Midterm Review: 10 Games That Stood Out in the First Half of 2019May 26, 2019 | 1 Votes by Mikhail 10 rate The first half of 2019 treated us to a few outstanding titles, with more to look forward to in the latter half. Let’s take a look at the 11 that stood out the most:
For Sony and Microsoft, 2019 is the twilight of their current-gen consoles, the PS4 and Xbox One. The next PlayStation and Xbox will likely make their way to the retail store shelves within the next year or two. Meanwhile, Nintendo is keeping an eye out in the future and at the same time, focusing on developing first-party games for the Switch.
Despite the entire industry putting one foot on the next gen, the deluge of amazing games hasn’t slowed down. Just the first half of 2019 alone, we’ve been treated to amazing sequels, new IPs, and surprise hits. With that said, let’s take a good look at some of the ones that stood out the most.
Apex Legends’ release came off as a huge surprise. This first-person class-based battle royale featuring from the developers of Titanfall took the world by storm. It had a surprise release with zero marketing due to a plethora of issues and possibilities of bad press. After all, a game with loot boxes under one of EA’s studios will always be a PR disaster.
With 50 million players in its first month, it competed well with established giants like Fortnite and PUBG.
Resident Evil 2: Remake
A strong contender for game of the year, Resident Evil 2: Remake follows the story of Claire Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy, similar to the 1998 classic. It received critical acclaim from most reviewers thanks to its outstanding gameplay and immersive and spooky atmosphere that captures the essence of an initial zombie apocalypse outbreak.
Devil May Cry 5
You’d think that Capcom would slow down with RE2: Remake getting critical acclaim but no, Devil May Cry 5 came in a little later and got the same treatment. DMC 5 is the fifth installment of the main series known for being one of the leaders of the action hack ‘n’ slash action genre and its rather unorthodox stories and presentation. Apart from Dante, you’ll control two other characters (V and Nero) and get to interact with characters like Vergil, Trish, and Nico. Oh, and did we mention you can turn your motorcycle into a powerful huge weapon?
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Though there’s no official statistic, we’re sure FromSoftware games are responsible for an increase in new controller sales. After all, games like Dark Souls and Bloodborne are enough to throw your controllers in a fit of rage. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice provides the same degree of difficulty and at times, similar experiences: action-packed boss fights against large enemies, a spooky world, and extremely punishing gameplay. Set in a re-imagined version of 16th century Japan, a contrast to the western settings of FromSoftware’s other creations.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is a perfect return to form of a long-running and extremely underrated franchise. It is set years after the events of Ace Combat 5 and here, you’ll get to fight in The Lighthouse War for the Osean Federation against the Kingdom of Erusea. Though it’s a game about jets, it provides a stellar plot-driven experience consisting of man’s battle with technology, things that make up a nation, and how far people go to protect and uphold their ideals.
Days Gone’s reviews were all over the place. Some pundits gave high scores, like eight or nine out of 10, while others gave it a five or six. The game suffers from a lot of technical and pacing issues, but once you reach a certain point of the story and progress to a certain level, the entire game opens up. The game is full of memorable characters and immersive and beautifully-designed environments. It’s easy to get lost in its version of Oregon even if freakers (its own version of the undead), are chasing you.
Dauntless is a newly-released free-to-play title that is closely compared to Monster Hunter. It’s a co-op game where you get to hunt gigantic behemoths is a world that suffered from a cataclysmic event. You’ll team up with your friends, forming a squad of up to four players. You’ll have to harvest materials from the environment (and from the monsters themselves) have enough to craft powerful weapons.
Total War: Three Kingdoms
Highly-touted as the best in the series, Total War: Three Kingdoms follows the tumultuous Three Kingdoms period that defined the history of the ancient empire. It offers game modes like Romance where generals have superpowers and Records which is a more historically accurate and realistic mode. Of course, you’ll get to control vast armies, capture territories, and interact with other NPCs.
Available on Steam and the Nintendo Switch, Wagroove is a turn-based tactics game reminiscent of the old and now dead Advance Wars franchise. Here, players will get to control their own armies while taking control of one of the many commanders. It features online multiplayer and PvP, as well as a stage editor.
Tetris 99 is...well...a game that totally revolutionized the battle royale genre. Here, you’ll get to play against 99 other players in Tetris with the goal of knocking others out and being the last man standing. It’s a cool concept and extremely fun, though it’s a Nintendo Switch exclusive and you can only play it (for free!) if you have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.
Like last year, 2019 is turning out to be a fantastic one for video games and we’re not even halfway through the year yet. We’ve got a few more games which will likely be released in the latter half, like Ghost of Tsushima and the much-awaited Borderlands 3. We don’t know about you, but we’re looking forward to what the future holds.