Jordan Ramee's Most Anticipated Game Of 2019: Digimon Survive

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Jordan Ramee's Most Anticipated Game Of 2019: Digimon Survive

My introduction to anime was 1999's Digimon Adventure, so the franchise's story about humans and digital monsters working together and becoming stronger has always held a soft spot in my heart. Back in the day, one of my favorite aspects of the show was that the stories matured with subsequent seasons, allowing the anime to continuously appeal to its audience as they grew up.

This pattern finally peaked with Digimon Data Squad, where most characters are 18 or older, before the series refocused on a new generation of children with more kid-centric material in Fusion and App Monsters. This trend, however, has not translated over to the Digimon games, which have mostly been designed to appeal to the franchise's younger audience.

Digimon Survive could finally break that trend though, and that has me so excited. One of the few advantages the Digimon anime has over the Pokemon one is its willingness to embrace more adult material and age its characters; it's been frustrating to see that element mostly absent in the games. Survive is the first Digimon game to seemingly lean into that element by focusing on a group of teens and implementing a choice system with heavy consequences--even the death of major characters.

Eddie Makuch's Most Anticipated Game of 2019: Ancestors The Humankind Odyssey

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Eddie Makuch's Most Anticipated Game of 2019: Ancestors The Humankind Odyssey

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is the next game from Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Desilets. The ambitious concept--playing as hominids through different periods of ancestral time--caught my attention right away, and after seeing it in action for the first time at The Game Awards, I'm even more intrigued. A single-player, third-person exploration survival game, your journey in Ancestors begins as a hominid in Neogene Africa some 10 million years ago.

Over time, you grow and literally evolve to the Australopithecus popularly known as Lucy. On your way to becoming Lucy, you'll learn new skills and abilities as you take the form of the next subspecies of hominid that would eventually become the human form of today. It is quite an ambitious concept to say the least.

Based on early footage, you'll be clambering through the jungle and swinging through trees, escaping predators, gathering resources, and essentially trying to survive and live another day. It looks like no other game I've played before, and the novelty and ambition of the concept has me eager to see and learn more.

Phil Hornshaw's Most Anticipated Game Of 2019: Twin Mirror

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Phil Hornshaw's Most Anticipated Game Of 2019: Twin Mirror

With 2019 right around the corner, we've polled GameSpot's staff to find out what games they are looking forward to most in the new year. To be eligible, a game must simply have a release date currently planned for 2019. Of course, we all know nothing is set in stone; there's always a chance some games could slip into 2020. When you're done reading this entry, follow along with all of our other end-of-the-year coverage collected in our Best of 2018 hub.

I have a soft spot for Dontnod games. I'm one of the few people I know who got really into Remember Me, the studio's first offering. It was a flawed game that struggled with its moment-to-moment gameplay, grabbing weaker versions of the combat from the Batman: Arkham series and the environmental climbing puzzles of the Uncharted franchise. But Remember Me had a ton of great ideas about delving into characters' minds and reconstructing their memories, and it managed to tell an affecting story using those mechanics.

Aquaman Writer Gives Update On A Nightmare On Elm Street Reboot

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The status of A Nightmare on Elm Street has been stuck somewhere in limbo over the past several years. After a 2010 reboot failed to reignite the franchise, fans have been waiting for yet another return for Freddy Krueger, in some form. It was first reported in 2015 that David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (Orphan, The Conjuring 2) would write a new reboot, though there's been no news of the film in the time that followed.

However, Johnson-McGoldrick was able to give GameSpot a bit of an update. While promoting Aquaman--which he's one of the screenwriters of--the writer revealed, "It's still happening." Of course, that doesn't mean you'll see it just let. "Nothing is percolating just yet," he continued.

Instead, Johnson-McGoldrick is currently focused on The Conjuring 3. "The Conjuring universe is sort of first and foremost on [New Line Cinema's] horror burner," he admitted.

Michael Higham's Most Anticipated Game Of 2019: Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth

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Michael Higham's Most Anticipated Game Of 2019: Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth

Editor's note: Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth is out now in Japan, but hasn't been confirmed for the West yet.

There are few things I love more than the Persona franchise. Each of the separate stories from Persona 3, 4, 5, and the spin-offs in between have brought me boundless joy, lessons learned, and unbreakable bonds with their respective cast of characters. However, I often see each game as its own contained world, as they all portray their own captivating struggles and triumphs. And I just as often wonder what it would be like if these characters met somehow, which is why I hold Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth so dear. It retained the unique aspects that made 3 and 4 special and proved that it's far from a game simply thrown together for the sake of fan service.

Naturally, I wondered the possibilities with Persona 5's flamboyant Phantom Thieves, and how they could fit into the already-endearing crossover mix. Well, Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth makes that dream come true. Its premise revolves around each crew getting stuck in a supernatural movie theater, which lends itself so well to the idea of three separate worlds colliding in a light-hearted, yet consequential fight for liberation of friends, both new and old.

The 20 Best Reviewed Movies Of 2018

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The 20 Best Reviewed Movies Of 2018


Between movies coming to theaters, video-on-demand, and streaming services, there were plenty of films to watch in 2018. In fact, there were way too many. We live in an age with an overabundance of movies and television, and so much of it is high-quality entertainment.

We saw superheroes all get killed off by a snap, a horror movie about being quiet as possible, and a documentary about the life and times of everyone's favorite cardigan-wearing neighbor. But what were the best movies of the year? Over the course of 2018, hundreds of critics put out reviews for every major movie release, so what films got all of the critics around the globe really excited?

Taking a look at GameSpot's sister site, Metacritic--which collects and averages out critic movie ratings--we found the best reviewed movies of the year and are presenting the top 20 for you all, in case you want to know what to catch up on during your winter break. In addition, we only included the first 20 movies with the "must see" tag on it, as there are a few high-rated movies with very few critical reviews on the site.

If you're looking for more on 2018, check out The 22 Best TV Episodes, The 16 Best Anime Movies And TV Shows, 10 Best TV Shows, and The 10 Best Movies.

Edmond Tran's Most Anticipated Game Of 2019: In The Valley Of Gods

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Edmond Tran's Most Anticipated Game Of 2019: In The Valley Of Gods

Campo Santo's Firewatch is one of my favorite games in recent memory. It tells a memorable, heartfelt story, exploring solitude and human relationships through a unique premise--You're a fire lookout in 1989, and the only emotional connection you have is restricted to a single person on the other end of a walkie-talkie. Its art direction is superb, its music is evocative, and the way it comes together to tell its story is unforgettable. We heralded it as one of our top games of 2016, and perhaps unsurprisingly, a film adaptation is currently in the works.

Naturally, my love for Firewatch makes me incredibly eager to see the kinds of interesting things the Campo Santo team are going to attempt with their next title, In The Valley Of Gods. Revealed at The Game Awards in 2017, its sole trailer depicts another fascinating premise--Set in 1920's Egypt, you play disgraced explorer and filmmaker Rashida, who is taking one last grand adventure to try and document the discovery of the tomb of Queen Nefertiti (which still remains undiscovered to this day). Rashida is joined by her former partner Zora, whom she has troubled history with.

Oscar Dayus's Most Anticipated Game Of 2019: Pokemon For Nintendo Switch

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I know Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee have only just been released, and I've enjoyed diving back into Kanto all over again, but more than anything else that journey has just made me crave a brand-new adventure. Seeing old creatures brought to life in ways we've not seen before with the Switch's superior graphical capabilities was thrilling, and while the nostalgia Kanto carries with it is welcome, I feel a new region with all-new monsters would help use the Switch's hardware in a more interesting way. It's for that reason I can't wait for the "core" Pokemon game for Nintendo Switch.

I'd also welcome the return of the traditional catching and battling mechanics, as well as the slightly more strategic elements omitted by Let's Go, such as abilities. Forgoing random encounters in favor of physical Pokemon in the overworld was a masterstroke though, so I hope that remains in the "core RPG" Game Freak is working on for Switch.

Plus, how great will it be to play a proper Pokemon adventure on your TV? Being able to take a Pokemon game on the go has always been great--and of course, that will be no different on Switch--but I'd always dreamed of exploring Johto or Hoenn on a bigger screen with more powerful hardware.