2019 is finally upon us and while 2018 boasted some of the most unbeatable and most memorable games during the year, 2019 will bring this is and many more to all avid gamers and fans. This is certainly an exciting year to look forward to.
A short look back
Avatar is the biggest grossing movie in history, with US$2.7 billion in box office sales worldwide. Grand Theft Auto V (GTA) and GTA Online made a total of US$6 billion already, meaning GTA 5 made the biggest revenue for any entertainment product in history.
In other words, the often-overlooked gaming industry is quite lucrative and evokes considerably more loyalty and immersion in the content than your average 2-hour blockbuster. To put things into perspective, the entire Harry Potter movie saga made US$7 billion. So, you can imagine how popular gaming truly is.
With the rise of international phenomena like the incredible and popular Battle Royale games, such as PUBG and Fortnite, gaming is only set to rake in more money, attention, and of course new players.
As the Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox One get closer to the end of their lifetimes, a series of much-anticipated games and remakes of classic games are sending off these two iconic consoles with a lot of buzz. Below are a handful of games that players across the globe are getting excited for in 2019.
Resident Evil 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
This is a game many are excited about. If you’re an avid gamer, you probably remember playing the original Resident Evil 2 as a kid, and it’s elating that Capcom decided to remake the game from the ground up, instead of just remaster the original. It’s going to be amazing seeing Claire and Leon again, with insanely better graphics and camera angles all gamers are used to in more recent games, like Resident Evil 4.
Resident Evil is perhaps the most famous zombie-themed game. It was popular back at arcades before PCs and consoles had newer versions of this gory classic.
Devil May Cry 5 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
This is the kind of game you shouldn’t let your younger kids play. The iconic series’ last edition was more than ten years ago, so it goes without saying that fans of Devil May Cry are ecstatic about the release of the fifth game.
The idea is that your main character (Dante in the first games, Nero later on, and a new character in DMC5 “V”) goes on a mission to avenge his mother by killing demons. It’s a gorgeous display of stylized gore that focuses on a series of choreographed attacks, while trying to minimize damage to your character.
Gears 5 (Xbox One, PC)
Gears of War’s fifth edition no longer has the “of war” part in its name, but it’s looking equally amazing. Epic Games’ third-person-shooter game features a new character this time, Kait Diaz, in the struggle between humans and the Locust Horde, Lambent and The Swarm.
Crackdown 3 (Xbox One)
It feels good to be going back to the city of New Providence, this time right after a terrorist attack that cut power to the entire world. Your mission will be to liberate New Providence and bring the leaders of the Terra Nova organization to justice, by any means necessary. Bet you can’t wait to spend hours playing Crackdown 3 and leveling up!
Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (Nintendo Switch)
Nintendo Switched has made a great job in figuring out exactly what we need in a modern game console. A console we can plug into our TVs, then just pick it up and continue playing our game on the go.
Super Mario is without a doubt one of the most iconic games in history, and with the Switch’s success, we’ve been blessed with several awesome Super Mario games over the past few years. What you should be most excited about though in 2019, is Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (what a mouthful!).
This iteration is the holy grail of the 2-D Mario experience we all grew up with chasing gold coins and eating mushrooms. This game is definitely recommended to play alongside your kids while enjoying the retro feel of gaming that many have grown up with.
A few final words
While we’re all excited to get our hands on these much-anticipated games coming to us this year, it’s always a good idea to keep in mind that whatever game style or genre you’re into, always keep track and monitor how long you or your kids are spending your time playing games. Taking a break here once in a while doesn’t hurt and could just make you a better and healthier gamer, rather than taking into its addiction.
Finally, not all games are created equal. If your kids are into video games, always make sure that they’re spending their time playing age-appropriate games. An easy way to tell is by checking the ratings: T means that the game is appropriate for teenagers, while an M-rated game means that it is suitable for adults and should be taken seriously should your child want to purchase it. If your child is 10 years old and above, then you can rest assured by looking for ratings that are E10+.