Check Out The 30 Best Video Games Of 2019 You Can’t Miss

Videogames are an integral part of many people’s lives worldwide, and in 2014 it was estimated that there were approximately 1.8 billion gamers in the world. As such, it does not come as a surprise that every year more than 250 games are released for this enormous audience. Whether you’re a gamer or not, please enjoy this list and make sure you don’t miss #26, #17, #12, they’re some of our favorites! And of course, do not miss our top 5!

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#30. Yoshi’s Crafted World

We are all acquainted with Mario’s green friend and mascot, Yoshi. Since he first appeared in a Mario game, he captured the heart of a generation, and thanks to that, several games with him as a protagonist were released.

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In this Nintendo Switch game, you will control Yoshi and several of his friends in a cooperative world while you help it with several tasks, from repairing a train to building roads and cooking. You will earn stickers that you can put in Yoshi itself!

#29. Kingdom Hearts III

One of the exclusive franchises for the PlayStation console since PlayStation 2, the RPG Kingdom Hearts features an original story about the main character Sora and his friends, while they battle the evil Xenahort that destroyed their home, Destiny Islands.

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The game became such a hit because it mixes an original story and they also bring the lovable characters from Disney to the gaming industry in roles such as wizards and warriors. So come in and join Sora, Mickey, and Goofy, among others, and enjoy the last installment of the franchise!

#28. Tetris 99

The most famous arcade game ever that has entertained generation after generation of young and adults all the same, Tetris, has seen several adaptations and new game modes over the years. But no other Tetris remake has been such a hit but this one.

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The main and new characteristic of Tetris 99 is that it puts you against other 99 Tetris players at the same time, and you have to sabotage the other 99 players’ puzzle! So it boils down to an epic 100-player Tetris battle that is highly competitive! A must-try for Tetris lovers!

#27. Metro Exodus

The first Metro game series saw the light in the year 2010 and is based on the Metro book series by Dmitry Glukhovsky. All of the games are set in a post-apocalyptic Russia. After a nuclear bombing went bad, creatures started appearing in the outside and the inhabitants of Russia had to find refuge in the metro stations.

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The books were such a great success that each of them was converted into a videogame, following the main character, Artyom. The last installment released, which is also the last game in the series, follows Artyom as he ventures into the outside world to find a place for the humans to live in!

#26. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

We could say that Mario games have been among the best ever released, and Nintendo never drops the opportunity of giving us a new Mario game. However, to be precise, this is not exactly a “new” game, but just a remaster of the New Super Mario Bros U that was released a few years ago for Nintendo Wii.

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The remake brings us the best Nintendo Wii Mario game to the new Nintendo Switch with new levels, new characters, a little bit of improved graphics and better controls, as the Nintendo Wii controls were a bit messy. Just come and enjoy this new adventure of our favorite plumber!

#25. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

Released for the first time for the handheld console Nintendo Gameboy Advance, this anime-style detective game was a surprise for every gamer in the world and became such a success that they even released three games in total!

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The story centers around Phoenix Wright and his legal buffet, where you will receive your clients and your cases. Even though the solutions for the crimes are sometimes quite hilarious (it’s an anime, after all), there is a lot of thought to the game and you will love every minute of becoming a lawyer!

#24. Mortal Kombat 11

The Mortal Kombat franchise is one of the oldest out there and has been around since the Super Nintendo era. This fighting game is known for its violence and its amazing set of characters and every new installment brings more and more fighters to the roster.

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The last installment may be one of the most brutal games that have been released in this decade. With improved graphics, moves, and a new incredible story, Mortal Kombat 11 is the fighting game that everybody should buy. They even included Terminator in the roster!

#23. Rage 2

Released in 2011, the first Rage game was a perfect mix of mayhem, RPG, action, and a completely ridiculous story, resembling the game series Borderlands. Rage also features several vehicles that you can ride to bring more destruction to the world.

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The second installment brings updated graphics, a new and more compelling story, and has a deep Mad Max vibe that will make your life in the Wasteland much more enjoyable. As opposed to the first game, which used a lot of “earth” colors, this second installment uses a much brighter palette

#22. Judgment

Spin-offs are created when writers wish to create a side story to the main plot. Of course, it’s common for many famous TV shows or films to have their own spinoffs, but it turns out that some successful videogames have spin-offs of their own too. Such is the case of Judgment, which is a spin-off to the Yakuza action games.

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This time you will find yourself in the role of Takayuki Yagami, a detective that will have to investigate the case of a serial killer. In-between solving the case and the action segments of the game, you will be able to explore the vast world and complete the incredible amount of side content the game offers!

#21. Blood & Truth

Technology has advanced so much and it came such a long way that nowadays we can play Virtual Reality games from the comfort of our own home, and PlayStation 4 was one of the pioneers in this respect. The use of advanced technologies is even now reaching PC games!

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Blood & Truth is an action VR game that puts you in the skin of a former Special Forces Soldier by the name of Ryan Marks, who has to save his family from a Mafia boss that wants you and your family dead. You will be able to explore the city of London in virtual reality first-person and we can say that it is quite an exciting experience!

#20. Trover Saves The Universe

Another VR game brought to this list, and yet another spin-off, this time of the young adult TV series Rick and Morty. The game is full of the kind of humor the TV show is known for, but this time it is X rated, so be careful with your kids.

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The game follows Trover while he has to team up with an interdimensional “eyehole monster” that puts “power babies” into his eyes to become more powerful and defeat evil Glorkon who stole your dogs. The game is full of space jokes, so science nerds, you will probably laugh a lot!

#19. Cadence Of Hyrule

If you’ve ever played The Legend of Zelda, either in the NES or SNES versions, then I’m sure you came to love it. Almost every year, a new installment of the adventures of Link and Princess Zelda is released, and this 2019 was not an exception. However, the game offers us different gameplay.

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We also know that Nintendo does not usually give license to use their games outside their own power and consoles, but this time they did, and what resulted was amazing. This Zelda game is considered to be one of the indie hits this year that mixes rhythm and RGP gameplay. Just try to beat it!

#18. Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night

Since the first sidescrolling games were released, we fell in love both with the Castlevania and Metroid series released in Nintendo consoles and up to this day those games are so famous that sidescrolling games are now known as “Metroidvania” games. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is built on the Metroidvania premises and takes it to another level.

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Writer Koji Igarashi, known for his work in the famous Castlevania: Symphony of the Night released for Playstation, created this game and its reception was overwhelming. Playing as Miriam, a human with demon-like powers, you have to rid the planet free of monsters, and the invasion originated in a not-so-original place, a castle.

#17. Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth

Persona games have always been a fan favorite for several generations of Playstation gamers, and the RPG style was so cleanly executed that they always stuck to the same pattern. This time, Persona Q2 changed the formula of all previous games to create an RPG-Dungeon Crawler.

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After being locked in a theater, the characters of the Persons 5 games, together with those characters of Persona 3, 4 and 5 have to traverse several dungeons while fighting off monsters and mapping their way out! The dungeon crawler element of mapping your own way through the dungeon is the most important feature of the game and the one that you will need to use to escape!

#16. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

Bandai Namco is known for being one of the biggest game companies in the world, with several releases per year, and several IPs that are very famous, such as the Tales Of and Dark Soul games. Ace Combat is one IP that went under the radar but came back stronger than ever!

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The seventh installment in this arcade flight game takes us up higher than ever with an improved and tweaked gameplay, new and better combat, and an immersive storyline that will make us all go crazy. If you’re an anime fan, you will love the story and you will have a really good time as there are several anime-like jokes in the game. If you get this game, be sure to also try out the multiplayer!

#15. Crackdown 3

The third installment in the first-person action game Crackdown was also released exclusively for the Xbox Game Pass. Even though it is one of the weakest games in this list, it is still worth a shot if you love action games.

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In Crackdown 3 you control a super-powered agent that has to fight the evil organization Terra Nova, which wants to capture the last city with electricity on Earth, called New Providence. Your main objective is to fight against all the enemies you encounter, beat the final boss and save the city!

#14. Observation

Adventure-puzzle game Observation, released both for PlayStation 4 and for PC via Epic Store, will let you control an advanced AI in charge of a gigantic space station that has suffered a massive incident, leaving only one survivor behind. Your role? Helping the survivor leave the station.

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The name of the AI you control is SAM, that stands for Systems Administration and Management, which will only have the view of the CCTV cameras of the space station. Later on, you will be able to move freely to make hostile environments safe for the sole survivor of the accident.

#13. Outer Wilds

Outer Wilds is another logic and puzzle videogame, also set in an open space world, and even though it has not yet been released, it has all that is needed to become one of the greatest games of this year. Your main objective in the game is to discover what is the reason behind the destruction of a miniature solar system by a supernova every 20 minutes.

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As such, you will have to explore the ruins of an ancient civilization that lived several eons before your time, to look for the clues that will lead you to the discovery of the supernova explosion that threatens the world. In itself, the game is not very long as it has an approximate gameplay of 15 to 20 hours, but it has several good puzzles that will make your head ache!

#12. The Division 2

The second installment of The Division games by Ubisoft continues the story of the post-apocalyptic United States after being attacked by a “green poison”, a virus that was transmitted via dollar bills. This caused the government to fall and leave the cities and the country is left in the hands of militias and thieves.

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This new entry in the tactical shooter and online multiplayer RPG is set in Washington D.C and offers new characteristics for players to feel a more complete experience. Players will be able to have a better interaction with civilians that will not only ask for your help in pushing the militias away but will also request help to create new communities!

#11. Hypnospace Outlaw

Released on March 2019, Hypnospace Outlaw is an old Internet simulator in which you play as an Enforcer, and your main task and objective are to surf through the World Wide Web looking for users that break the rules of the Internet by posting prohibited and illegal things. The interface will make you remember all those years you web-surfed with a dial-up connection.

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The game in itself is not that simple, as surfing through the Hypnospace may be sometimes difficult or you may find yourself confused using internet commands that actually do not work in the game, because it is just a simulator. The level of absorption is incredible and it will turn out that you played for four hours straight without even blinking! A great game for nostalgic people!

#10. Devil May Cry V

Capcom has a history of making incredible games, and the hack and slash Devil May Cry is no exception to this rule. We waited approximately eleven years for the fifth installment to be released, and it was worth all the wait!

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The new entry continued to explore and create new ways for the sword-and-pistols combat to be amazing and surprising and continued to give an in-depth explanation of the story of Dante, the main character. The fans are getting the sequel they deserved, with all the love that the game also deserved!

#9. Dead Or Alive 6

One of the longest series of fighting games is that of Dead or Alive. The first entry of the game was released in 1996 and 23 years later they have more than ten games released and also several spin-offs. Dead or Alive 6, released this year, was a breath of fresh air for the fighting series as it introduced new mechanics.

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One of the new mechanics introduced to the game was the possibility to enable or disable the sweat in the characters from the long fights, and now the clothes of the characters sustain damage and start to wear away. The combat in this new installment has a better flow and every hit counts!

#8. A Plague Tale: Innocence

A Plague Tale: Innocence might be the darkest game in this list, but don’t get fooled by its appearance. Under its dark story, there is a tale of survival and fraternal love. The game follows Amicia de Rune in a city invaded by British soldiers and affected by a deadly plague.

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Amicia’s little brother, Hugo, was struck by the plague and while her mother searches for the cure, the main character embarks on her own journey to find the main cause of the disease. The game in itself relies a lot on stealth and exploration, so it’s a must-grab if you love these types of games!

#7. Far Cry: New Dawn

The latest entry in the Far Cry first-person shooter series, titled New Dawn, does not expand on the formula that made all the previous games so great, but they dared to introduce new mechanics and a new game style. However, the main story is quite the same as all previous entries.

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The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world, but not in the type we are used to, as this one blooms with crazy and electric colors and a bright blue sky. Nonetheless, you will have to face the rebel enemies that try to kill you in order to put their hands on your resources, while also trying to survive the nuclear fallout!

#6. Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

One of the most incredible JRPG (Japanese Role Playing Games) are the Tales Of series of videogames, which have been released for several consoles throughout time and are now being released on PC with new and remastered content. Even though the games are very famous in Japan, they have not received the attention they deserve from Western gamers.

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Nonetheless, if you are interested in trying these incredible series of games, you should start by the “latest” release, Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition. This is the definitive version because it includes a lot of additional content, remastered graphics, new costumes for characters and a compelling story. The civilization you are a part of depends on the existence of ancient technology, and the Empire that owns it is not keen on giving it. Your objective? Save the world as with all RPGs!

#5. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Since the release of Demon’s Souls for PlayStation 3 in 2010, the company From Software continued releasing these completely hard RPG games, with a deep-lore story and engaging combat.

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After the release of Dark Souls 3, the company decided to take a turn in the games they were developing but they kept in line with the same formula. As such, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice was released into the world and gave us a ninja-like story, fast-paced combat, and incredibly detailed world and hard-to-kill enemies. The perfect mix for a Dark Souls lover!

#4. Days Gone

Released only as a PlayStation 4 exclusive, this is just another typical zombie game, but this time the story of the main character, Deacon St. John, is very inspiring and you will want to follow him on his adventure after losing his wife.

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Even though the graphics of the game are completely amazing, the enemy design is not and it shows, so you will find yourself running away from “zombies” that don’t look too threatening. Apart from running, the main character survives by riding his motorbike, so get used to it!

#3. Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled

Crash Bandicoot has been for a very long time the best adventure game released for the PlayStation consoles and has seen more than fifteen original games, spread throughout several consoles. Nonetheless, the fans had always been waiting for a remaster of the classic racer Crash Team Racing. And here it is!

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It seems that Activision heard every fan around the world and brought us the best remake we could have asked for. New graphics, new controls, incredibly new levels, and an incredible multiplayer mode that lets you play against your friends around the globe! Don’t forget to also participate in every event the game offers!

#2. Apex Legends

These past few years have witnessed the boom of a new videogame genre, battle royale games. In this type of online multiplayer games, you are faced with another 90+ players to be the last survivor on the map. The most important and influential games of this sort have been Fortnite and PUBG.

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This year, EA games entered the competition of battle royale games with their own entry, known as APEX Legends. Even though it is not a pure battle royale, as it features a mix of Overwatch and Fortnite, you play as a 3-person team against the rest of the players, and each “legend” has its own characteristics and abilities you have to master to survive!

 

#1. Resident Evil 2

Resident Evil has forever been one of the most famous franchises in gaming history, and it became so famous that it was even converted into horror-action films with Milla Jovovich as the main character. But let’s be honest, the films weren’t as successful as the games!

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In order to make the fans of the franchise happy, they started to remake the original PlayStation games, and this year was the turn of 2019. With the new graphics and technology they implemented, it looks like a completely new game. You’ll be amazed and terrified at the same time!

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