The 25 biggest and best upcoming games in 2019

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The best upcoming games of 2019 including Resident Evil, Kingdom Hearts, Sekiro, Gears, Luigi's Mansion and Afterparty

From god-thumping to block-shifting and horse wrangling we had some stellar titles in the best games of 2018. But as we look ahead to a fresh year and fresh release slate, 2019 is looking even better. Here are our 25 picks for the biggest and best upcoming games for the year ahead.

Resident Evil 2

This ground-up remake of the seminal survival-horror is shaping up to be exceptional, blending the classic terror of creeping through the halls of the Racoon City Police Department with a gruesome and thoroughly modern technical upgrade.

  • Release date 25 January Platforms PS4, Xbox One, PC

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Kingdom Hearts 3

The return of the barmy JRPG Disney mash-up is looking worth the wait, with Sora and pals visiting worlds such as Toy Story and Frozen’s Arendelle in their battle against the Heartless. Visually gorgeous and with thrilling and varied combat, even newbies might want to brush up on the game’s tangled storyline ahead of release.

  • Release date 29 January Platforms PS4, Xbox One,

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Far Cry: New Dawn

Intriguing post-apocalyptic sequel to Far Cry 5 sees you returning to Hope County in the American mid-west. Only this time nature has reclaimed the land after a 17 year nuclear winter, with sprawls of colour creeping over wrecked buildings and the landscape. Cobbling together makeshift weapons to take on the dastardly Highwaymen is the order of the day. Also you can have a wild boar called Horatio ride in a car with you.

  • Release date 15 February Platforms PS4, Xbox One, PC

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Crackdown 3

Microsoft’s oft-delayed action game is finally breaking out in February. Some concerns remain about the game’s apparently tumultuous development, but the original Crackdown is one of Xbox’s most heralded games as you fling your super-powered agent across a boisterous open-world city. The cloud-based, fully destructible multiplayer is looking a blast too.

  • Release date 15 February Platforms Xbox One, PC

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Metro Exodus

The third entry in the brutal but brilliant Metro series is looking the best yet, with sprawling sandbox levels set in the harsh climes of post-apocalyptic Russia. Survival is again the name of the game in this adaptation of Dimitri Glukhovsky’s novel, as young hero Artyom faces down mutants and marauders.

  • Release date 15 February Platforms PS4, Xbox One, PC

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Most easily described as EA’s take on Destiny, this shared world sci-fi shooter from BioWare is carving out its own personality with a fascinating setting and exciting, fully customisable ‘Javelin’ exosuits for you to tear about in. If nothing else, the pedigree of the Mass Effect developer should have this firmly on your radar.

  • Release date 22 February Platforms PS4, Xbox One, PC

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Total War: Three Kingdoms

Creative Assembly brings the 12th mainline entry to the acclaimed real-time strategy series. This time you are a Warlord in the age of the Three Kingdoms, looking to lead your faction to glory in a hostile and divided China.  As well as leading your armies, Three Kingdoms has you forging connections and relationships to help you on your way to victory.

  • Release date 7 March Platform PC

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Devil May Cry 5

Capcom’s heavy metal hack ‘n slash returns as stylish and thrilling as ever. This time you have three varied characters to duff up demons, with the sword-and-gun wielding Nero and Dante joined by the magical slayer V.

  • Release date 8 March Platforms PS4, Xbox One, PC

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The Division 2

Ubisoft’s shared-world action-thriller built a thoroughly engaging setting in its virus-ravaged New York City, with strong action and loads of lovely loot. This sequel is looking to build on that success, moving the action to a Washington DC in the grip of an end-of-the-world civil war. Just don’t call it political, ok?

  • Release date 15 March Platforms PS4, Xbox One, PC

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A stunning samurai action-adventure from Dark Souls developer From Software, Sekiro is shaping up to be one of 2019’s outstanding games. It combines brutal and precise combat with a plethora of gadgets and stern challenge with its beautiful feudal Japan aesthetic.

  • Release date 22 March Platforms PS4, Xbox One, PC

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Mortal Kombat 11

While Mortal Kombat still catches the eye for its cartoonish gore and hyper-violence, a stellar fighting series has emerged from beneath the blood. With Netherrealm proving its brawling chops with the more recent Mortal Kombats and the excellent Injustice series, there is every reason to believe Mortal Kombat 11 will continue on the same upwards curve.

  • Release date 23 April Platforms PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

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Rage 2

Id Software and Avalanche’s meaty and frenetic shooter is looking resplendent in pink. Its punky post-apocalyptic aesthetic only adds to its highly-charged blasting. Few developers do shooting as well as the Doom developers and few do open-world carnage as well as Avalanche. A match made in heaven.

  • Release date 14 May Platforms PS4, Xbox One, PC

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Shenmue 3

It’s really happening, the third chapter of Ryo Hazuki’s hunt for his father’s murderer finally releases this year. We thought it would never happen for Yu Suzuki’s iconic adventure and the re-release of the fascinating originals has us excited all over again. There is a danger that Shenmue might show its age, but if it is delivered with the same charm and heart then we are in for a treat.

  • Release date 27 August Platforms PS4, PC

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Animal Crossing

Nintendo teased us with the announcement of Animal Crossing for Switch. We are still waiting our first glimpse of the all-consuming town management sim but the inevitable return of Isabelle, Ace and evil incarnate Tom Nook is enough to get us excited.

  • Release date 2019 Platform Switch


The next game from the developers of the brilliant teen drama Oxenfree has two pals trying to escape hell by outdrinking Satan. Not sure we need to say any more than that, but it is looking fabulous.

  • Release date 2019 Platforms TBC


After the fascinating but flawed experiment with Quantum Break, it looks like Finnish developers Remedy Software are back to their barmy best with Control. The action-adventure takes place within the Federal Bureau of Control, a mysterious skyscraper that houses reality bending phenomena. As Jesse Haden you must make your way through the ‘Oldest House’ wielding a shape-shifting firearm and a selection of supernatural powers.

  • Release date 2019 Platforms PS4, Xbox One, PC

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It’s been a long time coming, but LittleBigPlanet developer Media Molecule’s is set to finally appear in 2019. It is an extraordinary, wide-ranging creation tool, able to build anything from game levels to art installations, while a selection of abstract environmental puzzles make up the game’s pre-built campaign.

  • Release date 2019 Platform PS4

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Gears 5

Gears of War is back with a new hero and fresh name. As a woman of alien Locust descent, Kait Diaz is a fascinating new lead, while the likeable knuckleheads of Gears 4 like JD Fenix also make a return. Developer the Coalition brought a certain amount of character and flair to the series after taking over the reign from Fortnite developer Epic Games, so it will be interesting to see this continue in this next instalment.

  • Release date 2019 Platforms Xbox One, PC

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Luigi’s Mansion 3

Super Mario’s brother remains a rather underappreciated soul, but Luigi’s spooky action-puzzler series is one of Nintendo’s finest. Luigi’s Mansion 2 was particularly brilliant, combining the original’s unique ghostbusting combat with level design that wouldn’t look out of place in a Zelda game. Plenty of reasons to be excited about this upcoming Switch version.

Release date 2019 Platform Switch

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Moon Studio’s gorgeous Metroidvania-style adventure Ori may look like a cutesy and charming indie game, but the original game was a brilliantly compelling challenge. This sequel follows a similar formula, as Ori ventures through the beautiful but hostile Nibel forest, but comes with a suite of new abilities to discover.

Release date 2019 Platforms Xbox One, PC

Psychonauts 2

Another sequel we thought we’d never see brought to bear by a successful crowd-funding campaign, Psychonauts 2 sees the return of Double Fine’s acclaimed platformer. The development studio lead by Tim Schafer has long been lauded for its character work and Psychonauts terrific world-building and humour has cemented it as a cult classic.

  • Release date 2019 Platforms PS4, Xbox One, PC

Sayonara: Wild Hearts

We have only seen a short announcement trailer for Sayonara: WIld Hearts, but that purple, pop-infused peek was more than enough. It is a motorcycle fighting game and ‘pop album video game’, which sounds brilliantly bonkers. The main reason for our excitement lies with the small Swedish developer Simogo, who made the brilliant Device 6 and Year Walk. Sayonara: Wild Hearts a departure from these narrative games, but Simogo hasprevious with music-based games, developing the superb Beat Sneak Bandit.

  • Release date 2019 Platform Switch

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

We are yet to see Titanfall developer Respawn’s spin on Star Wars in action, but the pedigree of the developer and the game’s setting has us champing at the bit for more info. An action-adventure set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Fallen Order casts you as a Padawan on the run after the Emperor’s order to wipe out the Jedi. If Respawn can blend Star Wars storytelling with the kind of mechanical invention that made Titanfall 2 so brilliant, we could be in for something stellar.

  • Release date 2019 Platforms PS4, Xbox One, PC

The Outer Worlds

The upcoming action RPG from Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian is looking the part with its ebullient 50s sci-fi aesthetic. There looks to be a seasoning of both Fallout and BioShock in its look and gameplay (such as the ‘Tactical Time Dilation which sounds like Fallout’s VATS by another name), but Obsidian have a storied history of bringing unique twists and fine storytelling to its games.

Release date 2019 Platforms PS4, Xbox One, PC

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

MachineGames has revitalised the Wolfenstein series with its smart world-building, characters and sharp gunplay. Youngblood looks like continuing the trend in a fascinating co-op spin-off starring Jessica and Sophia Blazkowicz, the twin daughters of the previous games protagonist BJ and Anya Oliwa. After dear old Dad goes missing in an alternative 1980 in which the Nazis won the war, the twins head to Paris to find him and help liberate France from Third Reich rule.

  • Release date 2019 Platforms PS4, Xbox One, PC

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Yoshi’s Crafted World

Nintendo’s line of gorgeous hand-made platformers are a constant delight, this follow-up to Yoshi’s Wooly World will likely follow that yarn thread with the same inventive ‘2.5D’ platforming and the unique skills of Mario’s dinosaur pal.

  • Release date 2019 Platform Switch

And the games we hope to see soon…

To make it easier for ourselves, we have stuck to games with a confirmed 2019 release for this list. Delays will happen, of course, but at the moment all of these games are set for this year.

That does mean that there are games we are looking forward to that may well appear this year too, but could find themselves scheduled for 2020. As such we are keeping a particular close eye on the release dates for Campo Santo’s gorgeous looking In the Valley of Gods (above), Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II, Hideo Kojima’s barmy looking Death Stranding, CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 and ZAUM Studios’ stylish detective RPG Disco Elysium.