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2019: The Watch List

For many gamers, the start of another year sees us planning ahead for the titles we’re most looking forward to adding to our libraries. We wanted to share the games we’re looking forward to (and hope will be out) this year!

Days Gone – Lefranzine – As a fan of The Walking Dead and zombie style apocalypse titles, Days Gone is one that excites and slightly terrifies me. On the one hand there are the zombies that are fast, feral and everywhere but then you have the humans that are still around that will look to take you down. On top of all of that, you also have to maintain your bike and keep it running while also gathering supplies and trying not to die. I foresee a lot of stress playing this game but in a good way I guess. I’m hoping the delays have made the game worth the wait and look forward to trying to survive this one.

Duncan – Every new video or piece of information about this game gets me more and more excited about it. Days Gone looks like how I imagine living in a post apocalyptic world might be. The fact that the zombies are fast adds an interesting challenge to the game and some of the horde moments almost reminds me of the Left 4 Dead games, so I’m expecting a lot of blind panicky shooting in those moments.

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps – Lefranzine – Ori and the Blind Forest is a game that I adore so when it was announced at E3 that the Will of the Wisps was on the way, I got particularly excited. The first game was one of my first forays into PC gaming with a mouse and keyboard, therefore I struggled a little with the mechanics but carried on through all the same enjoying every beautiful scene and negotiating the environments. Will of the Wisps, I hope, will be another stunning title to add to the library offering and I for one am really looking forward to it.

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The Last of Us Part II – Lefranzine – While development is still ongoing on Part II for The Last of Us, I am one hopeful fan that maybe, just maybe, a release date might come our way soon. The Last of Us is still one of my favorite games in recent years and have seeing the gameplay trailer at E3, I’m ready for the next adventure that Ellie (and Joel) will embark upon which I imagine will be dark and brutal. We know Naughty Dog won’t release it until it’s ready but I for one would love to see a little snippet to tide us over until release!

Duncan – I’m still on my first run through of the original game and I’m excited about this game, I still have a way to go to complete the game but can completely understand what the hype that surrounded this game was about and why people have it on their must play lists. The second game has its work cut out for it if it is going to rival the first game.

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Death Stranding – Lefranzine – Another title on the maybe landing in 2019 is Death Stranding. I still feel like I have no idea what this game will be about but I am certainly intrigued. The game looks graphically stunning and the potential narrative does offer a level of eerie, scary, tense and who knows what else. Kojima is known for creating great games so we are looking forward to finding out what it is all about. With Playstation adding this to their list of upcoming attractions, it’s entirely likely that this title could land on PS4 in 2019.

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The Division 2 – Duncan – I arrived late to The Division so managed to miss a lot of the bugs that usually plague a games release and managed to get in to the game fairly quickly. The game was thoroughly enjoyable and exploring an open world New York was fairly satisfying. So when watching the gameplay demos during E3 2018 (cringey “in game chat” aside) it looked like more of the same, which I’m not going to complain about. The new additions to the game help add to the open word feel of the game, different factions will offer a variety of challenges and a 1:1 scale map of Washington D.C. means there will be plenty of exploring to do.

Kuniku – I never played the first one, but with my recent “refinding” of Rainbow 6 Siege has me very excited for more Tom Clancy action – especially with their recent announcements of the focus on their PC version. It might fit in a similar niche to Anthem as a small squad PvE multiplayer shooter, but hopefully they don’t clash too much.

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New Super Mario U Deluxe – Kuniku – Just released on Friday, Mario U was one of my favourite games to release on the Wii U, so a re-release on the Switch is very welcomed by me! If you played it on the Wii U you’ll know how good it was, if you missed it then, do yourself a favour and get it this time around!

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Kingdom Hearts 3 – Kuniku – Kingdom Hearts 3 is an odd one for me, I have shamefully never played a Kingdom Hearts game to date, but the wait for Kingdom Hearts 3 has been so long that I can’t help but find myself caught up in the hype surrounding the game and its January release. I’m very tempted to pick up the bundle with the previous games included and get up to date with all the Kingdom Hearts games in one go!

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Metro Exodus – Kuniku – The main reason I’m excited for this is because it is another RTX title to test my PC against. The Metro titles have always been a great PC benchmarking tool while being visually stunning games to play through. Roll on February for more Ray Tracing greatness.

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Anthem – Kuniku -With the immense popularity of Destiny of the years, Anthem could be poised to snatch up a very similar market space reserved for fast action Sci-Fi Online Co-Op PvE shooters. The trailers we’ve seen thus far look incredible. The graphics are stunning, the gameplay looks fast paced and crazy fun – and I’m already hooked on the lore the trailers have offered up. This is probably the game I’m most excited about at this moment in time for 2019!

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ToeJam and Earl – Back in the Groove – Kuniku – The Indie developers need their share of the love too. And anyone making an updated version of one of my childhood favourites must get a mention here! I played ToeJam and Earl to death on my Sega MegaDrive as a kid, I backed the Kickstarter for this version, and the time is finally here for me to scratch that nostalgia itch!

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Mortal Kombat 11 – Kuniku – As much of a fighting game fan as I am, I tend not to be a huge fan of the NetherRealm titles. Nonetheless the fighting game community always loves and supports a new title, this one will be no exception!

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Rage 2 – Kuniku – The trailers for this look absolutely mental, I honestly don’t recall there ever being a Rage 1 (Or just Rage I assume?) but if the trailers for Rage 2 are anything to go by, missing out on the previous game is my loss!

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Cyberpunk 2077 – Lefranzine – I know I was a bit rubbish with The Witcher 3 because I played for about 5 hours and then for some reason I just forgot to go back to it (don’t worry, it’s on my backlog list which is getting longer and longer) but one game I really want to make time for is Cyberpunk. I think this is going to be really, really, really good. In a way, I’m trying to avoid a lot of the teasers and gameplay footage that has already been released because I want to play it myself but I can’t wait to see how it is once it arrives!!!cyberpunk2077-2

Other titles that we’re looking forward to seeing that are coming up in 2019 and hopefully arriving this year are Dying Light 2, Ghosts of Tsushima, the return of Crash Team Racing, the upcoming Nindies and indies, the early access games coming to Steam and who knows what else might be on the way? What games are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments!

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