Karl’s Most Anticipated Games of 2019

It’s 2019! The new year has begun and now begins the yearly tradition where we get all hyped up about games that are on the way. I’m here to give you a bunch of games that you’ve probably already heard about, played a demo of, or already got on Pre-Order and explain why I think these games will be worth your time in 2019. So let’s jump into things.

Title: Resident Evil 2 Remake
Publisher: CAPCOM
Developer: CAPCOM
Release Date: 25 January, 2019
Platform(s): Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC
What I’ll Be Playing It On: Playstation 4

Oh yeah baby, the master is back in action. I think just about everyone has played the “1-Shot” demo a few times now since it came out in mid-January, but now it’s time for the main event with the full thing coming out. To say that I am hyped about this game is the understatement of the year. I’m a huge Resident Evil fan and consider Resident Evil 2 one of the best games in the series, let alone on of the best games ever made. Seeing Resident Evil 2 go from a fan wish, to being announced, to that great E3 2018 trailer, to playing the game hands-on TWICE at PAX Aus, to the demo and now the full game… Ah, this is bliss. If you don’t understand why you should give Resident Evil 2 a try, then check out the gameplay that our own Keith Mitchell posted to The Outerhaven Youtube channel and see for yourself why you should enter the Police station and scare yourself silly, again.

Title: Mortal Kombat 11
Publisher: WB Games
Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Release Date: April 2019
Platform(s): Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC & Nintendo Switch
What I’ll Be Playing It On: Xbox One or Playstation 4

If there is anything I love more than shooting zombies it’s ripping people’s spines out with some Mortal Kombat. Having played the game since their Arcade introduction in the 1990s, Mortal Kombat has just gone from strength to strength. This year things look to be getting mixed into some Injustice 2 flavor with the custom costume designs and abilities thing, but at the core, the same game remains. Seeing how Mortal Kombat X was a great game for a long time (Except when you had spiders jumping at the screen in the Tomb and during Halloween fights in the forest) and I can’t wait to see what Boon and Co have ready to go in April.

Title: New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 11 January, 2019
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
What I’ll Be Playing It On: Nintendo Switch

Yeah, this was the year I broke down and got a Nintendo Switch, and I’ll eat crow and admit that I actually enjoy the damn thing. Plus it’s been a while since I’ve played some Mario games on a non-handheld Nintendo system (Though the Switch is also handheld… So tradition continues?) so why not give this version from the WiiU days a go? I know that there are a lot of people and reviewers out there who have been saying a lot of negative things about this game, but I think a lot of that comes from them having already played the game on the WiiU, whereas I didn’t own one nor do I ever want to. So this is my only chance to give this Mario game a go, port or not.

Title: Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture
Release Date: 18 January, 2019
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
What I’ll Be Playing It On: Nintendo Switch

No More Heroes is one of those titles where you don’t know what to make of it. For a lot of people this is one of the most insane sword fighting games ever made, but to others it’s some sort of weird anime simulator that doesn’t deserve the light of day. But to me, since I don’t know much about this game other than the trailer you see above, I’m willing to give the benefit of the doubt to No More Heroes and see where this game takes me once again.

Title: Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Massive Entertainment
Release Date: 15 March, 2019
Platform(s): Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
What I’ll Be Playing It On: PC

If there was something that should have been done, or at least streamed more during the past year it was 4 of us here at The Outerhaven (Keith, Clinton, Josh & myself) playing games like The Division. Sure, Keith would go out and level himself to insane degrees while the rest of us worked or had other things to to on the daily basis, when we did get together to do the raids and Dark Zone events in The Division, it was great. Now with a whole new area to explore and level up in, I think 2019 is going to be the year that you’ll be watching “The Outerhaven plays The division 2”.

Title: Kingdom Hearts 3
Publisher: Square Enix Business Division 3
Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 29 January, 2019
Platform(s): Xbox One, Playstation 4
What I’ll Be Playing It On: Playstation 4

Yeah it’s taken a few decades but the wait is soon over and everyone is going to be playing Kingdom Hearts 3 and looking up the past story in Wikipedia because they don’t remember a damn thing about the game up to this point. Well I’m ready to get my Disney world hopping on while making sure Keys go into locks, hearts are set free and probably getting my ass handed to me in the secret Sephiroth fight for the third time… All before giving up and watching the Secret movie on Youtube a few days after release. I’m happy to be back playing Kingdom Hearts 3, especially after the brief demo I played at PAX Aus 2018. This game is going to be sooooo good.

Title: Devil May Cry V
Publisher: CAPCOM
Developer: CAPCOM
Release Date: 8 March, 2019
Platform(s): Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC
What I’ll Be Playing It On: Xbox One

Another one that I got my hands on at PAX Aus 2018. Devil May Cry 5 continues to be a game that confuses me. While it seems to have a style that looks like that terrible DMC remake thing, it’s another entry into the main series which features both Nero & Dante from the previous game alongside some new emo protagonist. I hope that this new guy isn’t the one that we are stuck with through the whole game like we were with Nero in DMC4, but from the demo I played it looks like there is going to be a bit of time with Nero and his new Devil Arms mechanics which feature colored arms which do different things for a few times before being discarded. Outside of that, the game play looks as frantic as always, which is just what we want as DMC fans.

Title: DOOM Eternal
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: ID Software
Release Date: TBA 2019
Platform(s): Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC, Nintendo Switch
What I’ll Be Playing It On: PC

I know NOTHING about this game and yet after playing the reboot on the PC I’m hyped as all hell to go stomp some demons in the face and shoot many more with god only knows what in the terms of weapons. My only hope is that they take a page from the old book of DOOM and give a 10 slot inventory and an awesome rocking soundtrack. Hell, give me the old DOOM theme remixed as some metal version and I’ll be happy. Bring on the pain!

Title: Ken Amiibo
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: TBA 2019
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
What I’ll Be Playing It On: Nintendo Switch

Yeah I’m cheating with this one. I’ve already got Super Smash Bros Ultimate and I have already unlocked Ken and used him a lot in the adventure mode of the game. So why wait for something else? Well that’s because the Nintendo Amiibo are really well made statues and I already have Ryu damn it! So why not have Ken in the very small collection that I have and train the two against each other?

About The Author

Karl Smart
Senior Editor / Reviewer

The main "Australian arm" of The Outerhaven. Karl primarily spends time playing and reviewing video games while taking time to occasionally review the latest movie or piece of gaming technology.

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