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Braulio’s Top 10 2019 Games!

by Braulio Ortiz

2019 was an outstanding year in gaming. There was a bit of everything for just about any type of gamer. From indies to huge triple A publishers, every gamer got something they can sink their teeth into. Personally, I got way too many games that I could potentially add to this list, making it the most difficult year for me to make since my initial year of writing on the internet (shout out to the long gone GameInformer blogs and my first website Cynosure Gaming (2015)). Also as a reminder, 2019 brought us a new IP from Platinum Games, a remake of a beloved Zelda title, a sequel that improves in every way imaginably in Super Mario Maker 2, and a sweet Neo-Noir Indie game with a Samurai with an intense story to tell. These are just a few games that didn’t get to make my top 10 because of how good the competition was and because of that I refuse to rank my list just because any of these games can be considered my game of the year. So now I can happily present you my personal top 10 games of 2019. Enjoy!

Resident Evil 2 (2019): Resident Evil 2 scared the living hell out of me back in the late 90’s. It’s the sole reason I didn’t touch any horror games until Resident Evil 4 on the Nintendo Game Cube. Since then I’ve dabbled with the horror genre and decided to give the remake of Resident Evil 2 a shot. I am so glad I did because I’ve never had so much fun being terrified.

Yoshi’s Crafted World: Yoshi’s Crafted World is a charming fun platformer that I enjoyed immensely mostly because of the co-op. I managed to keep my sanity playing a few 2019 co-op games with my fiance and this was easily the most accessible of the bunch that we managed to complete. My only complaint is the repetitiveness of the tracks in the game. Aside from that I had a blast and would like to go back to collect everything some day.

Devil May Cry V: Capcom finally gave us a sequel to the impressive Devil May Cry 4. They managed to go bigger, badder, and better making what I consider the best character action game of all time. I loved how differently Dante, Nero, and V played. I could not stop playing this game because of how over-the-top it was. I can’t fathom how much I love this game. I seriously need to replay it soon on a higher difficulty next time I get the spare time to do so. This is my runner-up for Game of the Year.

Tetris 99: It’s Tetris against 98 other players, what isn’t there to love?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019): Infinity Ward is back! Easily the best campaign in Call of Duty’s history, IW managed to make me feel emotions that no other game in the series has managed to do. Can we please get more of this and less of the other CoD’s please? That final cut scene gave me Marvel’s Avengers (films) goosebumps.

Sayonara Wild Hearts: I remember seeing this in a trailer this past E3 and thought the visuals and music looked fantastic that I was quickly hooked. Sayonara Wild Hearts is a fun time if you enjoy music games. Funny thing is, the music doesn’t have much to do with the gameplay. Every song/level plays differently. One second you’re moving around to collect hearts, the other you’re hitting quick time events, and sometimes you’re shooting at skulls. The closest game I can think of that plays similarly is Sin and Punishment and I’m totally about that.

New Super Lucky’s Tale: When I discovered New Super Lucky’s Tale I tweeted out that this was the best 3D platformer since the original Super Mario Galaxy. Yesterday I managed to 100% the game not only because of how simple it was, but how amazing the platforming actually is. I still stand by what I tweeted. Playful Corp. deserve the recognition and here’s hoping we get a sequel because the cliffhanger after reaching 100% was a nice surprise.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order: Far from the best game on this list, but what Respawn failed in gameplay they succeeded in masterful story telling. I did not care at all about the gameplay until about halfway through the game when I had most of my force powers. At one point I gave up and walked away from the game for two weeks before I managed to binge the last half in a couple of days. That story has the force grip on you after reaching a certain part of the game that I did not want it to let go. I am glad I gave the game a second chance and I am hoping to see Respawn give this series another go because I saw greatness within the game.

EA, learn how to give your developers a few more months to polish their games. A bit more in the oven would have made this an even better experience.

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition: I love this series so much. I love how simple the storylines and gameplay mechanics tend to be. I love the writing and humor that we get in every new iteration of this beloved series. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age- Definitive Edition is the only game on this list that I didn’t manage to complete. If I would have had more time to finish this masterpiece I would have probably named it my top game of 2019, possibly of the decade. Play this, please. Dragon Quest deserves so much more love than it gets in the West.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses: I give you my personal Game of the Year. My most played game this year was Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Nintendo hadn’t released a new entry of the beloved series on a home console in over a decade and they made sure to impress long-time fans and new. Solid tactical gameplay, a gripping story with four potential paths, and a lovable cast made me realize that I have a new favorite game in the long-running series.

2019 was incredibly solid for gamers so certain games did not make my top 10. A few honorable mentions have to go out to give them some credit. Those games include: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Halo Reach, Super Mario Maker 2, Katana Zero, Astral Chain, Gears 5, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. Thank you for taking the time to read out my nonsensical list. What where some of your favorite games that you played this year? Let me know down below as I may need more games to inevitably play.

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