PC games and the industry in general have come a long way since the beginning. Thanks to revolutionary technological advancements, developers now more than ever have the unrestricted freedom to create virtually any game they can think of. In 2018 they’ve certainly utilised this well, with world-renowned titles such as Battlefield V, Forza Horizon 4, and Far Cry 5 to name a few.
Nonetheless, here is my list of 2019 PC games that I am very excited for.
(These titles are not in order)
1. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
The Division 2 is certainly high up there on my list. It continues on from the previous games’ story. The virus has already dealt its damage and now there are ruthless, fascist factions wanting to tear America apart. The story looks very interesting and I would definitely like to see how it plays out in the post-apocalyptic yet beautiful looking city of Washington D.C.
From the trailers alone, this game has received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback so that’s a great sign. Ubisoft seem to have got this one in the bag, it looks like they finally know what they’re doing. Hopefully they’ve learned from their mistakes from The Division. In my opinion, that game was sub-par. The lack of explanation as to how you got here and what is happening is rather frustrating and takes away the element of seriousness that the game forced on you.
I’m sure, however that The Division 2 will turn out to have a much more captivating story than its predecessor. All we can do for now is wait for now until the 15th of March 2019.
Anthem is one of the new big league games coming out this year. BioWare have teased us with a lot of trailers, gameplays and character-classes. One common thing I noticed with each trailer was that they definitely emphasized on the explosions and visual effects. As much as I love occasional screen-rattling explosions and visually devastating spells, if BioWare overuses these, then they may quickly turn into the games’ downfall. I just hope they aren’t solely focused on making the game look good from a first glance rather than making the gameplay feel consistent and polished.
Yet despite this, a lot of the reason why I’m excited for this co-op strike team game is because of how cool it looks. The Javelin exo-suits look incredibly futuristic and the firepower that each suit packs makes each fight feel so glorious. It officially launches on the 22nd of February, 2019.
3. Crackdown 3
Crackdown 3 was ‘under construction’ for almost 3 years. Sumo Digital had initially announced the release date for late 2016, but delay after delay eventually pushed this title to release in Feb 2019. To be fair, one of the reasons why they had to delay it so far was because cloud computing back then wasn’t capable enough to handle all of the simultaneous processes happening when 4 people get together and blow up the entire city with black hole guns, RPGs and more explosives. It was a very ambitious project at the time, with its main selling point being that every single building in the whole map was fully destructible.
Now that technology improved, this mammoth sized project is slowly but surely becoming a reality. This game sounds amazing, and is built up on a very unique set of principles. I love the cartoonish style that the game went for, it takes away any kind of seriousness and replaces it with ignite until your heart’s’ content. If Sumo Digital can pull this off, I’m sure it will be a big hit.
4. Cyberpunk 2077
I’ve seen a lot of hype revolving around this game. It’s E3 announcement trailer seemed to be a massive success. Also considering that CD Projekt Red’s Witcher 3 got game of the year in 2016, I’d say that Cyberpunk is in good hands.
Based off of the few trailers we got, the game takes place in a post financial crisis version of America, where now big gangs and illegal businesses rule the country. The futuristic glow, visible on everything along side the IDGAF art style reminded me a lot of Watch Dogs 2. Cyberpunks’ RPG based game mechanics explore a new style of gameplay that hasn’t been done to this calibre ever before. Features such as; dialogue options that can affect the outcome of a mission, the ability to make allies and enemies (this will also affect the type of side missions you will receive.) and many more. All in all this game sounds like a serious entry into the PC gaming industry and hopefully will prove to be so. CD Projekt Red hope to launch the game in 2019, although nothing has been confirmed as of now.
5. DiRT Rally 2.0
Now it’s time we switch up the scene a little. Dirt Rally 2.0 is classic rally racing taken to the next level, with breathtaking landscapes, iconic locations, and a ridiculous amount of dust particles.
Based off of the few gameplay videos already out, I immediately noticed how polished and fluid the gameplay was. The daunting twists and turns presented by each track truly push your instincts and driving skills to the limits. Codemasters have created a masterclass of a game… if of course it lives up to its promises.
Moving on, the player also is allowed a ludicrous amount of customisation. On the official site, The devs claimed that the player can customize: tyre compound, engines, suspension, liveries and many more. You can even create a roster and expand your staff later down the line. This game is meant for the hardcore racers out there, and it will certainly prove to be a challenging game to master. Get ready to plow your way through challenging tracks when this game releases on the 26th February 2019.
6. Far Cry: New Dawn
Ah the beautiful world of Far Cry. To be honest this is the only franchise I’ve seen successively get better with every game. The thing is, when every game releases I always think there’s no way Ubisoft can make the next installment any better than this, and yet they always somehow do. This sequel looks significantly better than Far Cry 5 even though Far Cry 5 looks fantastic as well.
The story takes place 17 years after the initial apocalypse where there is now a deadly faction on the loose called the Highwaymen. Your job is to regain control over the Hope County and put a stop to those gang members. Story aside, the graphics look phenomenal, it looks very cinematic thanks to the elaborately detailed landscapes paired with the remarkable colour schemes which for me at least is a tick in my book. One more thing I want to point out is that you can craft a huge variety of unique weapons with bits of scrap you find from playing missions. I thought that was a really cool feature.
Other than that, all i can say is that it’s another Far Cry game, you should definitely consider picking it up when it releases on the 15th of February 2019.
7. Devil May Cry 5
Devil May Cry 5 is an open world, RPG, anime game. This game has seen some massive improvements since the previous title. It shows a lot of personality and interesting character development. Seriously, Nero shows so much attitude. I like the way Capcom have explored new genres and tried to incorporate them into this game as it adds a unique twist to the well known DMC series which increases its playability.
The trailer alone reminded me of so many different games; from dark souls to infamous: Second Son, and Final Fantasy. However, the fact that it reminded me of so many games may not prove to be a good thing. Devil May Cry 5 may not have its own identity, it may feel like a compilation snippets from other games which would completely ruin the experience for many.
I’m assuming that is not the case, and in that case I am definitely looking forward to the legendary boss fights and overall thrilling gameplay this title offers. Finally, I just want to mention that this game has a 6800USD ultimate edition which comes with a custom leather suit like the one worn by Nero in the game. Just wanted to put that out there. It’s up to you whether you want to buy that or not, all I’m saying is decide quickly because this game launches on the 8th March 2019.
I still remember the days when Titanfall 2 was alive and thriving. I really wanted to play more but waiting up to 15 minutes per match was far too much of a hassle to deal with so I forced myself to stop playing.
In case you don’t know, the reason why Titanfall 2 died so quickly was because EA Sports decided to release the game smack bang in the middle of the launch of 2 of the biggest PC game franchises in the world. Battlefield and Call Of Duty. Naturally, as Titanfall isn’t as well known as either of those, most people purchased a copy of either of the 2, and very rarely Titanfall. This meant that Titanfall 2’s playerbase started out very small and it only kept decreasing from that point onward.
To this day that game still had one of the best movement mechanics I had ever experienced, allowing players to make quick maneuvers while maintaining momentum as they dashed back and forth through the map racking up kills. The games’ fast paced nature was exhilarating and the variety of guns meant that there was always something new to play with. It was truly such a shame to see that game go. I didn’t want it to end, but here we are.
Anyway, the reason why I’ve kept Titanfall 3 as an honorable mention despite my deep love for Titanfall 2 was because its release is merely a speculation. Nobody knows when, or even if it will release. Respawn Entertainment haven’t said anything about it, nor have they released trailers or sneak peeks.
Mortal Kombat XI
Yes ladies and gentlemen, Mortal Kombat is back, with more characters, maps, and body parts to rip out of your enemies. I think it’s pretty obvious from the beginning what NetherRealm Studios have been hellishly working on. Graphics, blood, guts and more blood, which is a good thing because that’s what everybody loves about the Mortal Kombat series, just seeing your enemies’ intestines being ripped out while blood spills out of him like a fountain. The devs have certainly nailed the ‘Mortal Kombat’ aspect of the game because from just a few minutes of gameplay I already felt disgusted.
Speaking of which, that’s the reason I put this phenomenal title in the honorable mentions. I have never really been a fan of 2D fighter games and I felt that there was far too much gore and blood for me to enjoy it.
Nonetheless, the graphics have definitely been improved as I can see far more detail than I ever wanted to. On top of that, from the gameplay that has already released, I noticed a plethora of new, creative fatalities and interesting combo movies. This is a nice expansion because it adds uniqueness to the game, increasing its replayability. Its release date is on the 23rd April, 2019.
Resident Evil 2: Remastered
What a time to be alive. Resident Evil 2, arguably the greatest Resident Evil 2 game ever released now getting a remaster by the legends themselves at CapCom. The few gameplay videos and trailers out there have already generated a lot of hype. Fans are dying to play the game, and I would be too if I wasn’t deathly scared of horror games.
I wanted to mention it here because it seemed to be receiving a lot of positive feedback and I’d like to commend CapCom for the hard work and effort that has gone into the making of this game. It looks absolutely gorgeous, it really captures the fearful atmosphere that the original RE thrived on. It will launch on the 25th of January 2019.
This 3D fighter game screams anime. It’s revolves around creating epic, fight scenes in iconic places and it definitely delivers. It’s fantastic, vibrant effects alongside its meticulous details provides an epic experience for the player. Bandai Namco have already told us that the gameplay will consist of 3 on 3 tag-team fighting and will include an abundance of characters from some of the most iconic mangas. Some of the popular confirmed characters include:
- Naruto (Obviously)
- Goku and Vegeta (Obviously)
- Yugi Muto
- Monkey D Luffy
- Ichigo Kurosaki
These are just a few. Judging by some very well-liked characters, this game is going to be a big one and plenty of anime fans out there will enjoy this title once it releases on the 15th of February 2019.
This title is fairly straightforward, except its returned with some serious upgrades. The amount of hard work put into this shoot-em-up. Here are my thoughts from the pre-release gameplay, uploaded by Bethesda themselves.
The gameplay looks very smooth and controls are dynamic and seamless. Visuals are more hellish and red than ever. Enemies really have to be honored here, their designs are insane. I’ve never seen such a variety of enemies in 1 game. Despite all these big changes, the underlying principle remains the same, you unload your bullets into anything that moves.
I’ve never properly followed the Doom lineup because the first time I saw it, it didn’t really interest me. Then about a year later I saw ads for another new Doom game and I was rather disappointed by the similarities that those 2 games shared. My complaint still stands. Even to this day with such ambitious features being coded into the game, it hasn’t truly changed. To be fair, there isn’t much you can do with such a narrow and basic initial concept for the game, but that is the reason I never caught onto this series. Unfortunately this game doesn’t interest me, but I thought I would mention it because I know a lot of big Doom fans out there who would enjoy this game a lot. Its release date hasn’t been confirmed as of yet.
So that is my list of PC games to look out for in 2019. If I missed anything you can let me know in the comments section below!