games / Columns

The 8 Ball: Top 8 Games to Look Forward to in 2019 – Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Mario Maker 2, More

May 14, 2019 | Posted by Marc Morrison
Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order

Welcome all to another edition of The 8 Ball! This week I’m here to talk about the games that remain for 2019. While we’re just starting May off, there aren’t a ton of games to look forward to for this month with a few of these hitting next month, it’s a better time to take stock now of what is going on for the rest of the year. Some of these games don’t have the firmest release date but 2019 is a good estimate for them all. Let’s begin:



#8: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

I’m going to be honest, I’m only really interested in the game for Cameron Monaghan. I generally like him as an actor and I’m curious to see him portraying someone in a video game. Also, Respawn is a generally good developer and why I don’t give a fug about Apex, Titanfall 1 and 2 (especially) were solid games. My trepidation lies with the fact that EA is publishing it and they showed zero gameplay in their trailer. The last good Star Wars game was Republic Commando in 2005, so it’d be nice if SOMEONE could make a decent Star Wars game for this console generation.

#7: Concrete Genie

Concrete Genie is still a somewhat unknown game to me. I think it’s because there hasn’t been a ton of actual news about it, aside from a few scant trailers. The crux of the game seems to be you doing graffiti to bring back color/vibrancy to the game world, like in other games, Jet Grind Radio, de Blob, The Void, to name a few. However, the things you tag end up coming to life, which has a nice twist on the formula. I’m not even sure if this game is coming out in 2019 but if it does, I’ll be interested in it.

#6: Astral Chain

This was a pretty cool little surprise when they showed it off on a Nintendo Direct. Their licensed games may be hit or miss but most of Platinum Games own work is stellar, so I’ll give it a shot. The game looks like it might have a co-op component, so I’ll be curious if it’s true co-op or what they did in Nier: Automata. Astral Chain looks like it combines the same type of action that PG is known for, alongside some anime-esque future police stuff. I think I’m sold.

#5: Gears of War 5

Is it weird how much Gears of War has fallen off as a franchise? Gears 3 seems to have been the high point for the series but since then it has been struggling to find a foothold. Gears 4 came out three years ago and this game still doesn’t have a firm release date other than “2019”…hopefully. I played Gears 4 this year with a friend and it was…alright? J.D. was kind of a boring character but older Marcus was fun and Kait was a pretty interesting character. The game ended on a real, annoying, cliffhanger though so it’d be nice if Gears of War 5 told an actual good story.

#4: Mario Maker 2

So I, like a lot of people based on sales figures, completely missed out on the first Mario Maker. It’s a bummer since that was probably one of the few games for the Wii U that really made use of the tablet functionality. So when Nintendo announced Mario Maker 2 I got really excited for it. Honestly, I don’t think I’ll make any real levels, I’m generally not great with that type of creative thing. However, I will play others levels and try to get through as many as I can. I will specifically play the Super Mario World levels, since that is the game I care about.

#3: Warhammer: Chaosbane

I played a closed beta of this game a month ago and really enjoyed it. On the surface it looks like a very standard Action RPG/dungeon crawler game but it does have a few interesting hooks. Mobility is the biggest one, depending on your class you can move around the battlefield very quickly, or take direct control of certain attacks to make them more effective. Also, the game has an interesting way of dealing with loot, you have to build a relationship with a merchant guild (by donating stuff) to be able to use the store. Also, the one boss battle I did seemed a lot more tactical than in Diablo 3 or other similar games. This should be a fun co-op game next month.

#2: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Barring any other development hiccups, this game should be out next month and it’s about time. I’ve literally been waiting years for this game to come out, along with others who backed it, and it’s almost here. While I don’t think it’ll shatter records or be the best game ever, I do think it’ll be a decent platformer/RPG where you kill a lot of evil foes with a variety of weapons and demonic powers. It should fill that Castlevania itch quite nicely.

#1: Judgment

Considering the logline of this game is basically “Yakuza mixed with Phoenix Wright” my inclination is the Futurama meme of “SHUP UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!”. I don’t even care that it takes place in the same city and (likely) reuses a lot of the assets from Yakuza 6. It’s a great hook to not be a criminal this time around but an investigator/detective as you solve various mysteries in the city. The fighting looks even more fluid than in Yakuza 6/Kiwami 2 and the game looks altogether great. I’m especially interested in the English dub, just to see if it’s done well or not. June 25th can’t get here fast enough.


For comments, list the games you most want for the rest of the year and why.

Next Issue
Top 8 Video Game Movie Adapatations

article topics :

The 8 Ball (Games), Marc Morrison