Talk about the next gen of video game hardware grows louder every day but what’s even more amazing is how many quality titles came out in 2018 and are slated for 2019. This is supposed to be the end of the current cycle, right? Not without a bang, apparently, and if you worried that 2019 wasn’t going to be as good as 2018 in terms of triple-A titles on tap then this article should make those concerns go away.
Picking a theme for 2018 would be tough, but, if anything, it was a year of amazing sequels. From Red Dead Redemption 2 to the God of War reboot and even Forza Horizon 4, Black Ops 4, and Far Cry 5, 2018 was the year of iteration. That theme remains the same for 2019 but there are a few new IP that we think gamers should put on their wishlists. Here are our top 10 most anticipated games that will come out in 2019:
10. Doom Eternal
A sequel to the 2016 reboot of the classic series, Doom Eternal looks set to bring back everything you loved about that game and then some more. One gameplay aspect that set the reboot apart from many modern shooters is that id Software wanted players to constantly move forward and eliminate enemies quickly.
Modern shooters tend to emphasize taking cover and recovering health via regeneration or using an item that player has on their character while Doom (2016) pushed players to engage endlessly and rapidly with threats in order to both stay alive and gain more ammo.
Part of this gameplay was the violent finishing moves that the Doom Slayer could perform on foes.
The sequel adds a meat hook-like slingshot to the Super Shotgun which can also be used Bionic Commando style for grappling with enemies and getting around the stage. In that area, it is adding wall climbing as well as dash maneuvers to make the combat that much more frenetic and fast-paced.
Taking place on Earth, Doom Eternal is being billed as a spiritual remake of Doom II and the plot should largely mirror that while also continuing the elements introduced in the 2016 game.
9. The Outer Worlds
This game made a lot of buzz right out of the gates because of who is behind it: Obsidian Entertainment, better known for their work on Fallout 1 & 2 as well as Fallout: New Vegas.
An action role-playing game from Obsidian and published by Private Division, The Outer Worlds could be the dark horse contender for game of the year of 2019 if Obsidian fanboys and the devs typical quality game making show up to play.
What we know about the game is that it will take place from a first-person perspective, feature space colonization themes, and will involve solo and party-based questing.
The plot involves Megacorporations and wayward colonists stranded on an out-of-the-way planet that is the equivalent of a galactic backwater.
Player choice as well as how the player character interacts with non-player characters in the world will have an impact on the course of events in the game.
8. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
With hints of Onimusha and Ninja Gaiden gilding its facade, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice could be the coolest samurai-themed game in a while.
Developed by From Software and published by Activision, Sekiro is an action-adventure game from a third-person perspective that promises From Software’s trademark deep combat and soul-crushing difficulty.
Fans of the Souls series or Bloodborne will probably find a lot of familiar mechanics in Sekiro when it launches in March 22.
Taking place during the Sengoku era of Japanese history, the tale will involve a mishmash of samurai movie cliches but the whole thing will be presented in From Software’s trademark style.
7. Rage 2
Avalanche Studios is working with Doom Eternal’s id Software on this sequel to the 2010 game that actually started out as a Doom game before becoming its own unique IP.
Slated for a May 14 premier, Rage 2 will put players in the role of ranger Walker in a game that is played from a first-person perspective but which is underpinned but open-world elements and role-playing game mechanics.
Players will have some customization options for their hero avatar, the aforementioned Walker, and they will also have options for playstyle and what kind character they want to roleplay as in the game.
There will also be vehicular combat as well as tons of lore and exploration to uncover and discover.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world after a destructive asteroid collision, Rage 2 mirrors titles like Borderlands and even Fallout to some extent.
We think the sequel will probably build on the first game’s strengths while being a standout title on its own.
6. Devil May Cry 5
Capcom’s hack and slash extravaganza is returning for another installment this March 8th as players resume the role of Dante or Nero as they continue where the saga left off in Devil May Cry 2.
Introducing a new playable character known as V, Devil May Cry 5 is promising gameplay that is familiar to veterans of the series but open and accessible to newcomers. It is going to be flashy, fast, and “stylish” as the producers like to describe it.
Fans are really looking for Devil May Cry 5 being a return to form for the series after it has taken a few not so popular detours along the way. Either way, Capcom is promising a solid action game and there’s little reason to doubt them on that count.
5. Ghosts of Tsushima
Sucker Punch Productions wasn’t going to let From Software have all the fun when it came to samurai-themed epics this year.
Their upcoming title, Ghosts of Tsushima, promises to be another action-adventure game with an open-world premise and gameplay elements vaguely reminiscent of stealth-action title Tenchu for the first PlayStation.
Played from a third-person perspective, Ghosts of Tsushima will not only have intense combat but also allow players to move around environments through the use of a grappling hook.
Again, this reminds us of Tenchu, but it also points to another emergent trend for 2019: the grappling hook. Seriously, between this game and Doom Eternal, we can’t wait to see what other devs are thinking up with this classic Bionic Commando gameplay mechanic.
Ghosts of Tsushima also promises to capture the magic and narrative of a classic Ozu or Kurosawa film. Players can expect a fully realized world with quality voice acting and tons of exploration to do.
4. Resident Evil 2 (Remake)
It is rare that a remake captures headlines and the popular imagination like the upcoming Resident Evil 2 from Capcom is doing.
Looking set to cash in on the goodwill generated by the absolutely awesome Resident Evil 7, the RE 2 remake will feature a new, gritty approach to the classic horror game that retains the spirit but not the look and feel of the original.
The camera is positioned from an over-the-shoulder perspective and zombies are much more terrifying than ever before. Gone are the door barriers and awkward camera angles of the past and, in their place, are dynamic zombies that can follow as well as a claustrophobic tightness in perspective that the older games never had. Coming with multiple campaigns and tons of new content in the game, RE 2 is also more than a remake in many ways.
Whether it is the unrelenting Mr. X or the return of the iconic Hunk and Tofu sub-games, the Resident Evil 2 remake looks set to ignite the gaming community on fire with nostalgia and a renewed love for one of the industry’s biggest franchises.
3. Kingdom Hearts III
Probably the most-anticipated game of 2019 in some circles, the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts III will finally arrive later this month for almost every available platform and will finally close out the Dark Seeker saga that has kept gamers dedicated for years.
Sora will be joined by characters from the Disney universe of games as he seeks to defeat Xehanort and his minions once and for all.
Boasting of a combat style that is action heavy and the inspiration behind Final Fantasy XV’s unique take on that series’ gameplay, Kingdom Hearts III looks set to offer gamers similarly deep gaming experiences while also offering a few new twists to keep it fresh and different.
Kingdom Hearts III’s magic extends even to its graphics, music, and sound in what should be a tour-de-force for JRPGs this year.
2. The Last of Us Part II
The sequel to the critically acclaimed The Last of Us, Part II will see the continued adventures of Joel and Ellie as they grapple with a world gone to hell and filled with infected as well as non-infected enemies alike.
Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us was a landmark in gaming development, showcasing a level of cinematic integrity and organic interactivity that few games achieve.
Many critics and gamers expect that Part II will build upon this pioneering legacy as well as expand upon it in a game that should be just as engaging in terms of mechanics as it is in its story.
1. Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077 from CD Projekt Red will be the game that changes everything for the cyberpunk genre - or not. What really matters at this point is that it comes out. CD Projekt Red fans know they can expect something good, but the hype outside of this inner circle has gotten a little out of hand.
After all, when a game is criticized for having graphics that are “too bright,” you know the expectations and scrutiny are going to be unbearable. Such is the case with Cyberpunk 2077, or, more appropriately, the sequel that is not a sequel to The Witcher.
While CD Projekt Red is trying to establish its own IP, people can’t help but think about the modern classic that is The Witcher when they think about Cyberpunk 2077.
But, from everything we can tell, this new IP from CD Projekt Red could be everything The Witcher series was and more. In the cyberpunk world of Night City, this role-playing game puts you in the role of a character of your creation and pretty much promises you the moon and more.
With role-playing at its core, the gameplay can basically be what the user determines - and that’s all anyone wants in a solid RPG. From combat to life simulation to driving and more, Cyberpunk 2077 could easily be the game of the year if it makes it out in time.