What the hell is happening with games 2019?

Lant_War

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Jul 14, 2018
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This year has seen some great games already (Resident Evil 2, Ace Combat 7, DMC V, and some others), but pretty much everything else that's released this year has either disappointed people or been incredibly divisive at best. Crackdown 3, Jump Force, Anthem, One Piece World Seeker all are in the 50-60 MC range, games like Metro Exodus launched in a poor technical state on consoles on top of the EGS controversy, Kingdom Hearts 3 has been incredibly divisive between fans...

Considering how this looked like it was going to be an amazing first quarter, it's a little disappointing. Thank God Capcom exists.
 

NotLiquid

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Oct 25, 2017
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Games gonna game.

Did anyone seriously expect Crackdown 3 to not come out in a questionable state given its years of development hell? Or for Kingdom Hearts 3, a game that fans have been waiting for over a decade in a series renown to be a clusterfuck, to not be divisive?
 

Dest

The Fallen
Jun 4, 2018
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It's like this every year but we hardly pay attention to it because Metacritic oft gave a shit game a 70-80 regardless.
 

Bauer91

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Oct 26, 2017
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Apex came out this year. I wasn't even a BR guy before that game but boy is it good.
 

Booki

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Oct 25, 2017
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Crackdown 3, Jump Force, Anthem, One Piece World Seeker all are in the 50-60 MC range, games like Metro Exodus launched in a poor technical state on consoles on top of the EGS controversy, Kingdom Hearts 3 has been incredibly divisive between fans...
Never bet on Anime.

As far as KHIII goes, that game came with years worth of baggage and expectations. It could've been better, but it was never gonna materialize in the way that fans wanted.
 

NinjaScooter

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Oct 25, 2017
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So there’s been some good/great games, some bad games, and some games released in questionable states...sounds like every year.
 

Chary

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Mar 15, 2018
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Crackdown and Jump Force were never promising. Anime games like One Piece: World Seeker usually get low scores anyway. I don’t see anything shocking with the listed titles’ reception. Except Anthem, a little.
 

C.Mongler

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Oct 27, 2017
1,165
Washington, DC
I’m pretty sure there is nothing abnormal going on with games in 2019 in the 3 months that we have been in 2019. There’s been some good ones, and there’s been some not as good ones, just like every year.
 

hussien-11

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Oct 27, 2017
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What? it runs great on base PS4. one of the best looking games this gen.

it has been an outstanding quarter overall, and its not just Capcom. there are also games like Kingdom Hearts 3 and DOA6, also Yoshi is coming before the end of the month.

for niche lovers like me, I'm gonna get The Caligula Effect Overdose soon too.
 
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Dec 12, 2017
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I haven’t played KH3 and seeing that it’s pretty divisive, I’ll reserve judgement but does it surprise anyone that anthem, crackdown, and two shonen jump games didn’t turn out well? They all screamed trouble from the word go.

The two Capcom games looked sick from the moment they got shown and totally are.

It’s the end of the fiscal year and publishers had to finally get a lot of that trash out the door. Especially Microsoft, Jesus I cant imagine the money they dumped into crackdown.
 

Skbzi

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Jun 1, 2018
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Based on what we have gotten so far, I'd say the good games outweigh the bad ones by a pretty good margin....or it may just be a 50/50 split now that I think about it.
 
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Lant_War

Lant_War

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Jul 14, 2018
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What? it runs great on base PS4. one of the best looking games this gen.

it has been an outstanding quarter overall, and its not just Capcom. there is also games like Kingdom Hearts 3 and DOA6, also Yoshi is coming before the end of the month.

for niche lovers like me, I'm gonna get The Caligula Effect Overdose soon too.
The subreddit was full of people complaining about how it ran on console, Caddicarus' review also mentioned it.
 

Dark_Castle

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Oct 27, 2017
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Anime licensed games have always been subpar with very few exceptions, not sure what you were really expecting.
 

khamakazee

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Oct 27, 2017
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I've also been enjoying Dirt Rally 2 and Trials Rising but I guess some just expect more and more and we are only into March.
 

Kwigo

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Oct 27, 2017
2,340
I loved KH3. The rest of the year is rather uninteresting for me, except Judgement... if it comes out in the West :(
I think I'm finally at that point when I can't wait for next gen to be announced.
 

Strings

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Oct 27, 2017
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Kingdom Hearts 3 was divisive among fans?

We've definitely had way more big misses than is typical, but /shrug. A lot of them could be seen from a mile away (Crackdown 3, Jump Force and One Piece: World Seeker in particular).
 

merf

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Oct 27, 2017
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Two of the best indies of the last couple of years just released in Hypnospace Outlaw and Baba Is You, Game of the Year Sekiro is about to release and GTA V RP is blowing up on Twitch. So there’s a lot of good.

It’s mainly just the culture around gaming being especially bad, with Epic being monsters and fucking up the PC space, what feels like a souring relationship between the people that play games and those that make them, streaming apparently becoming the new norm when the United States doesn’t have the broadband infrastructure to facilitate it, Valve being an absentee parent and Gamergate-esque toxicity feeling like the new norm.

But, hey, Alex Legends is real good, amirite?
 

Dr. Caroll

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Oct 27, 2017
8,110
Metro Exodus was great. Far Cry New Dawn was great. Speaking as a PC gamer, fawning review scores have never been the measuring stick for a good gaming period considering our idea of best game ever (the likes of STALKER and Hitman) often scores in the low 80s at best. It's only three months into 2019, and there have been some great games already, with more to come in the next few months. I'm particularly looking forward to Ion Maiden.

Not to mention the standalone version of Enderal+Forgotten Stories released last month, and is one of the best RPGs of the decade.
 

Mugy

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Oct 28, 2017
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FighterZ and Naruto games are really good
Those aren't C tier anime games. At least not FighterZ.

Jump force was doomed from day 0. You couldn't expect anything but a 60-70 game, judging by metacritic scores. Is a fun game and stuff, but after you see all the characters special combos and etc, that's it.
 
Jul 5, 2018
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Kingdom Hearts 3 and Metro Exodus have gotten positive reviews, so I don't know why you have them as a negative. I've played both and thought they were great games, particularly KH3.

Combined with REmake 2 and DMC5, I think 2019 is off to a fantastic start.
 

Razlo

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Oct 31, 2017
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Wargroove came out, and is super awesome.

I don't really see this year's start as any more dicey than a typical year.
 

Rendering...

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Oct 30, 2017
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Seems like an entirely typical year so far. A handful of disappointments, some mediocre games, and some gems that remind us how enjoyable this hobby can be.

If anything, the most notable thing is we're getting two exceptional action games this month, Devil May Cry 5 and Sekiro. High quality and high profile releases in the action genre tend to be few and far between, so this is one hell of a special March for action fans like me.
 

blitzblake

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Jan 4, 2018
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I have zero issues with 2019 so far. I just wish I knew why I was never excited for Anthem. I feel like all the preview content was of a super average game and when it released like that everyone acted really surprised?
 

Pryme

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Aug 23, 2018
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Why did the OP neglect Division 2 and Apex Legends - two excellent games - in his analysis?
 

Batatina

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Oct 25, 2017
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Edinburgh, UK
Not every year can be 2017, where every major release was spectacular and you didn't even know where to start.

But also these first 2 months have been packed (none of the releases particularly interested me however so I haven't been playing much) and that is bound to have a lot score variety with good and bad stuff.
 

Spongehead56

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Jul 6, 2018
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Wisconsin
I would say what's been surprising is what games have been great vs what games have been disappointments.

I would've predicted:

Anthem would be awesome
DMC 5 would just be ok
Kingdom Hearts 3 to be terrible
Crackdown 3 to be a fun, reasonably polished game


But instead:

Anthem is a hot mess (both in design & execution)
DMC 5 is incredible
Kingdom Hearts 3 is polished and true to the series
Crackdown is an unpolished, mish-mash of a game
Apex Legends exists. And is awesome.


The proportion of good/bad major titles seems to me to be typical. But which ones turned out to be which, has been surprising.
 

Onikage

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Feb 21, 2018
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With Apex, DMC 5, RE2, KH3, AC7, DOA6, and Sekiro (Tenchu!) almost here, I am pretty happy.

I really don't know what is wrong. Actually, it feels like my childhood over again!