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Jackson Moore and Calvin Prenkert

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Get ready to break your Piggy Banks and beg your mom to drive you to the nearest GameStop. It’s a new year and that means new video games.

2018 was a great year for video games. “Fortnite,” free to play across all gaming platforms including mobile, won the “multiplayer game” of the year at the Game Awards and “fan favorite game” at the Gamer’s Choice Awards.

Many Triple-A video games faired well, with Rockstar Games releasing “Red Dead Redemption 2,” the much anticipated follow up to the 2010 smash hit “Red Dead Redemption.” Activision cashed in with the fourth installment in the highly popular multiplayer “Call of Duty: Black Ops” series, and Ubisoft released two new installments in popular series with “Far Cry 5” and “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.” Games like “Destiny 2” and “No Man’s Sky” received transformative updates that saw big gameplay changes that resulted with praise for games that received large amounts of criticism on their arrival. Some fared less well, with Bethesda releasing the half baked “Fallout 76,” and one of EA’s “Battlefield V” developers saying that he “didn’t care” whether fans bought the game.

This past year, the Playstation 4 showed why it will likely go down as this generation’s superior console, with the release of several key console exclusives dominating the gaming world (notably “God of War,” Marvel’s “Spider Man” and “Detroit: Become Human”). 2018 also saw Xbox exclusives that were not as impressive. Although Cuphead, a challenging, wonderfully-animated platformer was a mild success, a potentially console generation saving “Sea of Thieves” fell flat on its face.

Nintendo capitalized off of some classic franchises during the second year after the release of the revolutionary portable console, the Nintendo Switch. “Super Smash Brothers Ultimate” and Pokemon’s “Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee” were late releases in a year that saw Nintendo focus on bringing more indie games to the Nintendo EShop.

In 2019, there will be a whole slew of new titles to look forward to and play upon release. Here’s a list of some of the most anticipated games this year.

Top 10 games (in no particular order) for this next year

  • “Resident Evil 2” The first version of “Resident Evil 2” was released back in 1998, and it is now receiving a revamp. The older game has now sold 4,960,000 copies which leads us to believe that the new game will be a huge hit. “Resident Evil 2” follows Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield through a survival horror story campaign. (Initial Release Date: January 25, 2019)
  • Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order” During the E3 convention in 2018, EA re-announced a new Star Wars game that had been put on hold since 2016. This game will be another single player game, like the previous franchise games, and will see characters as a surviving Jedi Padawan. The release date has not been finalized, but it is projected to be during the holiday season of 2019.
  • “Final Fantasy” Yet another Nintendo Switch exclusive cracks our top 10 of 2019. “Final Fantasy X and X-2” are being remastered along with “Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age” for Switch players alone. These titles are going to be released within two weeks of each other in the middle of April. Final Fantasy is a role playing based game that has had almost unlimited content in the recent games.
  • “Animal Crossing” After the success of the Nintendo 3DS’s “Animal Crossing: New Leaf,” Switch owners have been anticipating a new iteration since the Switch’s release. Little is known about the game that was previewed in a trailer posted on the Nintendo account in September 2018. For now, gamers can rest assured that 2019 will see a release of a new Animal Crossing game.
  • “Luigi’s Mansion” The third installment in the Luigi’s Mansion series is slated to come out later this year. The game sees Luigi, brother of Nintendo legend Mario, taking the spotlight, trying to save Mario by making his way through haunted rooms and halls, using his vacuum like device to get rid of ghosts.
  • “The Division 2” Following “The Division,” this game finds a new setting in the lovely city of Washington DC. It is a role playing, action and shooter game mixed together to create an interactive multiplayer game. The animation is said to create a 1:1 representation of the real city of DC which has players in the community excited. This game has an intended release date March 15.
  • “Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order” This action packed title containing many favorite Marvel superheroes will be released exclusively on switch later this year. The game will be centered around trying to retrieve the Infinity Stones and stop Thanos and the Black Order from uniting heroes and villains together. The Avengers, X-men and other Marvel heroes will be present in this game.
  • New Pokemon mainstream game While little is known about the Nintendo’s forthcoming new Pokemon generation 8 game, last year’s “Pokemon Yellow” remake, “Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee,” changed some of the core gameplay mechanics (such as wild encounters and the catching system) that fans have been traditionally accustomed to. These changes will likely be implemented in some shape or form, but little is known about the new game at the moment.
  • “Halo Infinite” Xbox’s beloved exclusive franchise, “Halo,” will receive a new installment this year. Previewed at 2018’s E3 gaming conference, Microsoft showed the new engine the game will run on and potentially gave a sneak peek into what may be the first ever “Halo” open world experience. There is some speculation that the game’s single and multiplayer modes could be released separately, the former being released in 2019 and the latter in 2020, but no timetable has been confirmed at the moment.
  • “The Last of Us Part 2” “The Last of Us,” the original game in this series and one of the greatest of all time, has given the gaming community much to rave about for the new release. This will be an exclusive playstation game that should have industry defining animation and game mechanics. The author of this game, Naughty Dog, has become popular in the industry and has given gamers implications that this game should be one for the ages. It is said to be arriving in June or July.

These are just some of the titles expected to release in 2019, and there will likely be many more, including the yearly releases of sports games like NBA 2K, EA’s Madden and FIFA and many other surprises. This year looks to be a Nintendo Switch dominated year in terms of game exclusivity, but both Xbox and Playstation should see their fair share of great games.

 

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