The gaming industry has already seen a flagship year in 2019. After critics branded 2017-2018 a dry, unfulfilling year of releases, 2019 has entered the frame as a year to follow with innovation, new mechanics, unbelievable graphics engines and much more besides. From the eye blistering detail in Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2 to literally taking on the gods in the new God of War, there has been a little something for everyone. With studios keeping the innovation train truly at full steam, let’s dive into 5 games being released in 2019 that are set to blow up the industry:
- The Last of Us 2: 6 years after the initial release of The Last of Us, the second part is set to draw on one of the most successful PlayStation properties ever created. A now grown up Ellie must still fight through the wastes of a world ravaged by a pandemic. We were treated recently to one of the most animated and foretold gameplay trailers in which we see Ellie living up to the markers of the series, in an intensely violent situation with some unknown characters. The detail and storytelling from this trailer alone beat out all that lay before it, in telling you exactly how the game is played and offering real action wholly unseen in normally faked demonstrations, plus what to expect from its main protagonist. If the Last of Us 2 can deliver on even half of what it has promised, then they will have set the standard for what is achievable for all publishers in the gaming industry across future trailers.
- Death Stranding: This game is truly a triple A title with an Indie game mentality. Hideo Kojima’s first outing as a solo developer following his tumultuous split from Konami and his first game since the incredible Metal Gear Solid series. Star power such as Hideo Kojima, a blank cheque written from Sony themselves and NORMAN REEDUS, the motorbike riding crossbow wielding badass from The Walking Dead: TV Series, means we are set for something special, whatever this game delivers. The game takes a new look at the survival horror genre, and the fact we know almost nothing of the narrative this game will follow means we are expecting this title to make some serious waves in the gaming industry and potentially spark a whole new game series.
- Session: If you were one of the blessed generation to live your teenage years playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and still have the iconic soundtrack from the games saved on your Spotify playlist, this one is definitely for you. From the trailers this is the one to revive the skateboarding game generation and the industry is… excited, to say the least. The game is being regarded as the spiritual successor to the SKATE series and came about from a successful KICKSTARTER campaign that saw them reach double their $80,000 initial goal in just 3 days. By doing this they have potentially kick-flipped the door wide open for smaller developers to fund their new projects.
- Resident Evil 2: This may be cheating as this isn’t by any stretch a new game but with the release of the Crash Bandicoot and Spyro reboot, we are seeing more and more reanimation of beloved franchises. Resident Evil 2 is set to return to its most popular roots and not mess with its initial formula. Taking some of the improved qualities of new mechanics, like the over the shoulder camera from Resident Evil 4, the relaunch can bring a whole new audience to a franchise that has really earned its stripes in video games and the horror genre.
- CyberPunk 2077: I couldn’t have written this list without mentioning CDProjektRed’s upcoming release Cyberpunk 2077. From the studio that brought us the absolute SMASH that is The Witcher 3, CyberPunk 2077 has BladeRunner fans heads spinning at the possibility this title presents. This game is set to up the standard of what is truly achievable in an open world sandbox when it comes to immersion and graphical superiority. The seedy backdrop of the dystopian future looks exactly like the type of world gamers will lose themselves in and everyone in the community is living for it.
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