Here we are for our second post celebrating the best games of 2019! If you missed Monday’s post for our best PlayStation 4 games of the year, you can review it right now – 2019 PS4Blog.net Gaming in Review – Part 1.
Today we’re keeping the spotlight over the best PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch games we played this year. Please keep in mind that we didn’t play all of this year’s releases, but hopefully, this list is useful for you!
And once you’re done reading today’s article, we want to hear: which were your best games played this year? It doesn’t matter what console you played them on, we want to know!
My Game of the Year: Untitled Goose Game
Untitled Goose Game on Nintendo Switch is a stealth-style game in which you control a horrible bird that is up to no good. You’ve never played a game like Untitled Goose Game, and I can assure you that once you manage to complete the game, you’ll be left with a big grin on your face and nothing but fond memories of your actions. For me, this game was worth every single penny. Ready to honk your way to victory?
Honorable Mention: Headliner: NoviNews
Headliner: NoviNews is an adventure game in which we are controlling the news. You won’t be able to see all the news and all the consequences of your actions during a single run, so the game offers some nice replay value. I liked the gameplay loop, the game’s art style, and the situations it presented, forcing me to think hard about if I wanted to present news that would benefit my brother and the local market, or that would benefit my coworker, my boss, and the Prime Minister. Add being able to bring a dog into your life, feeding it to keep it healthy and happy, interacting with it every day, and you have a game that is an easy one to recommend on PS4.
Honorable Mention: New Super Lucky’s Tale
New Super Lucky’s Tale is the definitive version of a charming and fun 3D platformer that pays homage to the old-school 3D collect-a-thon platformers of ages past. If offers a good amount of content to enjoy, some extra replay value for those of you that like to 100% a game, streamlined and fun gameplay mechanics that will keep you playing until the end. I was looking forward to playing this one from the moment it was announced during the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct, and it’s been worth the wait. Go and add it to your Nintendo Switch collection!
Honorable Mention: Trine 4
Trine 4 is a great 2.5D action/puzzle game. I had been waiting to play Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince ever since it was first revealed, and I’m happy to report that the wait has been worth it! Trine 4 is the best game in the series, with Frozenbyte improving on everything it had previously done with the series, all while giving us the best looking Trine game yet. Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince is certainly worth its asking price. Fans of the series and newcomers are in for a treat!
Honorable Mention: Heaven’s Vault
Heaven’s Vault is an interesting narrative experience in which you have to rediscover a lost language. Heaven’s Vault is an adventure game with a unique premise and an interesting look that mixes great looking 2D art with 3D environments to explore. It is an experience unlike anything else you have played on PlayStation 4, and that alone is one reason in favor of recommending it. Its focus on exploration and archaeology, and being able to uncover the meaning of a language long lost to the rest of civilization, kept me coming back for more as I unraveled the mystery, visiting location after location packed with inscriptions to decipher and artifacts to discover.
Honorable Mention: Baba is You
Baba is You is an excellent puzzle game on Nintendo Switch that is a must-play. It’s charming, has a simple yet extremely clever premise, a ton of puzzles to solve, and it left me wanting to see what else Hempuli could do with Baba is You, perhaps giving us extra levels by way of DLC, a sequel that bends things even further, or a new game that goes after a simple premise that ends up making his next game another masterpiece. Baba is You is puzzle GOTY, and you need it in your life.
Honorable Mention: The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive
The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series is a must-have for fans of the franchise, as it includes everything that Telltale Games ever did with The Walking Dead, offering a ton of content to play at a great price. For only $49.99 you get all four seasons and the Michonne mini-series, the 400 Days episode that connects two of the seasons, a concept art gallery, a character viewer, a music player, and several behind the scenes videos, making it a must-have for people new to the series and for those of us who have already played all of them, as it’s a great way to revisit the beloved series.
My Game of the Year: Blood & Truth
Blood & Truth was my favorite PlayStation VR experience from this year. It puts you in a mission impossible movie with a focus on stunts and sweet gunplay mechanics. SIE London Studio did a great job creating a really cool world with great voice acting and visuals in the game. They had the foundation from The Heist, one of the original PS VR demos, and took it to a new level. It’s one of the most compelling VR experiences and one I regularly show off to people.
Honorable Mention: GRID
GRID was my favorite racing game from this year, and I’ve reviewed a few of them. I keep coming back to it even after doing the review, as it’s really easy to play in quick bursts as well as during longer runs. I love the arcade feel of the racing, and the selection of tracks and cars is also excellent. They have done a great job supporting the game after release with new races to beat and other additions to the game as well.
Honorable Mention: Ghost Giant
Ghost Giant is another PlayStation VR title I reviewed this year. Ghost Giant tells you the story of Louis, a young cat who’s had to grow up much faster than he should have due to his mother dealing with depression. He’s trying to take care of the farm, taking on tasks well beyond his years. The game plays out with his world all around you and as his friend the Ghost Giant you can interact with the world in an almost popup storybook fashion as you help Louis get things done to help his parents. I won’t lie: when playing this game, I did have the occasional tear here and there as I experienced it.
Honorable Mention: Borderlands 3
Borderlands 3 wasn’t a game I reviewed this year, but I still played the hell out of it. When Sony sends out the list of games I played the most this year, I’m sure Borderlands 3 will finally dethrone Everybody’s Golf from the list, which has topped it for two years in a row. It’s a refinement of the Borderlands 2 formula, in the best possible way. It runs smoothly at 60 fps on my PlayStation 4 Pro with great shooting gameplay mechanics and solid weapons that feel really different from each other.
The story was great, bringing back fan-favorite characters from previous entries while introducing new ones that get their time to shine under the spotlight. I care about the people, Pandora, and all the little stuff that goes on there, leaving me surprised when I shed a few tears at the end of the game. I’m looking forward to jumping into the first round of DLC as I know the Borderlands series has a great track record with its DLC campaigns.
This is it for this year’s best releases from us. What were yours?
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