Top 10 Must-Have Video Games Set to Release in 2019

We might be in the final stetch of the current generation of video game consoles, yet it shows no sign of slowing down.

In fact, 2019 is shaping up to be yet another memorable year full of quality games that have been expected for a long time.

Below you will find my picks for the Top 10 must-have videogames set to release in 2019 that have already been announced.

#10 Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Release Date: 2019
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, Switch and Xbox One

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is a huge classic and I’m really excited for Koji Igarashi’s spiritual successor in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.

After one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns for a video game (amassing more than $5M USD), we’re finally close to being able to play this new masterpiece.

If you like 2D platforming with RPG elements, you absolutely need to add Bloodstained to your bucket list in 2019.

Kickstarter backers can play a demo of the game since last June.

#9 Rage 2

Release Date: Q1/Q2 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Back in 2011, id Software released Rage, a first-person shooter that set itself apart with driving segments and exploration. A big departure from Doom and Wolfenstein that failed to generate as much enthusiasm.

Almost a decade later, the same developers are back to work on a direct sequel with the help of Avalanche Studios (Just Cause series).

Completely over the top, stylish and chock-full of action, Rage 2 promises fires on all cylinders to create epic gameplay. Vehicular combat is back with a vengeance and the gunplay looks improved over the first title. I get Sunset Overdrive vibes from the art direction (an underrated gem), plus I like how you can use powers that make you feel like a god damned superhero.

#8 Anthem

Release Date: February 21, 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

I know what you’re thinking: why isn’t Anthem higher up on this list?

The reason is simple: although I think the game will be a success, I’m cautiously optimistic about it being published by Electronic Arts.

Anthem remembers me of a cross between Monster Hunter and Gundam. You equip exosuits called Javelins and hunt alien creatures on a huge planet. What I like most from what we’ve seen is the freedom of movement; being able to breeze across the sky and a moment later exploring the depths of a river seemlessly.

Anthem has a lot of potential and can be the perfect co-op experience IF BioWare doesn’t mishandles development because of EA.

#7 Days Gone

Release Date: February 22, 2019
Platform: PlayStation 4 exclusive

I’m a sucker for zombie games and Days Gone feels like a dream come true.

SIE Bend Studio didn’t just aim to create yet another Dead Rising-like experience: they went full throttle.

Players control Deacon St. John, a former outlaw turned bounty hunter and general badass. The post-apocalyptic world of doom and gloom might not be original, but I like how you will be able to customize your bike and take on the “Freakers” using stealth or full-on assault.

One of Days Gone’s most promising features is the presence of zombie hordes that roam around the map in real time. While usually freaks are slow (unless you’re watching 28 Days Later), in this game they run at you like crazy like a pack of bloodthirsty hounds.

#6 Metro Exodus

Release Date: February 22, 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

I always had a soft spot for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and the Metro series kinda remind me of this incredible game.

Metro Exodus is a first-person shooter set in a post-apocalyptic world. Not too interesting of a promise, but the gameplay is where it shines.

You’ll be scavenging for weapon parts, hunting radiated atrocities across a wasteland and traverse environments that have both linear and open world segments.

The previous Metro games had great atmosphere and great action. Exodus is a big leap forward, the maturation of an already impressive series.

#5 Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Release Date: March 22, 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

After Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls and Bloodborne in the last few years alone, FromSoftware is on a roll to say the least.

The developers are hard at work on a new IP called Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. You take control of a shinobi in 16th century Japan, weilding a katana to defeat your foes.

The main character has other tools at his disposal, including a handy grappling hook for fast traversal.

Close to Nioh from Team Ninja (but without the RPG elements), Sekiro definitely has a lot of potential to surprise us come 2019.

FromSoftware are masters at creating satisfying combat and excellent atmosphere.

#4 Shenmue III

Release Date: August 27, 2019
Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

If you owned a Dreamcast, you had to play Shenmue. It was — and still is, to an extent — groundbreaking at the time.

The first two games never really told the whole Ryo Hazuki’s story, leaving fans with a real cliffhanger.

More than 15 years later, director Yu Suzuki aims to give us a proper finale with Shenmue III.

Another Kickstarter success story, the project met its initial funding goal of $2M USD in less than 8 hours.

Recently, Sega released HD ports of the original games and they still hold up. I am confidant Yu Suzuki and his team will meet gamers’ expectations next year.

#3 Devil May Cry V

Release Date: March 8, 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

“The time has come and so have I”

After a long break from the Devil May Cry series, director Hideaki Itsuno is almost ready to kick ass and take names with Dante’s latest.

Despite their best efforts with DmC: Devil May Cry, Ninja Theory didn’t quite reach the same level of quality we expect from the series.

Powered by Capcom’s RE Engine, DMCV looks absolutely stunning in motion, a real andrenaline rush. The music also elevates its action scenes.

This time, you’ll fight demons alongside Nero and try to put an end to demon invasions once and for all.

#2 Resident Evil 2 Remake

Release Date: January 25, 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

“We do it!”

Every Resident Evil fan remembers Yoshiaki Hirabyashi’s awesome message about Resident Evil 2 Remake being greenlighted by Capcom.

No, it’s not fixed camera angles anymore. And the stellar soundtrack is (mostly) gone. But these criticisms are moot in the face of what I consider to be a masterclass in graphics and atmosphere. To say the remake looks great is an understatement.

There’s no doubt Capcom poured a lot of love into this project to make sure it captivates a new generation of gamers and properly pays tribute to one of the best games of all time.

#1 Kingdom Hearts III

Release Date: January 29, 2019
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Tetsuya Nomura’s got a lot of flack for Final Fantasy Versus XIIIBut the thing people forget about is how artists create content that will be remembered for years to come.

Kingdom Hearts III has been a very, very long time coming. The last main title in the series was released more than a decade ago. Powered by the current generation of consoles, Sora and his friends from Disney universes look better than ever — almost like a movie in motion.

The gameplay seems fun and we can see how much efforts Square Enix devoted to create an unparalleled experience. I’m confidant Nomura’s most ambitious project will sell blockbusters and manage to captivate players all around the world.

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