From the bandits of Red Dead Redemption 2, through the destructive deities of God of War, to the beautiful rolling of Spider-Man’s web, 2018 has treated us very well when it comes to game releases. We have had several masterpieces over the last 12 months, but we are greedy, and we want even more. Fortunately, 2019 seems to be ready to keep our interest awake. Also, although there are many games announced that we could not wait to play, we have given priority to the titles that we are sure we will see this year (sorry, Death Stranding, The Last of Us Part II and Cyberpunk 2077).
Resident Evil 2
Survival horror fans of a certain age are still casting nostalgic glances at two sequels that changed the genre and remained one of the best examples: Silent Hill 2 and Resident Evil 2. While the former had an HD remake about Years in the Silent Hill Collection, those who wished to revisit the first raid in Raccoon City with a fresh coat of paint had to be patient. Fortunately, en 2019 this patience will be rewarded with a new remake of Resident Evil 2 that takes advantage of the fantastic graphics technology Resident Evil 7. We were big fans of Resident Evil 7, and we cannot think of anything better to go back into one of the classics of the series, especially if it means seeing the fantastic hair of Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield in more detail.
Trials Rising (February 12, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC)
We loved Trials Fusion, the latest installment in the series of platform games for motorbikes from developers Ubisoft and RedLynx. This means that Trials Rising will not be difficult to sell, as the series has shown again and again that its mix of simplicity, excellent design, and sometimes unbearable precision is a winning mix, and we have high hopes that this upcoming release will not disappoint. With a host of new races, a more solid configuration than Fusion and an immense variety of obstacles to save, Trials Rising seems to be one of the funniest video games you can have on two wheels. Better yet, it’s the first of the series to hit Switch, and we cannot wait to test our ingenuity and skill with the Joy-Con. Just remember the helmet.
Anthem (February 22, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
We cannot wait for Anthem, the next third-person RPG from EA’s BioWare studio. The proposal seems to follow the recent tonic of industry franchises, such as Destiny or films like Avatar and presents an environment in a primitive and shared world where the player must face various dangers that will make him stronger at every step. With a cooperative mode for four players as one of its primary qualities, Anthem does not forget the lone wolves, offering them the possibility of obtaining many rewards. What is clear is that the incredible Javelin, the extremes that carry their protagonists and that by appearance and characteristics remind those of the Crisis saga, offer incredible playability possibilities and enormous possibilities of personalization.
Crackdown 3 (February, Xbox One, PC)
Marvel’s Spider-Man is now the point of reference for open-world superhero games, and its brilliant blend of exploration, lighthearted combat, and lightness to the touch making it a challenging game to beat. Crackdown 3, although it does not have the same seal of Spidey in the comics, almost certainly it will be a superhero game based on the destructive powers of the superhuman characters of the previous games. The new character, Commander Jaxon, brilliantly captured by actor Terry Crews, will offer a wide range of modalities with, of course, the cooperative campaign for four users at the front. Players will have the opportunity to wreak havoc in an urban landscape tinged with science fiction, replete with the art that has come to define the aesthetics of the series. If 2018 was the year of Spidey, there is a good chance that 2019 belongs to Crackdown.
The Division 2 (March 15, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
The Division of Tom Clancy was a great success at its premiere in 2016. The title offered us a brilliantly executed Manhattan, where tactical skills kept players constantly on the alert. Now, with this second installment, Ubisoft promises new weapons, a new skill system, and a new open world to explore, this time in a completely collapsed Washington DC. It also offers a new and interesting campaign, but let’s be honest: it is the cooperative mode that most players will be eager to play. This is no surprise, given that his predecessor offered some of the most memorable multiplayer emotions in years, and we do not doubt that The Division 2 can live up to these high standards.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (March 22, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
A new version of Hidetaka Miyazaki and From Software will always get our attention and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is no exception. The bloodthirsty samurai seems to mix Miyazaki’s familiar traps (brutal levels of difficulty, with brilliant combats) with something new. The endless personalization disappeared the great variety of weapons and objects, to provide further emphasis to stealth. Now, the protagonist wields a sword – the Mortal Blade -, and Miyazaki promises something fresh and different from Dark Souls and Bloodborne. What we have seen of Sekiro so far has left us speechless, and we cannot wait to have it in our hands in 2019.
Days Gone (April 26, PlayStation 4)
Yes, Days Gone is a zombie game. Yes, it is an open world. And yes, we’ve seen both open-world games and zombie games many times before. Does that discourage us? Not. The next Sony Bend Studios title – creators of Uncharted: The Golden Abyss – has been at the forefront of many players’ wish lists since the game’s trailer fell months ago. You know, where literal hordes of zombies chase the main character, Deacon St. John, while he desperately escapes on foot, so they do not eat his sweet and savory brain. But you will not only have to run, but you will also have to make use of all the weapons that you have on hand in this launch that bets on exploration and action more intense and wild.