Platform: PlayStation 4

What, you thought the Metal Gear Solid games could get strange? That was apparently nothing, as every new and deeper look at Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding shows a dazzling, daring, and seriously confounding experience.

This open-world game implements stealth and shooting elements with a heavy ladling of narrative, complete with stunning-looking recreations of actors like Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen. However, it also has some seriously surreal and supernatural elements like that ever-present baby and the connection between the worlds of the living and dead. We honestly weren’t expecting Death Stranding to release this year, but Sony has pinned it for 8 November. We can’t wait.

Due: 8 NovemberWhere to buy Game reviews Death Stranding:


Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

The 2016 Doom reboot was pretty awesome, but Doom Eternal is ready to amp things up to an entirely new level.

There’s a whole lot of demon slaying going on here, with even more aggressive-looking action and a “meat hook” shotgun grappling hook attachment that lets you anchor into enemies and swing around the world. Even with that new element, Doom Eternal seems to keep the rapid-paced, run-and-gun dynamic that made the last game (and the classics) so much fun.

Due: 22 NovemberWhere to buy Game reviews Doom Eternal:ALSO READDoom review


Platform: Nintendo Switch

It’s finally happening: a proper, full-fledged, totally new Pokémon game is coming to Switch. Of course, it’s really two games – Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield – which will share key elements but likely feature differences in the kinds of creatures you’ll discover all the while.

Sword and Shield take players to the new Galar region, which is inspired by the UK and features a diverse array of terrain, plus it introduces adorable new Pokémon like Sorbunny, Grookey, and Sobble. The crisp, cel-shaded look finds the middle ground between last year’s Pokémon: Let’s Go and the most recent Nintendo 3DS entries, finally ushering the core series onto a home console… that’s also a handheld, of course.

Due: 15 NovemberWhere to buy Game reviews Pokemon Sword and Shield:ALSO READ5 things you need to know about Pokémon Sword and Shield


Platform: PC

The brilliant John Wick trilogy of action flicks seems like perfect material for a video game, but John Wick Hex might not be the first concept that comes to mind.

Rather than a fast-paced, raucous blast-’em-up, John Wick Hex is a methodical strategy game of sorts, challenging you to make every decision as you move, act, and react to threats. It sort of looks like a Metal Gear Acid or Hitman Go take, but with much more complexity in play. Bithell Games (Thomas Was AloneVolume) makes great stuff, so we’re already onboard.

Due: 8 OctoberALSO READThe 19 best PlayStation VR games


Platforms: PS4, XB1, PC

Wait, didn’t Modern Warfare already get a remaster? It did, but this game isn’t the 2007 original. Instead, it’s a reboot of Call of Duty‘s most successful sub-series to date, bringing back familiar characters while retconning the old storyline to give it a totally fresh take.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare introduces a new game engine and it shows in this first trailer, with incredibly realistic-looking graphics and the use of high-end graphical features like ray tracing. Early journalist impressions suggest edgier, more realistic content – perhaps too edgy and realistic, according to some writers. Hopefully Infinity Ward can nail the tone on this one and give us a fresh Modern Warfare that can stand up to the iconic original.

Due: 25 OctoberALSO READRanked: Every Call of Duty game in order of greatness


Platforms: Plug-and-Play

Sega might be a little bit late to the bite-sized, mini-console trend, but the Mega Drive Mini was worth the wait. Loaded up with 40+ titles in a single box that you can just plug into your TV, the Mega Drive Mini brings the 16-bit console back in impressive style.

It’s loaded with classics ranging from Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic 2 to Shining ForceEcco the DolphinEarthworm JimAltered Beast, and Phantasy Star IV. Better yet, it has two totally new arcade ports – of Tetris and Darius – that were never actually released for Mega Drive. At £70 for 42 games, it’s a steal – and we dropped five stars on it.

Due: 4 OctoberWhere to buy Sega Mega Drive Mini:READ MORESega Mega Drive Mini review


Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Electronic Arts and Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment took the wraps off of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order at this year’s Star Wars Celebration, and it looks like a promising – and fully single-player – take on the beloved sci-fi franchise.

Jedi: Fallen Order stars young Padawan (Jedi trainee) Cal Kestis, who is in hiding after much of the Jedi order has been wiped out by the Empire. Eventually, he shows his true abilities, which kick-starts what ought to be a thrilling narrative campaign. The E3 trailer above shows a deeper look at how the game plays and how it ties further into the Star Wars universe, and we’re even more optimistic now.

Due: 15 NovemberALSO READThe 10 best Star Wars games of all time


Platform: Nintendo Switch

Even more Resident Evil games are being ported to Switch, but if you ask us, the survival horror game you should be paying attention to this year is Luigi’s Mansion 3.

The sequel to the GameCube original and Nintendo 3DS sequel transports Luigi and crew to a haunted hotel, as you suck up cartoonish ghosts with your Ghostbusters-esque vacuum backpack contraption. “Gooigi” (yes, really) and an online multiplayer mode look like fun twists on the entertaining theme here.

Due: 31 October


Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Obsidian Entertainment’s The Outer Worlds is pegged as something of a spiritual successor to the studio’s Fallout: New Vegas, and even has the original Fallout creators working on it.

It’s said to be a smaller experience than New Vegas and the humour seems to have a dash of Borderlands about it, but this original universe seems plenty engaging. In typical Obsidian fashion, this role-player will grant you a significant amount of choice in the storyline and character development, while the new “flaws” system tracks your qualities and deficiencies and adjusts the experience accordingly.

Due: 25 OctoberALSO READThe 7 must-see trailers and reveals from The Game Awards 2018


Platform: Switch

It seems like nearly every meaningful non-exclusive game will probably hit the Switch before long, and it’s almost The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s turn. Our one-time favourite game in the world is a vast fantasy epic with compelling characters, entertaining combat, and an engrossing land you’ll want to explore again and again.

The Switch version makes some visual compromises, as you might expect, but the game still looks solidly detailed and seems to run pretty smoothly. Best of all, this is the complete experience with all DLC included. The fact that we’ll soon be able to play this wonderful game anywhere is truly wild, indeed.

Due: 15 OctoberALSO READThe best games of E3 2019

11) GRID

Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Codemasters’ DIRT and annual F1 racers get more attention, but with the simply-titled GRID – the series’ fourth entry to date – the studio looks to give its open-road racing game a fresh shot in the arm.

GRID aims to strike a balance between arcade-style and simulation racers, with GT, stock, and muscle cars available across an array of modes, plus a lifelike damage modeling system that can affect the way you cruise around the track. Even racing legend Fernando Alonso is onboard as an advisor to help ensure that it’s as realistic as possible.

Due: 11 OctoberALSO READStuff’s Best Games Ever: The 50 greatest games of all time


Platforms: PS4, XB1, PC

It’s been some time since there was an actual Need for Speed game we loved, after a couple iffy releases with the simply-titled Need for Speed and story-driven, Fast and the Furious-esque Need for Speed: Payback. Will Need for Speed Heat set things right again?

Here’s hoping. Heat seems to have the personality and swagger that we loved about some of the older games, with both daytime and nighttime racing: legit races happen during the day, while the evening brings the illicit street variety. We’re staying optimistic that this Miami-inspired open-road racer is one worth firing up this winter.

Due: 8 November


Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Remember Super Meat Boy, the amazing, tough-as-nails side-scroller and major focus of the wonderful Indie Game: The Movie? Well, nine years have passed, and the franchise is finally coming back in the form of Super Meat Boy Forever.

What’s changed? Well… Meat Boy and Bandage Girl have a daughter now, and you’ll have to save her. Also, Meat Boy now runs on his own, letting you focus on jumping, mid-air attacks, diving, and sliding. It’s a simplified version meant to play nice on touchscreens, likely, but adaptive difficulty and the same kind of driving ethos as the original game ensures that it’ll be no walk in the park.

Due: TBD


Platforms: PS4, XB1, PC

The name might have changed, but make no mistake: this is essentially Garden Warfare 3. The latest colourful, comedic Plants vs. Zombies shooter builds off of the previous entertaining entries, now with new characters to play on both sides as well as a shared-world hub to explore with other online players.

Battle for Neighborville also adds Overwatch-esque multi-stage matches in which you’ll escort or defend against a payload. And actually, you can already buy and play Battle for Neighborville now – at least part of it. EA has taken an early access-like approach, rolling out new content weekly for “founders” until the full game releases on 18 October.

Due: 18 OctoberALSO READStuff’s Best Games Ever: The 25 best PlayStation games of all time


Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Ghost Recon Wildlands shifted the Tom Clancy tactical shooter series to open-world terrain with pretty good results, and now Ghost Recon Breakpoint is here to give it another shot.

Breakpoint‘s map is about the same size as Wildlands, giving you another massive playground to battle through – and a compelling foe in Jon Bernthal, a.k.a. Netflix’s The Punisher. Breakpoint seems to have more of a survival bent than previous entries, too, so here’s hoping it pumps some fresh blood into this veteran franchise.

Due: 4 OctoberWhere to buy Game reviews Ghost Recon Breakpoint:


Platforms: PlayStation 4

Sony has some really intense-looking games on the horizon, including Death Stranding and The Last of Us Part II – but amidst those blockbuster releases is a charming little game called Concrete Genie that we’ve been anticipating for quite some time.

Concrete Genie tells the story of a kid who is suddenly imbued with artistic powers, and we’re talking about more than just doodles. He’s able to bring colorful creatures to life on the city walls using spray paint cans, and they’ll help him solve puzzles and revive the darkened environments alike.

Due: 8 October


Platform: Nintendo Switch

What’s this? Overwatch? On the Switch?

It’s true! Normally we don’t get too hot and bothered over years-late ports, but the idea of whipping out our Switch and playing Blizzard’s brilliant hero-shooter anywhere sounds pretty amazing to us. This is a pretty big deal for Nintendo’s little console that could.

Granted, it’ll all come down to performance – and we have reason to be suspicious there. If the online matches are sluggish or blurry, then it might not be worth it. But until we know for sure, we’re excited about the prospect ahead.

Due: 15 October


Platforms: VR TBA

What do you get when you mash up two of the absolute best VR games to date? You get Pistol Whip, apparently, which brings together elements of Beat Saber and Superhot VR.

It’s like a rhythmic shooter, sending you along a path as you rapidly blast the enemies that pop up all around you. You don’t have to hit everyone and the game seems to be a bit forgiving with accuracy – really, it’s about maintaining the thumping beat while blasting the baddies that pop into view. Looks like a lot of fun! Unfortunately, Cloudhead Games hasn’t announced which VR headsets it’ll hit this year.

Due: 7 NovemberALSO READThe 19 best PlayStation VR games


Platform: PC

Edward McMillen has a distinctive style, to say the least, and both Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac have been prime (and hugely successful) examples of it. Next up is The Legend of Bum-Bo, which is actually a prequel to Binding.

The Legend of Bum-Bo translates McMillen’s hand-drawn aesthetic to digital cardboard in a “deckbuilding roguelike” that’s like a matching puzzle game with loads of modifiers and abilities in the mix. This one’s been quietly in the works for a while, and he’s yet to disappoint, so we’re expecting something great here. It’ll launch first on PC before eventually reaching Switch and iOS at some point down the line.

Due: 12 November


Platforms: PS4, PC

What is Wattam? We have no idea how to describe it. Seriously. Watch the trailer. It’s weird. It’s from Keita Takahashi, creator of the legendary Katamari Damacy and legendarily absurd Noby Noby Boy, which means it certainly has our attention.

As far as we can tell, the goal is to make friends – an admirable aim, indeed. Only here, your friends are cartoonish sushi, toilets, and telephones. More than likely, it’s a very zany physics playground that lets you spread a little joy around, and that sounds fine indeed.

Due: December


Platform: Switch

Remember Wii Fit? Nintendo helped ignite the fitness gaming movement over a decade back, and now it’s getting back in action with Ring Fit Adventure – which has a truly unique control contraption, indeed.

The Switch game ships with a flexible plastic ring, which you’ll strap one Joy-Con into, and a leg strap that holds the other. You’ll press, pull, and move the ring around to perform different movements in the game, which you’ll do to jump over obstacles, play an array of mini-games, and more. Classic oddball Nintendo creativity.

Due: 18 October


Platform: PlayStation 4

You know, of all the classic PSone games to get a fresh PS4 coat of paint, this isn’t one that we expected. Sony’s MediEvil is back in action, with the undead hack-and-slash game looking a lot fresher than it did two decades ago without being a top-to-bottom redo.

The fear with upgrading older games like this is that they won’t hold up, and a previous PSP remake wasn’t so great – but with camera tweaks amongst the modern upgrades, we’re hopeful this Halloween-ready release will still be worthwhile. Besides, it’s great to see a spooky game that isn’t terrifying or filled with blood and gore.

Due: 25 OctoberALSO READThe 10 best games in the world right now


Platforms: Switch, PS4, XB1, PC

While we wouldn’t call the original Yooka-Laylee the most memorable game we’ve ever played, it served up a charming dose of N64-era early-3D platforming, with the former Rare developers essentially paying homage to their own Banjo-Kazooie from back when.

Well, sequel Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair looks to be their Donkey Kong Country tribute instead, shifting gears to a side-scrolling experience. The first game showed solid promise, and with a tighter focus and some really entertaining-looking stages, the sequel could prove to be even better. We’ll find out in October.

Due: 8 October


Platforms: PC

It has been ages since the last core MechWarrior game, but the iconic PC franchise will be back in action before the year’s up thanks to MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries.

Luckily, it looks to be sticking to what made the classic entries great while giving it modern touches and a fresh coat of paint. It’s still a unique kind of mech experience, with lumbering machines rather than graceful brawlers, and the XCOM-esque permadeath and market systems sound like intriguing evolutions on the core concept.

Due: 10 December


Platforms: PS4, PC

It’s been 18 years since the last Shenmue game released, but Sega’s cult-classic adventure franchise is getting a new lease on life with November’s Shenmue III, now published by Deep Silver and brought to life by millions of dollars in crowdfunding.

The original games were open-world pioneers, but Shenmue III seems more content now to more or less pick up where those chapters left off. It’ll please the die-hards, no doubt, but this is unlikely to be the place to start if you don’t already know the series. Luckily, the original games have been remastered and re-released if you want to help Ryo unravel the mystery behind his father’s murder. You’ve got some time to catch up before November

Due: 19 NovemberALSO READThe 25 PlayStation 4 games that every collection needs


Platform: PS4, XB1

Like a great city on the rise, Sid Meier’s Civilization VI has continued its gradual sprawl from PC and Mac to mobile devices and Switch. And now, finally, the latest edition of the legendary strategy franchise is headed to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well.

It’s the same kind of core time sink as ever, as you grow your budding settlement into a proper world power, but Civilization VI offers a more flexible path than ever along with new kinds of technology trees of upgrades and “unstacked” cities that can sprawl out and adapt to the terrain you’re sat upon. Both expansions will also be available in a bundle for the consoles, in case the huge core game isn’t enough for you.

Due: 22 November


Platform: PC

The above trailer is four years old, and it’s the latest one for this mesmerising-looking game – and this title has been on the horizon for so long that it probably was on our 2015 or 2016 Anticipated Games list at some point. But finally, Manifold Garden has been confirmed to release by year’s end via the Epic Games Store.

How does Manifold Garden play? We have no clue whatsoever. All we know is that this puzzler looks like nothing else we’ve ever seen, and we can’t wait to experience it ourselves (and it’s coming to PS4 at some point too). After seven years of development, we really hope it’s worth the wait.

Due: Late 2019ALSO READThe 25 best Nintendo Switch games


Platforms: PS4, XB1, Switch, PC

You know, we were just thinking that it’s been a minute since we played Super Monkey Ball game, and Sega – the apparent mind-readers they are – is here to make our wishes come true.

Banana Blitz HD is just an enhanced port, as the name suggests – of an original Wii launch title, at that. But Super Monkey Ball is always a joyful, yet immensely challenging experience, and we’re looking forward to experiencing this one on Switch and other current platforms.

Due: 29 October


Platform: Nintendo Switch

Arriving at beautiful tropical islands wearing a flowery button-up shirt? That’s a sure sign of a holiday – but what awaits our hero in The Touryst is something much more ominous.

The Touryst has a something of a retro-Zelda-made-3D vibe to it, with a chunky pixel world for you to explore and fool around in… and embark on tense adventures in mysterious dungeons. We love the look and feel of this Switch indie, which comes from Fast RMX developer Shin’en Multimedia, and we’re looking forward to seeing what secrets the islands hold.

Due: 14 November


Platform: Plug-and-play

Ever wanted a giant Capcom logo to plug into your telly? You tell us… but that’s exactly what you’ll get with Capcom Home Arcade, a plug-and-play console that includes two full arcade stick setups in one along with 16 classic arcade games.

It’s an awkward shape, certainly, but at least the controls are made from the same kind of quality Sanwa parts that fighting game experts demand. And while the games list isn’t as comprehensive as we’d like, it’ll be hard to resist pouring hours into Street Fighter 2: Hyper FightingSuper Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, and Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors. On the other hand, it’s £200… so it’s sure to be super, super niche in appeal.

Due: 25 October