Here’s is something a bit different, I love a good top 10 list, so here’s my top 10 games that I completed in 2019.
Just to be clear, this is not my version of the top 10 games released in 2019, this is my personal list of games that I collected and completed in 2019. I collected many games in 2019, due to now owning a house; I have a lot of space to fill with video games! (Just don’t tell my soon to be wife, as I might get in trouble). Before I start, I just want to mention a few games I completed and really enjoyed, but just stand out enough to me. Also, I’m not putting these games from best to worst.
- Kingdom hearts 3
- Rage 2
- Splinter Cell: Conviction
- The Crew 2
- The Outer Worlds
Splinter Cell: Blacklist So as you might be able to tell, I got into the modern splinter cell games this year, and my god I loved this game so much! For those of you who don’t know, Blacklist came out in 2013 on the Xbox 360. But don’t let that put you off playing this game because I believe it feels more modern and has more depth than many games that have released this generation. For starters, the graphics are great, the story isn’t the finest in the splinter cell games but definitely keeps you enticed, and the gameplay is at it’s best here. I might dare say, this is the best Splinter Cell game ever made. Even possibly one of the best stealth games ever made.
Final Fantasy 15 I tried to get into Final Fantasy 15 when it first came out, but struggled to get into its battle systems. However, I finished Kingdom hearts 3 around March time this year and felt like it was lacking a bit of Final Fantasy. Unlike the previous games, it featured no characters from the FF franchise, and the battle system was extremely empty (KH2 had the best combat in my opinion). So with me looking for an action JRPG, I decided to jump back into FF15. I am so glad I did! This time I got a good hand on the battle system, and understood more of the items and menus. I really connected with the characters and the giant action set pieces were a thrill to experience. I loved the 30 hours I played, and I’m very glad I went back and completed this game.
Assassin’s Creed Origins I picked up this game at the start of the year for about £10; boy I got a lot of content for my money! I couldn’t really get into the game at first, not that I wasn’t enjoying it; I just didn’t click with it. So I booted it up again in June and never looked back. I never realised how interested in ancient Egypt I was until I got stuck into this game. All of a sudden I was researching the ancient Egyptian gods in my spare time and even visited a Tutankhamen exhibition. This game reminded me so much of Assassins Creed 2, in the way of it reinventing the series and having spot on history accuracy (apart from the hidden arm weapons of course, even if da Vinci helped, I’m sure they wouldn’t of been able to invent a hidden gun in the renaissance era). The change to being a RPG was so much fun for me, I got serious Witcher vibes exploring this game, I just had one problem. If an enemy was more than two levels higher than you, they just annihilated you with a one hit kill. Also the story goes on a tad too long, but apart from that I absolutely loved this game. Great story and visuals, a lot of content to explore and the combat is just so much fun.
Gears 5 I already talked about how much I loved Gears 5 in my Complete Opinion write up. So of course this was going to be on my top 10. The gameplay is pretty much perfect in Gears 5, the story is so gripping and the newly added open areas are a much needed change of pace in the Gears games. I’ve since played more of the horde and escape modes that are equally good fun, making Gears 5 very replay-able. I just wish there was more of the story, but I can wait until Gears 6.
WHAT THE GOLF? Okay so, if I had to choose, this is probably my favourite game of 2019. I expressed my love for every aspect of this game in my Complete Opinion write up already. Please just play this game! It is so so so so much fun! The puzzles are smart and very rewarding to solve. The visuals and sound design is so cute and engaging. It is a very simple game, which constantly changes the way you play, making for some great replay-ability. This is a game for all ages, play it, show it to everyone you know; please spread the word of this amazing game.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Despite the issues I had with this game in my Complete Opinion write up, this is still one of my favourite games I played last year. The story grabbed me from the first minute, and I think the time it’s set in really helped that for me. This game had massive fan service for me as I grew up with the star wars prequels and was now able to explore how the universe changed after order 66. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring every inch of the levels in the game, and actually looking into the lore based collectibles for once! Some of my favour moments were when I got into battles where I looked outnumbered, but pulled off a few swift moves to be the victor. Also the ending is probably the best moment in video games last year.
Steamworld Dig 2 I do love me a metroidvania, and this is probably the best one I played last year. I already expressed my love for it in my Complete Opinion write up. The visuals really just jump off the screen, the gameplay is tight, and the mechanics of digging down rather than platforming is a great change. The loop of seeing how far you can go before running out of light is so addicting and rewarding. The only thing I would of like to see more of was the boss fights. Apart from that, this game is a masterpiece.
Darksiders 2 After attempting to get into Darksiders 2 in 2014 (not long after finishing the first Darksiders game), I am very glad I went back and properly got into the game this time. I did have a few issues that I ranted about in my Complete Opinion write up. However I still truly loved this game. It may of dragged on a bit for my liking, nonetheless the gameplay feels great, visuals and art style is stunning and the level design feels right at home in this strange universe. I am definitely going to play the third game this year and hopefully even the spin off Darksiders Genesis. I just love the design and uniqueness that this universe has and I want to sink my teeth in even more this year.
Devil May Cry 5 So DMC 5 isn’t my favourite game I played last year, but it is certainly one of the best. I already went into depth about my opinions on this game in my Complete Opinion write up. I genuinely feel like Devil May Cry 5 is one of the best games to come out of Capcom this generation, it is beyond doubt an amazing game, but it just didn’t stick with me after I finished it. I loved playing through it and had a blast, but only months after finishing, I can barely remember what happened. But don’t let that put you off; it has a fast paced and highly enjoyable combat system, and a fairly interesting story. The graphics are great and there is a lot here for you if you’re a big DMC fan, but I can totally understand why this wasn’t on many “game of the year” lists. I would surely recommend this game, but wait for a sale or play it on game pass.
Half-Life 2 Okay, here’s the big one. I had never played Half-Life 2. I know how could I call myself a fan of video gams without playing one of the best games of all time! I have played both Portal and Left 4 Dead, but I now realise I was missing out big time! If I gave video games ratings, this would easily be a 10/10. I just never got bored playing HL2, the story is so enticing, the shooting feels superb, and the visuals are still great today. But the best thing is getting lost. I know it sounds silly but when I was lost, searching around the whole level, just to realise there’s a hidden passage I walked past about 15 times, I felt so relieved and happy. Each level was like a puzzle or maze that you had to navigate whilst fighting enemies and that’s what makes this game so great. Having not played any Half Life game until now, I am very tempted to go back and play every game in the series, especially with the Black Mesa mod/remake.