2018 was an exceptional year for games; from cinematic epics like God of War and Red Dead Redemption to indie oddities like The Gardens Between and Donut County, I played and loved plenty of great games. While my backlog bites at my heels, another busy year of games looms on the horizon. Here are the games I am looking forward to most in 2019 (and most likely beyond):
5.) The Pathless
The follow up to 2016’s glorious ABZU, The Pathless looks to capture the same minimalist beauty and joy of movement synonymous with Journey art director and Giant Squid studio head Matt Nava. Described as a mythic adventure game about an archer and an eagle in a vast forest, this new offering looks more action and combat focused. The Pathless looks like a perfect progression of Nava’s elegant design philosophy and its strong Samurai Jack vibes have my excitement well and truly stoked.
Biomutant looks set to be the runt of 2019. Seemingly a hybrid of Ratchet and Clank and Devil May Cry, this bizarre creation looks like mad genius. The game’s vibrant vision of a post-apocalyptic world looks wholly unique; eclectic art design, bizarre abilities (like the katamari water bubble) and the entertaining, albeit questionable, narration all make this look quite unlike anything I have played before. While Biomutant may get overshadowed by some the year’s bigger releases, I have no doubt this oddity will be a cult classic.
3.) Metro: Exodus
Like many, I was late to discover 4A Games’ excellent Metro 2033 and Last Light with Metro Redux. Thanks to an exceptional atmosphere, strong storytelling and a post-apocalyptic fiction which feels distinct and original, these games stand out among others of their ilk. Metro Exodus looks to embody everything that makes the series so engrossing, while a significantly higher quality of production promises the full realization of this ambitious studio’s vision and a fitting conclusion to Artyom’s epic trilogy.
2.) Ghost of Tsushima
While a 2019 release date is yet to be confirmed, Ghost of Tsushima is already the only reason you need to own a PS4. Representing a bold new direction for Sucker Punch following the InFamous series, the stunning 9 minute trailer tells a compelling story of its own while showcasing the game’s arresting visuals and slick, purposeful swordplay. This brief glimpse already has me sold and with the calibre of the studio behind this project I am certain Ghost of Tsushima will be one of PS4 finest exclusives.
1.) Cyberpunk 2077
Alongside Mass Effect 2 and Shadow of the Colossus, The Witcher 3 is one of my all-time favourite games, and developer CDProjekt RED have proven themselves to be the model of what a game studio should be. There is a lot to take in during Cyberpunk 2077’s overwhelming 48 minute gameplay trailer but every second of it has me beaming with glee and shaking with anticipation. This game may well be my most anticipated game of all time and while its release date is unknown, I wholeheartedly trust CD Projekt to deliver one the most ambitious, immersive and exceptional pieces of interactive fiction ever, whether it’s this year or in 2077 itself.
– The Last of Us Part II
– Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
– Sea of Solitude
– Resident Evil 2
– Devil May Cry 5
– Rage 2