Heading into E3 I really thought we were going to be leaving the event with one of the craziest years in gaming right in front of us. Sadly though, everything I thought had a chance of coming out in 2019 actually has a release date of 2020. That being said, I still think 2019 has a lot of interesting and fun games to offer everyone and today I plan on talking about 9 of those games. By the way, just so there’s no confusion, I’m only talking about games that are coming to PS4 since it’s currently the only console I own. If anyone wants to buy me a Switch so I can talk about Fire Emblem and Zelda I’ll more than gladly accept. On top of that, I’m also not discussing expansions or future updates. If I was doing that, I’d spend the entire article talking about No Man’s Sky and Monster Hunter. Now that I’ve gotten all of that out of the way, let’s talk.
9.) Borderlands 3 (9/13)
With the Handsome Jack Collection recently becoming free through PS Plus I had the chance to replay both Borderlands 2 and Borderlands The Pre-Sequel, and after playing through both games my excitement for Borderlands 3, especially after E3, seems to be in a real balancing act. Borderlands 2 absolutely holds up and is a lot of fun but The Pre-Sequel is just bad and with those two very different experiences I’m kind of left wondering if developer Gearbox is capable of making a good Borderlands game anymore. I mentioned E3 not helping my thoughts on this and it’s because I listened to A LOT of E3 talks and either no one was talking about Borderlands 3 or if they were, they really weren’t all that impressed. I had an absolute blast playing the first Borderlands and Borderlands 2 back in the day and it’s this reason why I’m still very hopeful and excited for Borderlands 3.
8.) Doom Eternal (11/22)
2016’s Doom, while a lot of fun, I think, was just a little too long. The main reason for this was the fact that by the end of the game I just felt like I was doing the same thing over and over with nothing new being thrown into the mix. Don’t get me wrong, shooting Demons in half with an over-powered shotgun is a lot of fun but doing that for 13 hours got a bit old. The reason I’m so excited for Doom Eternal is the simple reason that new features are being added that should get rid of the only problem I had with the last Doom. With the addition of new guns, new monsters, and platforming, I think Doom Eternal looks to be a really fun time.
7.) Final Fantasy 8 (2019)
My “friend” Jimmy absolutely loves Final Fantasy 8. Does he crossdress as the main character, who can say? Would I be shocked? No. Jimmy also has a historically bad taste in just about everything. He’s the kind of guy that puts pineapples on pizza. So when he tells me that Final Fantasy 8 is one of his favorite games of all-time, it’s easy to say that I’m left a little bit unsure about the quality of this game. It also doesn’t help that Final Fantasy 8 is often considered the worst of the 3 PS-One Final Fantasy titles. For those keeping track, we’ve got a man with bad taste saying he likes it and a large section of the Final Fantasy community saying it’s not all that good either… things aren’t looking good.
So why am I excited to play this? Well, I’m either going to hate it which will then give me even more ammunition against my friend or I’m going to really enjoy it which will result in me finally being able to understand why my friend named his son Squall. I mean, who does that?
6.) Catherine: Full Body (9/3)
Catherine was a game that I started on PS3 and absolutely fell in love with. For whatever reason though, I never finished it. With the game now coming to PS4 I finally have my chance to jump back in and finish this crazy game. If you’re unfamiliar with Catherine, the story is about a man named Vincent who finds himself conflicted with the thought of finally settling down with his girlfriend Katherine but everything soon falls apart after he has an affair with a woman named Catherine. The game goes in some really interesting directions and with the Full Body edition having even more endings and puzzles, I think this is going to be a game that’s going to keep players interested for a long time to come. On top of that, it’s from the same team that brought us Persona. The main character even has a cameo in Persona 3.
5.) Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (11/15)
Last week when I wrote about EA’s E3 presentation, I stated that I thought Star Wars missed the mark. None of the environments that were shown off were very interesting, apart from the giant generic spiders, the enemies were still just generic Storm Troopers, and the game seemed to be closely connected to characters from Rogue One, a movie that I didn’t think was all that good. With the help of Game Informers cover story and the many conversations coming out of E3 about the game though, my opinion started to change. Fallen Order isn’t Uncharted meets Star Wars, it’s Dark Souls meets Metroid Prime. Based off of the footage shown, I would have never guessed that I’d be able to travel back and forth between planets find things that could potentially unlock secrets on planets previously explored. On top of all of that, the combat is way more interesting than the mash buttons to make this enemy’s life bar go down as I thought. While in combat, players are expected to use blocks and parries while also using your force powers at the most opportune time. Fallen Order really seems to have that chance of being this year’s God of War… yeah, you remember 2018’s God of War, a near perfect masterpiece? Even if it can’t hit such an unreasonably high mark, I still think Fallen Order is going to be a lot of fun.
4.) Man of Medan (8/30)
Man of Medan appears to be the follow up that we’ve all been waiting for from Supermassive Games since their critically acclaimed game Until Dawn released back in August of 2015. Yes, the studio has released games since then but none of them have really been what we’ve been waiting for. Man of Medan however, looks like that game. With every playable character being at risk of dying, every choice that’s made is going to matter, and as someone who loved TellTale and Quantic Dream games, I cannot wait for another game in that style.
3.) The Outer Worlds (10/25)
Remember when Fallout 4 was released and we were all foaming at the mouth with excitement? Well, do you remember what happened when Fallout 4 actually released and most of us just went, “yeah, it was okay.” Well, The Outer Worlds is made by Obsidian, someone that made Fallout games back when that name meant quality. While I never got to experience Fallout New Vegas, the game that this studio worked on, Fallout 3 is one of my favorite games of all-time so if someone is out there promising to make Fallout great again then you better believe I’m 100% on board. I’m also really excited that the game allows a “dumb” option in the conversation options as long as your intelligence rating is low enough. I’m really excited to listen to someone scream out how amazing Final Fantasy 8 is whenever bad things are happening around them. A planet is blowing up, “Squall!” Your spaceship is about to crash, “Don’t worry, I’ve got a sword-gun!” Good times, gooood times.
2.) Death Stranding (11/8)
The first ever of its genre, I, for one, cannot wait to final experience a stranding game. What does that mean? No one knows and that’s what makes Death Stranding so fascinating. My personal theory about this game is that it’s a metaphor about Konami firing Kojima and taking away his baby, Metal Gear… it could also be about how the post office is the backbone of America. I’m still workshopping. Jokes aside Metal Gear Solid 5 has, in my opinion, the best gameplay out of everything that’s on the PS4. If Death Stranding can deliver that high of quality while also bringing us a story and a world that we’ve never experienced before, then I think Death Stranding has a chance to become an all-time classic. Kojima has set a high bar for himself and it’ll be exciting to see him try and reach it… oh and if everything I just said didn’t get you excited, there’s a character in the game named Die-Hardman. What else do you need!?
1.) Ni No Kuni (9/20)
As I finish my list I’ve come to the realization that 2019 is a very nostalgic year. I loved Fallout 3 and now I find myself excited for The Outer Worlds. I adored Metal Gear 5’s gameplay and now I can’t wait for Death Stranding. These things can all be said for Catherine, Man of Medan, Doom Eternal, and even Borderlands 3. While I didn’t get Final Fantasy 7 Remake or Avengers, I am getting a lot of games that mean a lot to me, and out of everything on my list, the game that’s most personal to me is Ni No Kuni. I lost someone very close to me and was dealing with a lot and then Ni No Kuni released and I found myself lost in that world, determined to help everyone I met, and discover every secret the game had to offer. That’s probably the reason I never finished it. There’s a lot of things to collect.
For those that are unaware, Ni No Kuni is basically the open-world Pokemon game that we all wanted long before we got Pokemon Sword and Shield. In Ni No Kuni, you play as Oliver, a little boy who is dealing with the death of his mother, who suddenly finds himself transported to a magical world filled with magic and wonder. It really is one of the most special games of the last generation and the fact that it’s coming to the PS4 is just amazing and I couldn’t be more excited to jump back in.