10 Best Video Games to Play in 2019

Get ready, because 2019 is shaping up to be a special year for video games. While it’s always possible for a year to take us by surprise in regards to how great it is for gaming or how bad it ends up being, you can generally tell when you’re going to have a marquee year.

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at the best video games of 2019:

1. Anthem

February 22 | BioWare | PS4, XBO, PC

BioWare’s Anthem is the studio’s most talked about game in years, even if it’s not always being talked about for the reasons that BioWare and EA would like. Questions of microtransactions and originality continue to haunt this title, even after its release. 

Yes,Anthem is certainly a departure for the house that RPGs built, but it has a solid foundation. Although it might not be what fans expected from the studio, this Destiny-like loot shooter could continue to improve over time. One thing is for sure: it’s gorgeous to look at.

2. Battletoads

TBA | Rare | XBO

We were starting to think that we’d never get another Battletoads game given that it’s been over 20 years since we’ve last received a new installment, but Rare is returning to the franchise that most people remember as one of the hardest games on the NES. This new Battletoadsmight feature a slightly different art style and other modern improvements, but we fully expect it to be largely familiar to fans who have been waiting years for another co-op brawler from this beloved, and undeniably bizarre, series.B

3. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

TBA | ArtPlay & DICO | PS4, XBO, Switch, PC

Since its Kickstarter debut, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night‘s name has come second to that of its creator, Koji Igarashi. Many of you may remember Igarashi as the director of the revolutionary Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and his return with a game that is very much in the spirit of his classic Castlevania tiles has been anticipated by genre fans for many years. 

While we have some concerns regarding the possibility that Ritual of the Night ends up being the next Mighty No. 9, the quality of this team’s side project – the 2D action/adventure title Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon – leads us to believe that these guys know what makes this genre tick and may be prepared to deliver something special.

4. Borderlands 3

September 13 | Gearbox Software | PS4, XBO, PC

After years of waiting, the Borderlands series has finally returned. While many suspected that a modern Borderlands might take the form of an online multiplayer loot shooter, it appears that Borderlands 3 will indeed be a proper Borderlands experience.

That means a dark sense of humor, a ton of guns, beautiful cel-shaded graphics, single-player and multiplayer options, and hours upon hours of looting. We’ll see if Borderlands 3 has what it takes to reclaim the loot shooter crown in this new world, but we think that it will reign supreme.

5. Crackdown 3

February 15 | Sumo Digital | XBO, PC

It’s been almost eight years since we last heard from the Crackdownseries. There was a time when Microsoft’s hidden gem open-world title provided a breath of fresh air to the subgenre. Its outlandish, superhero-like gameplay afforded players the chance to just go wild in a metro setting. The open-world genre — and the world at large — has changed quite a bit, though.

Crackdown 3 doesn’t make quite the same impression as its predecessors, unfortunately, as it holds on to an era of game design that’s long past with the Xbox 360. Still, if you’re just looking for a game to blow things up in, Crackdown 3 can be a lot of fun.

6. Code Vein

TBA | Bandai Namco | PS4, XBO

In a world without Dark Souls and Bloodborne (at least for the foreseeable future), the time is now for an outsider to ascend the throne and rule the kingdom that FromSoftware’s titles helped establish. To that end, it’s entirely possible that Code Vein may just become the next big game in this genre.

Code Vein is easily described as “anime Dark Souls.” It’s an over-the-top action-RPG that emphasizes an intricate combat system, character builds, and a sometimes punishing level of difficulty. It also adds a sometimes over-the-top style that is a far cry from Dark Souls‘ muted tones and grim atmosphere but just might be enough to help put this game over-the-top. 

7. Control

August 27 | Remedy Entertainment | PS4, XBO, PC

Developer Remedy Entertainment remains one of the most exciting developers in gaming. What separates Remedy is the personality it infuses into its projects. There’s never been a pedestrian Remedy game, even if some of those games missed the mark in terms of their overall execution. 

From what we’ve seen of Control, we have no doubts that it will be full of Remedy’s trademark personality. It’s a bizarre psychological action title with supernatural elements that looks wonderfully eerie and exciting. Even better, Remedy has promised that this game will be slightly more open than its previous, very linear titles. We’ll see whether or not that allows the studio to expand its creative borders.

8. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

June 21 | Beenox | PS4, XBO, Switch

This remake of the original Crash Team Racing has a daunting task ahead of it. Somehow, it must please fans of the original surprise hit while winning over a generation that recently experienced the brilliant Mario Kart 8. We don’t envy the task ahead of developer Beenox. 

Yet, we’re optimistic the studio can pull it off. CTR has retained its popularity over the years because it’s a genuinely great racing game. Its fantastic modes and fascinating new mechanics help the game stand out among some considerable competition, and this remake seems to feature just enough new content to justify another lap no matter how familiar you may be with the original. 

9. Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course

TBA | Studio MDHR | XBO, PC

We’d have a hard time arguing with anyone who calls Cuphead the Xbox One’s best exclusive title. Studio MDHR may have had to delay the game a few times, but the final product proved to be a gorgeous nod to both the era of 2D action titles and those classic animated adventures of the ‘30s and ‘40s.

We won’t have to wait nearly as long for our next taste of CupheadThe Delicious Last Course may end up being the only Cuphead DLC release, but this massive second helping of Cuphead action should be enough to satisfy fans of the base game. With an entirely new island to explore and more incredible bosses to fight, The Delicious Last Course should prove to be a must-have.