Game of the Year
A1. Slay the Spire
"A game of incredible depth that I feel I'll never get particularly good at, but it's still brilliant even for a casual like me. I love it mainly for the same reason I love Into the Breach: The way both games are designed to provide information about enemy intent make for a more enjoyable experience than most turn-based games."
A2. Amid Evil
"Following last year's excellent Dusk, Amid Evil is another 90s style shooter that is right up my alley: Neverending key hunts in labyrinthine levels, and constant searches for health and ammo - I love it! The weapons are great fun, and fairly unique for an FPS as there are no firearms; in their place you'll find Heretic/Hexen style magic weapons. It doesn't have the incredibly fast movement and mad strafe-jumping of Dusk, and is not nearly as well-paced, but still good fun if you like this sort of thing."
A3. Katana Zero
"Best Hotline Miami game since Hotline Miami."
A4. Apex Legends
"Battle royale is not my kind of thing, so I haven't played Apex all that much. But it's pretty clear the quality is there, as you'd expect from the makers of the Titanfall games. The ping system is a rather brilliant addition to the genre for people like me who don't like chatting with shouty strangers online."
"A great example of stripping away the complexities of a certain type of game (city builder in this case), and coming away with something that has a similar appeal as its inspirations, but doesn't take ages to play."
Biggest Disappointment of the Year (game, hardware, or anything else)
Sound Design of the Year
S1. Katana Zero
S2. Amid Evil
S3. Ape Out
Visual Design of the Year
V1. Amid Evil
V2. Katana Zero
V3. A Short Hike
Writing of the Year
W1. A Short Hike
W2. Katana Zero
W3. Untitled Goose Game
Gaming Format (System) of the Year
Publisher or Developer of the Year
Best Supported Game (released pre 2019) of the Year
B1. Shovel Knight
Your game of the year that didn't come out this year (basically what is your favourite game you played this year that came out in 2018 or earlier)
X1. Into the Breach
Best game character of the year
C2. Claire (A Short Hike)
C3. The Kid (Katana Zero)
And the big one:
Game of the Decade
D1. Prey (2017)
"This was a bit of a slow burn, but once I got into it, I was really into it, and loved every second I spent exploring Talos 1. There is no other game I can think of from the last decade where I enjoyed everything from gameplay, setting, story and themes as much as I did here - it does pretty much everything it does perfectly, and as a bonus washes away the sour taste that Bioshock left in attempting to be a spiritual successor to the System Shock games. I'm slightly baffled tbh when I see Prey on Metacritic in the low 80s when it really should be in the high 100s - a stone cold masterpiece."
D2. Spelunky (2012)
"Do 'roguelites' get any better than this? I doubt it. At least not until the sequel. And yes, this is a remake of a 2008 game, but it's a bloody amazing remake that improves everything about the original, so I'll leave it here."
D3. Rocket League (2015)
"My most played game of the decade (over 500 hours). I don't really play it anymore but had an amazing time with it until everyone got too good at it for me to keep up. The playerbase also seemed to get more toxic, but at least you can disable all voice and text chat in the options."
D4. Into the Breach (2018)
"Turn-based tactics games don't get much better. The way Into the Breach is designed to let you see each enemy's intent make it a more fair challenge than most games in the genre, and the small scale of the maps means your time is never wasted on trivial moves."
D5. Dusk (2018)
"You might think this looks a bit rubbish in screenshots and videos because the graphics are pretty much exactly like Quake (1996). But it feels amazing to play, it is insanely fast (you might think Doom 2016 is fast - you should try Dusk), and it has a wonderfully inventive campaign that never lets up for a second."
D6. Nex Machina (2017)
"Basically the best twin-stick shooter ever made. Great soundtrack is just a bonus on top of the perfectly tuned gameplay."
D7. Donkey Kong Country - Tropical Freeze (2014)
"Retro Studios outnintendoed Nintendo with one brilliantly designed level after another."
D8. Doom (2016)
"A fantastic modern version of Doom that keeps the feel of the old games while introducing a few ideas of its own. It's refreshing that it always pushes you to play aggressively rather than hide behind a box like 99% of shooters since Gears/COD became popular."
D9. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Hearts of Stone and Blood & Wine (2015-2016)
"Tbh I find the combat in this game to be mediocre at best. Yet there is so much else to love about it. The main game and Blood & Wine are both brilliant, but special mention goes to the shorter Hearts of Stone expansion, which is possibly my favourite RPG quest/storyline ever."
D10. Soma (2015)
"This is no doubt the least enjoyable game on my list, as the gameplay can be a bit tedious. It is, however, a brilliantly told story about existential fear and total isolation. Horror games are not usually my thing, but this one really stuck with me."
Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
Dark Souls (2011)
Hotline Miami (2012)
Mark of the Ninja (2012)
Shovel Knight (2014)
Mario Kart 8 (2014)
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Phantom Pain (2014-15)
Dishonored 2 (2016)
Titanfall 2 (2016)
Breath of the Wild (2017)
Hollow Knight (2017)
Xcom 2 - War of the Chosen (2017)
Hitman 2 (2018)
Slay the Spire (2019)