Up For Debate - What are your top 3 games of the year 2019?

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Dec 30, 2019 12:20 PM
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This one’s a real tough one for me this year because there have been so many standouts. Usually there are a couple of easy picks but this year there has been such a variety of games I’ve enjoyed. The quality level overall has just been excellent, even without the typical odds-on Game of the Year favourite.

After much head scratching, here are my top three, in no particular order.

Control

I wasn’t particularly keen on either Quantum Break or Alan Wake so it certainly came as a surprise to find out how much I’d enjoy Control. If you were to draw a Venn diagram of my interests, Control pretty much sits slap bang in the middle. There’s the supernatural setting, X-Files vibe, Twin Peaks flavour and the Max Payne combat. It is a remarkably well crafted game with a captivating aesthetic, impressive visuals, a gripping narrative, and an excellent-paced adventure which just about doesn’t outstay its welcome. Pop in an RTX graphics card and Control will also totally melt your eyeballs as well.

Resident Evil 2 Remake

One of my favourite games of all time, Capcom quite simply made one of the best survival horror games even better. This is a template for how remakes should be. The very core of the game is intact yet expanded and retooled for a modern audience. There are plenty of nice touches such as a heavily annotated map that remove any lingering frustration from the middle, smoothing out the rough edges to deliver what is pretty much the perfect survival horror romp.

Outer Wilds

This game really is one-of-a-kind, yet almost impossible to describe even its central conceit without somewhat tarnishing the experience. What Mobius Digital has put together is nothing short of magical. It’s an entire solar system turned toybox, a clockwork marvel which needs to be prodded, poked and toyed with to unlock its multidimensional secrets. Few games are as oblique as Outer Wilds. It just dumps you out there with practically no explanation. You never earn new skills and you never get new equipment. The only barrier between you and finishing this game in 20 minutes is knowledge. Knowledge of how this solar system works, what each planet does, and why everything is happening. The initial hurdle of the absolute unknown can be a little daunting but once I was in, I was all the way in.

I’d like to throw in some honourable mentions, as well, because trimming these games out of my top three was a really tough process. Some of them only narrowly missed out and I think these are all absolutely worth playing, for various reasons.

Honourable Mentions

Over to you now then, what were favourite games of 2019? Anything in particular that stood head and shoulders above the rest? Or was it a disappointing year for new releases? Let us know!

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10:37 Jan-02-2020

Sekiro , A Plague Tale : Innocence , Metro Exodus , I also liked Resident Evil 2 , Star Wars : Jedi Fallen Order , Death Stranding and Devil May Cry 5 .

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12:22 Jan-02-2020

hmm I almost forgot Plague Tale was 2019 game - looked really beautiful and had strong vibe sometimes, but imo the gameplay was really chopped to minimum :)

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15:13 Jan-01-2020

RE2
Jedi fallen
Red dead 2

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02:24 Jan-01-2020

  1. Devil May Cry 5 - very fun gameplay, and that's what is most important for me in video game - fun

  2. Control - interesting story, gives some of Alan Wake vibe. Interesting perspective of story

  3. Remnant: From the Ashes - very fun coop, that I haven't had in quite long time. Get's a bit repetitive and boring after a while, but it got me hooked at least for 15-20 hours.

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18:43 Dec-31-2019

1 Rdr2
2 Control
3 Resi 2

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08:37 Dec-31-2019

Death stranding , re 2 remake, nfs heat, star wars fallen order

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21:51 Dec-30-2019

RE 2 Remake .... what else?
Gears 5
Sekiro would be my 3rd choise if i was able to beat it and arrage time for it :D but will stay as my third since its an amazing game from start till the end gameplay is amazing :)

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21:13 Dec-30-2019

RE2 Remake
DMC 5
Fire Emblem Three Houses

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21:04 Dec-30-2019

Hmmm, Outer Worlds would be my first one, Resident Evil 2 remake would follow and I guess Devil May Cry 5 would be my third one. My top 3 games I didn't play and should would be Disco Elysium, Outer Wilds and Untitled Goose. For honorable mentions I would also put Metro Exodus.

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19:44 Dec-30-2019

resident evil 2
NfS Heat
DMC 5

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19:30 Dec-30-2019

Resident Evil 2 Remake
Jedi Fallen
Dmc5

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18:04 Dec-30-2019

RE2 Remake
Metro Exodus
Trine 4

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16:58 Dec-30-2019

Sekiro,Resident Evil 2 and Star Wars JFO.

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16:35 Dec-30-2019

Darksiders Genesis, Bloodstained: ritual of the night , Borderlands 3 .

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15:54 Dec-30-2019


  1. Sekiro




  2. Resident Evil 2 Remake




  3. Borderlands 3



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15:41 Dec-30-2019

DMC5,Gears 5,RE2,RDR2,Metro Exodus and NFS Heat

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15:26 Dec-30-2019

DMC5, Sekiro, Outer Worlds.

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15:16 Dec-30-2019

  1. RE2

  2. Slay the spire

  3. Train Valley 2

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15:08 Dec-30-2019

I didn't play much in 2019 as I only have time for 1 day per week for gaming. For the few games I have played, I liked
1- Resident Evil 2
2- Devil May Cry 5
3- A Plague Tale: Innocence (currently playing)
2019 was a good year for CAPCOM

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14:31 Dec-30-2019

  1. Baba is You

  2. A Plague Tale: Innocence

  3. Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince
    Honorable Mention: Devotion / MO:Astray / Resident Evil 2 / The Sojourn

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14:13 Dec-30-2019

1- Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice - combat is simply too satisfying
2- The Outer Worlds - The environments and the story really make you want to find out what comes next
3- Control - Graphics are its highlight but everything else is solid

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