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2019 Preview: The First Six Months

Plenty of big comebacks and long-awaited sequels as well as some promising new concepts make for a strong start to the new year.

With 2018 in the books it's time to start looking at what 2019 has to offer, and it certainly looks like we're in for quite a ride over the next 12 months, as January kicks off with the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts 3 and the highly anticipated Resident Evil 2 Remake. In this article, we take a look at what we know about the first six months, but keep in mind that some additional games are likely to be scheduled in and one or two titles might slip from the intended release dates or release windows.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes (Switch) - January 18

We had all but given up on seeing another No More Heroes, but the Nintendo Switch is something of a comeback machine, so perhaps it shouldn't surprise us to see Goichi 'Suda51' Suda and Travis Touchdown at it again. Read more in our recent hands-on preview.

Resident Evil 2 Remake (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - January 25

The second game in the Resident Evil series is often regarded as the best - or at least one of the best - survival horror game in existence, and we've been awaiting the remake for some time since Capcom started teasing it a few years back. We recently got an extended look at the game and you can read our impressions for more on what promises to be an early horror highlight of 2018.

Kingdom Hearts III (PS4, Xbox One) - January 29

It's been a long and winding road from various spin-offs, bonus chapters, and re-releases between Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts III, but now the time is finally here for Sora to finish the storyline that has been a decade and a half in the making. Prior to E3 last summer we got to play the game properly and from what we can tell there's every reason to think Tetsuya Nomura and his team will deliver.

Trials Rising (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One) - February 8

You need some serious skills to excel at Trials, and with Trials Rising RedLynx are looking to usher in new players better while making sure the competitive element runs like a red thread through the entire game. Most hilarious is perhaps the tandem co-op mode that's going to require some proper collaboration and communication or you'll no doubt crash over and over. For more on Trials Rising, check out our E3 impressions.

Crackdown 3 (PC, Xbox One) - February 15

The road to release for Crackdown 3 has been troubled, and to be honest after having been blown away by the destruction-filled demonstration as the game was announced at Gamescom in 2015 we've been less enthused every time we've seen the game. We're still holding onto the hope that something good will come out of this though, and our most recent text on the game is from Gamescom 2017.

Dead or Alive 6 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - February 15

Team Ninja prepares to serve up another helping of voluptuous hand-to-hand combat with the sixth main entry in the Dead or Alive series. Said to be easier on beginners while putting emphasis on the trademark visuals, this marks the first new main entry in the franchise in more than six years. We got our hands on the game at E3, where we got to try out the new Break Gauge feature and decide for ourselves whether or not the "sexy" had been toned down.

Far Cry: New Dawn (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - February 15

It caught us a little off guard when Ubisoft announced a direct sequel of sorts to Far Cry 5 at The Game Awards in December. Set in the aftermath of the cataclysmic events that ended Far Cry 5, New Dawn offers a postapocalyptic survival take on the Far Cry formula. Our favourite part of the new game are the Expeditions, which lets you go on "snatch and grab" missions to our locations in America. For more on New Dawn our meaty first look will provide you with what you need.

Metro: Exodus (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - February 15

We've been tremendously impressed with Metro: Exodus, the third game in the Metro series, inspired and based on Dmitry Glukhovsky's novels. Offering a less claustrophobic experience, we're now treated to a road trip across the wasteland as Artyom faces new threats. This new world features changing weather conditions, day and night cycles, and as Artyom travels time will pass and seasons change. For more on the game read our combined impressions from the E3 and Gamescom demos.

Anthem (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - February 22

Bioware's new massive shared-world action game looks like it could be the next big thing to eat up our time as it launches in February next year. It's the first new Bioware property since Mass Effect, and while it's a step away from Bioware's RPG roots, it's still said to offer their award-winning narrative touch and world building. We weren't thoroughly convinced by the EA Play demo this summer, but have since seen more and have warmed up this brave new world Bioware are proposing.

Dirt Rally 2.0 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - February 26

The sequel to what is possibly the best rally game of all time looks set to offer more along the same lines, as a more nuanced weather system and degradation of tracks aim to push the realism and challenge, while the game adds the Rallycross World Championship to its garage of content. We got an early look at the game around the time of its announcement, so check there for more details.