For video games, 2019 is far from over. There are still plenty of upcoming releases that I am excited about, and I’d like to share that excitement with you. Below is a list of my 10 most anticipated games of 2019. Whether you’re a fan of these games or not, you have to admit there’s a pretty decent lineup. This list is ordered by release date. You can find more info for each game by clicking on their associated images.
Yes, Gears 5, not Gears of War 5 for whatever reason. In any case, I’m fairly excited about Gears 5. I’ve always played both Gears and Halo primarily for the story (even though a lot of people play them for the multiplayer), so I “have” to play Gears 5 just to continue the story, and I don’t mind it at all. Players will need to toss aside the testosterone for this one as they step into Kait’s shoes, the Cog from GoW 4 that was revealed to have some lineal connection to the Locust Queen Myrrah in an unexpected cliffhanger. That plot point alone will make the story of Gears 5 all the more interesting.
Call it addiction because that’s what it is. I love Borderlands for its…well, its everything. The humor, the guns, the loot, the writing. All of it. So, the question here is not “why play Borderlands 3?” The question is: “why the heck not?” The third installment in the Borderlands series includes 4 new vault hunters, all with brand new abilities, and the loot is MUCH crazier this time (looking at you, hamburger launcher). Another aspect of Borderlands 3 that I’m really looking forward to is the ability to travel to different planets. This will be undoubtedly be a great addition to the franchise.
DESTINY 2: SHADOWKEEP
Not necessarily a new “game” in and of itself, Shadowkeep is the seventh major expansion of Destiny 2, a game that has become something spectacular over the last year. Shadowkeep will bring with it new missions, new locations, and a significant rework to armor that I may discuss in a separate post. I am a Destiny 2 veteran. Having played through vanilla on PS4 and then switching over to Xbox One X, playing through vanilla again, and then each expansion (not to mention getting three characters to max power level on both consoles), I’d say I’m a fan of the game. It’s a no-brainer that I’ll be grinding Shadowkeep the night it comes out.
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: LINK’S AWAKENING
This is also not necessarily a new game, but a new remake of an old game. Link’s Awakening is one of the most beloved of the Zelda franchise, ranking up there with Ocarina of Time, so fans of the series are eagerly awaiting the arrival of a better looking, better feeling version of one of their favorite games of all time. I grew up with Zelda. The very first game of the franchise came out just one year before I was born, so I got to experience Zelda from its beginnings. Have I ever hated a Zelda game? Do I hate life? No. I’ve fallen in love with every Zelda game, and I expect I’ll fall in love with this remake as well.
THE OUTER WORLDS
The Outer Worlds is often referred to as the cure-all for those who were disappointed by Bethesda’s Fallout 76. Personally, I’m still enjoying Fallout 76. You can read about how I enjoy it here. Even so, I’m looking forward to what The Outer Worlds has to offer. The screenshots and game footage alone look beautiful, and I’m anxious to walk in a new world for a while. The studio behind the largely popular Fallout: New Vegas, Obsidian Entertainment, appears to have crafted something incredibly immersive and entertaining. I know I will at least be picking this up for a while, so long as the hype train doesn’t disappoint.
Okay, so sue me. I’m a Kojima fan, and that might be the main thing drawing me to this game. I don’t see why that’s so bad though. The dude makes great games. I’m a huge fan of his Metal Gear series, and Death Stranding is Hideo Kojima’s first game since then. Not to mention, Norman Reedus, who is undeniably recognizable to any Walking Dead fan in any screenshot taken from this game. The story is guaranteed to be deep and the character development will certainly be extensive. I am very much excited for this release, as I’m sure any fan of Kojima’s work is.
POKEMON SWORD AND SHIELD
Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield will be the first ACTUAL Pokemon games for the Nintendo Switch that stay true to the franchise’s original format. So, it’s obviously very highly anticipated by fans of the series. Pokemon Sword and Shield will introduce the Galar region as well as new Pokemon to discover. On top of that, it is scheduled to receive regular updates that will add even more Pokemon on top of what comes with the base game. I’ve been a fan of the Pokemon series since I was a kid, and now I’ve got my wife hooked on it. You can guarantee we’ll be playing Sword and Shield when they come out.
STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER
Yes. Please. No need to say more. Show some respect.
Biomutant is one of those games that looks charming, but also looks like it will be full of hardcore, action-packed, bad…butt-ness. It doesn’t yet have a specific release date, but I hope it sticks to its target of 2019 because I am just itching to give this game a go. The combat is noted as “martial arts style” that evolves over time, and that can only mean one thing: I’m going to feel like a mutant creature who took fighting lessons from John Wick.
It may not look like much, but Ooblets is likely to charm our socks off. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it charmed me right down to my birthday suit. Ooblets is a game I’ve been following the development of for a couple of years now and I have to say, I thoroughly like what I’ve seen. It’s like a hybrid of Pokemon and Stardew Valley, and it looks impressive to say the least. I’ll definitely be diving into some Ooblets when it releases, and you can count on me to keep you updated on my experiences with it.
This list is really nothing more than proof of how utterly broke I will be by the end of the year, but hopefully it nets you some information about upcoming games. What are your most anticipated games of 2019? Are there games in this list you aren’t looking forward to? Let me know in the comments.
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