Kingdom Hearts 3
Release date: January 25, 2019 Genre: JRPG
What is it? A finale to the storyline of Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2, featuring a mix of Disney and Final Fantasy characters. And TOY STORY.
Why it's so interesting: The other Square Enix RPG is finally getting a follow up that doesn't have a ridiculous naming convention. It's something that a niche but ardent group of fans have been waiting for since 2006. What's the reason for their insanity? Well, Kingdom Hearts fanatics have had plenty to play since KH2, mostly on portable consoles, but none of it was the real deal… until now. We finally have our third instalment, and perhaps with it will come some closure but who cares about that when we've got Woody and Buzz from Toy Story getting in on the action. Who knows how it will all tie in but we're excited.
Resident Evil 2 Remake
Release date: January 25, 2019 Genre: Survival horror
What is it? A complete remake of the horror classic from 1998. This is a classic Resi zombie outing.
Why it's so interesting: To call this a remake is perhaps doing it a disservice. This is actually a complete reworking of the original Resident Evil 2, made in the Resident Evil 7 engine, with new puzzles, scenarios, environments and all kinds of other treats. Crucially, though, it stays very close to the original game, so fans will recognise familiar places and events as they play through. The big talking point right now is the incredible limb-removal system, which lets you literally shoot pieces off zombies - like removing an arm, or blasting them at the knees to eviscerate legs. The game plays slightly differently each time you smash through it, and the Leon and Claire campaigns are still separate - just like in the original.
Release date: February 22, 2019 Genre: FPS
What is it? Part-Destiny and part-Titanfall 2, BioWare's Anthem sees you whizz around a planet in an exosuit, shooting anything that comes your way. With your buddies in tow.
Why it's so interesting: Anthem is proof that there's still the demand for something new in games. It looks beautiful, with lush exotic forests filled with things to shoot at, giving you (a Freelancer) plenty to find when you venture beyond the wall that protects the last vestiges of civilisation. Decked out in your exosuit, otherwise known as a Javelin, you can alter your playstyle and combat type by switching them out every now and again like Warframe.
Release date: February 22, 2019 Genre: Horror/Action-adventure
What is it? With the world seemingly in ruins, it's time to avoid hordes of Freakers. Yes, they can run.
Why it's so interesting: Zombie games might be a dime a dozen at this point, but Days Gone, Sony Bend Studio's open-world, post-apocalyptic third-person adventure, treats the not-quite-dead a bit differently. Squeezing into drifter Deacon St. John’s boots, you’re attempting to live out the end of the world on the dangerous open road. You have to learn how to manage a swarm of infected called Freakers - who aren't actually dead - if you want to survive. These disgusting creatures flood through the environment, forcing you to run for your life, pulling down objects in the environment to slow their charge. While you can shoot a machine gun or toss a grenade into the crowd, your ammo reserves won't last forever, so you'll need to come up with more creative ways to overcome the swarm.
Blood and Truth
Release date: TBA 2019 Genre: VR shooter
What is it? You know the London Heist mini-game from VR Worlds? It's that, by the same creators, as a full game.
Why it's so interesting: This is very much a full game, exclusive to VR. Proper VR titles have been in short supply, but this - by the creators of London Heist - is all set to fill the niche when it launches later this year. It's essentially London Heist, turned into a full game, which means plenty of shoot-outs, van driving, and cigar waving. Maybe some blowtorch torture too, and a raft of other criminal underground activities. We're desperate for a reason to dust off the VR headset, and this could be it. Check out some early gameplay right here.
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Skull and Bones
Release date: TBC 2019 Genre: Pirate ship sim
What is it? The naval combat sections of Assassin's Creed Black Flag, minus the stabby hooded free-running.
Why it's so interesting: Because it's the naval combat sections of Assassin's Creed Black Flag, minus the stabby hooded free-running. If your favourite part of Edward Kenway's floating adventures were peppering ships with mortars and watching masts crumble into matchsticks, welcome to Skull and Bones. Ubisoft knows how much you like big boats and has acted accordingly, throwing multiplayer into the mix and letting you take on your friends who all have lootable ships. Take them down in a hail of canon fire and you can steal their gold and unlock bigger targets. This is one worth walking the plank for.
Release date: TBC 2019 Genre: Action adventure
What is it? A mind-bending, reality-bothering shooter from Remedy, the people who made Max Payne.
Why it's so interesting: The very concept is a bizarre one. You play as Jesse Faden, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Control, responsible for everything mysterious and supernatural in the US. Your HQ is called The Oldest House, and it's a weird trans-dimensional space, shifting and changing impossibly, like an Escher painting. You'll be able to combine gunplay with psychic powers in game, and your weapon will change states to serve different purposes (so, loosely, expect it to organically morph from a pistol to a shotgun, for example). It all sounds very reminiscent of the likes of Second Sight from the PS2 era, and we're very ok with that. Expect Control some time in 2019.
Release date: 2019 Genre: Action/horror RPG
What is it? A return to the apocalyptically dangerous wasteland of Russia, complete with mutated rodents, scarce resources, and this time a giant train chugging along the tracks.
Why it's so interesting: The return to 4A Game's notoriously brutal world is a welcome one, as this time the landscape is looking remarkably colourful. Well, for a wasteland, that is. There's the return of the trademark low-tech clipboard for a quest menu, but the most interesting bit is that it looks like you're going to be travelling around above ground this time instead of sticking to the sewers. Thanks to the train rumbling down the tracks, you'll get to see more of the country and will probably be sent on supply runs for the locomotive. It looks like a welcome change of pace, and we can't wait to see what Metro is like this time around.
Release date: Spring 2019 Genre: Shooter
What is it? A fun, colorful sequel to the original Rage. This one is all about having fun with guns and outrageous, acrobatic movement.
Why it's so interesting: The tone of Rage 2 couldn't be more different to the original. That's good news, as the emphasis here is purely on showing off as you shoot through armies of mutant enemies. It's being developed by Avalanche, who made the Just Cause franchise, so you can expect heaps of open-world chaos. There are vehicles to use, massive boss-like monsters to take down, and a vast array of weaponry to try out. Feels very much like Bulletstorm and Borderlands, and it's coming early in 2019. We'll see more at E3.
The Last of Us 2
Release date: TBA Genre: Action adventure
What is it? The sequel from Naughty Dog to the phenomenal The Last of Us which sees you battle fungi-infected zombies in a post-apocalyptic world.
Why it's so interesting: Because the world is split as to whether The Last of Us ever needed a sequel in the first place. Of course there was plenty of apocalypse still to tell the story of but did we need to see what Joel and Ellie did next? Well we're about to find out and it's not going to be pretty. Confirmed to take place partly in Seattle, The Last of Us part 2 hasn't revealed much story but plenty of brutal violence as humanity attempts to survive, five years after Joel and Ellie's original outing. In case you hadn't worked it out. Survival isn't easy and empathy looks like it's at an all time low.