Now that 2018 has come and gone, we’ve taken a look at the games we really loved last year, but now it’s time to look forward into 2019. There is a pretty eclectic group of games our staff is looking forward to this year. We’re going to see some new entries from established RPG franchises and FPS survival titles, as well as remakes and new IP’s. Here’s what we’re looking forward to at Electric Bento in 2019.
Kingdom Hearts III
I can’t believe it’s been thirteen years since we’ve seen a numbered game in the Kingdom Hearts franchise. I’ve been playing this series since the day Kingdom Hearts launched on PS2 back in March of 2002, and I haven’t looked back. The series has seen ups and downs with releases (I’m looking at you Coded), but the convoluted tale of friendship helmed by a wonderful and colorful cast of characters has been bringing me back for constant playthroughs for the last sixteen years. One of the biggest Kingdom Hearts fans I’ve met, and one of my close high school friends took his own life a few years ago, and as we’ve inched closer to the release of Kingdom Hearts III I find myself thinking about him more and more. I wish you could have been here, Ian. Kingdom Hearts has always been a title I could go back to in order to help me through a depressive state, and I’m currently replaying every Kingdom Hearts title in preparation (a lot of information can get lost over sixteen years!) This launch is one for the ages, and I cannot wait any longer.
Death Stranding (hopefully), Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
The Outer Worlds
There are a lot of great looking games coming up, but Obsidian’s new title The Outer Worlds has my attention. It’s being compared to Fallout in space and this single player Sci-Fi RPG will be available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. From what little can be seen so far, the game looks awesome with its spectacular visuals. Players take on the role of a settler on the galaxy’s frontier. You can expect first person action and plenty of darkly humorous dialogue with NPCs as you weave through the story of mega-corporations that have taken over everything and the struggle to survive in The Outer Worlds. With plenty of fantastic beasts to battle and corporation stooges that are sure to mess up your plans, I’m very much looking forward to this title from the creators of Fallout: New Vegas.
Resident Evil 2
Capcom has officially become the king of January releases and Resident Evil 2 is looking to content in the trend started by Resident Evil 7; Biohazard and Monster Hunter: World before it. Resident Evil 2 was my jumping on point for the series,having experienced it on the Nintendo 64 in late 1999, and I’ve gone on record as saying that if there’s one game I wish I could revisit for the first time, it would be Resident Evil 2.
Capcom did an amazing job rebuilding the original Resident Evil on the GameCube in 2002, taking a game that players were at the point intimately familiar with and expanding on it in wonderful ways, which is the approach it appears they’re taking with the remake of the second entry in the series. It won’t be long until we find out as we’ll be returning to the haunted halls of the RPD in just a mere few weeks, quivering in fear as we cherish that last bullet in the chamber of our weapon as Mr. X bursts through a hoard of T-virus infected zombies.
Animal Crossing isn’t exciting. It isn’t some visceral or cerebral test of gaming might. It’s a simple, quiet game that honestly hasn’t changed a whole lot from its original release back in 2001. But to me, playing Animal Crossing is like sitting in a big, comfy chair next to a roaring fireplace and indulging in a massive mug of delicious hot cocoa: it’s real comforting. Animal Crossing provides this wonderfully peaceful, almost zen, experience of just enjoying the moment. The animal villagers are cute. The bugs and fish are fun to collect. Very few games are as laid back as Animal Crossing. Sometimes I just want a slow and mellow gaming experience to come back to in between the more high-octane games. We don’t know anything about the upcoming Animal Crossing for the Switch, not even a title, but I can’t help but look forward to living in the virtual woods again.
Warcraft III: Reforged
Biomutant is an upcoming game from THQ Nordic. An action based game with RPG elements, Biomutant looks like Horizon Zero Dawn if it was inhabited by anthropomorphic playable characters. Gameplay that was shown over the course of 2018 has me excited to play this gorgeous looking game.
Skull & Bones
Ubisoft making a MMO based on the pirate assets from Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag points to an amazing experience. It’s almost as if Ubisoft has been reading my dream journal, and I cannot wait to join with friends and rule the seas with my crew of pirates and scallywags!
The release dates of Hideo Kojima’s games are always tentative, so I hope I am not jinxing my chance to play Death Stranding in 2019. Though I loved Metal Gear Solid 4 and V, and will fight you about it on Twitter, I know those games came with the cost of Kojima not making the game he truly wanted to make. Though the pressure is certainly high, I’m looking forward to seeing an offering from Kojima that isn’t beholden to Konami or the expectations of fans who want him to replicate the same product. Even if Death Stranding falls short of the high bar that has been set, it will at least help wash the taste of Metal Gear Survive out of our mouths.
The Last of Us: Part II
These are just a few of the games we’re really looking forward to in 2019! Keep checking back to Electric Bento for full coverage of all of these titles, and more, as we inch closer to their respective release dates.