25 Best Video Games of 2019 So Far (January to June)

Our updated ranking of the best PC and console video games released this year. To see the full, updated list, visit our dedicated rankings:

25. Metro Exodus on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One

The Metro series takes on a different environment in the first ever installment in more than five years. But, after a long hiatus, 4A games managed to pull it off.

Exodus explores many things, from the semi-open world format to sandbox-like levels that provide a contrast to the restrictive atmosphere of the earlier titles. It balances the familiar with the unfamiliar, earning playscores of 8.60 on the PC, 8.38 on the PS4, and 8.03 on the Xbox One.

24. My Friend Pedro on PC and Switch

Devolver continues to mess around with violence and style in this shoot ‘em up of epic proportions. Led by a talking Banana, embrace the joy of killing thugs in the most stylish way possible.

It’s like watching a ballet of bullets and blood. Overcome the many levels the game has to offer and feel that rush of ultraviolence in every moment. It’s a fantastic game with a playscore of 8.62 on the PC and a Provisional of 7.83 on the Switch.

23. A Plague Tale: Innocence on PC, PS4, and Xbox One

Asobo Studios’ emotional story takes you into the lives of two survivors set in the darkest hours of history. Plagues, religious zealots, and human nature are the biggest enemies you’ll encounter in this dramatic third-person adventure.

With the help of your trusty slingshot, survive the real life horrors of humanity’s lust for destruction and chaos. It receives a playscore of 8.62 on the PlayStation 4, 8.59 on the PC and 8.50 on the Xbox One.

22. Hypnospace Outlaw

Nostalgia is a killer marketing strategy, and apparently so is vaporwave.

Hypnospace Outlaw is the perfect combination of all things edgy. Packing a lot in its simulation gameplay, take on the role of weird internet police and watch over every nook and cranny of their fictional internet paradise.

With its many retro puzzles and point and clicks, Hypnospace Outlaw delivers exactly what they promise but might leave you asking for more. It has a playscore of 8.66

21. Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One

6 Eyes Studios’ answer to the lack of tactics games lately. This medieval Steampunk game mixes mature storytelling and deep combat; using old and new gameplay technologies to cater amateur and veteran RPG fans.

Control your own group of Arbiters and let it flourish as you unfold over 40 story encounters with deep and satisfying combat. It receives a playscore of 8.65 on the PS4, 8.48 on the PC, and a Provisional rating of 7.72 on the Xbox One

20. Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

This recent Definitive Edition proves just how magical it was the first time.

It welcomes new fans into the world of Terca Lumireis while reeling in veteran players with two new playable characters and full voice acting. Both of these added to the innate spectacle of its story and combat. One of the best JRPGs from 10 years ago cements its place in the hall of fame, getting its highest playscore of 8.70 on the PS4.

19. One Finger Death Punch 2

Stick figures will always have that simplistic vibe to them. In this sequel to Silver Dollar Games' action though, it's never looked better.

Marking huge improvements in design and animation has helped One Finger Death Punch 2 deliver a fatal blow in satisfying button mashing. It's straightforward with no dialog and true objectives, just the pure thrill of stylish stick violence. It has a playscore 8.7.

18. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

One of Sony's most beloved JRPG series gets its a chance in the limelight with their rerelease on modern gen consoles.

Originally released for the PS3 and PS Vita, the legend lives on the PlayStation 4, rewarding each with separate physical releases. Adding the enhancements from the PC versions and over 5,000 voiced lines have made contributed to preserving the magic of the original on the new consoles. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel gets a playscore of 8.71, while its sequel received an 8.43.

17. ISLANDERS

Grizzly Games’ minimalist strategy game is all about building colorful islands and cities. All it requires from you is a bit of time and a hint of imagination.

Injected into its atmosphere of relaxing city-building is a layer of strategy that challenges you to reach for that certain score. It's a simple, straightforward, and therapeutic...at least once you get the hang of things. It earns a playscore of 8.71.

16. VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch

Sukeban Games marries all cyberpunk, 80s sytnhwave and vague Japanese settings in this adventure sim.

Become the bartender and get to know the inner lives of your patrons and the world you live in with each new story. For all the limitations of their format, it's pretty expansive, injecting Bartending gameplay and a slice of dystopian life within the story. It has a playscore of 8.72 PS4, and a Provisional rating of 8.31 on the Switch.

15. Judgment

SEGA expands the Yakuza universe in this action-adventure spin-off set in japan.

Judgment is a legal thriller that’s a bit further from Yakuza’s criminal underbelly. You play as a detective investigating murder cases. But you’re not just some lowly detective. With the power of martial arts, use a variety of Styles to eliminate thugs who stand in your puzzle-solving adventures.

Putting more emphasis to puzzle, Judgment feels like an original story that could stand for itself even without the Yakuza name. It receives a playscore of 8.75 on the PS4.

14. Yakuza Kiwami 2

Yakuza 2 was a special game way back 2006. This remake is a rebirth of Kazuma Kiryu during his glory days. Unlike Judgment, this one is the original. Just like any other Yakuza title, it’s set in an open-world Tokyo. Roam around and beat some thugs OR maybe play some Karaoke to flex on your Yakuza rep. Earnest and Thirdy once played the game last year and they enjoyed it.

After the numerous Yakuza games on the market, it’s heavily praised for its near-perfect remake of the original. It receives a playscore of 8.76 on the PC.

13. F1 2019 Anniversary Edition, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4

White knuckle your way through expensive pavements and iconic locations in Codemasters’ fresh F1 title. Rise up against your rivals across its 21 circuits and famous drivers with its super improved handling and accurate physics.

The dynamic day and night cycle adds a layer of excitement as it affects your driving experience in different weather conditions. Aside from its additional cars, F1 2019 is still the same game but still holds up as the best F1 racing game in recent times and it gets a playscore of 8.76 on the PS4 and here are the rest.

12. Supraland

Supraland might have a pretty small area. But each pixel is worth a lot when its packed to the brim with puzzles to solve and corners to explore.

Start your daily life as a tiny little supracitizen and play your part by answering to the town's problems with your smarts and swords. With Portal's brain tickling puzzles and metroid style exploration in a charming visual artstyle, Supraland is one super PC title with a score of 8.76

11. Samurai Shodown on PS4 and Xbox One

This reboot to SNK’s critically acclaimed fighting game is back for more tense and exhilarating actions. Its recent exposure in this year’s EVO was great.

Remaining true to its roots, slice and dice your opponents with solid precision in its stylized weapon-based combat. To keep up with the times, the visual aspect of this refreshed fighter is powered by the Unreal Engine 4. Bringing high quality detail and fighting like never before.

Meet the old and new characters as you journey once again to the glory days of the 90’s. It receives a playscore of 8.76 on the PS4 and a Provisional playscores of 7.83 on the Xbox One

10. Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch

PlayStation’s favorite Tasmanian Devil is back. Crash and the boys (and girlsto) make the comeback of their lives in this true HD re-imagining.

Nitro-Fueled features There’s additional content, new playable characters and map add-ons that might turn your world upside down.

Playing with friends is as easy as it was before and friendships are once again tested in with each competition. Rev up those engines Rev up those engines because the game has a playscore of 8.76 on the PS4 and 7.97 on the Xbox One and 7.98 on the Switch

9. SEKIRO: Shadows Die Twice on PS4, Xbox One and PC

FromSoftware is continuing their legacy in a new format in their latest IP. It's definitely not the Souls-like games we loved before. That doesn't mean SEKIRO is any easier though.

It continues the formula of “beauty you need to work for” in a different format, with demading one on one battles topped with the quiet challenge of their stealth sections. Still in the running for best 2019 title, SEKIRO is certainly worthwhile with its highest playscore of 8.87 on the PS4.

8. Kingdom Hearts III on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

A culmination of a decade old franchise. Kingdom Hearts III marks the series’ climactic point as it finally closes the door for the Seeker of Darkness saga.

Its colorful hack and slash combat takes the series to new heights with fancy gimmicks, party abilities and some slick keyblade transformations. Help Sora and his friends save various Disney and Pixar worlds which includes Frozen, Big Hero 6, Pirates of the Carribean, Toy Story and so much more. It has a playscore of 8.87 on the PS4 and 8.14 on the X1.

7. AMID EVIL

Retro-FPS titles are rare in this time of year, but New Blood Interactive tries to rekindle the old flames of the genre and introduce it to the modern audience.

Like the classics Hexen and Heretic, survive an endless horde of evil and fight using a variety of mystical weapons and abilities. It is a wild mix of chaos, magic, epicness and brutal mysticism with a playscore of 8.90 on the PC.

6. Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch

Koji Igarashi’s latest treat for the gaming community is a colorful metroidvania adventure. It’s packed with all the things Castlevania was known for: exploration, story and a haunted Castle.

Step into the afflicted shoes of Miriam as you stop a curse from turning her body into crystals. Wage war against the Castle’s defenses and make it to the top using a myriad of fighting styles and magical flurry. Aside from some issues with its Switch port, its smooth, content-packed and stays true to its roots. Ritual of the Night gets its highest playscore of 8.91 on the PS4 and here are the rest.

5. Katana ZERO on PC and Switch

Devolver Digital embraces the growing charm of the cyberpunk genre in this gritty hack and slash title with a mix of neo-noir elements. As a junkie samurai, take on assasination contracts across its stunning, yet broken, post-war society.

Packed with a beast of a soundtrack in between its neon-lit atmosphere, Katana Zero is a visual overload of dystopian proportions. It receives a playscore of 8.97 on the PC and a Provisional rating of 8.32 on the Switch

4. Baba Is You on PC and Nintendo Switch

One of our favorite Indie games of this year is a charming meta puzzle-game that lets you bend the rules depending on how much you understand the concept of pushing and pulling. Every interaction is different in its 200 levels. Experimentation is a necessary tool to keep the job done, and breaking the fourth wall is merely a part of the game.

Hailed for its brilliant game design and its interesting take on the puzzle genre, the game has a playscore of 9.00 on the PC, and Provisional rating of 8.41 on the Switch.

3. Devil May Cry 5 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

This marks the series’ crescendo as it continues to EXCEED everyone’s expectations. Gameplay is intense and STYLISH as ever, especially when you can choose between three major characters with different playstyles.

If you want to read poetry while kicking demon-ass, go with V. When you want some swag for your demon bashing adventures, go with Dante. And, if you’re in it for some teenage angst while you slice and dice enemies with your rocket-fueled sword, Nero has got you.It’s a hodgepodge pure hack and slash goodness and rock and roll. It has the highest playscore on the PS4 with a 9.04

2. Slay the Spire on PC, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch

Among the popular CG’s in the videogame community, Slay The Spire remains different, yet familiar. Mega Crit Games takes you to a procedurally generated dungeon packed with RNG, luck and turn-based strategy goodness. Reach the top of the tower, build the most effective deck you have, and slay the spire for good.

Its high replay value, accessibility and simplicity makes it all the more fantastic. It receives playscores of 9.09 on the PC, 8.75 on the PS4, and a Provisional 8.46 on the Switch.

1. Resident Evil 2 on PS4, and Xbox One

CAPCOM’s staggering success lately comes from its focus on single-player elements. Once again, Resident Evil 2 Remake marks the series’ return to form. Help Claire and Leon survive from this nightmarish hell as they get acquainted with the not-so friendly residents of this quiet little town.

Rebuilt from the ground up using their proprietary RE Engine, relive the craziest night in Raccoon City with a nifty new third-person mode and realistic zombie… physics. Also, don’t forget to run away from that big guy wearing a trench coat and a fedora. The game receives a playscore of 9.28 on the PlayStation 4, 9.1 on the PC and an 8.79 on the X1.

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