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Published on February 4th, 2019 | by voxx


5 Must-Have Games for 2019

2018 was an astonishing year for games in both the triple A and Indie gaming circles, with hits like Return of the Obra Dinn, Celeste, and Spiderman gracing our online stores. 2019 could be just as big, and with the current generation seemingly breathing its last, we hope to see more games with higher quality… and fewer microtransactions. Let’s look ahead to 5 games you need to have on your pre-order list this year in order of release date.

5: Resident Evil 2 (remake)

Resident Evil 2 released on the 25th of January to incredible praise. This game is equal parts fun and frightening, with many of the tight spaces crowding you in with a few of the hungry infected. Looking to kick their year off to a good start, Capcom have recreated the old PS1 classic with gameplay reminiscent of their most successful title to date, Resident Evil 4, subbed in as opposed to the fixed camera and inelegant shooting from the original. The camera hovers over the shoulder of fan favourite Mr Leon S. Kennedy as he delves into the heart of Raccoon City to discover the secret of why everyone has mutated. The graphics are phenomenal, the gameplay is terrifying whilst remaining enjoyable, and the story is well worth seeing through to the end.

4: Kingdom Hearts 3

Kingdom Hearts 3 is set to release on the 29th of January and is the first game of the main JRPG series for over a decade. Even though this is the third game of the series and newcomers may feel lost by the story at this point, a brief recap is sure to be included. That being said, the story won’t be necessary to enjoy Kingdom Hearts 3. It is a crossover game between Disney and Final Fantasy, which somehow works surprisingly well. With Donald and Goofy by your side, you control Sora and explore a plethora of worlds including Hercules, Big Hero Six, and Toy Story. This is why you need to play this game, because seriously who doesn’t like Disney or Pixar? Voice actors are incredibly accurate to the originals, the visuals are astounding, and the gameplay is fast-paced and varied.

3: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the latest game to be released by FromSoftware, the creators of the torturously incredible Souls series, and is set to be available on the 22nd of March. With every  game they have created over the past decade, they have managed to blend a deep story narrative into a series focused mainly on gameplay. They have a sophisticated lore explored primarily through the environment, so all eyes were on their next title when they announced a break away from their most lucrative series. Sekiro is set in feudal Japan and follows a character by the name Sekiro, who is a left for dead shinobi welding a prosthetic arm and katana. The trailers so far show off tense battles in a stunning world, with stealth elements to boot.

2: Mortal Kombat 11

Mortal Kombat 11 (MK11) is developed by NetherRealm Studios and is set to release on the 23rd of April. Only recently has a gameplay trailer for MK11 been released and it looks more brutal than ever. Mortal Kombat has been the focus of many a news journalist, as it was one of the first games to feature extensive gore back in 1992 and specific moves that the player could willingly enable called ‘Fatalities’. If those journalists are still watching now, they’ll be speechless, as players can now watch in slow motion and Xray vision as characters break bones with ease, tear away body parts in admittedly creative ways, and turn opponents into red mist. The graphics are up, the weak story continues, and the gore factor is through the roof. New players should check it out for a truly great game in the Beat ‘m Up genre, and returning players will be thrilled to play with better graphics, an expanded roster, and more fulfilling ways to end a fight.

1: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (CTRNF) is being developed by Beenox and will be released on the 21st of June. This looks to rival the likes of Mario Kart on the Switch, but doesn’t seem to have a rival on the PS4 or Xbox 1. The game is being recreated from the ground up, and features additions to the original game, including a multiplayer mode, extra tracks, Kart customisation, and an extra playable character. Kart racers are a fun, more social and casual game genre that you can chill out and play without really caring. CTRNF is a must if you have a group of friends who need a new chill game, or if you want a game you can play casually whilst sat on the sofa. It’s thrilling to win, but equally exciting to land a trap or item that messes up an opposing racer.

So those are the 5 must have games that have a definite release date or have already been released, while games like ‘Psychonauts 2’ and ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ don’t have set release dates yet and may not release this year. The above 5 games appear to be safe bets and sound investments of both your time and money, so if you don’t want to miss out, keep an eye on these titles.

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