2019 isn’t long for this world. In just over a week we welcome 2020 as well as a new decade. We here at GamEir (and let’s be honest every media site around the world) have our favourite games of 2019. I’ve assembled a few of the team to give their thoughts on this year’s games and they let me know what was their favourite Game of 2019.
Graham’s Choice Game of 2019
Ladies and gentlemen welcome. I start my choice off with this opening statement – I’ve played a lot of games this year and was lucky enough to get some of the heavy hitters but my choice is something of a hidden gem, I chose The Legends of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III. If I was being honest though it is the whole Trails trio I played. All three came out this year for the PlayStation 4 with the fourth and final game in the arc hopefully coming out in 2020.
Every time I picked up one of these JRPG’s I spent an inhuman amount of time delving into the deeply involved continent of Zemuria and its people. The combat system was engaging, the customisation system for the characters you controlled was deep, and though the graphics were nothing special it ultimately didn’t matter with such a nuanced and engaging story. This is to me one of the best JRPG’s out there.
Between the three titles that culminated in Trails of Cold Steel III, I have put in approximately 400+ hours and I regret nothing!
Marcus’ Choice Game of 2019
It is that time again. Another year is just about to pass and what a year it has been for all us gamers. When I was asked to choose my GOTY, I had no doubts at all as to what my choice would be. My GOTY consists of intense combat, Deep subliminal lore and gorgeous periodic environments. With a Mighty prosthetic hand and a lifetime of Shinobi training, the legendary quest of Wolf won me over.
Yes, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is my GOTY!
The Orphaned child, turned Ninja bodyguard to the Divine Heir Kuro teased my imagination and childhood love of all things Japanese. Officially winning the Game of the Year title for 2019 was so deserved. Many outstanding titles entered much later in the year. This allowed Sekiro more time to really sink its teeth into hardcore, masochist gamers out there.
After all was said and done, the gruelling boss battles and tricky combat, Sekiro was so rewarding to finally beat. No other game developer creates such painstaking, mind-opening and addictive gameplay as FromSoftware.
So I salute FromSoftware and award Sekiro the highest prize of gaming. Not just GOTY but also…My respect!
Declan’s Choice Game of 2019
2019 was a slow year game wise for myself but Mortal Kombat 11 was the shining light. The game got a whole new facelift from the last outing. The characters were slick and stylish and updated (no more scantily clad females). Each character could also be customised as each had numerous skins and equipment.
The storyline takes place not long after MKX as they introduce Shinnoks mother and Keeper of Time, Kronika, who is hellbent on resetting time and moulding it into her image. The story introduces new characters and also past favourites return, we also get to hate Jax again which was nice. The highlight for me was the return of Shang Tsung and his island from the legendary Mortal Kombat film.
The game has come under some criticism for being too grindy. I don’t like paying my way through games, if there are unlockables or loot boxes I just get on with it and grind, I was born into the grind I’m an old school WoW player so I know how to spend hours doing the same thing to get what I want, bloody kids don’t know they’re born.
Anyway, MK 11 is a must for all fighting game fans and casuals alike and is my favourite in the franchise to date.
Niall’s Choice Game of 2019
In a year of enormous open worlds and RPG’s that take longer to finish than the entirety of Frasier there really is no sweeter change of pace than returning to the world of Shovel Knight. Now starring King Knight, the self-appointed man-baby monarch!
Like previous expansions the King has his own playstyle, focusing on audacious and deliriously silly spins as he quests to become the greatest card player in the realm. Joustus the new card game does the impossible: it makes playing a card game not only bearable but also sporadically very enjoyable! Yacht Club has put so much love into Shovel Knight over the years and as a result it has become one of the happiest success stories for a crowd-funded gaming project to date.
With their brilliant additions to the game since it’s bittersweet to think of it as finally finished but few prospects are more enticing than what could be coming next from these wonderful developers. Oh and if you already own Shovel Knight then congrats! That means you own Shovel Knight: King of Cards. Go and play it! Steel thy shovel! Or you could watch Frasier but Netflix don’t have it. Damn.
Well, we hope you enjoyed our choices of 2019. This will be the last article of 2019 as we have to hibernate until the New Year. Thanks for all being a fantastic audience and we’ll see you in 2020.