Holy crap, it's 2019! We're living in the future! But before we start rambling about hoverboards and all that, we thought it'd be a good idea to gather the Push Square team and go over our most anticipated games of the year. For simplicity's sake, we (mostly) stuck to titles that have a confirmed 2019 release date, so you won't find the likes of The Last of Us: Part II and Ghost of Tsushima here.
So without further ado, let's take a look at the games that our writers have their eyes on in 2019.
Sammy Barker, Editor
Look, I can’t complete this list without mentioning Shenmue III, can I? I don’t expect it to be a very good game, but I’ll honestly be satisfied with anything better than a train wreck – I’ve waited almost two decades for this title, and I’m going to make sure I enjoy it. I hope? Speaking of games from my childhood, I’m also eagerly anticipating Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled; in my opinion, Naughty Dog’s kart racer had its snout in front of a certain Italian plumber for way longer than it really should have, so I’m eager to revisit one of my PSone favourites with snazzy new graphics.
As for a third choice? Blood & Truth. I think some online pundits tend to misunderstand PlayStation VR, not realising that the shorter experiences actually excel inside the headset. That said, Sony has become the master of narrative games, and the London Heist poked at what’s possible with PSVR, so I’m eager to see those ideas explored in a rare AAA blockbuster designed exclusively for virtual reality.
Robert Ramsey, Deputy Editor
2019's looking like a bit of a weird year, to be honest. Coming off the back of its best 12 months in 2018, the PS4 is obviously on its way out, and now we're left in a period where the release schedule seems a little uneventful. That could all change if Sony dates one of its exclusive blockbusters, but for the purposes of this article, we can only work with what we've got.
And so I'm going to start by highlighting The Outer Worlds. Obsidian's got one hell of a track record when it comes to RPGs, and so this supposed combination of Mass Effect and Fallout should be special.
Next, let's go with Judgement, the Yakuza game that technically isn't a Yakuza game but it is really. I've always wanted to see Kamurocho from a different perspective and this latest title from the team over at SEGA should provide.
Lastly, I think I have to give a special mention to Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition. I sank a ridiculous amount of time into the original GameCube version back in the day, so it's going to be a nostalgia fuelled trip for me, no Game Boys required.
Stephen Tailby, Senior Staff Writer
One of the games I'm most looking forward to is right around the corner. I'm not overly familiar with the Ace Combat series, but after playing and loving Squadron Leader on PS2, I'm excited to hop into the cockpit of Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown. Its blend of cheesy story and high flying arcade action will be a great way to start the year. Speaking of arcade action, the return of PlayStation's best kart racer with Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is looking like a real winner. We've only had one trailer, but going by the previous nostalgic efforts from Activision, this will almost assuredly be worth the wait.
Lastly, I have to mention Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice which, thanks to Bloodborne, is right near the top of my radar. I like the sound of the less RPG-heavy structure, the faster gameplay, and the lighter vibe, which is certainly more my speed. As a FromSoftware game, we already know it'll be of decent quality, and the early signs are very promising indeed.
Christian Kobza, Reviewer
I've had a calendar counting down the days until Kingdom Hearts III for the past year -- needless to say, I cannot wait for it to finally come out on January 29th. It's been a long time coming -- I've spent the past year preparing myself by playing through everything on the 1.5+2.5 HD ReMIX and 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue collections, and my hype levels have been at a fever pitch ever since.
Despite the fact that I've spent the past couple years being excited for the constantly shifting Kingdom Hearts 3 release date, I'm also excited to see what Tim Schafer and his team at Double Fine have up their sleeves for Psychonauts 2. I only just played through the original Psychonauts a couple years ago thanks to the PS4 port, and I loved the time I spent collecting everything for the Platinum Trophy. I can't wait to see what wacky brain-hopping antics Raz will be up to next.
Graham Banas, Reviewer
Metro 2033 is still one of my favourite games of all time after all these years, so the first release of 2019 that I'm incredibly excited for is going to have to be Metro: Exodus. The world that 4A has crafted in those games is just fantastic, and I can't wait to see the series continue.
To carry on the trend of favourites of all time, the game I'm most excited for in the entire year is going to have be Control. Remedy may well be my most beloved developer in the industry, and everything it's shown off of its new title looks marvellous so far. There's a huge smattering of other titles that I can't wait to play, but who knows when Kentucky Route Zero is going to finish up development at this point!
Jade Sayers, Reviewer
It might be a little blasphemous to say, but the game I’m most looking forward to this year is coming to PlayStation via Nintendo - Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy! I was a really late adopter of Nintendo consoles, always favouring PlayStation so there are a lot of games I feel like I missed out on. Phoenix Wright was something I played briefly and I always knew if I gave it more time I’d love it, so I’m really excited to delve in and not feel like I’m cheating on Sony!
It might be cheeky to include two games here, but I cannot wait for the Trails of Cold Steel games to come to PS4. I played the first game on my Vita, and loved what I played, but for some reason I just couldn’t gel with playing it on a handheld. I’m looking forward to playing it on the big screen and giving the series the time and attention it deserves.
Jamie O'Neill, Retro Specialist
Unsurprisingly, my three most anticipated 2019 releases are retro related. I always found it intriguing when the Resident Evil series changed from a fixed camera, and tank controlled survival horror to Resident Evil 4's over-the-shoulder, third-person action adventure gameplay, so I'm pumped to buy the Resident Evil 2 PS4 remake on 25th January. I'm going to play the PSone version of Resident Evil 2 over the next few weeks to build up my anticipation, too.
By the same token, I've talked a lot in the past about how Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Ridge Racer Type 4 are two of my favourite PSone games, so since Naughty Dog's kart racer also has a set place in my personal PSone Top 10, I say roll on Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled on 21st June.
Finally, I still watch Sony's E3 2015 press conference regularly, the hype was huge, and The Last Guardian managed to meet my expectations. Sammy's love of the Shenmue series is infectious, so I'm saving playing the Shenmue I & II collection until later this year, because Shenmue III's 27th August 2019 release still feels exciting three and a half years after Yu Suzuki's original Kickstarter announcement video.
Jenny Jones, Reviewer
It's looking like a great year for Atelier fans with two brand new entries due for release. I'm really excited to play Atelier Lulua as this will be the fourth game in the Arland series, and means that we get to see more of Rorona (my favourite alchemist). Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists is also looking pretty intriguing as you're going to be focused on developing a village with the help of lots of - as the title suggests - legendary alchemists.
I'm also a huge Steins;Gate fan so can't wait for Steins;Gate Elite to come out - El Psy Kongroo!
Liam Croft, Reviewer
One of my most anticipated games of 2019 is out in just a few short weeks. Resident Evil 2 is surely set to be one of the greatest survival horror experience of the generation with a remake that is indeed loyal to the original, but also doesn’t ignore what made the franchise’s seventh entry so memorable. I can’t wait for the trip back to Raccoon City.
Next up is The Division 2, which I’m hoping will fill the great Destiny shaped hole in my life. Ubisoft has a proven track record when it comes to post-launch content and support, and with a solid base to build off of, the fight for Washington D.C is likely to be something I engage with all year round. If Ubisoft Massive get it right, The Division 2 will be an early Game of the Year contender.
And finally, Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled! This one is going to be an absolute blast online, isn’t it?
Lloyd Coombes, Contributor
A combination of BioWare’s world-building and a new loot grind to get stuck into make ANTHEM my most-anticipated 2019 release. Besides that, I’m looking forward to some disgusting violence in the form of Mortal Kombat 11, and some wonderful boost-jumping nostalgia in Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled!
Sam Brooke, Reviewer
As somebody who never played it on PSone, the Resident Evil 2 remake is easily my most anticipated game this year. It'll be interesting to see what's been improved and what's been kept the same, plus it's been a while since I've played a good old-fashioned horror game.
I'm quietly excited for Skull & Bones, seeing as the ship combat in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag was so enjoyable and can only have improved since, plus there's also the matter of Trials Rising, a game that'll surely be fun from a franchise that I completely forgot existed.
My most anticipated game of 2019 is The Outer Worlds and how could it not be. Being that it's from Obsidian is one thing but the fact that it looks like a mix of Fallout and Mass Effect with a sprinkle of Borderlands, how can it not be my most anticipated game of the year. It just might be the perfect replacement for Fallout.
Another one that I'm looking forward to is Days Gone, which if you've been following it like I have you can see why. Last but not least, it would have to be Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Since seeing Igarashi's Kickstarter announcement I have been wanting to play this game, a classic Metroidvania by the creator of the genre? Yes please.
And that does it for our own most anticipated PS4 games of 2019, but who do you find yourself agreeing with? Let us know what titles you're looking forward to in the comments section below.