As the year comes to an end, it’s time to look back at the best games of 2019. These are the titles that stood out for their outstanding experience, pushing gaming to its limit or reminding us all why gaming is awesome.
2019 has been a good year for the Attack on Titan fandom thanks to the publication of a new volume of the manga, the success of Season 3 Pt.2 along with the release of several games like Attack on Titan: Tactics. Set during the events of Season 1, has players take command of a squad during the Battle of Trost District. This one of the few mobile titles that could be called a game as it functions like a video game and a not pocket sized slot machine.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a return to the series roots along with the lessons learned from over two decades of being a mega franchise. Old school fans of the original trilogy will enjoy it for the nostalgia while new fans will be introduced to a true military shooter.
This is more than just another indie game, The World Next Door is at its heart a love letter to both the indie gaming community and the anime fandom. The gameplay is fun but it’s the characters and story that makes you want to invest in your progression.
7. Espire 1: The Operative
Espire 1: The Operative could only be described as VR’s long awaited answer to Metal Gear Solid. By taking the staples of stealth mechanics and creating an immersive world, players will get the chance to know what it’s like to be Solid Snake (or Sam Fisher for my Splinter Cell fans).
Call of Duty: Mobile attempts to be both a mobile title along with a Call of Duty experience and it succeeds at doing both. Regardless of ones system of choice, this has been the game fans have wanted and it truly is a better alternative to the yearly release system. Also we have to praise it for being one of the few mobile titles that could be called a game as it functions like a video game and not a pocket sized slot machine.
198X is one of those rare games that hits you personally because not only could you relate to it but because you have lived it in some manner. It attempts to tell the story of gaming through the eyes of its main character and how it provided a sense of escapism during 80’s.
After a long wait, Square Enix has given fans so much and more with Kingdom Hearts III. From the start, it’s easy to see just how much love and care went into how it presents itself to the audience. No matter how old one gets, they will always be that child playing Kingdom Hearts for the first time, fighting for love and the power of friendship.
3. Death Stranding
Death Stranding is proof that Hideo Kojima will always push the limits of story telling. While not a new genre, one of the most done to death genres is given a massive overhaul to take players to a fractured world. It’s bizarre and hard to explain but that has always been Kojima’s style.
2. Code Vein
Code Vein is a challenging experience in a lore rich world that is able to strike a balance between originality and familiarity. Players start with one of the most detailed customization then are tossed in a world that is both dark in tone but also very colorful in detail. Bandai Namco took a risk with an original work and it truly has paid off for fans of such experiences.
1. Resident Evil 2 / Devil May Cry 5
Capcom demonstrated that the secret to success is always going to be to give your audience what they want (without any predatory monetization practices or gambling mechanics). It’s because of this that both Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry 5 are equally worthy of being called the “Best Game of 2019”.
Resident Evil 2 is a remake that completely redesigns a classic work of horror while also respecting what made it so great. It does everything right when it comes to remaking a masterpiece by listing to the traditional fan base while also welcoming new gamers to the nightmare. The original has been hailed as a staple of the PlayStation era while the remake follows in that tradition for this era.
Pretending that other game never happened, Devil May Cry 5 is a return to what makes the series great. Nero and V must work together to save Dante while stopping Urizen sinister plot. This to is the result of listing to the fan base, going back to the roots while also being welcoming to new gamers.
What do you think of our list, was there a game that should have been the “Best Games of 2019”? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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