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Fandom Post’s Game of the Year Awards 2019
As we near the end of 2019 and we arrive in 2020, a new year and decade are here. Like with the end of any good year, we are giving away our official Game of the Year Awards for 2019.
This specific list has been crafted by myself, Cody Perez, so you can expect it to be completely centered around the games that I loved throughout the year. And if you’ve been reading any of our game reviews, the list will certainly come as no surprise.
How I am going to handle this list of games is by going through what our site (aka me) thinks are the top 10 best games of this year. We are going to rank them from least best (still really good) to best of the best, which will be our Game of the Year winner for 2019.
But before we do that, let’s go over some honorable mentions. These are games that barely didn’t make the cut or were ineligible due to our rules. Our rules are simple: the game had to release in 2019 and couldn’t be a remaster or port (unless it is an actual remake).
Fandom Post Game of the Year Awards: Honorable Mentions
These are the honorable mentions that couldn’t make the list for various reasons.
The House in Fata Morgana
I played this game for the first time this year when it arrived on PS4. An excellent visual novel that has bizarre art and is way too long but doesn’t fail to craft one of the most intriguing and time-bending storylines that I have ever seen in a game. It is unlike anything else in visual novels and had me almost at tears many times. You better believe this would have made the list if this was its first release.
Trails of Cold Steel 1 and 2
I played these games for the first time this year on PS4. As a fan of the Trails in the Sky series, Trails of Cold Steel 1 and 2 are even better than its predecessor series as a whole. If you are a fan of Persona, these are games that you shouldn’t miss.
World End Syndrome
World End Syndrome is a visual novel that could very well be the best-looking one I’ve ever played period. It misses making the list, though, for its strange story that avoids the main plot for a long time before addressing it at the last bit.
Game of the Year Awards
Here are our top 10 games of 2019:
10. Apex Legends
I and the world was already in love with Fortnite and Blackout when Apex Legends came out. I didn’t think there would be another battle royale game that could win me over but here we are. Apex Legends took the world by storm for good reason.
The brilliantly designed gameplay and world is matched by the unique characters who have Overwatch-like abilities.
9. Another Eden
Shocker: the first of two mobile games on this list, Another Eden is an actual JRPG on mobile that was meant for mobile. I’m not even kidding either. Whereas most feel like mobile gachas with a coat of paint on it, Another Eden is actually a singleplayer JRPG. Sure, it has gacha mechanics but it is worth playing if you love games like Chrono Trigger.
Plus, there’s a Persona 5 crossover. Yep.
8. Gears of War 5
As a big Gears fan, no game has truly recaptured my love for the series since Gears of War 2 until now. There was always something wrong with either the story or multiplayer gameplay but Gears 5 is the first one in a long time to do both justice. I’ve put in a lot of time into the multiplayer and will likely continue to do so for some time.
7. Call of Duty Mobile
The other mobile game on this list is Call of Duty Mobile, perhaps, the most surprising entry on this list. I mentioned that I loved Blackout, which I think was the best part of Black Ops 4, and Call of Duty Mobile is basically Black Ops 4 but for free.
The graphics are great, battle royale is fantastic, and it feels like a true console first-person shooter experience on mobile.
6. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the best Fire Emblem game bar none. A riveting story that you are invested in from beginning to end all wrapped in a package that somehow makes being a teacher fun. While the paths don’t do enough to differentiate between them, this is one strategy/dating sim game that deserves at least one or two plays.
5. Kingdom Hearts 3
Kingdom Hearts 3 brings the series to a close in a brilliant way. Great graphics lend themselves well to making the Disney worlds of Frozen, Tangled, and the like actually look like the movies. At the same time, the last several hours of the game are a wild ride unlike any other, creating one of the most epic finales in video game history.
4. AI: The Somnium Files
The other surprising game on this list was AI: The Somnium Files. Sure, it is from the same guy who created 999, one of my favorite games of all-time but I was burned after Zero Time Dilemma.
Even still, AI: The Somnium Files manages to be a true return to form for Uchikoshi and is a fantastic sci-fi detective mystery with plenty of twists and turns that fans of the Zero Escape and Danganronpa series will adore.
3. Raging Loop
Raging Loop sounded like my kind of game when it was announced. You’re stuck in a small village where you play a twisted game of Mafia that feels like Danganronpa but without all of the goofy stuff. Though the game butchers its ending, the rest of the game is a twisty nightmarish murder wonderland that is constantly at a 10.
2. Runner Up: Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
Our runner up and winner are so close to one another, it is crazy. Final Fantasy XIV is one of my favorite games of all-time and Yoshi-P and the team have truly outdone themselves with the latest expansion: Shadowbringers.
Not only is it the best piece of content for the MMORPG, but it is also one of the greatest single Final Fantasy adventures of all-time. An unbelievably amazing story, brilliant character arcs, and a magnificent soundtrack set the bar high for what’s to come next in the online game.
1. Game of the Year Winner: Trails of Cold Steel 3
Our Fandom Post Game of the Year 2019 winner is The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3. Honestly, you should just read the review right here for why.
The short of it is that there is no JRPG like this one. One of the greatest RPG’s ever made, Trails of Cold Steel 3 is the Avengers: Infinity War event for the Trails series.
It values the past games in a wonderful way, connecting the world while crafting a masterful story filled with a cast of characters that is stronger than any other game in the series. It isn’t just the best game of this year but one of the greatest RPG’s ever made.