We’re checking out some of the games that were released this year, 2019, and we’re picking some of our best and top faves across a variety of genres, platforms, and games. If it’s a game, it’s got a shot at being one of our favourites, because PC.com just loves gaming. This is in no way a slight on the plentiful of games that came out this year, but we’ve got our favourites, you know? I mean, it might be because we’ll be talking about some of the more lacklustre games that came out this year too. So, if you’re on that list, maybe try harder next time, eh?
That being said, let’s get to some of the best games we’ve come across this year!
Borderlands is really a one–of–a kind franchise, and their latest iteration, Borderlands 3 is no exception. With the unique characters, crazy amounts of guns, loot, and just general awesomeness, there’s a lot to like. There’s a lot to love about the game, and not to mention the fact that it’s craaaazy long. The game will keep you sidetracked for hours on end, making you wonder what you were really doing in the first place. The game starts off on Pandora, but you end up exploring all kinds of planets on your ship Sanctuary. After that you’ll be a whole be meeting a whole host of new creatures, and memorable characters. Even the story is even more so gripping, and creates an emotional connection with the protagonists, as well as antagonists of the game. It’s all in all, just a good time. It might be too much for people who are new to the franchise, but if you’ve been a fan (like we have) since the original Borderlands, you’re gonna love this one.
The Outer Worlds
The Outer Worlds isn’t the best game out there, but it really is a unique one. It’s like, an amalgamation of Fallout, Mass Effect, Knights of the Old Republic, and a bunch of other games. It takes things from other media, and brings it into their own, into The Outer Worlds. Also, considering that Obisidian worked on Fallout: New Vegas, it’s no surprise that old-school RPGs are one of their strengths. It’s just an overall good time, you and your companions exploring the galaxy, killing any and everything in your way, customisation, and just a bunch of standard RPG tropes that fans have come to know and love. This is exactly the kind of game that made Fallout, Skyrim, Mass Effect, and plenty other RPGs so popular in the first place. And that’s also why The Outer Worlds, is one of our favourite games to come out this year.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Considering that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order just came out at the time of writing, it’s a late entry for one of our favourites for the year. The Star Wars franchise has seen a slew of bad game adaptions *cough* Battlefront *cough* so for Fallen Order to give us a fresh of breath air, was nice. Star Wars is just such a huge IP, that it’s a shame to waste on certain games. Fallen Order is exactly the kind of Star Wars game we want though. In Fallen Order, you are Cal Kestis, and you’re basically a Jedi in hiding, looking to rebuild the Jedi Order by uncovering mysteries of a long-lost civilisation, and killing a lot of Stormtroopers and the Empire along the way. You have a lightsaber, the force, and all sorts of crazy physics that only a Jedi could do. It really is a fun time, and if you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ll agree.
Admittedly, there was a lot of hype in the buildup to the game. Even after release, Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding still confuses many (including us sometimes) on what it really aspires to be. But one thing for sure, it’s complexities and Kojima’s story telling is what brings the game together, and why it’s highly sought out amongst fans of the genre as well as gaming in general. The game is set in the U.S. in the aftermath of ‘Death Stranding’, which created creatures from a realm between life and death to start roaming the Earth. You then play as Sam Bridges (played by Norman Reedus) as a glorified delivery man.
You deliver supplies to colonies, and connecting people to a wireless communications network. It’s a long story basically, and something complicated that needs you to be alert while you play the game. It’s got a superstar cast of actors besides Norman Reedus, like Mads Mikkelsen, Margaret Qualley, Troy Baker, and even Guillermo del Toro’s likeness is in it. Death Stranding is really more than a game, but rather an experience. Something you should definitely check out.