There wasn’t much for me to get excited for in 2019. It’s what I would consider a down year for gaming. There were a whole lot of gaming disappointments and I struggled to put together this top 10 because I didn’t play a whole lot of great games last year.
10. Madden 20 (PC)
I couldn’t think of a better way to start my list off than with Madden. Why? Because this Madden is actually pretty damn good in my opinion. The enhancements to the animations, making the running game better and adding in X-Factors really improved this game. I also love being able to choose between simulation and arcade mode. This is the best Madden game I’ve played in a long time and I’ve gotta give credit when it’s due. This game absolutely deserves to be on my top 10 games of the year and it’s my second most played game on the list.
9. Borderlands 3 (PC)
Borderlands 3 should have been a 10/10 game. The gameplay is so good, but everything else isn’t. I don’t love any of the new vault hunters, none of the iconic characters from any of the past games play a major role in this one, and the main campaign is kind of average. I couldn’t bring myself to play it more than once when I’ve sunk triple digits in every other Borderlands game before this one. Borderlands 3 has amazing gameplay though. I just wish the rest of the game was as good and that’s why it’s so low on my list.
But that doesn’t mean I think it’s a bad game. This is my top 10 games of 2019, after all. What this game does well it does REALLY well. Sliding around and blasting shit in the face with a shotgun feels fantastic. Some of the sidequests are written really well and are genuinely funny and the rest is filled with poop jokes. The 4 new vault hunters are kind of trash though. I never got attached to any of them. I think they’re the worst ones yet but I still really, really loved my time spent in Borderlands 3 and I’m hoping that the future expansions make it the game I wanted it to be at launch.
8. Devil May Cry 5 (PC)
Devil May Cry 5 may be the best action game that released in 2019, but I haven’t touched it since I completed it. It has no replay value to me and that’s why it dropped from number 2 to 9 on my list. DMC5 has fantastic gameplay, memorable characters, and great graphics. The soundtrack is good too and I’m pretty sure this game will get one or two awards from me once I start my game of the year awards this month.
7. Remnant: From The Ashes (PC)
There are many Dark Souls clones out there. Remnant isn’t one of them. It took what made Dark Souls so good and did its own thing with it. I like to call Remnant Dark Souls with guns. Take everything great about Soulsborne games and add guns to the mix and I’m not talking about the near-useless guns in Bloodborne. I’m talking about guns that can kill enemies quite easily while melee weapons are usually reserved for enemies that get too close to you. This game was a big surprise hit for my wife and me this year. Even though I know Borderlands 3 would be at the very top of her list she still really loved Remnant too.
Remnant can be absolutely brutal. Every area is procedurally generated so you never know what to expect. This keeps the game fresh and can get stale at times too. You can go through the entire game without fighting every boss there is because of the procedurally generated stages. I like this because it adds longevity to the game and I think this is one of the most underrated games that released in 2019.
6. Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night (PC)
Bloodstained took me back to the great Castlevania games of old. It’s absolutely fantastic, but it launched with some pretty nasty issues and that’s why it’s not higher on my list. Bloodstained plays exactly like Castlevania which should surprise no one since Koji Igarashi made it. This game not only pays homage to Castlevania it’s also its own game and the upcoming DLC that was promised to us should make it even better. I feel sorry for anyone that played this game on the Switch. You did not play the best version of the game.
5. Destiny Connect: Tick Tock Travelers (Switch)
I fell in love with this game in the first hour that I played. The characters are adorable. the story is good, and it has that classic turn-based combat that I love so much in my JRPGs. The best part, for me anyway, is that it can be completed in under 15 hours. It’s a bite-sized JRPG with an excellent soundtrack and it’s the one game I just can’t get out of my head even though the last time I played it was back in September.
4. Fire Emblem Three Houses (Switch)
The new Fire Emblem is fantastic. It’s not the best game in the series or top 5 best, but it’s really good and if you want to play through the entire game it’ll take you about 150 hours. Possibly longer. Three Houses is like playing through multiple Fire Emblem games in one and instead of Intelligent Systems charging us for each different version of the game (Fates) they did the smart thing and included every house in one game. The end result is a massive Fire Emblem game with 4 vastly different stories. It’s crazy and so, so good.
There are things I wish were done a little better. I don’t like the pair up system when compared to previous games and I think the school mechanic could have been better as well. That being said, this is my most played game on my top 10 games of 2019 list.
3. Pokemon Sword & Shield (Switch)
The first official main Pokemon games on the Switch is next on my list! Pokemon Sword & Shield is everything I hoped it would be. I was really apprehensive about playing this game because of how bad Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee were. All of my fears and doubts faded away once I booted the game up and started walking around in the new open worldish zone called the Wild Area.
I never bought into the controversy or any of that nonsense. I don’t think this is a 5/10 game and I don’t think the lack of a national Pokedex is important. What’s here in this game is incredible and I can’t wait to see where the series goes from here. I would love a third game in this series because I think the Galar region could really be expanded on with either a third game or sequel. I always had a smile on my face while playing this game and that’s a big reason why it’s so high up on my list. That… and these are some of the best Pokemon games ever made in my opinion.
2. Resident Evil 2 Remake (PC)
I know a lot of people get upset when Resident Evil 2 is bought up as being the best, or one of the best, games of 2019. They say a remaster shouldn’t count. Well… they don’t. The thing is that Resident Evil 2 isn’t just a simple remaster. It was rebuilt from the ground up and has very little in common with the original game. It’s more of a reimagining than a simple upscaled version of the original game like most remasters are.
Resident Evil 2 Remake is absolutely incredible and it’s the first game since 2016 to max my review scale. It’s one of the best horror experiences I’ve ever had in my gaming life and it absolutely deserves to be on this list and be on my top 10 games of 2019.
1. Total War: Three Kingdoms (PC)
When this game was first announced in 2018 I called it my game of the year. That’s how much I was looking forward to playing it. Then it was pushed back to 2019 and I still called it my game of the year. Total War is one of my favorite game series and Three Kingdoms is possibly my favorite game in the entire series. I love this period of China and I love the direction they chose to go with this game. I couldn’t get into the fantasy Total War: Warhammer games. Even though I gave the first game a really positive score I still preferred my Total War games to be historical over fantasy.
This game did a bit of both and added so much depth to this series that it would be hard for any game to take this spot for me. Total War Three Kingdoms is absolutely incredible and worth every penny I sunk into it last year. This was a no brainer when I started making this list. The only challenge I had was where everything else would go under it.
And that’s my list. That’s my top 10 games of 2019! What are yours? Feel free to let me know here, Facebook, or Twitter.