Are there any lesser known 2019 games that you're currently anticipating?

Push Me Pull You (Asshole Goose Game devs’ last project) also seemed like a comedy game, albeit a disturbing one, but the few times I’ve had friends consent to play it for more than a few rounds, it proved to be a dynamic and unpredictable couch co-op sports game. From avid gamers to total game avoidant folks, I never felt like I was too sure of victory, nor loss. It’s a lot like Rocket League in that way, except this one is a cutesy Cronenberg-type dealie (with super sticky sound effects), which is a hard sell for most folks it turns out.

Tl;Dr I’m super excited for AGG and despite the comedic exterior, I suspect/hope this game will be deep and replayable, much more than just a joke release.

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Does Ace Combat 7 count? :joy: The story in these games is so absurd and frankly any excuse to pull out my HOTAS and pretend to be a pilot (but not that much of a pilot) is welcome.

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Pathway is a neat variation on the XCOM/Mario vs. Rabbids model, with an Indiana Jones setup about treasure hunters trying to beat Nazis to a mysterious artifact, fighting them in strategy battles along the way. I saw it at Day of the Devs and it looked great! Plus, I’m a sucker for treasure-hunter stories.

Another one that came onto my radar a while ago, but has progressed dramatically since, is Due Process. It’s a three-round Counter-Strike-type game which pits police against criminals, with the police tasked with defending sites and criminals tasked with getting in there and fucking shit up. The twist comes from the planning stages which precede each round, in the vein of Rainbow Six.

The maps are procgen, and in the planning stage, you and your teammates are all able to coordinate entrypoints/paths on an in-game whiteboard. Additionally, your team gets a finite equipment loadout that spans all three rounds, and using/losing a piece of equipment in the first means you won’t be able to use it in the second or third, so not only are you planning your routes, your taking risks with how you use the gear to get the wins necessary to win the set. Maybe you want to save the grenades or C4 for a later match if things go poorly, so you can just blast through the exterior wall to get into the safe? Maybe you’re reckless and want to fuck shit up right away? It looks awesome. If I’m being honest, though, I doubt I will find time or my friends to play this.

I was turned on to it by this Polygon video in which Justin, Griffin, Ben, and Charlie get up to their usual bullshit. Highly recommended:

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I’m excited to see more Coffee Talk. It looks very cozy (and reminiscent of VA-11 Hall-A). There’s a demo available if you’re interested in giving it a try.

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I’ve been following Manifold Garden’s development for years now, and it’s looking like it’s starting to wrap up which I am very excited about. Between this and Sable, I’m hoping 2019 is the year of pastel.

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I also want to draw attention to The Blackout Club, a co-op procedural horror immersive sim (!!!) about some teens investigating the weird shit going on in their neighborhood. You and your kid buddies sneak around your neighborhoord, investigating break-ins and disappearances, gathering evidence with your cell phones, and avoiding the baddies.

The pedigree fucking rules: staff credits include several Bioshock games, Prey, Dishonored, Thief, plus one of the two developers at Minor Key, who made NEON STRUCT and Eldritch. I can’t fuckin wait for this one. It feels like it’s going to be a big shot in the arm to the immersive sim genre.

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I really want Left Alive, the mecha-survival-metal-gear-spirit-torch-carrier thing, to be good. I haven’t seen many people talking about it. I’m trying not to get my hopes up.

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Afterparty is the next game from Night School Studios (developed Oxenfree) and I’m really excited about it. There’s a good chunk of gameplay out there that they showed during E3 and it seems like they’ve fleshed out the already solid dialogue system from Oxenfree, and the entire premise surrounding the underworld being this shady, endless, demon filled party sounds great. IIRC the main plot has you finding your way to the devil so you can challenge him to a drinking contest?

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I’m not sure whether this counts as a lesser anticipated game, because in IF circles, inkle (Sorcery!, 80 Days, ink (the language)) is a pretty big name, but also IF is still tiny and anyway I’ve been waiting for Heaven’s Vault for like two years I think.

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While it’s not new to 2019, I’m excited for Dragon’s Dogma on Switch! While I’ve never had a chance to play it, it seems that everyone who plays (including Austin Walker) considers it a phenomenal game. I have always had a hard time playing games on PS4, but the Switch means I’ll be able to give this a shot!

In the same vein I’m excited for Final Fantasy XII on Switch as well! Another game that I’ve never played, but really want to. Maybe not the most exciting choice, but I’m anticipating it.

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Let’s see, Black Future 88 for sure.

Neocab hopefully this year, maybe?

Eastshade is coming out soon!! Really want to just spend time in a pleasant world

Anodyne 2 HYPE!

NYKRA looks very interesting

And in terms of AAA - Anthem, Division 2, Control (super intrigued by it).

EDIT: Huh, this year might actually be really good! Oh and also another vote for Manifold Garden.

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There are quite a good few that I am very interested. The first one is The Occupation, I remember reading about it in Edge and it’s been hovering on the edge of my mind ever since. A stealth adventure set in one incredibly detailed location, sounds promising to me!

Then there is Night Call, a visual novel style game where you play as a taxi driver in Paris trying to stop a serial killer. It looks moody, cold and I can’t wait to play it.

Then Boyfriend Dungeon oh dear lord boyfriend dungeon I’'ve never been so ready to play a game and be unapologetically horni about it oh god look at how amazing it looks

The World Next Door is a game I’m purposfully trying to keep myself ignorant about, it seems like it’s going to be something really special.

I am very, very excited for this year in games. I think this year is going to be really good for narrative games, mystery games and, very excitedly, for RPGs.

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I love this thread…some great stuff here that I wasn’t aware of (especially Afterparty!).

@Navster I’m glad you mentioned Get in the Car, Loser! It looks fantastic. When I first heard about the game I thought it was already out and rushed to buy it only to find it was still in development. I’ve been eyeing it ever since.

Also, I know it’s not really “lesser known” these days, but just so I can type it again: Disco Elysium. I just joined their Discord because I’m frothing for a release date for that game and I don’t do things like that. It’s the first game in a while I’ve been super excited to get my hands on.

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Vlambeer will likely announce and release their new game this year. They did some sort of sneak announcement at some convention but I don’t think a title or concept or screens really got out there? But Nuclear Throne is a favourite of mine, so I’m looking forward to whatever will come next.

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I came here to post Nykra! I played a demo of it earlier this year and it’s got such a rich sense of atmosphere, I cannot wait for it. Also it’s a Kiwi dev so, y’know, hometown pride

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Mineko’s Night Market! The game looks so charming and CATS.

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Anyone remember UFO 50?

“Coming 2018”

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I find myself playing less and less stuff on PC but I will ditto Eastshade and add, perhaps not so lesser known, Ooblets, both of which I hope find their way to consoles I own.

Ooblets here: https://ooblets.com

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Etrian Odyssey Nexus for the 3ds, Slay the Spire for the Switch, and there’s also an upcoming Japanese developed game about a prince who runs a dungeon as a theme park and hires this guy with an afro to run it, the name escapes me.

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Code Vein is anime vampire dark souls°. If you need more information than that, it’s probably not for you.

° in fact, I forgot the name and googled “anime dark souls” and it brought up a bunch of Code Vein trailers.

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