge multiplayer battles, an episodic single-player campaign, and (sigh) a battle royale mode. Plus proper character customisation, which detracts ever so slightly from the claims to historical accuracy (lot of katanas in WWII Norway, were there?), but does at least look fun.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar is back with the long-awaited sequel to its GTA in the Wild West classic. It's been rumoured, leaked, and delayed so many times that we've lost count - and the company has still kept its cards very close to its chest about exactly what the game will be like. We've just got to trust that it's probably going to be totally brilliant.
Find out more about Red Dead Redemption 2.
No, it's not Fallout 5 - and no, you didn't skip a few along the way. This Fallout spin-off is a slight departure for the series, taking the single-player experience online and into a shared open world. That means you'll meet other players as you roam the wasteland, though with small servers Bethesda promises the classic Fallout experience won't be too different - even if it does mean total strangers trolling you with nukes.
Find out more about Fallout 76.
Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Here's another game shaking its series up. The first two proper Pokémon games on the Switch play with the formula in loads of ways. These remakes of the original Red/Blue/Green/Yellow games have upgraded graphics, customisable characters, and let the titular Pokémon follow you around the map. Even more than that though, the catching mechanic has been completely replaced with a Pokémon Go system based on motion controls - though you'll still have the old school combat when you fight other trainers.
Just Cause 4
One of E3's biggest surprises this year was the announcement of Just Cause 4, the return of Square Enix's open-world destruction franchise. You'll have to traverse a massive South American map with varying climates and extreme weather conditions including tornadoes and blizzards, all while you battle mercenaries and generally cause violent chaos and destruction. Sign us up.
Find out the latest Just Cause 4 news.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The next iteration of the Super Smash Bros. franchise looks set to live up to its name, including every single fighter and stage from every single iteration of the game - along with a few new ones of its own. Combat has been fine-tuned since the popular Wii U version, but it still plays similarly, so this doesn't quite feel like a brand-new game - but it still could be the best version of Smash yet.
Resident Evil 2
After reinventing Resi with Resident Evil 7, Capcom has gone way back to the second game, which is getting a full remake treatment in early 2019. Using the same engine as RE7, the publisher has rebuilt the game from the ground-up, with a new camera angle, new puzzles, and (hopefully) even more intense horror as Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield fight to survive and escape Raccoon City's zombie outbreak.
Check out the latest news about the Resident Evil 2 remake here.
Kingdom Hearts 3
More than a decade on from Kingdom Hearts 2, the third main game in Square Enix's Disney/Final Fantasy mash-up franchise is finally almost here. You'll travel between various different Disney worlds - including the likes of Pixar, Frozen, and Pirates of the Caribbean - as you face off against the Heartless and various anime baddies with very slick hair.
BioWare's first game since the poorly received Mass Effect: Andromeda sees it return to sci-fi with a fresh franchise: an online shooter that hopes to rival the likes of Destiny and The Division. Played in third-person, Anthem looks gorgeous, boasts some of the best flight controls we've ever tried, and from what we've seen includes more combat tactics and enemy varieties than its closest rivals.
2019's first big PS4 exclusive, Days Gone is another post apocalyptic survival game, in which you'll have to navigate a world overrun with zombie-like infected, as well as humans who could prove just as deadly. Expect it to be grim 'n' gritty throughout, which all sounds pretty familiar, but there is one novel twist: a mechanic that allows you to lead hordes of zombies into enemy camps, to pit your enemies against each other.
Check out everything we know about Days Gone.
The third game in the Metro series, this post-apocalyptic FPS is set in a Russia long since ravaged by nuclear war. As you work your way through the game you'll face off against not just other humans but also some pretty gnarly looking mutated wildlife, in a game that balances action with stealth, tactics, and horror.
Crackdown 3 has been delayed so much that we weren't sure it was coming at all, but it now looks to be on track for a February release. This cartoonish action game features destructible everything, along with the voice of Terry Crews, and promises to be a big load of daft, violent fun.
Read the latest on Crackdown 3 here.
The Division 2
The Division 2 - or Tom Clancy's The Division 2 if you want to be fussy - is the return of Ubisoft's politically tinged Destiny rival. Set in a near future dystopian US, this sequel moves the action from New York to Washington DC, while adding in deeper tactical options, class-style specialisations, and probably a whole load of new drab brown clothing options.
It's the sequel that basically no-one was asking for, but Rage 2 actually looks sort of great. Bethesda's upcoming open-world shooter looks gleefully nasty, with over-the-top action, an assortment of mad vehicles, and a neon Mad Max aesthetic. Bethesda has been on a roll recently, so we have very high hopes for this one too.
Following up from the events of 2016's Doom, Doom Eternal looks to offer much of the same - and that's no bad thing. Doom Eternal is the fast-paced, ultra-violent sequel that everyone has been waiting for, and boasts a larger roster of Hellish enemies, more weapons and new mechanics that'll change the way that you play Doom games forever. Oh, and the introduction of a new game mode that puts online players in your single-player campaign as Demons is coming too. Sounds fun, right?
CD Projekt Red is going big with its follow-up to The Witcher trilogy: a massive open-world, first-person, cyberpunk sci-fi game based on a cult tabletop RPG. Known about for years but only revealed for the first time at E3 2018, Cyberpunk looks like one of the most ambitious RPGs ever made, combining dense progression systems, branching narratives, and fast-paced FPS combat into one sprawling whole. We're ready to move to Night City now, please.