If you’re like me, you’ve probably played Fallout 4 as much as you possibly can. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. I’m pretty sure you can’t play Fallout 4 enough unless you quit your job, drop out of school, and forego bathroom breaks.
Still, you may think it’s time to check out some new video games to get some new experiences under your belt.
These are the releases that we can’t wait to get our hands on.
1. Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
PC, PS4, XBOX ONE, Switch – January 11, 2019
Tales of Vesperia is a beautifully animated anime RPG. It was initially released in 2008, and the Definitive Edition is the remastered re-release.
With a battle system reminiscent of games like Final Fantasy or Shadow Hearts, and an art style in its own league, Tales of Vesperia is a beloved game that was more than deserving of a remaster. In addition to a visual update, Bandai promises “ never before seen characters, expanded story, and much more!” You can checkout gameplay here.
PC, PS4, XBOX ONE – February 22, 2019
Anthem is Bioware’s upcoming release that was originally scheduled for Fall of 2018 but has been delayed multiple times. Now, its slated to be released on February 22, 2019 with a pre-release demo available starting February 1, 2019.
That story involves ancient mythical gods and a source of incredible power called the Anthem. What that actually is is unclear but was used by the long absent gods (aliens?) to create the planet the game takes place on, but then left or disappeared before it was finished. Fast forward to the future and the Anthem's still active, creating, mutating and corrupting life and generally messing up the planet. Enter the mech piloting Freelancers who aim to save the day with cool robots and XP.
Gameplay focuses on co-op missions that are centered on gaining loot and experience, though single player mode is available too. Characters choose and customize their classes by modifying their Javelin exosuits. Unlike Bioware’s other prominent titles, like Mass Effect and Dragon Age, there doesn’t look to be much emphasis or opportunity for romancing, but there are plenty of opportunities for shooting and looting.
3. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
PC, PS4, XBOX ONE – March 22, 2019
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice has the makings of a game that you can’t pull down: it’s directed by Dark Souls’ creator Hidetaka Miyazaki, it’s got samurai, it’s got ninjas, and it’s inspired by the mythology of feudal Japan.
Critics speculate that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice could be considered the spiritual successor to the Playstation 1 era Tenchu series, especially considering the “Shadows Die Twice” in the title is a direct quote from Tenchu. Still, this is only speculation, and according to its publisher, FromSoftware, the two games are not connected.
PC, PS4, XBOX ONE – Spring 2019
On more than one occasion, I’ve referred to myself as a Bethesda slut. Basically, every game that they’ve released and I’ve played has rocketed its way up toward the top of my favorites list. The one exception, however, was the original Rage.
Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed it. It was fun. It just didn’t have the replay factor that so many of Bethesda’s other games have. I will say that the thrown weapons you could craft were some of my favorite in-game weapons ever, but the gameplay itself was stiff, and the camera often made it difficult to remain immersed and aware of your surroundings.
Rage 2, however, looks to resolve many of these issues. It’s a Mad Max-style romp through a wasteland and is filled with fast-paced, kinetic action. Though Rage didn’t make me quite as excited as other Bethesda games, I definitely have to give Rage 2 a try, as I suspect that it will be a major thrill ride.
5. Ori and the Will of the Wisps
PC, XBOX ONE – TBC 2019
No top video games list would be complete without a beautiful platformer.
The E3 Gameplay trailer says it all. It’s beautiful, the story looks delightful, and it seems like the kind of game you can play for hours on end without realizing how much time has passed. Its predecessor, Ori and the Blind Forest, has a Metacritic score of 88% and a 10/10 rating on Steam. Will of the Wisps is anticipated to be as high-quality as its predecessor.
Which game is on your must-play list? Have another recommendation? Leave it in the comments below!