Is it just me, or has 2019 been a pretty mediocre, or even a bad year for gaming?
I’ve been thinking and preparing for our annual end of the year GOTY awards, and have been reflecting over the past year of games. There hasn’t been that many massive games to come out this year. Even at E3 this year, nothing that exciting was shown and announced that released this year, and with the holiday season fast approaching, there are very little to really get excited about. Even looking at Metacritic scores seems to be much higher last year than so far in 2019
In 2019 the heavy hitters have been:
Sekiro:Shadows Die Twice, Resident Evil 2, Borderlands 3, The Division 2, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Apex Legends, Kingdom Hearts 3, Metro Exodus, Anthem, Control, Super Mario Maker 2, Far Cry New Dawn, F1 2019
Some indie darling games have stolen the limelight this year, games like:
Untitled Goose Game, Outer Worlds, Katana Zero, Void Bastards, Astral Chain
Looking at those lists, while there are standout gems, it is not the most exciting list of games to come out within a year, and for the rest of 2019 we can look forward to really only a handful of potentially exciting titles, such as:
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen, Death Stranding, Call of Duty Modern Warfare, Shenmu 3, Pokemon Sword and Shied and that’s pretty much it.
Sure, many of you might say there are games I’ve missed, and yes, I have missed some games, but compare the above list of games with last year’s heavy hitters and standout games:
Red Dead Redepmtion 2, God of War, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Hollow Knight, Undertale, Monster Hunter World, Spider-Man, Far Cry 5, Subnautica, Detroit Become Human, Forza Horizon 4, Hitman 2, Kingdom Come Deliverance, Assassins Creed Odyssey, Warhammer Vermintide 2, Return of the Obra Dinn, Dead Cells, Tetris Effect, Into the Breach.
Now that is a list of games to make anyone excited. There is something for anyone, and some of possibly the best games ever made came out last year.
Perhaps it is because last year was such a great year for gaming, that this year pales in comparison. Perhaps, I wondered, it is because we are on the precipice of a new console generation, with the Xbox Scarlett and PS5 releasing next year.
But in 2012, the year before this generation of consoles were released, we got games like Far Cry 3, Borderlands 2, Dishonored, Mass Effect 3, Halo 4, Assassins Creed 3, Diablo 3, COD BLOPS 2, Spec Ops The Line and many other amazing games. It cannot just be because a new console generation is on the horizon.
Perhaps I am being too dramatic, and perhaps the games of 2019 just have not been my taste, which is why I may be thinking this wasn’t a good year. So let me know what you think, was this a good year for gaming, or do you share my feeling of disappointment?