We select the 20 most outstanding games of this 2019 for PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch,
The end of the year is approaching and with it it is time to recap how it went. 2019 is a year full of news, games that have marked us and unforgettable moments. That is why, at Meristation, we have compiled the 2019 Game of the Year candidates from which a winner will come out. The process is quite simple: in this selection you will find, on the one hand, the best marks we have given in this course. On the other, there are games that although they do not have the highest marks, have been selected by the team as the best of the course. As always, in Meristation each editor and collaborators choose a name for GOTY without any restriction beyond which revisions with improvements (DQXIS) or games released in previous years (Halo Reach Remaster) do not count, although expansions of Weight like there have been this year. So without further delay, these are the 20 Game nominees of the Year 2019.
And Platinum Games arrived with a new proposal: an IP that wanted to enter the world of hack and slash but with a touch of adventure and exploration that is not usual in the Japanese developer. The result, one of the strongest titles of what the year has left us.
Baba is You
Indie territory has long been competing among the best, and with Baba is You it is no exception. The puzzle game with rules set by the player himself, a lot of ingenuity in the development and originality in abundance is one of the great surprises that this year the indie territory leaves us, and one of the nominees for Game of the Year.
The king of the Looter Shooter came back through the big door after a great season in silence, and he did it with a game that reminded us, on the one hand, everything good that Borderlands 2 had left us, and on the other he offered us novelties and freshness to enjoy killing, looting and advancing without stopping. The best of the saga and the best of the year.
The work of Hideo Kojima, recently awarded several awards in the Game Awards, has not garnered an excellent note in Meristation, but it is one of the titles that has had the most votes among Meristation members for its disruptive proposal and risks that raise it as a differential game compared to its competitors.
Devil May Cry 5
The driver of the hack and slash returned this year from Itsuno with one of the most beast deliveries at all levels. Playably, a delight that goes on crescendo as mark the canons of the genre; technically, another of the miracles of the RE Engine for a work that is pure brutality as far as action is concerned.
One of the real balls that the year leaves us is this indie that took four prizes in the Game Awards, has one of the highest marks of the year in Meristation and that offers us a total and absolute freedom in a wonderful world to discover full of moments, dialogues and memorable characters.
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
Shadowbringers has become the most powerful expansion we remember in a long time. An addition that supposes a new world of possibilities, a powerful narrative for an MMO and endless elements in which to get lost. Not in vain has one of the highest marks of the year with Sekiro.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
The strategy saga of Nintendo and Intelligent Systems was released in style on Nintendo Switch with a game that maintains the foundations that make it excellent on the board with many new developments in social relations. Three houses, three different roads and tens of hours ahead.
It was one of the most anticipated for what the saga has meant in recent years, and the fifth installment of the series seems to be the starting point for its creators to open up to new fronts. With the essence intact, interesting news and a solvent multiplayer, Gears 5 is among the best of this 2019.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Mario's brother has long had his own personality and line of featured games, and this third installment surely improves what he saw in the previous two. Ingenious, with wonderful levels and a surprise at the audiovisual level, something in the final stretch surely fails, but as far as classic adventure is concerned, it is an added weight.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
In this 2019 we have found expansions that are worth their weight in gold for the quality and for its amount of content alone. This is the case of Iceborne, a beastly entry in Monster Hunter World that has hours and hours ahead, in addition to new and spectacular challenges.
Mortal Kombat 11
The new iteration of the fight of NetherRealms came with the solvency of those who have been doing great fighting games for a long time, and their continuity in support, news such as crossplay and others make it the great reference for the fight of this 2019.
Resident Evil 2
It was the first big ball of the year and has remained one of the greats of the year. A reinterpretation of the classic released on PSX for more than 20 years that demonstrates the great moment of Capcom form: a brutal experience like survival horror well balanced between the two souls of the saga and a technical genius of the RE Engine.
Sayonara: Wild Hearts
Another of the games that is not here for the notes received, but for the support shown by the members of the editorial staff. An experience for all the senses that is very worth trying, which is a wonder at a sound level and that leaves no one indifferent.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
The winner of the Game of the Year at the Game Awards is another of Meristation's big favorites for GOTY. Miyazaki's latest work goes one step further and makes the player's ability almost everything to succeed. Challenging, frustrating and with some of the best bosses from From Software.
Jedi Star Wars: Fallen Order
The last great game of the year has established itself as one of the great adventures of 2019 thanks to an agile combat system that dignifies the use of the laser sword and a level design very similar to Metroid that suits you. We had long wanted a Star Wars game like this.
The Division 2
The growth and care that has been had since Ubisoft with The Division was already a guarantee for what was to come with The Division 2, a game that showed the wicker of the company when creating a cooperative and competitive touch shooter looter . And with a long journey ahead thanks to everything that is to come.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III
One of those JRPG sagas that is worth taking into account but that has come late in Europe. At least this third installment is already here with certain improvements and with a combat system and relationships that make it the best in the series. If you like gender, you have to give it a try.
The Outer Worlds
Obsidian's proposal for this year has been a pleasant surprise for all and another one of those games that although it does not have an excellent note, has received numerous support within the writing. A title that within its modesty for not having an exorbitant budget, does almost everything very and very well.
Total War: Three Kingdoms
Creative Assembly returned through the big door with this new Total War, a game set in ancient China that overflows more ambition than ever within the series at the technical level, in political and military management and novelties such as the romance system.
These are our 20 chosen as best of the year. In a few days we will have the winner after collecting the votes of our partners. Stay tuned!