Top 10 Games 2019

December 23, 2019 at 1:05am
By Jason Stettner

It was yet another stacked year for games with so many incredible releases arriving throughout the entirety of the calendar. Working from that, across the multiple platforms we compiled a list of the best featuring a wide selection of genres and titles for the games that we most enjoyed.

These are definitely the best of what we played in terms of quality and even just generally the time we spent with them. Keep in mind that everyone's list is different, this collection excludes expansion content and remakes or remasters. Sure, other games should have probably made the list, but these are all games that we truly did enjoy playing. With that, here are our top 10 games of 2019.

#10: Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

It’s hard to stand out in the platformer genre since it’s so saturated, but this title delighted while being an entirely new spin on these fresh characters. It’s very dynamic as levels can be completely altered by the open world level selection area and of course these two charming characters are always fun to see in action.

#9: Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince

This is one charming, and simply gorgeous platformer with puzzle aspects at the forefront. I certainly wasn’t anticipating such an enjoyable time with this one as it was great to play. It’s something for all ages and definitely unique. Work together as well if you’d like to survive through dreams across great landscapes.
Trine 4 Game of the Year

#8: Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

This is one multiplayer RPG that just keeps on going, it packs countless hours of gameplay as you take on the various foes in this desolate city. Work with the locals to rebuild a sense of society while dealing with deadlier threats than you have before.

#7: Sayonara Wild Hearts

What an absolutely stunning experience, this is best enjoyed with headphones for a completely immersive time. It’s basically pop album the game as you lightly interact with the world while music bumps along in the background. It’s got great visuals, and a fascinating sense of narrative in combination with gameplay.
Gears 5 Game of the Year

#6: Gears 5

The latest entry in this long running franchise continues to change with Kait rising to the front of the action with the squad exploring large open world feeling environments across distinct biomes. Explore the past, while confronting the current growing threat of the Swarm. Aside from the story you can battle it out in the expansive multiplayer, work together to Escape in that distinctly fresh mode or group up to take on the Horde cooperatively.

#5: The Outer Worlds

This is what I’d consider to be Fallout in space, do whatever you’d like across a series of wacky planets. Things are dark, twisted and just strange so decide your way through various tasks. Help your fellow colonists, or go off and have adventures. It’s a great time, being so much fun and there being too many choices in how you handle situations. It’s an RPG too, if you weren’t aware.

#4: Borderlands 3

After such a long wait, Borderlands is finally back as you leave Pandora behind for a space adventure. Visit multiple worlds, gather the forces and prepare to take on a new threat as these wild twins are causing issues in this race for the ultimate vaults. Get out there Vault Hunter, and best of luck with your shooting as well as looting.

#3: A Plague Tale: Innocence

This is such a unique single player experience, in the shoes of a young woman you’ll attempt to look after your younger brother. That’s very difficult however as this is during an insane plague that has taken your family. On top of that, it seems your brother is being sought by various groups for his apparently magical abilities. Also, so many rats, just piles on the screen. Great game, excellent narrative and truly special as a different sort of adventure.
Modern Warfare Game of the Year

#2: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Heading back to the Modern Warfare era this is one excellent reboot for the franchise. It also does some wildly new things in an attempt to completely reinvigorate the series. This works, battle in massive theaters of war with gorgeous enhanced visuals from their new engine. Take on realistic, and horrifying enemies in the campaign or squad together for dangerous special ops missions.

#1: Control

Remedy Entertainment delivers once again with a perfect balance of narrative driven moments and intense action. Experience a world through the perspective of a character thrown into the middle of some weird out of this world battle. Gain special abilities as you aim to take back the Bureau, while taking bizarre challenges and insane monsters. An excellent game, with a great lead and so many mysterious situations to tackle along the way.

Those are the top 10 games of 2019 featuring a wide range of titles, perhaps some surprises as well. Hopefully a good variety, with a title or two that you might have missed and should take a gander at. Check out another selection of ten games below, or our awards hub to see what took home the top prizes from the site for this past year.

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Gamerheadquarters Reviewer Jason Stettner