Your Guide to the 10 Biggest and Most Anticipated Games in 2019Dec 30, 2018 | 1 Votes by Mikhail 10 rate The year 2019 is starting to look like a fantastic year for gaming with many upcoming titles. Let’s take a look at some of its biggest and most anticipated games.
Boy oh boah, was 2018 a fantastic year for the gaming industry. Singleplayer experiences took the spotlight. It brought us a reimagined Kratos in God of War, and Arthur Morgan’s story in Red Dead Redemption 2. These two are followed by Madeline’s story in Celeste and Alexios/Kassandra’s odyssey in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey.
Not to be outdone, games like Monster Hunter, Fortnite, and recently, Super Smash Brothers made waves in the ocean of games.
No matter how you look at it, 2018 is hard to live up to. Fortunately, 2019 promises to be as epic. It’ll have many big-name titles with some releasing in the first quarter of the year. There are dozens of games to be excited for, and we’ve compiled 10 of the biggest ones you should look forward to.
Kingdom Hearts III
Release date and platform/s: January 29 - PS4, Xbox One
If we were narrow this list down to top five, Kingdom Hearts III would be in it. It’s been 14 years since Kingdom Hearts 2 which explains the anticipation. However, this Square/Disney mix’s plot is as convoluted as an unassembled jigsaw puzzle. If it’s your first experience, you’d want to keep up with the events.
Nevertheless, you’d want to get into the hack ‘n’ slash action while wielding the keyblade as Sora with Mickey, Donald, and Goofy. You’ll also get to explore Disney worlds like Olympus (in Hercules), The Carribean (in Pirates of the Carribean), and the Big Hero and Toy Story worlds.
Resident Evil 2 Remake
Release date and platform/s: January 25 - PC, PS4, Xbox One
The original Resident Evil 2 was released in January 1998 and 20 years later, its remade version will take to the shelves. If you’ve played the original, then you’ll be able to explore the zombie-infested streets of Raccoon City not in pixelated graphics, but in high-definition. Oh, and who wouldn’t want to play as the rookie cop version of Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield again?
The Last of Us Part II
Release date and platform/s: 2019 - PlayStation 4
The Last of Us by Naughty Dog is arguably one of the scariest, heart-wrenching, yet beautiful and refined gaming experiences in the past two decades. Part II is set five years after the first game, and you’ll get to play as an older Ellie. This time though, she’ll be at odds with a mysterious and violent cult. Judging from how the first game was so well-received, it’s no surprise that expectations for the 2nd are at an all-time high.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
Release date and platform/s: January 18 - PC, PS4, Xbox One
After years in the making, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown will finally take to the skies in January. In a way, it acts as a sequel to Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War. It features references from the previous games and takes place in the same universe. Countries like Osea and the Kingdom of Erusea will take the center stage once again. You’ll play as Trigger, a new protagonist, and will likely square off against Mihaly, a grizzled veteran pilot who may - or may not be - a returning character.
If you love games with a deep, engaging story with political and philosophical themes, this game should be on top of your list. Oh and yes… burn Osea to the ground and Belka did nothing wrong
Ghost of Tsushima
Release date and platform/s: 2019 - PlayStation 4
Sucker Punch is known for the Sly Cooper and Infamous series. Ghost of Tsushima is its newest IP and is a far cry from its other projects. As its name suggests, it is set on the island of Tsushima between Japan and Korea and takes place during the Mongol invasion of Japan. It is strikingly beautiful, featuring the famed samurai and the fearsome Mongol hordes.
Release date and platform/s: February 22 - PC, PS4, Xbox One
Online multiplayer games have been EA’s forte, although they haven’t had a good reputation because of their questionable practices. Anthem, developed by BioWare (Dragon Age Inquisition and the disastrous Mass Effect Andromeda), seeks to change things for the better. Here, you’ll wear a “javelin exosuit” that makes you fight like Ironman and team up with up to three players. Here, you’ll fly around or dive into the underwater world and unleash waves of explosive attacks against gigantic enemies in fast-paced and adrenaline-fueled battles.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Release date and platform/s - Spring 2019 - Nintendo Switch
Fire Emblem is one of Nintendo’s best-selling IPs. This tactical strategy RPG will be the first on the Nintendo Switch, making it the first FE game on mainstream consoles since Radiant Dawn. Details are sparse, but it features detailed graphics, characters leading armies of their own (instead of fighting alone), and a new world called Fodlan. It has three main protagonists: Edelgard, Claude, and Dmitri.
Release date and platform/s: 2019 - PS4
One of the reasons why Death Stranding is so highly-anticipated is nobody outside of the development process knows what it is. We’ve watched the trailers countless times and it left us questioning our sanity. This is the first project of Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima (under Kojima Productions) who has a knack for mindblowing concepts and queer storytelling. Here, you’ll play as Norman Reedus’ character, and the game will revolve around the concept of life and death.
Release date and platform/s - April 26, PS4
Facing many delays, Days Gone is finally arriving early this year. The action-adventure game features biker gangs and large zombie hordes set two years after a pandemic almost wiped out the human race. The “Freakers”, which are this game’s version of zombies, are said to evolve and even include animals and attack en masse. Apart from the undead, you’ll also get to fight deranged human enemies and ride a motorbike.
Unnamed Next-gen Pokemon Game
Release date and platform/s - 2019 - Nintendo Switch
To clarify, Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee and Pikachu were stopgaps and are not part of the main Pokemon series. Gen 8 will arrive in 2019, likely featuring a new region and Pokemon. Details are sparse, but as always, Game Freak will definitely deliver.
Other games that deserve a playthrough in 2019 include:
- Rage 2 - sequel to Rage and developed by Avalanche Studios
- Jump Force - a 3D fighting game featuring Jump Comics characters like Naruto, Son Goku, Deku, and Monkey D. Luffy
- The Outer Worlds - a new IP by Obsidian Entertainment. It is a sci-fi action RPG and FPS set in the far corners of a certain galaxy.
- Metroid Prime 4 - the next installment of Samus Aran’s foray into space
- Animal Crossing for the Nintendo Switch - the next installment of the Animal Crossing series.
- Far Cry: New Dawn - set 20 years after the events of Far Cry 5. It takes place in the same place (Montana) with major modifications.
So, what are some of the games you’re looking forward to in 2019? Regardless of what they are, we’re sure your list of games to play will continue to grow and you’ll have lots of fun with them. We can’t wait for what the next year holds for gaming and so should you.