As the current console generation draws to a close, it was bid farewell by a swansong of great games in 2019, some of which were undoubtedly the prettiest yet seen on PS4 and Xbox One. Today, as part of Twinfinite’s annual award ceremony, we’re taking a look back at the most beautiful games of 2019.
Voted on by the site’s editors, we’re looking back at five games, in particular, and crowning one our overall winner.
The Most Beautiful Games of 2019
Honorable Mention: The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Remake
Features Editor Greysun Morales: Link’s Awakening is a gorgeous remake of the 1993 classic that was first released on the Game Boy, and when I was a kid, I was enamored and drawn into the tiny but dense world of Koholint Island. The creatures were strange, the characters were questionable, and the entire experience felt like a dream that I was living out through Link, the hero in the story that felt just as confused as the player.
Fast forward to 2019 and Nintendo has reinvigorated this little game with a fresh art style and some quality of life changes to bring it to a modern audience and It’s more beautiful than it’s ever been, with every detail shining and popping out of the Switch’s screen to bring life to the island.
You can hear the water crashing against the beach on Toronbo Shores, the soundtrack makes you feel as if you’re on a brilliant quest to do something very important, and the visuals are probably the best that the Switch has to offer in terms of pure adorable-ness. Link’s Awakening is beautiful and it will honestly go down as one of my favorite games this year and remains one of my favorite Zelda games of all time.