Putting together a list of the best games of the year is always an incredibly difficult task. So many video games arrive every year in many different genres and platforms - and most turn out to be great in their own ways and 2019 was no exception.
There were many, many games we loved playing in 2019. To find our game of the year, we went through every possible criteria – gameplay, visual fidelity, audio design and most importantly, the fun factor.
Having to cut the list down to just five nominees was extremely difficult, as there were many, many more fantastic games in 2019. Out of these five incredible nominees however, one game stood above the rest and delivered a gaming experience like no other.
Most gamers would have a screen-smashing, controller-tossing relationship with this title, just like they would for Dark Souls or Bloodborne. Yet, while I find myself part of this demographic, I have to admit there’s just something about From Software’s gritty, Japanese-inspired adventure that keeps me coming back for more (deaths). Is it the stunning, graceful beauty of the landscapes? The unrestrictive sandbox nature of the gameplay? Or is it something even more primal yet; the simple satisfaction and sense of achievement that comes with beating a difficult opponent?
Perhaps it's all three, but there's no doubt that Sekiro is an amazing game through and through because of it. Try (and die) as you might, it's certainly a marvellous throwback to a time when we gamers were really "in it to win it", so to speak.
Devil May Cry 5
|Resident Evil 2 Remake||Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice||Total War: Three Kingdoms|
For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed in the References section below.