2018 was a fantastic year for games thanks to the likes of Marvel’s Spider-Man, God Of War, and Red Dead Redemption 2. But, if you can believe it, 2019 could be even better. While we’ve already been spoiled with huge and incredible games like Kingdom Hearts 3, Resident Evil 2 Remake, and Metro Exodus, the year will almost definitely get even better with each passing month. If you don’t believe me, then you probably need reminding that Capcom’s Devil May Cry 5 is right around the corner, that Atlus are potentially releasing the mysterious Persona 5 R, and that The Last Of Us Part 2 is heavily rumoured for this year.
Here is a brief list of the most anticipated games confirmed and rumoured for 2019. Alas, there’s no Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice because I’m a wimp who can’t handle games that are too difficult, and there’s no FIFA 20 or annual sports games as they’re disappointing rather than exciting.
Devil May Cry 5 – March 8 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC
I’m going to be real and admit that I actually like the stupidly named DMC: Devil May Cry. Yes, I’m fully aware that Ninja Theory turned our favourite pizza loving dolt into a cringey, skinny emo who likes Black Veil Brides, but the combat was satisfying, the story was interesting with Dante taking on the morally corrupt news, and there was even Squirrel semen. Still, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t over-the-moon when Capcom revealed that the classic Dante would be returning to woo us with his gorgeous hair.
Even if you’ve never played the previous games, Devil May Cry 5 looks fantastic. The combat is as good as ever, there’s new characters with V and the sexy techno geek Nico, and Devil Trigger is a bloody good song. There’s also the return of Bloody Palace, along with the series’ trademark difficulties for hardcore fans to conquer.
Mortal Kombat 11 – April 23 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC
There’s not much to say about Mortal Kombat 11 as even people who don’t follow video games know about the series’ trademark fatalities. So, to quickly sum things up, if you’re fan of fighting games or gory horror flicks, then you’ll definitely want to buy the franchise’s latest instalment. The roster is comprised of new and returning combatants, Ronda Rousey surprisingly voices Sonya Blade, and the fatalities are still sick with faces being squashed and brains being dinner.
Days Gone – April 26 on PlayStation 4
Days Gone is a PlayStation 4 exclusive so by all means it should be incredible. I know it’s unfair to say Bend Studio have to preserve Sony’s reputation for stellar first-party games, but with it being the only confirmed PlayStation 4 exclusive this year Days Gone has to be – at minimum – great. Fortunately, it looks as if it could be fantastic. The easy and recycled joke to make about Days Gone is that it’s a bunch of Sons Of Anarchy rejects dropped into the universe of World War Z, but rather than a joke it’s instead an appropriate way of selling the potential of Bend’s biggest game to date. The gameplay promises to be chaotic and fun, so here’s hoping there’s a compelling narrative that makes it worthy of being a PlayStation 4 exclusive.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled – 21 June PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch
Crash Team Racing was one of my favourite games to play as a child with my brother and sister, so the opportunity to leave them behind and play a remaster on modern consoles with my girlfriend is ridiculously exciting. You pretty much know what it’s about if you’ve ever played Mario Kart or seen Jason Statham’s Death Racer, but Crash Team Racing was always better and will be again. The roster is packed with the likes of Crash, Coco, and – my favourite – five-head Cortex, and the racetracks are tricky spirals that will have you breaking your controller as you fall off the edge.
Catherine: Full Body – September 3 on PlayStation 4
Even though it hasn’t released in the west, Atlus’ Catherine: Full Body has already become one of the year’s most controversial titles with the voice actress of Rin having to respond to leaks about her character’s identity and the remake’s new endings. But, away from all the hoopla, fans of Catherine and series newcomers should be excited for Full Body as it’ll undoubtedly be one of the year’s wackiest titles. The romantic horror narrative is ingenious with its themes about commitment, Vincent is a relatable dude who allows you to be honest when answering topical questions about sex and love, and there’s a dozen addictive puzzles to complete despite Atlus downgrading the remake so it’s extremely easy to complete.
Dreams – TBA
Media Molecule’s Dreams is an odd game to sell as it’s dependent on the community creating fantastic experiences themselves. But, from what I’ve seen so far, Dreams looks an absolute must-buy. Although it has only been played by a handful of people during a Beta stage, users have still been able to recreate classics like the original Dead Space, Super Mario Bros., and Hideo Kojima’s P.T. Someone also managed to create a VR tour of SpongeBob SquarePants’ Bikini Bottom, making me wonder what other animated television shows we will be able to enter once Dreams is fully released with all of its tools.
Pyschonauts 2 - TBA
If you never played the original Psychonauts, then you should slap yourself and go buy it right now on the PlayStation 4 store. It might look like an innocent cartoon where the children just sit around the campfire, hold hands, and talk about menial things like what they had for dinner, but it’s instead a dark and bonkers romp that is even more twisted and insane than Rick and Morty (only without all the swearing). Going off on how good Tim Schafer’s first game was, the levels should be a mix of puzzles and platforms inside incredibly creative and chaotic worlds with loving references to pop culture, and the story should be a sinister tale full of unforgettable characters like a dentist who removes children’s brains, and a hot teacher who is a massive flirt.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – Fall 2019
I’m only including this because we live in a sick society where everyone loves men hitting each other with glowsticks, while droning on about the power of denial. Honestly, there’s no reason to be excited about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order other than because it’s a Star Wars game. Yes, it’s developed by Respawn (the folks responsible for the Apex Legends phenomenon that is smashing Fortnite records), but you just know EA are going to have their grubby hands all over it. It could be good, it could be terrible, or it could be a bang average flop that makes fans even more annoyed about Amy Hennig’s Star Wars project being cancelled in addition to the death of Visceral Games. Still, it can’t possibly be any worse than the mind-numbingly boring Anthem.
Persona 5 R - TBA
No one knows exactly what Persona 5 R is all about. Hopefully we won’t have to wait until beyond Sega Fes 2019 to find out, but as of know I’m just going to predict that it’s an expansion similar to Persona 4: Golden. If my hunch is right, then there could be an additional Palace and boss, along with confidant links, costumes, and areas to make re-experiencing the game’s 100+ hour campaign worthwhile. But, if it turns out to be Persona 5 Rumble, then I’ll be massively disappointed.
The Outer Worlds – TBA
Judging by a potential leak of its release date, we won’t have to wait too long to play Obsidian Entertainment’s newest RPG, The Outer Worlds. Although it’s a title that doesn’t let you bang your comrades, it’s still a must-buy for fans of RPGs and Fallout New Vegas. There’s a morally grey dialogue box that’ll even let you play the entire game as a buffoon, all of your choices will matter to the point where companions might tell you to p**s off, and the game has a great style and sense of humour very reminiscent of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. It’s not going to be the year’s biggest or longest game, but it’ll almost definitely be a contender for funniest.
Batman Arkham Crisis – TBA
Now, this isn’t saying that Warner Bros. Montreal’s Batman Arkham Crisis is 100% official, but there are enough rumours and hints about it being in development for me to consider it as a possible release for this year. Rumoured to star The Court Of Owls as the leading rogues instead of Joker and other misfits that shouldn’t be in the game at all, Batman Arkham Crisis would be a good way to make-up for the disappointing Arkham Knight. While Rocksteady’s job listings show they are preparing to reveal a huge and already established AAA game at presumably E3 2019, we don’t know if it’s them working on the dark knight’s next inevitable game. But, regardless if it’s Rocksteady or Warner Bros. Montreal, Batman’s return is a matter of when rather than if.
The Last Of Us Part 2 – TBA
Do we dare to dream about The Last Of Us Part 2 being released in 2019? Well, although Sony are skipping E3 2019 entirely, it’s still possible that Joel and Ellie’s follow-up will be released this year. The game’s composer has said it’s coming “very soon”, and an ex-IGN editor tweeted that it’s 100% official for 2019. With all that being said, all we can do is prey and hope the rumours about its impending release are true. Although the director has recently come under scrutiny for supposedly “pushing an agenda”, there’s no doubt The Last Of Us Part 2 is one of the industry’s most anticipated games. It’ll no doubt be difficult for Naughty Dog, Ashely Johnson, Troy Baker, and everyone involved to live up the fans’ high expectations, but the game’s demo at E3 last year certainly suggests it could even exceed our entitled wants.