10 Games Playbomb Reviews’ looking forward to in 2019

10 Games Playbomb Reviews' looking forward to in 2019

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January has been a solid month for games with the release of Resident Evil 2, Ace Combat 7, and Kingdom Hearts 3. Since it is still, technically, the beginning of the year, we would like to share with you the games Playbomb Reviews is looking forward to – These will be the games PBRV would be reviewing as the year progresses (That is, if they do release in 2019). Here are 10 games we’re looking forward to.

Devil May Cry 5

Where Dante goes, we will follow

Platform: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
Genre: Third Person Action-Adventure
Release Date: 8 March 2019

One of the more immediate games we’re looking forward to is the fifth instalment of DMC. Where Dante the son of Sparda goes, we will follow; and everywhere he goes, there will be cool, over-the-top hack and slash business coupled with heavy metal music in the background. This time, we will follow not just him, but more of Nero and his other merry band of friends like Trish and Mary too. We’re also keen to know more about this new character called “V”. Nevertheless, our fingers are itching to mash buttons and wield Dante’s iconic sword called Rebellion once again.

Hype yourself up for this with their trailer!

Wasteland 3

Wasteland 3 feels like more Wasteland 2 but better

Platform: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac
Genre: RPG
Release Date: 2019

Wasteland 3 feels like just more Wasteland 2, with improved graphics and more immersive dialogue. When Wasteland 2 was released, we thoroughly enjoyed it – with managing your team so that they can open toasters for better weapons, to solving various story-based missions depending on the abilities of your teammates. When we read that Wasteland 3 would most probably be voiced throughout, we envisioned the game to be like a post-apocalyptic Divinity II, and that got us excited. You can check a gameplay trailer here. Wasteland 3 also does not have a hard release date but is slated to be released this year.

Days Gone

How do you fit so many zombies into one screen like that!?

Platform: Playstation 4
Genre: Third-Person Action-Adventure
Release Date: 26 April 2019

Days Gone is one of the most anticipated games for us this year. When their 2016 trailer debuted, you have no idea how many times our butts clenched in anxiety. Ever since, it has been a game we’ve been following closely and we gotta say, it’s really promising. You’re this biker, a drifter, set in the land of the Farewell Wilderness that’s infested with World War Z-like zombie (but not really zombie) creatures called ‘Freakers’. They travel in hordes, finding fresh, live humans to feed on. It’s also a place filled with marauders out there to survive like you. When we looked at the gameplay, we kinda had this vibe where we’ll experience a mix of World War Z and The Last of Us. Although it’s a formula that would feel familiar, we’re confident SIE Bend Studio wouldn’t disappoint – As do all Playstation exclusives.

A Plague Tale

We have a feeling you’ll need to prepare some tissues when you play this game

Platform: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
Genre: Episodic Action-Adventure
Release Date: 14 May 2019

A Plague Tale really appealed to us. A story about two orphans: a noble girl who has to take care of a little boy in the era of the black death; this brings back Resident Evil 4, God of War, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons memories. Apart from the harrowing sight of staving away infected mice, we have a feeling we’ll need tissues to pull through this episodic tale of sorrow and suffering.

Atomic Heart

Atomic Heart ooze environmental storytelling; much like the first Bioshock

Platform: Playstation 4, PC
Genre: Action RPG FPS
Release Date: 2019

One of the games that really caught out attention was Atomic Heart. It’s a game that’s being developed by Mundfish, a new and promising game developer in the industry with just Atomic Heart and a VR game using the same engine in their portfolio. The game is set in an alternate reality of the USSR; with technology developed by the Soviet Union being a kind of monstrosity spawning all kinds of environmental anomalies. You will face killer robots, all kinds of “what-the-$%*&-is-that” aberrations, and gruesome, clown-like manifestations. It’s hard not to find something that will not catch your attention if you took a look at their trailer.

Recently, Mundfish conducted a demonstration on Nvidia’s GeForce RTX using different elements of the game. We thought it was quite astonishing. You can check out the demonstration here

Although the beta of the game is slated for release in the fourth quarter of 2019, we’re really hoping the full game will be released shortly after that before the year ends – and we’re hoping the game would be good.

Blasphemous

Blasphemous is one of those games from an indie developer that made us turn our heads

Platform: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux
Genre: Metroidvania
Release Date: ~March 2019

We are firm believers of indie studios developing great games and Blasphemous looks the part. From demon babies tearing apart your protagonist (who, by the way, is named “The Penitent One”), to Bloodborne/Agony-esque creatures you’ll have to face, Blasphemous was a game we supported from the beginning of their Kickstarter project launch. Their website states that a release date for the game will be announced soon; but according to the Kickstarter page, we might be getting the game come March. Regardless, give us a gory, horror metroidvania any day!

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro’s like Bloodborne for Tenchu… Or is it the other way round?

Platform: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
Genre: Third-Person Action-Adventure
Release Date: 22 March 2019

Sekiro is a healthy mix of Bloodborne and Tenchu – You’ll have a lot of butt-clenching, fast-paced combat coupled with stealth elements. On top of the combat and all that stealth, you’ll be able to apply various game mechanics with this mechanical arm in the game – This arm will allow you to grapple and play around with the environment, equip shields, and all sorts of (probably) firearms. Because it’s a game by From Software, expect to die and die and die until you get things right. It all sounds pretty daunting, but watch the trailer and give yourself a chance.

Control

We’re excited to see what Remedy can come up next with their creative storytelling ideas

Platform: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
Genre: Third-Person Action-Adventure
Release Date: 2019

Remedy Entertainment is kinda like the M. Night Shyamalan of the video game industry. Alan Wake was a phenomenal game with its edge-of-your-seat mechanics, and its compelling writing – It was like their very own Sixth Sense. And then they developed Quantum Break and it felt like their critical acclaim was like Signs: Interesting, but quite ‘meh’. Nevertheless, like Shyamalan, they have very interesting game ideas. Alan Wake was a horror story about a dark force controlling an author’s writing come-to-life; Quantum Break was about someone who could control space and time;  this time, we have a protagonist with powers of levitation. We’re thrilled to see what Control will bring to the table, although there is no firm slated date of release.

Jump Force

If Zoro from One Piece were to fight Rurouni Kenshin, who would win?

Platform: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
Genre: Fighting
Release Date: 15 February 2019

To summarise what Jump Force is all about is to bring back the juvenile debates of most millennials: “If Naruto and Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece) were to fight, who would win?”. To bring these anime character debates unto our 4K TV screens is enough for us to wait on this game in anticipation – and, to have us decide for ourselves if Goku (Dragon Ball Z) is stronger than Kenshiro (Fist of the North Star), is something we would pay with our wallets and time for. To make things more interesting, we will have other Shonun Jump characters in the mix like Yugi Muto (Yu-Gi-Oh) and Jotaro (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure) that will feature themselves in a fighting game. Having a game where all of our favourite anime characters is like an otaku’s Super Smash Bros.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

“OOGA-BOOGA”

Platform: Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One
Genre: Racing
Release Date: 21 June 2019

Nintendo has Mario Kart Racing – and we feel that the Playstation community needs something similar. The Crash Bandicoot remake was stellar; it brought back everything we remembered about the Crash Bandicoot games with a completely lively and colourful new skin. When we heard that Crash Team Racing is getting a remake, we were so happy to know that there are days where we would be able to invite our friends to play together imminent before us. You can never go wrong with more quirky Crash fun!

Bonus Game: The Last of Us Part II

We know for sure it won’t be 2019, but we can always dream!

Platform: Playstation 4
Genre: Third-Person Action-Adventure
Release Date: Indefinite (We hope it’s 2019)

Yes, yes, we know Naughty Dog hasn’t announced a release date for TLOUII; but we’re just really excited to see what’s the next instalment for our beloved Ellie. There were so many questions when we watched the teasers! Is Joel alive in the teaser? Where was Joel in this one? Who the heck is this woman in this other one? So many questions Neil Druckman has us asking and we’re just really looking forward to having them answered in this gritty tale! C’mon, Naughty Dog – just give us a release date already (although you guys will just say that it will be ready when it’s ready)!

And that’s just about it for the games we’re really looking forward to. We’re sure there are many other games that’s releasing in 2019 like Anthem and Far Cry New Dawn. What are some of the games you’re looking forward to this year? Tell us about them in the comments section below!

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