2019: An exciting year for games

Another year comes another array of great games to play.


Entertainment Weekly

Some of the most anticipated games of 2019.

As 2018 came to a close, we were left with a year full of groundbreaking titles in the game world, from crazy triple-A adventures such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War to small studio indie masterpieces like Celeste and Into The Breach. The gaming industry hopes to continue this trend in 2019 with some much anticipated releases.

1. Devil May Cry 5

“Dante” fighting an overworld enemy.

The former king of 3D action genre returns after years of hiatus. The Devil May Cry series is known for its flashy combo system and thrilling cinematic experiences that are rivaled by few. With the latest installment back in Capcom’s hands this year, fans hope for the game to return to its former glory. The unforgiving difficulty and interesting storyline should provide fans with a refreshing take on the classic title while simultaneously introducing new players to the excitement of the series.

2. Kingdom Hearts III

“Sora” standing with his newly acquired monster friends.

One of the most unique and fun titles of all time, Kingdom Hearts, supplies a lighthearted story with some of the most exciting visuals and creative combat to date. If an action RPG with Disney characters isn’t a great concept, I’m not sure what is. The game’s depth allows for children and adults alike to enjoy an experience that is tailored to them. The gameplay of Kingdom Hearts always outplays the story; as long as they keep the storytelling to a minimum while ramping up the high action moments the series is know for, this game should easily be one of the best of 2019.

3. My Friend Pedro

Devolver Digital
One of the various levels of the game.

Devolver Studios is coming off of their best year to date, giving fans back-to-back hit games like Enter the Gungeon and Hotline Miami. This studio has a promising year ahead of them, with their main focus on new 2d platformer extravaganza, My Friend Pedro. The best way to describe it would be: A guy riding a skateboard, using guns, flies through levels with some of the coolest physics engines seen in gaming. The core mechanic acts as a catalyst for creativity and will have players return to it over and over again for the unique experience it will provide. I could easily see this game being one of my personal favorites of 2019 and many others alike.

4. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

From Software
Grappling through the ancient town.

From Software’s new take on a combat based, action boss, rush style game comes Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This game takes your favorite aspects from games like Shadow of the Colossus and Dark Souls and blends them into a fast-paced, boss-centric style. These games are known for their immense difficulty that often turn some players away from the game. “Sekiro will still be challenging, but this time combat will be based less on pattern recognition and more on experimentation. In Sekiro, there are multiple ways to take down foes,” Software’s president Hidetaka Miyazaki explained.  Having the ability to take down foes as you wish and play the game how you want causes a great user experience and will make fans keep wanting more.

With the bulk of new and exiting games being released, 2019 could be a year to remember.