Top 10 Action RPG Games for 2019


2019 is a year full of not only new and amazing releases, but hopefully the end of a lot of pushed back dates from games we’ve been waiting on for years.

These are just a few of the most highly-anticipated, hard-hitting games to come in the new year. More surprise releases, indie titles, and delayed projects with new dates are sure to come. We’ll keep this list updated with the latest titles, big changes, and more details.

Final Fantasy 7’s Remake

Developer: Square Enix Business Division 1 (Formerly Square Co., Ltd and SquareSoft)

Publisher: Square Enix (Formerly Square Co., Ltd and SquareSoft)

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Release: To Be Announced

Final Fantasy 7 is a groundbreaking title not just for the Final Fantasy Franchise, but for gaming in general. With cinematic 3D cutscenes, high-quality digitized voices, and a soundtrack that pushed the envelope of gaming, it defined quality demands of future games.

The game is set in Midgard, a futuristic city of vertical discs. It’s a cautionary tale of breakneck progress where Megacorporations seek brighter futures while exploiting the land and choking the less fortunate in excess and waste.

The story begins with a group of eco-terrorists who try to put a dent into one of the biggest Megacorps–ShinRa–with the help of a silent, blonde ex-SOLDIER who carries a big sword and stares with strange-colored eyes.

At the time, many games were still represented by small sprites and limited audio. Even for those who aren’t fans of the RPG genre or the Final Fantasy franchise, it’s hard to deny the game’s impact on other games, popular culture, the entertainment industry.

The remake has to be groundbreaking as well. Although the fantasy and cyberpunk setting will hardly be a surprise in modern gaming, it has to be as visually stunning and separate from the rest of the market as it was in 1997.

Pushbacks are the norm, and no experienced gamer expected this remake to happen on time. Although 2019 looks like a good release date, such an undertaking of heavy graphics redesign and updated gameplay will need as much time as Square-Enix says they need.

The official trailer shows just what fans and visual arts junkies can look forward. Although no release date is set, we’re looking forward to the multi-disk release on PS4 sometime in 2019.

Cyberpunk 2077

Developer: CD Projekt Red Publisher: CD ProjektPlatforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox OneRelease: June, 2019

Final Fantasy 7 was one of many games to follow the cyberpunk revolution, and is considered post-cyberpunk if you want to get technical. 2019 will see a love story to the cyberpunk culture’s roots.

From CD Projekt, the creators of The Witcher Series, Cyberpunk 2077 will throw players into a gritty world where improved science, technology, medicine, and so many other industries doesn’t necessarily grant peace and eternal life.

The plot is still under wraps, but the general setting is in an American Megacity called Night City in the Free State of California. True to standard Cyberpunk stories, the megacity is controlled by corporations that are above both state and local laws.

There’s gang violence both supported and unsupported by corporations, free will that only comes with the approval of corporate interests or raw power, and so much cool technology.

Night city is managed by robotics from the basics of waste collection to public transportation. Although new technology and great opportunities prosper, there’s a huge homelessness and drug addiction epidemic.

The cyberpunk theme is a blending of cautionary tales and rule of cool–sometimes creating new cool that can’t go without those cautionary tales. With cyberpunk styles reminiscent of the 1980 (or today in certain parts of Tumblr, but a lot safer), drug culture, hacker culture, and corporate culture with their own aesthetic twist.

Cyberpunk 2077 has a chance to become the voice of not just a new generation, but all of the cautionary tales that have come to pass and could still change. Whether you want to fight the system, be the system, fight the system with the system, or just rock a sweet mohawk while injecting data drugs into a robotic arm, Cyberpunk 2077 is set to become the next generation of cool gaming for every social group.

The Surge 2

Developer: Deck13 Interactive

Publisher: Focus Home Interactive

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Release: 2019

Now to leave the cyberpunk discussion and enter…what Cyberpunk is trying to warn us about.

The Surge 2 takes place on a world where humans have drained all of the resources they could. As the world crumbles and environmental diseases strangle humanity as a final punishment for their mistakes.

Players enter Jericho City, an urban expanse ravaged by both nature and the last rage-filled cries of humanity. Unlike the first game, you can customize your character and break free of the mostly industrial environment.

The world isn’t just urban hellscapes; there are artificially-crafted forests and wildlife replaced by robotic beasts. If this sounds familiar, think of Horizon: Zero Dawn’s setting. While Horizon shows a world of humans that fell back into the Stone Age while machines continued to thrive, The Surge 2 is glimpse at how such a future could begin.


Developer: BioWare

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Release: February 22, 2019

From the creators of DragonAge and Mass Effect comes Anthem, a science-fantasy setting where power armor seems to be the focus.

BioWare is very familiar with science and spacefaring storytelling, and is a fan favorite in sci-fi because of the Mass Effect series. A marriage of their DragonAge and Mass Effect storytelling could be great.

Of course, there’s always a catch.

BioWare has a lot to prove with Anthem. Like so many industries, you either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

Gamers began to look differently at BioWare after their acquisition by EA (Electronic Arts). Although the gaming world is no stranger to big game company controversy, Anthem has to dodge many gaming industry pitfalls such as releasing incomplete and charging money for completion in the form of DLCs.

Can BioWare bring the best of its two most powerful genres into a new franchise? Will Anthem be a work of art that brings players into a new world of exploration, action, and high art in digital form?

Or will EA fail to learn lessons from their criticisms as a destroyer of creativity in the gaming world? EA has been performing better with some of its other holdings, and 2019 will give Anthem a chance to shine.

Kingdom Hearts III

Developer: Square Enix

Publisher: Square Enix

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Release: January 29, 2019

When you walk away, you don’t hear me say, “this game is taking FOREVER to release.”

The third installment of Kingdom Hearts is the definition of gaming delays.

The concepts for KH3 began in 2006, just after the release of Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix–an update to the original Kingdom Hearts II in 2005 with more items and scenes. 2019 is 13 years after those concepts began, and 6 years after Kingdom Hearts 3 was officially announced in 2013.

Kingdom Hearts is originally a marriage of the Square (now Square-Enix) brand and the Disney brand of design and storytelling. Reaching back to Final Fantasy 7 at the beginning of the article, the aesthetics and storytelling along with the magical world of Disney was an amazing mixture that floored many critics.

And there were a lot of critics. A gritty world of Japanese-style cool characters combining with the smiles and happy endings that come with Disney was risky, but worth it.

Kingdom Hearts fans look forward to 3 because it’s the final return of one of the major characters, Sora, after some heavy, spoiler-filled revelations in Kingdom Hearts 2.

Here’s hoping that the January 29, 2019 release date is the final pushback.

Devil May Cry 5

Developer: Capcom

Publisher: Capcom

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Release: March 8, 2019

The fifth installment of Devil May Cry has multiple playable characters. The demonic problem is global and a lot less in control, meaning that Dante is a lot more serious in his work.

Not completely serious, but more serious.

The franchise is known for hard-hitting combos, destructible environments, and customization in combat that will continue in DMC5.

In the trailer, fans can see Dante, Trish, Lady, Dante’s nephew Nero, and a few new faces. A lot of old questions and lost moments seem to be coming back together in V, along with a new character holding a book with V on the cover.

Code Vein

Developer: Bandai Namco StudiosPublisher: Bandai Namco EntertainmentPlatforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox OneRelease: 2019 (previously 28th September, 2018)

From the creators of God Eater comes Code Vein, one of the most well-polished Souls-like games entering the market.

Dark Souls has popularized the genre of punishing, mostly solo, but highly sociable gameplay. While most clones of the genre follow the same dark and decrepit appeal, Code Vein adds a splash of color to the usually drab domain.

That color is mostly red from blood, fire, and explosions, but it’s bright red this time.

Code Vein brings in a lot of style from the God Eater franchise. The rule of cool is in effect, and a lot of heavy-hitting, anime-style weapons are present in the game’s action-packed trailer.


Developer: Experiment 101

Publisher: THQ Nordic

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Release: 2019

Biomutant is set in a world where anthropomorphic fight for their survival as the world’s lifebinder–the Tree of Life–suffers from a poisonous oil that seeps from underground.

The entire world is given life by five roots that sprawl from the tree. In this fantasy-meets-science fiction world, players can see what the world looks like when humanity isn’t the cause of destruction!

You take control of a raccoon-like creature with the ability to modify or mutate it’s body and work with a vast arsenal of weaponry and tools.

This is probably one of the more innovative titles to hit the gaming world in 2019, and has a few systems that have yet to be explored. With full narration, players can enjoy a story that changes depending on more branching options than the standard RPG of choices made popular by BioWare.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes

Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture

Publisher: Marvelous

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Release: January 18, 2019

In the newest installation of No More Heroes, Travis hits the Nintendo Switch 7 years after No More Heroes 2.

Badman is taking revenge against Travis for murdering his daughter, Bad Girl, and what seems like the end of an intense story is actually the beginning of a weirder story.

Travis and Badman are trapped in a canceled gaming console crafted by Dr. Juvenile. This new console called the Death Drive MK-II.

The console was cancelled due to a dangerous “defect” that would suck players into a game, then kill them. There’s a legend surrounding the console that whoever collects and beats all 6 of the Death Drive MK-II’s game will have their wishes granted.

Cyberpunk and drug-filled plot is the theme of 2019, it seems.


Developer: Cradle Games

Publisher: tinyBuild

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One

Release: Q1 2019

In the distant future, humanity no longer has to fight over limited resources. Precious resources have been made virtually limitless due to interstellar space travel.

Unfortunately, this expanse of humanity still comes at an unknown cost. A quantum cataclysm tears a hole into multiple parallel universes, which blends most of humanity with multiple versions of themselves. Along with these maddened mergers, beings of immense power have been alerted to humanity’s presence.

Players are 3D-printed by the “Authority” and told to “finish what was undone”. It’s up to you, as the authority’s order can be carried out by any means you see fit.

Even within the madness, there is still sanity. The sane still lie, and some of the maddened are still in some control of their minds. Within all of this, who says you have to save everyone? Or anyone?

With an interesting take on interstellar horror, Hellpoint offers a co-op battle and look into apocalyptic choice.

The Division 2

Developer: Massive Entertainment

Publisher: Ubisoft

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Release: March 15, 2019

The latest installment in Tom Clancy’s Division series enters 2019 during a civil war.

As an agent of The Division, it’s your mission to bring peace and order back to the United States of America while working with both closely-knit teammates and distant agents across contested zones.

As a third person shooter RPG, there’s a lot of customization and specialization that can create an elite team or a one-agent army. With the introduction of raids, being able to load yourself with specialized tools to work as part of a bigger team brings in even a bigger type of gameplay.

If you’ve wondered why World of Warcraft players waste a lot of time with 10-40 people while hating the rest of the game, get ready. Raiding is a completely different level of cooperating professionalism, and The Division 2 is entering that battlefield.

As any World of Warcraft players can tell you, get ready to be annoyed with 9-40 other players.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Developer: Team Ninja

Publisher: Nintendo

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Release: 2019

This entry in the Marvel Universe takes place after Ultimate Alliance 2 and pits players against both Galactus and Thanos.

There aren’t many plot details about the game and a lot of information is possibly under wraps to protect (and enhance) the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

So far, playable characters seem to be from Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, the Unhumans, and a few X-men. Other villains include the Green Goblin, Kingpin, the Sentinels, Ronan the Accuser, Ultimo, Nebula, and Ultron.

Keep an eye out for other amazing new releases, and be ready for 2019 to hit hard with cyberpunk and sci-fi titles.

Ben Krause is the Play Station fan of the family. He loves Assassin’s Creed, Batman, WWE and some Hockey games the most. He has been an accomplished video game player since age 3. He learned to read playing video games meant for kids a few years older than he is.

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