So with many topics being posted here about GOTY predictions on GB, impressions of the most recent games and people's generally feelings about this years releases, I want to make a thread about games that you liked/adored but that game didn't get much attention in the media or the public eye. These are games that you personally enjoyed and might contender on your personal top 10 or just personal favorites of the year, but you didn't see many people talk about these games. Go ahead and talk about those games here and if you want describe why you really liked that game. I'll start with 2 games that are coming to my mind right now:
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown: I have never played an Ace Combat game before 7, but I always thought the series looked cool dating back to seeing what those PS2 games looked like, but I never had a PS2. And around late January/early February I had no interest in KH3 and RE2Make looked super competently made, but I don't like Horror games. Ace combat 7 was the first AAA game I wanted to play from early in the year and wanted to see how it would run on my fresh new PC at the time. First tests were a bit worrying, but once I lowered the setting the game mostly ran swimmingly and man it was a blast to play. Its just really solid arcade jet fighting action and had some great variety of missions types that were mostly very amusing. The story felt like an MGS style story that felt sort of hard to follow at first, but later in the game the story actually comes together pretty nicely and makes for some crazy but engaging anti-war storytelling that the tales from Strangereal is home to. And dang this game has my personal favorite OST of 2019. So many epic songs to get pumped up to from "Long Day", "Magic Spear 1" and of course "Daredevil", this game's soundtrack just freaking ruled. Its a game that seems forgotten because it came out a week before RE2Make and KH3 (two much more anticipated titles), but I didn't forget about it. Its a lock on my top 10 for sure.
My next game
Later Alligator: I want to thank @vinny for his QL on this game which compelled me to grab it on Steam. This game is helluva cute and is one of the most charming adventure games I played. For those who've seen the quick look, you'll know Lator Alligator is a point and click adventure game that has minigames to play after you talk to a family member of Pat the Alligator. You're investigating all of Pat's family because Pat himself is worrying over something he did that upset the family and thinks this upcoming "event" is meant to rub him out. But the game is honestly far from dark. in fact, it has some of the nicest and most pleasant 2D animation I've seen in a game. That's definitely thanks to SmallBu Studios who are famous for their Baman/Piderman web cartoon and guest animating some Adventure Time episodes (one of which won an Emmy). But this game oozes in hilarious charm from the animations of these goofy gators to the dialogue being silly yet earnestly funny. And many of the minigames will get you to laugh. The quick look had that pick the queen and the Japanese dating sim games. But there's also a mini game where you're playing hide and seek and you're trying to lose to help a kid feel better about his hiding skills when he's clearly visible. And there's so many more mini games on here that gave me a big fat grin. The music is also incredible and a runner up to Ace Combat 7 for best OST if you ask me. Its not the most technically impressive indie game I've played all year and isn't as much love as indies such as The Outer Wilds and Disco Elysium, but its still a fairly unique game could be my favorite indie game of the year just for how happy it makes me. Best of all, there's multiple endings so there's great incentive to go back and find more gators you didn't talk to from the last playthrough and even go searching of puzzle pieces which can lead to one ending too I believe.