Comic-Con (in San Diego, not New York) is just a few weeks away. Soon nerds of all levels of professionalism will descend upon California to learn more about hot new movies and TV shows along with the comic books they may have once been based on. Geek.com will of course have plenty of coverage, and our own MovieBob Chipman will even be on a few panels.

San Diego Comic-Con is a holy event for the dorky #brand entertainment that now runs the world. But video games are also very much a part of that entertainment, even if they aren’t always the biggest thing at this particular show. Since SDCC takes place in the period where the games industry is still recovering from E3, we never expect tons of bombshell announcements out of the show. But as a way for the public (who didn’t go to E3) to have a chance to play this fall’s hottest games, Comic-Con surprisingly delivers. Here are the games to check out at SDCC 2018.

Not Rocksteady’s Game

Rocksteady made a name for itself with the Batman Arkham trilogy, arguably the greatest series of video games based on a comic book character. It’s been three years since their last project, and everyone is expecting the successor to be another DC adaptation like Superman or Justice League. Unfortunately, we’ll just have to keep guessing for a little while longer as Rocksteady, after skipping E3, isn’t showing anything off at Comic-Con either.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The shining star of Nintendo’s somewhat light E3, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate brings together a cast of characters that frankly trumps even the wackiest comic book crossovers. SDCC attendees should get a chance to play it on the show floor but we’re hoping Nintendo goes the extra mile and announces a new character like Simon Belmont or Shrek.

Bandai Namco Fighting Games

Something tells us there’s a big overlap between Comic-Con patrons and folks who played too much Soul Calibur II back in the day. Maybe the common thread is Spawn? In any case Bandai Namco will showcase Soul Calibur VI at the event along with their other fighting games like the ever-improving Tekken 7, anime orgy Jump Force, and Dragon Ball FighterZ for Nintendo Switch.

Marvel Games

For once Marvel has a true-blue exciting AAA game coming out soon in the form of Sony/Insomniac’s Spider-Man out this September on PlayStation 4. So expect to see a ton of that at the show. Marvel says it has other games as well but we’re thinking that’ll mostly be mobile stuff, unless they remembered that Square Enix Avengers project is a thing.

Kingdom Hearts III

Speaking of Square Enix, half of the #brands that dominate SDCC now belong to Disney. So of course the long-awaited third entry in the beloved JRPG series starring Disney characters will be there. Kingdom Hearts III is coming next January, so the team can’t skip any chance to remind people it’s a real video game now and not a DeviantArt fever dream.

Resident Evil 2 Remake

Capcom has pretty much earned back all the goodwill it lost with the disastrous Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite thanks to how stunning the Resident Evil 2 Remake looks. Combining the story and atmosphere of rookie cop Leon S. Kennedy’s first adventure with the revamped gameplay of his follow-up masterpiece Resident Evil 4, this is a nightmare you shouldn’t sleep on.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

The biggest subtraction from this year’s Call of Duty is the removal of a single-player campaign. But the biggest addition is the battle royale mode. “Blackout” probably won’t be available in the SDCC demo of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. But there will be more than enough people wandering Hall H to act out your own massive battle royale matches until only one person is left standing.

Pokemon

Pokemon Let’s Go’s combination of simpler gameplay and Generation One nostalgia should be a big hit with Comic-Con visitors who mainly love Pokemon through outside media like toys and the anime. The Poke Ball Plus controller also totally looks like something someone would carry around at a con.

Funko Pops

There is an actual game in the works based on Funko Pops, that Gears of War Funko Pop game from E3. But right now we’re talking about the mountains of dead-eyed bobble head #brand toys you’ll see at Comic-Con based on video game characters and literally everything else. A SDCC 2018 exclusive is a version of Soldier 76 from Overwatch. Funko also just acquired the Pokemon license so that’s almost a thousand more of these things you can expect to see soon

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