The new Madden game came out a few weeks ago and to those of us that follow video game release schedules closely that can mean only one thing. Video games are back!
Traditionally, the bulk of the big AAA game releases begin between the release of the new Madden and the end of November. Yes, the last few years have seen a bit of a change in this pattern with several big games being delayed until the first quarter of the following year, thus extending this big game release window, but today I’m going to focus on what video games are yet to release this year that I personally, and therefore you, should care about.
This is going to be a long list full of new releases, remakes/remasters, ports, and even a new console or two. Get comfy, this could take a while. Also, just a quick disclaimer, this list is tailored to my own interests. Will I potentially leave out some games that you may be interested in? Almost certainly, but I’m going to do my best. So, here we go.
Torchlight 2 is A Diablo-like game that came out on PC years ago. Its finally being ported to Switch, PS4, and Xbox on September 3rd.
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered marks the 20th Anniversary of its original release. I never really played it back in the day, but in true Final Fantasy fashion, some people think this one is the best, some think its the worst. Either way, this version will look much nicer than the old one. Check this out on PC, Switch, Xbox, and PS4 on September 3rd.
Catherine: Full Body
Atlus, the same people that brought you the Persona series, is bringing their story-heavy, relationship simulator, puzzle game Catherine: Full Body to PS4 in an updated remastered version on September 3rd. I tried a few times to get into this game a long time ago, but it turns out that I’m an idiot and cant play games requiring me to think ahead as many as…one steps.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborn
While Iceborn is not technically a game and is actually an expansion, its so big that it deserves to be treated as a new release. It adds new monsters, new stories, new areas, gameplay options and more. Considering Monster Hunter World was already a daunting task, this is something worth checking out if you’re still playing or looking for a reason to go back. Iceborn comes out for PS4 and Xbox on September 6th, with a PC version set to release at a later date.
Creature In The Well
Creature in the Well is a top-down hack and slash dungeon crawler, with a pinball inspired twist. I honestly don’t know much about this game besides that it looks like a Zelda game, plus pinball. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to include it on the list, but ultimately I decided that it would be a perfect addition to my Switch library. Creature In The Well comes out on Switch and PC on September 6th.
The latest entry in the series that you always forget that is actually quite good and worth caring about, Gears of War, is set to release on September 10th. Gears 5 is the second entry in the series on the current generation of consoles and is also the second in the series to be released day and date on PC. If you’re unfamiliar with Microsoft’s Game Pass program, this is a game that makes it worth looking into. I know I’ll be signing up when Gears 5 comes out on PC and Xbox on September 10th.
Ridiculous scandal after ridiculous scandal has plagued Randy Pitchford, Gearbox Studios, and Borderlands 3 for the better part of this year, but the game and its marketing campaign have marched on. I absolutely loved Borderlands. Borderlands 2 I wasn’t as excited about, but the addition of online co-op made up for any shortcomings. The less said about Borderlands the Pre-Sequel the better and Telltale’s Tales From The Borderlands was delightful, despite its inclusion of some “cancelled” voice actors….which have made their way into Borderlands 3. Alright look, its literally impossible to talk about this series without having to trudge trough some amount of bullshit, but I’m looking forward to playing Borderlands 3 on September 13th on PS4, Xbox, or PC nonetheless.
Daemon x Machina
I’ll be honest and upfront about this one. I don’t know anything about it. But sometimes you just hear about other people’s excitement or interest in a thing enough that it just transfers right on over to you. I believe that to be the case for me with Daemon x Machina. Will I play it when it comes out for Switch on September 13th? Who knows, but I thought that maybe if you were into some crazy mech combat, you’d want to know about it for yourself.
Castle Crashers Remastered
There isn’t much to say about Castle Crashers. Its the game that helped usher in the era of downloadable, lower priced games during the Xbox Live Arcade days of the Xbox 360. Its just simple, fun, multiplayer, hack and slash chaos. Want to entertain a group of friends with a simple multiplayer game? Check out Castle Crashers Remastered on September 17th for the Switch.
Yes. Its THAT Groundhog day. Trust me, the whole world was just as confused and surprised as you are right now when the surprise announced this game earlier this year. Even more confusing and surprising is that this is a VR title for PS4 and PC. Unsurprisingly, this game has nothing to do with Bill Murray. You play as Phil Connors Jr., Bill Murray’s character’s son. You are trapped living the same day over and over again just like you father and have to solve puzzles and navigate branching narrative paths to break the loop and move on with your life. I’ve been looking for a new PSVR game, so I think I may have to check this one out when it comes out on September 17th.
Overland is a squad-based survival strategy game that is procedurally generated and set in a post-apocalyptic North America. Its a simple game with tough choices, managing fuel, supplies, and your squad. Think Oregon Trail 2019. Look for Overland on September 19th on PC, Switch, Xbox, and PS4. I don’t know much about it yet, but I’m going to go ahead and say that this is a PERFECT Switch game.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
What do you get when Studio Ghibli helps make a video game? You get Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. This is a remastered version of the PlayStation 3 game that I of course, never finished. Ni No Kuni is an RPG with a Pokemon style battle and collection system. It’s fun, its long, its touching, and its beautiful. It was beautiful on PS3 when if first released and I can only imagine how much better it will be when it releases on PC and PS4 on September 20th.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
This game is an enormous blind spot in my Zelda history. The original Link’s Awakening came out for Game Boy on June 6th 1993. I was definitely playing games at that time and in fact was probably playing them more than ever. I also owned a Game Boy…but hated it. I had tons of games for it somehow, but just never enjoyed playing anything on it. Link’s Awakening included. This game here is one of my very most anticipated games of the year. Judging by the way this looks, I’d say that I did the right thing by waiting 26 years to play the definitive edition. I can’t wait to play The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening when it releases on Switch on September 20th.
Contra: Rogue Corps
I had to think for a while about whether or not to include this game on the list. I figured it was a shoo-in just based on the fact that its a video game with the name “Contra” in the title. Does that always mean you’re about to play a good game? No. But it usually at least meant that you were about to play a crazy game. After checking out what I could about this game, I figured it should be added to this list because of the latter. To be honest, to me, this game looks awful. BUT, it also looks crazy. Also, I’m a sucker for a twin-stick shooter. Give me a good Robotron-like any day and I’ll be happy. To me a twin-stick shooter is like pizza. Even the worst ones are still okay. Anyway, maybe check out Contra: Rogue Corps on September 24th on Switch, PS4, PC, or Xbox.
Mario Kart Tour
Nintendo announced a few years ago that they were getting into the mobile market. Their first entry, Mitomo, was barely even a game. They didn’t have many strong follow ups after that even with some of their strongest franchises. Mario Run, Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, and most recently Dr. Mario haven’t exactly set the world on fire. So why do I have even an ounce of faith that they wont mess up Mario Kart? I don’t….but I don’t care. I’ll give Mario Kart Tour a shot when it comes out on iOS and Android on September 25th.
Destiny 2: Shadow Keep
Destiny and Destiny 2 have had a very interesting and rocky past. Both games have gone through multiple massive updates, player reception, and now parent companies. Recently Bungie, the developers of Destiny, broke away from parent company Activision Blizzard and was given full control over the Destiny IP. Shadow keep is the first piece of content to be released since the breakup. There is a lot to be hopeful for here because a lot of good things have already happened since Bungie gained control, most recently the ability to play your same character and progress across all three platforms the game is on. PC, Xbox, and PS4. Personally I’d love to get back into Destiny 2 and I feel like the perfect time may be when Shadow Keep releases on PS4, Xbox, and PC on October 1st.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
I never got into the last Ghost Recon game, Wildlands. I wanted to, but never did. Perhaps this year I can try to make things right by checking out the next entry in the series Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint. Honestly, this is a series that I will probably to continue to admire from afar, because deep down I know that it’s just not the style of game for me. Doesn’t mean that its not for you though. Check it out and see for yourself when it comes out on PC, PS4, and Xbox on October 4th.
I’ve been wanting to play Frostpunk for so long. It originally came out for PC some time ago and based on the type of game it is, may be the definitive way to play, but on October 11th it will be coming out on PS4 and Xbox. Hopefully the controls are intuitive enough to have this be just as good of an experience on console as it is on PC. Anyway, Frostpunk is a simulation/strategy game set in a world covered in ice, snow, and overwhelming cold. People develop steam-powered technology to stave of the cold, but at a price. Its up to you to decide how much society and people as a whole need to change in order to adapt to the living conditions, for better or for worse.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
You know what? I’m not even going to pretend to know what I’m talking about here. Its Call of Duty. You probably know better than me all about this series. I buy this game every year with the intention of getting good at it and having fun online, but all you crazy people that have been playing for a decade straight make that impossible. I used to think “Well, at least I have the single player campaign to enjoy.” but then they took that out last year. Well, this year I may be in luck because its tiiiiime for a reboot. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is just that. A reboot…with a terrible, confusing, terrible name. Word on the street is that this game looks pretty promising though, so I guess I’ll have to make that same mistake one more time this year and check it out on October 25th when it releases for PC, Xbox, and PS4.
The Outer Worlds
The Outer Worlds is a single-player first-person sci-fi RPG. It’s also the world record holder for most hyphens in a game description. The Outer Worlds is brought to us by Obidian Entertainment, the same folks that brought us Fallout New Vegas. This game looks a whole lot like a Fallout style game, but with is believed to be a much shorter campaign and streamlined experience. As an aging gamer with what seems like less and less free-time everyday, this is perfectly okay with me. In fact I’m quite excited for it. I will certainly be picking it up when it comes out for PC, PS4, and Xbox on October 25th.
I never played the original MediEvil on the original PlayStation. I’m not sure how I missed it, honestly. I’d like to think that maybe I rented it once or twice and just forgot, but I’m not sure that’s true. I do believe that I may have owned a demo disc with it on there though. Anyway, it seems that Sony is running out of classics to remake, because I’m not too sure if anyone was asking for this, but they remade MediEvil from the ground up. That said, I never played any of the Ratchet and Clank games back in the day, but very much enjoyed the remake. I’m hoping that maybe this game is the same experience for me. I’ll be giving it a shot when it comes out on PS4 on October 25th.
Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King
Hey everyone, I’m just going to say it up top. These games are bad. They aren’t good and you remember them being good, but you’re wrong. It doesn’t mean that you didn’t have FUN with them, but they’re bad. I recently made a video on my YouTube channel about the old Aladdin games and even I was surprised to find out that they are worse than I remember. Anyway, they’re re-releasing them with some minor updates for the new consoles. These aren’t remakes or remasters, just updates for HD displays, but do have some pretty awesome bonus features. Will I play it? Probably. Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King comes out on October 29th for PS4, Xbox, PC, and Switch.
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD
I never got enough time with Super Monkey Ball. There have been multiple entries in this series and I’m not sure which one I owned, I think it may have been this one when it originally came out for the Wii, but I don’t recall ever putting any time into it. I’ve always enjoyed the idea of the Monkey Ball games, basically just a fancy new Marble Madness with a monkey in the marble, but this Wii version was…not good. The Wii was unfortunately all about motion controls, which was a fun novelty at the time, but ultimately….sucks. This game was victim of those terrible controls. Fortunately Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is getting a remaster and a re-release for PS4, Switch, and Xbox without stupid motion controls on October 29th. Yay!
Luigi’s Mansion 3
I recently had an idea to create a series on my YouTube channel in which I play a game or two for each console that I never played back when it came out. That idea was due to my realization that I have never played the original Luigi’s Mansion for the Nintendo GameCube. Well on October 31st Luigi’s Mansion 3 will be out on the Nintendo Switch and I will certainly be playing it right when it comes out. Will I go back and play the original before I jump into this iteration? No. I will not. Actually, you know what? Maybe I will. I kind of want to go to a used game store right now and try to track it down. Either way, Luigi’s Mansion 3 is the definitive edition due to the inclusion of Gooigi. Yeah, that’s right. Gooigi.
Perhaps one of the more interesting releases this year isn’t even a video game. Also, it isn’t even a console. It’s Google Stadia, Google’s cloud-based gaming platform. Google Stadia hasn’t done the best job explaining itself, its ideas, or it’s selling points, though not through lack of trying. It’s just a complex idea. This November you can buy your way into the Stadia founder’s edition for $139 and get yourself a controller, a 4k Chromcast, and…some other stuff and start streaming games directly to your PC or television. Honestly, even as a person that BOUGHT a founder’s edition Stadia I don’t feel too comfortable continuing to try to explain exactly what it is or how it works. So here’s a trailer for a bit of info and maybe click on Stadia’s YouTube page for more info. It’s a really cool idea that seems too good to be true. We all know how that usually plays out.
Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
The Mario and Sonic Olympic Games series has actually been around for a while, but I have never even come close to checking it out. This year though, for some reason, the game seems to have a bit more buzz around it than usual. I suppose that watching Mario and pals surf, skateboard, and kick each other in the face does seem a bit fun and intriguing. Plus it just has that charm that always looks so fun and delightful. Check it out when it comes out for Switch on November 5th.
Brought to you by Hideo Kojima, the fellow that has brought us the Metal Gear series and its wonderful nonsense is back with his first game since leaving Konami and founding his own studio. Death Stranding is what people hope to be Kojima unleashed. Allowed to do all the wacky shit that he was never allowed to do when he had bosses to answer to. Watch a few of these trailers and even attempt to read about what the hell this game even is and I think you’ll agree, its…something. Something in a very interesting and weird way. Death Stranding Comes out on PS4 and (PC?) on November 8th.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
I was going to skip over the game, honestly. I’m not a Star Wars fan and I’m really not a Star Wars game fan. I then watched the trailer and was even less interested. I just looks kinda….rough. Stiff animation and maybe a bit slow. THEN I saw the it was made by Respawn and I like those guys. They made Titanfall and Titanfall 2. Two very good games that don’t get enough love. They also made Apex Legends. That game gets plenty of love….Get back to Titanfall proper, please. But anyway, I thought I’d throw Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on the list because while I may not be into it, maybe someone else will be and maybe it will be good. It comes out on November 15th for PC, Xbox, and PS4
Pokemon Sword & Shield
Pokemon finally made its way to a non-handheld only system…kinda. I believe the release of this game corresponds with the new handheld only version of the Switch, the Switch Lite. Anyway, as I stated above, like a million years ago, I have never enjoyed playing games on a handheld device. I use my Switch in docked mode 90% of the time and even when I don’t, I’m one of those weirdos that use the kickstand and set it on the table in front of me. Anyway, my point here is that I’m actually kind of excited for this release because I’ll finally get to try a Pokemon game out for myself. I never watched the show, I never had friends that cared about it, and I never owned any of the older games. I’ll be checking it out when it comes out on November 15th.
A game that I think people genuinely enjoyed when it first came out on the Dreamcast, Shenmue is about to come out with its confusingly existent third iteration, Shenmue 3. The Shenmue series has bounced back and forth between genuine love and ironic love for about two decades now and when Shenmue 3 had its extremely successful Kickstarter campaign, I’m not sure if the creators nor fans knew exactly why people were so willing to give them their money to make this third game happen. Was it because people really wanted a Shenmue 3 to continue the story of its predecessors or was it because “wouldn’t it be hilarious if they made a Shenmue 3?”. The world may never know the real answer, but one thing is for sure, Shenmue 3 somehow comes out on November 19th for PC and PS4. I think I genuinely want to play it. Wait, I just watched the trailer. I ironically want to play it.
2016’s DOOM took mostly everyone by surprise. No one knew what to expect when it was announced, but I don’t anyone expected it to be that good. Somehow id Software found a way to perfectly blend the old-school first person shooter gameplay that they helped pioneer all those years ago with current day expectations of how a game should feel and flow. It was amazing. The Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater of shooters I’d say. Not because of what it did for the genre, but because of the player’s ability to basically perform tricks as you rip and tear your way through the game. It just felt…good and from what I hear, this years follow up should not disappoint as well. I have no hands-on experience with it, but it sounds like the developers did a great job of identifying the things that made DOOM 2016 great, and made it even better. Totally looking forward murdering the shit out of some shitty demons and shit on PC, PS4, or Xbox on November 22nd.
Alright everyone, I that about wraps it up. There are still a few games left to come out this year that I have a ton of interest in, but they don’t have a definitive date, so I left them off the list. Also, I’m sure there are some games out there that are announced with dates that I’m just unaware of. Obviously those aren’t on the list. Lastly, if you’re someone familiar with the video game industry and how release dates tend to work, all of these dates are subject to change.
So, overall how do we feel about the games that have come out or are about to come out in 2019? I can tell you how I feel and its a bit…meh. There is a good reason for that though as next year all signs point to the dawn of a new console generation, so everyone is currently developing their big stuff for that and honestly I wouldn’t expect too many more big releases or big surprises until when we start nearing the time when Sony and Microsoft are ready to start talking about the new consoles in full.
Next year we have a couple big releases that we know about already such as The Last of Us 2 and Animal Crossing New Horizons, but I’d expect any new big IP reveals to be games that are either exclusively for, or are straddling the new consoles.
So, thank you for hanging out and making your way to the bottom of this ridiculous list of games. I hope you at least found some of the trailers entertaining. Want more lists, video game stuff, or other random nonsense? Keep checking back here on Fancy Boys or come find me over on YouTube at BloodNGutsMurfy. I’m chock full of that shit.