1.Kingdom Hearts III (2019)
Okay, so this one already came out as of the making of this list... but it was definitely my most anticipated game of this year, or even of the past five years. And it basically lived up to my expectations, which is awesome. Still working on 100%-ing it!
2.The Outer Worlds (2019)
I didn't really know what to think of this game when I first saw the announcement trailer, but the more I read about it the more excited I get. Fallout 4 was pretty disappointing to me, and I've stayed far away from FO76 (as cool as some of the locations and creatures in that game look), but if The Outer Worlds is as polished at release as it looks in promo material right now, I think it'll be amazing. I don't think I'm a big fan of the snarky humor vibe I'm getting from it, but it looks visually cool, and most importantly they seem to be putting a big emphasis on roleplaying and player choice. Those alone make me super hyped for TOW.
3.Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch (2019)
We have zero details on this thing, yet just the prospect of a new, full-fledged Animal Crossing makes me so happy. I don't know what new mechanics or features they could implement, but I'd probably still buy it even if it was just an HD remake of New Leaf, which it won't be. Never have I wanted so badly to be in debt.
4.Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (2019)
Yet another game we have almost zero details on. But I loved the campaign in Titanfall 2, and I've wanted a current-gen, single-player Star Wars experience for so long now. Plus, I think the post-ROTS era is a potentially really interesting setting, focusing on the rise of the Empire and the survival of the last few Jedi. It's a period of time we haven't seen much from - Rogue One and Rebels both focused on the time right before A New Hope, and Solo gives us some idea of what it was like, but that movie starts a whole six years after ROTS. (It's probably been covered a bit in the novels and comics, but I'm less familiar with those.) I'd love to see Kanan Jarrus and/or Ahsoka Tano show up at some point, but new characters could be cool as well.
5.The Occupation (2019)
I've been wanting a story-focused, combat-less immersive sim for as long as I've known what the genre is, and The Occupation looks to be an excellent fulfillment of that wish. Plus I love the art style, and I love journalism stories, so I am very excited for this one.
The description of this game is an "open-world, post-apocalyptic Kung-Fu fable RPG," and I don't think I've loved anything more based solely on the pitch. Plus, the main character they've been showing off looks like if Rocket Raccoon was a samurai. If this game is good, it'll be amazing.
7.Super Mario Maker 2 (2019)
This is a late add, since it was just announced in February, but I am SO EXCITED. I never had a WiiU, so I didn't get the chance to participate in the community of the first game, but now we get a new one on Switch!
8.Fire Emblem: Three Houses (2019)
Fire Emblem Awakening is probably in my top ten games ever, so I can't wait to see what the series is like on Switch.
9.Atomic Heart (2019)
I'm not much of a horror-shooter guy, but the world and art style here looks so fascinating. It's like an SCP Foundation story set in an alternate Soviet reality. My hope is that it's got some puzzle solving and/or immersive sim elements, because I usually don't find straight-up shooters that interesting. But I might have to play this for the story and worldbuilding alone.
10.The Pathless (2019)
I still haven't played ABZU, but I've heard nothing but great things about it, and this game already looks more up my alley - an open-world action game, you've got a bird friend, the art style is gorgeous and the animation looks amazing, and I'm really curious as to what the story is. I'm all in.
I love open-world games and I adore this art style/aesthetic, so I'm excited to see where this one goes.
I could never get into Alan Wake, but the trailer for this game looks so rad. Fingers crossed!
Doom 2016 was a lot of heckin' fun. This one's got a hookshot.
15.Ori and the Will of the Wisps (2019)
Ori and the Blind Forest was 90% amazing and beautiful, 10% a bit too hard for me. I mean, I finished it, it was just frustrating sometimes. But I can't wait for this sequel to come out. The first one was among the most beautiful games I think I've ever played.
16.Sea of Solitude (2019)
17.Untitled Goose Game (2019)
18.Wolfenstein: Youngblood (2019)
We don't know much about this game yet, but the premise sounds cool, and I really loved the last two Wolfenstein games. Time will tell if I like the co-op gameplay.