Here it is. The big one.
I don’t want to spend too much time up here hyping up or describing this award because it needs no introduction.
These are the 6 best games released in 2019. That’s it. That’s the intro.
Here are the nominees for PartyChat’s 2019 GOTY:
Devil May Cry 5
I honestly am not a huge fan of hack and slash games, but Devil May Cry 5 is an exception. It’s a giant mess of action, gore, and edgy Japanese hunks.
Dante and his friends have never been better. Each of them comes with such unique techniques, that I never felt bored through the entire 15 hours campaign.
Speaking of the campaign, the story is actually pretty good for a Japanese made game. And graphically, it’s one of the best looking games of 2019, even when blades, demons, and blood is flying all over the screen.
It’s one of the most badass games I’ve ever played.
There are narrative-driven games and then there’s Disco Elysium, which is in a league of its own.
It’s definitely one of the most unique gaming experiences of the year with almost the entire game taking place in text conversations, including the combat.
To some, this may be a major turnoff but if you have the patience, you’ll be rewarded with one of the best stories in gaming history.
Outer Wilds is one of those games where you just grab a beer and a blunt, sit back, and fly around space.
That’s the core of this game: fly to a planet, explore, solve some puzzles, unfold the mystery of the Nomai, die, and do it all over again.
I promise you this game is anything but boring. The developers did a great job with the design so that you’re always waiting for what comes next.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Many have written this game off due to its incredible difficulty, but man are they missing out
Boasting one of the most beautiful open worlds of 2019, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice takes the Soulsbourne genre to new heights with a completely reworked combat system.
By forcing the player to learn their enemy’s attacks, parry them, and stay aggressive the entire time to break their posture, Sekrio engages players like no other game has done before.
You truly feel like a samurai fighting an intense life-threatening battle every time your swords clash.
Slay the Spire
There’s a reason I’ve poured over 70 hours into this game over the year, including an hour today. It’s so fucking addicting.
I love how the team at Mega Crit mashed up the best elements of the deck building, roguelike, and turn-based combat genres. And it also looks so beautiful, from the character and enemy designs to the cards themselves.
Not only is Slay the Spire my indie game of the year, but it’s also one of the best overall.
The Outer Worlds
You can see the fingerprints of the Fallout and Mass Effect franchises all over The Outer Worlds, from the way you interact with characters to the combat.
I know they don’t do much to innovate those mechanics, but do they really need to? Just put them with a new story and you’re all good.
Obsidian Entertainment took the best elements of two of the best modern RPGs and put them together to form the best RPGs of the year.
And the winner of this year’s “Game of the Year” Award is…
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
This is one of those games that will change the industry for years to come, just like the original Dark Souls.
But even more than that, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is one of the all-around best games I’ve ever played. I know the difficulty is daunting, but if you haven’t played this game, you absolutely need to try it.