By Dean Moses
It’s 2020, the start of a new year and our very first issue of the decade! This is a time period many of us like to look to the future, to all the exciting, fresh adventures that come along with the start of a 12-month calendar. Still, we should also glance back at 2019, at what led us to this moment. So, with that in mind, we are highlighting some of last year’s best games. Just because the year has passed on by, does not mean you have to miss out on the experiences.
Game: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Rating: T for Teens
Star Wars has had a rift within its fandom during the last few years. Some viewers adore the latest film iterations while others, well… not so much. Wherever you fall on this spectrum of baby Yoda lovers and Babu Frik haters, 2019’s Star Wars video game will please all. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an action adventure that mixes up the gameplay of beloved franchises such as Uncharted and Dark Souls, creating a fun, hybrid experience. With upgrades and force powers to unlock, a whole host of recognizable planets to explore, and interesting faces to befriend, this game expands the Disney universe in the best way possible.
Game: Resident Evil 2 Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Rating: M for Mature
Our long-awaited return to the zombie infested Racoon City re-leased at the dawn of 2019 (on January 11th). Still, this remake of the Capcom classic stood up against the year’s heavy hitters, emerging in 2020 as a game of the year contender. Choosing to take control of series favorites Leon S. Kennedy or Claire Redfield, players are trapped within a gigantic police station overrun with the undead. It is not all about violence though, gamers must also use their brains in order to solve a variety of puzzles worked into the RCPD’s architecture.
Game: Death Stranding Platforms: PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
Rating: M for Mature
Hideo Kojima’s latest masterpiece has left a division between fans in terms of gameplay. Nevertheless, there is no denying that Death Stranding is a must when one is creating a game of the year list. This is thanks, in most part, to its en-grossing—even if sometimes complicated—narrative.
Breathtaking acting from Nor-man Reedus, Troy Baker, and Mads Mikkelsen, who won best performance at the latest Game Awards ceremony, will keep players glued to the screen. Thanks to Kojima’s visionary directing, and this superb cast, Death Stranding is not just a must play, but a must to experience.
Game: Blair Witch
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Steam, OS Rating: M for Mature
This one could be somewhat controversial, as you won’t likely see it on many top game lists. Most titles slot nicely into categories, such as games with the best story, best action, best multiplayer, etc.—Blair Witch is no different. Here we are provided with the perfect bit-sized horror undertaking. Beatable in as little as a few hours, we are still provided with a host of brainteasers, a mind-boggling plot, and endings that differ depending on choices made throughout the game. If you are a gamer on a tight time schedule, this could be one for you.
Game: Super Mario Maker 2 Platforms: Nintendo Switch Rating: E for Everyone
Mario, Nintendo’s beloved mascot returned last year, bringing a unique blend of family fun back with him. Super Mario Maker 2 does exactly what it says on the tin. Players of all ages are granted the ability to construct their very own side-scrolling levels based on the variety of classic Mario games, including the original and Super Mario World. Everything from the terrain to the type of villains can be customized before being uploaded online, so competitors from around the globe can try out your artistic stab at the Mario universe. Not only that, free content has been added to the game since its release, adding new creations and Link from The Legend of Zelda series as a playable character.