It’s a new year, which means very little to me. But, the new year always creates this mental function that makes the events of the coming year feel even closer. As an avid video game player, it makes for an exciting year. With remakes of decades-old masterpieces, long-awaited sequels, and new approaches to old formulas, it’s sure to be an eventful year. In anticipation of what’s to come, I’ll take you through what I’m most excited for in 2019.
Kingdom Hearts III
Topping the list of my own most anticipated game of 2019 is the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts III. It’s predecessor, Kingdom Hearts II, was released in 2005. The adventures of Sora, Donald, and Goofy have been an iconic staple of my childhood and one of the few games I willingly go back to play well into adulthood. There have been numerous other titles released in the 13 years between II and III, none can quite match the level of the third main entry in the series, and the wait isn’t much longer, as Kingdom Hearts becomes available on January 2019 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Resident Evil 2
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The original Resident Evil 2 was released in 1998 when I was only about two years old. As can be imagined, I never quite had the opportunity to play the game itself, so I was quite excited when a remake was announced at E3 2018. I have a bit of a soft spot for the zombie genre and have been a fan of the Resident Evil series ever since I first played Resident Evil 4 on the Wii at my childhood friends house.
I look forward to sitting by myself in my dark apartment as fend off zombies in the remains of Raccoon City. Resident Evil 2 will be available on January 25th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows.
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Sticking with the zombie genre, we have the PlayStation exclusive Days Gone. In the style of 28 Days Later, these zombies are noticeably more agile than what is typically shown in most other works that exist in the genre, and they move in large, daunting packs. As can be imagined, this game is lingering quite high on my list of most anticipated games.
My information on Days Gone is quite minimal, but I was able to dig up some general information to provide some more on the basic features. It’s been confirmed to be an open-world action game set in Oregon and will have features such as crafting while making the unusual decision not to include any multiplayer. This may stem from Sony’s recent success through single-player games resulting in them doubling down on this style of gameplay. Days Gone will be available on April 26th for PlayStation 4.
Man of Medan
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Until Dawn is an interactive horror game, the relies on choice and consequence, and it was the reason I decided to buy a PlayStation 4. I’ve always enjoyed games that can effectively utilize the impact of decisions, Detroit: Become Human was one of my most favorite games of the year, and I have high expectations for Man of Medan. Man of Medan appears to focus on more paranormal themes than Until Dawn which may be a more effective route than the monster route taken in the previous entry. Until Dawn was a great first entry and I’m interested to see what improvements have been made, and I eagerly await what Man of Medan has in store for us. Man of Medan is expected to release in 2019 but has yet to receive a definitive release date.
The Outer Worlds
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The Outer World’s is Obsidians Entertainments latest project. Obsidian has a long and storied history, including projects such as Fallout: New Vegas, and South Park: The Stick of Truth. The Outer Worlds takes on space and gives a similar feel to Bioshock and Borderlands when watching the trailer. I’m eager to see what The Outer Worlds bring to the table, and I hope that they can successfully pull off the infamously difficult space genre, as The Outer Worlds has a ton of potential in store for it. The Outer Worlds will be released in 2019 but has yet to receive a definitive release date, and will be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows.
That concludes my most anticipated games for 2019, although there are many more that did not make my list. It is sure to be an eventful year, and if it’s a terrible one, at least we get to enjoy some good games while the world is on fire around us.