I recently wrote a blog about my most anticipated movies of 2019. I was thinking about writing a blog my most anticipated games of 2019, but I then read that The Game Awards planned to announce 10 games! I didn't expect any announcements that I would actually care about, but I decided to wait until after the awards to make this list. And I'm glad I did! I was pleasantly surprised about some of the news. So here I am, writing this blog. Of course, many games for 2019 have still not been announced, so this list would hypothetically change throughout the year. And it's always possible that some of these could be delayed into 2020. It's also worth noting that I may not get around to all of these, especially within the year of 2019. But I'll definitely keep my eyes on them and read the reviews when they come out, at a minimum. So, here we go!
10-Daemon X Machina
Release date: September 13 2019
Look, I don't know what the hell this game is, or what is going on in this trailer. I really know nothing about it at all, except that it's gorgeous and I want more. It's just so visually striking and compelling! I eagerly await more information about this one.
9-Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered
Release date: 2019
I have never played the original version of this game (never even owned a Gamecube). I DID, however, play a spinoff. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King was released on WiiWare. It was fantastic gem of a game. I'm sure that this game was nothing like it, but it got me really interested in the world of Crystal Chronicles. I am excited to dive in! Oh, and it will be nice to not have to worry about gathering multiple GBAs.
8-Yoshi's Crafted World
Release date: 29 March 2019
The only Yoshi game I've ever played is Yoshi's Island, which is quite excellent. This game looks quite different, but my goodness is it adorable! I just want to hug Yoshi. The gameplay looks fun and inviting. I like that it has co-op so I will be able to play with my wife.
Release date: 14 May 2019
I haven't played the first Rage. But this one looks great. Especially this latest trailer. Just a massive, ridiculous world full of guns and explosions. I look forward to exploding everything in sight when this game drops.
6-Kingdom Hearts III
Release date: 25 Jan 2019
I have never beaten a Kingdom Hearts game. I always reach a point where I get stuck, and I have no interest in grinding to level up. But I just love roaming around the various Disney worlds and meeting all the characters. And I've grown fond of Sora over the years as well. I highly doubt I'll beat this game either, but I expect to have a magical time regardless!
5-Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Release date: 21 June 2019
I bought the Crash N Sane Trilogy and hated it. Those games are truly sadistic and evil! But this? Looks great. I haven't played the original, but I surely want more kart racers in my life. Mario Kart is stupendous, but it shouldn't be the only game in town. And since Nintendo has shown zero interesting in another Diddy Kong Racing, Crash looks to be our one shot at another decent Kart Racer. Here's hoping it lives up to the hype!
Release date: November 22 2019
I don't need to tell you how great Doom 4 was. I only beat it a few months ago, so the announcement of Eternal was extremely pleasing to me. I am just overjoyed by what I've seen so far, and I can't wait to see what else they do to evolve the gameplay. Rip and tear!
3-Ace Combat 7
Release date: 28 Jan 2019
I have only played the 5th entry in this series, The Unsung War. It was an amazing experience. Flying around in what felt like photo realistic jets at the time was a glorious thing. And the story was one of the best I have ever experienced in a game. I don't know if 7 will live up to the quality of game that 5 was, but I have high hopes. The game looks great. And I haven't played a plane game in many a year. I will get this day 1, for sure.
2-Dusk (on Switch)
Release date: 2019?
DUSK actually releases tomorrow on PC! But I don't really play games on PC, especially not FPSs. The next goal for the publisher New Blood Interactive is to get the game on Switch. Eventually they'll get it on other platforms as well. But the Switch is just exactly where I want to play a game like this. I can replay it over and over while watching TV. It doesn't have a release date on Switch, but my gut says it will be within 6 months.
This game just looks awesome. Right up my alley. And I'll mention that it's only 1 of a few retro shooters coming out on Switch. Amid Evil and Ion Maiden are both heading over. I'm really hoping that Project Warlock makes the jump as well. I'm so happy to see this movement in the industry!
1-The Outer Worlds
Release date: October 25 2019
This game came out of nowhere. This is why I'm glad I waited until after the Game Awards to write this blog. This game just looks like exactly the RPG I need in my life right now. A new, vibrant Sci-fi world. Serious player choice. Quirky humor. I'll also plug the above video from ACG. He breaks down all of the info we have so far and points out some interesting things I'd have never caught from the footage released so far.
The only Obsidian game I've played is KOTOR II, which I really liked. I did think the writers kind of shoved their heads up their own asses. I was quite young when I played it, so maybe I'd appreciate it differently now. It did have excellent gameplay. Made perfect improvements to what was built with the first game.
I never played Fallout New Vegas. See, I played Fallout 3. And I loved the gameplay. I think VATS was a truly inspired bit of game design. But the world was just so unpleasant. I didn't like spending my time there. Eventually I reached a point after 20 or 30 hours where I just had no desire to be there anymore. So I put the controller down and I really haven't returned to Fallout ever since. But I have heard absolutely nothing but praise for F:NV and I slightly regret never giving it a whirl.
It might be foolish of me to get my hopes up so high about this game. It might suck, or at least be underwhelming. But I can't help it. Everything I have learned about the game intrigues me. I want more. And I really feel like Obsidian is in a position to give Bethesda a run for their money. I hope that Outer Worlds kicks all kinds of ass, and I hope that it makes Bethesda take a good hard look at what their doing with Starfield and ESVI and seek ways to grow those experiences in exciting ways. Competition is healthy, right?
So that's my list. What games are you looking forward to?