The Most Anticipated Video Games of 2018 & 2019
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The Los Angelos Convention Center was buzzing with 60,000+ marketers networking, fanboys gawking at their favorite gaming franchises, and the click-click-click of a zillion buttons being pushed as gamers and journalists from around the world tried out the industry’s newest games. I demoed PS4, XBOX ONE, PS VR, and even Nintendo games, watched lots of trailers, and chatted with all sorts of video game makers, marketers, and journalist about what games they were most excited for in the coming year.
Here are few pictures I took on the convention floor, but if you want to jump into the most anticipated video games just skip down.
I’ve never seen so many flat screen tvs in my life, the E3 convention looked as if they had let nerds rebuild Times Square. Massive video game billboards punctuated by hired actors dressed as video game characters, with lines of fans who wanted pictures, promotional merch, and 15 minutes slots to play games.
The biggest game and console makers each put on hour+ showcases covering their new and upcoming products, which means a lot of 40 to 50-year-old white guys nervously reading teleprompters in between playing video game trailers. If you’d like to watch any of the big press conferences/showcases from Sony, Microsoft, Bethesdas, ect, Gamespot has them all on their youtube page. Bellow is a summary of the most popular games that came out of those presentations.
To summarize the general sentiments of the convention: Most hardcore gamers still love and look forward to everything Bethesda and CD Projekt Red do, Nintendo fanboys didn’t get a lot of new games this year but stay loyal to the brand, Sony had the best exclusive games by far and the most VR, nobody seemed to be able to remember what Microsoft did other than play the Cyberpunk trailer, Fortnight is still inexplicably the biggest video game in the world, and everyone still hates Electronic Arts.
Now, here are the most anticipated games of 2018/19 coming out of E3:
Polish gaming company CD Projekt Red are the darlings of the hardcore gaming community. Their 2015 game the Witcher 3 won nearly every video game award worth mentioning, sold a zillion copies, and it never tried to monetize ingame features with loot boxes or other in-game purchasing tricks. The Witcher 3 was a massive, intelligent, story driven, open world RPG based on Polish Medieval folklore, and it changed the way video game publishers will make games, forever. CDProjekt Red’s next game is Cyberpunk 2077, it’s based on a book and role-playing game written by Mike Pondsmith, it’s a world that has been described as Blade Runner meets The 5th Element, meets Grand Theft Auto 5. It’s been in production for several years, and probably will take another year or two more before completion. But the 45 minute demo they released at E3 blew the minds of the staunchest critics and fanboys. All signs point to Cyberpunk 2077 changing the gaming world, and giving fans hundreds of hours of next generation gameplay. If you want a step by step recreation of the Cyberpunk 2077 demo, here is one from an enthusiastic critic.
Game Developer: CD Projekt Red (Poland)
Known for: The Witcher Franchise
Played on: PC, PS4 & Xbox One
Release Date: Nobody knows (could be as late as 2020)
2. The last of us 2
The award-winning story writing, emotional complexity, and incredible graphics of the first ‘Last of US’ game, had PS4 enthusiasts anticipating the second installment with high hopes. The trailer did not disappoint. It involves two teenage girls making out, then one of them quickly transitions into a machete infused murdering rampage. Everything a young boy (ehem or grown man) could want in a post apocalyptic gaming experience. Of all the games at E3, this game was mentioned most to me when I asked what stood out from the convention.
Naughty Dog (Los Angeles)
Known for: Uncharted Series
Release Date: 2019
3. Super Smash Bros: Ultimate
Nintendo is the PG game maker in a world dominated by adult themed games with animated blood and assault rifles. Don’t get me wrong, all of Nintendo’s games involve violence, but their characters don’t bleed, and have big cartoony eyes, and they always jump up after getting the hell beat out of them to let you know, ‘it’s all just a game’. The Nintendo fanboys were enthusiastic about the latest Super Smash Brothers, in which you can play with 60+ Nintendo characters. I’m not a Nintendo guy, so if you want more Nintendo news go here.
Nintendo & Bandai Namco (Japan)
Known for Mario Brothers, Zelda ect.
Release Date: December 7, 2018
4. Assasins Creed Odessey
If you liked Assasin’s Creed Origin, chances are you’re going to love Odyssey. The world looks great and so does the Spartan armor. I got to demo this version and the combat engine is improved, the ‘choose your own’ adventure quality is enhanced, and the giant and beautiful (sort of historically accurate) open world is intact. Ubisoft has made a lot of these games but this one does seem to have combined all the best elements of previous editions, plus a few more advanced RBG features.
Ubisoft Quebec (Canada)
Known for Assassin’s Creed
PC, PS4 & Xbox One
Release Date: October 5, 2018
5. Phantom Doctrine
If you like turn-based games like XCOM2, you should be excited about this complex, espionage-based thriller out of Poland. You get to run Spy networks like the CIA or the KGB, and later on even Mossad. It’s all about solving state level covert operations with combat missions and collecting and studying evidence. It’s a complex, dark, traitorous world that looks like a lot of fun. I demoed this game in a club across the street from the LA convention center that people were calling ‘The Latin Hooters’…because it used to be Hooters, before someone bought it and gave it a latin hooters theme. Picture a lot of red velvet and gold trim. It was a hilarious place to play video games, any to read more about Phantom Doctrine go here.
CreativeForge Games (Poland)
PC, PS4 & Xbox One
Release Date: July/August 2018
7. Fallout 76
The Fallout series is another franchise that changed the way people thought about open world games. The newest installation coming off the smash hit Fallout 4 looks very promising. It’s adding live communal gameplay, and a much much bigger map. Oh, and this time around you can launch nuclear warheads, so ‘yaay’.
Bethesda (Maryland US)
Elder Scrolls Series & Fallout
PC, PS4 & Xbox One
Release Date: November 14, 2018
8. TROVER SAVES THE UNIVERSE
From Rick and Morty‘s Co-Creator this game won’t blow you away graphically, but you know it’s going to be hilarious. If you enjoy hilarious and intelligent cartoons, you will love Rick and Morty, and hopefully this game too.
Release Date: 2019 nonspecific
Racked by delays and developers walking off the job, this game has been both heavily anticipated and dreaded for a while now. If it lives up to the hype it may revolutionize the way we construct combat movement and game worlds. Flying around in an Ironman like suit ads so many dimensions to gameplay. We all hope Electronic Arts doesn’t fuck this one up.
BioWare (Edmonton Canada)
Known for Mass Effect & Dragon Age Series
PC, PS4 & Xbox One
Release Date: February 22, 2019
People were skeptical as to whether Insomniac could solve the gameplay and control issues of past Spiderman games. As it turns out, swinging from buildings and incorporating web play into combat is not an easy thing to do. I got to demo this version and it felt like they finally nailed it. 2018 Spiderman should be a lot of fun.
Insomniac Games (Burbank CA)
Known for: Ratchet & Clank
Release Date: September 7, 2018