Action! We all love it, and some of the best games have it, whether that takes the form of a bombastic shooter, sword-clashing melee fest, or good old-fashioned brawler. Action is one of the most universally beloved genres, so we’ve compiled a list of upcoming games that already have our adrenaline pumping. Rather than rank them, each game is arranged in chronological release order so you’ll know how long you’ll have to wait before you can get your hand on them. And hey, just because an action game didn’t make the cut doesn’t mean it won’t be worth a look! These are just the titles that, at a glance, raised our eyebrows the highest.
Ghostwire: Tokyo looks positively batty. Tokyo has been invaded by malevolent spirits unleashed by a masked occultist, and it’s up to you, an unknown superpowered man fighting to save his family, to stop them. Some of the abilities look like a trip, including an ethereal grapple line used to slingshot up buildings or to tether enemies and cast energy blasts to blow yokai to bits. We couldn’t tell you what’s actually happening, but the first-person combat looks awesome and a fascinating change of pace for Tango Game Works, which created The Evil Within series.
As cool as it is to clean up Gotham as Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, and Red Hood, the real reason we’re psyched about Gotham Knights boils down to three words: Court of Owls. Confronting this terrifying secret society in a video game is a dream come true for Batman fans, and it helps that the combat looks like a comparable, if not flashier, take on the stellar Arkham battle system. Punching our way through anything the Court throws alongside a buddy only sweetens this bat-tastic package.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel
This is the yet-to-be-named follow-up to one of the best games ever made. Of course, we’re amped to play it. Much of Link’s next adventure remains shrouded in mystery, but the tantalizing glimpses of gameplay have seized our attention. Link can use a portal to travel through surfaces, seemingly manipulate time, and explore a fractured floating landmass a la Skyward Sword. Whether Nintendo can one-up the original remains the biggest question, and we’re not entirely convinced the game makes it out this year. But believe us when we say we’ve crossed every finger and toe we’ve got in hopes the game accomplishes both goals.
Donut County creator Ben Esposito’s next game, Neon White, is intentionally aimed at a cult audience. Its anime-infused blend of Quake-style action and a strategic card system, along with a zany story of a Hell-born assassin killing his way into Heaven, doesn’t exactly scream mainstream. But if you’re a fan of speed-focused first-person action, classic anime like Cowboy Bebop or Trigun, and Japanese cult games like God Hand or Vanquish, Neon White should be a huge blip on your radar. It looks like a riot.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Rocksteady created one of the best combat systems of all time with its Batman: Arkham series, but we’re excited to see it shake things up in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. The game, which can be played alone or with up to three other teammates, functions as a frantic action shooter that resembles a superpowered Sunset Overdrive. Will we actually get to off Superman and Co.? Given the wild directions Rocksteady took Batman, anything is possible, which is why we’re so excited to see how things shake out.
Which action game on this list or otherwise are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments!
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