The Most Anticipated Action Games of 2019
“Action Game” has always been a genre name that annoyed me. Every game has action of some sort. However, over the years it’s become synonymous with the sort of God of War style 3D beat-em-up which makes up the majority of the AAA sphere these days (alongside shooters). As a result, it’s a little hard to come up with a “most anticipated action games” list, because there are a ton of them!
I am absolutely certain that there is something I’ve left off this list that you are super excited about. That’s not a dig against your favorite game, it’s just a sign that there are a lot of great action games coming in 2019, too many to list in one article.
By the way, I am explicitly not including survival horror games like The Last of Us 2 and shooters like Halo: Infinite on this list. Though they too have action elements, I feel like they deserve to be considered alongside titles in their own genre.
With that being said let’s take a look at the action titles that 2019 has to offer.
We don’t know a whole lot about the new Battletoads but, come on, it’s Battletoads! These slimy amphibians have become retro gaming icons, synonymous with indie game development, old-school difficulty, and memes. Fans have been calling for a new Battletoads game since the days of the Wii, and now what started as a joke has finally become a reality. We can probably assume that this is going to be a beat-em-up of some sort with cartoony enemies and an incredibly hard turbo tunnel level.
Bayonetta has transformed from yet another Devil May Cry-Alike to a Nintendo icon for the hardcore gamer segment. Bayonetta 3 was announced in 2017 and unfortunately the dev team has been silence since then. However Bayonetta 1 and 2 have come out for the Switch and have seen great sales, introducing a whole new fanbase to the sultry umbral witch. This game is sure to be a killer app for the Switch when it launches, and we can only hope that it launches in 2019.
Terry Crews can do no wrong. While there are a lot of reasons to get excited for Crackdown 3 including its huge environments, massive weapons, futuristic vehicles, unique superpowers, huge action spectacles at a truly massive scale, and the pedigree of its predecessors both being amazing action games for the Xbox 360, I’m going to level with you, I’m getting this game for Terry Crews and you should too.
Devil May Cry 5
Devil May Cry is practically synonymous with the action genre. Our favorite pretty boys in trenchcoats are coming back to slash their way through non-descript demonic evil once again. Who will you choose? Will it be Nero and his exploding robot arms? Will it be Dante and his assortment of weapons and old-man scruff? Will it be newcomer V with his Hot Topic wardrobe and legion of demonic Pokemon? Or will you get together some friends and play all three in the game’s new multiplayer mode. Whatever your favorite flavor of edge is, DMC5 will satisfy you, provided that its microtransactions don’t ruin the power curve. Keep your fingers crossed and your devil trigger’s ready.
Shut up! Shut up! I know that Doom Eternal is a shooter, but I feel like it has to get on the most anticipated action games list because… well look at it. Hardcore thrash metal playing in the background while you pop demons in the face with shot guns before ripping them apart with your bare hands... that screams action to me!
Yes, it’s technically in first person and yes, you technically shoot things but the breakneck pace of modern Doom always made it feel like it should be compared with action contemporaries. Besides, there’s no time to debate genre! The legions of hell are overrunning earth!
Ghost of Tsushima
It seems like feudal era Japan is a really hot topic in the game design these days. Ghost of Tsushima has players taking the role of Jin Sakai, the last samurai, who has to learn the “way of the ghost” to combat the invading Mongol hordes. It’s an open world action game with a heavy emphasis on stealth, multiple weapons, and another hot item in game design, a grappling hook.
What if anime was real? I’ll tell you what! The world would be screwed! That’s basically what Jump Force is all about. All your favorite Shonen Jump anime characters come to life and start fighting each other and the world gets absolutely destroyed because of it.
But hey! What do you care? You are the guy behind the controller controlling Luffy as he punches Goku in the face while Yugi summons his Egyptian God Cards in the background. This is a pretty cut and dry situation for us otaku. If you are a fan of Shonen Jump anime/manga properties, then this is a must buy game.
Kingdom Hearts 3
On one hand, Kingdom Hearts 3 is the conclusion of a convoluted story about the powers of light and darkness clashing over a weapon that controls the universe due to the time traveling machinations of one man and his thirteen clones (well twelve and a half, Xigbar is already half Xehanort). On the other hand, it’s an action RPG where you beat the crap out of Disney villains with a giant key.
While the series has been criticized for being somewhat mindless and mashy in the past, I’d argue that you don’t have to have super complex mechanics to enjoy the beautiful Disney worlds of Kingdom Hearts. I’d also argue that anyone who calls the game simple and mashy hasn’t tried to fight Sephiroth.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Remember when I said that feudal Japan was a hot topic in game development? Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is another example of that, but with a more Dark Souls twist to it. And before you start complaining that everyone compares everything to Dark Souls, I can do this because Sekiro is made by From Software, the developers of Dark Souls. So take the comparison, the super hard precision action gameplay, and the traditional Japanese mythology and environments and just enjoy yourselves when it launches in 2019.
Skull and Bones
If feudal Japan is the hot subject matter for game developers this year, for the last few years it’s been pirates. Skull and Bones is the last leftover game from that era, but it still looks pretty fun. With a focus on pillaging, ship combat, and exploration, it looks like it will give you the massive pirate experience that you and your friends and your salty crew always wanted.
What action games are you looking forward to in 2019? What games didn’t make this list? Let us know in the comments.