There are so many good video games coming out in 2019, and we're pretty sure it's going to take up all of our hard-earned cash. We've got a Star Wars game on the way, and finally, the next story in the Shenmue saga!
We've picked out our most anticipated games of 2019 and put them all in the same place for you so you know how many extra hours to pick up at that side hustle of yours.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Okay, we don’t know a whole lot about this game, but it is a Star Wars game, so you know you’re going to want to play. It’s coming out for holiday of 2019, so we have a bit of time and we’ll get news along the way. We do know that this is going to take place after Revenge of the Sith and has to do with a “surviving Padawan” after Order 66. There are rumors that say this is about a character named Cal, but it’s not confirmed. It’s going to be single-player and has lightsaber duels. That’s really all we know. Still, we want this right now!
While this trippy Hideo Kojima opus more than likely isn't hitting store shelves in 2019, a faithful fan can dream, can't she? This fever dream of a game that features Norman Reedus as some sort of bizarre delivery man with a strange fetus in his stomach (and in some strange artificial womb) looks absolutely amazing, even if we have no earthly idea what's going on.
Kingdom Hearts III
Sora is coming back in Kingdom Hearts III along with so many Disney characters. This game has been teased for years, and it’s almost happening! We’re going to see characters from Frozen, Toy Story, Big Hero 6, Pirates of the Caribbean, Monsters, Inc., and apparently, there is popsicle-eating. There is so much more! Get your Mickey ears on and get ready to play!
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 2 is a survival horror classic, and no one does it better than Capcom. Building on what made the original game so amazing back in the PlayStation era, this glorious remake takes series favorites like Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield, gives them stunning new looks, and revisits the seminal Resident Evil title in a manner that should please both new and old fans alike. Plus, who doesn't love HD zombie gore? More, please!
We finally got the trailer for the upcoming game Anthem at the 2018 Game Awards and everyone was floored. Just read the description! “Through the power of the javelins, skilled pilots called lancers were able to fight back against this perilous world. But a new enemy has emerged, seeking to harness the limitless power of the Anthem. And if they succeed, nothing will stand in their way.” “The walls can only do so much, but with the power of the Anthem at my fingertips, I will end all this needless suffering.” This is so much!
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
Travis Touchdown is back again, though this time the punk rock otaku assassin has been down for the count for quite some time. He's forced to get back into the game when Bad Man, the father of Bad Girl, comes looking for vengeance for Travis murdering his daughter. The two manage to somehow get sucked into a video game console in the middle of their scuffle, and you've got to help them find their way back out. More Suda51 goodness until we finally get a No More Heroes 3? Count us in!
Nintendo fans can finally get their adorable animal fix next year. We’ve been waiting for a new Animal Crossing game forever! Okay, fine, we’ve been waiting since 2012 when we got New Leaf on the 3DS. Animal Crossing is finally coming to the Nintendo Switch. This means you can hang with your little buddies in the park, on a plane, with a fox, or in a box. Apologies to Dr. Seuss.
It may be hard to believe, but the Dreamcast RPG that set hearts ablaze and ignited lifelong loves for the genre is getting a third game, and it's coming as early as next fall. Protagonist Ryu Hazuki continues his quest of seeking out his father's killer against the backdrop of 1980s China, but the game is so much more than that – we can't wait to dive right in.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Okay, we don’t have very much info to go on for the mobile game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, but it’s made by the same people who did Pokemon Go. You know how Muggles can’t see what is right in front of them in terms of Wizarding World stuff? That’s pretty much what’s happening here. Through AR, you’re going to be able to see doors in things and golden snitches and, oh my owls and wands, this is going to be an obsession. Heck, watching people yelling out spells in the park is going to be entertaining on its own.
Sayonara Wild Hearts
This unique indie game is billed as a "pop album" video game, featuring motorcycles, skateboarding, lasers, swords, dance battles, and "breaking hearts at 200 mph." It also features a young woman exploring another identity as she becomes her other self: the masked biker known as The Fool. With a custom-written pop soundtrack and a mishmash of pop culture references, this promises to be one of the coolest games of 2019 by far.
Obviously, we're suckers for cute stuff, and Luigi is, hands down, the best Ghostbuster out there. (Different franchise, but still.) We love anything to do with the plumber brothers, and there is just nothing better than vacuuming up ghosts. The Switch is going to get a bunch of super awesome games in the coming year, and maybe we can brush some of the dust on it that has accumulated since we finished Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Gears of War 5
The war against the Locust rages on, though this time Gears focuses on its female protagonist, Kait Diaz. She's embarking on a mission that's all about her, as she reconnects with Marcus Fenix and he advises that she should head "north" to find the answers to all the questions she's been having about herself as of late. Is her grandmother the leader of the Locust army herself, Myrrah? We can't wait to find out – and be this badass lady leader in the process.
Ori and the Will of the Wisp
Ever see something so beautiful it makes you drip water from your eyes? Don’t laugh. If you’ve played Ori and the Blind Forest, you totally understand. It’s gorgeous and it will make you dream about the game. The trailer was so lovely that even the character who looks like a spider is adorable. Go, watch the trailer and tell us this isn’t the most stunning game you’ve ever seen. Now, we just need a VR version of this.
Skull & Bones
Pirates. Really, is there anything else you have to say? You get to customize your boat with crew and cannons, and even pick the figure on the front of it. Look, we really only have the gameplay walkthrough above to go on, but it does look like a blast. Boats can be hard to deal with in terms of navigation, but hey, if it manages to be better than Cell-da (heh, heh), it’s going to be at the very least fun to play.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
For someone who started playing video games back in the days of Atari (otherwise known as days of yore), the beauty of the game trailers coming up for next year is just mind-blowing. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice looks like an epic adventure with some ridiculously beautiful landscapes and visuals. Just watch the trailer and look at the scene with the umbrella and the snow.
Devil May Cry 5
At the Game Awards, we got a new extended cut showing what’s coming in Devil May Cry 5, the first sequel in a very, very long time. We got to check out all three playable characters, including V, which had never been seen before. Just try to watch this trailer and not start looking for a TARDIS! We’ve been huge fans of this series, silly as it has been in the past. It’s just delicious hacking and slashing and we cannot wait for more!
What games are you most excited for in 2019? Let us know in the comments.