Top 7 Favourite Games of 2019
2019 was a phenomenal year for Gaming. Before looking ahead at 2020, we kick off the year by taking a look back at our Top 7 Favourite Games of 2019.
We’re Back! Yes we know we’ve been gone for quite a while, the team desperately needed time off to recharge and refocus all energies on an exceptional 2020. So we make one heck of a comeback by kicking off this exciting year with a quick look back at the greatest experiences of 2019. So we’re back once again with our Gaming Leaderboard – Top 7 Favourite Games of 2019. This was n extremely difficult shortlist to come up with that had me wracking my brain at deciding what’s going to make the cut and what gets left on the editing floor. As so, without any further ado we’ll start off with the title that just missed the Top 7 Spot by a hair.
Runner Up: Gears 5
I can almost hear the collective cries of disbelief that the mighty Gears 5 didn’t make it to Top 7. Here’s the thing guys, Gears 5 was an exception Gears title. The Coalition is clearly at the top of their game when it comes to what they crafted with this release. The Graphics are Top shelf, the gameplay is classic Gears with a Semi-Open world twist. It’s a complete tour de force of shooter pedigree, that is only let down by its hideous management of Microtransactions and not truly doing something different with the franchise. It’s more of the same but not necessarily a bad thing. One of our Team is a true Gears fanatic and he completely disagrees. But still, my list my rules, Gears is Out!
7 – Mortal Kombat 11
Arguably one of the best, if not THE best Fighting game of this generation. Mortal Kombat brought the fight strong featuring the very best visual fidelity to any fighting game around. Netherrealm Studios has nailed the story spanning the past and present of the Mortal Kombat universe. The gameplay has been refined to perfection. As always easy to learn, but hard to Master. Facial animations, cinematography and level of detail are unmatched in the genre. If you haven’t picked this one up by now, it’s a must-have for beat-em-up fans. Plus it’s going for a steal if you just look around. It’s my Number 7.
6 – Days Gone
At Number 6 is a truly underrated gem. Days Gone saw some rather mixed reviews upon its release. As a result, a lot of gamers may have missed one heck of a Zombie apocalypse experience. The Sony exclusive has some of the most breathtaking, alive, open worlds which feels like everything out in the world is out to get you. If not the very much not-dead Freakers, then the bandits scattered throughout the world. All random all the time, just like the weather. The game is extremely well crafted with a sometimes emotional story. The voice actors put their all into this one and you can tell from delivery. Graphics are among the best, looking like a peek into what the Next-Gen may hold with the Unreal Engine 4. It is absolutely worth checking out.
5 – Call of Duty Modern Warfare
I feel like this should have a higher position, but the competition at this point is just too intense. Still, Call of Duty Modern Warfare (2019) is the very best First-Person Shooter of 2019. I hear some groans at the back murmuring Metro Exodus, but truly, this release is fully packed with top-shelf content from Infinity Ward. The stellar presentation giving us every single modern graphic feature that exists to date. It features a fantastic return to form for the franchise with a critically successful single-player campaign. It packs excellent Co-op modes to enjoy with your buddies or randos. And not to mention the phenomenal Multi-player package that I’m still playing to this day. Spoilt only by Microtransactions that were introduced recently. Thanks, Activision for your meddling! A must-play for FPS fans and definitely for CoD gamers.
4 – Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order
Finally, a Star Wars game that’s actually brilliant. Sure, Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order released with a plethora of bugs. Yet, the game today is a stable and quite impressive offering from Respawn. It’s true to form single-player game without the usual EA, games-as-a-service nonsense. You can see the love for the franchise in every scene, every character and the game world. It’s a challenging, Dark Souls Lite with Force Powers and I absolutely love it. Low points, the horrendous in-game map and bugs, bugs, bugs. The difficulty is also a little all over the place, but still doesn’t detract from an excellent game from the makers of TitanFall.
3 – Control
Things are really heating up at the Top 3 positions. The cream of the crop for gaming in 2019. Taking the Bronze Medal is the exceptional third-person shooter from the creators of Max Payne and Alan Wake. This game pushes all the current-gen boundaries to the point that the suped-up console struggles to hold the frame rates thanks to the breathtaking physics on display in every scene. I love the art direction with the 60s vibe architecture of the oldest house. I love the intriguing story. And the beautiful visuals on display. Control is one of the very best games to come out of 2019 and deserves your attention.
2 – Resident Evil 2
Coming out at the start of the year didn’t stop this game from being one of the very best of 2019. It may have lost out by a hair to my number 1 pick, but my goodness is this game the real deal. Capcom is back in full force and is bringing every with it every ounce of talent at their disposal. They succeeded at rebuilding Resident Evil 2 in a very modern way but still keep the feel, tone and story beats of the original. Without ever feeling like a retread. This has me so hyped for Resident Evil 3 which arrives soon. A must-have for every Horror/Resident Evil fan. It takes a deserving Second Place.
1 – Death Stranding
This was a divisive release. It was critically mixed. Yes, it is a walking simulator. Yes, it’s a Postal Delivery service game. And yet, all that doesn’t stop Kojima’s release from being the best game of 2019. This story is unlike any other, the scale of the Open world is magnificent to behold, not to mention the quality of visuals produced by the ageing PlayStation 4 console. It is more than the sum of its parts, it surprises at every corner and kept me playing it’s delivery mechanics for hours on end. It’s one of a handful of games that had me focussed on it and nothing else, even if I have an arm’s length full of backlog games to play. Kojima had me hooked all the way to the shocking twist end. A Masterpiece indeed. Warning, this game is not for everyone, but it is without my Number 1 of the Top7 Favourite Games of 2019.
So what do you guys think? Do you agree with some of the entries here? Share with us your favourite games of 2019 in the comments section below.