Welcome to GAMINGbible’s Games of The Year
2019 Number 10: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice According to my sources (aka the first line
of Wikipedia), a Shinobi was a covert agent or mercenary from feudal Japan. And much like
a silent operative of the night, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice has snuck onto our list and assassinated
our hearts. From Software’s newest hard-as-nails, throw your controller down and punch some
drywall IP, shows that they still know what’s up when it comes to crafting rich, lore-filled
worlds for players to completely ignore while hauling feudal ass through the majority of
areas, to avoid catching ye olde fists. Slick, beautiful and truly innovative within
its genre, Sekiro proved a little more gentle a first experience than Bloodborne or Dark
Souls, bringing it a whole new world of appreciation, and a deserved spot on our list. Mostly because
you play a ninja with a grappling hook on his arm and that’s grade-A badass. Number 9: Pokémon Sword & Shield I’m still not sure why Game Freak’s newest
Pokémon games were called Sword & Shield instead of something inherently more British.
I can only imagine the pitch meetings for Pokémon Spoons & Greggs or Pokémon Binge
Drinking & Casual Racism were shut down swiftly after they were started. At any rate, Pokémon
SwSh… swushshh? were met with mixed reviews, with many citing the games as underbaked,
unfinished and leaning too heavily on 20-year-old mechanics and tedious gameplay gimmicks. On
the other hand, Sirfetch’d must be protected at all costs and should be put on the Greatest
Britons list with haste. Pokémon swishnflick is certainly not without
its problems, but at its heart, it does recapture a lot of the joy many of us had setting out
on our first adventures some two decades ago, and for that, it should be welcomed warmly.
Like an oven-hot Steak Bake on a frosty December morning, roundly enjoyed by all. Number 8: The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening It speaks volumes about the quality of Nintendo’s
work when a game that was originally released in 1993 can get a remake in 2019, and still
be one of the best games of the year. Either that or Nintendo have sent ’round the boys
round to rearrange our plumbing if we don’t put a Zelda game on this list HAHAHAHAHA (help). The story tracks young Link waking up on a
bizarre island before a talking owl sends him out to make an omelette with a giant fish
egg. Or something. At any rate, it’s not about Link’s sexual awakening, which is
a very different story which you certainly should not Google. Link’s Awakening 2019
was an absolute breath of fresh air in a year that has seen some truly gritty titles. From
the adorable charm of its visuals to its almost untouched gameplay, The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s
Awakening will undoubtedly stand the test of time as one of Nintendo’s standout titles.
Again. For like, the third time. Number 7: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Hey you, pst, yeah you. Come here. I’m gonna
tell you a secret. Recent Call of Duty games have been sub-par relative to our expectations.
Sorry, but that’s factual. It’s in the dictionary, so look it up, sweetie. Modern
Warfare, however, is different by far. While the campaign was pretty good, offering a much
more grounded take on the realities of …err… modern warfare… than other games in the
franchise, the multiplayer has been a revelation of online gunplay. Truly awful weapon balancing? Yes. Inherently
bad map design that encourages camping? Oh yeah. Still somehow one of the best experiences
we’ve had with an online shooter this year? That’s a big fat bingo. Tapping back into
that COD 4: Modern Warfare nostalgia, this year’s reimagining acts like a good slathering
of E45 on a particularly troublesome area, soothing and mending the chapped, broken skin
of Call of Dutys past. And have you really lived if you haven’t used a VTOL jet on
Shoot House, raining down bullets indiscriminately on your foes like a 10-year-old pouring hot
water into an ant’s nest? I don’t think you have. You wicked, wicked child. Number 6: Luigi’s Mansion 3 Now that we’ve successfully not had our
plumbing rearranged by the boys, we’d like to again celebrate Nintendo for another awesome
little title in the form of Luigi’s Mansion 3. The lesser Mario doesn’t simply take the
spotlight from his brother, he demands it be given to him or he’s going to call the
NHS about “Doctor Mario’s” dubious medical credentials. And what luck for us that he
did, because the resulting puzzler/adventure is one of the greatest ghost games ever made. Using his trusty Poltergust vacuum cleaner
thing, Luigi battles his way through a haunted hotel, in order to speak to the manager about
a suspiciously curly hair he found on his pillow. Oh, we haven’t even mentioned Gooigi
yet, who is this like, weird gelatinous Flubber-like guy who Luigi gets to do all his dirty work
like gooping through grates, blobbing through spikes and talking to the manager about the
suspiciously curly hair he found on his pillow. Number 5: Apex Legends Apex Legends came out of nowhere to challenge
for the title of Fortnite killer, and many believed, for a few minutes there, that it
would indeed bump off the battle royale champion. Clearly, that hasn’t been the case as Fortnite
rumbles on well into its second season, but if nothing else, Respawn proved that nobody
is untouchable in the battle royale arena – not even the gilded golden god itself. Taking more than just a few hints from Overwatch’s
hero-shooter vibe (and Respawn’s own Titanfall series) Apex ranks so highly because of how
addictive the gameplay loop is. Drop, Die, Rage, Repeat. Until you win a game. Then you
can add bragging about it for literally days to the end of that list. You know who you
are. You also know that you were carried to victory by a South Korean teenager. The truth
always outs. Number 4: Untitled Goose Game It is a lovely morning in the village, and
you are a horrible goose. For that introductory line alone, Untitled Goose Game deserves its
spot on this list, but let there be no doubt that this is the premier goose simulator on
the market; accept no substitutes. Ask literally any person in a dingy high-street pub at 10
am what they dreamt of being when they were little, and to a man, they will tell you that
they dreamt of being an a**hole goose in a quaint, home-county village. It’s like the
American dream, but more attainable. Honking and flapping your way through this
game is an absolute delight, and will have even the most dour-faced beer-botherer chuckling
sensibly at the image of a goose chasing a terrified young boy until he falls over and
cries. The easy part is playing the game, the hard part is living with yourself afterwards
knowing that, truly, you are a goose in a man’s skin. Not even a decent man at that.
You’re a sorry excuse for a man, begging to have his inner goose exposed to the world.
Go now, goose-man, follow the sweet honk of destiny. Number 3: Outer Wilds Outer Wilds is undoubtedly an acquired taste.
Like Marmite or BDSM, it’s something that you know you’re going to love or hate relatively
early on in the process. For those that stick with it, the interstellar puzzler rewards
with a Groundhog Day-style gameplay loop that has you discovering the secrets of an alien
race while hopping across multiple planets, each with their own distinct biomes and challenges. In a year where a lot of game releases played
it safe with, let’s face it, relatively uninspired gameplay, Outer Wilds broke free
from its bonds to offer something truly unique. Prepare to be annoyed and confused, but constantly
entranced by this darling of an indie gem. Also, you don’t need a safe word to experience
it, so there’s that. Number 2: Resident Evil 2 Resident Evil 2 is the definitive horror game
of the year. I mean, when your main competition is The Sinking City and Blair Witch you know
it’s going to be a cakewalk, but still. The best.
What Capcom’s REmasterpiece (nyeh) gets so right, is the upscaled sense of utter,
pant-wetting terror that the original game harnessed back in the late nineties. This
game has big d*ck energy, and it doesn’t care who knows it. Speaking of big d*cks, Mr X introduced a new
generation of horror fans to that creeping sense of dread that somebody is coming for
you at all times. He’s like the physical embodiment of student debt; you can do a little
damage each time you escape, sure, but it will be coming back at you, bigger and more
angry than before. I guess that would make the rocket launcher like moneysavingexpert.com?
Which would probably make Ada Wong a variable interest rate credit card or something? I’ve
lost the analogy but either way, Resident Evil 2 slaps. Before we reveal our top game of 2019, here
are some of the games that didn’t quite make the top 10! Dragon Quest Builders 2
Judgment Concrete Genie
Katana ZERO Cadence of Hyrule
River City Girls Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
Disco Elysium Catherine: Full Body
Sayonara Wild Hearts Telling Lies
Gears 5 Super Mario Maker 2
The Outer Worlds and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order GAMINGbible’s Game of The Year 2019: Control Control is a title born out of undiluted video
game pedigree. Coming from the studio behind smash hits like Alan Wake, Max Payne and err…
Quantum Break, it tops our list for a multitude of reasons. Imagine, if you will, that you
are very ill and have been watching old episodes of the X-Files in bed all day. As you begin
to slip into a fever dream, you realise that you are now in the X-Files, living one of
its more bizarre episodes. This is what it feels like to play Control. The whole game
carries a menacing aura that will sow distrust and fear into your very fabric, while also
making you feel like a god with supernatural powers. The road to Game Of The Year is perilous and
often fraught with trials and tribulations. Luckily, Control gives you the power of levitation,
and I strongly believe that the ability to float above all that bullshit put it firmly
in its deserved spot at the top of our list. So we congratulate Control and the team at
Remedy Entertainment for creating a truly unique powerhouse of a game. So there you have it, those are our games
of the year 2019, whether or not you agree, be sure to let us know in the comments and
stick with GAMINGbible well into 2020.