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video games 2019, the releases so far

video games 2019.. so far..

I hate to break it too you, but 2019 is almost over, I know I know that sounds ridiculous but it really is and before we know it, it’ll be Christmas! Yeeeesh! So with that in mind, we are going to take a little mid-year look back at some of the biggest and best video game releases so far this year. We did a round-up last year of our top games from 2018, you can check that out here.

Resident evil 225th January

Dev: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Genre: Single player/ horror
Platforms: PS4/ XboxOne/ PC

Okay so this is a remake, not technically a new release, BUT it was an absolute triumph! It seems like many moons ago, but we did a big live stream of Resident Evil 2 to raise money for charity! I played it for hours getting well spooked out!
Resident Evil 2, like Crash Team Racing had a few extra tweaks along with the graphics upgrades and some handling changes. However, at their core they remain very much the original titles. I didn’t play the original Resident Evil 2 and my first step into the franchise was Resident Evil 7, so I was absolutely blown away by 2 and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Kingdom Hearts 325th January- one of my most anticipated video games of 2019….

Dev: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Genre: Action/ Adventure/ Family
Platforms: PS4/ XboxOne

Where do I start with Kingdom Hearts? I have been attempting to write a review for KH3 since January, but I am still trying to deal with the crushing disappointment the game left me with. I waited for KH3 for 12 years, I know that the “other games” we’re available via different platforms, but MY Kingdom Hearts games are 1, 2 and 3 on the PlayStation.
One and two are some of my favourite game playing experiences of all time, they will forever have a place in my heart, three? Well, three I can barely even remember what took place apart from a god awful Frozen level and the uncharacteristic ease of the battles.
Kingdom Hearts 3, is a fine game, but not the game I’d hoped, waited and dreamed of.

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Apex Legends 4th February

Dev: Respawn Entertainment
Publisher: EA
Genre: Battle Royale/ FPS
Platforms: PS4/ XboxOne/ PC

Whether you buy into the idea of mass battle royale game modes or not, you can not dispute that titles like Apex and Fortnite have DOMINATED the gaming scene in the last 18 months. Now like Fornite, Apex is free to play, but offers season passes and in game transactions for new skins, poses and phrases etc. These are purely cosmetic and, in my opinion totally pointless.
But, how else are they going to make millions from a free game?

Sekiro Shadows Die Twice22nd March

Dev: FromSoftware
Publisher: Activision
Genre: Action/ Adventure
Platforms: PS4/ XboxOne/ PC

A beautiful and brutal title, that had many players yelling out in frustration at the sheer difficulty of some of the boss matches, but what comes with a difficult battle? One hell of a feeling of victory when you DO finally win. Maybe Kingdom Hearts 3 should’ve taken a few more cues from Sekiro!
A third-person, action-adventure game with RPG elements. The single-player game puts players in the protagonist role of a hard-hearted warrior whose mission is to rescue his master, a young lord, and exact revenge on his arch nemesis. As “Sekiro,” or the “one-armed wolf,” players discover the many ways to strategically approach combat and engage enemies.

Days Gone- 26th April

Dev: SIE Bend Studios
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Genre: Action/ Adventure/ Horror/ Survival

Platforms: PS4
Days Gone is a blast, its tense in places, it is frustrating and it is exciting. You play as Deacon St James who is an inherently likeable biker living in the wake of a massive zombie outbreak. He is trying to keep his shit together and eventually travel North to a land less ravaged by zombies, but fate has other ideas!
Trundling round the map on his motorbike is great fun, running zombies over is even more so! It’s like a nice mix of Dying Light and The Last of Us. A HELL of a lot of time, care and consideration has gone into creating this video game and it does show.
In addition, the hordes of zombies are AMAZING.

A Plague Tale: Innocence- 14th May- One of the most intriguing video games this year

Dev: Asobo Studio
Publisher: Focus Home Entertainment
Genre: Action/ Adventure/ Stealth
Platforms: PS4/ XboxOne/ PC

Set in late 1348 A Plague Tale: Innocence is the story of two siblings trying to survive in an immensely tense and hostile time. This is not Dishonour we have no power here beyond our wits and our sheer will to survive these awful circumstances.
Facing danger from invading troops, terrified adults or swarms of plague carrying diseased rats, there is no walk in the park. A dark, gritty, engaging and captivating game that keeps you pulled in.

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Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled 21st June

Dev: Beenox
Publisher: Activision
Genre: Racing/ Multiplayer
Platforms: PS4/ XboxOne/ Nintendo Switch

Crash… Crashed back on to the PlayStation (not sorry) in June with a remastered and updated version of the PlayStation 1 classic. The graphics are excellent, the tracks are just as frustrating as you remember and the few added extras work to enhance the gaming experience and don’t hinder.
I particularly like the online matches and the Grand- Prix’s. Unfortunately this version hasn’t escaped the whole in game currency nonsense. HOWEVER, we will ignore that and just enjoy the rage that comes hand in hand with this game.

Sea of Solitude5th July

Dev: Jo- Mei Games
Publisher: EA
Genre: Adventure
Platforms: PS4, XboxOne, PC

If humans get to lonely, they become monsters. Straight off the bat Sea of Solitude is hitting us straight in the heart. We set sail on a very personal journey, exploring a young women’s loneliness. As we journey across beautiful and evolving landscapes we meet fantastical creatures and monsters.
I think we can all agree that Sea of Solitude is one of the most wonderful looking video games out there!

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Sinking City- 27th June

Dev: Frogwares
Publisher: Bigben Interactive
Genre: Action/ Adventure/ Horror/ Survival
Platforms: PS4/ XboxOne/ PC/ Nintendo Switch
The Sinking City is an open-world detective game with a third-person camera perspective. It features an open investigation system in which the outcome of the player’s quests will often be defined by how observant the players are when investigating different clues and pieces of evidence

Video games still to come this year

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening 20th September

Dev: Nintendo EPD and Grezzo
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Action/ Adventure/ Puzzle
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
A remake of the 1993 game for the Game Boy that retains the original title’s top-down perspective and gameplay, along with elements from the 1998 remaster Link’s Awakening DX. The remake features a “retro-modern” art style unique within the series with toy-like character designs, diorama-like world designs, and tilt-shift visuals that evoke the original game’s presentation on the Game Boy. It also features customizable dungeons which the player can create and then complete for rewards.

Death Stranding– 8th November

Dev: Kojima Productions
Publisher: Sony interactive entertainment
Genre: WHO KNOWS
Platforms: PS4
I can’t even give you a write up, I have no idea what in the heck this is about!

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okay sorry enough of that

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 15th November

Dev: Respawn Entertainment
Publisher: EA
Genre: Action/ Adventure
Platforms: PS4, XboxOne, PC
Set a few years after Revenge of the Sith, Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis has escaped clone Order 66 and is now on the run from the Galactic Empire. After attempting to salvage a Venator Class Star Destroyer above a Sarlacc Pit, an accident happens in which a nearby Imperial Probe Droid surveys the event in which Cal has to openly use the Force to save one of his friends from falling into the pit. The droid transmits the footage to the Empire causing Cal’s true identity to be revealed to the imperials. The Empire dispatches the Second Sister, an inquisitor trained by Darth Vader, to hunt down the Padawan and eradicate the remaining Jedi Knights.

Which has been your favourite video game so far this year? What has you riding the hype train the hardest? Let us know!

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2 thoughts on “video games 2019, the releases so far

  1. That’s a great spread of games. Probably the one I’m most excited for is the new ghost recon game at the end of September time. Looks more challenging and a return to form after Wildlands.

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