Tell your friends – 2019 is going to be a great year for gaming. Here are some games that I am excited to play, and it’s just the ones I know or think I know. Even among known games, I have a longer list than I can include in this article, and some titles barely missed the cutoff for inclusion.
Based on the same trailers and info we have for now, here are some of my most anticipated games of 2019 so far. This list will probably change, and it could contain some real losers. Who knows? Until we review it, I am optimistic that any one of these games could be my next game of the year.
[Editor’s note: This is a little late… Due to some poor time keeping by the boss, a few feature articles such as this one are going out a little later than planned. Sorry!]
In no particular order, let’s start with some honorable mentions.
Honorable Mentions That Probably Won’t Release in 2019
Ghost of Tsushima – Suckerpunch/Sony
Ghost of Tsushima gives you the chance to become a samurai with all the horses, swords, and drama that go along with the job. This seems to be a game that I have been wanting to play for a long time. Based on the visuals in the trailer, it may be a while, before I actually play it, and that’s OK. Take all the time you need to get this one right.
Cyberpunk 2077 – CD Projekt Red/Warner Bros
Cyberpunk 2077 seems like a game that will pull you into it’s world and never let you up for air. With different player choices and a giant city to explore, it’s dazzling trailers have caused many a gamer to become overjoyed at the chance to play another mature RPG from the continually improving developer.
CD Projekt Red will give more details in 2019, but this seems like a 2020 or 2021 launch. My guess is that it will be a game that bridges the console generations between the PS4 and PS5. With the hype behind this game, this is another one that can take as long as it needs.
Final Fantasy VII – Square Enix
The game’s director said they announced it too soon, but this one has to release eventually, right? I doubt it will be this year, but I would be happy to be surprised. As one of the most revered (and possibly reviled) titles in the franchise, messing with it is a dangerous thing, but, if the graphics are getting an update, a few more tweaks won’t hurt. I want to see the realization of the promise from that initial video from the PS3 era.
Here are the games that I do expect to play this year.
Doom Eternal – id Software/Bethesda
After my initial apprehension at Doom’s revival, it was my game of the year in 2016. It was gloriously gory, and I loved the return of the speed equals survival mechanic. It was a nice return to some old school shooting, while also pushing in a few new ideas. If you give the game’s soundtrack a listen, Mick Gordon’s heavy distorted guitars nailed the intensity while amping you up for one more gut-ripping level.
It looks like Doom Eternal is going keep this train to hell rolling. Although the story and lore in the first game was not really the reason to keep playing, I look forward to seeing how the developers flesh out the universe and rip that flesh to shreds with different weapons and demon attacks in pulse-pounding combat.
If it somehow doesn’t live up to expectations, I’ll have Rage (the emotion and the other FPS game) to keep me going. Maybe Rage II will be better than Doom Eternal, despite the Andrew W.K. and color run powder ads. If the backup fails, I’ll play the Serious Sam Collection rumored to be coming to the PS4. I guess I want to shoot things in 2019.
The Last of Us Part II – Naughty Dog/Sony
The first game came during the twilight of the PS3’s lifespan, so it’s no surprise that the sequel would happen in the same time for the PS4. As the hero in this time, Ellie is older, and we have an opportunity to tell a slightly different story in the same destroyed world.
The trailer we saw at E3 was deliberate, well-crafted, and showed what we can expect to see in the full release. The world is still a bad place, maybe even worse, and survival is still a struggle. If the developers don’t ruin it with some heavy-handed ideas and revel too much in their own brilliance, Naughty Dog could deliver one of the best games of a generation. Again.
The Dark Pictures Anthologies: Man of Medan – Supermassive Games/Bandai Namco Entertainment
Man of Medan is the first game in a horror anthology from Supermassive Games that will focus on a ghost ship and a group of young people who eventually become its prey. While allowing player choices to shape events, including life and death, you and your group of future victims is in for a few scares.
This one is striking all the right notes with me. The developer appears to be going back to its Until Dawn roots that made me such a fan. With some good characters and dialogue, I look forward to enjoying this and future horror tropes.
Jump Force – Spike Chunsoft/Bandai Namco Entertainment
I cannot believe that I am anticipating a fighting game, but Jump Force feels like the game anime fans could only imagine a few years ago. Pulling many shonen characters from some heavy-hitting franchises like Bleach, Dragon Ball, and My Hero Academia, it slams them into conflict and combat into a combination of both worlds.
Jump Force may not sell me on fighting games. I may realize no one in my house wants to play it but me and everyone online will kick my butt into tomorrow. I still want to see how this one goes, and I still marvel that so many different franchises are contributing to a game that will answer the question of which character could beat which character in another show or manga.
Zanki Zero: Last Beginning – Spike Chunsoft
Spike Chunsoft knows how to make an interesting game, and Zanki Zero: Last Beginning is a new franchise that combines survival, RPGs, and building mechanics in a tale about eight clones after the end of the world. It’s unique while still retaining the familiar visual style and cleverness from the team that built Danganronpa.
This is very near the top of my most anticipated games for the year. If it can successfully implement all the systems and wrap it in a cool story, this could be mind-blowingly awesome. After watching a Twitch stream from the developers, my expectations are very high for the game, and I only have to wait until March 19th to play it.
The Outer Worlds – Obsidian Entertainment/Private Division
Post-apocalyptic settings are all too familiar in gaming, and this year will have its share of them as well. The difference in The Outer Worlds is that Obsidian is helming this project, and they know how to craft an RPG.
After the rough launch of Fallout 76, this may be the shooter RPG that scratches that itch. I am hoping for true RPG gameplay, deep lore, meaningful choices, and other buzzwords baked into a game that lets me lose myself for hours.
Control – Remedy/505 Games
Remedy is a legendary developer who releases interesting games on their own schedule. Control seems to be the next evolution from the people who created Max Payne and Alan Wake. Although it seems to take a few more pages out of Alan Wake than a hardboiled detective story, I doubt that will disappoint anyone.
A secret organization has been hit by a terrible supernatural attack. As the new director of that force, you have to enter the building, discover what happened, and turn the wacky world back into one resembling this plane of existence.
The screenshots show some distorted environments with bodies hanging mid-air. I’m not sure what the job interview was like, but your time at the office will be anything but ordinary.
Resident Evil 2 – Capcom
The original games were amazing for the time, and they earned a frightening and fun reputation. Many movie sequels later, Resident Evil 2 is being remade with the Resident Evil 7 tech, and it looks gorgeous. It’s a way to go back to the game and see it as I remember it in my mind.
I can’t wait to play in the dark and watch every corner to see what will jump out and try to bite me. I’ve already seen some gameplay with the licker, so Capcom basically has my money already.
Sea of Solitude – Jo-Mei Games/EA
In EA’s disappointing and annoying E3 press conference, a very nervous and obviously overwhelmed lady stood up to present Sea of Solitude. It was a breath of fresh air, and it was the most interesting game they showed.
It has a great visual style and appears to have an interesting and emotional story to tell. I look forward to diving into the depths of Sea of Solitude.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – Respawn Entertainment/EA
Speaking of EA, this one was sloppily announced at E3. I don’t know what it will be. I don’t know why they made the announcement. I’m not even sure I trust a Star Wars game, and the movies have been a letdown. I can only hope this one is good.
A Yakuza Remake – Sega
If Sega keeps going, we should have Yakuza Kiwami 3 this year. Although I am still newer to the franchise, I love the games, enjoy the better visuals, and think Sega is doing some great work, while investing in making it the best version possible. What’s not to love?
The Unknown Game That Blows Me Away
In January, it’s hard to know what we will be playing in a few short months, let alone in the packed fourth quarter. With Sony abdicating it’s place in E3 this year, I am hoping that means we won’t need to wait until June to hear about some of it’s biggest releases for 2019.
Either way, there are so many games that I cannot begin to imagine, and I am looking forward to being surprised by a few quirky, downright weird, and bombastic games waiting to be revealed in the next few months. From the next VR hit, indie tearjerker, Japanese RPG, or a big budget AAA, 2019 has a lot of promise.