My Top Ten Games of 2019
Hey. Hello. I guess 2019 is basically over and I guess I basically played a lot of games this year, both new and old. In fact, I managed to beat 42 games this year. Gadzooks. So yeah, I feel pretty accomplished in regards to both clearing backlog stuff and having complete experiences with the games that I enjoy.
Personally, it was a transitional year for me and my family (and gaming in general?), so gaming was a nice escape from all of that "busyness". While this year wasn't a 2018 or anything in terms of awesome releases, I still found a lot of enjoyment in what was provided.
So without further ado, here's a couple of categories along with my "favorite" video game things of the year.
Man of Medan - I loved Until Dawn quite a bit. It was my kind of adventure game, with fun characters and cool branching moments. Man of Medan is a bit less than that game, but it still scratched that same itch in a lot of ways. The story was a weird letdown compared to how crazy Until Dawn got, but I'm glad that same team is still churning out unique experiences like this one. Here's hoping the next "Dark Picture" is even better and longer than this one.
Katana Zero - A fun game with a pretty insane storyline. The gameplay is fast paced and challenging at times. Definitely scratches that Hotline Miami itch that I got on my lower back.
Darksiders II - It's like they took most of the Zelda influences out of the series and replaced it with Diablo! Loot system + more RPG influences made this one hell of a sequel. Death was a much more interesting and compelling character than what we get from War in Darksiders 1. The score by Jesper Kyd is honestly mesmerizing at points. Excellent game all around.
Dishonored 2 - Between this game and Prey, I find myself in love with Arkane Studios. Those guys really know how to deliver immersive first person experiences that stick with you long after you hit the credits. I enjoyed going through Dishonored 1 this year, but Dishonored 2 fixed a lot of my issues with that game. It allowed you to embody a fleshed out and enjoyable protagonist this time in Emily Kaldwin and gave you a fun, branching story of revenge. The world is wholly unique and I sincerely hope that Arkane returns to this universe at some point.
Ass Creed Odyssey - This is basically Ass Creed: MOREigins, but I felt like it had a more compelling story than Origins did. Plus, I love Greek mythology and this game really goes ALL THE WAY in that regard for an Assassin's Creed game (which usually play things straight). Odyssey is (probably) my favorite Ass Creed game now. I love this new style of RPG Ass Creed games and I can't wait for the Viking sequel.
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus - Holy shit, did I miss out on these games back in the day! I would've loved this stealthy take on 3D platformers. While I also loved playing through Sly 2 this year, I really really loved the first game and it's more focused take on it's stealth gameplay. I think this was the year I became a big fan of stealth games and it honestly feels pretty cozy. Gotta beat Sly 3 and Thieves in Time in 2020!
Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando - After going through the original PS2 trilogy this year, I am all done on completing mainstream Ratchet and Clank games. Going Commando is easily the strongest of the original 3 games in terms of story and gameplay. Up Your Arsenal is also great, but it has a couple odd design choices that hold it back a bit in my eyes. If you love 3D platformers and Sci-Fi stuff, then do yourself a favor and check out the Ratchet and Clank games! Yeah, ALL OF THEM!
Dead Space 1/Dead Space 2 - My favorite "replays" of the year, these two action horror games hold up extremely well. I especially enjoyed going back to 2, which is very much the "Aliens" to Dead Space 1's "Alien".