2019 GOTY

2019 was a phenominal year for new video game releases. Below are my 12 favororite I played through.

12. Super Mario Maker 2

Mario Maker 2 gives players both an engaging single player and the best multiplayer game on the Nintendo Switch. With the tools and constant updates Nintendo has provided, you will have a never ending amount of platforming content to choose from.

11. Wreckfest

I have finished so many races in close to last place after getting pummeled by cars. In other racing games thats not fun but in this one the crashes are so well done, fighting my steering wheel at any moment is half the battle and watching my car shatter into pieces is the other half.

10. Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes

Wrapping up so much of the Sudaverse into one game it takes Travis in a unique top down approach and delivers a fun game. Fans who have played through earlier titles in the Kill The Past series will catch tons of references.

9. Ring Fit Adventure

Video games tend to be a static engagement with the player sitting on a couch staring at a screen for hours at end. Ring Fit Adventure is not only a fun game to play, but one that actually delivers a solid workout. It has a huge story I am still working through as well as mini games and custom workouts. Game packs a ton of content.

8. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Iggy is back and brought a fantastic game with him. The closet feel to SOTN, its combat and world to explore are well done.

7. Luigi’s Mansion 3

Luigi’s Mansion 3 put a smile on my face and kept it there the entire way through. 100% it and enjoyed it the entire time. Each floor was unique and the puzzles were always fun to solve.

6. Resident Evil 2

Horror games are a genre I need to explore more and Resident Evil 2 remake gave me the push to do so. The environment of the game is so well done as well as the enemies and animations. Had a free weekend earlier in 2019 and went through the game start to finish for both routes. After completing the game I played through the original PS1 version which gave me even more appreciation for the remake as it sticks to its routes but also delivers a new experience making both the original and the remake worth playing.

5. Control

Remedy’s last few titles had delivered an interesting premise but never found a way to mesh gameplay, story and its crazy ideas fluently into one package. Control though finally masters Remedy’s vision and delivers into a mind bending experience every player should experience.

4. Fire Emblem: Three Houses

I loved this game from start to finish and had it been another year this could easily have been my number one. Through each of its different routes you get to see how the same events unfold through the eyes of different houses. Having completed 2/4 routes I can’t wait to jump back in and complete the other two.

3. Judgement

With the Yakuza series being my favorite, jumping into Kamurocho through a whole new set of characters was a risky move. The series has developed some of the greatest characters in video game history and Judgement decided to drop them and tell its own story. Luckily the new characters are fantastic and stand on their own two feet delivering my favorite standalone story in the Yakuza franchise.

2. Death Stranding

Death Stranding is tranquil to play, with the greatest threat the terrain itself and how to navigate. The NPCs have character and the voice acting is phenomenal. The game is also quite unique in how it delivers the gameplay and presents itself to the player which was fun to see.

1. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Possibly From Softwares best game to date. I loved every minute of the game and the world they built and the enemies you fight. Taking a departure from the gameplay style previously found, you are forced to master one weapon. Once you get the hang of it though, you feel untouchable like a late game Samus in the Metroid series.