Top 10 Games of 2019

I'm one of those people who thinks 2019 was not a particularly strong year for video games. If it weren't for Apple Arcade and Xbox Game Pass, which I subscribed to in December, my top 10 would be a bit crippled.

Some honorable mentions:

Steamworld Quest (The Bummer Award)

Image & Form is one of my favorite developers, so I was very hyped for this. Sadly, I got tired of the game very soon. I never felt like I needed to change my deck much, or even use other characters in the team. And what fun is a deck building game when you don't build your deck? Maybe Slay the Spire spoiled me.

Outer Wilds (The I Really Should Have Played It Award)

I did hear a lot of people raving about this game, but it wasn't until recently that I realised how serious they were. When it came out I watched the Quick Look and thought it was not for me. I still think it's not my cup of tea, and specially since it deals with some subjects I don't want to think about right now.

List items

  • I'm a sucker for Twin Peaks and X-Files vibes, so I usually enjoy Remedy's games, but this has been by far the best one so far. The Oldest House is an incredible place and a joy to explore, not to mention the 60s technology that is the cherry on the cake.

    Aside from the perfect mood, Control looks gorgeous and plays super well, the powers are a lot of fun.

  • Every year there's a Pokémon on my top 10, but I have to admit I was a bit skeptical with this one after seeing they were not going for the "Breath of the Wild" style game like I was hoping.

    And what a glad surprise it was when I found myself having a ton of fun with the game, playing raids and trading with friends. I really liked (most of) the new Pokémon, and I might complete the pokedex for the first time.

  • This game has been my favorite for the good part of 2019. Such a short and powerful experience. I can't say much without spoiling it, so trust me and go play it on itch, you can pay what you want.

  • Another short beautiful game, my favorite from Apple Arcade. This game has a very chill vibe and it was perfect for playing before bed, drinking hot tea and relaxing from a stresfull day.

  • I'm a big fan of the series, and even though this one is not my favorite (did not care for the ending), it is a great game full of beautiful moments.

  • As someone who's making a Taxi game (also noir) I felt like I had to play this, not only to see if it was similar to what I am doing, but also because it looks totally up my alley.

    The main story - a sort of murder investigation - was not very compelling for me, it kind of stood in the way of the short conversations with the passengers, which were much more interesting for me.

  • This game starts super strong, with hilarious writing (who doesn't love an anti-corporation story?), but by the time I got halfway through Monarch I started to get tired of some dull quests and the combat.

  • I did not play the first one (did not have a Wii U), so I was really excited for this. Playing the campaign and other people's levels was fun, and I loved making my own as well, a shame they barely got any plays, so I lost motivation do keep doing more.

  • Simogo is my favorite mobile developer, by far, so I was super hyped for this. Not my favorite from them, but it looks gorgeous and plays well, it also doesn't overstay its welcome.

  • I think this is one of those cases where a game is better experienced by gifs or memes rather than actually playing it. It's not that I did not have fun with the game itself, but the whole zeitgeist around it was the best part for me.