There’s a lot of meaty games due to hit store shelves this year.

Highly anticipated games such as “Red Dead Redemption 2,” “Kingdom Hearts III,” Marvel’s “Spider-Man,” the reimagined “God of War” and “Far Cry 5” — to name a few. We’re three years into the current generation of consoles, and game developers are finally hitting their stride with the relatively new technology.

But there’s also a litany of less advertised, more obscure games coming out for the big three consoles that have me equally excited. Here's a few I'm keeping my eye on.

"A Way Out" for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Release set for March 23.

Like most boys, I've always fantasized about a daring prison break. I wrote a story for my fifth grade English class detailing such an escape and called it "No Way Out," not realizing there was a 1987 Kevin Costner film by the same title.

Costner's film isn't about a prison break, but I liked my story better.

"A Way Out" emulates that fantasy, with a twist. You have to play it with another person, either in split screen or online, and you have to work together to survive. While the game’s early sections will focus on completing an elaborate prison break, later levels will cast both players as fugitives.

Every criminal needs an accomplice, which is why I inserted my best friend into my 10 page story. My wife will be my partner in crime this time, and we'll do what we have to do to escape. No prisoners.

"Detroit: Become Human" for the PlayStation 4. Release set for sometime in 2018.

Based on the paltry attendance at the local theater, I'm guessing my wife and I were two of about 50 Iowans who went to see "Blade Runner 2049." The low box office figures reflected that indifference on a national basis.

That's too bad. Next to "Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri," it was my favorite film of the year.

I have no doubt that "Detroit: Become Human" — an adventure game about a group of androids trying to rebel against an abusive society — will be trite in comparison. The always controversial programmer David Cage considers himself a video game auteur of the highest magnitude, despite his ham-fisted writing style and transparent plot twists.

But I'm going to play it anyway. While Cage may be lacking for writing skills, he's a master of creating believable, modern-day worlds you can breathe in. Cage is at his best in the quiet moments of game, and his work often sport the best graphics of the current console generation.

"Detroit: Become Human" likely will be an overly obvious, shark-jumping tribute to sci-fi authors like Isacc Asimov and Phillip K. Dick. Regardless, it likely will be good fun, and too much of a spectacle to ignore.

"Freedom Planet 2" for the PC and various consoles. Release set for sometime in  2018.

I did my best to keep sequels off this list, but odds are, you've never heard of the first Freedom Planet. Despite it being one of my favorite games of 2015.

A 2D "Sonic the Hedgehog" clone in everything but name and character design, the original "Freedom Planet" exponentially. expanded on Sonic's multi-layered  level design. That resulted in side-scrolling levels that often lasted as long as 25 minutes. Even the admittedly superior "Sonic Mania," which made my Top 20 list for 2017, can't compare to that girth.

Other than the title and brief announcement, I know nothing about "Freedom Planet 2." But more of the same would be plenty fine with me.

"Shenmue III" for the PlayStation 4. Release set for sometime in 2018.

This crowd-funded sequel to the cult favorite "Shenmue" series looks shaky at best. No game play footage has been revealed, and the brief tech demo sported graphics comparable to the Dreamcast release of the first game — which came out way back in 1999.

I didn't mind the retro look, but a lot of gamers do. Series producer and director Yu Suzuki was able to raise $6.6 million for production, which is well short of his original goal of $10 million.

The original "Shenmue" is  one of my favorite games from the past 20 years, but the Xbox sequel (a fun, solid effort) practically killed the franchise with it's lack of buzz. Ever since, rabid fans like me have been praying for a miracle sequel.

I don't care if Shenmue lives up to the hype. The wandering beat-em-up/ role playing game sub-genre has already been greatly improved by the "Yakuza" series.

Just don't let it be terrible. I'm too emotionally involved with the series to see it fade into oblivion again.

"The Wolf Among Us" Season 2 for PC, consoles and mobile. Release set for sometime in 2018.

No studio has a better knack for juggling ongoing projects than TellTale games. By simplifying the mechanics of the classic point-and-click puzzle genre into more of an interactive movie, the studio has managed to create a series of licensed properties ("Back to the Future," Jurassic Park," "Game of Thrones," "Walking Dead") that are actually compelling.

While most of the media focus will be on the fourth and final season of "The Walking Dead" this year, I'm more excited about the follow-up to their 2013 classic "The Wolf Among Us." Based on the "Fables" comic book series, the game drops major fairy tale characters such Snow White and the Three Little Pigs into a gritty, urban setting.

The characters themselves have adapted to his new lifestyle, often coming across as crass and rude as the humans they used to entertain.

Whatever you do, don't get those little pigs drunk.