Games To Look Forward To In 2019: The Ultimate Guide

by Kahlia Meeuwsen, Gaming Columnist


Published in Gaming on 3rd January, 2019


There are a lot of fantastic things to look forward to in 2019! From fresh, new goals to building good habits, you're sure to be busy improving your life from the inside out. What better way to relax after an intense day of improvement than to play a fantastic new video game?

Just as you have goals in your own life, game developers have goals to crank out new games that will be enjoyed by a large audience. That's why there are so many to be expected in 2019, for just about every genre out there!

Here, we're going to take a look at the top 2019 video games to enjoy in the new year. These games come in several styles, genres and for many different platforms. Take a look, and you're sure to find a few to add to your gaming "must-have" list in 2019!

Session

Release Date: End of 2019

Platforms: PC, Xbox

Session

For those who are into skateboarding games, this is one that's going to be worth checking out. Though there has been a decrease in the number of these games in recent years, Session promises to be a revival of the genre. It offers expanded video capture, dual-analog controls and a whole lot more. Keep an eye out as news comes in for this game!

Trials Rising

Release Date: February 2019

Platforms: Xbox, Switch, PC and PS4

Some prefer their tricks on skateboards, while others would rather have them on a sweet dirt bike. In this game, you'll be able to race, customize and ride to your heart's content. There are several tracks you'll be able to ride on, designed to test your skills and keep you entertained. Furthermore, you can add your own personal flavor with bike skins and outfits that suit your tastes!

Dead Or Alive 6

Release Date: February 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Arcade, Xbox One

When you want something that aims to go beyond typical fighting-style button mashing, Dead Or Alive 6 is worth a look. The franchise hopes to make things a bit more complicated in this game than in previous members of the series. While it hasn't gotten the attention that you see with larger names like Tekken, Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter, it promises to be a game deserving of your time!

Afterparty

Release Date: TBD 2019

Platforms: 2019

A drinking game with Satan. Is there really anything more that needs to be said? In this game, two friends stuck in hell attempt to drink more than Satan so that they can escape to somewhere better. This game offers a lovely look, and is sure to be a good time. If you're interested, make sure to watch out for news on this game, such as when it will be released and what platforms it will be on!

Wargroove

Release Date: TBD 2019

Platforms: Xbox One, Switch and PC

When you want something for your casual gaming needs, this turn-based strategy adventure is a fun one to try out. It has a great, if simple, aesthetic which allows you to enjoy playing in a world filled with dragons, witches, skeleton dogs and knights. You'll be able to establish your dominance while fighting over important areas on the map. It's sure to be a great time!

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Release Date: June 2019

Platforms: Xbox, PS4 and Switch

crash team racing nitro fueled

While many remember flying turtle shells and magical stars, there are some who grew up with Nitro boosts and TNT boxes. For the latter, this game is going to be an exciting addition to the Crash Team Racing name. Here, you'll get plenty of competition, taking lap after lap with your favorite characters like Crash, Cortex, Tiny and a whole lot more!

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Release Date: TBD

Platforms: Switch

If you're a fan of the earlier Marvel Ultimate Alliance games, then you're sure to enjoy this one as well. For those who are familiar with Team Ninja, you'll be excited to know that it's behind the making of this Marvel addition. Fans of the older games hope to see a similar style in this one, allowing them to create their ideal teams for villain destruction.

Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course

Release Date: February 2019

Platforms: PC, Xbox

The original Cuphead made a huge splash for gamers of all kinds, and the developer hopes to carry on that trend with Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course. While it is technically DLC rather than a full game in itself, it is designed to be a large addition to the original game, allowing it to function effectively as a sequel.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Release Date: January 2019

Platforms: Switch

Super Mario Bros is a game that people can turn to when they want something a little more lighthearted and fun than many of the more intense games out there. On the Switch, this addition will provide you with a deluxe game, complete with everything you expect in great Mario games. Not to mention, you'll be able to play it on the fantastic Switch screen or your very own TV!

Yoshi's Crafted World

Release Date: TBD 2019

Platforms: Switch

The Mario games with unique appearances and styles are an absolute delight for the eyes. They make for a great palate-cleanser in between your more intense games and can be very enjoyable to play. In Yoshi's Crafted World, you'll be able to see a world filled with crafted environments and creatures mixed with a generally gorgeous environment. It's worth a look!

Luigi's Mansion 3

Release Date: 2019

Platforms: Switch

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Mario may be saving the princess, but Luigi is taking on the supernatural for the third time in this interesting series. Now you'll be able to complete spooky puzzles with Luigi on the Switch, which is sure to be a great time! This game claims to offer some fantastic level design, which may even prove to be the likes of highly well-known games like Zelda!

Mortal Kombat 11

Release Date: April 2019

Platforms: Xbox One, PC, PS4, and Switch

There's no beating a classic when it comes to fighting games, and this one claims to provide you everything you could possibly want in a Mortal Kombat game. With intense violence, cartoon gore and the best graphics yet, you're sure to enjoy beating up friends and strangers alike in Mortal Kombat 11. Just make sure to keep the violence in the virtual world!

Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night

Release Date: TBD 2019

Platforms: Xbox One, PC, PS4 and Switch

The most important thing to know about this game is that it's created by the creative mind behind some of the popular Castlevania games. Consequently, it offers a similar atmosphere, smooth gameplay and some creepy settings! Currently, the game is delayed to improve the quality based on feedback received from those who tried out the demo, but that delay is sure to pay off!

Indivisible

Release Date: TBD 2019

Platforms: Xbox One, PC, Switch and PS4

While many games have turned to action-packed, sometimes surprising combat, it's nice when a turn-based game comes out that can provide a more stable pace. Thanks to the money raised by fans who want to see this game become a reality, we'll be seeing it released sometime in 2019. It features gorgeous art, Asian mythology, and some fantastic abilities!

Shenmue 3

Release Date: August 2019

Platforms: PC and PS4

Fans of this franchise will be very excited to see a third member of the series. Ryu Hazuki continues his search for the person who murdered his father in this game. While the game may have aged, many fans are pleased to see not only a re-release of the series, but now this latest addition to keep the adventure going. We're looking forward to the charm that came along with the previous editions!

Crackdown 3

Release Date: February 2019

Platforms: PC, Xbox One

There are few things more important than protecting the world from danger, and in this game there is danger-a-plenty! Luckily, you play as an agent with the use of super powers, allowing you to take down villains effectively and with a lot of flair. It's up to you to take on the mega-corp and stop their nasty plans from moving ahead.

Jump Force

Release Date: February 2019

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC

jump force

Anime fans are sure to go crazy over this collaborated game! In this game, you'll find characters from Dragonball Z, Naruto, One Piece, Bleach and more! It's a brawler game that allows you to play characters in a 3v3 format, which is sure to keep things interesting! Jump Force promises to be an extremely diverse game with many characters for you to enjoy.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes

Release Date: January 2019

Platforms: Switch

This stylish game offers a great look and an interesting story. If you aren't familiar with Travis Touchdown, he's an assassin who makes use of a katana, and in this game he'll be taking on enemies with a lot of flair and absurdity. You'll also see some crossovers from other popular indie games such as Hotline Miami. It's sure to be a game that will hold your attention!

Nioh 2

Release Date: TBD

Platforms: PS4

While many worried that Nioh would simply be a look-alike of Dark Souls, it has proven to be much more popular than expected. So much so that there's enough demand for the Team Ninja developers to make a second one! Get ready for even more smooth action, interesting weaponry and an environment that is absolutely fascinating!

Ori And The Will Of The Wisps

Release Date: 2019

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

The Ori games bring you a unique look and a delightful story that is sure to impress. While it may look cutesey, it actually brings you quite a brilliant challenge as you travel as Ori through the dangerous Nibel forest. Though it is beautiful, you'll need to make use of some fantastic new abilities in order to make your way through it safely.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Release Date: TBD 2019

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC

If you loved the reboot of the original Wolfenstein, then you're definitely going to enjoy Wolfenstein: Youngblood! This game features the daughters of the protagonists in the previous game, Sophia and Jessica. When their father goes missing in a reality where Nazis were the victors of the war, they have to aid France in their liberation from Nazi rule as well as find their dad!

Gears 5

Release Date: TBA 2019

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Continuing this line of fantastic games is Gears 5, which involves an interesting new lead protagonist. You'll also see some returning fan favorites from Gears 4, which is sure to be enjoyable for those who have followed the series. Fans of Fortnite may also find this to be an interesting gaming pursuit, as it's made by the same developer!

Ghost Of Tsushima

Release Date: TBD

Platforms: PS4

ghost of tsushima

This is another fantastic samurai story, this one created by the developer of Sly Cooper and Infamous. You play as a swordsman, taking on the empire of Mongolia. Consequently, this is an ideal game for those who like living out real, historic events through the virtual world. There's a lot of melee in this one, and it's sure to be an intense dive into the feudal world!

Dreams

Release Date: 2019

Platforms: PS4

If you like playing and creating puzzles, Dreams is a game you'll definitely want to check out in 2019. Through the pre-built system, you can enjoy some crazy abstract puzzles when you feel like playing. On the other hand, when you're feeling creative you can make use of the creation tool, which will allow you to make art, game levels and more!

Psychonauts 2

Release Date: TBD 2019

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC

Those who are familiar with the original Psychonauts will recognize the unique art style and character designs present in this game. As it was brought back by the demand and assistance of fans, there are many out there who are going to be pleased to see a sequel! If your a fan of cult classic franchises, then make sure you check out both Psychonauts and Psychonauts 2 when it's released!

Jedi: Fallen Order

Release Date: TBD 2019

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC

There are many who have been awaiting a great new Star Wars game, and this might just be it! Made by the developer of Titanfall, this game allows you to play a padawan hiding from those looking to kill off all of the Jedi. As you might expect, it's an action-adventure game that shows a lot of promise. If you're interested in Star Wars, watch out to see what you can expect in this one!

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Release Date: March 2019

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, and PC

This is a great game for those who are interested in samurai stories. It comes from the developer of Dark Souls, so you know you're in for a great ride! With combat that requires a lot of precision, you'll also have your choice of many different gadgets to make use of. Sekiro is a game that combines the absolute beauty of feudal Japan with sheer fighting brutality.

Metro Exodus

Release Date: February 2019

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, and PC

metro exodus

The post-apocalyptic world is one that has become very popular in recent years. Metro Exodus makes this genre its own through using the environment of Russia. Cold and harsh, you'll have to face down not only the marauders and mutants, but also the dangerous climates. If you love sandbox-style survival games, this one is going to blow your mind!

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

Release Date: January 2019

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC

If you're looking for a flight simulator combined with an in-depth story, this is the way to go! You'll get plenty of dogfighting, a great look and a whole lot of drama. It's going to be even better for those who have a Playstation VR! You'll be able to enjoy the look and feel of flying a plane on your own, leaving the world around you in the dust!

Devil May Cry 5

Release Date: March 2019

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC

The fact that this is such a long franchise alone goes to show that it's one many people enjoy. This game promises more options, allowing you the use of three different characters with which to take on demons. Furthermore, you won't have long to wait into 2019 before the release of this one, as it's set to come out in March. Keep your eyes out for it as it hits the market!

Total War: Three Kingdoms

Release Date: March 2019

Platforms: PC

In a world where China is divided and filled with danger, you get to take on the role of a warlord intent on bringing honor and glory to your army. Not only will you need to be able to handle war well, but also be able to build the connections that will keep you strong against enemies that may be more powerful. Strategy and action mark this game as a great one!

In The Valley Of Gods

Release Date: TBD 2019

Platforms: PC

This is another of the more mysterious games coming out this year. What is known is that you play as the protagonist Rashida, exploring Egyptian ancient ruins. The developer promises a story that is sure to hold your interest and a look that is nothing short of enchanting. Make sure to try this one out when it hits the market if you love games with a great story!

Doom Eternal

Release Date: TBD 2019

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC

Fans loved the Doom reboot, and they're sure to love this sequel even more! With a unique design and a protagonist you're unlikely to forget, you'll be able to face on horrors of all kinds with flair. This simple, first person shooter isn't too difficult for new players to learn, and it presents a welcome respite for those who are familiar with the older Doom games.

Rage 2

Release Date: May 2019

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC

rage 2

This game presents a post-apocalyptic world with a punk twist. That way, you get style as well as action. It's made by the developers of Doom, so you know it's going to be packed with weapon action and plenty of enemies to take on. Furthermore, this is an open-world game, so you'll be able to explore and kill enemies anywhere you see fit!

Code Vein

Release Date: TBD 2019

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC

This intriguing game combines horror, anime vampires and a metropolitan apocalypse into a gorgeous game that's sure to gain a lot of interest. Creators claim that Code Vein is designed to be like Bloodborne with that anime touch. As a result, you'll be taking on vicious enemies like knights and slime waifus.

Anthem

Release Date: February 2019

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC

Who doesn't love a shooter with a touch of Sci-Fi? In Anthem, you'll be able to control a unique Javelin exosuit to take on anything that comes your way. This game offers a personality that allows it to stand out against other shooters on the market. If that's not enough to interest you, then knowing it's made by the same developers as the well-loved Mass Effect should!

Control

Release Date: 2019

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC

Superpowers and a weapon that is capable of shifting shape? What could be better? This game presents something brand new, in a mind-bending world that has come about as a result of experiments with something known as Quantum Break. It's up to you to face up to strange phenomena to reach the "oldest house". Definitely make sure you keep an eye out for this one!

Man Of Medan

Release Date: TBD

Platforms: Xbox, PS4 and PC

From the developer of Until Dawn, Man Of Medan is likely to be a game anticipated by horror fans everywhere. What will make this game unique is that it will be in the format of an anthology, rather than one continuing story. Because of that, it's sure to stay interesting, presenting you with frequent new stories. We're interested to discover how this one plays out!

The Sinking City

Release Date: March 2019

Platforms: Xbox, PS4 and PC

the sinking city

The Sinking City is a game that offers a combination of L.A. Noire and the very best aspects of Lovecraft stories. It takes place in a flooded city, where you are a private investigator seeking to uncover any mystery you can. If you're someone who loves doing a lot of investigating in games, this is an ideal choice!

The Division 2

Release Date: March 2019

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC

If you're familiar with Tom Clancy games, you're sure to be impressed by this one. It not only offers what we've come to expect from these games, but with a whole new atmosphere. In a post-apocalyptic world after a rampaging virus, there is a separation between those who are lucky and those who aren't. Those who exist outside the walls must fight for their very lives. Can you survive it?

A Plague Tale: Innocence

Release Date: TBD 2019

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in the time of the black plague? This game can give you a bit of an idea! It takes place in a Dark Age, plagued with giant supernatural rats that can take out humans with little effort. Playing through the eyes of three orphans, you'll have to hide, flee and make use of a simple sling shot to keep everyone safe.

The Outer Worlds

Release Date: TBD 2019

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC

If you're looking for a game with unique style, the Sci-fi 50's look of The Outer Worlds is a delightful choice! It's an RPG that appears to include some aesthetics from BioShock as well as Fallout. Furthermore, this game is sure to provide an excellent story that will keep you interested right up until the very end!

Resident Evil 2

Release Date: January 2019

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC

Resident Evil is a name that earns a lot of attention, and for very good reason. After the positivity from fans with regard to the original Resident Evil remake, the creators saw fit to put together a remake of Resident Evil 2 as well. In this fantastic survival horror, you'll be able to enjoy all of the Resident Evil 2 terrors in improved graphics, which is sure to make them more frightening!

Animal Crossing

Release Date: TBA 2019

Platforms: Switch

While there isn't a lot of information available for this newest addition of Animal Crossing just yet, fans are really riding the hype train! We're looking forward to seeing old friends like Tom Nook and Isabelle from the beauty of the Switch screen or television. Make sure to keep an eye out for news on this exciting franchise to find out what new features will show up, and when the release date will be!

Days Gone

Release Date: April 2019

Platforms: PS4

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This intense game brings a different view to zombie games than most. Unlike the common forms of undead in other games, these are known as "Freakers" and are the result of an illness which causes humans to become feral beasts. If that's not enough to set you on edge, then it's also worth considering that there can be instances when literal hordes of these beings can be chasing you down at once.

Skull And Bones

Release Date: TBD 2019

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC

Open-world is a huge thing in modern games, but what about open-sea? This game allows you to take on the high seas and control your very own warship. It's an ideal adventure for those who love pirates, and want to seek out that pirate treasure without having to worry about getting scurvy! From enemy pirates to supernatural creatures, this is one game that won't disappoint!

Dying Light 2

Release Date: TBD

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC

If you loved Dying Light, then you're sure to be interested in a sequel! This game is preparing to be your go-to zombie game for this year. It's uncertain when it will be released, but many are hoping for 2019. This one claims to offer an intense narrative, some gorgeous visuals and plenty of zombies! You may want to replay the original in preparation!

Kingdom Hearts 3

Release Date: January 2019

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4

Those who love following this intrepid story will surely love the newest addition to the Kingdom Hearts series. Starring Disney characters like Olaf, Rapunzel, Mike and Sully, and more, you definitely won't be bored with this game! With fantastic visuals, compelling characters and intense enemies, this is a great series for adults and children alike.

Far Cry: New Dawn

Release Date: February 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

If you adore Far Cry 5, then you're sure to be interested by Far Cry: New Dawn. After a long nuclear winter, organisms are starting to be able to flourish across the landscape once again. As a result, you'll see bright new animals, experience new kinds of life and fight back against highwaymen who live by no rules. Make sure you try this one out!

Biomutant

Release Date: TBD 2019

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC

This is one of the largest games that many are looking forward to in 2019. In Biomutant, you'll be able to play in an open-world environment with a creature you can fully customize. There are six tribes of different kinds of animals, each seeking control over the Tree Of Life as it withers. Furthermore, there's even a morality system that helps to control some of the choices in your game!

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