It’s award season here at Twinfinite! Today, we’re looking back at the best sequels of 2019. Voted on by our editors, these were the best games that succeeded at going above and beyond to deliver a sequel worthy of your time.
Let’s start with some honorable mentions, followed by our two runners-up, and of course, our overall winner for 2019.
Best Sequels of 2019
Honorable Mention: Pokemon Sword and Shield
Reviews Editor Zhiqing Wan: Pokemon Sword & Shield were among the most highly anticipated video game releases of 2019, and it’s easy to see why. These were the two latest entries in Game Freak’s popular monster-catching franchise, and they would mark the series’ debut on the Nintendo Switch.
They’re not without their problems –the absence of a National Dex certainly stings– but they do give us a brief idea of what the series is capable of on the new platform. The Wild Areas truly feel dangerous and exciting, with high-level Pokemon you can encounter along the way, and multiplayer raids that you can take part in.
What’s most impressive about the game, though, is the way Gym battles have been evolved into even more of a spectacle. The crowd roars as you Dynamax your Pokemon, and the music soars as you approach the final stages of the battle.
The towns and cities look beautiful in Sword & Shield, and while the narrative structure certainly left a lot to be desired this time around, we’re still optimistic about the series’ continuation on the Switch.