Top 10 Personal Games of the Year 2019
It's the end of year and the end of the decade and while I feel largely numb to what happened most of this decade, I had a relatively eventful year. Be warned, this list is going to get weirdly personal, because a lot of good things happened to me this year, but some bad things also happened... Stuff I haven't really talked to anyone about, but I figure might help process, if I put it in writing in a relatively semi-anonymous environment.
Before all that, though, let's get some of the games out of the way that I haven't gotten around to playing yet, but would probably make the list if my instincts about them are correct:
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. As a bit of a Castlevania fan, I was on board from day 1 of the Kickstarter, but my one misstep was backing the Switch version which came out horribly, so now I'm sorta stuck with that. I do have the Xbox version on Gamepass though, so I might play it there. Gotta give big ups to my boy Koji Igarashi for the amount of moxy he displayed. So rare to see a developer take legitimate criticism to heart and try and fix things, instead of dismissing gamers as being ”toxic” or whatever kinda buzzwords people use these days to avoid blame. Good show!
Shenmue III Another Kickstarter I was eager to jump on has finally come out and judging from the Quicklook it's more of the same! Fantastic! This is definitely a series that I feel deserves to be coherent, so this is the perfect outcome. I still need to finish 1 and 2 though. Played a lot of 1 back in 2008 and was very impressed with how ambitious and detailed it was. Sometimes you really gotta consider the times when a game was released and hold it up to a reasonable standard for the era and Shenmue is, honestly, mind blowing in that aspect. Just details like how every NPC has voiced dialogue and different lines depending on where you are in the story? Not even Yakuza does that!
Devil May Cry 5. Everything I've heard and seen about this game has me excited to play it. It's real up high in my backlog stack and I expect to get to it in the early dry months of 2020.
Blood & Truth. It's been a great year for quality VR games. I don't know if people expected VR to be the biggest thing ever, but I've always seen it as a peripheral... Like a fightstick or a racing wheel. Ever since I got a 4k TV, my gen 1 PSVR headset has been a hassle to set up, so I haven't tried this game for myself yet. Really holding out for a next gen PSVR headset with outer cameras. Pretty sure they are gonna do a backcompat one for PlayStation 5, right?
Anyway, on to the list!