Last Updated on May 16, 2023
The games industry churned out some amazing games in 2018, such as Red Dead Redemption 2, Smash Bros Ultimate, Celeste, and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. And there’s even more to look forward to this year.
So here’s a quick look at five games I am excited for in 2019.
1. Animal Crossing (Untitled)
Last year, Nintendo announced that the Animal Crossing series was going to get a new core game, which blew all the Animal Crossing fans away.
The last main entry, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, came out in 2012. Since then, fans have been desperate for a new game to satisfy the need to catch bugs and pay off house loans.
Nintendo’s next entry will be for the Switch, and with the console’s ability to be both at home and on the go, Animal Crossing is going to enter a whole new realm.
While no details about the game have been announced, the fanbase is excited to see a classic series introduced to the newest generation of gaming.
I’ve always been a fan of the franchise, so this announcement has got me energized and ready to spend another hundred hours.
2. Pokémon (Untitled)
As a lifelong player of Pokémon, I can never wait for a new game to arrive.
With better hardware and more features than the 3DS, the Switch version of Pokémon can only be better than the last generation.
Pokémon has been going strong with its handheld releases, most recently Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, and has made a hit with the first entries on the Switch, Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!
As Nintendo slowly releases more information on the game, the hype will only build. For now, all we know is that the game is a part of the main series.
This year, we’ll see how Nintendo fares with Pokémon on a new console. If they keep with the decades-old, tried-and-true formula with a few innovative tweaks, we’re in for a spectacular game.
3. DOOM Eternal
DOOM (2016) was a smash hit for the series, bringing in a whole new generation of fans.
The game was full of fast-paced action, gore, and violence, all set to a masterful soundtrack by Mick Gordon that made you feel invincible against the forces of Hell.
Now a sequel to the 2016 game is coming this year, DOOM Eternal, and once again, I cannot wait to face demons with a shotgun.
The game is said to be even faster, and more fluid, all while you blast away various entities from Hell. New upgrades, weapons, and tools create an innovative way to move around levels and combat, and more secrets hidden in the game means dozens of more hours to play.
The core of what makes DOOM enjoyable is coming again this year and I look forward to seeing the denizens of Hell smashed to pieces with Mick’s heavy metal in the background.
4. Spelunky 2
Spelunky is one of those games that I would forget about for a few months, then suddenly remember it in my Steam library and immediately lose a week of time.
The fantastic platforming coupled with the intense and ever-present fear of dying and having to restart from the beginning made for a game that I couldn’t put down.
The original was full of ingenuity and heart. It developed a dedicated fanbase. Now the original developers are at it again for Spelunky 2.
With promises of tons of new ways to play around in this roguelike dungeon crawler, the developers are setting up fans for another fantastic game, with that same passion that was shown in the first game.
The Spelunky series is a real testament to the effort that indie developers put into their work.
The original Spelunky was made by just two people. Despite such a small team, it became a success. I sincerely look forward to Spelunky 2 and anything else that Derek Yu and Andy Hull create.
5. Wolfenstein: Youngblood
The Wolfenstein series grew up with DOOM, and now both have follow-ups this year.
Throughout its history, Wolfenstein represents a simple philosophy in gaming: kill the Nazis.
The intense violence and deep stories make for an incredible base for any installment in the series.
Now a new game approaches in Wolfenstein: Youngblood, which takes place in the alternate world of 1980’s America, where the twin daughters of the previous game’s main character take on the resistance against Nazis.
The exciting new element in this game is the ability to play co-op, not seen in the new return of the series yet. Now you and your friends can destroy the Nazi war machine together.
Another classic in gaming, Wolfenstein is returning in a new way.