POLL is YOU: Thirteenth Coint and Plick results (best games of 2019)

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Just in time for, uh, your fourth or so week of isolation (and your second week of "i'm already playing animal crossing anyway"), it's the results of the Coint & Plick poll for 2019's crop of games!

It's got everything: a board game, some games that came out in other years but were played by other people on other consoles (it's ALWAYS Switch), fake-post shenanigans, everything.

Current rollout plan is as follows (subject to change):
Thursday, April 2nd: I post ONE GAME, the lowest-ranked one of the year, so that people can find the thread and bookmark it.
Friday, April 3rd: The first "real" day of results. This should get us juuuuust up to the point where people cared enough to give a game ten points.
Sunday, April 5th: After I take a day off, I post more! We will be in the mid-30's.
Monday, April 6th: Closing out near the top 15, we will see our final game that came out in 2018.
Tuesday, April 7th: Your top games of 2019!

This is VERY subject to change btw, Mondays and Saturdays are particularly slammed for me so I booked a day off "in advance" in there. Depending on how Satuday goes I might post then and take Monday off. Or neither. Or both! Who knows! I AM VERY UNRELIABLE!!!!

I'm also going to retire the "favourite consoles of the year" part because not many people responded to it, which is fair. They're all the same except for the Switch anyway.

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Thursday, 2 April 2020 23:29 (two months ago) link

Huzzah!

Triceratops Vowell (Leee), Thursday, 2 April 2020 23:32 (two months ago) link

Anyway, here's your most-vaguely-liked game of 2019.

https://i.imgur.com/jhPjwWE.png
71 - Wilmot's Warehouse - 3 points / 1 Vote

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Thursday, 2 April 2020 23:36 (two months ago) link

SEE YOU BACK HERE TOMORROW WITH MORE GREAT GAMES

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Thursday, 2 April 2020 23:36 (two months ago) link

oh right, there was a tie lol. BONUS GAME FOR THURSDAY NIGHT COMING SOON

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Thursday, 2 April 2020 23:38 (two months ago) link

Wilmot’s Warehouse is actually good as hell but I was running low on points

silby, Thursday, 2 April 2020 23:42 (two months ago) link

Play it on Switch with a friend!

silby, Thursday, 2 April 2020 23:43 (two months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/Fo0XeoV.png
71 - Katana Zero - 3 points / 1 Vote

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Thursday, 2 April 2020 23:43 (two months ago) link

i've seen good reviews for it but haven't played it yet. it's a puzzle game? xp to warehouse

Mordy, Thursday, 2 April 2020 23:44 (two months ago) link

It’s a puzzle of sorts but what it really is about is organizing a bunch of semi-concrete shapes in a vast warehouse and remembering where you put everything so you can go fetch it when orders come in. And reading motivational posters.

silby, Thursday, 2 April 2020 23:45 (two months ago) link

i'm not sure if that's too close to my rl job to not be fun or not. katana zero also a mac game; i'll try to check both these out

Mordy, Thursday, 2 April 2020 23:47 (two months ago) link

Oh good, I'm feeling super miserable at the moment so poll rollout fun will at least take my mind off stuff for a second. UGG FTW!

emil.y, Thursday, 2 April 2020 23:47 (two months ago) link

katana zero is just the latest in devolver digital's continuing saga of cornering the market on all hotline miami variants

ciderpress, Thursday, 2 April 2020 23:47 (two months ago) link

been curious. will try it someday!

Nhex, Thursday, 2 April 2020 23:49 (two months ago) link

i'll try it right now just so i can has thoughts to post to this thread

Mordy, Thursday, 2 April 2020 23:53 (two months ago) link

read these responses in a weird order and i was like WTF IS MORDY'S JOB until i realized he wasn't talking about katana zero

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Thursday, 2 April 2020 23:58 (two months ago) link

UGG?

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Thursday, 2 April 2020 23:59 (two months ago) link

hahahaha

Mordy, Friday, 3 April 2020 00:00 (two months ago) link

oh no i've said too much

Mordy, Friday, 3 April 2020 00:00 (two months ago) link

ok i played the first 3 levels. it's fun - sorta cyberpunky stylish. the hotline miami comparison seems good. this feels a little easier (it saves progress every room which is convenient), but similarly gratuitously violent. the handling feels good but i'm not sure the story or the gameplay is hooky enough that i'd play a full playthrough - maybe just a little too iterative.

Mordy, Friday, 3 April 2020 00:48 (two months ago) link

UGG?

― Hackers (1995) (Will M.)

honk

emil.y, Friday, 3 April 2020 00:54 (two months ago) link

oh right haha

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Friday, 3 April 2020 01:11 (two months ago) link

can u plz add systems?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 3 April 2020 03:54 (two months ago) link

i was the vote for katana zero. it's short but great at what it does, the limited slow motion allowing you to pull off the precise execution required works fantastically

ufo, Friday, 3 April 2020 09:19 (two months ago) link

oof i already set everything up without consoles. i'll see what i can do

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Friday, 3 April 2020 15:06 (two months ago) link

ok here we go, pulled all of these from quick google searches so i didn't pay attention to what actually came out on what in 2019

https://i.imgur.com/wOPqmKM.png
69 - Card of Darkness - 4 points / 1 Vote
Apple Arcade

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Friday, 3 April 2020 15:17 (two months ago) link

i wanted to like this more than i did mostly bc of pendleton wards involvement but the game mechanics themselves are sorta simplistic and there's not really much of a story so you're really getting an okay-good puzzle game w/ a nice aesthetic but there just isn't much there there sadly.

Mordy, Friday, 3 April 2020 15:21 (two months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/xHXp1Wz.png
69 - Cat Quest 2 - 4 points / 1 Vote
Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, iOS, Macintosh operating systems, tvOS

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Friday, 3 April 2020 15:27 (two months ago) link

another game i played on apple arcade. my daughter thought it was v cute. also felt pretty slight for my tastes with generic rpg elements.

Mordy, Friday, 3 April 2020 15:28 (two months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/FzAK4De.png
59 - Trials Rising - 5 points / 1 Vote
Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia, Microsoft Windows

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Friday, 3 April 2020 15:43 (two months ago) link

also i have no idea what i did to the order of these tied games. they used to be alphabetical but i moved them around so many times there's no sense to it whatsoever. i guess that makes it more fun? you don't know if your fave will be tied or not!

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Friday, 3 April 2020 15:44 (two months ago) link

i think this trials had incredible level design, best in series, but hated the ubisoft progression bullshit layer

ciderpress, Friday, 3 April 2020 15:48 (two months ago) link

when you're actually playing its goty material but it really tries its hardest to keep you from playing the game how you want

ciderpress, Friday, 3 April 2020 15:49 (two months ago) link

loading times and stupidly slow drip of content made that the first trials i walked away from after a single play

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 3 April 2020 15:50 (two months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/eMVMi3i.png
59 - Pilgrims - 5 points / 1 Vote
iOS, Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS, Macintosh operating systems

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Friday, 3 April 2020 15:52 (two months ago) link

Card of Darkness and Cat Quest look cute.

emil.y, Friday, 3 April 2020 15:53 (two months ago) link

i should go rogue and give out a bunch of 6's and 11's next year instead of 5's and 10's

ciderpress, Friday, 3 April 2020 15:54 (two months ago) link

otoh this is an apple arcade game that i liked very much enough to vote for. sorta a card-driven adventure game with enough alternative solutions to unlock that it has some good replay-ability but even one playthrough is worthwhile. charming + unique aesthetic + story, memorable characters

Mordy, Friday, 3 April 2020 15:54 (two months ago) link

worth noting iirc totally dialogue-less but still vivid + memorable storytelling

Mordy, Friday, 3 April 2020 15:55 (two months ago) link

Oh gosh, just looking at some images from Pilgrims and it looks very much up my alley. I see it was the same makers as Machinarium and Samorost too, so it's gotta be good. This one I might actually seek out.

emil.y, Friday, 3 April 2020 15:56 (two months ago) link

yes i actually immediately thought i'd recommend this one to you

Mordy, Friday, 3 April 2020 15:57 (two months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/dSCx7lM.png
59 - SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambitions - 5 points / 1 Vote
PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Vita

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Friday, 3 April 2020 16:02 (two months ago) link

this one is slightly less obtuse than older saga games and has my favorite turn-based jrpg combat of the past while, which is good because there's not much to these games other than wandering around a world map and fighting. story stuff happens but it's never clear exactly what you did to trigger it. very unknowable.

ciderpress, Friday, 3 April 2020 16:13 (two months ago) link

also the text is microscopic on switch

ciderpress, Friday, 3 April 2020 16:15 (two months ago) link

this looks so bad to me i'm taking a hard pass

Mordy, Friday, 3 April 2020 16:16 (two months ago) link

may appeal to ppl who like octopath

Mordy, Friday, 3 April 2020 16:16 (two months ago) link

lol yeah saga games are definitely only for the most broke-brained jrpg fans. octopath is much much more accessible than this

ciderpress, Friday, 3 April 2020 16:18 (two months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/3eQVbse.png
59 - Samurai Shodown - 5 points / 1 Vote
PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Stadia, Microsoft Windows, Arcade

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Friday, 3 April 2020 16:20 (two months ago) link

good iteration/revival of samsho, like all modern jp fighting games though its strictly a multiplayer game with some minimum effort single player modes tacked on. i never play single player in fighting games even when it exists so that doesn't bother me but i know its a dealbreaker for most

ciderpress, Friday, 3 April 2020 16:26 (two months ago) link

ciderpress I started playing SGSGA and man it's kinda hard! and I don't know if I'm advancing my equipment enough for the stage of the game I'm in.

silby, Friday, 3 April 2020 16:27 (two months ago) link

wait, its the second i forgot about animal crossing lol

ciderpress, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 18:46 (one month ago) link

well played will, thanks! will buy some of these for sure where I wouldn't have otherwise!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 18:46 (one month ago) link

(animal crossing is less a game and more of a remote lifestyle)

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 18:46 (one month ago) link

HONK

I couldn't vote in good conscience, UGG was the only eligible game I actually played, I think. It deserves the win, it was the game of the year even if that's not the same as the best game of the year

a slobbering sombrero moment (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 18:57 (one month ago) link

can everyone do my a favour and read the next one while putting your mouse to automatically slowly scroll through it? thanks

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 18:58 (one month ago) link

THIRTEENTH ANNUAL COINT + PLICK

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An ILX Production

1 - Untitled Goose Game - 109 points / 1.33 First-place votes / 9 Votes
2 - Baba Is You - 109 points / 1 First-place vote / 7 Votes
3 - The Outer Wilds - 93 points / 1.33 First-place votes / 6 votes
4 - Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice - 86 points / 2 First-place votes / 4 Votes
5 - Control - 85 points / 2 First-place votes / 4 Votes
6 - Fire Emblem: Three Houses - 82 points / 1.5 First-place votes / 6 Votes
7 - Death Stranding - 81 points / 1 First-place vote / 6 Votes
8 - Dragon Quest 11 Definitive Edition - 70 points / 0.83 First-place votes / 3 Votes
9 - Super Mario Maker 2 - 46 points / 5 Votes
10 - Slay the Spire - 39 points / 5 Votes
11 - The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening - 39 points / 3 Votes
12 - Hypnospace Outlaw - 35 points / 1.33 First-place votes / 2 Votes
13 - A Short Hike - 35 points / 3 Votes
14 - Wingspan - 35 points / 2 Votes
14 - Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night - 35 points / 2 Votes
16 - Return of the Obra Dinn - 32 points / 2 Votes
17 - Dicey Dungeons - 30 points / 1 First-place vote / 3 Votes
18 - Super Mega Baseball 2 - 30 points / 1 First-place vote / 1 Vote
18 - Mutazione - 30 points / 1 First-place vote / 1 Vote
20 - Cook Serve Delicious 2 - 30 points / 0.33 First-place votes / 1 Vote
21 - Tetris 99 - 30 points / 4 Votes
22 - Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom - 30 points / 2 Votes
23 - Sayonara Wild Hearts - 29 points / 2 Votes
24 - Wargroove - 28 points / 2 Votes
25 - Void Bastards - 25 points / 1 First-place vote / 1 Vote
25 - Antimatter Dimensions - 25 points / 1 First-place vote / 1 Vote
27 - Mortal Kombat 11 - 25 points / 1 Vote
28 - Grindstone - 24 points / 3 Votes
29 - Ring Fit Adventure - 24 points / 2 Votes
30 - The Outer Worlds - 22 points / 2 Votes
31 - What the Golf? - 21 points / 3 Votes
32 - Marvel Puzzle Quest - 21 points / 2 Votes
33 - The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa - 20 points / 2 Votes
33 - Islanders - 20 points / 2 Votes
35 - Supraland - 16 points / 2 Votes
36 - Anodyne 2: Return to Dust - 15 points / 0.33 First-place votes / 1 Vote
37 - Zozzled - 15 points / 1 Vote
37 - Pikuniku - 15 points / 1 Vote
39 - Resident Evil 2 - 14 points / 2 Votes
40 - Disco Elysium - 12 points / 2 Votes
41 - Zanki Zero - 12 points / 1 Vote
42 - Tom Clancy's The Division 2 - 11 points / 1 Vote
43 - Blasphemous - 10 points / 1 Vote
43 - Inmost - 10 points / 1 Vote
43 - Apex Legends - 10 points / 1 Vote
43 - Eastshade - 10 points / 1 Vote
43 - Luigi's Mansion 3 - 10 points / 1 Vote
43 - The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3 - 10 points / 1 Vote
43 - The Fog Knows Your Name - 10 points / 1 Vote
43 - Unheard - 10 points / 1 Vote
43 - Ape Out - 10 points / 1 Vote
43 - Golf Blitz - 10 points / 1 Vote
43 - Toejam & Earl: Back in the Groove - 10 points / 1 Vote
54 - Gris - 9 points / 1 Vote
55 - Judgment - 8 points / 2 Votes
56 - New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - 7 points / 2 Votes
57 - A Plague Tale: Innocence - 6 points / 1 Vote
57 - Life is Strange 2 - 6 points / 1 Vote
59 - Trials Rising - 5 points / 1 Vote
59 - Pilgrims - 5 points / 1 Vote
59 - SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambitions - 5 points / 1 Vote
59 - Samurai Shodown - 5 points / 1 Vote
59 - Wattam - 5 points / 1 Vote
59 - Sugarlawn - 5 points / 1 Vote
59 - Feather - 5 points / 1 Vote
59 - Horace - 5 points / 1 Vote
59 - Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order - 5 points / 1 Vote
59 - The Stillness of the Wind - 5 points / 1 Vote
69 - Card of Darkness - 4 points / 1 Vote
69 - Cat Quest 2 - 4 points / 1 Vote
71 - Katana Zero - 3 points / 1 Vote
71 - Wilmot's Warehouse - 3 points / 1 Vote

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Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 18:58 (one month ago) link

dammit that code sure didn't work

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Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:00 (one month ago) link

*applause*

emil.y, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:01 (one month ago) link

Patch v1.1:

- Fixed an issue where credits did not display correctly

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:01 (one month ago) link

Great work Will thanks

a slobbering sombrero moment (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:02 (one month ago) link

Patch v1.2:

Included the list of disappointments. Each has only one vote.

A Plague Tale: Innocence
Crackdown 3
Death Stranding
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
Luigi's Mansion 3
Marvel Puzzle Quest
Red Dead Redemption 2 Online isn't fun!
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Untitled Goose Game
Void Bastards

You will need this update if you want to play online.

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:03 (one month ago) link

lol thank you Will.

Nhex, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:08 (one month ago) link

lol thanks Will!

My ballot mostly ranked very high, which is unusual for ILX polls!

Triceratops Vowell (Leee), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:17 (one month ago) link

my ballot -

Death Stranding 21
Fire Emblem: Three Houses 21
The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa 15
The Outer Wilds 15
Zanki Zero 12
Slay the Spire 10
Disco Elysium 3
Judgment 3

if anyone didn't save theirs and wanted to post it i can do that for you

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:28 (one month ago) link

I thought I voted for Wilmot's Warehouse but I didn't! I should've slipped it a few points.

30 /// Baba Is You
17 /// Return of the Obra Dinn
13 /// Tetris 99
13 /// Fire Emblem: Three Houses
9 /// Sayonara Wild Hearts
9 /// Untitled Goose Game
9 /// The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Switch)

silby, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:29 (one month ago) link

my ballot was uhh

15: hypnospace outlaw, outer wilds, anodyne 2
10: a short hike, luigi's mansion 3, trails of cold steel 3, eastshade
5: judgment, saga scarlet grace, samurai shodown

ciderpress, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:48 (one month ago) link

i don't remember my ballot. i don't think it was very good :(

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:50 (one month ago) link

i havent played anything in 2020 yet except animal crossing which ive played like 3 hours of but i'll try to unearth some good ones for next year

ciderpress, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:52 (one month ago) link

want me to post it km?

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:53 (one month ago) link

No games are going to come out this year.

I’m excited for Clubhouse Games on Switch actually,
might end up being my GOTY

silby, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:53 (one month ago) link

i don't know if the xenoblade 1 remake counts towards goty but if so its the odds on favorite

ciderpress, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 20:00 (one month ago) link

Can you post mine, Will? I'm fairly sure I can remember it but didn't save it and don't want to make a mistake.

emil.y, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 20:02 (one month ago) link

sure!

emil.y's ballot:

30 untitled Goose game
20 Sayonara Wild Hearts
15 Zozzled
10 The Fog Knows Your Name
10 Unheard
5 Wattam
5 Sugarlawn
5 Death Stranding

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 20:03 (one month ago) link

want me to post it km?

that's be great, thanks!

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 20:24 (one month ago) link

i am too dumb for baba is you but it's definitely a cool game

na (NA), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 20:25 (one month ago) link

The ballot of one Karl Malone:

15 Dicey Dungeons
10 Death Stranding
10 Blasphemous
10 Fire Emblem: Three Houses
10 Tetris 99
10 The Outer Wilds
10 untitled Goose game
5 New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
4 Super Mario Maker 2
4 Ring Fit Adventure
4 Cat Quest 2
4 Card of Darkness
4 Grindstone

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 20:27 (one month ago) link

Why did I give blasphemous 10 points, wtf

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 20:36 (one month ago) link

25 Antimatter Dimensions
20 Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
15 Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
10 Supraland
10 Super Mario Maker 2
5 untitled Goose game
5 Dicey Dungeons
5 Baba Is You
5 Resident Evil 2

disappointment: Crackdown 3
Non-2019: Donut County

wasdnuos (abanana), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 20:54 (one month ago) link

Control /// 30
Wargroove /// 23
The Outer Wilds /// 15
Baba Is You /// 22
untitled Goose game /// 1
Gris /// 9

Triceratops Vowell (Leee), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 21:13 (one month ago) link

Thanks, Will. I got Dicey Dungeons because of this poll and it rules. I threw all my points at Mutazione so I’ll try to sell it: as soothing as AC but character-driven and melancholy (and funny), music is good and plays a big role (there’s an exTREMEly subtle shout out to Boards of Canada), nice paper cutout art, not too long not too short, just hanging out in a chill village community with some friendly weirdos and their various dramas. OK back to Persona 5 Royal.

orifex, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 21:32 (one month ago) link

Just catching up, but I think I voted for:

-Sekiro, because I'm a From stan, recommended if you're interested in incredibly tight combat mechanics and boss fights.

-Super Mario Maker 2, my game of 2019 & 2020 that I haven't played, but watching daily Ryukahr videos is an important part of my self-care regimen

-Goose Game, the first game I've been able to play with my wife since Inside, although we still need to do the last section

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 21:55 (one month ago) link

I've maybe watched 50 hours of people playing Sekiro. I can't get enough of it, but it's too hard for me to play.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 22:34 (one month ago) link

It's not that bad, but you do need to meet the game on its terms and get some muscle memory going. I loved it but have no desire to play it again (although I can say the same for the single player modes of the other From games, it's the multiplayer that keeps me playing for years on end).

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 9 April 2020 19:25 (one month ago) link

Haha this was great as ever, thanks Will. And while in many ways I regret not voting this year (and will be back next year i promise), in one key way I'm glad I didn't, because I would've broken the tie for the top and I prefer it as it is.

JimD, Friday, 10 April 2020 09:16 (one month ago) link

i didn't save my ballot but i think this was the order:

Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Baba is You
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Disco Elysium
Supraland
Death Stranding
Katana Zero

i really wanted to like The Outer Wilds more but found it to be a bit too frustrating and gave up eventually having done approx 2/3 of the game. the spaceship & jetpack are both pretty difficult to control and when screwing up a jump, for example, can completely ruin an entire loop it's pretty frustrating how punishing it is. also the ghost matter puzzles were a terrible mechanic, especially on the comet. there was certainly a lot to love about it though, so maybe i'll come back to it eventually and hope it doesn't frustrate me as much.

ufo, Friday, 10 April 2020 12:29 (one month ago) link

i guess i played less than i thought this year but was more tuned into 'games media' given that the list of things i didn't play here is longer than the ones I did:

WOULD LIKE TO HAVE PLAYED SO I COULD VOTE FOR

71 - Katana Zero - 3 points / 1 Vote
33 - The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa - 20 points / 2 Votes
25 - Void Bastards - 25 points / 1 First-place vote / 1 Vote
23 - Sayonara Wild Hearts - 29 points / 2 Votes
16 - Return of the Obra Dinn - 32 points / 2 Votes
14 - Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night - 35 points / 2 Votes
13 - A Short Hike - 35 points / 3 Votes
12 - Hypnospace Outlaw - 35 points / 1.33 First-place votes / 2 Votes
7 - Death Stranding - 81 points / 1 First-place vote / 6 Votes
6 - Fire Emblem: Three Houses - 82 points / 1.5 First-place votes / 6 Votes
5 - Control - 85 points / 2 First-place votes / 4 Votes
2 - Baba Is You - 109 points / 1 First-place vote / 7 Votes

and Astral Chain, I guess, I just bought that, on sale on the Europe Switch shop rn fyi --

WOULD HAVE VOTED FOR
43 - Ape Out - 10 points / 1 Vote
such a good game: seems to apply an older-generational ethos to modern control standards, which I liked a lot; it depends on dual analogue and shoulder triggers, but it has a narrower list of verbs than some 8-bit games. if you prefer the NES version of ‘Vampire Killer’ to any done on a computer with a better sound chip then you should play this

40 - Disco Elysium - 12 points / 2 Votes
this slaps but it’s just barely a videogame. probably the most fun I had reading an RPG setting book this year, though

21 - Tetris 99 - 30 points / 4 Votes
I played this for an hour at a friend’s apartment the day it came out and then I went home and cancelled my Nintendo Switch Online membership and put my Switch in a box underneath a lot of other things

17 - Dicey Dungeons - 30 points / 1 First-place vote / 3 Votes
masterclass in how to do kitchen-sink design—rock solid core mechanic and then every breakable version of it implemented on top.

WOULD NOT HAVE VOTED FOR

10 - Slay the Spire - 39 points / 5 Votes
kind of the opposite of what i just said about Dicey Dungeons

1 - Untitled Goose Game - 109 points / 1.33 First-place votes / 9 Votes
never before has the experience of playing a game been so close to the experience of watching its trailer

39 - Resident Evil 2 - 14 points / 2 Votes
a layer of ugly modern triple-A gloss on the skeleton of a bad game, all its period charm destroyed. also the environments have foot high barriers you have to walk around which is surely unforgivable in 2020

11 - The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening - 39 points / 3 Votes
a layer of ugly modern double-A gloss on what was previously the best Nintendo game

69 - Cat Quest 2 - 4 points / 1 Vote
get out

the ghost of tom, choad (thomp), Saturday, 11 April 2020 01:14 (one month ago) link

always enjoy your writeups, thomp!

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Saturday, 11 April 2020 01:59 (one month ago) link

oh i voted for slay the spire too i think quite high up. some of the best turn-based rpg combat there is, combined with roguelike mechanics and deckbuilding.

link's awakening remake was unfortunately not much of an improvement on the original game which i didn't rate very highly either but it'd been ages since i'd played it so i figured i'd give it another try. it had a lot of quality of life changes for the better but the combat in 2D zeldas is still very awkward and the puzzles were rarely very interesting.

bloodstained was ok but underwhelming, kinda castlevania-by-numbers rather than castlevania at its best and certainly didn't live up to symphony of the night. it was much more linear, played even more awkwardly, ugly graphical style etc.

ufo, Saturday, 11 April 2020 03:15 (one month ago) link

particularly enjoyed thomp's tetris 99 review. Ape Out looks great as well.

My votes, in no particular order:
Sekiro: I loved this. i mean really it is *just* a very well done combat mechanic. i think there's always been part of me, ever since i was little, that while i enjoyed computer games, felt the gap between the necessary formal abstraction between game combat, say, and the principles that you know would have to govern any real world activities: that is to say, a sense of equivalence between your reflexes and ability to respond immediately contextually to an equally matched, or more powerful opponent. maybe 'real world' here is wrong, maybe i mean 'in films' and the 'play associated with films' (particularly action films). Necessarily in a game of course these are always matters of managing a formal set of responses. I now think games that are aware of and play on the formal abstraction of the world's constraints in different and obvious ways are better and ultimately more enjoyable (Michael Brough <3) , but there's still an arcade bit of me that loves when these mechanics are subsumed into 'film' type scenarios.

A lot of has been made of the way fromsoftware projects' combat has progressed: dark souls: shield up, hit box, roll, retreat, shield up. bloodborne trying to get round that, by allowing you to recoup health by attacking within a short time frame of being hit, to sekiro's conversion of stamina into a defensive capacity visibly shared and depleted both by you and your opponents. this leads to incredibly intense and reflexive combat, a combination of attack and defence, considerably favoured to defence. The precision with which this is all accomplished is exceptional, which was really brought home to me when I tried to play Fallen Order

i mean, really it's pretty much the same, in its closest analogy, with getting into the zone in games like Defender, or Gridzone (Geoff Minter's finest). The fact that it's associated with exciting sword clashing sounds, a wider feudal japan setting, and some very good boss fights (yes the Guardian Ape fight is hilarious and justifiably well known, but the first Genichiro Ashina fight - well I guess the second - at the top of the fortress was just fantastic). I mean, in some senses, it's fairly limited like all fromsoftware games, and lacks the more cryptic mythology, that does so much for Bloodborne (a better game imo). But the sense of achievement from advancement, and the fact that the balance between just getting better at it, and griding/collecting things to get you OP, is a lot more geared to the first than the second, produces a sense of overcoming the game as much through skill as through repetition.

The Outer Wilds: someone mentioned upthread that the control mechanism was pretty disorientating, which was my first response, but i think led this being my favourite game. it feels very *manual*, getting up to space, and finding where you need to go. a continual and quite charming sense of discovery, where death is both frustrating and doesn't matter. omg the planet with the f'ing tornados on it though give me a break. Through Sekiro, this game and to Death Stranding, it's interesting how much representations of *tactility* and 'realistic' control in environments, have mattered to me in these games.

The Outer Worlds: so i also really liked this? for reasons that don't seem entirely obvious to me now, it was the closest I'd felt to playing in an episode of, say, the first season of Altered Carbon (that is *not* to say this is a traditional noir cyberpunk environment - OW is quite lurid and bright - but because of a sense of detection and continually new encounters you're not sure how to manage). I think the game's strength is in its distinctive characters and ambiguous/ambivalent decision trees. after initially feeling that, say, compared to the open world of Fallout 3, it was too constrained, that structure ended up providing a good framework for the actions and fighting that takes place within the game.

Death Stranding: Amazingly tactile walking, batshit Hideo Kojima OTT storylines and acting, and never got bored of the moments where you work out where you've got to go, look up at the distant horizon, and see the long black strands and grey clouds of time fall in the distance, before you hitch your backpack up on your back again, check you've got the equipment you think you'll need, and start clambering and slipping over the landscape towards it. Didn't expect to enjoy it at *all*, was expecting it to suck. It was ace.

Sorry, I've been really laboured here. i'm not really used to writing about computer games, but i have enjoyed some this year. Outside of this Obra Dinn, and always Cinco Paus, were probably my most played. Oh also i spent a load of time playing sonic racing on my iPhone, which totally sucked.

Fizzles, Saturday, 11 April 2020 11:38 (one month ago) link

Fizzles, since you will appreciate it, I want to brag for my partner: she has the 12th highest score in cinco paus (2239 em 50 jogos) and plays it all of the time. I voted for it as non-2019 game of the year just because of the degree it dominates our lives

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Saturday, 11 April 2020 14:58 (one month ago) link

holy mother of god. that’s a score.

Fizzles, Saturday, 11 April 2020 15:04 (one month ago) link

yeah, it's insane. it's strange to say, but when i think back about this time of my life, cinco paus is going to be there. it's going to be hilarious if i end up on a deathbed trying to explain cinco paus to my confused family and friends of whatever year it is. "...and....there was a brough-like...cinco paus...those treasure-stealing frogs...they were the bane of her existence...auuuugh...but that's a roguelike for you....uuuugggh....that's a broughlike...aaghh" death

i really need to give outer wilds some more time. i explored only a planet or two before death stranding came along and interrupted my progress.

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Saturday, 11 April 2020 17:11 (one month ago) link

gratified to note im still in the top 50 on Cinco Paus. I was top ten in 868 hack back in the day and I have achieved nothing since.

the ghost of tom, choad (thomp), Sunday, 12 April 2020 00:13 (one month ago) link

i need to get a job again so i can buy a ps4 and play death stranding and sekiro but once i have a job again i won't have free time to play death stranding and sekiro

the ghost of tom, choad (thomp), Monday, 13 April 2020 00:49 (one month ago) link

the eternal adult gaming struggle

Nhex, Monday, 13 April 2020 01:26 (one month ago) link

that's why i just cracked open my copy of Asura's Wrath from 2012, no joke

Nhex, Monday, 13 April 2020 01:26 (one month ago) link

same here thomp except all I want is P5 The Royal

où sont les threads d'antan? (Noodle Vague), Monday, 13 April 2020 06:09 (one month ago) link

oh, that one too, shit

the ghost of tom, choad (thomp), Monday, 13 April 2020 08:35 (one month ago) link

i just played through a short hike and yes, i would have absolutely voted for it

the ghost of tom, choad (thomp), Tuesday, 14 April 2020 13:55 (one month ago) link


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