The Best Video Games of 2019: Aliens, the Plague, Murderers, and More

Best Video Games of 2019

2019 advanced the gaming world in more ways than one. Not only did we see the return of beloved franchises like FIFA, but mainstream and indie developers across the globe wasted no time in rolling out new RPG and survival games. Some, even, defined their own genres. It may be a new year now, but lest we forget, right?

Coming up are 20 of the best video games of 2019.

20. Best Video Games of 2019: Observation

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Developed by No Code and released to the public in May 2019, Observation is an adventure-puzzle video game. Some might even call it a sci-fi thriller. And we agree. Get this: players take on the role of an AI aboard a space station, and their main task is to help a lone human survivor deal with the aftermath of an accident.

The game starts out intense. Players are met with the news of this space disaster, but it’s not until the game progresses that you start to question what happened. Feelings change, as do the details.

The game becomes more difficult because there is a limit to how much players can interact with the environment. Did you think figuring out this puzzle would be a piece of cake? Hate to break it to you, but that’s not the case with Observation. The only thing we can suggest is that you listen to your instincts and use your wits to get through the game.

Good luck.

19. Best Video Games of 2019: Untitled Goose Game

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Look, we all have days where everything about society annoys us. The people, the places, the media. If you’re in that boat, we suggest keeping your thoughts to yourself and playing Untitled Goose Game. There’s no point to the game, but it is a place to unleash your inner jerk.

Released in September 2019, Untitled Goose Game is a puzzle-stealth game published by Panic. The premise is pretty simple: players control a goose who waddles around annoying as many inhabitants of an English village as it can. Want to harass farmers? Go for it. Drop radios in rivers? Why not! Waddle around honking non-stop? Oh, go on then. No one is going to stop you. In this game, you can be your worst self.

18. Best Video Games of 2019: Outer Wilds

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Imagine this: you’re exploring a planet, but every 22 minutes, a supernova comes to destroy it unless you can figure out why.

That’s precisely the premise of the action-adventure game Outer Wilds, developed by Mobius Digital. And while the game is defined as action-adventure, we also like to consider it a memory game. That’s all we’re going to say about that. So go on, ladies and gentlemen, check out Outer Wilds, figure out the truth, and maybe, just maybe, you won’t perish in a ball of fire.

17. Best Video Games of 2019: Gears 5

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Released in July 2019, Gears 5 is a third-person shooter video game. It is the sixth installment of the Gears of War series, and while the whole series is brilliant, Gears 5 is entertaining, brilliant, and gory. Oh, so gory. Players follow Kait Diaz as she tries to search for the truth about her family, and cuts through her enemies at the same time.

16. Best Video Games of 2019: Tetris 99

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Tetris 99 was released in February 2019, giving a whole new spin on the beloved tile-matching puzzle video game. In this game, players play Tetris alongside 99 other players. What used to be a relatively relaxing game turns into a battle royale as players try to sabotage each other.

Just when you thought Tetris couldn’t do anything else, right?

15. Best Video Games of 2019: A Plague Tale: Innocence

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Dark, gripping, and very important.

Released in May 2019, A Plague Tale: Innocence is an adventure horror stealth game published by Focus Home Interactive. Players explore the world (set in 1348) from the perspective of Amicia de Rune, a young girl who lives with her family in an area called Aquitaine. Taking place during the Hundred Years’ War, the English Army invades Aquitaine, and Amicia and her brother Hugo are forced to flee to a nearby village after being accused of spreading the plague. In that village, rats are spreading the disease, and Hugo continues to be held responsible.

We’re not going to say more than that. Just play the game. It’s dark and eerie, but from a historical perspective, it’s exciting. After all, who doesn’t love learning about epidemics and plagues?

14. Best Video Games of 2019: Apex Legends

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Apex Legends is a game for Fortnite fans who have played so much Fortnite that they are bored of it and want to play a new game but still want it to be similar to Fortnite. Does that make sense? Keep reading if so.

Released in February 2019, Apex Legends is a battle royale game published by Electronic Arts. The characters are unique, as are their abilities, and the game focuses less on building and more on combat. The movement is also tighter than Fortnite, a characteristic that Fortnite fans likely consider to be a breath of fresh air.

13. Best Video Games of 2019: Daemon X Machina

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Released in September 2019, Daemon X Machina is a third-person shooter action game. Players work to defeat squads of enemies throughout different missions in a world that is full of color and led by gripping anime narrative. It’s a niche game, we admit that, and so this game might not be for everyone. But hey, that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate the beautiful things in life, right?

12. Best Video Games of 2019: Telling Lies

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Published by Annapurna Interactive and developed by Sam Barlow and Furious Bee, Telling Lies is a narrative video game. It was released in August 2019.

According to Barlow, Telling Lies is a “desktop thriller.” Players shift through stored video clips, becoming entrapped in drama, as they try to figure out events and timelines. Players watch a family’s interactions and go from there, figuring out the narrative and highlighting the lies and deceit. Who’s telling the truth? Who’s lying? That’s up to you to find out.

Oh, and did we mention that there’s a significant twist at the end? Yeah. There is. Enjoy.

11. Best Video Games of 2019: Wattam

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Released for PlayStation 4 and Windows in December 2019, Wattam is an action game published by Annapurna Interactive. We won’t lie to you, folks, this is a weird one. But it’s innocent and pure and cute, and frankly, we’re not complaining. Honestly, 2019 had some dark periods, and Wattam lets players forget about that as they follow the adventures of a green cube, pebble, and a rock.

In the game, it’s important to complete the missions, but don’t feel overly pressured. Spend some time listening to the adorable giggles coming from the characters—you may find yourself laughing along with them.

10. Best Video Games of 2019: Judgment

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Judgment is an action-adventure video game and a spin-off to the Yakuza series. It was released worldwide in June 2019. The game has noir themes that you can’t ignore, and players take on the role of a detective investigating a serial killer. Check out the murder scenes, gather clues, and see if you can prove your worth as a detective. Oh, and have fun, we guess.

9. Best Video Games of 2019: Neo Cab

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Neo Cab is a unique contender for the best video game of 2019 as players take on the role of Lina, a human driver-for-hire, as she searches the streets for her missing friends. Lina is the last human driver, and as she shifts through the main roads and side streets, players bump into various passengers. Grill them for their secrets and clues, and see just how long you can survive in the neon world of Los Ojos.

8. Best Video Games of 2019: Sunless Skies

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A text-heavy RPG game, Sunless Skies is the sequel to 2015’s Sunless Sea. It was released in January 2019. We don’t want to spoil anything, but let’s just say Sunless Skies is about ill-fated travels. And the British. And yes, you will be tricked, you will die, and you will be cheated. But don’t worry, you’ll have fun too!

7. Best Video Games of 2019: Resident Evil 2

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In 2019, we saw Resident Evil make a return. And dare we say, the Resident Evil 2 remake knocked it out of the park. Which, we will also say, wasn’t expected, considering how ridiculous the first game in the series was.

Capcom released the remake of the survival horror game in January 2019 (the original was released in 1998), and it has been making waves ever since. Great graphics, tight controls, memorable moments, and expanded and altered scenarios. It’s a dream for fans of the Resident Evil series and the original Resident Evil 2 game, and, really, for horror fans around the world.

6. Best Video Games of 2019: Sayonara Wild Hearts

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Released in September 2019, Sayonara Wild Hearts is a beautifully designed arcade game about riding skateboards, motorcycles, and breaking hearts. Yes, you read that last part right. When a young woman’s heart breaks in this game, the whole universe becomes unbalanced. Why? Well, you’ll have to play the game to find out.

5. Best Video Games of 2019: Devil May Cry 5

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A swordplay game, Devil May Cry 5 made waves in 2019 mainly because of how long fans had waited for its release. And you know what, we understand why they were so happy, considering there was an 11-year difference between the release of Devil May Cry 4 and Devil May Cry 5.

4. Best Video Games of 2019: The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan

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Dun, dun, dun. That was my reaction when I first watched the gameplay for The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan, an interactive drama survival horror video game. I mean, how can you not? A group of teenagers explore the wreckage of a sunken ship, only to discover that things are not what they seem. It’s the premise of many horror movies, but boy, it never gets old.

Sure, this game had its flaws, and many would say it wasn’t nearly as good as the original choice-based horror game by Supermassive Games, Until Dawn, but it’s a fun playthrough none-the-less and one that may have you regretting your decisions.

3. Best Video Games of 2019: Disco Elysium

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Released in October 2019, Disco Elysium is a role-playing video game. It’s definitely an interesting one, as players take on the role of a cop investigating a murder mystery. Political ideologies are quick to come into play, as is the stability of your character’s mental state as you have to question everything around you.

Are you up for the challenge?

2. Best Video Games of 2019: Baba is You

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Baba is You is challenging and frustrating but in the best way possible. Released in March 2019, it is a puzzle video game that makes you want to pull your hair out and prove your worth and intellect at the same time.

1. Best Video Games of 2019: Death Stranding

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We’re pretty sure everyone in the gaming industry agrees that Death Stranding was the best video game released in 2019. The action game is set in the United States after the Death Stranding, which sent dangerous creatures to roam Earth. Players take on the role of Sam Porter Bridges (Norman Reedus). The game has been nominated for several awards, and we wouldn’t be surprised if multiple installments follow in the coming years.

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