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PlayStation’s Most Wanted: 6 Releases to Watch for in Spring 2019

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PlayStation’s Most Wanted: 6 Releases to Watch for in Spring 2019

Prepare to exterminate Freakers, race with Crash’s gang, solve murder cases, and more.

With so many great PS4 games on the horizon vying for your time, you might want some help navigating the embarrassment of riches. We’ve got your back! From the post-apocalyptic chaos of Days Gone to the bustling streets of Judgment’s Kumurocho, these are our most-anticipated games of Spring 2019 (April through June).

Mortal Kombat 11

April 23

NetherRealm’s immortal fighting series returns in a new time-bending sequel. Timelines in the MK universe collide, letting the likes of a modern Johnny Cage butt heads with his cockier, younger ’90s self. Newcomers join the roster, like the mystical Geras who has weaponized the sands of time, and the godly Cetrion who commands the elements. Deep character customization allows players new levels of control, down to choosing move sets and selecting the design of Scorpion’s iconic spear. Choose from over 20 kombatants and memorize your favorite Fatality — it’s nearly time to risk life and limb.

Days Gone

April 26

Enter a world where routine doesn’t exist. A bounty-hunting mission into a bandit camp may seem straightforward, but a sloppy firefight can bring a lethal horde of Swarmers down on you. Or perhaps an infected Rager bear barrels into the fray, indiscriminately mauling all in his path. Survival depends on preparation, like keeping your motorcycle gassed up, tuned up, and within reach for a hasty exit when Freakers attack. Bend Studio has also spun up a gripping tale of loss with protagonist Deacon St. John desperate to find clues about his lost love. Top off your tank and drive into a chaotic world that’s out to end you.

Rage 2

May 14

The FPS masterminds of id Software unite with the open-world heavyweights at Avalanche Studios to bring you a new breed of shooter. Wield brutal weapons like the potent pulse cannon and double barrel shotgun to reduce raiders to pulp. Scavenge hidden Arks to uncover unhinged abilities like Shatter, which flings your foes into oblivions, or Slam, which liquefies goons with a huge impact. Mixing and matching weapons and abilities to execute outlandish combos isn’t just fun, it’s the only way to survive against the droves of maniacal enemies. Toss in fluorescent flair and intense vehicular combat, and you have a recipe for frenzied fun.

Blood & Truth

May 28

London Studio caught our attention with the London Heist demo in the early days of PlayStation VR. Blood & Truth takes the potential of that gameplay and explodes it into the scale of a blockbuster action film. The immersive effect of PS VR transports you into the life of a gun-slinging risk-taker, with all the adrenaline-pumping moments you’d expect. Leap onto planes as they speed down the runway. Crash through windows in a daring escape. Rescue an imprisoned ally and escape in a high-speed chase while gunning down your pursuers. The precise motion control aiming blends perfectly with the sense of presence afforded by PS VR, making your action-movie fantasy feel real.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled

June 21

Developer Beenox captures the magic of the 1999 kart racing classic and faithfully restores it to modern day standards. Crash and his furry gang are back in a high-speed remake that maintains the spirit of the original while improving the kart handling and visuals. Four-player splitscreen lets you rekindle grudge matches with old friends, or look for new competition online. The story mode has also been authentically recreated, with extraterrestrial baddie Nitros Oxide threatening the planet unless he’s out-raced. Whether your favorite racer is Cortez, Polar, Coco, or one of the others — a fun-loving reunion is around the bend.

Judgment

June 25

The creators of Yakuza are back with a new story told within the streets of Kamurocho. Takayuki Yagami is a private detective hired to track suspects, gather evidence, and beat down any goons that gets in the way as he aims to solve a serial murder case. The core gameplay blends the raucous, spectacular slugfests of the Yakuza series with the tension and intrigue of questioning criminal suspects. Plenty of entertaining diversions are available should you wander off the trail, like racing drones, hit the batting cages, or even playing a first-person arcade shooter reminiscent of House of the Dead. If tracking down murder suspects and killing time in Japan sounds like your jam, keep this one on your shortlist.

These games are just our top picks. What games releasing this Spring are you most excited for?

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  • Mercenary09

    Great picks. I’m picking up all six of these day 1.

  • MUSTANG750R

    Every day there’s a new reason for me to get a PlayStation VR. The fact that it’s going to be compatible with the future generation is just icing on the cake.

    • A new VR is coming with PS5. I would hold off.

    • Mercenary09

      I mean PSVR2 isn’t going to come out until a year or 2 after the PS5. You can get one pretty cheap now so there really is no need to wait.

  • Getting all these besides Judgement.

  • Mostly I’m stoked to play Days Gone, game looks so fun.

  • I would have thought by now that Socom would have made list.

    • Socom 4 was so underrated and got killed by releasing the same week PSN got hacked for like a month. It was so fun though. I wish they would make another one, but they all got shut down.

  • TyTyger_626

    Their definition of “spring” is pretty entirely wrong. Unlike the Instagram story, they at least explain “spring” means April-June to them, but Crash and Judgement are summer titles. Besides, sounds better thinking of kicking back in summer playing Nitro-Fueled than kicking back in spring to do it, though calling it a spring title makes it seem closer than saying summer.

  • Arcticsurface

    Judgment, the one and only i’ve been waiting for, NOTHING else.

  • The real question is, how many of the games will release finished and not in what used to be considered Beta
    ?

  • I can’t wait for Days Gone to come out!

  • The last 2 games are Summer 2019 games.

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