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Best games of 2019

Before we get started here, it’s important to note that I base my selections on games I’ve either completed or — in some cases — spent a substantial enough amount of time with to be able to give a proper rating or rank to.

Secondly, there were plenty of great games available throughout the year, many of which I’m certain do not appear on my personal list. This doesn’t mean I don’t like them or that they don’t deserve your time and attention. I simply don’t have the time to play everything.

3.) Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is an online action role-playing video game developed by Massive Entertainment and published by Ubisoft. The sequel to Tom Clancy’s The Division (2016), it is set in a near-future Washington, D.C. in the aftermath of a smallpox pandemic, and follows an agent of the Strategic Homeland Division as they try to rebuild the city. (#)

I love the world of The Division 2. Every inch I explored felt lived in and offered something to do or to collect. While the missions could be a little repetitive at times, the gunplay, base upgrading, and exploration kept me hooked for hours.

2.) Resident Evil 2

The game is set in Raccoon City in September 1998, two months after the events of Resident Evil. There, most of the city’s citizens have been turned into mindless creatures, referred to by survivors as zombies, due to an outbreak of a viral bioweapon known as the T-Virus, manufactured by Umbrella Corporation. Resident Evil 2 is a remake of the 1998 game Resident Evil 2 released for the PlayStation. (#)

The original Resident Evil 2 has long been my favorite of the series and this remake was everything I wanted from a reimagined version of the game. It’s visually impressive, features genuine scares, and still stays wonderfully faithful to the story of the original game without feeling repetitive. I can’t wait to see what the team comes up with for Resident Evil 3’s remake early next year.

1.) Control

Control revolves around a clandestine U.S. government agency known as the Federal Bureau of Control (FBC), which is responsible for the investigation of “paranatural” phenomena which defy ordinary reality, usually manifesting in the form of Altered World Events (AWEs), intrusions upon perceived reality shaped by the human collective unconscious. (#)

Control’s mind-blowing, dimension-bending visuals, brutalist style, and fascinatingly confounding story easily made it the best thing I played this year. The overall mechanics felt patently Remedy but the slew of abilities and upgrades allowed for constant surprises and excitement. As a fan of alternate realities and dimension hopping plot-lines, everything about the game just mesmerized me.

Looking ahead at the DLC planned for the game, it’s definitely the gift that will keep on giving with a deep exploration of The Foundation — one of the game’s more bizarre locales — and a story tied to another Remedy game (Alan Wake) arriving later in 2020.

2015 in Video Games

Another year gone is another opportunity to look back at what was. Overall a pretty solid twelve months of video games that kicked off slowly (as they often do) and gained momentum as the months rolled on. Here are just a handful of my favourites from 2015.

Ashley from Until Dawn
Ashley from Until Dawn

3.) Until Dawn (PlayStation 4)

A total sleeper hit, Until Dawn put you in control of a group of teenagers as they fight for their lives atop a blizzard covered mountain. On the run from deadly monsters, a serial killer, and much more, all your actions (or lack of) could potentially mean death for the character you play as leaving the door open to a variety of endings. The game is not only unique in the way the story plays out but graphically one of the most under-appreciated titles of the year.

It’s certainly not for everyone but horror movie fans or people looking for an experience outside the standard fare of games should give it a look.

Bloodborne
Bloodborne

2.) Bloodborne (PlayStation 4)

Bloodborne is a nightmare, which I mean in the best possible way. Dark, twisted art with a relentless sense of defeat around every corner make this an easy choice for the best game of 2015.

With a twist near the half-way point that will make you question your sanity, to the wonderfully replayable multiplayer component or chalice dungeons, this is a game that fans of the Souls series new and old absolutely have to experience.

Triss from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Triss from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

1.) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PlayStation 4)

The Witcher 3 was, without question, the best game I played this year. With 100+ hours of quests and free updates, as well as a solid 5-10 hour addition with the excellent Hearts of Stone paid DLC pack, the game and lore seem endless.

The game’s story features a great cast of characters, some new and others returning favourites that will please fans of the previous games for sure. The core gameplay and combat mechanics have been substantially overhauled since the original Witcher titles to make combat really enjoyable and the whole experience that much better. While you might think there would be somewhat of a barrier-to-entry because of the original two titles, Witcher 3 does its best to provide enough material to keep everyone up to speed with the backstory, which is greatly appreciated.