Best of 2019

Not a vintage year for gaming, with publishers clearly holding things back for the next gen. Still, there's no such thing as a bad year in the world of games, with numerous classics being released. Here are my favourites of the lot.

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  • The masters at From Software crafted their best combat engine to date and married it to some of their best world design. Plus, you have a grappling hook. What's not to love?

  • A lovely counterpart to From's exacting, punishing Sekiro. Capcom excels at over the top nonsense and DMC 5 is a stunning return to form for the series.

  • At their best Capy Games makes quality games like few others and this is them at their very best.

  • 2019 - the year the internet overflowed with love for all its beautiful anime children. Apparently there was a tactical game in there somehwere, too.

  • Hero/Villain of the year.

  • Being a Kojima game of course the plot goes completely off the rails. Before drowning the player in cutscenes near the end though, Death Stranding gives us 30-50 hours to wander its Iceland-inspired wastes with nothing to do except deliver over-sized packages. And what lovely 30-50 hours those were.

  • or: How to remake a classic game by updating all the out-of-date parts but keeping the good bits intact.

  • For fun times of couch co-op, look no further than Borderlands 3.

  • Didn't finish this one in time for the new year but the first 8 hours or so were a lovely little Star Wars action adventure.

  • Didn't play enough of this incredibly charming game but its undeniable quality is at least deserving of an honourary part on my list. To be finished in 2020.