Today the Cinelinx staff is taking a look some of the video games they’re looking forward to playing the most in the New Year! Come inside to check out their picks!
There are a BUNCH of great looking video games on the horizon. While the back half of 2018 was positively stacked, that doesn’t mean there isn’t more for gamers to look forward to. As we did for films earlier this week, the team has gathered to break down the top fives each of them are the most excited about in 2019.
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order - Despite having seen little-to-nothing of this game, I’m still listing it. Mostly, I’ve been waiting for a non-Battlefront Star Wars game since they announced more Star Wars games were in the works since 2013! It’s been a long time since we’ve had something different in the galaxy far, far away and I’m eager to play it.
Skull & Bones - I don’t know why, but I’ve been enamored with Ubisoft’s Pirate focused game since it’s reveal at E3 2017. It just looks like a ridiculous amount of fun, bringing in some unique gameplay elements, while letting you live out your pirate life dreams (different from Sea of Thieves).
Fire Emblem: Three Houses - Fire Emblem has been dominating on the 3DS for a while now, but fans of the turn-based strategy game haven’t been able to enjoy the franchise on the “big” console for several years now (except for the Dynasty Warriors-esque version). Thankfully, the series is coming to the Nintendo Switch this year, promising new ways to play and bigger story possibilities. Having played all the games since Awakening’s release, I cannot wait to get my hands on this one.
The Last of Us: Part II (Hopefully!) - I honestly have no idea if Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us sequel will arrive in 2019 or not, but I’m crossing my fingers that we’ll finally get the chance to play through the next part of Ellie’s story in the months ahead. The first game remains one of my favorites of all time, with a gripping story and characters that have stuck with me longer after setting the controller down. If Naughty Dog can recapture just a fraction of that magic, we’re in for a treat.
Daemon X Machina - One of the genuine surprises from Nintendo’s E3 presentation was this gorgeous looking mech battling game. While we still haven’t heard much more about the game since its initial reveal, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the crazy action that first trailer promised.
Honorable Mentions: Death Stranding, Warcraft III: Reforged, Days Gone, Sekiro, Anthem.
DOOM Eternal - As most of you may know, I am a huge Bethesda fan, but more than anything an ID Software Fanboy. DOOM has a very special place in my heart and I have to I am so excited for Eternal. There will be more lore, more gore, and more action than ever before! The Slayer is taking back Earth from those demonic scumbags and nothing will stand in his way! I can't wait to slay demons all over again!
Rage 2 - Avalanche Studios plus ID Software, where can you go wrong? The wasteland in Rage 2 will be much larger and more open than ever. Even though Rage 1 wasn't the biggest success, this game will push the boundaries of what iD Software and Avalanche Studios have done in the past. I will go as far as saying I think it will fill in the emptiness that Fallout 76 left us with.
Devil May Cry 5 - Devil May Cry is one of the best series Capcom has ever created. Dante, Virgil, and Trish are some pretty amazing characters and the back stories have alway been some of my favorites, but Devil May Cry 4 was one of my favorite games of 2008. The fact that this a continuation 11 years in the making is pretty amazing! I cant wait to see what is in store for fans and figure out who the mysterious V is!
Mortal Kombat 11 - We are pretty huge fighting fans at our household. If were not playing Marvel VS Capcom 3, were playing MKX, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Injustice 2, Soul Calibur 6, and more. The Announcement at the game awards was amazing. I am really excited to see all the characters announced and the follow up the the awesome story laid out from MK9 to MKX.
Death Stranding - I have been a Kojima fan for years. When Metal Gear Solid launched on the PS1 it really did change my life. At the time, i really wasn't in to gaming that much. But when I realized the cinematic presence this game had, I finally realized what games could truly be! After the Kojima|Konami problem I was pretty upset as a fan that we wouldn't get another Metal Gear from Kojima, but not that Death Stranding is here to feel the void, i am beyond excited. Although we still don't know what it truly about, I think we all know that Kojima will make the game fun, beautiful, and story driven experience like none other.
Honorable Mentions - Days Gone, Skull and Bones, CyberPunk 2077, TLOU II, Metro Exodus
Wolfenstein: Youngblood - This is my favorite franchise this generations and a new full game is going to be totally awesome. The new twist on the story and advancement in the timeline is thrilling to me, and of course the stellar gameplay should return!
Devil May Cry 5 - Seeing Dante return is all it really took for me to get super excited for this game. DMC played pretty well and looked amazing, but missing my favorite character was a turn off. Blending the two worlds together and keeping the ultra stylish production really has me pumped.
Crash Team Racing - One of our childhood games is coming back! Anyone that didn’t own a Nintendo console always had CTR instead and we always pretended it was just as good, and maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. Either way the crew at Activision remaking these classics are 2 for 2 so far, and CTR should be just as great!
Mortal Kombat 11 - Honestly couldn’t be more excited for this game. I was expecting it to be announced at E3, but for some reason they waited till the Game Awards to finally show us an insane trailer. Any MK fans know that when Raiden is ticked off, things are going to be fun!
Death Stranding - Honestly, I’m more excited for this than anything! Kojima finally got his hands free from Metal Gear and it feels like we are seeing years of his ideas all coming together in one game. I honestly have no clue what the game is about, or why I should be excited, but it’s Kojima and I know he won’t disappoint me. Recent rumors from his studio suggest a 2019 release. Sign. me. Up.
Honorable Mentions: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Finally, something other than Battlefront), Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, Kingdom Hearts 3, Gears 5, Days Gone, The Last of Us, Cyberpunk 2077
Anthem - when i saw this it just looked like a good fun game. My only issue with this game is that it’s an EA game. As much as I’d like to get it I’m going to wait a bit before purchasing this one. EA is notorious for nickel and diming the crap outta people to purchase in game items to advance your character/gameplay.
Skull & Bones - when this game first came out it was just just a side game within Assassin's Creed 3, the controls were horrible and it was pretty frustrating to play. In Black Flag they had fixed a lot of the control issues and I personally spent about 3 months just sailing the caribbean being a pirate. Now we get the best part of the past few assassin creed games and get to sail around doing more pirate stuff. I just hope they don’t add so much other things to game that it gets in the way of gameplay.
The Division 2 - I liked the first game and I wanna get this one. That’s all.
Honorable Mentions: Days Gone, Cyberpunk 2077, Kingdom Hearts (only when available for Switch)
Pokemon Gen 8 - We don’t even have a name for this Pokemon generation and I’m already hyped for it. It’ll mark a huge change for the series, finally moving the main series games onto consoles. I’m using Pokemon Let’s Go as a base for what to expect for this one, and that can only mean good things. The 3DS titles have been struggling with frame rate for some time, and it’s my hope that the game on the Switch will provide me with a silky smooth Pokemon experience. Maybe they will finally reintroduce ginger hair as a character creation option, as it mysteriously disappeared from the last generation, to my greatest dismay.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice - I recently beat the Dark Souls trilogy for the first time and I’m all sorts of ready for more from From Soft. Couple that with my love for Japanese culture, and Sekiro is shaping up to be my kind of game. I haven’t seen much of the game since its E3 announcement, as I’m trying to avoid spoilers, but it looks like it’ll be the same sort of difficult boss grinding we all know and love by now.
Kingdom Hearts III - Kingdom Hearts was a fun game, but it never really grasped me. That’s mostly because the story and lore to Kingdom Hearts is as complicated as performing brain surgery while navigating a maze. That being said, I sort of love the silly twists and turns the game’s plot has to offer. I can’t make sense of any of it, but it’s a good laugh to be had while doing mental gymnastics to piece it all together. Kingdom Hearts III has been a game a lot of people have been waiting for for a very long time, and I’m glad to see it’s finally coming out. I personally can’t wait to be more confused by the story.
Jump Force - A younger me was so into the anime Bleach that she created about 15 characters based on the anime. She had her own death note, was fascinated by the life of a mangaka as shown in Bakuman, debated online which of “the big three” manga were best and why, and always looked for new exciting manga to read. That being said, I’m really excited to see all of Jump’s most famous characters in a game together. It’s going to be such an interesting crossover, with characters ranging from ninjas to extraordinary high schoolers to super strong aliens. I can’t wait!
Due to traveling and all the stuff involved with the holidays, a couple of our contributors weren’t able to get their full thoughts down in time, but there were able to share their general lists with us.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Kingdom Hearts III
Beyond Good & Evil 2 (Hopefully!)
If you thought your gaming backlog was already full, then 2019 is about to make it overflowing. The games look amazing and we hope they all can deliver on the experience. Which video games are you looking forward to most in 2019?