Daily Rant, Video Games

Day 289: Most Anticipated Games of 2019

The new year is almost upon us, and with it we’re getting all new games to look forward to! And if 2017 and 2018 have been any indication, than 2019 will be a good year. That, or it will break the chain and being a massive disappointment.

Please god don’t be a disappointment.

Many long awaited games are finally dropping this year. Whether they’re sequels to franchises long devoid of any new entry or a brand new IP, these games have been in the oven for a long time, and they are smelling great. Most infamous and delicious smelling of all is the long long awaited Kingdom Hearts 3.

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This game looks like it’ll have everything I look for in the Kingdom Hearts games: really fun and challenging action RPG gameplay and a plot so ridiculous and stupid that you can’t help but laugh. The convoluted mess of edgy character designs and Disney fan fiction that Tetsuya Nomura calls a ‘plot’ will finally come to a close and we can all move on.

Oh, and did I mention that this game look damn good? Cause this game looks damn good.

I have no doubt that I’ll sink many hours into this game. Sure, the story will undoubtedly be a fucking mess in all the best and worst ways, and I will certainly smash at least one controller (damn me and my desperate pursuit for that sweet difficulty conquering high) but I have no doubts in my mind that it’ll be a good time. It looks dumb and fun, and that’s all I need.

Speaking of dumb, fun and gorgeous, let’s talk about the other sequel that everyone’s been waiting for: Devil May Cry 5.

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I fucking love Devil May Cry. It’s anime as fuck, featuring some of the most intense and goofy action in any game I’ve ever played. It dials the insanity meter up to eleven, then breaks the damn thing and brings it up to ten thousand and I fucking love it! So naturally, when DMC 5 was announced, I was super excited, and everything I’ve seen has only built on that excitement.

The main contributing factor being the song ‘Pull My Devil Trigger’, which I’ll admit: I’ve listened to that damn song a few dozen times too many. It’s fucking awesome.

Everything looks awesome. The game looks fantastic visually speaking, the combat looks fun as hell (and from what I’ve heard, the music gets more intense depending on how well you play, which if that’s true: I’ll have to get really fucking good at this game), and the inklings of the story that we’ve seen thus far catches my interest. Again: it looks intense, goofy and fun.

Hey, so long as I’m smiling like an idiot and screaming “Fuck yeah!” at the top of my lungs, that’s enough for me.

And now for the exact fucking opposite: Sekiro, Shadow’s Die Twice.

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From Software has made some of my favorite games of all time. Dark Souls and Bloodborne have brought me and my friends closer together. On top of that, it escalated my gaming skills by a large degree. Hell, I’m pretty sure my constant pursuit of a difficulty-induced high is because of their games.

I’m chasing a dragon, and that dragon is victory.

Naturally, when the newest Souls-like game from the creator of the genre was announced to be a Japanese style game, my interest was peaked even further. Ancient Japanese folklore is one of my favorite topics to study, and it’s a fascinating setting for games to explore. If Nioh was better than ‘meh’, I’d probably have played it for over a few hundred hours.

Sekiro looks like it’ll provide everything I need. Brutal difficulty, terrifying and fascinating monsters, and an unsettling but beautiful world. It’ll shove a sword straight up my ass (and then shove another few dozen up there with it), but hey. I’m a mild masochist, so I’m sure I’ll find some pleasure in it.

Going back to the other end of the spectrum, let’s talk about the game where you do the ass destroying: Doom Eternal.

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I couldn’t find a poster or box art, I’m sorry.

The last Doom game is easily one of my favorite first-person shooter games. Whenever I need to feel like a bad-ass and relieve some stress, I’ll boot up Doom and just slaughter some demons. No other game gets the blood pumping like this one.

Doom Eternal looks like more of that, but with even more options for demon ass destroying! It has everything: jumping around, shooting straight up to an enemy with a grappling hook, and even PVP invasions!

OH MY GOD IT’S THE DARK SOULS OF DOOM GAMES GUYS!! (I’m so sorry, I’ll see myself out…)

If you have doubts about how wonderfully brutal, bloody and no-holds barred this game is, just think about this: the Quake-Con gameplay reveal was enough to ignite controversy thanks to the background dialogue in the levels. The game isn’t even out yet, and it’s already living up to the Doom legacy.

Now, before we talk about the game I’m most looking forward to, let’s burn through some honorable mentions. These are games that I doubt I’ll play, but they definitely look solid (though I do have my personal doubts about some of them). They are:

  • Resident Evil 2 Remake
  • Metro Exodus
  • Days Gone
  • Gears of War 5
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World
  • Left Alive
  • Biomutant
  • Jump Force
  • Code Vein
  • Anthem

Now, for my most anticipated game of 2019: Psychonauts 2.

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The original Psychonauts is my favorite game of all time. It’s a perfect blend of nostalgia, genuine quality and genuine impact on my life. It is easily the most important game in my entire life.

And no one in the world has ever fucking heard of it!!

I have awaited this sequel for sixteen long, painful god damn years! Shut the fuck up Kingdom Hearts fans, you don’t know what pain is! You at least had spin off games! Not counting the VR game Rhombus of Ruin, this will be the first (and probably only) sequel my favorite game will ever get, and it looks absolutely fantastic.

It has everything Pyschonauts needs. The levels look bizarre and fun in every way, the story seems simple but engaging, the character designs are completely unique and fit the Psychonauts style perfectly, and just… god everything looks so god damn good! How am I supposed to wait another few god damn months when we’re this close?!

You can go on about Kingdom Hearts 3, Devil May Cry 5 or Anthem. I can’t blame you for it either. But as excited as I am for some of these games, I will take Psychonauts 2 over them any day of the week. Or month. Or year.

Or decade.

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