Top 5 Games (that I played) in 2019
2019 was a year where, more than any time in my adult life, I've started to feel the weight of real life pushing my game time out of the way. I'm sure this will ebb and flow in years to come, rather than snowballing out of control, but hey who knows! Games are an important part of my life—not just for personal enjoyment, but because they're part of how I stay connected to many of my closest friends. Whether it's my friends on the East coast or friends at the office, the games we play are important to us and allow me to find common ground with them no matter the circumstances.
That said, THERE ARE WAY TOO MANY (GOOD) GAMES TO PLAY, Y'ALL. There are always a handful of video games that release in a given year that I look at longingly and say, "Boy, I'd love to check that out, but not quite as much as these other three games." And this was doubly true in 2019. I feel like (good) games were coming at an astonishingly rapid pace. And due to a relatively small budget I imposed on myself this past year, I literally could not keep up on every single thing that came out that I REALLY wanted to play. In the end, I did find this to be a positive thing, because it gave me a reason (some might say excuse) to say "no" to some games and allowed me to dig into the games I had. I made a full list of all games I spent a significant amount of time with here.
So, while there are plenty of games that I might get around to next year or the years after that, these are my top five that I played in 2019.