2018 was one of the better years in video game history. Between single player behemoths God of War and the Marvel’s Spider-Man, along with the much anticipated sequel Red Dead Redemption 2, there was plenty to shout home about in the gaming industry. 2019 is shaping up to be an even better year potentially. Just in the first two months alone, gamers will see Resident Evil 2 and Jump Force, the anime driven title featuring your favorite heroes. Also “slated” is EA’s Destiny-like title Anthem, but with EA’s track record who knows how an online multiplayer game will unfold. Also in the works for January is Kingdom Hearts 3. These four titles should excite most gamers, or scare them because one could flop . *cough* Anthem *cough*
JUMP FORCE (Release date: Feb. 15th 2019)
This fighting game is much anticipated among the anime community. The game will revolve around many universes from the “Weekly Shōnen Jump” with the main three being Naruto Uzumaki, Monkey D. Luffy, and, of course, the OG Goku. The game will force you to play along heroes as your own unique character and battle bad guys from the many different animes. With it being a fighting game/MMO, it’s expected to not have any setbacks or disappointments. This game will be a definite must-buy.
Resident Evil 2 (Release date: January 25th 2019)
Resident Evil 2 is a remake of the classic game that was originally released in 1998. It follows rookie cop Leon S. Kennedy and college student Claire Redfield as they try to prevent and survive the zombie apocalypse in Raccoon City. Much like Hollywood, the video game industry is venturing into remakes because “if it ain’t broke why fix it?” Also, what Resident Evil runs into, the classic releases of the franchise do much better than new installments. Which I think is another huge reason why you see this video game franchise opt for remakes rather than new games.
Anthem (Release date: February 22nd 2019)
Anthem is an EA title, and that alone scares most gamers. Anthem allows gamers to immerse themselves in a huge open-world map and lets you play with others online. It’s been dubbed a Destiny knockoff. Destiny is a game from the gaming giant Bungie. You know… the guys who gave us Halo! But in recent years Destiny has fallen on hard times, so I wouldn’t really want to be compared to them. The main issue with Anthem and it coming from EA is two things: EA flat out sucks at making multiplayer games, and EA also finds ways to generate micro-transactions where they really aren’t necessary. This makes players hesitant to welcome this game to their consoles with open arms. But from E3 demos, the single-player story in the game seems to, at the very least, grab your attention and make you want to upgrade your player and the suit that comes with their class.
Kingdom Hearts 3 (Release Date: January 25th 2019)
Lastly, Kingdom Hearts 3. It’s a direct sequel to Kingdom Hearts 2 and is a game we never thought would see the light of day. Kingdom Hearts is an action role-playing game that allows players to play as Sora, the main protagonist, along with side kicks Donald Duck and Goofy. This game is unique because it’s a video game with moderate action, but it’s all based in Disney worlds. You’ll visit the worlds of Tangled along with Frozen and Toy Story. Another amazing part is this game is that it’s for all ages.
In the coming months, I’ll be reviewing some of these titles along with others that coming out in 2019. If 2018 was a precursor, 2019 could be even bigger and better.