Another year has almost finished and we are now in the final weeks, so we have decided to choose a few games that we feel deserve GAME OF THE YEAR. There have been some amazing releases from the fetch quest simulation Death Stranding, to an absolute load of quality titles from Nintendo, Astral Chain, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Fire Emblem Three Houses and much more. But, we all have our one game that stood out from everything else and made our hearts skip a beat and these are ours.
The first choice is from Paul and he has chosen
MONSTER HUNTER WORLD: ICEBORNE
Paul writes ‘If we’re talking about GOTY 2019, there’s only one game that immediately pops out of my mind and it’s something that I would rather let myself get swallowed by a Great Jagras than to choose something else entirely. Yes! It’s Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. Technically, it’s not even a full game but “simply” an expansion that pretty much blows up the general idea of how expansions are supposed to be. It’s one of those things where you can’t help but scratch your head if expansions are supposed to have this grand of a scale.
There’s so much that got added that even your story-based adventure can last around 30 hours without much of the grind most people would’ve probably done midway. Its monthly updates also offer such great content and new ways to entertain yourself for hours on end and I’m already breaking through the thousand-hour mark after I stopped playing in the base game at around 265 hours. Call me a crazy Yian Garuga if that isn’t a good enough reason to have this as my Game of the Year.’
You can read Pauls review of the game here – https://invisioncommunity.co.uk/monster-hunter-world-iceborne-ps4-review/
The next game is from two writers Sahil and Brady they have both chosen
SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE
Brady writes ‘There was so many stand out games that were released in 2019, but the one that really stuck with me is Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. FromSoftware Changing up their formula to deliver a faster pace and increased verticality, but without a big chunk of the RPG mechanics had me a bit worried at first. However, it exceeded all of my expectations. It instantly felt familiar while also adding enough of a twist to create a new and refreshing experience. Also, the fact that the main character both had a name and spoke made the narrative so much more engaging.
While FromSoftware has changed up the mechanics somewhat, it still features the punishing difficulty that we’ve come to expect from the Soulsborne genre. It’s still so rewarding though and with the inclusion of a brand-new Posture system, it makes the combat feel that much more exciting. The dance of attacking, blocking and deflecting to whittle down your enemy’s posture to deliver a Deathblow is absolutely exhilarating. The entire game is thrilling, from start to finish and it’s honestly one of the best combat experiences I’ve ever had.’
Sahil writes ‘My GOTY 2019 is Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. I originally underestimated it thinking it would be marred with microtransactions thanks to the company that was publishing it. I couldn’t have been more wrong though. Sekiro turned out to be amazing and is now my favourite game of 2019. That’s a tough feat too since 2019 has had a truckload of great games.
Sekiro’s magnificent gameplay and emphasis on player skill over-grinding made it one of the most satisfying games to get through this year.
Using Ninja Prosthetic Tools as weapons in addition to your sword felt extremely fluid. Gameplay was fast-paced and enemies never felt cheap despite some having some downright dastardly mechanics to overcome. Sekiro presented you with tough situations and forces you to adapt to survive. If you run in with zero patience and expect to hack and slash your way through this game, you’re going to have a bad time. Sekiro rewarded patience and skill, and the storytelling from From Software was excellent. It definitely deserves the Game of the Year 2019 title and if you haven’t played it yet, it’s never too late to pick it up and give it a go.’
Our review of the game can be found here if you want to read it https://invisioncommunity.co.uk/sekiro-shadows-die-twice-review/
Our next game is from Aidan and he has chosen
Resident Evil 2 (2019)
Aidan writes ‘Starting the year amazingly well back in January, I was excited to see how a game from 21 years ago could be made with modern technology and design philosophies. Expectations were met, alongside plenty of faith being paid to the original’s story, gameplay and references, with the remake showing off just how a remake should be approached for a beloved classic. While it had stumbles in places, with plenty of design changes being hated by old-time fans, it stood out as a solid entry into the franchise.
As such an early game into the year I was surprised to find I could not think of any game that surpassed it, even those I had waited 3 – 14 years for. Sitting at around £45 normally, you can often find it on sale for as little as £15 and for how many playthroughs you can get out of the game it is more than worth it on sale, even more so with Resident Evil 3 (remake) being announced to release next year. Seeing how well Capcom has been picking itself up in recent years after several developers were going downhill and getting trashed by gamers, it would be great to see them rewarded correctly for their treatment of one of their oldest franchises.’
You can check out Aidan’s review of the game is if you want to here – https://invisioncommunity.co.uk/resident-evil-2-2019-review/
Our next choice for game of the year comes from Craig and he has chosen
Children of Morta
Craig writes ‘Children of Morta is my choice for GOTY 2019 why? Like I said in my review I normally do not touch indie games as there are so many, the indie scene is saturated. There have been some standout indie games over the years, Hollow Knight is one of them, but pixelated games, I just do not see the point in them and they very rarely pique my interest.
Children of Morta for some reason got me rather excited when I first saw the gameplay, it featured a Bastion style narration which seen your every move to degree talked about by a narrator.
As I enjoyed the game Bastion from Supergiant Games and how the game was pushed along by its amazing narration, I really wanted to experience this again. I was not let down as developer Dead Mage and publisher 11 Bit Studios has done an amazing job with this game, a great story, great gameplay mechanics, random dungeons and much more, this game is amazing and a true indie game of 2019 that needs to be played.
If you become a fan of this game as I have, 2020 we shall see all-new content including free content.
You can check out the full review here https://invisioncommunity.co.uk/children-of-morta-nintendo-switch-review/
OK next game choice this is from Alex and he has chosen
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019
My GOTY 2019 is Modern Warfare. Being a fan of Call Of Duty in the past, my enthusiasm and interest in the franchise began to dwindle in recent years. That’s why I was taken back with utter surprise by the latest entry in the series. Like I’ve said in the past there is a culmination of factors that go into my choice of this game for my game of the year. These being the outstanding graphics that really lend to the realism the game is going for. The brutal yet compelling story of the campaign. Finally, the reworked multiplayer and spec ops mode, that has brought the fun factor back into Call Of Duty online.
In all, this game was an absolute blast to play. That’s why I’m happy to make this my game of the year 2019.
You can read more about the game here in Alex’s Review https://invisioncommunity.co.uk/call-of-duty-modern-warfare-review/
More might be added if volunteers wish to give their game of the year, we do not push anyone to do anything.
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