2010 has been a BIG year for gaming, and 2020 is shaping up to be just as impressive! So, to welcome in the new year, I thought I’d list my Favourite PC games of 2019. But this means there is NO console exclusive games on this list sadly (so sorry, no Death Stranding). This list is entirely my own opinion of course! And if you haven’t checked out these titles yet, I’d definitely recommend them!
11. Apex: Legends
It’s hard to believe that this game only came out in 2019! Apex: Legends has a special place in my heart for doing the unimaginable, knocking Fortnite off the top spot for battle royales for a time. Apex: Legends also seems to not be slowing down. The game updates relatively frequently, and even runs limited timed events. This game combines the battle royale genre with the team-based FPS genre and to me, that’s why this game has succeed while others have failed. It doesn’t feel like a cookie cutter battle royale game. Hopefully, 2020 provides another successful year for this game as it continues to reach its full potential.
10. A Plague Tale: Innocence
It’s no secret that I am a big single player gamer. Especially games with a big emphasis on strong storytelling and characterization. A Plague Tale: Innocence has all of this in spades and looks amazing too. This game centers around Amicia de Rune, a young French girl who must flee both the Inquisition and a deadly plague like entity – and not to mention all the rats! This game relies heavily on stealth, with enemies able to one shot kill you on sight. You can’t just run in all guns blazing with this one. So, if you are not very patient, this might not be one for you. However, this game’s story is incredibly captivating and both Amicia and her little brother, Hugo, are very compelling characters.
Oh, looky here, another single player game! There will be a lot of these on this list (sorry not sorry). Control is a brand-new IP from Remedy Entertainment, the people who made games like, Quantum Break and Alan Wake. So, already you know what you’re getting yourself into. An amazing single player story, with a focus on character. Basically, my kinda game! In this third person action-adventure game you play as Jesse Faden, who goes to a place called “The Oldest House”, to try and locate her missing brother. Honestly, there is just a lot going on in this game, and I don’t want to spoil anything. But the short of it, is you end up basically with superpowers and they are a lot of fun! The story is amazing, the gameplay is fluid and varied, and you will get suckered into this world incredibly fast if this is your sort of game.
8. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
What’s that? Sarah put ANOTHER single player game on the list? I had so many hopes for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, especially after the whole “Battlefront thing”. I wanted so much for this game to make Star Wars games great again, and I am happy to say it delivers! The second game on this list from Respawn, you play as Cal Kestis, who just has a lot going on to be honest doesn’t he? He’s in hiding, then on the run, fights lots of dudes! It’s just a busy time all round for our resident protagonist. The best review I’ve heard about this game is basically that it’s one of those games that you don’t want to end. You stretch out the ending for as long as possible, doing anything and everything to avoid that bittersweet taste in your mouth after finishing an actually enjoyable experience. And that basically sums it up really! Thanks for doing us a solid Respawn, us Star Wars fans needed it.
7. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
I’m going to preface this by saying, I am awful at FromSoftware games! I have never managed to finish a Dark Souls game because I usually just give up. I don’t have the patience for them. That being said, they are some of my favourite games mainly because of their art style. I could spend all day just walking through the worlds that FromSoftware creates, and Sekiro is no exception. The combat is bloody and up close and personal as you slash down your enemies. You play as Wolf; a Shinobi thrown into the chaos of his torn world, and quickly becomes vital to deciding it’s future. This game also has three different endings depending on your choices, so if you do give this one a try, tread carefully. In true FromSoftware style, this game looks great and plays great and is well worth a try. It also recently won Game of the Year at The Game Awards, so there’s even proof it’s good!
6. Borderlands 3
There really isn’t all that much to say about Borderlands that hasn’t already been said a dozen times. Basically, this was one of the biggest releases of the year and for good reason. This doesn’t beat Borderlands 2 for me, however Borderlands 3 does have a lot to offer if you are a Borderlands fan. You’re back playing one of four classes as usual. Zane is a stealthy operative, equipped with tons of gadgets and even a Digi-clone to distract enemies. Amara is the resident Siren this time, and Moze is a gunner, equipped with an adorable tank named “the Iron Bear”. The fourth spot is occupied by the robot Fl4k, a Beastmaster who has 3 pets who fight beside them in battle. Taking place seven years after Borderlands 2 and after Tales from the Borderlands, our new bad guys are Troy and Tyreen, leaders of the Children of the Vault cult. But these two have nothing close to the charisma Handsome Jack had sadly, I’ll tell you that for free! But if you can put up with their annoying interjections, this game is a great romp and it’s fun to return to Pandora once more.
5. Outer Wilds
This game is incredibly underrated! I’m going to put it down to having a similar name to another game which came out in 2019, leading to confusion. That and it’s an Indie game and sadly, many still don’t see the potential Indie games have. Outer Wilds has a simple concept really, it’s an open world exploration game and the planet you find yourself on has only 22 minutes before a nearby sun explodes. But here’s the catch, you get to reset those 22 minutes repeatedly, learning new things each time to try and change the outcome next time. Think Groundhog Day, but less Bill Murray. This game has a beautiful art style and you can explore a bunch of other planets in the little solar system as you try and uncover the answer to stopping the explosion. Such a clever concept and executed perfectly.
4. The Sims 4: Discover University
OK, this is my own little entry. Don’t judge me! I have been a long-time simmer since the very first Sims game back in 2000. The Sims 4, the latest entry in the series, just never quite reached the same heights as its previous games for me. However, their final expansion pack for 2019 came through! Discover University brings back The Sims 2 vibes for me, which is a big plus! Your sims can now go to University, live in dorms and even play beer pong (which has been changed to “juice pong” to keep that sweet PG rating). So why is it so high in my list if that’s all it does? Because I’ve sunk so many hours into university game play, I need to justify it somehow! Honestly, I think my REAL degree was easier to get and took less time than Sims’s do! Still fun though, and definitely part of my must have packs for The Sims 4.
This seems to be a very divisive game. Either you loved it (like me), or thought it was garbage. The amount of nick-picky reviews that came out on this game drove me insane to be honest. Because at the end of the day, it’s an AA game. It’s not Bioware, or Blizzard we’re talking about here, so put down your pitchforks people! Greedfall is a super ambitious game for small French based team Spiders. For their first time dipping into a world that is predominately dominated by big wigs like Dragon Age and Skyrim, they managed to pull if off in my books! You play as DeSardet, a Legate of the Congregation of Merchants in a place called Serene. You’re tasked with helping your cousin rule over the settlement of New Serene, on a dangerous foreign island called Teer Fradee. It feels very Dragon Age like, with companions and romance options, as well as the choice to talk your way out of a battle instead of fighting. This game does have problems though. Some areas do feel empty, especially the major cities. And there are a lot of repeated assets such as buildings. But to me, these didn’t really matter. The story and characters were compelling and the world itself was fun to explore. This is great game to tide you over until the next Dragon Age.
2. The Outer Worlds
Did someone say an open world RPG made by the same guys who did Fallout: New Vegas?! Yes, PLEASE! Truly, Bethesda should have just pulled up their boots, admitted Obsidian did a far better job with Fallout than they ever would, and just let them make all Fallout games in future. And The Outer Worlds proves it. It basically plays just like a Fallout game, however instead of a ruined earth as the background, we are now in space. This game just feels so much like New Vegas, and for some that might be a letdown. But for me, as a big New Vegas fan, I happily jumped from planet to planet with my crew to my hearts content. It was just nice to feel immersed in an RPG again. You play as a colonizer who has recently awoken from cryo-sleep and now must find a way to wake everyone else up too. There are interesting companions, factions AND a reputation system! It’s everything Fallout 4 could only dream of being and a game very easy to get drawn into.
1. Untitled Goose Game
Yep. That game where you play as a goose and honk at people. Most fun I’ve had in years. I stand by it and will 1v1 anyone who opposes me. RAKE IN THE LAKE!
So, those were my Favourite PC games of 2019. What were yours?
Comment your Favourite PC games of 2019 down below! Happy 2020! Also check out some of our previous list posts here!