Developed by studio Brave at Night, and published by No More Robots. Yes, Your Grace is a linear Narrative strategy game. Emphasis more on the narrative than the strategy in this instance. Be the king, make decisions, keep your throne under you and your people away from the pitchforks.
Mirror’s Edge is a brilliantly designed experiment of a game. A first person platformer with an iconic style and highly focused gameplay.
Gang Beasts is a comedy focused physics driven arena brawler game. It’s also one of the best local multiplayer games that you can play with friends.
It’s so easy to get lost in Mount and Blade: Warband. A game that offers you a world of politicking and trade and system driven combat. One of those games where systems drive everything that’s interesting about the game.
The Unbelievable Gwenpool is the third in the Marvel Un-trilogy, sharing a prefix with The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and The Unstoppable Wasp. Each book was a new and interesting take on a female character in the Marvel comics universe. For Gwenpool, that’s playing with the idea of comics and comic conventions, and what they mean to the people who read them.
Supermassive Games did something truly special with Until Dawn. They made a game that encapsulates horror films, and the potential of being inside one.
Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons is one of the most wonderfully clever games I’ve ever played. There’s no hyperbole in that. This is an understated adventure puzzle game that uses gameplay for narrative purposes in the best way.
Co-operative games are great. I adore working as a team to solve problems and experience stories in games. Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator takes cooperative gameplay to a whole new level of role playing and fun.
It has been a genuinely amazing year for games. The sheer variety of games on offer has been bountiful and means everyone has something they can enjoy. AAA offered some excellent big budget experiences. Indies of all sizes created unique and stellar games. There were in fact, far too many games. So much I couldn’t even get to things like Outer Wilds, Heaven’s Vault, Mechwarrior or Resident Evil 2. But the 10 best games of the year 2019? The ones I played are below:
I thought I didn’t really like isometric RPGs. It turns out what I really didn’t like was how most isometric RPGs played. An endless slog of grids and turn based combat getting in the way of enjoying the roleplaying. Disco Elysium is an Isometric RPG. I love Disco Elysium.