Jump to content
rllmuk
Benny

The Official Rllmuk Awards 2019 & Games of the Decade - VOTING CLOSED

Recommended Posts

I'm going to try to get through Astral Chain over the next few weeks, then I'll be posting my votes and comments. I've actually managed to play more games from the current year this year than I have in previous years, if that makes sense. Probably not.

 

It's going to be very interesting this time around. Whereas in the last two or three years we've had one or two absolute certs, I think it's really hard to tell this year. At the start of 2019 I would have put money on Sekiro taking it, but although it's a very good game, lots of people have either not played it due to the difficulty or have found it too hard and abandoned it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Game of the Year

A1. Resident Evil 2

A2. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

A3.

A4.

A5.

 

Biggest Disappointment of the Year (game, hardware, or anything else)

Z1. Growing budgets meaning games are all exactly the same and franchises have all become identical repetitions with minor visual differences like an endless army of FIFAs

Z2.

Z3.

Z4.

Z5.

 

Sound Design of the Year

S1. Resident Evil 2

S2.

S3.

 

Visual Design of the Year

V1. Resident Evil 2

V2.

V3.

 

Writing of the Year

W1.

W2.

W3.

 

Gaming Format (System) of the Year

F1. PC

 

Publisher or Developer of the Year

P1. From Software

 

Best Supported Game (released pre 2019) of the Year

B1. Destiny 2

 

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. Destiny 2

 

Best game character of the year

C1.

C2.

C3.

 

And the big one:

 

Game of the Decade

 

D1. Dark Souls

D2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

D3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

D4. Destiny

D5. Bloodborne

D6. Final Fantasy XV

D7. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

D8. Journey

D9. Street Fighter IV

D10. Super Mario 3D World

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Game of the Year

A1. Tetris 99 - "A beautiful and wonderfully addictive version of the all time classic pitting you amongst the best of the best and secret geniuses called 'Kacey's mum' or 'Bill'. Marvellous and well worth the price of admission."
A2. Divinity Original Sin 2 - "Cos Benny said I could :)"
A3. The Division 2 - "Four player co-op - lots of guns - pretty smart AI and a relatively fun storyline puts this amongst my top 5 for the year."

A4. Ghost Recon: Breakpoint - "Four player co-op - lots of guns - pretty smart AI and a incredibly stupid storyline puts this amongst my top 5 for the year."
A5. Blood & Truth - "VR done large - London gangsters and ducking behind casino slot machines - great fun."

 

Biggest Disappointment of the Year (game, hardware, or anything else)

Z1. The writing in Breakpoint, fucking awful hackneyed rubbish.
Z2. Anthem - what a shame, such a great mechanic flying and jumping and fighting. But it didn't know what it wanted to be, and failed miserably at all the other aspects (as well as gamebreaking bugs, terrible menu decisions and awful loading times).This should have stuck as a single player story game and been a redefining moment from the Mass Effect devs.
Z3. Me for not playing the goose game yet.
Z4.
Z5.

 

Sound Design of the Year

S1.
S2.
S3.
 

Visual Design of the Year

V1. The Division 2
V2. Breakpoint - there is no doubt Ubisoft craft some lovely looking games.
V3.

 
Writing of the Year

W1. 
W2.
W3.

 

Gaming Format (System) of the Year

F1. PC again for me


Publisher or Developer of the Year

P1. 

 
Best Supported Game (released pre 2019) of the Year

B1. No Mans Sky (another 40 odd hours sunk after the big release)
 

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. Divinity Original Sin 2 - coop RPG amazingness

 

Best game character of the year

C1.
C2.
C3.

 
 

Game of the Decade

 
D1. Zelda Breath of the Wild
"When Nintendo had a look at their competitors and thought, hey we could do that...."
D2. Elite Dangerous
"1400 hours and counting - I've seen things you people wouldn't believe, Attack ships blowing up as I beam laser them, I've flown past black holes and neutron stars, travelled to the centre of the galaxy, traded slaves, discovered worlds and stars and whole systems. So much to see."
D3. Crusader Kings II
"Massive amount of hours trawling through the reports on potential wives for my heir - then picking one who ends up having a bastard! With his brother!"
D4. Civilization 6
"I have always loved Civilization, been playing it on and off for over twenty years. Civ 6 is a really good version, they introduced districts, which make so much sense and allow your cities to sprawl out so much more than they used to. Religion is like a sub game of its own and all the systems within systems and masses of different characters you can choose, just allow for huge flexibility on how you want to play. And the scenarios are pretty good too. I won't stop playing until Civ 7 comes out."
D5. Minecraft
"Massively original, hugely popular, platinumed on PS4. An amazingly deep game that rewards you for the effort you put in. Multiplayer with my kids, building a world to play and run around. Fantastic game."
D6. GTA V
"including Online I must have put hundreds of hours into this. A game where you can simply drive and lose time from just bumbling about - fighting the law, getting away from them, fighting them again... etc etc. Plus the races, the missions (on and offline) the crazy side. The one fly being the grind."
D7. Super Mario Odyssey
"The best Mario game since Galaxy. Galaxy 2 is close, but Odyssey oozes joy."
D8. Skyrim
"Not much to say about this really that hasn't been already said. It's either this or The Witcher 3 for Action RPG of the decade. VR was just the icing on the already michelin star cake."
D9. Stellaris
"I doubt anyone else will choose this as a game of the decade, but the galaxy spanning 4x game from the masters of the 4x game really hits the spot. Culture style or Borg? Federation or Psychic warrior lead empire? Peaceful farmers or militaristic slavers... Be what you want, but don't be surprised when the Old Ones are awakened or an AI swarm becomes sentiment and want to take back what you thought was safely yours."
D10. Red Dead Redemption 2
"How on earth did they make my Playstation produce such beauty. People bemoan the story and the controls, but I loved every moment."
 

  • Upvote 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Game of the Year

A1. The Outer Worlds

A2. Gears 5

A3. Halo Reach

A4. The Division 2

A5. Lonely Mountains Downhill

 

Biggest Disappointment of the Year (game, hardware, or anything else)

Z1. Anthem

Z2. Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Z3. Death Stranding

Z4. Wargroove

Z5. My Friend Pedro

 

Sound Design of the Year

S1. The Outer Worlds

S2. Gears 5

S3. The Occupation

 

Visual Design of the Year

V1. The Outer Worlds

V2. Gears 5 

V3. The Occupation

 

Writing of the Year

W1. The Outer Worlds

W2. The Occupation

W3. Control

 

Gaming Format (System) of the Year

F1. Xbox One

 

Publisher or Developer of the Year

P1. Nintendo

 

Best Supported Game (released pre 2019) of the Year

B1. Sea of Thieves

 

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. Dishonored 2

 

Best game character of the year

C1. Parvati from The Outer Worlds

C2. The goose from Untitled Goose Game

C3. Luigi

 

 

And the big one:

 

Game of the Decade

 

D1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

D2. Dishonored 2

D3. Animal Crossing: New Leaf

D4. Dishonored 

D5. Mark of the Ninja

D6. Prey

D7. Horizon Zero Dawn

D8. Red Dead Redemption 2

D9. Inside

D10. Titanfall 2

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@Mr Do 71 - I realise it was probably such a massive disappointment that it transcended time, but the PlayStation Classic came out last year and thus won in that category last year. The same is probably true of Anthem, but as that's more of an ongoing "live service" I think I can accept it.

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
41 minutes ago, Benny said:

@Mr Do 71 - I realise it was probably such a massive disappointment that it transcended time, but the PlayStation Classic came out last year and thus won in that category last year. The same is probably true of Anthem, but as that's more of an ongoing "live service" I think I can accept it.

 

Edited.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

These answers aren't going to get any better with more thought so I might as well post them now.

 

Game of the Year

A1. Untitled Goose Game 

"A delightful execution of a delightful idea."

A2. Death Stranding 

"An indie-game pitch with a corporate budget and sensibility. I still don't know what to make of it."

A3. Observation 

"Finally some good fucking writing."

A4. Life is Strange 2 

"A major, episodic game release with a specific thematic purpose in mind and a willingness to throw out what worked so well in its predecessor to get there."

A5. Ring Fit Adventure 

"Executes its RPG-but-reps-are-grinding mechanic so well that it seems absurd nobody had done it before."


Biggest Disappointment of the Year (game, hardware, or anything else)

Z1. Life is Strange 2

"Its swerve away from the tight social drama of its predecessor was a shock, although ultimately a successful one."

Z2. Death Stranding

"'Indie' development hasn't reined in Hideo Kojima's worst excesses in the least, although the gentle rhythm of Death Stranding has at least diluted them."

Z3. Stadia

"Its launch seems set to prominently demonstrate all of the downsides of streaming games for months before any of the format's unique selling points show up."

Z4. Elite Dangerous's big 2019 patch 

"Which introduced a new lighting engine that paints over the game's elegant, haunting aesthetic with full-screen colour filters and mid-2000s overcooked tone mapping, and made the underlying game experience buggier and more cluttered than I've ever seen it. The down-side of getting the "big new free OS update" experience with GaaS is getting the "big new free OS update" experience, I guess."

Z5. Mario Kart Tour 

"A well-executed but obvious and cynical answer to how you'd move the franchise to mobile. A stark contrast to the new trail Nintendo have been blazing with the Switch and a haunting reminder that there are some game design problems bigger than even Nintendo can solve."

 

Sound Design of the Year

S1. Observation 

"The game's spare audio owes a lot (inevitably) to Alien Isolation, and is equally effective in selling the desolate mechanical landscape of this more realistic space station."

S2. Untitled Goose Game 

"A brilliant interactive soundtrack that makes you feel like the game is noticing - and laughing along to - your antics."

S3. Life is Strange 2 

"What can I say, they still know how to pick the right tune for a mood."


Visual Design of the Year

V1. Observation 

"Mood-setting visual texture."

V2. Death Stranding 

"Game terrain so perfect it's making me crave a drizzly picnic half-way up a cliff."

V3. Life is Strange 2 

"Every time I swap from a more realistic game to this one, I'm struck by how crisply but effectively stylised it is, vividly painted but cautiously sculpted."


Writing of the Year

W1. Observation 

"The rare game that seems to have been written by an actual storyteller, with deliberate pacing, rising and falling tension, and a perfect conclusion."

W2. Life is Strange 2 

"Unexpected changes in almost every aspect of the storytelling made this a hard one to figure out, but eventually it became clear that this slow burn road trip was focused on a specific thematic purpose. Throwing out everything that people loved about the previous game in order to better serve the new one's themes is the sort of creative decision that deserves to be rewarded."

W3. Ring Fit Adventure 

"It's got to be hard to come up with entertaining yet motivational prose for a reader who is an exhausted, sweaty mess, but Ring Fit's mixture of earnestness, genre savvy and neon absurdity pulls it off."


Gaming Format (System) of the Year

F1. Nintendo Switch

 

Publisher or Developer of the Year

P1. Nintendo

 

Best Supported Game (released pre 2019) of the Year

B1.

 

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. Super Mario Odyssey. 

"If it looks like you can do something interesting, you probably can - and you'll get rewarded for it."

 

Best game character of the year

C1. Goose (Untitled Goose Game) 

"Fuck you, I'm a goose"

C2. SAM (Observation) 

"It's fun to embody a game character that has no body, and no clear sense of its own agenda."

C3. Daniel Diaz (Life is Strange 2) 

"It's one thing being responsible for your own character's morality gauge, quite another to try to manage another's."

 

Game of the Decade

D1. Mass Effect 2

"The adventure of a lifetime for the fate of the galaxy."

D2. The Last Guardian

"A touching and beautiful journey."

D3. Life is Strange

"A rare example of a clever game mechanic and storytelling working well against each other."

D4.  XCom: Enemy Unknown

"As good as Advance Wars."

D5. Fez

"It was a hard choice between this and The Witness, but Fez' strong sense of mood and space, and greater thrill of stumbling across its secrets, made it my clear choice."

D6. Dishonored

"In my first few hours with the game I was disappointed to realise that I was basically playing a mash-up of Arkham Asylum and System Shock 2. Then I realised I was playing a mash-up of Arkham Asylum and System Shock 2."

D7. Gone Home

"An affecting story told in exactly the correct amount of time using some of videogames' best but least-appreciated narrative tools. So few games have such an exact focus on what they're doing creatively."

D8. Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

"Haunting and humane."

D9. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

"A fitting finale to the series that got me in to console games in 1998, combining the best gameplay innovations from Peace Walker, the most Hideo Kojima writing ever, and an Ouroborus twist ending that wraps up the series timeline once and for all."

D10. Alien Isolation

"Some part of me is still mortally terrified of the Alien. I occasionally get anxiety nightmares about it. This game's version of it got so completely inside my head that I spent more time holding the controller and not playing it, than I did actually progressing in the game."
 

  • Upvote 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I’m not bothered by the writing category so it is deliberately blank. 
 

Game of the Year

A1. Legend of Zelda : Links Awakening

A2. Yoshis Crafted World

A3. Luigis Mansion 3

A4. Super Mario Maker 2

A5. Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

 

Biggest Disappointment of the Year (game, hardware, or anything else)

Z1. Nintendo pro dpad for Tetris 99

Z2. Nintendo joycon dpad for Tetris 99

Z3. Absence of Metroid Prime 4

Z4. Untitled Goose Game

Z5. Wargroove

 

Sound Design of the Year

S1. Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair

S2. Luigis Mansion 3

S3. Yoshis Crafted World

 

Visual Design of the Year

V1. Yoshis Crafted World

V2. Legend of Zelda : Links Awakening

V3. Ace Combat 7

 

Writing of the Year

W1. 

W2.

W3.

 

Gaming Format (System) of the Year

F1. Switch

 

Publisher or Developer of the Year

P1. Nintendo

 

Best Supported Game (released pre 2019) of the Year

B1. Fortnite

 

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. Terranigma (SNES)

 

Best game character of the year

C1. Luigi

C2. Tetris L block

C3. Poochy

 

 

And the big one:

 

Game of the Decade

 

D1. Legend of Zelda : Breath of the Wild

D2. Super Mario Galaxy 2

D3. Mario Kart 8

D4. Splatoon 

D5. Rock Band 3

D6. Super Mario Odyssey

D7. Super Mario 3D World

D8. DOOM (2016)

D9. Legend of Zelda : A Link Between Worlds

D10. Portal 2

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Remember the deadline for this is coming up, people. Currently there are far less participants than last year so if you want to get involved, now is the time. I realise people will be (probably) playing some games over Xmas, but at least get some votes down now so you can edit later.

 

I'm thinking this year may be the last one of these I do on Rllmuk so lets go out with a bang.

  • Upvote 1
  • Empathy 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Can’t see this changing between now and Dec 31st, so here’s my stab.

 

Game of the Year

A1. Death Stranding

A2. Control

A3. Days Gone

A4. Luigi’s Mansion 3

A5. Dragon Quest Builders 2

 

Biggest Disappointment of the Year (game, hardware, or anything else)

Z1. Telling Lies

Z2.

Z3.

Z4.

Z5.

 

Sound Design of the Year

S1. Control

S2. Death Stranding

S3.

 

Visual Design of the Year

V1. Death Stranding

V2. Control

V3.

 

Writing of the Year

W1. Outer Worlds

W2. Control

W3.

 

Gaming Format (System) of the Year

F1. Playstation 4

 

Publisher or Developer of the Year

P1. Sony Interactive Entertainment

 

Best Supported Game (released pre 2019) of the Year

B1. No Man’s Sky

 

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. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

 

Best game character of the year

C1. Luigi

C2. 

C3.

 

 

And the big one:

 

Game of the Decade

 

D1. Breath of the Wild

D2. Death Stranding

D3. Splatoon 2

D4. Assassins Creed Odyssey

D5. Super Mario Odyssey

D6. Last Guardian

D7. Mario Kart 8

D8. Uncharted 4

D9. Spider-Man

D10. Destiny

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Subject to change...

 

Game of the Year

A1. Control

"The staid aesthetic of the Federal Bureau of Control building's interior belies some truly inventive game design Remedy. Control is a joy to play with only a few particularly hard (but nowhere near insurmountable) difficulty spikes. The lead character is interesting, and the story more and more intriguing as you unravel the mystery of what's been going on behind the FBC's closed doors. A wonderful return to form for Remedy."

A2. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

"Like everyone else, I went into this with serious reservations. I mean, when was the last time we had a truly great Star Wars game? By the end of the first level I knew we'd finally got one. Wielding a lightsaber in this game is never ever not fun. It's pure joy. While the lead character is a bit on the wet side, that's deliberate, and it works; the supporting characters are fantastic, and the villain in particular is superb. It's a great Star Wars tale with a terrific musical score to match."

A3. Days Gone

"Oh boy did this get a rough ride in the run-up to release. What utter fucking nonsense, it's a brilliant game, with the best motorbike traversal in any game yet ... and the soppiest love story that had me totally invested!! A hell of a ride ... with zombies."

A4. The Outer Worlds

"This could have been a lot higher in my list had it just given me that little bit more. Just when you feel the game's excellent plot is ramping up, it's suddenly all over. The end. Thanks for playing. Eh???  It's lovely game, with some excellent writing, visual design, and mostly strong supporting group of characters to take on your travels. It's lovely sci-fi rpg, I just wish the end didn't feel so rushed."

A5. Gears of War 5

"What a lovely surprise after it's turgid predecessor! That was fun fun fun, with guns guns guns ... and a weird ski/boat/thing. Also it's visually spectacular at times. But aside from that, the story, as Gears stories go, is actually decent, and again the supporting cast of characters are fun. There's some great humour in that that was sorely missing from 4. It's got me looking forward to another Gears game, and it's been a good while since that happened."

 

Biggest Disappointment of the Year (game, hardware, or anything else)

Z1. Death Stranding

"Honestly, what the fuck? It's Yodel: The game. You're the world's greatest delivery guy, sometimes literally delivering pizza. Oh but wait, Mads Mikkelsen is in it, therefore it's amazing ... or something. Nope, it's shit. And the vehicle traversal, especially with the bike/trike/whatever is fucking horrendous. There are some great, wacky ideas from Kojima-san in the game, and I did get some enjoyment here and there. But coming from his brilliant MGS5, this is a stinker."

Z2. The Last of Us 2 being delayed

"Is it out yet?"

Z3. Gamergaters still being a thing

Z4. 

Z5.

 

Sound Design of the Year

S1. Control

S2. Observation

S3. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

 

Visual Design of the Year

V1. Control

V2. Observation

V3. Gears of War 5

 

Writing of the Year

W1. Control

W2. The Outer Worlds

W3. Observation

 

Gaming Format (System) of the Year

F1. PC

 

Publisher or Developer of the Year

P1. Remedy

 

Best Supported Game (released pre 2019) of the Year

B1. No Man's Sky

 

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. Beat Saber

 

Best game character of the year

C1. Jesse Faden, Control

C2. BD-1, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

C3. Parvati, The Outer Worlds

 

 

And the big one:

 

Game of the Decade

 

D1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

"Not only is this the game I've purchased more times than any other, it's one of the games I have played the longest over the previous decade. From the PS3 version I started with back in 2011, through to the PC VR version I first played in 2019, it's a truly wonderful game. But it's not the actual game which you play that makes the star that is Skyrim shine so brightly - it's the province of Skyrim itself. From the towering walls of Markarth, to the great hall of Dragonsreach in Whiterun; or making the journey up the seven thousand steps to High Hrothgar, and then venturing on to the top of the mountain to converse with an ancient dragon. It's all the lands that make up the province of Skyrim that are so magical and delightfully bewitching. For me it's an actual place, one very close to my heart that I love returning to ... and always will."

D2. Mass Effect 2

"Simply the best slice if science fiction in a video game I have ever encountered. Some may argue the Mass Effect series rips off other sci-fi TV shows ... I prefer to see it as Bioware standing on the shoulders of giants. Mass Effect 2 is a stunning follow-up to the original, with superbly satisfying gameplay that is still fun to play ten years on, and arguably the best band of characters in any RPG over the past decade. Liara T'Soni, Garrus Vakarian, Jack, Mordin, Miranda and more (we don't talk about Jacob!) ... playing this game again is like catching up with old friends. The story is tight, with an epic finale and satisfying conclusion, and also has some of the best DLC of the past decade in Lair of the Shadow Broker. 

D3. Destiny

 

"Are video games art? It's often been argued, with many saying videogames can't possibly compete with art from other media such as music and film. I present the above as evidence to the contrary. That was my first time defeating Atheon in Destiny's first raid, the Vault of Glass. Could I have done that on my own? Not a fucking chance! That took true teamwork between each and every one of the fireteam, all six knowing their roles and having to execute them while having confidence that their comrades are doing the same. Are you really going to tell me there is no artistry in bringing disparate people together in such a way to achieve such a feat?"

 

D4. The Last of Us

"Simply one of the best ever stories in a videogame, arguably the best of the 21st century thus far. Ellie and Joel's gruelling journey is a masterpiece in storytelling via this medium we hold so dear. I never really wanted a sequel, but now we're having one I can't bloody wait!"

 

D5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

"I'm actually replaying this on PC at the moment. This is another that has some truly superb storytelling, especially in the Heart of Stone DLC that is quite possibly the best DLC of the last decade. Geralt of Rivia is wonderfully realised, and some of the characters you encounter have a depth to them that we normally only get in TV shows and movies. This would actually make it higher up my list if the gameplay was a little tighter, especially on console. But it still remains a truly brilliant piece of interactive fantasy. "

 

D6. Elite Dangerous

"The unprecedented scale of this game is really something else. There is a whole galaxy to explore, and while this game is not for everyone (some liken it to having a second job!), for those who can appreciate Elite Dangerous for whit it is, it's one of the most epic and masterful experiences you can have in a game. Venturing into virtual reality, provided you have a PC to run it, takes this experience to whole new level. It is truly awe-inspiring.

 

D7. Grand Theft Auto V

"Many will list this for its enduring online shenanigans, which are indeed very good. But I just love the single player aspect of this game. The three main characters are a ton of fun, the heists are always fun to execute, it's incredibly funny, and also incredibly crass. And at the time of its release it was a true technical marvel, I still can't believe it run on the Xbox 360 and PS3. Rockstar North are wizards! 

 

D8. Portal 2

"Just a heads-up: That coffee we gave you earlier had fluorescent calcium in it so we can track the neuronal activity in your brain. There's a slight chance the calcium could harden and vitrify your frontal lobe. Anyway, don't stress yourself thinking about it. I'm serious. Visualising the scenario while under stress actually triggers the reaction."

 

"Now, maybe you don't have any tumours. Well, don't worry. If you sat on a folding chair in the lobby and weren't wearing lead underpants, we took care of that too."

 

Some of the funniest writing I've ever come across in a game married to fiendishly good level design. Fuck Half Life! Portal 2 is Valve's greatest ever game. Ellen McLain is wonderfully and hilariously devilish as GLaDOS, while J.K. Simmons has some of the best dialogue ever spoken in a videogame.

 

D9. Halo: Reach

Bungie's swansong is, for me, the best of the Halo series. A brilliant tale that manages to make a prequel relevant, and some of the best level design Bungie had done since the original Halo. And that ending. What a fucking game.

 

D10. Astrobot

This is, without a shadow of any doubt, the most joyful experience on any VR platform currently available. If this was a Nintendo game, it would be rocking the world, but it's not so here we are. The interplay between player and astrobot in the game is ... it's like VR itself, or like describing the matrix: no-one can be told, you have to see and experience it for yourself. It's a breathtaking game, the dev team really did catch lightning in a bottle with this game. Some of the design is so inventive, and in ways that just are not possible to play on a traditional TV. If you play this, you will grin from ear to ear all the way through. Astrobot is pure, distilled, joy. 

  • Upvote 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Right, here we go. More terrible, terrible puns.

 

Game of the Year

A1. Luigi’s Mansion 3

“A totally org(ecto-pl)asmic, scarily good time was had with this. Completely erased the spectre of Dark Moon”

A2. Fire Emblem: Three Houses

“Never really got trik-sy enough to be a tri-al, but was more packed and tastier than a triple decker bacon and egg sarnie. Threely good stuff”

A3. Picross S3

“Holidaying in Florida with my family; and still there is Picross”

A4. What the Golf?

“What the…? Golf?! This went a fair way to justifying the green I laid down for Apple Arcade, I just couldn’t putt it down. Mobile gaming to a tee.”

A5. Jedi: Fallen Order

“Star Wars puns are too shameful even for me! This was by no means perfect, but was a very enjoyable romp even if the levels felt like Mario Sunshine Void levels at times.”

 

Biggest Disappointment of the Year (game, hardware, or anything else)

Z1. Kingdom Hearts 3

“I’m still really not sure why, but after waiting for this for ages and (I think) enjoying my time with it; I just felt hollow after I finished it. No elation of a series ending; no satisfaction of a job well done; just…Oh…OK.”

Z2. Anthem

“Oh Bioware!”

Z3. Mario Kart Tour

“Didn’t really expect much at all from this and it somehow was still disappointing.”

Z4. Link’s Awakening performance issues

“Most un-Nintendo like”

Z5. Selling my collection

“Doesn’t affect anyone else and it had to be done but still…”

 

Sound Design of the Year

S1. Jedi: Fallen Order

“Pew, Pew, Whomm, Move Along”

S2. Luigi’s Mansion 3

“Perfect ambiance”

S3. Jenny LeClue

“Surprisingly great ambiance”

 

Visual Design of the Year

V1. Yoshi’s Crafted World

“Me and my daughter loved discussing all the Blue Peter stuff in this, a delight to eyeball.”

V2. Luigi’s Mansion 3

“Best looking game on Switch and brilliantly designed area.”

V3. Death Stranding

“Simply very, very pretty”

 

Writing of the Year

W1. Jedi: Fallen Order

“Some slips here and there but a very good stab at bringing a new Star Wars story to life with some great characters.”

W2. Steamworld Quest

“Surprisingly funny script in this one.”

W3. Fire Emblem: Three Houses

“Not all of it hits, but the sheer amount of writing in this deserves a nod. Some of the side stories are very well done and the characters all have distinct personalities. Quite the triumph.”

 

Gaming Format (System) of the Year

F1. Switch

 

Publisher or Developer of the Year

P1. Nintendo

 

Best Supported Game (released pre 2019) of the Year

B1. Super Smash Brothers Ultimate

 

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. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

“Gutted I missed giving this it’s due last year. But see below for a make up nomination. Cassandra is one of the best characters ever committed to pixels.”

 

Best game character of the year

C1. Bernadetta (Fire Emblem)

“So ridiculously timid I couldn’t help but love her.”

C2. BD-1

“Yeah, he’s just BB-8 in another shell but he was a great companion.”

C3. The Goose

“Honk”

 

 

And the big one:

 

Game of the Decade

 

D1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

“There’s nothing more to say about this game that hasn’t been said ad nauseum. Simply the greatest gaming experience I’ve ever had.”

D2. Witcher 3

“A very close second though; even if I did get the shit ending because I worries about Ciri too much. The best written game even conceived. What an adventure.”

D3. Mass Effect 2

“And a very close third. A-Team in space, best companions, reuniting with Garrus, killing my fish. A game just full of moments that make you punch the air.”

D4. Rock Band 3

“Tied everything together in to the ultimate plastic tat experience. So much fun I made everybody play it on my stag weekend. Also, a song I wrote is on it.”

D5. Super Mario Odyssey

“For pure gameplay experience this is hands down the best thing since sliced 64.”

D6. FTL: Faster Than Light

“Oh the hours I lost to this in my hotel while working away from home for 4 years. A beautifully simple idea twisted in to the cuntiest, kick-in-the-balls gaming crack even cooked up. I wouldn’t change it in any way.”

D7. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

“A surprise entry to say the least. But I just simply enjoyed every second of the 100 or so hours I put in to this bugger.”

D8. Mario Kart 8

“Best MK. Always there for me on train journeys and when I want to upset my friends.”

D9. Batman: Arkham City

“Pips Arkham Knight for me by having far more fun and involved side quests.”

D10. Red Dead Redemption

“Yes, the first one. More fun to play than the sequel. There is no other game like it for me and a truly shocking ending that shocked me to paralysis when it happened.”

  • Upvote 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Game of the Year

A1. Shenmue III

A2. Resident Evil 2

A3. Control

A4. Mortal Kombat 11

A5. Apex Legends 

 

Biggest Disappointment of the Year (game, hardware, or anything else)

Z1. Call of Duty Modern Warfare - huge game patches – It is not an exaggeration to say I spent three times as long waiting for this game to patch than I did actually playing it. It’s now in CEX due to this) I did enjoy the campaign – very much. But triggering 2 x 12gb patches just to try another game mode ? fuck.off.

Z2. Sekiro Shadows Die Twice - just didn’t grab me like Bloodborne did at all. I gave it a good crack. Such a shame

Z3. The industries continued shift to Digital over Physical. If I’d have bought Modern Warfare digitally it would have been the equivalent of taking £60 out my wallet and tearing it up. Instead I cashed it in to cex for a pound more than I paid for it. Additionally, I'm still annoyed I can't buy After Burner and Outrun on the PS3. It will only get worse as time goes on.

Z4.

Z5.

 

Sound Design of the Year

S1. Resident Evil 2

S2. Shenmue III

S3. Apex Legends

 

Visual Design of the Year

V1. Resident Evil 2 - The RPD is one of gaming greatest locations, and seeing it bought to life with 2019 cutting edge tech? A thrill exploring every part of it. Also the gore modelling and tactical limb removal systems keep those enemy encounters spicy!

V2. Shenmue III - The lead environment artist worked on Breath of the Wild and the Xenoblade series, and it shows. Bailu Village and Niaowu are glorious locations. The lighting also dramatically changes the appearance of the locations, perhaps moreso than anything else I've played.

V3. Control - amazing visual effects. Draw dropping explosions, debris and use of light and colour. 

 

Writing of the Year

W1.

W2.

W3.

 

Gaming Format (System) of the Year

F1. Playstation 4

 

Publisher or Developer of the Year

P1. YsNet. What they have created with a team of around 45 people is an incredible achievement.

 

Best Supported Game (released pre 2019) of the Year

B1.Fortnite - I no longer play it, but you can't dent that Epic is doing a great job of keeping people playing it.

 

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. Astro Bot : Rescue Mission - absolutely tremendous fun

 

Best game character of the year

C1. Mr X - He doesn't need to say anything when that constant THUD THUD THUD around the RPD continually keeps you on egde.

C2.  Ryo Hazuki / Lin Shenhua - The relationship between these characters, especially during the evening chats where you discuss the days events, learn about each others history and motivations, is just so lovingly well done.

C3. Johnny Cage - When future Johnny Cage gives past Johnny Cage as slap for being an insufferable douche, that's worth the nod alone.

 

 

And the big one:

 

Game of the Decade

 

D1. Shenmue III

The impossible sequel finally arrives and for those of us who have waited so long to see this series continue I have treasured every second I have and continue to spend with this game. An absurdly ambitious game for it's budget and one that continually leaves me gobsmacked it is a crowdfunded production.

D2. The Last of Us

Not only does this game have one of the all time great, atmospheric, single player adventures, the overlooked multiplayer mode is a slice of fried gold to boot.

D3. Yakuza Zero

A game that revived my love of all things Sega, Yakuza Zero is simply an incredible game with a terrific style and wit all it's own.

D4. Astro Bot Rescue Mission

Impossible not to smile while playing this. A showcase for the potential of VR and a bloody good game in it's own right.

D5. Bloodborne

A game that I absolutely detested upon release. However, there was just something so alluring about the art and the world I had to give it another chance. 57 hours and a platinum trophy later, I felt a level of satisfaction that only a handful of games can provide. Hanging up the Hunter's Axe has been difficult and the lure of starting it all over again is strong. The sign of an excellent game.

D6. Resident Evil 2

As a 13 year old in 1998, I was completely infatuated with this game and played it many, many times over unlocking and discovering all of it's secrets. The remake was no exception.

D7. Titanfall 2

Flat out hands down, the best shooter of this generation. Amazing gunplay, amazing mechs, absolutely awesome art direction, it should have sold bucketloads and become the new standard. A victim of the first game perhaps, and all the poor copycats that followed? it doesn't matter. Respawn's game is well worth playing even for the campaign alone.

D8. Batman Arkham Knight

Visually stunning and supremely playable. The batmobile sections did not bother me one bit and belting it through Gotham at top speed before hitting the ejector seat and gliding over the city below is a pure thrill you just can't get anywhere else.

D9. Deus Ex Human Revolution

As far as art direction goes this is definitely one of my all time favourites. The story, sound and stealth gameplay are no slouches either and it's a very easy game to fall into the world. I always like games where you can explore the protagonists home, so messing with blinds, the safe and the in game comedy lack of mirror in Jensen's apartment all help it feel lived in and more real.

D10. Alan Wake

Despite being nearly a decade old Alan Wake still does one thing better than most games and that is atmosphere, and it has it in spades. Remedy deserve credit for making the mundane act of shining a flashlight on an enemy a tactical, thrilling experience.

 

So close you nearly made it list: Alien Isolation, Virtua Fighter 5:Final Showdown, Max Payne 3, Spec Ops : The Line, Hotline Miami, Uncharted 4, Horizon:Zero Dawn, Far Cry 3, Sonic Mania, Street Fighter V.

  • Upvote 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Clock is ticking either way. There's fewer people voting that last year, which could just have the knock-on effect of anyone who actually does vote having a good chance of their picks being featured.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Game of the Year

A1. Untitled Goose Game
A2. Slay the Spire
A3. Tetris 99
A4. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
A5. One Finger Death Punch 2

Biggest Disappointment of the Year (game, hardware, or anything else)

Z1. The creeping realisation I will never be able to play even half of the games I currently own
Z2. Humans
Z3.
Z4.
Z5.

Sound Design of the Year

S1. Untitled Goose Game
S2. Sayonara Wild Hearts
S3.

Visual Design of the Year

V1. Untitled Goose Game
V2. Sayonara Wild Hearts
V3.


Writing of the Year

W1. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
W2. Pokémon Sword/Shield
W3.


Gaming Format (System) of the Year

F1. Nintendo Switch

Publisher or Developer of the Year

P1.


Best Supported Game (released pre 2019) of the Year

B1. Splatoon 2

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. Phantasy Star Universe

Best game character of the year

C1. Goose
C2. Bernadetta (Fire Emblem)
C3. Marnie (Pokémon Sword/Shield)

Game of the Decade

D1. Virtue's Last Reward
D2. Persona 4: Golden
D3. Splatoon 2
D4. Ultra Street Fighter 4
D5. Undertale
D6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
D7. Analogue: A Hate Story
D8. Velocity X2
D9. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f 2nd
D10. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Game of the Year

A1. ESP Ra.De. Psi

A2. Dirt Rally 2.0

A3. Pistol Whip

A4. Rolling Gunner

A5. Control

 

Biggest Disappointment of the Year (game, hardware, or anything else)

Z1.

Z2.

Z3.

Z4.

Z5.

 

Sound Design of the Year

S1. Sayonara Wild Hearts

S2. Cadence of Hyrule

S3. Pistol Whip

 

Visual Design of the Year

V1. Sayonara Wild Hearts

V2. Dirt Rally 2.0

V3. Control

 

Writing of the Year

W1.

W2.

W3.

 

Gaming Format (System) of the Year

F1. PC

 

Publisher or Developer of the Year

P1. Nintendo

 

Best Supported Game (released pre 2019) of the Year

B1. Beat Saber

 

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

C1. that guy who dances at the side of the podium in Virtua Racing

C2.

C3.

 

 

And the big one:

 

Game of the Decade

 

D1. Halo Reach

D2. Ketsui Deathtiny: Kizuna Jigoku Tachi

D3. Rock Band 3

D4. Deus Ex: Human Revolution

D5. Dishonoured 2

D6. Beat Saber

D7. Destiny

D8. Driveclub

D9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

D10. Persona 4: Dancing All Night

 

some good stuff missed out on goty - star wars, astral chain.

 

and game of the decade - the other ones of dishonoured and deus ex, titanfall, dirt rally, mario kart 8, splatoon, mario 3d world, espgaluda 2, forza horizon, loads of other stuff

 

  • Upvote 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Game of the Year

 

A1. Mortal Kombat 11 - One of the finest fighters I have played in a long time. Packed full off online and offline modes and constantly supported via free (and paid booooo!!) updates. Amazing graphics, cracking sound and some wicked humour. An absolute classic and a flawless victory over Capcom this generation. 

 

A2. Crackdown 3  - This wasn't on my radar at all but it's exactly what I require from a game. Lots and lots of over the top fun with bags of replayability. Videogaming in it's purest form. Good updates added for free with extra content. Only negative was the rather poor multiplayer but with a single player experience like the one provided it really wasn't needed. 

 

A3. Dead or Alive 6 - an absolute surprise for me. Picked this up on the cheap and it's amazing. Perhaps the best "3D" fighter of the generation with smooth gameplay, good variety of modes and a superb tutorial mode. Minus points for the wallet destroying DLC but luckily I feel the game doesn't actually need it. Really didn't expect a Dead or Alive title to be in my top games of the year, but for me this generation it's overtaken Tekken and Soul Calibur which have both suffered from sub par entries. 

 

A4. Dangerous Driving - like Crackdown this is why I play videogames. FUN! It doesn't matter that the game doesn't have music, or fancy presentation. This is pure distilled arcade racing and it's all the better for it. The nearest thing we are likely to get to Burnout this generation, and even cheaper than a normal release. 

 

A5. Gears 5 - Another surprise package for me. Not usually much of a fan of the series but thanks to gamepass I gave it a shot on launch and what we got was perhaps the best campaign the series has had to date , decent multiplayer as well as some of the best graphics of this gen and amazing sound. 

 

Biggest Disappointment of the Year (game, hardware, or anything else)

 

Z1. Conta Rogue Corps - Absolute horseshit. Downloaded to play on a "free for gold" weekend and still had to shower after it. A horrid game. 

 

Z2. Continued obsession with crafting in games  - Just stop it. Its tedious. 

 

Z3. Continued obsession with season passes for fighters - either charge me 50 pounds for the game with all content or release it half price and charge me the other half when you have made the rest. I steadfastly refuse to pay full price for a game then another 30 pounds for a handful of extra characters. 

 

Z4. All walking simulators - my life is tedious enough without having this level of inactivity seep into my gaming time. If I want a story I will watch a film or read a book thanks. 

 

Z5. Continued poor build quality of xbox pads - At 40 quid a pop I expect the pad to at least be smooth at the seams. Worst ever quality control of any accessory in memory. 

 

Sound Design of the Year

S1. Gears 5 

S2. Mortal Kombat 11

S3. Samurai Shodown 

 

Visual Design of the Year

 

V1. Gears 5 

V2. Mortal Kombat 11

V3. Samurai Shodown 

 

Writing of the Year

 

Writing in games is mostly awful and for that reason I don't think anything this year is worthy of inclusion. 

 

 

Gaming Format (System) of the Year

 

F1. Xbox One X - Powerhouse of a console along with gamepass. Home to some of the best games of the generation as well. 

 

 

Publisher or Developer of the Year

 

P1. NetherRealm Software - Not only did they release Mortal Kombat 11 this year,  but it's been superbly supported post launch. Although not the most proliific studio, Mortal Kombat X and Injustice 2 are still getting special events and love from NeatherRealm. A very good example of quality over quantity. 

 

Best Supported Game (released pre 2019) of the Year

 

B1. Forza Horizon 4 — Even before the free eliminator mode this was my answer. So much love for one game! 

 

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. The Golf Club 2019 - A Games with Gold freebie that has provided hours of gameplay. Didn't get on with previous entries in the series but this is now my favorite golf game of all time. 

 

Best game character of the year

 

C1. Mario - He is never bettered and this year is no exception. There is still no character that brings the same amount of joy to children and adults. 

 

C2. Luigi -  Back in the spotlight again this year so a well deserved runner up spot. 

 

C3. Johnny Cage - Back this year in MK11 (twice!) and he has never been better or funnier. 

 

And the big one:

 

Game of the Decade

 

D1. Forza Horizon 4 — powerhouse of a game. Racers are not even my favorite genre, but this is exemplary in every way. 134 hours in and counting. 

 

D2. Rock Band 3 — The peak of plastic instrument games. 

 

D3. Mortal Kombat 11 - see above 

 

D4. Killer Instinct Definitive/Supreme Edition - get past the drip feeding of content that happened during it's lifespan, and what you get is a lovingly made game that should please fans of the originals as well as modern fighter fans alike. An amazing cast of characters, fantastic graphics and an amazing soundtrack. A launch title but still stands as part of the best of this generation. Packed full of different modes and extras too. 

 

D5. Mortal Kombat XL- a stunning entry into the MK series with the love then or hate them kombat kids. Cracking game with a whole host of horror icons as extra characters. Neatherrealm should make a horror fighter for sure. 

 

D6. Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed - back from the depths of 2012 comes this superb racer that has enough depth to please the hardest taskmaster as well as being kid friendly. A serious rival to Mario Kart and for my money up there with the very best. A rare modern game that provides a very tough challenge too.

 

D7. Defense Grid 2 - Like the first game but more. Perfect tower defence and seriously addictive.

 

D8. Injustice 2 - Outrageously good fun. More characters than you can shake a stick at, plus the obvious groundwork for Mk11 cements Neatherrealms' status as the premier studio for fighters this gen. Make sure it's the Legendary Edition you get to ensure all content is included. 

 

D9. Tropico 4 - I'm a sucker for these games and although I haven't got Tropico 6 yet, this is my series highlight so far. Being a dictator has never been so much fun. 

 

D10. Marvel Puzzle Quest -  My sole mobile gaming entry, but a title that has alleviated work boredom, bus journeys, waiting around for pals in pubs, sitting in waiting rooms, airports and a host of other scenarios. 2221 days of playing (according to the in game counter) so 100 percent deserves inclusion in my list. 

 

Sitting just outside my top 10 is Ultra Street Fighter 4. Although it is the best version of the game, I felt like I couldn't justify it's inclusion over games which weren't souped up from an older version from the previous decade. 

  • Upvote 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I doubt I'm going to complete Death Stranding in the next week or so, so here's my list. I can't see myself making any changes. Props to @Benny once again for organising this. I've had an enjoyable evening looking back on this year's games and compiling my list :)

 

---

 

Game of the Year

 

A1. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

"Challenging, definitely, but seriously satisfying once it clicked and nothing less than entirely compelling all the way through. Unfortunately, I think the difficulty will have put some off, or caused some to abandon it, as it nearly did me, but if you persevere then there's a fantastic action-adventure game here with a hugely engaging combat system, imaginative, often terrifying, enemies, quality animation throughout and intricate level design that you're all but forced to learn off by heart. It lacks the replayability of Souls, but then at its core it's a different game and in many ways a more refined one as a result. The best gaming experience I've had this year."

 

A2. Resident Evil 2 Remake

"I think I played the original as a nipper, but I couldn't remember much of it at all. Going into this, then, I didn't have the benefit of nostalgia that lots of others did, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. Despite the 2019 graphics, the relatively simple gameplay, linear environments and short running time means that it still feels retro, but refreshingly so. An entirely fat-free, thrill-a-minute, triple-A B-movie of a game."

 

A3. Cuphead (Switch port)

"I thought Sekiro was the hardest game I'd ever completed, until I finished this. To the game's credit, it never feels unfairly difficult, but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't mercilessly punishing. The instant restarts, impeccable presentation and creative enemy design mean that you keep coming back for more, however."

 

A4. Super Mario Maker 2

"A make-it-yourself game for people who don't like make-it-yourself games. I got this at launch and it completely consumed me for the following month or so. I absolutely adored perfecting the levels I made, play-testing them and reading about others’ experiences of playing them. If Nintendo had introduced some sort of infrastructure that led to creators receiving more feedback and therefore having an incentive to create more and better levels, I’d probably still be playing it now and it would quite comfortably be my game of the year."

 

A5. Final Fantasy VII (Switch port)

"While the original PS1 game was my GOAT once upon a time, my fear that a replay would shatter my rose-tinted memories prevented me from buying the Vita, PC or PS4 ports. As it turns out, playing it again for the first time in about fifteen years, the only thing that has really suffered the test of time is the writing; at one point I thought that this had set the bar for story-telling in games, when, really, the narrative is just a big dollop of convoluted, poorly-translated gibberish. Thankfully, the excellent materia system, that manages to make grinding fun, the memorable and varied locations, and, most significantly, the absolutely peerless score, means that this is still a great experience 22 years following its original release. Bring on the remake."

 

 

Biggest Disappointment of the Year (game, hardware, or anything else)

 

Z1. Untitled Goose Game

"I liked this, but I really didn’t love it, and its placement at the top of many others’ games of the year list baffles me slightly. The ending is great and the goose itself is endearingly horrible, but after the first area the game never really builds on its initial premise and the central joke quickly ends up feeling overworn. People congratulating it for its ‘quintessential British’ sense of humour come off as desperate, especially considering the developers are Australian. After the gushing praise it received, I was expecting something really quite special and this didn’t deliver."

 

Z2. Nintendo's first-party output this year

"I’ve played most of the flagship games Nintendo have put out this year - Luigi’s Mansion 3, Mario Maker 2, Astral Chain, Link’s Awakening, Fire Emblem - but all of them have felt slightly compromised or disappointing in some way. Mario Maker came closest to being truly great, and while I finished Luigi and Link’s Awakening, the control issues in the former and the technical issues in the latter meant that neither was as good as they could have been, while Astral Chain and Fire Emblem I just wasn’t inspired to see through to the end."

 

Z3. My inability to stop myself from adding to my pile of shame

"I wouldn’t say that I’ve gone out of control when it comes to buying games, but despite my resolution at the start of the year to not buy any PS4 games until I’d finished the ones I owned, and to only buy Switch games in sales, I find myself with close to 40 games in my pile of shame, all of which I’ve purchased this year. The overwhelming majority of these I’ve bought in sales or second hand, so the monetary cost isn’t what concerns me; it’s the fact that I seem to spend so much of my time thinking about games I’ve yet to play, reading reviews and bargain hunting as opposed to actually playing the games I own. I long to be in a position where I don’t have any unplayed games at all and can just buy and play what I fancy, but I find myself with more games in my pile at the end of this year than at the beginning."

 

Z4. Blizzard’s decision to ban a Hearthstone player over his support of pro-democracy Hong Kong protests.

"Speaks for itself, really."

 

Z5. No 10/10 games this year.

"Without a doubt, I’ve played some great games this year, but after God of War and Hollow Knight last year, and then BotW and Mario Odyssey the year before that, there hasn’t really been an absolute, 10/10, 100% banger this year. While, obviously, I haven’t played every game that came out in 2019, from what I’ve read there doesn’t appear to be anything that is entirely essential, not on console, anyway - Disco Elysium and Outer Wilds both sound very promising, and although the latter has seen a console port and the former will do soon, I’ve not played either. Maybe we’ve just been spoilt in previous years. I’m hoping TLOU2 and the FFVII remake next year prove to be amazing, although I have my doubts. Perhaps we’ll just have to wait for BotW 2 or Metroid Prime 4."

 

 

Sound Design of the Year

 

S1. Resident Evil 2 Remake

"Mr X’s footsteps are the stuff of nightmares, and while the zombies in the RE1 remake moaned almost apathetically, the snarls and hisses of the undead here are far more threatening and unsettling. Definitely one to be played through headphones in the dark."

 

S2. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

"The instrument selection of the score here made the whole experience feel distinctly Japanese. The resonant clangs and hissing slices of the sword fights, meanwhile, meant that you winced against every blow and gritted your teeth against every block."

 

S3. Final Fantasy VII (Switch port)

"No doubt it’s the nostalgia talking, but I think this game has the best and most memorable score of any game I’ve ever played. Aeris’ theme, in particular, I find sincerely affecting, not necessarily because of its association with the fate of its titular character, but because it just such a profoundly sorrowful piece of music."

 

 

Visual Design of the Year

 

V1. Death Stranding

"At the time of writing, I’m only about three hours into this, but those three hours are enough to show me that this is the best looking game I’ve played this year. As well as the photo-realistic overworld and uncannily accurate character models, the entire sci-fi aesthetic, from the menus to the inverted rainbows to the enemy design to the main character’s costumes, look immediately distinctive and unique."

 

V2. Cuphead (Switch port)

"The animation in this game and its Fleishier-inspired style is just something else, to the point where you almost want there to be an invincible mode where you can just watch the battles and enemy transformations without worrying about dying."

 

V3. Resident Evil 2 Remake

"It pretty obvious that the guys at Capcom have been watching The Walking Dead, but the zombies in this game really are particularly zombie-ish, and a large part of that is down to how brilliantly they are animated. Shining your torch on one in an otherwise pitch-black corridor and watching as it positively fucking darts - not lumbers - towards you is delightfully horrifying."

 

 

Writing of the Year

 

W1. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

"As with From’s other games, I didn’t really know what was going on beyond the superficial plot, but the depth of the lore and the level of detail the developers have gone into should always be applauded. I just wish I could understand it more without having to watch explanatory videos on Youtube."

 

W2. Resident Evil 2 Remake

"A suitably cheesy script delivered through some top-notch voice acting."

 

W3. Cuphead

"Like with the art style and sound design, the narration and dialogue in this, although very limited, is never less than pitch perfect."

 

 

Gaming Format (System) of the Year

 

F1. Playstation 4

"This was a difficult one to choose, as despite playing and buying a lot more games on and for the Switch this year than for the PS4, my top two best games of the year I’ve both played on the PS4, and the Switch-exclusive games that I have played have all been disappointing to greater and lesser extents. The sheer breadth and variety of Switch games that are now available is very much a good thing, but overall the games I’ve played on the PS4 this year, on average, I’ve enjoyed more than those which I’ve played on the Switch, so the PS4 gets my vote."

 

 

Publisher or Developer of the Year

 

P1. From Software

"I’m glad that they didn’t compromise when it came to the difficulty of Sekiro and that Miyazaki decided to do something different instead of just making Dark Souls 4. Elden Ring sounds very promising, too, although if Bloodborne 2 was announced tomorrow then I certainly wouldn’t complain."

 

 

Best Supported Game (released pre 2019) of the Year

 

B1. Celeste

"I played Celeste earlier this year and enjoyed it a lot. Although I’ve not played it yet, the addition this year of a big chunk of extra content for free means that I’ll be returning to it at some point."

 

 

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. Monster Hunter: World

"I was hopelessly addicted to this for the sixty hours it took me to get to the end. It’s a loot game in disguise but an extremely effective one. Plus, twatting tyrannosaurus rexes over the head with ridiculous swords never gets old."

 

 

Best game character of the year

 

C1. Mr X (Resi 2)

"Ball-clenchingly petrifying."

 

C2. Wolf/Sekiro (Sekiro)

"What a badass."

 

C3. Great Shinobi Owl (Sekiro)

"What a bastard."

 

 

 

 

 

And the big one:

 

 

 

Game of the Decade

 

 

 

D1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

"A true masterpiece."

 

D2. Super Mario Odyssey

"The best Mario game ever."

 

D3. Dark Souls

"The most influential game of the decade."

 

D4. Mario Kart 8

"The best racing game I’ve ever played, so fun that I rinsed it in 2014 on the Wii U and then again in 2018 on the Switch."

 

D5. The Last of Us

"An insurmountable blockbuster."

 

D6. Inside

"Saturated in atmosphere, Inside is a masterclass in environmental storytelling, animation and sound design that tells a brilliant, deeply unsettling story with no dialogue whatsoever."

 

D7. Bloodborne

"The horror, the horror!"

 

D8. The Last Guardian

"A game that no one ever thought would see the light of day but which surpassed all expectations when it did - a worthy follow up to Shadow of the Colossus, and to Ico before that. Ueda can do no wrong."

 

D9. God of War (2018)

"I don’t think anyone was expecting this to be as good as it was - a supremely-polished third-person action-adventure game elevated by a rich combat system and the interplay between two characters who I genuinely cared about, all set in a stunningly-rendered, gradually-revealed pseudo open-world. Legendary."

 

D10. Hollow Knight

"When metroidvania met Souls. So, so good, and the knowledge that it was made by just three people is frankly incredible. Hollownest is one of the best (and most horrible) game worlds ever made."

 

---

 

And the best of the rest:

Spoiler

11. Fez

12. The Witness

13. Witcher III

14. Skyrim

15. Portal 2

16. Skyward Sword

17. Link Between Worlds

18. Dark Souls 3

19. Sekiro

20. Shovel Knight

 

  • Upvote 9

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Game of the Year

A1. Control
A2. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
A3. Dragon Quest XI S
A4. Code Vein
A5. Untitled Goose Game

 

Biggest Disappointment of the Year (game, hardware, or anything else)

Z1. Sekiro - or rather my inability to play it :(
Z2. Ion Fury - offensive jokes against minorities aren't an appropriate hill to die on.
Z3. Anthem - Nice graphics, and flying is fun. Pity they forgot to include a game.
Z4.
Z5.

 

Sound Design of the Year

S1. Control
S2. Untitled Goose Game
S3. Jedi: Fallen Order

 

Visual Design of the Year

V1. Control
V2. Resident Evil 2
V3. Untitled Goose Game

 

Writing of the Year

W1. Control
W2. Baba is You
W3. Jedi: Fallen Order

 

Gaming Format (System) of the Year

F1. Switch

 

Publisher or Developer of the Year

P1. Nintendo

 

Best Supported Game (released pre 2019) of the Year

B1. Stardew Valley

 

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. Destiny 2

 

Best game character of the year

C1. Dr Darling (Control)
C2. The Goose (UGG)
C3. Horace (Horace)


And the big one:
 
Game of the Decade

D1. Bloodborne
D2. Control
D3. Dark Souls
D4. Witcher 3
D5. Last of Us
D6. Hollow Knight.
D7. Bioshock 2 - my wife has completed this so many times that she has the Minerva's Den owl logo tattooed on her leg.
D8. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen
D9. God of War
D10. Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. Use of this website is subject to our Privacy Policy, Terms of Use, and Guidelines.