It’s award season here at Twinfinite, and that means it’s time to look back at 2019 and the games that filled it, before we move on to the next one. Recent years have seen something of a renaissance for RPGs, and 2019 has been a particular highlight. Now it’s time to decide the best RPGs of 2019.
Voted on by our editors, these are the experiences that stood out from the pack, whether JRPG or western-RPG. Complex systems, engrossing worlds, fascinating characters; these games exemplify the RPG genre.
Best RPGs of 2019
Honorable Mention: Disco Elysium
Review Editor Zhiqing Wan: Developed by ZA/UM, Disco Elysium is certainly one of the sleeper hit RPGs of 2019. The CRPG genre has seen a resurgence in recent years with the rise in popularity of titles like Divinity: Original Sin and Pillars of Eternity, and you can add Disco Elysium to that list as well.
Like any good RPG worth its salt, Disco Elysium is set in the fictional world of Revachol, which is one of the most detailed and rich environments we’ve ever explored.
Within the filthy, rundown district of Martinaise, you’ll talk to a variety of rich, unique NPCs all with their own motivations and secrets to hide. And as a detective who needs as much information as possible to solve a murder case, your job is to find out what makes these people tick, then make them talk.
Speaking of your character, the detective you play as also happens to be a complete mess of a human being.
You can shape his personality however you like, from a hyper logical person, to just a total wreck who hears voices in his head and has imaginary conversations with inanimate objects.
And just like any good RPG worth its salt, Disco Elysium is very smartly written, with sharp and brutal dialogue that will keep you hooked from start to finish. It might not be the prettiest RPG around, but it’s certainly one of the most immersive ones of the year.