2019 promised to be one of the best years for gaming. With many new titles have been announced late in 2018, gamers around the world have started planning about which ones to buy and which ones to illegally download (oops)!
Games Radar compiled some of the most significant new games of 2019 that we’re most anticipating, along with some sleeper hits you might not have heard of. For this article, I will be compiling five games that I am most excited about.
DEAD OR ALIVE 6
“With Tekken 7 and Soul Calibur 6 going strong, it was only a matter of time until the other big 3D fighting game series entered the fray. They say if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it, so Dead or Alive 6 is offering more of Team Ninja’s flashy, fast-paced fighting full of counterattacks and ridiculous stage hazards. Two new characters join a roster of fan favorites – NYC brawler Diego and electricity-infused Nico – and beginners should enjoy the addition of a one-button auto-combo called the Fatal Rush. Dead or Alive 6 will have a full-fledged (and no doubt endearingly corny) story mode, and also features another extensive array of character costumes.”
THE DIVISION 2
“As shared-world multiplayer games go, Tom Clancy’s The Division has enjoyed such an interesting, surprisingly long lifespan. Ubisoft’s third-person shooter, set in the snowy streets of smallpox-afflicted New York City, was a commercial success at launch, but the sparse end-game content eventually left many players cold. Undeterred, the development team kept refining the game with years’ worth of improvements, leading to what is now a cult hit with a small army of dedicated players. The Division 2 aims to build on that success, taking place in Washington, D.C. seven months after the events of the first game’s outbreak. With the new class system, eight-player raids, and an overhauled game engine, there should be a lot to love in The Division 2 for anyone who enjoys shooting thugs and looting their bodies for better gear.”
MORTAL KOMBAT 11
“NetherRealm Studios has such a good thing going, able to alternate its mastery of highly polished fighting game design between the Mortal Kombat and Injustice franchises. This year, NetherRealm is going back to its bone-crunching, intestine-obliterating roots with Mortal Kombat 11, which expands on the different playstyles of Mortal Kombat X’s Variations with customizable moves, and includes collectible gear in the same vein as Injustice 2. You can expect another extensive, lavishly rendered storyline in Mortal Kombat 11, which will focus on the corrupted Dark Raiden and the evil machinations of time travel.”
A PLAGUE TALE: INNOCENCE
“Amicia and Hugo are in a living nightmare. A Plague Tale: Innocence follows these orphan siblings and their struggles in a Dark Age not unlike the first Dishonored, where swarms of supernatural rats have started to nibble at society and citizens’ sanity bit by bit. Said rats are the size of footballs, and can devour humans in no time flat; fortunately, you can ward them off with sources of light. As Amicia, you’ll have to watch after your little brother while the two of you flee from the fanatical Inquisition, sneaking around danger for some tense stealth gameplay. You’ll grow up real fast the first time you take out an Inquisition guard’s lamp with a carefully aimed slingshot and watch as he’s eaten alive by vermin, screaming all the while.”
ORI AND THE WILL OF THE WISPS
“Ori and the Blind Forest is an absolutely enchanting game, with gorgeous, hand-painted backdrops, an affecting story, and the kind of demandingly difficult 2D platforming that’s hard to put down. And fortunately, this gem is getting a sequel: Ori and the Will of the Wisps, which takes us back to Ori’s beautiful but treacherous world and shows us new regions and creatures in the lush Nibel forest. Details are still hazy, but it looks like Ori will be teaming up with a purple-feathered owl whose species seems to have been wiped out (save for one) by some calamity.”
Many other games are set to be launched this year, so get your gears ready because it’s now playtime!