Weekly Top Five: Most Anticipated Video Games of 2019
We all have our guilty pleasures, right? Those “this and that’s” that, as tidying expert and recent viral sensation (thank you, Netflix) Marie Kondo would say, bring us joy. Some folks may binge-watch their favorite trashy reality TV show and others might indulge in their favorite sweet (or salty!!) treat to bide their time. Mine? I love video games - I always have and I hopefully always will. Because despite feeling pretty embarrassed about the subject whenever it’s brought up, they truly do give me joy - and in this day and age, that can be pretty damn hard to find.
So, given that 2019 brings with it all sorts of potential in the realm of the digital universe, I’m sharing my Top 5 most anticipated video games of 2019:
1. Red Dead Redemption II
Okay, sure, fine - this game came out at the end of October - whatever. Any fans of Red Dead Revolver and Red Dead Redemption will agree that this game was highly anticipated after the near NINE-year wait we were forced to endure by Rockstar Games. The result? A beautiful successor to its counterparts, receiving universal acclaim by Metacritic (basically, according to good ‘ole WIKI, it’s the highest rated Playstation 4 and Xbox One Game alongside Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto) and it received a perfect score from Game Informer, writing "Rockstar Games has outdone itself again with Red Dead Redemption II. The up-close portrayal of the outlaw Van der Linde gang's unraveling is a compelling companion story that blends seamlessly with the original game, and depth and breadth of the open world is a technical triumph that every gamer should experience." This game was worth the wait, and I guess patience really is a virtue.
Release Date: October 26, 2018
2. Kingdom Hearts III
My older brothers are the ones to credit (blame?!?!) for my love of video games. We grew up with the latest and the greatest technology and toys -thanks mom and dad!- and the fondest memories I have of us as kids are with controller in hand (I actually learned how to read playing The Legend of Zelda - A Link to the Past). All of this nostalgia brings me to my most anticipated game in 2019: Kingdom Hearts III. It’s the final chapter in a three-part saga that began in 2002 when this action role-playing game was initially announced. It is cartoonish, it is animated, and it is incredibly fun. My brother and I played parts 1 and 2 and it’s been a bonding journey that I’m honestly a little sad to see come to an end! He and I have been talking about this game’s release for years and it kept getting postponed, but I can’t lie, I’ll miss sharing that anticipation with him. So, I won’t give it away, but basically you follow the protagonist, Sora, a young man joined by Donald Duck, Goofy, King Mickey, and Riku in their search for the seven guardians of light and the “Key to Return Hearts” - aka - save the world from The Darkness. You follow their journey, visiting worlds based on different Disney and Pixar creations. I am just counting down the days at this point.
Release date: January 29, 2019
3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
A classic. A true beat-up-your-best-friend-in-a-digital-universe fun time. It’s a great party game and while, yes, it did come out in December, it’s making the cut for this list. The multiplayer mode is where it’s at, where you use special moves that vary from a massive selection of characters appearing in past Nintendo games. All in all, this isn’t a game I play every day but thoroughly enjoy it when I do!
Release Date: December 6, 2018
4. Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course
Cup. Head. This list is honestly full of all sorts of cheating on my part as this is not a new release but rather DLC, which means it’s downloadable content to add to the initial game, which was released in September 2017. It’s a run and gun. And it is equally both stunning as it is hard - I’ve actually written about it before on BV, here. I am proud to say that I have since beaten the game (thank all that is holy), actually accomplishing most of the objectives (incredible, truly, I promise). And why am I excited for the expansion? More Cuphead (!!), that’s obvious, some new playable characters (looking at you Chef Saltbaker and Ms. Chalice) new levels, and new bosses.
Release Date: 2019 (day/month TBD)
5. Resident Evil 2
Some people play video games for the thrill, the excitement, the pure terror they can bring to the table. This survival horror game is a remake of the original, released back in 1998. It scared the hell out of me then and it will most certainly scare the hell of of me now. RE2 is a single player, third-person shooter that you bet your butt I’ll only play when my roommate is home to remind me that, no, this game isn’t real. Details on the game are limited, which isn’t surprising since it’s a remake of such a widely-known game, but it did win “Best of Show” at the 2018 Game Critics Awards.