Best and Worst Video Games of 2019 So Far
Let's start the list with the worst releases of this year so far.
5. DayZ on PS4 and Xbox One
The survival game that failed to keep up with the trying times of the industry. What was once revered as one of the best early access titles on Steam… is now a shell of its former self. With the Battle Royale fad still alive and kicking, DayZ has lost its touch after spending almost 5 years in Early Access.
Fans are disappointed by the Developers lack of communication, and even response. Some players are even asking for their money back. It's an unfinished buggy mess and it’s a shame to see this game fall so down. A playscore of 6.11 on the PS4 and 5.95 on the Xbox One.
Pumped BMX Pro looks a smartphone game that got lost on the consoles. And that's not even the game's worst criticism. As with most driving games, physics and controls are absolutely essential. Unfortunately, that seems like BMX Pro's weakest points. The challenges of its many tracks is more of an exercise in frustration rather than enjoyment.
It might scratch that desperate Trials itch, but you may be better off with any other alternative. It has a score of 5.65.
The AC series has come a long way but it’s not without its shortcomings.
After Ezio’s wonderful send-off, it’s about time to finally save the world from its prophetic doomsday clock. The American Revolution awaits you in this pivotal moment in history. Hunt down Templars and change the course of time in this remastered version of the 2012 classic. Considered as one of the weakest of the AC titles in terms of scale and content, this Remastered doesn’t give enough justice to the already underwhelming entry.
Its messy optimization, technical issues and “UPlay” are enough reasons for players to give this a measly score of a 5.53 on the PC.
2. Generation Zero on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One
Not a lot changes in the world of Worst Games. Still second in the running, Generation Zero's 1980s wasn't meant to be a scenic holiday but I'm sure it hardly meant to be as tedious as it is too.
Scenic though is pretty much the only positive response it received. Generation Zero offers a beautiful open world to get lost in. What most reviewers hated is the sparse feeling you get from being in it. For a co-op focused survival, its lack of in-game chat makes even that a pain.
It was an imperfect release and it continues to be so with playscores of 5.1 on the PC, 6.32 on the PS4, and 5.83 on the Xbox One.
1. Left Alive on PC and PlayStation 4
Another returning title. Three months later, Left Alive has been seemingly Left Dead by the folks at Square Enix.
When it first came out, it was mostly disappointment that brought to its place at the very bottom. Fans looked forward to this supposed return to the Front Mission universe headed by veterans of Armored Core and Metal Gear. All we got though was a mech action game that had nothing to show for except its clunky combat and unreliable AI.
There were hopes of changes last time. They're all but dashed at this point and we'll surely be seeing this one at the next.
Now for the best video games released so far this year...
10. Katana Zero on PC and Nintendo Switch
The beauty of retro-style games is it harkens back to a nostalgic era for gamers while filling it with the meticulous detail of today's technology. This is exactly what happens in Katana Zero. It follows the pattern of most of Devolver Digital titles. It’s polished. It’s stylish, and with its own rock and roll embedded into it.
Katana Zero's rock and roll comes not just from its samurai gameplay, but also from its clever cybernoir narrative, fitting soundtracks, and it’s satisfying and flashy combat. The reception has been more than positive on the PC with 8.97 and a provisional playscore of 8.32 on the Switch.
9. AMID EVIL
The retro renaissance has also breached first person shooter territory. Fans of Doom might claim this title as their own, Amid Evil is mostly rooted in classic fantasy FPSs like Heretic and Hexen. Despite that, any fan of Doom could still enjoy its mishmash of monsters and mystical weapons, spread across 7 EVIL worlds.
AMID EVIL released just a few months after the similarly acclaimed DUSK. With the same and perhaps better retro FPS gameplay the comparisons were inevitable.
Still, AMID EVIL is a worthy loveletter to its inspirations, taking on the blocky look well without the clunkiness of its age. It gets a playscore of 8.89 on the PC.
Supraland proves that Size Doesn't Matter. Within 9 square meters and 30 hours of gameplay, it packs an overwhelming amount of charm. From its inviting atmosphere and adorable sprites, to its fantastic Portal-inspired puzzles and metroid-style exploration.
Its story of Reds vs Blues might prove thin for some, it doesn't matter too much when there's plenty more to discover around every nook and corner. It earns a well-deserved rating of 8.79.
7. Baba Is You on PC and Nintendo Switch
Indie games are always making do with limited resources and that's when all sorts ideas come out from the woodwork.
Already winning the top spot in this year's PC Indies list, Baba Is You is a wellspring of creativity. The only rule is that there aren't any at all. Baba Is You challenges you to think outside the box and manipulate the world as you see fit. By just moving around the blocks and letters at your disposal, you can become and change whatever you need to win the puzzles.
Between getting the freedom to explore and experiment and that lightbulb moment at the end of things, Baba is You is one rewarding experience after another.
There are games that pay tribute to the classics. Bloodstained is more than that. Koji Igarashi turns vision into flesh once more, and it's something continues to impress. Play as Miriam, take hold of her many demonic abilities, and vanquish all of the castle's paranormal forces.
It's a whole new universe, complete with different lores and characters. But, everything will feel familiar to any fan of Igarashi's iconic Castlevania titles.
Putting aside the abysmal port on the Switch, Bloodstained is a success with 8.88 on the PS4, 8.79 on the Xbox One, and 9.11 on the PC.
After a series of major delays and technical challenges, Kingdom Hearts III is finally out, and it’s been 6 months since then.
A decade in the works, this third installment adds more Disney characters into the fray while sacrificing Square’s iconic Final Fantasy ensemble. Boo. Follow Sora and his band of Disney brothers as they use the power of friendship to stop the darkness from corrupting the hearts of man.
Travel to majestic Disney and Pixar worlds including Toy Story, Tangled, Monsters Inc, Big Hero 6 and even Frozen. It’s a hotpot of childlike wonder mixed with a stellar hack and slash combat and an emotional story that’s been with us for almost 2 decades. It receives a playscore of 8.88 on the PS4 and 8.14 on the X1.
4. Slay The Spire on PS4, PC, and Nintendo Switch
2019 is the year where people finally appreciate the beauty and depth of card games.
Mega Crit Games’ Slay the Spire is among the many CG’s that survived the trend. Mixing turn-based strategy, cards and rogue-like into one title, this ever-changing gauntlet tests your luck and your deck building skills. With each level randomly generated, make do with the limited cards you have at your disposal and fend off a horde of ghastly enemies.
It’s worth the asking price. It’s praised for its simple design, accessibility and best of all, its high replay value. Now that’s how you make a card game. Valve, take notes. It receives a playscore of 8.75 on the PS4, 9.07 on the PC and a provisional playscore of 8.41 on the Switch.
3. SEKIRO: Shadows Die Twice on PS4, Xbox One, and PC
The fresh FromSoftware game that gave a number of players and gaming journalists a hard time. Out with the Gothic landscapes and in with the beautiful oriental Sengoku Era temples. SEKIRO challenges new and old players with its ridiculous boss fights, unfair hitboxes and un-Dark Souls-like combat.
At least in this game, you get lives to rise back up and maybe mess it up again. Parry, strike and use a variety of Ninja and Samurai skills to turn the tide of every battle.
One thing’s for sure about this game: Timing is everything. As cheesy as it may sound, make your sword an extension of yourself. There are only two words we could tell you about this game: Git gud. It has a playscore of 8.88 on the PS4, 8.44 on the X1 and 8.83 on the PC.
2. Devil May Cry 5 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC
Another much awaited title 10 years in the making. This fifth major entry to the Devil May Cry franchise was a long time coming.
Return to the demon-whooping adventures of Dante and Nero alongside a mysterious new character as they stop an evil tree from taking over the human world. But killing demons is not without style. The game’s main objectives aren’t just killing them, it’s about how stylishly you can take down.
With a new and improved combat system, you get to finally flex those combos in the most badass way possible. There’s no doubt about its huge success. This legendary hack and slash title has one of the best combat in a videogame ever. It receives a playscore of 9.04 on the PS4, 8.83 on the Xbox One and 8.89 on the PC.
It’s hard not to praise CAPCOM for their impressive games lately. After a series of stellar titles, the horror game that defined the genre is coming back and it’s finally showing its true form. Join Claire and Leon as they go on a terrible first day adventure in the mysterious town of Raccoon City.
In this re-imagined title, shoot down zombie dogs, zombie citizens and run away from a hulking brute wearing a fedora determined to crush your head in each passing minute. A solid remake and a worthy addition to CAPCOM’s comeback. It receives a playscore of 9.28 on the PS4, 8.79 on the Xbox One and 9.11 on the PC.