2019 looks to carry the momentum of all the huge titles that arrived one after the other towards the end of last year. Rather than highlight everything slated for release, I want to go over what I’m personally looking forward to, as well as a few others.
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
Release: January 11
Platforms: XBO, PS4, Switch, PC
Originally releasing back in 2008 exclusive to the Xbox 360 and then getting a Japan only re-release a year later on PS3, Bandai Namco has finally granted the west a full English release of one of the most beloved “Tales of” games. New playable characters, additional voiced segments and visual upgrades round out a JRPG that’s aged very well. I haven’t played the series since Xillia 2, but I’m eager to evaluate how Vesperia stacks up against some of my favorites in the series.
Resident Evil 2
Release: January 25
Platforms: XBO, PS4, PC
Moving from re-releases to remakes, Resident Evil 2 is a gore-filled terror fest that I got to play back at San Diego Comic Con last year. Capcom was able to provide a revamped horror experience when they released Resident Evil 7 almost two years ago, and this installment looks to provide just as traumatizing an experience. A “One-Shot” timed demo is currently available on all platforms, so give it a try if you’re on the fence like me and aren’t sure if playing games while stressing about jump scares every ten seconds is worth it.
Kingdom Hearts 3
Release: January 29
Platforms: XBO, PS4
So yeah, this game is actually real and we’re just weeks away from Square’s Disney crossover fiesta. Like Resident Evil 2, I walked away impressed from my time with the demo at Comic Con. I’m still trying to get myself to finish all the contents of 2.8, but I’m not finding it to be anywhere near as fun or interesting as the demo I got to play last July. I don’t think it’ll take any convincing on my part to get Kingdom Hearts fans on board, and I’ll be picking this one up just to finally see how this incredibly convoluted story gets wrapped up. A wise man once told me, back in 2005, “Chris, we will be in college and Kingdom Hearts 3 still will not have come out yet.” I was able to get his positive impressions on the demo just before his first semester of graduate school.
That’s not the entirety of January, however. Here’s a handful of other games you can look forward to this month:
- Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr’s Journey (3DS): Jan 11
- New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Switch): Jan 11
- Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (PS4, XBO): Jan 18
- Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes (Switch): Jan 18
- Life is Strange 2 – Episode 2: “Rules” (PC, PS4, XBO): Jan 22