7. Gears 5
The Gears of War franchise is one of Microsoft’s biggest and most important – perhaps only to Halo. The next installment wants to do something more than provide another third-person shooting experience: it’s attempting to make you care about the story. The new chapter will build on the background of protagonist Kait Diaz, while still delivering on Gears‘ familiar action gameplay. 2019 could be the year that Gears really explodes too, with the core game joined by Gears Tactics and Gears Pop, as developer The Coalition aims to build it into a larger, more experimental property.