Most Anticipated Action Games of 2019

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Dec 25, 2018 11:00 AM
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2019 is shaping up to be a hot year for action fans. While a heck of a lot of games are increasingly leaning into the open-world RPG-lite, there's still a beating core of focused linear action games coming our way next year. These are the games that'll challenge your reflexes as well as your mind, requiring quick-thinking and top skills to overcome.

Devil May Cry 5

There are few bigger action franchises on the planet but Nero and Dante have fallen on some tough times as of late. Everything we’ve seen of DMC5 is ticking all the right boxes though, with director Hideaki Itsuno returning to oversee the latest high-octane demonic invasion. It’s difficult to tell what the heck’s going on in a lot of the footage, but any game where you can tear a motorbike in half and use it as a weapon is a winner in our books.

 

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

When we heard From Software was keen to move away from Dark Souls, we were simultaneously intrigued and downbeat. We shouldn’t have been worried though, as Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an apple that didn’t fall far from the Souls tree, retaining the methodical, ultra-hard combat while injecting feudal Japan trappings and drastically improved player mobility. Sekiro could end up being the Ninja Gaiden sequel we’d always dreamed of, finally banishing our wicked flashbacks to the atrocious Ninja Gaiden 3.

 

Control

It would take a brave person to suggest Quantum Break was, well, anything other than a little bit boring. From the studio that gave us Max Payne and Alan Wake, we expected a whole lot more. Suffice to say, Remedy Entertainment has a point to prove, and Control looks as if it’s going to make. Sticking to the time-warping third-person shooting that has made Remedy a household name, Control is an action-adventure set within a single, giant, shifting New York building that houses the bureau’s secret supernatural experiments.

 

Left Alive

Left Alive bears more than a passing resemblance to Metal Gear Solid, and with good reason. Yoji Shinkawa, the artist behind the iconic character designs in MGS, is on-board for Left Alive, as well as Armored Core director Toshifumi Nabeshima, and Ghost in the Shell and Xenoblade Chronicles X mech designer Takayuki Yanase. Basically, there’s a whole lot of anime and mech-battling talent behind Left Alive, and there’s every chance this could be a sleeper hit.

 

Generation Zero

Avalanche Studios has got a busy few months coming up. Just Cause 4 has just blasted into the world and will be getting the usual torrent of post-launch content, while we’ve also got Rage 2 and Generation Zero to look forward to. Of these, Generation Zero is the one that’s got our interest piqued. You know, new IP and all, and an awesome Scandinavian 80’s robot setting. The jury’s out on whether Gen Zero can actually deliver on its promise, but four-player co-op multiplayer with guerilla anti-machine tactics sounds right up our street.

What's your most anticipated action game of 2019?

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17:07 Feb-14-2019

AC3 remastered, technically not a new game but I've seen some folks pretty stoked

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06:45 Dec-27-2018

left alive is giving me a very division 2.0 vibe. Ironicly i'm completely uninterested in division 2 whatever follows GR Wildlands sure id love it but not division 2 and i love division 1

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16:51 Dec-26-2018

How come cyberpunk 2077 isn't on this list?

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18:56 Dec-26-2018

It's more of an RPG than anything.

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21:33 Dec-26-2018

Still, its the most anticipated in every category

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00:54 Dec-27-2018

True, but I doubt they want to put the same game in every category. xD

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07:50 Dec-28-2018

Please don't shoot the spoiler. 2020 most likely.

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15:02 Dec-26-2018

As CDPR said, "it will come out when it's ready".
Yes, I mean CP 2077.
Hope one more year is enough for them.

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10:24 Dec-26-2018

Cyberpunk 2077 :D

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07:22 Dec-26-2018

"Control" will be more like a DEMO for the RTX...

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06:46 Dec-26-2018

Sekirooooooooooooooooooo!

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14:30 Dec-26-2018

especially since DMC is having mircotranactions

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17:08 Feb-14-2019

what? where is this mentioned?

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23:11 Dec-25-2018

Probably closest to it is Metro Exodus. It would be DMC5, but hearing about microtransactions in singleplayer game at full price, likely featuring DLC and other stuff, which will drive full game price far beyond 60USD,it just makes me far less interested. Not going to ignore it, but it could be on the top of my list...

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23:13 Dec-25-2018

And that is regardless of whether microtransactions are obligatory or not. Battlefront 2 and Shadow of War both had to have progression system reworked after removal of lootboxes. So I am not big believer in optional and won't influence gameplay thing. Sure AC: Origins was pretty tame, but that is exception, not rule.

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16:40 Dec-25-2018

Well,I can't wait for DMC5 because I haven't played a DMC in years and because I got this one free with the gpu lol

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15:57 Dec-25-2018

since when arent re2 remake or metro exodus considered "action game"?

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15:40 Dec-25-2018

Ace Combat, Star Wars and Metro for me.

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15:19 Dec-25-2018

Where is Cyberpunk?

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16:37 Dec-25-2018

lol

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22:33 Dec-25-2018

Chances of it releasing in 2019 are low

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10:04 Dec-26-2018

i think we will get a Q4'19 release date on the 2019 E3

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13:44 Dec-25-2018

i honestly enjoyed Quantum break very much as the theme is one of my real life hobbies (physics, quantum physics ect)

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14:21 Dec-25-2018

same one of better games i played even tho most of it is a movie which i actually liked as well

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15:06 Dec-25-2018

I liked the game but I really hated that it was intersected with 30 minute shows in between. Live action in the game is not bad at all, it's well acted and well made, but I did sit down to play a game and not watch a show.

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17:47 Dec-25-2018

I actually liked that the most :D

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19:26 Dec-25-2018

gotta agree with andrej. While the story is good, i also highly enjoyed the 30 min live action episodes and found it innovative

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07:57 Dec-26-2018

Yep, i enjoyed Quantum Break also. One of the few games iv'e played through twice.

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13:28 Dec-25-2018

DMC 5 is definitely my first planned stop, it has been a long time since DMC 4 came out, and the saga hasn't been really continued for over 10 years.

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14:19 Dec-25-2018

well story was never main focus of dmc serie as all of them have poor story in my opinion, but a combat is masterpice.
also love how y skipped reboot -.-

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12:10 Dec-25-2018

Can't wait to vote for Mount&Blade 2 in the RPG o-... Oh wait. It will never come out...

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11:47 Dec-25-2018

Well sekiro and dmc5 of course, hyped as hell

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11:19 Dec-25-2018

There is only one game i'm dying to get in 2019: Phoenix Point.

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12:01 Dec-25-2018

I wasn't aware that's coming out this year. Damn. By this meaning 2019.

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14:09 Dec-25-2018

Had to be released, but got pushed back to June 2019,and tbh seeing how well they're developing the game features i'm totally happy for it. Yet iot's been almost 2 years of me drooling at their reddit/youtube/site waiting for the release

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15:03 Dec-25-2018

I remember that. I'd rather they take as much time as they need than rush an unfinished product as it's the norm today. It's really shaping up to be a fantastic game, and I believe they can deliver on the promise.

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