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2019 in Gaming and your Game of the Year

Post by Chopper » December 1st, 2019, 12:54 pm

Apologies if I’m jumping the gun on this one, but I thought it’d be good to have a thread to address the above over the next month or so. Jot down any thoughts on 2019 and your candidates for game of the year.

It occurs to me that we might need a thread to do this for the decade too :P

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Re: 2019 in Gaming and your Game of the Year

Post by chase210 » December 1st, 2019, 3:47 pm

I played a lot in 2019, but didn't finish a lot. The games I was really looking forward to were kinda disappointing, and the ones I wasn't surprised me by their quality. The controversy around pokemon sword and shield really dampened that for me, honestly. I didn't play as much as I'd have liked, or rather finished. The problem with stuff like Gamepass is it creates essentially the same problem I have with Netflix and amazon prime in that there's so much to watch and a backlog forms so quickly its really overwhelming and I end up playing nothing new. Highlights of the year go to

Outer Worlds
Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order
Luigis Mansion 3
Ring Fit Adventure
Untitled Goose Game

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Re: 2019 in Gaming and your Game of the Year

Post by BaileyBoy » December 1st, 2019, 4:52 pm

2019 for me has been a year where I've had far more fun revising older titles and catching up on things I've missed over the years.
Of the 3 new releases I've played, Sekiro, DMCV and Outer Worlds, Sekiro is the only one I stuck with and finished so I suppose it's my GOTY by default!

While for me it didn't reach the high bar set by From's previous games in terms of it's world design and atmosphere, in pure game design terms I think it's something of a masterpiece.

In my opinion it has the most mechanically interesting and satisfying melee combat system of any game I've ever played and the absence of many of the crutches of the "soulsborne" games (leveling/OP weapons and builds) allowed for more finely tuned encounter design and a purer test of skill.

It wasn't to everybody's taste of course and also sparked a lot of interesting debate around accessibility vs authorial intent which will no doubt ripple into 2020 and beyond.

I'm very curious to see if From respond to this themselves with the upcoming Elden Ring. Hopefully they can strike a better balance, allowing for more people to play their extraordinary games while still keeping the challenge intact for those that want it.

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Re: 2019 in Gaming and your Game of the Year

Post by clippa » December 1st, 2019, 7:50 pm

I always feel like I'm forgetting something big when I do something like this. I can always come and edit the post I suppose.

Mushihimesama Futari Black Label
Stanshall got me into this. I only ever played the original back on the 360. It's way more forgiving but it's even more fun!



Curious Expedition
Fucking amazing. It's like a choose your own adventure game but it doesn't waste your time, it doesn't give you pages and pages of nonsense to read, the dice combat is so much fun. Everything about the game is great. I want to play it again just talking about it.

Risk of Rain 2
Amazing, addictive 3rd person shooter roguelite. Runs last too long, could do with a save function, I like the constant changing of pace but sometimes you're waiting a bit too long for enemies to spawn in.
Single handedly saved me from gaming fatigue oblivion I think this one.
I'm glad I stuck with it because I nearly gave up after a couple of goes, I was like "meh,. I think I've seen enough", but when it gets it's claws into you, it's so, so good. The shooting feels really tight, all the classes feel really different and I love how the game starts out nice and slow and relaxing and then ends up really frantic, enemies and lasers and numbers popping up everywhere like an MMO.
The slow drip feeding of perks and trying to balance getting them all in a level and moving quick before the difficulty modifier ticks up too high feels really nice.

Noita
Really well balanced combat, if you were a little arsonist growing up, it's so much fun just setting fire to everything and floating around cackling.
It's like a very rough m/kb spelunky with wands and 360 aiming.
I stupidly binged it at launch and felt a bit sick of it like I'd ate too much chocolate, but I'll be back.

Dokingan
Didn't come out but I discovered it this year. Excellent, fast and agressive free indie shmup. Top nana.



Rolling Gunner
Took me longer than most to get 100% comfortable with the gun control mechanic, but I'm glad I put the effort in. Normal still feels a bit too hard to me, but as my mam once said "you'd be whinging if it was too easy!".

Sqoon
I have haze and friends to thank for this one. If you told me last year that some obscure nes shmup would be one of my favourite games of 2019, I would have said "bumpoowilly!" but here we are.
It's slight, it's a bit naff but it's just adorable. Holds up really well.

Nightmare Reaper
These modern throwback retro shooters usually doesn't scratch the itch for me. Stuff like dusk I find mind-numbingly dull, loads of dead air, you spend most of the time chasing your farts round mazes looking for your meagre portion of enemies to shoot.
This is the one! So, so good. Great mouse control, great weapons (I really like the six shooter pistols. Feels great going for headshots.), nicely sized levels, not too small, not too big, lots of baddies knocking about. it's just great fun and that's what it's all about.
There aren't many good fps roguelites, but this is certainly one of them.

Spirits Abyss
Really fun roguelite platformer a bit like spelunky. I got the top of the leaderboard which kind of spoiled it for me, I felt like I'd won so I stopped playing.
I dread to think how far down I am now! It's in early access and getting lots of updates so it's probably changed a lot. I'll have to remember to fire it up soon and check in.

Rogue Fable III
I'm a sucker for these simplified roguelikes. Streamlined but with enough strategic depth to keep things interesting.

Hell is other demons
Really fun and fast single stick shooter roguelite where you bounce and float and dash and shoot suckers.
This was one of those crack games where I love it with a passion and then it's all over within a week or something.



Not as horrible an anus as last year but it's been another weird one for me and it keeps feeling like I'm tired of gaming, but I do enjoy it when I make the effort, find just the right game and properly get into it.
I think I'm probably just boohoo fed up is all.
Slim pickings but here's hoping to a decent 2020! Spelunky 2, bitches!

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Re: 2019 in Gaming and your Game of the Year

Post by hazeredmist » December 1st, 2019, 8:28 pm

I’m going for games I’ve played that weren’t necessarily 2019 releases but this is the year I played them:

1. Rolling Gunner

This game is so good and in the year shmups got their hooks into me courtesy of a bunch of friends here (they know who they are) it stands out above the rest and achieving a 1cc even on Novice felt massive to me.

2. Night in the Woods

Wow. There is something about the character exploration and plot of this which grabs you just where other games don’t. It’s very real despite the visuals. I’ve thought about this one a lot, for many reasons.

3. Starlink

Hit me for six this. I took a punt on it for a fiver. A fiver! The game is superb with Mass Effect / Star Fox / No Mans Sky feels and I believe if it wasn’t saddled with the toys to life stuff it would have got a wider and much deserved audience. Very enjoyable gameplay loop and satisfying till the end.

4. Splatoon 2

The single player campaign was a real challenge for me and getting through it was amazing. Some levels were horrifically frustrating but most were fun and inventive. The multiplayer is an endlessly rewarding delight.

Honourable mentions: Neko Navy: Daydream Edition, Dodonpachi Resurrection, Root Letter

Games I haven’t finished yet which would make the list: Steins;Gate 0

Biggest disappointment: Untitled Goose Game (overhyped to the max)

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Re: 2019 in Gaming and your Game of the Year

Post by Scrustle » December 1st, 2019, 9:22 pm

I'm still gathering my thoughts for this, and I'm planning to write something bigger and more complete later on. Although I seem to go through this thought process every year and almost never actually go through with it, but with that said...

Right now my overall GOTY is a tie between Devil May Cry 5 and Astral Chain. Both stellar examples of the same subgenre, but which take a different approach. DMC is a glorious revival of a series that refines and expands on mechanics that date all the way back to the beginning of character action games, and sets a new high standard that will be very hard to beat. Astral Chain is a really unique and original take on the genre that has depth that few similarly novel games have. It's ambitious and fresh, and hopefully the start of many great things to come.

Other games that have stood out are Judgment, Eastshade, and Assault Spy. I also replayed the Bioshock series, and the first two entries still hold up really well. As did Race Driver: Grid and Need for Speed Underground 2.

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Re: 2019 in Gaming and your Game of the Year

Post by KSubzero1000 » December 2nd, 2019, 8:15 am

These threads always remind me how little I pay attention to release years in comparison to most other players! :P


Of the games released this year that I played, Devil May Cry V would have to be my clear favorite. Completely agree with what Scrustle said above so I'll leave it at that. I don't like RE Engine.

"Resident Evil 2" is a very mixed bag in my opinion. It celebrates almost as much of the classic RE formula as it throws away, and that isn't quite enough for me. Everything related to puzzles and inventory management is handled incredibly well, but a more precise combat system, some fully-fleshed out B scenarios and perhaps even some music would have been nice. I enjoyed my time with it for what it was but it saddens me how little modern-day Capcom seem to understand about their own legacy material and that the door to a proper classic series revival now appears to be closed forever. Then again, I have not been their target audience for the past 14 years. It is what it is. Writing this post made me sadder than I care to admit. I still don't like RE Engine.

Sekiro is an excellent game that suffers from an identity crisis at its very core. Lots of great elements that aren't all as fully realized as I would have wanted to. It doesn't challenge either Dark Souls or Bloodborne as my favorite FROM game, but I could see myself replaying it in the not-too distant future. Boss fights are dope.


In terms of AAA releases... I think that's it! Not that many to report. Note that I haven't had the opportunity to play either Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Astral Chain, Luigi's Mansion 3 or Death Stranding yet, so all bets are off.


2019 also symbolized my descent into m̶a̶d̶n̶e̶ the shmups universe and broken laptop gaming. It's going to take all day if I start listing them all, so I'll just say that Blue Wish Resurrection Plus made my heart beat faster for all the right reasons. :heart:


PS: And of course, my longstanding love story with everything Zachtronics is proving itself to be extremely fulfilling.

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Re: 2019 in Gaming and your Game of the Year

Post by hazeredmist » December 2nd, 2019, 8:20 am

KSubzero1000 wrote:
December 2nd, 2019, 8:15 am
2019 also symbolized my descent into m̶a̶d̶n̶e̶ the shmups universe and broken laptop gaming. It's going to take all day if I start listing them all, so I'll just say that Blue Wish Resurrection Plus made my heart beat faster for all the right reasons. :heart:
I love this game. Actually I want the OST to listen to NOW dammit... Perfect shmup music. Tell me again how this game can possibly be free?

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Re: 2019 in Gaming and your Game of the Year

Post by KSubzero1000 » December 2nd, 2019, 8:32 am

Haze: Time for my biweekly post about how great BWRP is and wild speculation about the financial side of things.

Also Haze: *plays 5 minutes of it and ...Oooh, shiny! ...doesn't touch it again for another six months*

:P :P :P

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Re: 2019 in Gaming and your Game of the Year

Post by hazeredmist » December 2nd, 2019, 8:58 am

Haha! I've played it quite a few times actually, not that you'll see it in my history since it's not on Steam. And I 1cc'd it! You said it was legit. Right? Help me find the OST, I can't see it. I actually do want it, and I would like to do a full shmups DJ set at some point featuring stuff like this...

Side note: I swear when I play with one of your games it feels like I'm a junior football coach and your son is in the team - every time I make a call or substitute him, or change his position, you're that parent on the touchline foaming at the mouth like a rabid hound barking at my every decision... :lol:

...and I kinda like it before you take that the wrong way :D

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Re: 2019 in Gaming and your Game of the Year

Post by KSubzero1000 » December 2nd, 2019, 9:05 am

I'm just messing with you, I know I can be a bit overprotective of my babies sometimes! :lol:

hazeredmist wrote:
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Help me find the OST, I can't see it.
I don't know of any way to download it. But you can just go into your BWRP "bgm" folder and copy and paste the individual tracks to wherever you want. It really is that simple. All free, no copyright, etc... :P

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Re: 2019 in Gaming and your Game of the Year

Post by hazeredmist » December 2nd, 2019, 9:11 am

Oh, superb. I'll try that!

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Re: 2019 in Gaming and your Game of the Year

Post by Chopper » December 2nd, 2019, 9:29 am

I meant to post something myself here but got overtaken by events so I'll get to that later at some time.


chase210 wrote:
December 1st, 2019, 3:47 pm
The problem with stuff like Gamepass is it creates essentially the same problem I have with Netflix and amazon prime in that there's so much to watch and a backlog forms so quickly its really overwhelming and I end up playing nothing new.
Subscription services was the big story in 2019 as far as I'm concerned. But the way I look at it is that backlogs no longer exist under this model (are you going to count all the games on the service as being on your backlog?) so that's a small positive.

Still have a backlog of bought games though (for now, anyway DUN DUN DUN!).
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Re: 2019 in Gaming and your Game of the Year

Post by KSubzero1000 » December 2nd, 2019, 4:01 pm

Chopper wrote:
December 2nd, 2019, 9:29 am
But the way I look at it is that backlogs no longer exist under this model so that's a small positive.
That's technically correct, but a slightly less charitable way of looking at it is that the overwhelming "choice" of the platform simply devalues everything and that most consumers don't feel any obligation to persevere past the first 10 minutes of anything.

Not sure I would count that as a positive, but that's just me. :)

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Re: 2019 in Gaming and your Game of the Year

Post by Alex79uk » December 2nd, 2019, 4:58 pm

KSubzero1000 wrote:
December 2nd, 2019, 4:01 pm
Chopper wrote:
December 2nd, 2019, 9:29 am
But the way I look at it is that backlogs no longer exist under this model so that's a small positive.
That's technically correct, but a slightly less charitable way of looking at it is that the overwhelming "choice" of the platform simply devalues everything and that most consumers don't feel any obligation to persevere past the first 10 minutes of anything.

Not sure I would count that as a positive, but that's just me. :)
I both completely agree with that point, and also enjoy the freedom of having so much to choose from. It's an odd dichotomy, and one I really don't know how I feel about.

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Re: 2019 in Gaming and your Game of the Year

Post by Alex79uk » December 2nd, 2019, 5:02 pm

I've played mainly old games this year. Highlights include Super Metroid and Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past, both of which I'm really pleased to have been able to 'cross off' the list.

I've played a lot of mobile stuff too. When you're being selective, phone gaming really is truly excellent.

I got a Switch so Mario Odyssey and Breath Of The Wild both comfortably made it in to my top 20 of all time list.

As for new stuff, Red Dead Redemption 2 I finished early in the year and became my favorite game of all time. I got a decent way in to Sekiro which is really great, but I put it on pause to play along with my favorite Let's Play team who are doing it in Jan next year. I still count MGS V as new too, and currently really enjoying that.

So that's my year in gaming.

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Re: 2019 in Gaming and your Game of the Year

Post by Chopper » December 2nd, 2019, 6:41 pm

KSubzero1000 wrote:
December 2nd, 2019, 4:01 pm
Chopper wrote:
December 2nd, 2019, 9:29 am
But the way I look at it is that backlogs no longer exist under this model so that's a small positive.
That's technically correct, but a slightly less charitable way of looking at it is that the overwhelming "choice" of the platform simply devalues everything and that most consumers don't feel any obligation to persevere past the first 10 minutes of anything.

Not sure I would count that as a positive, but that's just me. :)
We are talking about two different things, Mr Sweeping Statement Guy. :x

Mine is positive while we can agree yours is definitely negative.

Anyway, I’m not discussing it further when the goalposts are being moved in such a blatant fashion. :D

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Re: 2019 in Gaming and your Game of the Year

Post by Alex79uk » December 2nd, 2019, 7:58 pm

I still think of having a backlog even with this, as in I know what games I want to play, and they're on my backlog. Same way I always have a list of movies in my head (well OK, quite literally written down on my phone, actually) but don't consider Netflix entire catalogue as part of my backlog.

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Re: 2019 in Gaming and your Game of the Year

Post by KSubzero1000 » December 2nd, 2019, 10:04 pm

Chopper wrote:
December 2nd, 2019, 6:41 pm
We are talking about two different things, Mr Sweeping Statement Guy. :x
I was just trying to address a different aspect of the topic! No beef intended!

...I need to work on my social skills. :lol:

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Re: 2019 in Gaming and your Game of the Year

Post by Chopper » December 3rd, 2019, 9:13 am

Alex79uk wrote:
December 2nd, 2019, 7:58 pm
I still think of having a backlog even with this, as in I know what games I want to play, and they're on my backlog. Same way I always have a list of movies in my head (well OK, quite literally written down on my phone, actually) but don't consider Netflix entire catalogue as part of my backlog.
Yeah, I guess! For Humble Bundles, I buy them if the headline game is a good deal, and that goes on my backlog. But all the other games just get ignored and do not make any list unless one of them is really something I've been looking for. None of the Gamepass games go on the backlog list.

Speaking of backlogs, 2019 was the year I properly embraced PC gaming. I could never really face sitting down at a PC after working all day, but I took some time off this year and got well into it. The biggest visible effect of this is that I cut my gaming spend in half, and the next biggest effect is that I now have a backlog again (25 games bought this year that I still have to spend time with :( ). Given those 25 games are still outstanding, I might be able to half that spend again next year. If I keep this up the next beast-mode gaming rig pays for itself! :)

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