Rodriguez Recommends: Games of the Year (Games released in 2019 that I actually played):

OK Jambaggers, it’s a little late to the party, but since I, Dante Rodriguez have played more than 5 games released in 2019 (Six whole games! Though two of them not the whole way through…) I thought I’d share with you my Top 5 Games of 2019.

In click-baity dramatic fashion, here they are, starting with Number 5:

5: Devil May Cry 5

OK, this is on here to make up the numbers to 5. I’ve played the first four levels and had a blast so far. The Capcom over the top characters with their weird dialogue and the frenetic action is instantly playable and you feel like a complete badass when you can get your style points up. I sincerely plan on playing this one when I eventually stop playing Assassins Creed Odyssey (I’m near the end of the DLC finally!)

4: Star Wars: Jedi – Fallen Order

My first experience of a game that is even slightly SoulsBourne, I thoroughly enjoyed Fallen Order. The lightsabre combat and the force power usage were all really well handled. I liked a lot of the characters a lot more than I thought I would, particularly the very well written and acted Second Sister. The only thing I didn’t like was the fact that they tried so hard to make this a Dark Souls game when there was no real explanation for it being so. Why do Stormtroopers and beasties magically come back to life after I meditate? That made no sense at all. Oh who cares, the little droid you carry about is just the absolute cutest…

3: Resident Evil 2 Remake

Having been a huge fan of Resident Evil 4, this pretty much took that gameplay and applied it to a game that I had only played a small part of on retro consoles. The atmosphere, the graphics, the gameplay all made this feel fresh, new and exciting. I had a big break between the start and the end of the year playing this, because Mr X is a scary ass dude, but I’m very glad I finally finished it.

2: The Outer Worlds

I never played New Vegas, and I only played a little of Fallout 3, so I don’t have the same nostalgia that some people do about Bethesda RPGs (Old school Bioware and proud!) but the charm of the world you get to explore, the well written but sadly un-romanceable companions and NPCs you encounter made this an absolute must for me. It felt about as close as I would ever get to playing a Firefly RPG and that is something I have wanted for a long time. Nice work Obsidian!

1: Control

Remedy games have been a big part of my gamer history, from the first Max Payne onward, so the release of Control was something I was excited about for a long time and it didn’t disappoint. Despite a slightly unbalanced difficulty curve, once you can update your character Jesse with all the kick-ass superhero style telekinetic powers, you have an absolute whale of a time (I say whale as there are, to date, no microtransactions in the game). You meet some bizarre characters and solve some brain melting puzzles. This game gets to the top of my list for the Ashtray Maze section alone. Not a perfect game, but my favourite and most enjoyed game of 2019.

The one game I played this year that didn’t make the cut: Far Cry New Dawn

Oh how I thought this would be great, fun trailers, post apocalyptic wasteland fun. Sadly fun was not had so much here. I rushed through the (highly recommended) Far Cry 5 so I could buy this game and what an anti-climax. An over-reliance on the crafting mechanic put me off from the start, compared to Far Cry 5’s fairly easy loot and pay for stuff system and characters that I didn’t enjoy as much as the previous game. This one is headed for the trade in counter at CEX.

So there you have it Jambaggers, my Top 5 of 2019. Now to convince Rudy to put his list up…

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