The best upcoming games of 2019 (and beyond)

We've finally made it to 2019, and it's about time we found out if this year's offerings can possibly top the best games 2018. With so many exciting titles in the works, it's never too early to start planning for the future and figure out what you need to start saving up for now. We've compiled some of the biggest new games of 2019 that we're most anticipating, along with some sleeper hits you might not have heard of. It's all ordered by release date for easy browsing, with weekly updates to expand the lineup (Trials Rising, Far Cry New Dawn, and The Elder Scrolls: Blades have just been added to the list). Be sure to check back regularly, and prepare yourself for another year of wonderful games big and small.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

Ace Combat 7

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: January 18, 2019

Bandai Namco's cult favorite series of flight sims is gearing up for a big comeback, bringing the dogfighting action back to the alternate universe of Strangereal for Ace Combat's current-gen debut. The fast-paced aerial skirmishes look great whether you're piloting from the first-person cockpit or a third-person view, and the campaign promises to contextualize the theater of war in the skies with a healthy dose of political intrigue and Top Gun-esque melodrama. Those who own a PlayStation VR headset get the added bonus of PS VR-exclusive missions that should ideally make you feel like you're actually flying your very own fighter jet. 

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes

Travis Strikes Again

Platform(s): Switch
Release date: January 18, 2019

The brash, twisted, beam katana-wielding assassin Travis Touchdown is back, and he's looking stylish as ever. Don't think of this as No More Heroes 3 - instead, it's something of a spin-off, revolving around crossovers with notable indie games like Hotline Miami. Badman, the burly father of the slain Rank #2 assassin Bad Girl, is itching for some murderous revenge on our sideburned anti-hero. But while the two are duking it out, they're sucked into the Death Drive MK-2 game console, trapping them in deadly worlds lifted from beloved indie hits. Expect Suda51 and his team at Grasshopper Manufacture to stuff Travis Strikes Again full of their trademark panache, absurdity, and over-the-top violence.   

Resident Evil 2 

Resident Evil 2

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: January 25, 2019

Fans demanded it, and Capcom has responded in kind. The Resident Evil 2 remake takes you back to a survival horror classic, reacquainting us with Leon Scott Kennedy and Claire Redfield as they fight for their lives in the virus-infected Raccoon City. It's staggering to see what the Resident Evil 7 engine (and 20 years of graphical progress) has done for the visual revamp of this 1998 classic: the highly detailed zombies are covered in blood, slime, and rotting flesh, and the foreboding environments look frighteningly lifelike. The third-person, over-the-shoulder camera should bring the gameplay more in line with modern expectations, making for some truly claustrophobic scares, and the reimagined cutscenes strive to be legitimately spine-chilling as they retell the original story. Put simply, this remake won't be for the faint of heart. 

Kingdom Hearts 3

Kingdom Hearts 3

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC 
Release date: January 29, 2019 

What better way to start the year than with the ultimate Final Fantasy/Disney mash-up? Kingdom Hearts 3 may have been delayed again at E3 2018, but this time Square Enix is really serious about its January launch window, with a firm date in sight for the proper threequel in the beloved series of titles. From Frozen to Wreck-It-Ralph, Kingdom Hearts 3 is making full use of the Disney brand, but the question is whether the gameplay of the PlayStation 2 era still holds up so many years later. Not long until we'll be able to say for sure...

Far Cry New Dawn 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: February 15, 2019

Far Cry New Dawn is another full-size spinoff in Ubisoft's open-world FPS series, but it's more closely tied to the mainline games than the neon silliness of Blood Dragon or the prehistoric warfare of Primal. Following the canonical ending to Far Cry 5 in which - spoilers - Montana is bombed into oblivion, New Dawn skips ahead to a more lush countryside as humanity recovers from the nuclear blasts. But there's trouble afoot, as two villainous twin sisters and their Highwaymen gang threaten the lives of the peaceful Hope County survivors. You'll have to make a stand and fight back using a variety of post-apocalyptic gear in this verdant take on a Mad Max world, which will surely pack in all the chaos you've come to know and love from Far Cry. And, akin to Far Cry 5, you'll have a loyal animal companions like dogs and warthogs by your side, which will surely make New Dawn GOTY material for some players.  

Jump Force 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: February 15, 2019

For anyone unfamiliar with the longstanding series of Shonen Jump crossover fighters, you've been missing out on some all-out brawls between characters from the biggest anime and manga properties around. Bandai Namco's Jump Force is the latest to join the legacy, with fighters hailing from Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach, to name just a few. There are some atypical features to this 3v3 brawler: the action is viewed from a behind-the-back, third-person perspective, and your trio of combatants share one health bar even as you switch between them or call in assists. It may not have the competitive depth of its fighting game peers, but Jump Force looks like it'll be a fun time for fans thanks to its wildly diverse roster of iconic heroes and villains. 

Crackdown 3

Crackdown 3

Platform(s): Xbox One, PC
Release date: February 15, 2018

In Crackdown 3 you’re a super-cop in an open-world city, using your powers to fight crime and smash the whole place up in the process. While there’s still a story campaign to tackle, the online co-op for up to four players is where it's at, letting you and your Agency buddies tear up this futuristic metropolis in chaotic style. You'll be leaping between buildings using your jumpjets in one moment, then raining down high-tech bazooka missiles onto any poor criminals the next. The addition of Terry Crews as a playable character is the perfect cherry atop this city-obliterating sundae.

Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: February 15, 2019

Metro Exodus is the third game in this criminally underappreciated post-apocalyptic FPS series, transporting you to the irradiated ruins of modern civilization, now teeming with mutated animals, which somehow still manage to look beautiful (in a bleak, desolate kind of way). You play as a hardened survivor slowly making your way across Russia during a harsh nuclear winter, fending off gigantic rats in abandoned subway tunnels and scavenging for supplies topside. Just be sure to keep an eye out for any radioactive bears that could get the jump on you.  

Anthem 

Anthem

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: February 22, 2019

Anthem is essentially EA's answer to Destiny: a shared-world shooter that aims to fully immerse players in a gigantic sci-fi universe. You play as a Freelancer (don't call them Guardians) engaging in third-person, Mass Effect-style shootouts, armored up in your Javelin exosuit to explore and exterminate within some gigantic alien biomes. As you might expect, there's an emphasis on party play (for up to four-player co-op) and the pursuit of increasingly impressive loot. It's also promising to hear that Anthem will be penned by the writer of KOTOR and the first two Mass Effect games, set in a world where ancient gods have abandoned a realm where humanity must fend for itself against monsters borne of a omnipresent power known as The Anthem. 

Trials Rising 

Platform(s): Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: February 26, 2019

It's been a while since the high-flying motorcycle stunts of the futuristic Trials Fusion, but Ubisoft's one-of-a-kind racing/platformer hybrid is back with Trials Rising, featuring a new suite of devilishly difficult challenges. As always, you'll need to launch off ramps and overcome awkward obstacles using nothing more than than your trusty motorcycle and the power of physics, aiming to cross the finish line as fast and flawlessly as possible. Unlike the sci-fi setting of Fusion, Rising takes you on a world tour of exotic, inventive courses, and mixes in some ludicrous set pieces to go with the more traditional tracks. This will also be the first Trials game on a Nintendo platform, and being able to attempt tracks while you're on the go with the Switch version sounds like a great fit.

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