Best Video Games of 2019

It is never easy to create a list of “best video games” for the year, but 2019 was especially hard – and not for the reasons we’d like. There wasn’t a single clear hit or blockbuster that dominated the boards last year. That doesn’t mean it was a bad year for video games – in fact, there were several fantastic new video games released in 2019. 

So while these were the most popular video games of 2019, in our opinion, you may not have heard much about them. But that’s even cooler in a way right?! Maybe after reading this list, you’ll try a new game and find something that brings you hours of enjoyment. And that’s everything that we’re about at Game Goblins. So play on! (And come let us know what your favorites were.)

 

Baba Is You

If you like puzzle games, we have the perfect game for you. Baba Is You is ridiculously cute and devilishly clever. The game starts by asking you to move Baba (a little white rabbit) to a golden flag. When you reach the flag you win. But to get there you have to navigate walls, water, rocks, locked doors, and other obstacles.

The nifty trick to this game is that all of the symbols are arbitrary. There’s no logical reason that you have to play Baba instead of a wall, or that the flag signifies winning instead of instant death. So to complete each level, you have to completely rewrite how your brain interprets everyday connections and symbols, and come up with truly creative solutions like… unlocking the door with a rock (cheat alert!). But every level has multiple valid ways to solve it – the only limit is your creativity and logic. 

If we’re being brutally honest, this game made our brains hurt – and we loved every second of it. 

 

Devil May Cry 5

Whether or not you played the first four (we did, but that’s basically our job), Devil May Cry 5 (DMC5) is worth checking out. Not convinced? Our favorite scene was when one of the heroes lifts a motorcycle above his head, rips it in half, and uses it to beat demonic monsters to death. 

Yeah. That’s what we thought.

This is action gaming in its purest form. We love (like, love) our RPGs and open worlds – Skyrim to Spiderman, we’re sold – but there’s something incredibly refreshing about playing a straightforward, linear game again. No side quests, no forgetting what the main plotline even was… just killing the bad guys. And at the next checkpoint? More bad guys to kill. 

But despite its beautiful simplicity, this game is far from boring. DMC5 is painstakingly stylish and is packed with gorgeous, thrilling fight scenes that put a strong emphasis on elegance and style. You’re actually graded on your syle at the end of each level – so no button-mashing!

 

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Link’s Awakening was originally released for GameBoy back in 1993 (over half a decade before the game-changing Ocarina of Time) and became one of the most beloved titles in the Legend of Zelda series. It’s easy to see why it’s once again one of the most popular video games of the year. 

The 2019 remake preserves the original storyline and objectives of the game – questing across an island full of talking animals to collect musical instruments and wake the all-powerful Wind Fish from his slumber.

The main difference between the games is the visual aspect. The graphic art in the new Link’s Awakening is incredible. It gives the whole game a breathtaking, toy-like diorama look that feels both familiar and incredibly well done. It makes solving the puzzles and entering combat more than just a trip down memory lane – it’s a brand new art experience. 

A lot of the enjoyment we got from playing this game is seeing how vibrantly and creatively it was reimagined. But that doesn’t make it any less fun (or adorable) to play. Because it’s the least dark and most carefree of the Zelda saga, it’s the perfect introduction for younger children.

Want more video games to try? Stop by Game Goblins and ask any of our staff what they’re into right now! We live to talk shop here. Or contact us online with any questions you might have about the best video games for you or your child.