We’ve celebrated the best and worst of 2018, now it’s time to look ahead to next year. Rage 2 is one of the PS4's more unpredictable titles, meanwhile Star Wars and Persona 5 are rumoured to be making surprise returns. Know that games like The Last Of Us Part 2, Ghost Of Tsushima, and Death Stranding are not on this list as they’re rumoured for 2020 releases as PS5 launch titles.
With Hell having overrun Earth (haven’t they already?), Doom Eternal is another brutal epic in which you get to punch, stomp and shoot demons while listening to heavy metal. And that’s all you need to know. Sure, there’s a story you could dissect and overanalyse, but the primary reason everyone plays Doom is to feel like an unstoppable badass who makes Satan his b***h. Scheduled to release in 2019, it will let you clobber Hell for corrupting Bethesda and torturing the world with Fallout 76.
If you haven’t played Resident Evil 2, then you really must play the remake. And if you have survived the original, then you must man up and return to Racoon City once more to fend off hordes of brain eating zombies as sexy protagonists Leon and Claire. For series veterans, the switch from claustrophobic fixed angles to a moveable over-the-shoulder camera is admittedly disappointing, but everything else about the remake promises to be better. No more terrible acting, the graphics are – unsurprisingly – massively superior, and there’s tweaks to the locations and story that Capcom promise will make Resident Evil 2 more than just a well done nose job.
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We’ve all thought that Kingdom Hearts 3 was a hopeless dream that would never materialise, but it’s finally coming out at the end of January. Thank. God. Although it’s impossible to properly understand who is who and what’s exactly happening, all you really need to know is that it’s bubbly Disney characters mingling with melodramatic emos from Final Fantasy. And it’s just as good as it sounds. With director Tetsuya Nomura promising that this finale is the darkest chapter in the Kingdom Hearts saga, expect surprising deaths that are way more devastating than anything in Game Of Thrones.
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With Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Battlefield V having been critical and financial failures that cemented EA’s status as the most loathed video game corporation, it’s hard to not be excited for Anthem to see if it’ll be the suspected nuclear bomb or a horribly wrapped gift of chocolate delights. It looks pretty, the combat appears to be fun, and the world is a beautiful landscape stuffed with gigantic beasts for you to bully, but the concerns are that it seems to be a massive grind with no narrative. Yes, the developers have repeatedly stated that Anthem is a story-driven experience, but it’s impossible to stop prematurely judging it as the failed abortion that was dropped on BioWare’s front door by EA. We’ll just have to wait and see if BioWare have been able to turn the unwanted, greedy baby into a refined dude who always tells a good story.
Batman Court Of Owls
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WB Games Montreal’s next game isn’t confirmed, but the studio has strongly teased that their next title is a continuation of the Batman Arkham franchise with the Court Of Owls as the leading rogues. Some fans will understandably be disappointed that the next instalment isn’t the Batman Beyond adventure The Arkham Knight’s ‘secret’ ending hinted at, but the Court Of Owls are one of the dark knight’s newest and most riveting antagonists. With Damien Wayne rumoured to be donning the iconic suit instead of Bruce, WB Games Montreal have the chance to explore Gotham’s seedy underbelly in a way that is entirely new to the masses.
Fallout and the Metro series duped everyone into believing that the post-apocalyptic nightmare is monsters, nuclear lakes, and currency based off bottle caps, but Avalanche Studios’ Rage 2 is the real horror society must avoid at all costs. As a barren desert brimming with neon lights and edgy women who have stupid mohawks bright enough to blind every poor sod who doesn’t wear sunglasses, Rage 2 is a poser punk who does their shopping at Hot Topic and brags to everyone at high-school about smoking. While you’d typically avoid this person, Rage 2 just so happens to have the best Max Payne cars and racetracks, so you may as well put up with their attitude to enjoy their toys.
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Kingdom Hearts fans think they’ve had it bad waiting over a decade for the conclusion to the war between light and darkness, but at least they had canonical spin-offs to keep them invested in the battle for whatever Kingdom Hearts is. Meanwhile, everyone who enjoyed Psychonauts back in 2005 have had nothing but an incredibly short PSVR tease and frequent delays to cry about. Fortunately, according to creative director Tim Schafer, Psychonauts 2 REALLY is coming out in 2019. Yes, get ready to explore the minds of f***ed up eccentrics once more, as well as having a creepy old man pop out of your ear after smelling the sweet scent of bacon.
And if you’ve never played Psychonauts, then don’t let its visuals dupe you into believing it’s an innocent cartoon where everybody holds hands and sings kumbaya; it’s a dark nightmare that makes Coraline look like a gentle stroll through candyland.
Persona 5: Enhanced Edition
Going off rumours, Atlus are said to be announcing an enhanced edition for Persona 5 when Joker becomes a playable character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch. If this turns out to be true, then The Phantom Thieves will again steal everyone’s heart in 2019. The latest instalment in the beloved Persona franchise is a masterpiece brimming with fanservice, eccentric dungeons, and ladies for you to hit on all at once. Add another member for the ragtag group of merry men, an additional palace and even more social activities, then fans will be more than willing to spend another 100+ hours stealing the tainted hearts of paedophiles, mob bosses, and corrupt politicians who resemble Bane.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
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Again going off rumours, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is Respawn’s go at cleaning up EA’s mess with Battlefront 2. Said to have you playing as a padawan who seeks vengeance for the purge in Revenge Of The Sith, the game is a single-player only title where you’ll be able to fanboy over men whacking each other with pretty glow sticks. Even as someone who doesn’t see what’s so good about green gremlins, hammy acting, and people pushing others away with the power of denial, the reported one-on-one duels are a tempting coax to forget scepticism and be excited.
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