The PlayStation 4 2018 line-up was an amazing medley of memorable first and third-party titles. However, this year looks just as promising for the PS4, which has become the default console to play a majority of the best upcoming games of 2019.
Here, we will be highlighting the most highly-anticipated releases along with some lesser-known titles that may not be on your radar. Make sure to check back as we’ll updating this list in the future with new entries. If you would like to receive more gaming recommendations, consider reading through our other curated lists:
Release Date: Sep 27, 2019
Inspired by challenging action RPGs like Dark Souls is a new title developed and published by Bandai Namco called Code Vein. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic dystopia where the few remaining humans have become in caught in a struggle against massive and deadly creatures.
You play as a customizable character that chooses to give up their past life and become a member of Vein, a hidden society of vampires whose power comes from consuming blood. Code Vein features fast-paced combat that focuses on precise dodges and counter-attacks.
Release Date: Oct 8, 2019
Concrete Genie is an action-adventure game that draws inspiration from classic titles like Jet Set Radio. Set in the small town of Denska, you play as Ash, a bullied teenager who loves to draw and paint. One day, a group of bullies steal Ash’s sketchbook and rip out its pages, scattering them throughout the city.
Ash sets out on a quest to try and recover his lost pages when he discovers a magical paintbrush that has the power to bring his creations to life. The game utilizes the Dualshock 4’s motion controls to allow you to paint fantastical creatures on city walls and help Ash on his journey to retrieving his sketchbook and confronting his bullies.
Release Date: Oct 25, 2019
It’s been more than a decade since the last MediEvil and fans were pleasantly surprised to learn that a remake of the first game was in the works. Initially planned as a simple remaster of the original MediEvil, the project eventually spun out to be a total remake and will feature completely redone HD visuals and sound effects.
For those that may not remember or are unfamiliar with the series, MediEvil has you playing as an undead knight named Sir Daniel Fortesque on a quest to restore peace to the Kingdom of Gallowmere. Fortesque has access to a variety of medieval weaponry such as swords and clubs, which are used in hack-n-slash combat. The game’s art style is heavily influenced by the works of Tim Burton and portrays supernatural themes in a comedic light.
Release Date: Nov 8, 2019
Death Stranding is an upcoming action game currently under development by Kojima Productions, a studio founded by former Metal Gear designer Hideo Kojima after a falling out with Konami. The game takes place in an open-world environment that has been taken over by massive, invisible creatures.
You control Sam Bridges, a delivery man who carries the “stranded remnants of the future,” on a journey to “reunite a shattered world.: Kojima has gone on record saying that he believes Death Stranding will be a genre-defining game, much like Metal Gear was for stealth games.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Release Date: Nov 15, 2019
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a third-person action RPG set after the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith in the aftermath of Order 66, which practically wiped out the entire Jedi Order. You play as Cal Kestis, a Jedi Padawan tasked with uncovering the mysteries of an ancient civilization while always staying one step ahead of the Galactic Empire.
During your journey, you’ll learn to harness the power of the Force and hone your lightsaber skills as you try to survive and take down the Empire’s deadly Inquisitors. Fallen Order will feature lightsaber combat that relies heavily on gauging when to strike, block, and dodge enemy attacks.
Release Date: Nov 19, 2019
It’s been 18 years since the last Shenmue game and fans had begun to lose faith they’d ever see a new installment following Shenmue III’s extensive delays and financial troubles. However, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign initiated by creator Yu Suzuki, the game is on track to release later this year.
Shenmue III takes place in 1987 and picks up after the events of Shenmue II. You play as Ryo Hazuki, a teenage martial artist who has traveled from Yokosuka, Japan, to the mountains of Guilin, China. Here, he meets a mysterious girl whose destiny is interlocked with his and the two embark on a new journey in search of his father’s killer.
Release Date: TBA 2019
Biomutant is an action RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world where you play as a customizable raccoon-like creature capable of wielding a variety of weapons. Your goal is to save the Tree of Life, the source for all living creations, which has become polluted and is under constant attack from enemy creatures.
Along the way, you’ll encounter an array of mutations and bio-mechanical body parts such as robotic legs, wings, and claws which can provide an edge in battle and help you reach new areas. How you choose to design your character factors into gameplay, with gender, body shape, fur thickness, and fangs all affecting stats.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Release Date: March 3, 2020
Going into E3 we pretty much knew Square was planning to blow our minds and show off more of the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake. And somehow, we were still caught by surprise when Cloud, Barret, Aerith, and Tifa appeared on-screen. The cast’s upgraded character models look absolutely stunning and fit in perfectly with the game’s highly-detailed environments.
We were also given a look at the game’s new combat system, which blends elements of real-time action with strategy. Players will be able to attack enemies freely on the battlefield in order to fill a meter which when activated, stops time to allow players to perform special abilities or cast spells with any member of their party.
Release Date: April 16, 2020
Cyberpunk 2077 is a first-person action RPG developed and published by CD Projekt, popularized by The Witcher series. The game is an adaptation of the 1988 tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020, set fifty-seven years later in a dystopian future where players will create a customizable character named V before exploring the six distinct regions that combine to make Night City.
As V, you’ll be able to develop a playstyle centered around one of the game’s three classes: NetRunner, Techie, and Solo. Additionally, V has an arsenal of ranged and close combat weapons at their disposal which can be modified and upgraded.
Dying Light 2
Release Date: Spring 2020
Dying Light 2 is a first-person action RPG developed and self-published by Techland, best known for their work on Dead Island, which also featured zombies. The sequel takes place after the events of the first game and has you playing as a new protagonist, Aiden Caldwell, an infected survivor whose extraordinary dexterity and combat abilities prove useful for gaining allies and influencing the world around him.
Gameplay will be fairly similar to the original and has players scavenging for weapons and supplies while traversing the world through fluid, parkour-based movement. For the sequel, Techland is emphasizing a player-driven experience where decisions impact both the story and the physical in-game world.
Release Date: TBA 2020
It’s been over a decade since the last Psychonauts and after a few failed attempts, fans had begun to lose faith they’d ever get a sequel. However, following a successful crowdfunding campaign, developer Double Fine Productions is on track to release Psychonauts 2 sometime next year.
The sequel maintains the third-person platforming gameplay of the original and has players assuming control of Raz once again. Picking up after the events of Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, a VR title released back in 2017, Psychonauts 2 has Raz uncovering secrets about the organization and exploring the origins of his family curse.
Release Date: TBA 2020
Spelunky 2 is an upcoming 2D-platformer with some rogue-like elements, being co-developed by self-published Mossmouth and Blitworks. The sequel carries over many of the mechanics from the first while sporting improved visuals and a host of new characters, enemies, obstacles, and treasures.
Players assume control of a spelunker and begin exploring a series of procedurally-generated caves while collecting treasure, battling enemies, and avoiding traps. One of the best parts of the original was how unique each run felt, so it came as a pleasant surprise when Mossmouth announced they would be sticking to the formula for Spelunky 2.
The Last of Us Part II
Release Date: TBA 2020
The original The Last of Us managed to capture the hearts and minds of many players and critics thanks in large part to an emotionally-gripping story which chronicles the relationship between Joel and Ellie. Developer Naughty Dog is back with a sequel and the world can’t wait to see what’s happened since we last saw these characters.
The Last of Us 2 takes place five years after the events of the first game and has players controlling an older version of Ellie as she encounters a dangerous cult in a now post-apocalyptic US. Neil Druckman, one of the game’s story co-writers, has stated that the sequel will focus on ‘hate’ instead of ‘love’. The game also plans to introduce several new characters who will play essential roles in Joel and Ellie’s next chapter.
Ghost of Tsushima
Release Date: TBA
Ghost of Tsushima is a new action stealth game currently being developed by Sucker Punch Studios, best known for the Infamous series. In it, you play as Jin Sakai, the last samurai alive on Tsushima Island during the first Mongol invasion of Japan.
The game will reportedly feature an extremely large open-world that can be explored freely without any waypoints or form of guidance. The player will use a katana as their primary weapon, with access to other useful tools like a grappling hook that can be used to climb ledges and a horse for traveling long-distances.
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