Bandai Namco’s cult favorite series of flight sims is gearing up for a big comeback, bringing the dogfighting action back to the alternate universe of Strangereal for Ace Combat’s current-gen debut. The fast-paced aerial skirmishes look great whether you’re piloting from the first-person cockpit or a third-person view, and the campaign promises to contextualize the theater of war in the skies with a healthy dose of political intrigue and Top Gun-esque melodrama. Those who own a PlayStation VR headset get the added bonus of PS VR-exclusive missions that should ideally make you feel like you’re actually flying your very own fighter jet.
Fans demanded it, and Capcom has responded in kind. The Resident Evil 2 remake takes you back to a survival horror classic, reacquainting us with Leon Scott Kennedy and Claire Redfield as they fight for their lives in the virus-infected Raccoon City. It’s staggering to see what the Resident Evil 7 engine (and 20 years of graphical progress) has done for the visual revamp of this 1998 classic: the highly detailed zombies are covered in blood, slime, and rotting flesh, and the foreboding environments look frighteningly lifelike. The third-person, over-the-shoulder camera should bring the gameplay more in line with modern expectations, making for some truly claustrophobic scares, and the reimagined cutscenes strive to be legitimately spine-chilling as they retell the original story. Put simply, this remake won’t be for the faint of heart.
Platform(s): Xbox One, PC
Release date: February 15, 2018
Crackdown 3 you’re a super-cop in an open-world city, using your powers to fight crime and smash the whole place up in the process. While there’s still a story campaign to tackle, the online co-op for up to four players is where it’s at, letting you and your Agency buddies tear up this futuristic metropolis in chaotic style. You’ll be leaping between buildings using your jump jets in one moment, then raining down high-tech bazooka missiles onto any poor criminals the next. The addition of Terry Crews as a playable character is the perfect cherry atop this city-obliterating sundae.
Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: February 22, 2019
Anthem is essentially EA’s answer to Destiny: a shared-world shooter that aims to fully immerse players in a gigantic sci-fi universe. You play as a Freelancer (don’t call them Guardians) engaging in third-person, Mass Effect-style shootouts, armored up in your Javelin exosuit to explore and exterminate within some gigantic alien biomes. As you might expect, there’s an emphasis on party play (for up to four-player co-op) and the pursuit of increasingly impressive loot. It’s also promising to hear that Anthem will be penned by the writer of KOTOR and the first two Mass Effect games. Fingers crossed that Anthem will circumvent all the microtransaction controversy and ire that plagued Star Wars Battlefront 2 by skipping purchasable, randomized loot boxes entirely.
5)Devil May Cry 5
Platform(s): Xbox One, PS4, PC Release date: March 8, 2019 Devil May Cry 5 keeps the grimy aesthetic from Ninja Theory’s DmC but ditches the reboot’s plot for a continuation of the numbered games’ story. Described by Capcom as a “true sequel” to Devil May Cry 4, the game puts players in control of Nero, a demon hunter with a robot arm and sword he can rev like a motorcycle engine. Yes, it’s a bit silly. But who cares when your game’s hero is surfing rockets like a surfboard right into a demon’s face?