Another year, another struggle to find 10 games released in 2019 I actually played. So once again look forward to wondering why I didn’t mention “Major game release X”, the answer of which is “I’m just one man, full-time employed, so I don’t have that much time to play loads of games”. Especially when non-2019 games Super Robot Wars V and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey ate up so much of my gaming time this year… Anyway, enjoy!
Yeah, this was a lucky find, really, just making it to a Top 10 without resorting to putting something like Jump Force on the list… (*shudder*). Cadence of Hyrule was a fun distraction for a few days, with a truly unique gameplay style (well, to me…) where you have to attack to the right rhythm of the music playing. It’s something built to be completed over and over, but it was a one and done for me. It was fun though…
Astral Chain certainly has a lot of style going for it, I’ll say that much! The combat is extremely fun too, though, especially as a you progress and gain new forms and new “Legions”. Really generic character designs and some rather dull missions in the Astral Plain knock the game down a bit, but I still had fun.
The surprise hit of the year, Tetris 99 was released, for free, in February and was really fun and addictive, like Tetris should be. A unique spin on the ever-popular Battle Royal format, the game has gone from strength to strength. Even though I stopped playing, my friend is still addicted, so I know all about the new modes, which include offline CPU battles and team fights, and I’m happy to see it continue into 2020.
The second Zelda game on this list, but this time its a full release from Nintendo. Having said that, it’s also a very faithful remake of a Gameboy game, so I can say its on the short side (because screw that make-a-dungeon thing they added…) That being said it was a hell of a lot of fun to play through, and the visuals were properly stunning.
In some ways Mario Maker 2 felt like a minor upgrade, almost like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or something, just taking a popular Wii U game and making it available on a game platform that people actually own. Having a deeper look though, and the new Mario 3D World set is really fun, the new tricks, pick ups, enemies, locations and music make the other sets fresher, and I really enjoyed playing through the single player mode. All that, and it’s still really fun just to stick on and play a random level or two… (My review of SMM2 can be read HERE)
This was a really hard one to place. I nearly made it an “honourable mention” because, I’ll be perfectly honest with you, I didn’t like the actual gameplay. At all. It’s a game and I didn’t like how it played… that means it shouldn’t rank at all, right? But why was the story so compelling? The completely off-the-wall insane plot filled with weird and wonderful characters (even ones called “Diehardman”), floating black-goo ghosts and babies in jars just had me completely hooked. It’s the first game I actually stopped playing and then watched a “full movie version” on YouTube, and it was still so … unique and … I don’t know. It has me so confused… I really deserves praise, but at the end of the day its a game, so I really should…. Ah forget it, it’s #5. End of.
The first Fire Emblem game I’ve actually properly played, Fire Emblem: Three Houses not only delivers a fun storyline (that’s split in three, meaning you have to play the lengthy plot three times to get the full scope!) and good gameplay, but it has a very weirdly fun school system to start with, where you’re the teacher, not a student for a change, but you’re actually the one imparting knowledge. This just added a lot to the story and made you genuinely care for a lot of the characters as the story moved into darker territory. I might actually play it a second time down the road, which given its length and how little time I have for games I haven’t already played, says a lot.
The Outer Worlds is Obsidian shrugging off Bethesda and their Fallout license and just going “we’ll make a Fallout game ourselves, just in space.” That really is all it is, but much like their other game, New Vegas, The Outer Worlds is full of great humour (and drama when needed) and gameplay, plus some gorgeous looking alien vistas and fun weapons and perks. Oh and assembling your crew and giving them guns, armour and perks is fun too! The game just generally oozes fun, and I’m not even half way done with it yet!
What happens when someone takes the best things about other games and then slaps the Star Wars license on it, then writes a great narrative to combine them together? Jedi: Fallen Order is what you get, that’s what. Fusing together the best parts of Dark Souls, Uncharted, Breath of the Wild and some Metroidvania for added spice, the game is a real joy to play, the really good story is the icing on the cake. More please! (You can read my review of Jedi: Fallen Order HERE)
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. CAPCOM took one of my all-time favourite games of one of my all-time favourite franchises and then made a new modern take on it that somehow surpasses the old one and goes beyond that to be just a really brilliant game in its own right. Just long enough to be satisfying, fun enough that you don’t mind re-completing it over and over to unlock stuff or just get a better time. Some moments of genuine horror and some really satisfying gameplay in general… Resi is back with a vengeance, I just hope the Resi 3 Remake continues the hype next year! (My review of the Resident Evil 2 Remake can be found HERE)