2019 has been an excellent year for games of all genres. So without further ado here are my top 10 games of the year.
10: Baba is You
First to grace my list is a strange puzzle game with logic puzzles like no other. Baba is You is a puzzle game that supplies you with certain pieces of information, for example Leaf is Win, which would mean touching a leaf is the victory. The puzzle comes in when you realise that Baba is you, but also Rock, Leaf or anything else you can move into place could also be you, Baba is You is Win could be a solution, but trying to get to that point may be mind bendingly difficult. This is a concept I have never seen before and is executed perfectly. The final puzzles get so difficult I’m not sure I’ll ever see the end of the game. If you think you have the brain for it, it may be perfect for you.
9: Planet Zoo
By the creators of Planet Coaster we have the next incredible game that fits into a category I like to call time machine games, because you will begin this game at 6pm and oh it’s 3am when did that happen. Planet Zoo takes the manegement concept of Planet Coaster, but instead of building a theme park you are in charge of a zoo. The enclosures, animals and habitats are all down to you. Each animal has it’s requirements to keep them as happy as possible, and the people filling the parks also have requirements. But if you’re like me then perhaps instead you will enjoy playing the sandbox mode and spend hours placing each individual bush and bench in the exact perfect places.
8: Death Stranding
Death Stranding is the latest work by the infamous Hideo Kojima. While the game is a little bizarre, it is also an art piece. It has a huge and beautiful world with a dark setting. It is lore rich and contains a huge amount of content and hours of story. The graphics are incredible looking, and the game sports Norman Reedus as the front man joined by the incredible acting of Mads Mikkelsen. The game can start a little slow but the incredible story (and not to mention incredible music) is what earns it’s place in this list.
7: Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the newest addition to the Fire Emblem franchise, and in my opinion is the best one so far. The game is absolutely packed of stuff to do, people to talk to, romances to create, battles to fight, and more. Each student is completely down to you as to how you teach them, train them and command them. I can’t say too much without spoiling the story, but I have completed the game once, and already want to play it again if it weren’t for the fact my sister is playing it for the 6th time.
6: Pokemon: Sword and Shield
The reason this review is so late is Pokemon Sword and Shield because I didn’t have access to it until Christmas, but knew it would deserve a place on this list. Sword and Shield is the perfect addition to the series, both for long fans of Pokemon in need of something slightly different, and new players who want something enjoyable and accessible. This creates the most beautiful world in the series so far, and does an incredible job of making it feel full and alive. The graphics look pretty, and something that gives me incredible joy, you can customise your characters appearence. Scorbunny is now the close second favourite starter of mine (secon only to Chimchar) and the party building and levelling feels smooth and natural.
5: My Friend Pedro
If the Matrix took LSD and became a 2D platformer shooter then you would be left with MY Friend Pedro. You are woken with no memory, but the ability to slow time, wall jump, and most importantly to shoot a gun will upside down in the air. MFP is chaotic and satisfying, feeling endlessly fun. The wild nature of being able to kill people with a skateboard, basketball or a severed head make the game wildly funny and open up a world of different ways to play. (it even comes with a gif generator for your best plays) The only drawback would be the lack of a level editor which would allows endless levels, though a fanmade editor mod is in the works.
4: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
If you are a fan of the Dark Souls genre then Sekiro may just be perfect for you. The gamplay is extremely difficult but also extremely satisfying. The world is lore rich and the story is enticing, with the advantage of being understandable and not extremely confusing like Dark Souls. Sekiro brings the new mechanic of precision parrying during fights, parkour for world exploring and a selection of tools and abilities to the well known difficult bossfights. The world is gorgeous, the music brings emotion and most importantly, the character has an understandable motivation that makes you want to complete the game. For these reasons and more it is my favourite game published by From Software and in my opinion is the best Souls-Born game.
Developed by Double Fine RAD is a roguelike hack and slash set in a world after nuclear war, where the only people left to save the world are teenagers from the 80s. The bright colour, sarcastic humour, and endless combinations of playstyle are the reason this game is rated so high on my list. Since purchase I can always guarantee enjoyment when I come back to the game and have yet to have a boring session.
2: Life is Strange 2
Life is Strange 2 is actually the third game in the series by DONTNOD. I have always been engrossed by these games, and this is no exception. The characters grow on you immediately and the villains have made me feel angrier than any people in any game. The concepts the game brings, the choices you are forced to make, and how you handle situations all impact the endings you recieve and sometimes leave you wondering if you made the right choice. The story brought me to tears and the love felt between characters is second to none. The soundtrack the game brings help inflence how you are feeling perfectly, and even rivals the soundtrack of Before the Storm in how much I enjoy listening to it. Play this game, but be prepared for tears.
1: Outer Wilds
Outer Wilds is a space exploration game that gives you an entire solar system to explore with the issue that after just over 20 minutes you will have to start again, keeping only the knowledge that you have collected on each trip. The sun is exploding and each time it does you start again due to being stuck in a time loop. The reason this game is my favourite game of the year is due to the incredible wonder I felt in my entire gaming experience. The exploration and lore was infinitely interesting with new, confusing and wonderful quantum conecpts. Without spoiling anything the game made me feel incredibly emotional and happy, whilst at the same time a little sad. The most sad part of the game is the knowledge that I will never be able to play the game the same way I did the first time. This game is incredible.