The year of 2018 came and went and with it came a flurry of top-notch, quality gaming experiences. Everything from classic remakes like Shadow of the Colossus and Spyro the Dragon to awe-inspiring experiences such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War, even quality indie hits including Dead Cells and Celeste — 2018 had something for everyone.
The bad news is that the stellar year of 2018 is coming to a close. The good news? The highly anticipated releases don’t seem to be halting anytime soon, as the upcoming year of 2019 looks to continue the trend of cramming way too many quality games into the faces of enthusiastic gamers from every direction.
With exciting exclusives on all three major consoles — the PS4, Xbox One and Switch — incoming next year, as well as quite a few third party launches, it’s almost impossible for anyone to miss out on some of the most anticipated releases 2019 has in store.
Resident Evil 2 Remake
Starting off the year with a classic horror title, the Resident Evil 2 Remake is rebuilt from the ground up for an entirely new experience. Dive into the shoes of Leon and Claire once more in an iconic adventure to fight their way out of the deadly, zombie-infested Raccoon City.
Resident Evil 2 is set to release on January 25, 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Kingdom Hearts 3
The epic Disney/Square Enix collaborative RPG continues with the long (and I mean long) awaited third installment in the Kingdom Hearts series. Kingdom Hearts 3 rides out the journey of Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy to conquer the darkness once and for all in a star-studded adventure across the wild and wonderful world of Disney.
Kingdom Hearts 3 is set to release on January 25, 2019 for the PS4 and Xbox One.
From the creators of the Mass Effect and Dragon Age series comes their next journey into new property territory with their online futuristic shooter, Anthem. Suit up into a Javelin and discover the buried dangers that lurk outside of the secure walls of Fort Tarsis with up to three other squad members to join in on the action.
Anthem is set to release on February 22, 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.
What seems like an eternity, Crackdown 3 has been in a lifelong development cycle since its announcement way back in 2014. However, with recent enticing gameplay trailers and a slotted release date for next year, it looks like we’ll finally be able to destroy to our hearts content in the upcoming Microsoft exclusive title.
Crackdown 3 is set to release on February 15, 2019 for the Xbox One and PC.
The grim first-person shooter series of Metro paints an apocalyptic picture unlike any other in the gaming universe. Metro Exodus continues the journey after 2013’s Metro Last Light, and looks to deliver the most riveting survival experience in the series yet.
Metro Exodus is set to release on February 15, 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Devil May Cry 5
Dante and Nero return in the acclaimed Devil May Cry series. The demon slaying action is back in the all-too stylish upcoming release featuring Nero’s brand-new weapon, the Devil Breaker. A new modern edge has been added to the DMC experience, one that looks to blend perfectly with how Devil May Cry games are supposed to play.
Devil May Cry 5 is set to release on March 8, 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Dead or Alive 6
One of the hottest fighting games to hit 2019 is the sixth main installment of the typically provocative fighting series. Now, scaling back on the sexual nature of the game, Dead or Alive 6 looks to capitalize on the modern hardware and present fluid gameplay like the series has never experienced before. Strap in for new ground-breaking mechanics, as well as the series’ debut in character customization options in the upcoming sweat-inducing fighter.
Dead or Alive 6 is set to release on February 15, 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.
The Division 2
The follow-up to 2016’s Tom Clancy’s The Division, the upcoming sequel moves players form the once bustling streets of Manhattan to the devastated capital of Washington D.C. The developers behind the post-pandemic shooter, Massive Entertainment, looks to expand on everything they’ve been able to accomplish with the routine updates from their original release.
The Division 2 is set to release on March 15, 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
With Dark Souls and Bloodborne From Software has laid new tracks for the grim action-adventure genre. Merely punishing players with blood-thirsty beasts wasn’t enough as Sekiro looks to add new twists to the overall experience. Plan your deaths accordingly and utilize the swiftness of the new grapple hook for an experience in what seems to continue to branch further and further away from the Souls model with every new detail revealed.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is set to release on March 22, 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Mortal Kombat 11
NetherRealm Studios is at it again with their latest release in the brutal fighting franchise, Mortal Kombat 11. Recently unveiled at The Game Awards, Mortal Kombat 11 will feature tons of character variations and plenty of blood and gore for any fan of the series.
Mortal Kombat 11 is set to release on April 23, 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC.
The zombie trend isn’t dead quite yet as Sony Bend takes the reigns with their upcoming survival adventure title, Days Gone. Step into the boots of post-apocalyptic survivor, Deacon St. John, rip the throttle back on your chopper and smash through hordes of freakers in the highly anticipated PS4 exclusive title.
Days Gone is set to release on April 26, 2019 for the PS4.
Catching most of the gaming community off guard, the surprise announcement (well, sort of a surprise…thanks Wal Mart!) of id Software and Avalanche Studio’s collaborative first-person shooter sequel, Rage 2, looks to take the post-apocalyptic mayhem to an entirely new level. With a sprawling open world filled with surprisingly beautiful biomes, blood-thirsty enemies and devastating weapons, Rage 2 looks like a front runner for best FPS title of 2019.
Rage 2 is set to release on May 14, 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Among the many Nintendo franchise yet to be released on the Switch console, Fire Emblem sits patiently near the top of the list. While we’ve been graced with the Dynasty Warriors cross-over title, Fire Emblem Warriors, in the console launch year, fans are still awaiting a core Fire Emblem experience on their hybrid hardware. Three Houses looks to give players the traditional turn-based gameplay set in a massive open world.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is set to release sometime in the Spring of 2019.
Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled
The cart racing marsupial is back and is tickling our nostalgia with the upcoming remake of the original PlayStation’s Crash Team Racing. Mario Kart’s only real contender in the carting kingdom, Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled revitalizes the classic arcade racer in a game rebuilt from the ground up by developers Beenox.
Crash Team Racing nitro Fueled is set to release on June 21, 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One and Switch.
From the creators of the Yakuza series comes an all-new action game set within that very same universe. Judgement (formerly known as Project Judge) takes the swift combat from the exciting Yakuza games and adds in keen detective work for an even deeper adventure through the crime rings of Japan.
Judgement is set to release in the west sometime in the summer of 2019 for the PS4.
While the Pokemon: Let’s Go series is an exciting stand-in for the core RPG fans of the series, much of the fan base is awaiting the true Pokemon RPG experience set to release sometime in 2019. Bringing the next generation of Pokemon games to a home console for the first time in the series (well, other than the recent Let’s Go releases), Switch owners everywhere are eagerly awaiting this upcoming system seller.
There’s no official release date set for the next Pokemon RPG, but it has been confirmed by the Pokemon Company we’ll see it released in 2019.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Sequel to the beloved platformer from 2015, Ori and the Blind Forest, the beautifully crafted Ori and the Will of the Wisps is high among many Xbox One owners ‘must-have’ list. Take control of Ori once more and discover the secrets buried deep in a land full of mystery and unforeseen truths about our spirit’s curious fate.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps is set to release sometime in 2019 for the Xbox One and PC with no official release date yet announced.
One of Microsoft’s largest franchises, Gears of War returns in the upcoming sequel, Gears 5. Players will pick up where Gears of War 4 left off and assume control Gears 4 side character, Kait Diaz. Many familiar faces will make a return in what looks like one of the most riveting releases in the series to date.
Gears 5 is set to release in 2019 on the Xbox One and PC, but no official date has been confirmed yet.
Return to Gallowmere as another PlayStation classic finds itself with a brand new make over. MediEvil has players taking on the role of resurrected, ill-fated solider, Sir Daniel Fortesque, as he fights to put a stop to the evil Zarok’s undead army. Filled with quirky characters, overflowing with dark and charming levels, and tons of deadly weapons, the MediEvil Remake is a classic adventure game brought to the modern era.
MediEvil Remake is set to release sometime in 2019 for the PS4 with no official date yet announced.
The Outer Worlds
RPG legends, Obsidian Entertainment, look to enter the ring once more with a brand new IP, The Outer Worlds which seems to combine some of their best traits throughout their current library of releases. This FPS-action RPG will span across different worlds throughout the galaxy allowing players to travel to a multitude of planets and areas.
The Outer Worlds is set to release at some point in 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.
There’s plenty missing form this list of 20 stellar games we can expect to see in the coming new year. While big hitters like PS4’s Ghost of Tsushima, Death Stranding, Dreams and The Last of Us Part II, Microsoft’s Halo Infinite, CD Projekt Red’s ambitious RPG Cyberpunk 2077, or Nintendo’s Metroid Prime 4 all could be apart of the 2019 line up, there’s still no real confirmation we’ll be seeing these titles within the next twelve months.
However, don’t fret as there’s also still plenty of other fantastic looking titles that didn’t quite make the list, but nonetheless should be marked on your calendar. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown looks to tear through the skies, Code Vein could tackle the ‘Souls’ genre in new and exciting ways, and the Shonen Jump fighter Jump Force looks like it’ll be packing quite the punch.
The year 2018 picked up right where 2017 left off, and the trend seems to continue with the upcoming packed year of 2019. Sooner or later these mouth-watering releases will come to a halt, right? My backlog can’t take much more.
5 Reasons You NEED To Play The Final Fantasy VIII Remaster
After many years of fans begging Square Enix to remaster Final Fantasy VII, they finally listened and did just that. There were numerous excuses as to why the game’s re-release had lagged behind the re-releases of both VII and IX, with the most common excuse being that the game’s original code was lost years ago. However, the company made it happen and the game is finally available for modern audiences to play on modern hardware today. We’re going to give you 5 reasons why you should do just that.
First time available on modern hardware
As we’ve already said, this is the first time that the game is available on modern hardware. While the game originally launched for PS1 back in 1999, it later got a PC port in 2000. That means that is has been a whopping 19 years since a new version of the game has been available for purchase, and that wait was a brutal one. However, it is finally over and you can now play this classic game on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch along with PC. If the lack of modern hardware support was stopping you from checking out, that excuse just got thrown out the window.
The visuals look better than ever
Thankfully, Square Enix did not just slap this port together quickly and throw it out there to shut everyone up. They did a terrific job of putting on a shiny new coat of paint for the game, with the character models in particular looking much better. While things like environment textures didn’t get quite the same amount of attention, this is nevertheless the best that the game has ever looked. It also helps that the game is simply beautiful from a design standpoint, with the game’s world being gorgeous to behold even though we’re dealing with the hardware limitations of 1999.
Quality of life improvements
While those who played the game 20 years ago will still be getting what is essentially the same experience, Square Enix did add some quality of life improvements to put it more in line with current JRPGs. These changes include the likes of increasing battle speed by 3 times, shutting off random encounters completely and even a cheat to give you max HP and limit breaks. While these may seem minor, these will go a long way to ease some of the tedium that many feel after some particularly long gaming sessions. Max HP and Limit Breaks will also make the incredibly tough Ultima and Omega Weapon boss fights a lot easier to deal with.
The Final Fantasy series is known for having its fair share of enticing side quests and mini games, but there isn’t a single one that is as addicting as Triple Triad. The game is essentially a card game that is played on a 3×3 grid, and each card has a certain number on the top, bottom, left and right sides. You need to place your cards in a manner that the numbers on your cards are higher than your opponents, and seeing as your card can be attacked from four different sides this can be tricky. You’re able to challenge many different characters to a match throughout the course of the entire game, and doing so comes with plenty of nice rewards that will make your quest easier.
The game is awesome
While our previous points focused on specific elements of the game, this one is a simple fact that has been true since 1999: the game is awesome. Unfortunately, releasing immediately after Final Fantasy VII (a watershed moment for gaming) put it under a very cruel microscope, with many knee jerk reactions simply saying it “isn’t as good as VII.” However, in the years that have passed people have revisited the game, and the consensus has definitely changed. This adventure that Square created is unlike any other in the series, being host to an ambitious and bizarre plot filled with some of the best characters the series has ever seen. If you’ve played the game before then this is the perfect time to experience this masterpiece all over again, and if you haven’t then what are you waiting for?
10 Huge Games Still Coming In 2019
2019 has been yet another good year for gaming so far, with several games releasing that will be big contenders for game of the year once the curtain closes. However, despite the year already being more than halfway over, there are still some huge titles on the horizon that are sure to make their own dents on the coming best-of lists. This article will list the 10 biggest games that are still coming in 2019.
A new game from Remedy Entertainment is always highly-anticipated, and Control is no different. The game is an action-adventure game in the same style as Alan Wake or Quantum Break, but with a supernatural twist. Players will control Jesse Faden, who possesses a variety of supernatural abilities like telekinesis, levitation and more. She will be using her abilities in order to defeat an enemy known only as the Hiss, which has corrupted reality. Control launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on August 27th.
It has been many years since the last game in the Borderlands series released, but the hiatus is finally coming to an end very soon. Those who have played previous games in the series will feel right at home with this game, as it’s once again a loot-driven FPS. The game will offer more zany characters and a charming and insane world to explore, all while dealing with new antagonists Troy and Tyreen Calypso along with their Children of the Vault cult. Borderlands 3 launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on September 13th, with a Google Stadia port release date being TBA.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon series is returning soon with Breakpoint, which will serve as a continuation of previous game Wildlands. The game is set in an open world environment called Aurora, which is a fictional island in the Pacific Ocean. Players will control Lieutenant Colonel Anthony “Nomad” Perryman, who is a special forces operative that was sent to the island to investigate a series of disturbances in the area. Breakpoint launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 4th, with a Google Stadia port coming in November.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Each new installment in the Call of Duty series is always huge, but Modern Warfare’s release marks a first for the long-running franchise. It will be the first game in the series that is reimagining of a previous game in the series, taking 2004’s original game and updating its mechanics and themes to match today’s world. The game will still have some of the beats that the first game had, but will also incorporate lots of surprises to make it a fresh experience. Modern Warfare launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 25th.
The Outer Worlds
Obsidian Entertainment’s The Outer Worlds is one that will be very highly-anticipated for fans of Fallout: New Vegas, as this game serves as a sort of spiritual successor to that game. It will be an open world RPG that allows you to explore many unique areas crawling with plenty of deadly foes. Players will also be able to encounter and recruit NPCs as companions that have their own personal missions and stories to take part in. The Outer Worlds launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 25th, with a Switch port also being in the works.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
It seemed very unlikely that Luigi’s Mansion would become a recurring franchise for Nintendo following the original GameCube game, but here we are. Luigi’s Mansion 3 is coming to Switch, which also means it will be the first home console release since the original game back in 2003. This time the game is set in a haunted hotel rather than a mansion, and Luigi has some new tricks up his sleeves to take down all those ghosts. Luigi’s Mansion 3 will launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch on October 31st.
If you’re looking for the most ambitious (and weirdest) game still coming in 2019, then look no further. Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding has perplexed gamers ever since its announcement, and each new trailer that releases just brings more and more questions to the table. It is Kojima’s first game since breaking up with Konami after the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phanton Pain (and the cancellation of Silent Hills), and it looks like Kojima has taken the newfound complete creative control to deliver something truly original. Death Stranding launches exclusively for PS4 on November 8th.
Pokemon Sword & Shield
At this point we all know what to expect from a new Pokemon game, and Sword and Shield seems poised to deliver even more cute creatures for players to capture and battle very soon. What sets Sword and Shield apart from its predecessors is that it will be the first home console release for the series, which is saying something considering the series has been around for over 20 years. Pokemon Sword & Shield launches exclusively for Switch on November 15th.
If you’re a fan of Shenmue then nothing needs to be said for the inclusion of the upcoming third game on this list. Fans of the series have been waiting nearly two decades for a follow-up to the second game, and in just a couple of months that will finally be delivered to them. Brought to life thanks to an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign, the game continues the adventure of protagonist Ryo Hazuki as he hunts down his father’s killer. Shenmue III will launch for PS4 and PC on November 19th.
id Software’s DOOM 2016 was one of the best FPS games to come along in years, so it’s a no-brainer that the follow-up would be on this list. Eternal is set to offer yet another intense FPS campaign for players to plunge into, while also offering a multiplayer component that greatly improves upon the last game’s underwhelming multiplayer mode. There will also be twice as many demon types than there was in the last game, meaning that the chaos level just got that much higher. DOOM Eternal launches for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia and PC on November 22nd.
5 Most Exciting Announcements From The Xbox E3 2019 Press Conference
Microsoft’s Xbox E3 2019 Press Conference has officially come to an end, and with it came plenty of big announcements to get excited about. Some new games were announced, whereas previously-announced games got new footage and/or release dates. In this article we’ve narrowed it all down to the 5 most exciting announcements.
New Xbox “Project Scarlett” Coming Holiday 2020
We’ve known for a while now that a new Xbox was in the works, but now we know when to expect it. Microsoft’s fourth console (which hopefully has a better official name than Xbox One did) will be a big step up from the previous console. Things like much faster load times, an AMD Processor that is four times more powerful than the Xbox One X, 8K Resolution and 120 FPS were all mentioned. A price and exact release date weren’t mentioned. It will also be launching with…
Halo Infinite Coming Holiday 2020, Launching On Both Xbox One and Project Scarlett
The wait for the next Halo game has been longer than ever before for series fans, and the announcement at E3 revealed that the wait will continue. Halo Infinite will not be launching until Holiday 2020, meaning it will have been 5 years since the previous game released with Halo 5. It will also be launching on Xbox One and Project Scarlett, meaning the new console will have a big launch title for fans to get pumped about.
Cyberpunk 2077 Coming April 2020, Stars Keanu Reeves
It’s hard to pick a game that people have been more excited about than Cyberpunk 2077, and after Microsoft’s press conference we’re even more excited. Not only is it coming in April of next year, but Keanu Reeves himself will be playing a “key” role in the game. Everything shown from the game has looked great so far, so hopefully it all pans out and we have another classic from CD Projekt RED come April 2020.
FromSoftware and George R.R. Martin Collaboration Elden Ring Announced
This one was actually leaked prior to the presentation, but Dark Souls developer FromSoftware and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin are collaborating on a new game. The game is called Elden Ring, and it will be a departure from the developer’s most recent games as it will be open world. Very little information on the game is known at this point, as it is still in the early stages of development.
Phantasy Star Online 2 Is Coming West
It took a very long time, but the popular MMORPG is finally coming west. The game is coming to Xbox One in a free-to-play form in Spring 2020, so the wait won’t be that much longer. “There will be no limitations on game experiences,”says Sega, because they want to “provide all players with a fair and exciting experience.”
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