2018 was a massive year in gaming. Fortnite took over the world, with even Ninja and Drake getting in on the action in March.
God of War showed us a stunning re-imagining of a beloved franchise, beefing up storylines with Norse mythology, a badass new battle axe, and the strength of the father-son bond.
Subnautica and Sea of Thieves led us to the high seas, to plunder and loot and explore to our hearts content, whether on a pirate’s ship or down deep below the ocean’s depths.
Red Dead Redemption 2 let us have a hell of a time back in the wild west, and guess what? This time water won’t kill you for some reason!
Monster Hunter: World lit up our lives with feline-esque companions, whimsical landscapes and rainbow scaled monsters, all wrapped in that nagging, constant reminder that you need more friends because holy COW are those monsters tough to beat solo.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate gave us the luxury of CHOICE.
And Shadow of the Tomb Raider wrapped up an exceptional trilogy with seamless stealth moves, agile and terrifying jaguars, difficult puzzles, zombies (zombies?) hell-bent on slashing your face off, and climbing + rappelling. So much rappelling.
And that’s just for starters! I could list for days, but we are so insanely excited for 2019 and the games that are arriving in the coming months. Here’s our 2019 most anticipated.
- Untitled Goose Game – This concept is so absurd and so simple, which only makes me want to play it more. You play a mischievous goose on the loose in your village, hell-bent on making the lives of your human neighbors a living nightmare by causing all sorts of mayhem.
- Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey – Ever wanted to experience human evolution? ME TOO. How weird! Now we can! Do I really need to say anything else?
- Animal Crossing – Ah, the comforts of home. It’s been 5 years since Animal Crossing: New Leaf on the 3DS, so we’re stoked to get back to the real important stuff: Farming, fishing, home décor, exploring, and becoming friends with EVERYONE.
- Atomic Heart – Moscow-based Mundfish is keeping us intrigued with shooter-brawler, Soviet-era set Atomic Heart. With a unique visual style and horrifying monsters, its sure to be a hit with lots of creep-factor.
- Far Cry New Dawn – Set in a post-nuclear war American heartland 17 years after Far Cry 5, this is so Mad Max looking it’s already got me hooked.
- Pokemon (Tentative Title) – Because, obviously.
- Resident Evil 2 – Keeping to the original’s formula of focusing on survival rather than gun fights, this complete overhaul of Resident Evil 2 will have an over-the-shoulder third-person camera perspective and added gameplay.
- Mortal Kombat 11 – Did you say “custom character variations”? We’re in.
- Kingdom Hearts 3 – Following Sora as he crosses worlds to discover the seven sources of light, this time we get to hang with the gangs from Frozen, Toy Story, Pirates of the Caribbean, Tangled, and Winnie the Pooh.
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps – Whimsical, wondrously challenging platform-combat puzzle game filled with a magical, glowing forest, creatures of all kinds, and a giant spider friend? Let me play!
- Anthem – Epic, expansive sci-fi action with a tight focus on character development, dialogue, and online shooting, this multi-player from BioWare/Electronic Arts looks just as promising as Destiny once did.
- Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – Set in medieval Japan, this new franchise from FromSoftware will focus on stealth, aerial combat aided by grappling hook, free-flowing fights, and a limited set of weapons.
- Shenmue 3 – 18 years after the last Shenmue game came out on Dreamcast and Xbox, this fighting game tells the tale of a teen martial artist’s search for his missing father in 1980’s Japan. We’ve been waiting a long time for this one!
- The Last of Us: Part 2 – Set 5 years after The Last of Us, Ellie must learn how to defeat a mysterious cult in post-apocalypic America. According to developers, whereas the first game is focused on love, this one focuses on hate.
- Skull & Bones – Offering both multiplayer as well as single-player campaigns, we’re gonna love the combat offered on the high-seas with this one. You can even enter “Hunting Grounds” for co-op missions and PvP, including 5-versus-5 battles.
- Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 – When America is ruled by a dictator and torn by civil war post terror attack, in this third-person online combat open world you’ll get to choose whether to work together or alone in defeating enemies. Stoked.
Whew, you poor game developers. I bet you need a vacation. We’re gonna need a lot of Gamer Goo thanks to you.
What are you guys most excited about for 2019? (Probably going to add to this list soon, to be honest.)
Happy New Year from all of us at Gamer Goo!