To conclude our annual award period, which recognizes the year’s best games across many different categories, we now arrive at the best of the best.
Voted on by Twinfinite’s editorial staff, these six titles are the best games of 2019. Starting with a few honorable mentions and runner-ups, we are now ready to reveal our overall Game of the Year for 2019.
Note: This article does not contain any explicit spoilers, but in some entries, it does mention elements of the plot when relevant that someone that wanted a completely blind experience may want to avoid. We suggest skipping over any section you want to remain totally blind on.
Game of the Year 2019
Honorable Mention: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Reviews Editor Zhiqing Wan: Going into Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, I didn’t really have much of an idea of what I was getting myself into. Being somewhat inexperienced with the metroidvania genre and Castlevania in general, I’d expected to just dabble with the game for a couple of hours before playing something else.
Dear reader, not only did I play this game for more than just two hours, but I also fully uncovered the map, bought it again on Switch and played a ton of it there, and had the soundtrack on loop for about a month after beating the game. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is pretty amazing.
In my early impressions piece on Bloodstained, I described it as the perfect entry point for newcomers who were interested in the metroidvania genre. It’s tough, but not as unforgiving as the popular Hollow Knight; it’s accessible enough, especially with its insane weapon variety and RPG elements to help you through some of the harder bits, but also provides nice optional challenges for the veterans who want to push themselves.
Most importantly, Bloodstained is just an incredibly fun game. The map feels impossibly large and sprawling, connecting a series of well-designed levels together in fun, intricate ways that never fail to leave you feeling satisfied when you finally discover a new power or ability that lets you loop back to a previous area after journeying for so long. There are secrets to be uncovered at every turn of a corner, and the beautiful Gothic setting just never gets old.
The story itself is somewhat predictable, but it’s bolstered by the deliciously campy writing and dialogue, performed by a very talented voice cast. The result is a really fun romp through a Gothic, vampiric fantasy setting that will certainly please genre fans and newcomers alike.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a neat little package just bursting with content, and with the developers committed to releasing even more free, post-launch DLC for it, things can only get better from here.