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Some games I'm looking forward to playing in 2019!

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The New Year is here, and with it comes a whole new array of games to keep us gamers busy and satisfied. From what is being said in the news, us peeps think this might be the last full year of the current console generation. Usually we would presume that due to this fact the games coming out in 2019 should be the final bow for this console generation’s best developers. We are very excited to see what these game publishers have got up their sleeve. The titles we are looking forward to in 2019 consist of a variety of new games; one being a return of one of the greatest horror games ever to be made, an online shooter from beloved RPG developers and a game that us Disney lovers can’t wait to experience. Without further ado, the team at Monsoon Gaming would like to list the games we’re looking forward to playing in 2019.

(FYI – we’re very excited for The Last of Us Part II  Halo Infinite Dying Light 2 & Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order but since their release dates are not fully confirmed I’m afraid these will not be included in the list).

 

CRASH TEAM RACING NITRO-FUELED 

Release Date: June 21

Consoles: PS4, XBO, Switch

Crash is back in the Driver’s Seat!

I’ve been longing for this game for almost a decade now – casually using a PS1 emulator to replay Crash Team Racing over and over again. To be honest, this remake will be a difficult task for the CTR team. Finding a way to please the original game’s fans while also winning over a generation that recently experienced a game like Mario Kart 8 will be no walk in the park. Yet, I’s pretty sure the earned media his game has will help push it in the right direction, especially due to its huge cult following. This remake will not just be the same game, oh no sir, with new features and content you’ll be doing laps along with your friends and try beat the online leader board for hours of non-stop fun!

 

DAYS GONE 

Release Date: April 26

Consoles: PS4

The World comes for You.

Probably this will be one of the last exclusive PS4 games with all the talk of the PS5 coming out in 2020, I’m saying probably because Sony has literally been showing off this game at almost all their events (with lots of delays to boot). Despite the setbacks, the game does look promising. At its core, Days Gone is about survivors and what makes them human: desperation, love, brotherhood, and regret and bla bla bla. The real star of the game is its hostile open-world which will feature all manners of monsters, wicked beings and of course other men trying to end your sorry excuse of a life. While I would have loved to be torn apart by zombies in a post-apocalyptic world in 2018, I don’t mind waiting for 2019 to enjoy this experience. Don’t let me down Sony!

 

DEVIL MAY CRY 5

Release Date: March 8

Consoles: PS4, XBO, PC

Rocker Jeff Bridges, Emo Ezra Miller and Justin Bieber walk into the Underworld.

Fire and Brimstone this way comes. DMC is coming back baby! With more demon blowing carnage, cooler hair styles and the power of modern gaming technology. With a series that boasts over 16 million sales worldwide over 17 years it’s no surprise the game is ready to enter the modern world of gaming. This game being the first of the popular series to make its debut in the current generation – bringing back all the things us gamers love like awesome looking mayhem against them Devil hunters with scourging demon blood in their veins. Come back to us Dante! We’re so excited for this game we did a whole post about it here.

 

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. U DELUXE

Release Date: January 11

Consoles: Switch

Two Games in One, for Double the Fun!

Even though this game comes out in two days, it’s already being dubbed an awesome Nintendo Switch game. Critics say that rather than changing the Mushroom world around us, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a very approachable and feature-rich game that captures the sense of carefree adventure that many of us felt as kids. More importantly, the game contains a significant amount of challenge, both within its story mode and outside of it. This game has clearly been designed by a team that regards Super Mario World with as much affection as those of us who grew up with it. While this ‘NEW’ game still retains a healthy amount of its Mario magic, it still feels pretty much the same it did seven years ago.

 

FAR CRY: NEW DAWN 

Release Date: February 15

Consoles: PS4, XBO, PC

Discover a Pink World with the New Dawn.

The Far Cry series has taken me everywhere I wanted to check off my bucket list, exotic jungles, war-torn nations, rural America but this new Far Cry: New Dawn game wasn’t included – something different. I guess, this is what Earth in the Far Cry series looks like post-apocalypse, very pink if I do say so myself. Nevertheless, this premise fascinates me entirely. While all the signs are leading me to the conclusion that New Dawn will feature the same familiar suite of default gameplay I’ve grown to love/get bored of I still have a very good feeling that this game will be an awesome, if not best entry to the Far Cry series, touch wood.

 

KINGDOM HEARTS III 

Release Date: January 25

Consoles: PS4, XBO

The Power of Friendship vs The Darkness.

This is what I’ve been waiting for since 2004. While it hasn’t exactly been a long time since we’ve played a new Kingdom Hearts game, with 0.2 coming out recently and infamous sequels, prequels and re-releases Square Enix has certainly built a huge and passionate fanbase to the Disney based RPG. As most Kingdom Hearts geeks know, Square Enix & Disney have been teasing the launch of this game for quite some time now, especially since concepts of the game began as early as 2006, shortly after the launch of KH2. It wasn’t until E3 2013, after almost a decade in limbo, us KH fans finally found there was hope in Kingdom Hearts. This superb title will not only bring Disney classics into the fold like Toy Story but since Disney has grown monumentally since 2004 fans are awaiting a few surprises being included from Disney’s recent entertainment acquisitions.

 

MORTAL KOMBAT 11

Release Date: April 23

Consoles: PS4, XBO, PC, Switch

Brutalities and Fatalities!

I’ve been hearing of a Mortal Kombat-type project coming out in the past couple of months, but I didn’t think that it would be coming out so soon! I find that this gory, hyper-violent game effectively is what gaming is all about. What intrigues me is that Mortal Kombat keeps selling, but really and truly hasn’t changed much in the past couple of years. It’s still over-the-top, it’s still a hard-hitting game and I still love it when I rip Johnny Cage’s heart from his chest. I digress, the game will be featuring a roster full of familiar faces with the same gaming premise, and from what I see in the trailer it will probably live up to the hype it’s always had when a game of Mortal Kombat is about to come out – let’s hope and see.

 

RESIDENT EVIL 2

Release Date: January 25

Consoles: PS4, XBO, PC

The Survival Horror Masterpiece.

One game my ex-colleague didn’t shut up about, the Resident Evil 2 remake. I mean, he was talking about it for years, in fact, rumours about this game date back to the release of the Resident Evil remake for GameCube! Against the tides, and without a doubt I was startled to see Resident Evil 2’s official debut at E3 2018 and guess what? It managed to bring back the memories of my ex-colleague not shutting the f**k up about it, but at the same time it managed to meet my expectations on a game that has been worked on for the last couple of years. Horror meet my ex-colleague.

 

THE DIVISION 2

Release Date: March 15

Consoles: PS4, XBO, PC

Bigger Threats, more ways to Play.

The original Division game was an awesome game that sadly just briefly captures online shooter fans before being buried under some bad design choices and a frustrating lack of updates. Massive Entertainment, Red Storm Entertainment and so on realised this, and are well-aware to make The Division 2 a greater game than its predecessor. They have stated that this upcoming game will be bigger, more story-driven and ultimately more accommodating to groups of gamers. Do you think you’ll the team behind the Division another chance?

 

LUIGI’S MANSION 3

Release Date: TBA 2019

Consoles: Switch

Oh, Mamma Mia, Luigi!

As most of you know, the Luigi’s Mansion franchise has never been perfect. Some might say, it was never that great to start with when it came out on GameCube so long ago. Nevertheless, the original did capture that fun, quirky aspect of gaming that made Nintendo famous from games on the market at that time. Now, whether Nintendo has really pushed this game to the limit is but a presumption but with clever and improved gameplay, plus Nintendo’s recent success this game really might hit the mark on what Switch games really have to offer. We’ll just wait and see.

 

THE OUTER WORLDS

Release Date: TBA 2019

Consoles: PS4, XBO, PC

It’s like Fallout and Mass Effect had a Baby.

This is a game I think people need. After Fallout 76 I’m sure people got a taste of the action but want more – this is where The Outer Worlds comes in. The game is basically an Obsidian-developed Fallout sequel that many fans have been waiting for since New Vegas. Can you believe it, it’s finally here. 2019 brings an open-world RPG which features creative writing, choice making with true role-playing options that we’ve long been expecting. This king of looks like the brain child of the producers of Fallout, Mass Effect and something completely new. I cannot wait for this to launch!

 

SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE

Release Date: March 22

Consoles: PS4, XBO, PC

You are the One-armed Wolf.

I’m not a fan of Dark Souls, the other member of Monsoon Gaming is, but I’m not, I guess I don’t have the patience. And when FromSoftware said that Sekiro would not be like Dark Souls I had my doubts. It looked like Dark Souls and it appeared to be super challenging like Dark Souls. So yeah, I presumed it was like Dark Souls nonetheless. At least, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice borrows some elements from Dark Souls, but is completely different. A new samurai adventure that features a new awesome weapon system and the chance of a second wind, rather than losing everything like some other games. So for this game, I will give it a chance and hope it’s not like its predecessor.

 

ANTHEM

Release Date: February 22

Consoles: PS4, XBO, PC

Adventure Together, Triumph as One.

Bioware’s Anthem is the studio’s most talked about game in years, while there has been some negative opinions on the game – namely on microtransactions and originality (people are saying this game looks very similar to Destiny) – I am not one of those people. I am personally pretty stoked for this game to come out. Anthem is certainly a game which is different from the RPGs these publishers usually launch, but that’s really the trend nowadays – social play. In the game you will have the ability to team up to three other players in coop adventures. With each player’s choice of javelin exosuit, the game will consist of strategic elements to contribute to the team and take down the objective. What do you think? Will this game stop negative online comments about EA games? Or will they reinforce them?

 

METRO EXODUS

Release Date: February 22

Consoles: PS4, XBO, PC

Post-apocalyptic Russia in 2036!

Who here has played the Metro series? I haven’t, but from what I see I might just buy the bundle before playing this game. From what I see, the Metro series is one hell of a clever first-person shooter with a great environment for me to wreak carnage upon. As a story-driven first person shooter from 4A games that blends deadly combat and stealth with exploration (in a non-open world fashion), this upcoming shooter will expand the scope of the Metro concept by taking a new and better perspective on the end of the world.

 

RAGE 2

Release Date: TBA June

Consoles: PS4, XBO, PC

Dive headfirst into a Dystopian World devoid of Society, Law, and Order.

I forgot about the original Rage game. I know what you’re thinking; if it was so forgettable, why even put its sequel on this list? I mean it was part of this weird era of shooters that cause huge mayhem bla bla bla. Nevertheless, when viewing the trailer of Rage 2, I then started to think that maybe this game can be awesome. I mean check out the trailer below! It seems like Avalanche Studios brought back Rage from the dead to combine the best of several popular action games to produce something like Mad Max: Fury Road.

 

GEARS 5

Release Date: TBA 2019

Consoles: XBO, PC

The World is Crumbling.

Another fantastic exclusive game we’re dying to check out is Gears 5. Its predecessor, Gears of War 4 was an awesome Xbox game, given that its gameplay was slightly (emphasis on slightly) more innovative but the story was deep – a story we did not predict would come from such a game. It seems like Microsoft are loving this, and want to continue advancing this story with Gears 5, focusing on an intimate band of soldiers trying to complete a mission of revenge and redemption. Since this will likely be one of the last XBO’s exclusives, we’re hoping for the best!

 

CRACKDOWN 3

Release Date: February 15

Consoles: XBO, PC

STEP UP YOUR BOOM!

Ever thought what it would be like to play as Terry Crews and have the power of Old Spice running through your veins? Well, Microsoft have finally answered your prayers my children, get ready for the XBO’s hidden gem open-world title from the long forgotten Crackdown series. These games focused on outlandish, superhero-like gameplay giving players the chance to just go wild in a metro setting (this game is not Saint’s Row people, get over it). Since we haven’t heard of the Crackdown series for around 8 years now, the world of open-world games has changed substantially so we hope this game keeps true to its purpose while also updating us with new and innovative game mechanics. I want to be gallivanting around this open-world, blowing stuff up and being an all-round great smelling superhero.

 

YOSHI’S CRAFTED WORLD

Release Date: TBA 2019

Consoles: Switch

As Yoshi, you’ll Leap up High and Gulp down Enemies.

As some of you know, Yoshi’s Woolly World was one of the Wii U’s most underrated titles, and one of Yoshi’s greatest adventures. With this new upcoming game: Yoshi’s Crafted World, it seems like the producers wanted to replicate many of these qualities and create something a little different. I’m going to be honest with you, I have more questions about this game than I have answers. From watching the trailer I’ve found that the Woolly World formula is bolstered by the introduction of a new mechanic that allows players to ‘flip’ a stage and open new paths. Sounds confusing right? Let’s just say it’s not really going to be 2D if you get what I mean? Well it certainly peaked my interest and can’t wait to see what this game has to offer.

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