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Top 20 Games of 2019

1. Resident Evil 2 = 1406 points, 6 honorable mentions
Resident Evil 2 - Slim pickings for me this year. But I gotta get a vote in for RE2, an absolute joy and masterpiece I didn't expect to be so good. I am terrible at action games despite my love for old school RE, and I also have arthritis, but the game's very customize-able difficulty and control options made it very accessible even for someone like me. I do think, as someone who ranks the original as one of the lower-tier old-school RE games in my very personal opinion, that it surpassed the original. Capcom proved that the industry still has some life in it yet for some ultra-jaded old fart like me. Cannot wait to see what they do to 3, which is my least favorite of the old-school games.
Resident Evil 2 - This game was about as much as I could expect for a near perfect remake of the original game. The overall atmosphere of the areas is significantly darker and creepier, zombies are once again a threat (no more reverse suplexing monsters through tables), and Mr. X instills extra difficulty, causing you to think on your feet in order to avoid him, current threats, and solve puzzles. My only complaint is that I wanted more DLC, and that's honestly not much of a complaint considering RE3 is coming in mere months. I did nearly everything there was to offer in this game. It's been a while since I've been bothered to go back and do extra content that wasn't massive DLC like Old Hunters or War of the Chosen
Resident Evil 2 - This game exists to remind us why we fell in love with video games in the first place. Perfectly designed levels and maps to explore, sense of discovery, thrills and excitements of encountering and overcoming a challenge. In my eyes, Resident Evil 2 is the definition of video games; a playground for people to have fun in. In addition, the game tries to tell a story, and knows how and when to progress it. The story and the cutscenes, are in fact a reward to the player. I loved everything about Resident Evil 2.

2. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice = 1173 points, 4 honorable mentions
Sekiro Shadows Die Twice - It's FromSoft's most polished gameplay, it's like they learned to fix most of the issues with DS and BB and pushed it without too much RPG stuff so it could sell to everyone, still one of the hardest FS games, on par with Bloodborne need to re-learn combat. Lore is interesting. Art is beautiful. Multiple endings. Already GOTY on TGA. What else
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice - Just as with Bloodborne four years ago, Sekiro is a game of deliberate nips and tucks at the now iconic mechanics of the Souls series, accentuating some and minimizing others, in order to provide a less sprawling but overall much more refined experience. And just like Bloodborne, From has absolutely nailed it with Sekiro. There's just so much to love about it: The animation and sound design are top notch and used to enhance not just visual spectacle but also playability. The addition of a new grappling hook mechanic allows the level design to be much larger and more vertical. The evolution of trick weapons into metroidvania-lite prosthetic weapons, each with their own set of upgrade trees, makes for plenty of hidden strategies against what could otherwise be extremely challenging encounters. The storytelling focus this time is on plot rather than just lore, putting the player character in the middle of the most interesting events of the story, and giving the player the option of 4 extremely different endings that could all equally suggest a sequel. The increased attention to cutscene direction that gives each of the many story beats so much more weight. The quality of life improvements, like making it more difficult to fall off ledges, and if you do, respawning back on the ledge with only minor health loss as opposed to totally killing you. And all of these improvements and more lay atop the foundation that From established all those years ago with the original Dark Souls - a fully realized world with incredible level design, full of amazing sights to behold and monsters to overcome, which constantly forces the player to make a difficult decision: is the reward that might be around the next corner... worth the risk that is almost certainly around the next corner?

3. Fire Emblem: Three Houses = 969 points, 4 honorable mentions
Fire Emblem: Three Houses - Absolutely fantastic game and an improvement on the 3ds Fire Emblem games in pretty much every way. Great character writing is what really elevates this above the other recent games. This game is everything Fates wanted to be and more. No it's not the best looking or running game on the Switch, not even the best this year, but every other aspect of the game is amazing. I have only finished Golden Deer at this point but the only thing stopping me from playing another route is knowing that other games I want to play will be pushed to the side if I did.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses - It's the grand return of Fire Emblem on the big screen! My favourite Fire Emblem before this one was Path of Radiance, a game I have played to death on the GameCube back when I was like 10 years old. The customisability present in that game was what made it the most interesting Fire Emblem I had ever played. Three Houses takes that aspect and amped it up to eleven. Every character can become any class you want them to become - assuming you give it enough effort - and there was an incredible variety in the amount of classes available to you. This customisability really speaks to me, and I spend hours upon hours figuring out what classes suited both my strategy and the pool of characters that I was working with. The reward that resulted from these hours of customising was a war machine that was nigh invincible, and that sense of Pride and Accomplishment really made the game for me. I also loved the characters and the story. The strategy gameplay was quite good, though not quite at the heights of Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade or even of Path of Radiance. The package as a whole, though, was something extremely special, and it has elevated the game to the no. 1 spot on my list of best Fire Emblem games, and no. 2 on my list of best Switch games. The game was incredible, and the wait was absolutely worth it! I have finished two routes (Golden Deer and that route), and I plan on playing through the Blue Lions route in the coming months.

4. Death Stranding = 960 points, 8 honorable mentions
Death Stranding - Never thought a game about delivering packages would be my favorite game of the year but it made basic movement feel so good and rewarding. The writing was not very subtle, but I feel like it nailed most of the big emotional beats. Mads, Tommie Earl Jenkins and Troy Baker put in excellent performances. It's rare for a game to make me feel something, and this one did.
Death Stranding - Metal Gear series is one of gaming's greatest but I've always wished we would see something entirely new from Kojima and his team and they delivered (pardon the pun) a masterpiece with DS. The amount of originality and direction is explosive especially for a AAA game, I loved everything about this work of art from the unique world with its own rules to the gamification of walking and traversal and the story with the stellar cast of characters.This is my GOTG.

5. Control = 868 points, 7 honorable mentions
Control - Where do I even start? Never have I played a game that felt like it encapsulated my own perception and thought process so well. From the combat balance, document writing, environmental design, and sociomateriality nu-weird ideas, it felt like Sam Lake and crew extracted a slice of my brain put it in some weird Finnish smoothie making machine and then served it back to me. Whoah, I guess I just suggested that Remedy made me drink my own brain matter, but that’s what Control felt like. I’m in.
Control - This science-fiction shooter gripped me with its responsive fast-paced action combat, stunning art direction, complex world narrative, and overall creativity. It has a special place within my heart and is an experience I cannot wait to relive someday.

6. Devil May Cry 5 = 614 points, 7 honorable mentions
Devil May Cry 5 - Easily the best combat in any game made EVER. I've waited for this game for so so long and boy did it not disappoint. Fighting in this game is fun personified, so many options, so many choices and it looks so good and stylish as you do it. On top of that the game boasts a banging soundtrack and excellent visuals; Capcom put out a classic.
Devil May Cry 5 - The grand master and originator of the character action genre is back and in glorious form. It's so great to play a video gamey ass video game with production values like this. It's wonderful, it's everything a DMC fan could want and it's the best game to come out this year.

7. Disco Elysium = 532 points, 3 honorable mentions
Disco Elysium - This game rightfully gets praised for its incredible writing, but I also really love how it handles attributes and leveling up. It is such a refreshing game.
Disco Elysium - A melancholic, unrelentingly acerbic, and preeminently consumable exploration of the postmodern human condition, Disco Elysium's script is what might have resulted if Dostoyevsky, Baudrillard, and Terry Pratchett performed a three way fusion dance then sat down to write a detective novel turned adventure game. With that, striking visual design, and a staggering abundance of meaningful player choice, Disco may well be the touchstone for CRPGs of the future, and is surely 2019's shining example of literary talent in videogames.

8. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order = 482 points, 12 honorable mentions
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order - Respawn knocked it out of the park again. After Titanfall 2's depressingly short campaign, I knew they'd end up scratching that itch properly down the line. Never expected it to be a Star Wars game, but here we are
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order - Souls-like combat meshed with Metroid style gameplay in the Star Wars universe; what more needs to be said. Oh, and it turned out to be fantastic!

9. Outer Wilds = 441 points, 5 honorable mentions
Outer Wilds - An awe-inspiring experience of scientific curiosity and discovery that is elevated by its philosophical criticality and grounded by its understanding of personal and collective relationships. I am moved by this game in so many ways.
Outer Wilds - Just an incredibly cool experience all around. Time looping, a world on a schedule, all of this is my shit to begin with and it all worked so well together. I never felt stuck (though I played after lots of QoL changes, I know) so I could always just keep pulling at threads and feel like I discovered something huge. Ending maybe didn’t strike me as strongly as it did some people, but if nothing else it provided a strong sense of conclusion to a game where you can kinda do anything in any order, which is definitely an achievement.

10. Luigi's Mansion 3 = 414 points, 9 honorable mentions
Luigis Mansion 3 - My favourite way to play games is curled up on the sofa cuddling my wife with some kind of Coop adventure where we both have a seperate role to play. I loved Rayman Legends on WiiU because of the asynchronous multiplayer and this is as close as anyone has gotten to that gameplay. Playing together taking on the role of the lesser loved Mario bro whilst my wife took on the role of a jellified repolice was a joy from start to finish. The varying puzzles from floor to floor were satisfying, the atmosphere was spot on as a cheesy spooky vibe and the OST was heavenly. Charles Martinet was the star of the show with what must be his most involved game yet. To top it off my kids absolutely love it too.
Luigi's Mansion 3 - Surprise of the year, do I dare say best for this ghost gooey hunting of a game?!

11. Astral Chain = 382 points, 3 honorable mentions
Astral Chain - I've played my fair share of Platinum Games, I enjoyed them, but I was never an hardcore fan, you know what I'm a fan of ? Riding a Beast Legion while wielding a Sword, controlling 2 characters without the game turning into a mess, a killer soundtrack and, surprisingly for an Action game, a lengthy campaign. The story isn't mindblowing, it's very much something you'd expect, what you don't expect is a well built world with charming characters (including a lovable K-9 pup) that screams set-up for something greater to come. This game also has a fair ammount of Anime references that are well implemented and very satisfying, it never dips too much into it though, so if you don't follow the medium it's not like you're missing out, it's just a novelty for those who saw the likes of Neon Genesis Evangelion or DBZ.

12. The Outer Worlds = 379 points, 8 honorable mentions
The Outer Worlds - This game grabbed me. I’d heard and read this was 'just another one of /those/ games’, but as someone who has not played lots of /those/ games, this was captivating. As I progressed, I was enjoying it so much that I intended to complete every mission and side-mission. Somewhere along my path, I made some choice(s) which left me hated and Kill On Sight for the faction that controls the last area of the game, thus I had to abandon several side missions there. Nonetheless I clocked in at about 54hrs completion time, exploring each landscape and populated area until I had sufficiently exhausted what I could do, and had a grand time along the way. Parvati never left my side and made for a fantastic teammate.

13. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night = 329 points, 11 honorable mentions
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night - The Return of the King. Your boy IGA saw the avalanche of metroidvanias coming out of the indie scene, tossed his wine glass and said, "I need to remind you amateurs how it's done." RotN is on par with Symphony of the Night for me, and SotN is a top ten OAT tier game. While the graphics and soundtrack aren't quite there, the absolutely massive magic and movement list and ways to approach exploration and combat dwarf even the best the genre has offered recently, such as Hollow Knight. The alchemy and cooking systems provide a good incentive to explore, while the shard system (which allows stacking multiple versions of the same shard) pushes you to engage in the combat. It all makes for a game where all the gears are grinding as they should, where all the systems complement one another. Getting David Hayter and Robert Belgrade (Alucard) on board is just the icing on the cake. Turns out high profile Kickstarter projects can actually turn out pretty well when a true genius is at the helm.

14. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening = 324 points, 9 honorable mentions
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening - the original is one of my favorite games of all time (and my second favorite zelda after breath of the wild), and playing the remake was jus as magical as playing the original game boy game. the visuals and music are beautifully made and the improvements to controls fix the one issue the original had.

15. Slay the Spire = 289 points, 3 honorable mentions
Slay the Spire - I was highly anticipating this game and once it hit the Switch, I found myself having put 65 hours in like it was nothing. Highly replayable with card combinations and synergies more satisfying than anything else I played this year. Dipping into the PC modding scene (I rarely douple dip, but this game made me) brought even more joy from wonderfully crafted fan builds, easily implemented thanks to the devs' willingness to embrace them. The very recently added 4th character brings even more to the game ensuring it will be a 2020 staple for some time to come. Customisation options are insane with a huge list of modifiers to further make what is already an evergreen experience even more fresh and exciting. I hope this game is supported for a long time to come.

16. Kingdom Hearts 3 = 289 points, 4 honorable mentions
Kingdom Hearts 3 - The epic conclusion of the Xehanort Saga, maybe a bit easy, but it was fun all the way through.

17. Judgment = 274 points, 3 honorable mentions
Judgement - In 2006 I bought, started, and dropped Yakzua 1. Wasn't feeling it. Months later I returned to it and it hooked me and the series has developed into a sort of comfort food. Judgement is the tenth or so of these games I've played and I still find them engaging and fun and weird and after all this time I'm still not tired of running around Kamurocho. Aside from the far too frequent tailing missions, Judgement stands among the best of the series. And for someone wanting to jump in to the Yakuza series but not wanting to revisit seven games to get caught up, it's a great entry point with it's lessened focus on Tojo drama.

18. Pokemon Sword and Shield = 274 points, 5 honorable mentions
Pokemon Sword/Shield - After hating Pokemon Sun so much my love for the franchise died quite dramatically, thankfully Let's Go! Eevee last year and now Pokemon Sword this year rekindled my fandom with a really fun Pokemon game! It's far from perfect but the core things I care about (catching/raising Pokemon, filling the Pokedex) are really well done. Honestly some of the best Pokemon designs in MANY generations, with certain ones even being added to my top tier fav list of ALL TIME! I love them! And the OST is surprisingly phenomenal, not really something I associate Pokemon with usually but it's really great! Raid battles are an awesome feature and the Wild Area is such a cool place with so much promise. I just hope they keep with them and develop it bigger and better in future titles to come!

19. Super Mario Maker 2 = 268 points, 8 honorable mentions
Super Mario Maker 2 - No contest with this one for me. I loved the first one, and I managed to play over 200 hours of this in the first couple of months, while only slightly neglecting my family, and recently topped out at ranked 21st in the world for Maker Points. I had to take a break when I got tennis elbow from holding the Switch too much... The new additions to the game may look a little slim on the surface, but stuff like vertical levels, scroll lock and a much more generous limit for ground blocks massively expand what's possible.

20. Baba is You = 255 points, 7 honorable mentions
Baba Is You - One of the most original and mind bending puzzle games ever. It is super hard, perhaps too hard for it's own good, but I love how it pushes you to think outside the box, constantly. No puzzle is solved by routine. Instead every solution feels like a huge achievement. Perhaps not the best game of the year, but absolutely the best new concept.
 
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Genre Awards

Best Action-Adventure Games

1. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice = 1173 points, 4 honorable mentions
2. Death Stranding = 960 points, 8 honorable mentions
3. Control = 868 points, 7 honorable mentions
4. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order = 482 points, 12 honorable mentions
5. Outer Wilds = 441 points, 5 honorable mentions
6. Luigi's Mansion 3 = 414 points, 9 honorable mentions
7. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night = 329 points, 11 honorable mentions
8. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening = 324 points, 9 honorable mentions
9. Days Gone = 247 points, 4 honorable mentions
10. A Plague Tale: Innocence = 209 points, 4 honorable mentions


Best Action Games

1. Devil May Cry 5 = 614 points, 7 honorable mentions
2. Astral Chain = 382 points, 3 honorable mentions
3. Judgment = 274 points, 3 honorable mentions
4. Super Mario Maker 2 = 268 points, 8 honorable mentions
5. Sayonara Wild Hearts = 190 points, 6 honorable mentions
6. Ring Fit Adventure = 162 points, 7 honorable mentions
7. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown = 138 points, 4 honorable mentions
8. Katana Zero = 105 points, 6 honorable mentions
9. Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair = 85 points, 4 honorable mentions
10. Shovel Knight: King of Cards = 62 points, 1 honorable mentions


Best Adventure Games

1. Life is Strange 2 = 102 points, 5 honorable mentions
2. Hypnospace Outlaw = 68 points, 2 honorable mentions
3. Pathologic 2 = 36 points, 0 honorable mentions
4. Heaven's Vault = 26 points, 1 honorable mentions
5. The Walking Dead: The Final Season = 21 points, 1 honorable mentions
6. Observation = 18 points, 1 honorable mentions
7. Kind Words = 18 points, 0 honorable mentions
8. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy = 17 points, 0 honorable mentions
9. Afterparty = 14 points, 0 honorable mentions
10. Later Alligator = 11 points, 0 honorable mentions


Best Fighting Games

1. Mortal Kombat 11 = 103 points, 7 honorable mentions
2. Samurai Shodown = 21 points, 1 honorable mentions
3. Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid = 11 points, 0 honorable mentions
4. Dead or Alive 6 = 7 points, 0 honorable mentions


Best Horror Games

1. Resident Evil 2 = 1406 points, 6 honorable mentions
2. The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan = 12 points, 1 honorable mentions
3. Yuppie Psycho = 7 points, 0 honorable mentions
4. Deadly Premonition Origins = 6 points, 1 honorable mentions
5. Resident Evil 4 = 4 points, 0 honorable mentions
6. Blair Witch = 1 points, 0 honorable mentions


Best Puzzle Games

1. Baba is You = 255 points, 7 honorable mentions
2. Tetris 99 = 216 points, 5 honorable mentions
3. Beat Saber = 31 points, 1 honorable mentions
4. Return of the Obra Dinn = 25 points, 0 honorable mentions
5. Supraland = 19 points, 0 honorable mentions
6. Tetris Effect = 18 points, 0 honorable mentions
7. Heave Ho = 17 points, 0 honorable mentions
8. Catherine: Full Body = 17 points, 0 honorable mentions
9. Grindstone = 16 points, 1 honorable mentions
10. Box Boy + Box Girl = 7 points, 1 honorable mentions


Best Racing Games

1. Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled = 133 points, 3 honorable mentions
2. Dirt Rally 20 = 37 points, 0 honorable mentions
3. Trials Rising = 14 points, 0 honorable mentions
4. F1 2019 = 14 points, 0 honorable mentions
5. Lonely Mountains Downhill = 14 points, 0 honorable mentions
6. Team Sonic Racing = 7 points, 1 honorable mentions
7. Wreckfest = 7 points, 0 honorable mentions
8. WRC 8 = 5 points, 0 honorable mentions
9. Forza Horizon 4: LEGO Speed Champions = 4 points, 0 honorable mentions
10. Mario Kart Tour = 4 points, 0 honorable mentions


Best Remakes / Remasters / Ports

1. Resident Evil 2 = 1406 points, 6 honorable mentions
2. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening = 324 points, 9 honorable mentions
3. Dragon Quest 11: Definitive Edition = 207 points, 4 honorable mentions
4. Red Dead Redemption 2 = 48 points, 0 honorable mentions
5. Halo: The Master Chief Collection = 47 points, 1 honorable mentions
6. Medievil = 27 points, 2 honorable mentions
7. Return of the Obra Dinn = 25 points, 0 honorable mentions
8. VA 11 HALL A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action = 19 points, 0 honorable mentions
9. Tetris Effect = 18 points, 0 honorable mentions
10. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy = 17 points, 0 honorable mentions


Best Role-Playing Games

1. Disco Elysium = 532 points, 3 honorable mentions
2. The Outer Worlds = 379 points, 8 honorable mentions
3. Kingdom Hearts 3 = 289 points, 4 honorable mentions
4. Pokemon Sword and Shield = 274 points, 5 honorable mentions
5. Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers = 221 points, 0 honorable mentions
6. Dragon Quest 11: Definitive Edition = 207 points, 4 honorable mentions
7. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne = 181 points, 2 honorable mentions
8. Dragon Quest Builders 2 = 143 points, 5 honorable mentions
9. SaGa Scarlet Grace Ambitions = 55 points, 3 honorable mentions
10. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III = 54 points, 0 honorable mentions


Best Shooter Games

1. Apex Legends = 250 points, 2 honorable mentions
2. Gears 5 = 233 points, 6 honorable mentions
3. Metro Exodus = 140 points, 4 honorable mentions
4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare = 125 points, 5 honorable mentions
5. Borderlands 3 = 119 points, 4 honorable mentions
6. Destiny 2: Shadowkeep = 83 points, 1 honorable mentions
7. Tom Clancy's: The Division 2 = 59 points, 1 honorable mentions
8. Halo: The Master Chief Collection = 47 points, 1 honorable mentions
9. Blood and Truth = 38 points, 0 honorable mentions
10. Ape Out = 34 points, 2 honorable mentions


Best Simulators

1. Untitled Goose Game = 238 points, 11 honorable mentions
2. Anno 1800 = 30 points, 0 honorable mentions
3. VA 11 HALL A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action = 19 points, 0 honorable mentions
4. Planet Zoo = 9 points, 0 honorable mentions
5. My Time at Portia = 7 points, 0 honorable mentions
6. Transport Fever 2 = 6 points, 0 honorable mentions
7. Astroneer = 5 points, 0 honorable mentions
8. Tropico 6 = 5 points, 0 honorable mentions
9. Islanders = 5 points, 0 honorable mentions
10. Surviving Mars: Green Planet = 3 points, 0 honorable mentions


Best Sports Games

1. MLB the Show 19 = 19 points, 0 honorable mentions
2. What the Golf = 15 points, 0 honorable mentions
3. eFootball PES 2020 = 8 points, 0 honorable mentions
4. PBA Pro Bowling = 3 points, 0 honorable mentions
5. Football Manager 2020 = 2 points, 1 honorable mentions
6. FIFA 20 = 2 points, 0 honorable mentions
7. NBA 2K20 = 1 points, 0 honorable mentions


Best Strategy Games

1. Fire Emblem: Three Houses = 969 points, 4 honorable mentions
2. Slay the Spire = 289 points, 3 honorable mentions
3. Total War: Three Kingdoms = 40 points, 1 honorable mentions
4. Wargroove = 40 points, 2 honorable mentions
5. Dicey Dungeons = 29 points, 1 honorable mentions
6. Civilization 6: Gathering Storm = 28 points, 0 honorable mentions
7. Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition = 13 points, 1 honorable mentions
8. They Are Billions = 10 points, 0 honorable mentions
9. Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark = 8 points, 0 honorable mentions
10. DOTA Underlords = 8 points, 0 honorable mentions


Most Popular Games (Based on most #1 votes)

1. Death Stranding, 121 votes
2. Fire Emblem: Three Houses, 117 votes
3. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, 111 votes
4. Resident Evil 2, 110 votes
5. Disco Elysium, 77 votes
6. Control, 61 votes
7. Outer Wilds, 44 votes
8. Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers, 34 votes
9. Devil May Cry 5, 29 votes
10. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, 17 votes
 
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Platform Awards

Best PC Games

1. Resident Evil 2 = 1406 points, 6 honorable mentions
2. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice = 1173 points, 4 honorable mentions
3. Control = 868 points, 7 honorable mentions
4. Devil May Cry 5 = 614 points, 7 honorable mentions
5. Disco Elysium = 532 points, 3 honorable mentions
6. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order = 482 points, 12 honorable mentions
7. Outer Wilds = 441 points, 5 honorable mentions
8. The Outer Worlds = 379 points, 8 honorable mentions
9. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night = 329 points, 11 honorable mentions
10. Slay the Spire = 289 points, 3 honorable mentions


Best PS4 Games

1. Resident Evil 2 = 1406 points, 6 honorable mentions
2. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice = 1173 points, 4 honorable mentions
3. Death Stranding = 960 points, 8 honorable mentions
4. Control = 868 points, 7 honorable mentions
5. Devil May Cry 5 = 614 points, 7 honorable mentions
6. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order = 482 points, 12 honorable mentions
7. Outer Wilds = 441 points, 5 honorable mentions
8. The Outer Worlds = 379 points, 8 honorable mentions
9. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night = 329 points, 11 honorable mentions
10. Slay the Spire = 289 points, 3 honorable mentions


Best Xbox One Games

1. Resident Evil 2 = 1406 points, 6 honorable mentions
2. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice = 1173 points, 4 honorable mentions
3. Control = 868 points, 7 honorable mentions
4. Devil May Cry 5 = 614 points, 7 honorable mentions
5. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order = 482 points, 12 honorable mentions
6. Outer Wilds = 441 points, 5 honorable mentions
7. The Outer Worlds = 379 points, 8 honorable mentions
8. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night = 329 points, 11 honorable mentions
9. Slay the Spire = 289 points, 3 honorable mentions
10. Kingdom Hearts 3 = 289 points, 4 honorable mentions


Best Nintendo Switch Games

1. Fire Emblem: Three Houses = 969 points, 4 honorable mentions
2. Luigi's Mansion 3 = 414 points, 9 honorable mentions
3. Astral Chain = 382 points, 3 honorable mentions
4. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night = 329 points, 11 honorable mentions
5. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening = 324 points, 9 honorable mentions
6. Slay the Spire = 289 points, 3 honorable mentions
7. Pokemon Sword and Shield = 274 points, 5 honorable mentions
8. Super Mario Maker 2 = 268 points, 8 honorable mentions
9. Baba is You = 255 points, 7 honorable mentions
10. Untitled Goose Game = 238 points, 11 honorable mentions


Best Handheld Games

1. Shovel Knight: King of Cards = 62 points, 1 honorable mentions
2. Etrian Odyssey Nexus = 22 points, 1 honorable mentions
3. Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth = 17 points, 0 honorable mentions
4. The House in Fata Morgana = 10 points, 0 honorable mentions
5. Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr's Journey = 6 points, 0 honorable mentions
6. Shakedown Hawaii = 5 points, 0 honorable mentions
7. Yo Kai Watch 3 = 3 points, 0 honorable mentions
8. Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn = 1 points, 0 honorable mentions


Best Mobile Games

1. Sayonara Wild Hearts = 190 points, 6 honorable mentions
2. SaGa Scarlet Grace Ambitions = 55 points, 3 honorable mentions
3. Grindstone = 16 points, 1 honorable mentions
4. What the Golf = 15 points, 0 honorable mentions
5. Gris = 12 points, 1 honorable mentions
6. eFootball PES 2020 = 8 points, 0 honorable mentions
7. Dota Underlords = 8 points, 0 honorable mentions
8. Whispers of a Machine = 7 points, 0 honorable mentions
9. Manifold Garden = 6 points, 1 honorable mentions
10. Teamfight Tactics = 6 points, 0 honorable mentions


Best VR Games

1. Blood and Truth = 38 points, 0 honorable mentions
2. Beat Saber = 31 points, 1 honorable mentions
3. Tetris Effect = 18 points, 0 honorable mentions
4. Asgard's Wrath = 4 points, 0 honorable mentions
5. Vader Immortal = 4 points, 0 honorable mentions
6. Nintendo Labo VR = 4 points, 0 honorable mentions
7. Superhot VR = 3 points, 0 honorable mentions
8. Vacation Simulator = 3 points, 0 honorable mentions
9. Trover Saves the Universe = 3 points, 1 honorable mentions
10. Stormland = 2 points, 0 honorable mentions


Best Publisher

1. Nintendo, 3126 points
2. Capcom, 2224 points
3. Activision Blizzard, 1466 points
4. Sony Interactive Entertainment, 1338 points
5. 505 Games, 1211 points
6. Square Enix, 1051 points
7. EA, 745 points
8. ZA/UM, 532 points
9. 2K games, 527 points
10. Mobius Digital, 441 points
11. Xbox Game Studios, 336 points
12. Sega, 326 points
13. Mega Crit Games, 289 points
14. Focus Home Interactive, 255 points
15. Hempuli, 255 points
16. Panic Inc, 238 points
17. Deep Silver, 219 points
18. Bandai Namco Games, 209 points
19. Devolver Digital, 209 points
20. Annapura Interactive, 198 points



Best Platform

PS4, 11876 points
PC, 11558 points
XBO, 9316 points
NSW, 6401 points
Mob, 373 points
OG, 38 points
 
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In the coming weeks we will be working with the Game of the Year team to open voting for the Game of the Decade. Any game published in the last 10 years will be eligible and can be voted for. This means you should go back and replay all of your favorite games before voting opens so you can pick which you liked the best.

More information on the Game of the Decade vote will be forthcoming.
 

KLoWn

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Oct 27, 2017
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That's a good-ass list. Both Fire Emblem & Astral Chain on it! Well deserved!
 

Tain

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Oct 25, 2017
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Pistol Whip got 6 points and wasn't in the top VR games? 🤔

sorry to nitpick out the gate though lol, thanks for putting this together
 

Dancrane212

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Congrats to the winners, thanks to the folk who put this together...

...and my condolences to Ace Combat 7, who was robbed.
 
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Very cool for Disco Elysium to get recognized, and overall a very solid pool of games. Much better than recent years IMO.


death stranding was robbed though
 
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Havent played Sekiro yet but that seems like a good top 3. Great year for games.

Happy to see Astral Chain in the top too.
 

Bear

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Didn't think I'd see RE2 at the top. Guess I need to play it now.

Looking at that list, it's a pretty meh year for games.
 

ThiagoJG

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Congrats Capcom, RE2 is really amazing!

And congrats Nintendo and Sony for representing first-party wins!
 

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In the coming weeks we will be working with the Game of the Year team to open voting for the Game of the Decade. Any game published in the last 10 years will be eligible and can be voted for. This means you should go back and replay all of your favorite games before voting opens so you can pick which you liked the best.

More information on the Game of the Decade vote will be forthcoming.
Awesome! I made a list of my top 25 games of the decade recently. Very convenient haha
 

Mushroomer25

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Apex not even cracking top 20 while Fallen Order takes a top ten spot is one of those decisions I'm going to scratch my head over for the rest of the year.
 

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Death Stranding was truly divisive, most number one votes but couldn't even make top 3. Shame to the people who didn't play it. RE2, meanwhile, was a real "everyone who played it liked it" type of great game
 

Naga

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Wow, I expected FE to be top 5 but not #3, that's great!
Some other nice surprises like Outer Wilds and Disco Elysium in the top 10! Interesting top 20.
My GOTY is #36 ;_;

edit: a lot of choices seem to fit like most of the western media choices tbh (RE2, Sekiro, Control...), so less surprising.
 
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