Can 2019 surpass 2018 in video games?

What a year. There have been so many great games in 2018 that it’s hard to know just how 2019 will manage to better it.

Think of the quality we have had this year on PlayStation alone; Detroit Become Human, God of War, Spider-Man, Shadow of the Colossus, Tetris Effect, Beat Saber, the list literally goes on.

When it comes to exclusives on PlayStation I don’t think I ever recall such a busy year full of quality games which will stick with me forever. Then there are the others, with Nintendo Switch having a huge year with the likes of Super Smash Bros, Pokemon Let’s Go and Microsoft blowing us all away with the amazing Forza Horizon 4 and of course the launch of Xbox Games Pass, which seems to have gone down very well indeed.

We’ve not even touched on the third party releases yet, I got the game I’ve been waiting on since forever in Darksiders III and even though it was disappointing in some respects, I still absolutely love it. Elsewhere there was the likes of Far Cry 5, Red Dead Redemption 2, Black Ops 4, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Vampyr, Kingdom of Amalur: Deliverance, Just Cause 4, Life is Strange 2, Spyro Reignited and of course the usual suspects such as Football Manager 2019, FIFA 19 and PES 2019.

Then there’s the countless amount of indie titles which have been receiving wide praise with the likes of Celeste, Into The Breach, Moss, Fe, We Happy Few and plenty of others too, such as Inside, Dead Cells and Owlboy.

So many great releases, so little time to play them all.

So what is there to look forward to in 2019 then? Plenty, that’s what.

One of the most anticipated releasing early in the year is Metro Exodus, while we also have the likes of Sekiro Shadows Die Twice, Anthem, Kingdom Hearts 3, Crackdown 3, Days Gone, Devil May Cry 5, Rage 2, Wolfenstein, Skull and Bones, Ace Combat 7, Shenmue 3, Code Vein, Doom Eternal, Vacation Simulator, Far Cry: New Dawn, Gears 5 and possibly a new Star Wars game from Respawn entertainment too. That’s not all of course, so if you have anything to add to this list that you are looking forward to then be sure to comment below.

But is this line up better than 2018? There’s not a lot from Sony there so far is there? So what’s to come from the PlayStation giant? We know about Days Gone. Perhaps we will have Dreams too. Does Sony have something else up its sleeve? Surely Death Stranding, Ghost of Tsushima and Last of Us 2 are a while away yet and with no presence at E3, will 2019 be a quiet one from Sony after a stellar 2018? Or perhaps it’s all just the calm before the PS5 storm.

So the stage seems set for Nintendo and Microsoft, although all we know about at the moment from the latter is a new Gears and Halo (possibly not a 2019 release). Surely there will be a new Forza added to that list too, although it seems unlikely any of its recently acquired studios will have much to show in 2019. Which leaves Nintendo, which could very well surprise us with a new Animal Crossing via one of its Directs, while the new Pokemon is also brewing.

It’s probably too early to say, so perhaps 2019 will be the best year for gaming yet, but one thing is for sure, it’s got a hard act to follow.

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