2019 has been a solid year for gaming so far on both the indie and AAA scenes. That also means that several potential games may have slipped past your radar, have no fear though, I’ve got you covered. The first part of this list is games that have already released this year that I think might warrant some attention. The second half is games that are coming very soon and might potentially slip past your radar.
Games you may have missed:
I gave Moss Destruction an early access look here some months back and I found it to be a very solid shoot em up roguelike. However, it successfully released out of early access on March 1st with more power-ups, levels, and enemies. In addition, it has already received at least one post-launch update. I’ve yet to play the full version but I very much enjoyed it in early access. It was one of the better shoot em ups I’ve played and was very addicting. It is available on Steam. Also, the developer has the coolest name ever, Shotgun with Glitters. I’m jealous I didn’t think of it first.
Worbital is an incredible real-time artillery game where you battle with weaponized planets that orbit a sun. Its very physics based and you have to account for gravitational pull with a huge variety of weapons and gadgets spread across three factions. You can even derail planets, the sun itself, or ram an enemy planet with your own. I loved the game so much I gave it my only 10 out of 10 to date. It is available on Steam. In case you missed it, you can ram planets with your own planet, it is so much fun. DeathStar royal baby!
Nomads Of The Fallen Star:
Nomads of the Fallen Star is a very unique game made by one person. It is about scavenging and surviving on a hostile planet while competing with other scavenger groups. It features a squad you can customize, a Sci-Fi story and claims to have a deep economy system. I picked this up on release but haven’t had the time to give it a thorough playthrough. Yet its always in the back of mind my nagging me to get to it and give it a review. Have you played it? let me know what you think in the comments section! It is available on Steam.
Astroneer was in early access but just had its full release on February 6th. It’s a very chill and relaxing game about exploring and building a base on new planets. You have to manage your oxygen but aside from that its pretty light on survival mechanics. Its more focused on collecting resources and expanding your base. Everything has a neat sort of physical presence in the game, including your inventory. You, for example, pull and snap wires from one structure to another. It’s pretty neat. It is available on Steam and Xbox One. Time to get lost in space!
Games that are coming very soon.
Outward is one of my most anticipated games this year. It’s a hardcore open world survival RPG where you are not a hero. Its a game focused on you the player succeeding with good planning and strategy as opposed to superpowers and has a unique twist on aspects such as magic. The combat looks Dark souls like, it’s playable in co-op and has survival elements such as hunger. It’s not going to be a game that is for everyone, but for the right audience, it has the potential to be a lot of fun. It releases on Steam, Epic Store, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 26th.
Generation Zero is an open world co-op shooting game where you hunt and contend with giant robots while scavenging for equipment to help you fight them. It claims that the robots have locational damage and will still bear the damage you deal with it if you flee and encounter the same machine later. The combat looks to be tactical where stealth, traps, planning, and teamwork will help you overcome otherwise tough odds. It certainly has me intrigued ready to give Skynet the boot! It releases on Steam, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on March 26th.
I think gaming has a lack of two important things that I enjoy right now. Traditional real-time strategy games and Dinosaurs. Warparty combines the two into a base building real-time strategy game with dinosaurs. It doesn’t look to reinvent the wheel, but rather invoke the joy of a genre that has largely died out. Either way, I am ready to welcome it with open tiny T-Rex arms. It’s in early access right now, but its full release is March 28th on Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
State of Decay 2: Choose your own Apocalypse update
Okay, this one is kinda cheating I know. State of Decay 2 has been out for about a year and has received frequent post-launch content. Its one of my favorite zombie games, but myself and many others found its lack of difficulty to be game breaking given what kind of game it is supposed to be. This will be remedied on March 26th when Undead labs release an update with two new and rather in-depth difficulty levels. I’m really looking forward to the struggle of keeping my brains uneaten. It’s available of the Microsoft store and Xbox One. Including Xbox One’s game pass.
So there you have it, that’s my list. But what about you? Did any games release recently or are about to release that you think aren’t getting enough attention? Let me know in the comments below. Gamers have more choices than ever before, but that sometimes means many great games miss their audiences due to the sheer amount of them. Word of mouth is a powerful thing, don’t underestimate it. Have a great weekend and happy gaming. I’ve got more reviews in the pipeline so stay tuned Folks!