10 Best Video Games to Play in 2019
1. Mario Kart Tour
TBA | Nintendo | iOS, Android
While we’re honestly still busy playing Mario Kart 8, but we’ll never turn down news of a new Mario Kart game. Except, this Mario Kart game is going to be a little different. As the first Mario Kart game made exclusively for mobile devices, we honestly don’t know exactly what to expect from Mario Kart Tour.
However, our gut feeling is that this is going to more or less be the same Mario Kart experience you know and love, but for mobile devices. Mobile racing games have advanced quite a lot in recent years, and we have no doubt regarding Nintendo’s ability to port the fabled racing franchise to tablets and phones everywhere.
2. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
TBA | Team Ninja | Switch
Well, this is certainly a surprise. The original Marvel Ultimate Alliancegames were a dream come true for Marvel fans. They were action-RPG titles that allowed gamers to build superhero dream teams and beat up just about every villain imaginable. As fun as they were, the state of the Marvel property made it unlikely we’d see another game of its kind.
Yet, here we are. Not only are we getting a third Ultimate Alliance game, but it’s being developed by the legendary Team Ninja and will be a Nintendo Switch exclusive. Outside of those curveballs, this looks like the same old great Ultimate Alliance experience that we know and love. At a time when the world needs more good Marvel games, this looks like a potentially great one.
3. Metro Exodus
February 22 | 4A Games | PS4, XBO, PC
Those who have played the Metro series know that it is one of the most atmospheric and clever first-person shooter franchises of the modern era. The problem is that it always feels like not enough people have actually played these incredible games.
Metro Exodus has expanded the notoriety of these cult classic games by expanding the Metro world itself. While Metro Exodus isn’t exactly an open-world game, this shooter introduces a much bigger scope to the Metro concept by delivering the largest and most intriguing take on the series’ fascinating look at the end of the world.
4. Mortal Kombat 11
April 23 | NetherRealm Studios | PS4, XBO, PC, Switch
While there have been many rumors of a new Mortal Kombat project in recent months, we weren’t expecting the game to make its gory debut at the 2018 Game Awards. Yet, there are few who deny that Mortal Kombateffectively stole that show.
What intrigues us most about Mortal Kombat is how little it appears to have changed over the years. This is still a hyper-violent, over-the-top, hard-hitting fighting game franchise featuring a roster full of familiar faces. There’s something comforting about what Mortal Kombat 11 looks to offer, and it might just live up to the standards of recent great fighting games.
5. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
January 11 | Nintendo | Switch
We don’t blame you if you call the Nintendo Switch the Nintendo Wii 2.0, but don’t assume that is a bad thing. Indeed, one of the Switch’s best features is the way in which it has resurrected some of those incredible Wii U titles that were burdened with the problems of the console itself.
While Super Mario 3D World might be the Wii U’s best Mario title, it’s hard to deny that New Super Mario Bros. U is a definitive franchise experience. This deluxe version of the game takes everything that made the original great, adds in a few new features, and bundles it all together in a new package designed for the incredible Nintendo Switch.
6. Nioh 2
TBA | Team Ninja | PS4
Nioh proved to be one of the most surprising games of 2017. Many worried that the beleaguered Team Ninja was foolishly trying to capitalize on the popularity of Dark Souls and would end up delivering a copycat that took years to make. What we got instead was a confident action-adventure RPG that stood tall on its own merits.
While we doubt that Nioh 2 will try to reinvent the original, we’ll gladly settle for more of the game’s compelling mythical world, fluid action, and fascinating weapons system. Nioh 2 may not surprise as many people as the original, but it should be just as great as the 2017 sleeper hit.
7. Pokemon Sword and Shield
TBA | Game Freak | Nintendo Switch
We knew that we were going to get a proper mainline Pokemon game for Nintendo Switch, but nothing quite prepared us for the sudden reveal of Pokemon Sword and Shield. After years of waiting, Nintendo is finally making a fully-fledged Pokemon title for one of their consoles.
Sword and Shield will look to combine Pokemon traditions with some of the innovations of recent titles in the series. It will also take full advantage of the capabilities of the Nintendo Switch by offering a significantly larger (and fully rendered) world than the ones that we’ve seen in previous Pokemon games. Put it all together, and you’ve got one of the most anticipated Nintendo titles in years.
8. Rage 2
June | Avalanche Studios, id Software | PS4, XBO, PC
We’d be lying if we told you that we spent sleepless hours hoping for the announcement of a new Rage game. The original Rage was a largely forgettable game that capitalized on a largely forgettable era of shooters. It wasn’t the kind of game that people build fan conventions around.
Rage 2, though, is shaping up to be one of the most surprising sequels in recent memory. Granted, that’s because its mere existence is somewhat surprising, but everything we’ve seen of the game thus far suggests that Rage 2 will combine the best of several popular action games to produce something that’s ultimately kind of special.
9. Resident Evil 2
January 25 | Capcom | PS4, XBO, PC | Review
Rumors of a remake of Resident Evil 2 date back to the release of the Resident Evil remake for GameCube. In fact, we’ve heard about this game for so long without actually seeing it that we forgive anyone who started to feel like there was no chance this remake would ever actually be released.
Against all odds, though, Resident Evil 2’s official debut at E3 2018 managed to meet just about every expectation that we’ve assigned to the project over the years. This 2019 title is a true love letter to the horror classic.
10. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
March 22 | FromSoftware | PS4, XBO, PC
When FromSoftware suggested that Sekiro would not be like Dark Souls, many fans were skeptical. It looked like Dark Souls, it appeared to be as challenging as Dark Souls, and it was even presented in a very Dark Souls-like way.
Yet, there are times when something may walk and quack like a duck but isn’t a duck. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice borrows some elements from Dark Souls, but is an entirely new samurai adventure that features a brilliant weapon system as well as an increased emphasis on giving the player a second chance to recover after they have died. Get this one if you loved Dark Souls, but don’t discount it if you didn’t.