I don’t know where the hell the time’s gone but here we are, at the halfway point of the year 2019. Six months in and six to go, but already we’ve been served up some fantastic gaming treats.
The second half of 2019 is sure to deal out plenty of bangers and potential game of the year winners, but the opening salvo during the first six months of 2019 sure hasn’t been bad either. Japanese developers provided the strong backbone on which this year has been built so far, knocking it out of the park with likes of Resident Evil 2 Remake, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Devil May Cry 5, and Kingdom Hearts 3.
They’re really just scratching the surface though, with 2019 being defined by both surprise and nostalgia. Indie gems such as Slay the Spire and Sunless Skies finally left Early Access, while the likes of Outer Wilds and Apex Legends came out of nowhere and blew us away.
Creative Assembly refound its form with the sublime Total War: Three Kingdoms, Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled has just delivered a shot of pure, undistilled nostalgia into our veins, and Judgment, well, Judgment is the Yakuza x Columbo x Ace Attorney we’d always dreamed of.
For anyone who complains about the lack of games as well, there’s still so many more that have been racking up rave reviews. This includes Cadence of Hyrule, Katana Zero, Bloodstained, Ape Out, The Division 2, Dirt Rally 2.0, Void Bastards Mortal Kombat 11, Metro Exodus, Mordhau, A Plague Tale, Anno 1800. The list goes on and on, there really has been something for everyone in the early portion of this year.
So, without further ado, what has been your favourite game of the year so far? Have you even played any new games this year, or have you been too busy tucking into the classics?
I’ve tried to include a fair number of games in the poll below but obviously there are literally hundreds that have come out. Get voting and let us know in the comments if there’s a game you love which didn’t make it into the poll!