While this year's GOTY for me was already decided before January 1st, there still were plenty of surprises that I enjoyed and even came a lot closer to toppling my number one than I originally expected. As usual, this will only be a top 5 as I rarely put enough time into 10 different games for me to feel comfortable ranking them. First, let's start with some honorable mentions:
Forza Horizon 4
Being a Brit, it's hardly surprising this setting really spoke to me. While they did limit themselves massively by focussing only on the Lake District and Scotland, I think FH4 is easily the most beautiful entry in the series and also had some excellent driving roads. The only thing stopping me putting it on the list was the fact that, just like 3, I fell off this pretty hard after the initial rush.
It's frustrating that this game doesn't get its own wiki entry because it's technically a mod for Garry's Mod, which somehow isn't a mod according to the wiki here, but either way this game was outstandingly creative. While a lot of the levels we played when working our way to 100 shards were absolute garbage, and despite there being little story other than the brief snippets of dialogue with the crew, Jazztronauts was one of the most unique and innovative games I played this year.
So, I played this after pining over it for a long time on a friend's Vive and good lord it did not disappoint. It's also probably 90% of the reason I bought a PSVR. Beat Saber is the only rhythm game I have enjoyed and actively wanted to get better at. I always sucked at Guitar Hero and Rock Band because my brain just can't process the note streams flying towards me at all. Somehow though, being in VR made it just click in Beat Saber. I would have included this game on my list if it wasn't for the fact the PSVR version (for obvious reasons) does not support custom songs. The built in soundtrack is fine, but distinctly average.