Posting this here so it doesn’t get lost to time? I guess?
- Tetris Effect – Scott Benson said it so much better than I could – “Tetris Effect is a period piece about the year 1999. It’s all millennium optimism and uplifting dance jams. Tetris Effect wants you to feel alive. Tetris Effect wants you to connect to a universal consciousness.” It’s my game of the year, despite it being a game I’ve probably put the least amount of time into, but it’s also the game that had the most mental and emotional impact on me.
- Forza Horizon 4 – The addition of seasons add a surprising amount of depth, beyond there being just so much to see. It’s more than anyone could ever realistically do! But really it comes down to the fact that it’s just so much damn fun to PLAY. Get in, and go fast!
- Dark Souls Remastered – My 3rd try getting into this game over the years and now coming off Ashen, and it finally clicked. Turns out obsessively following a guide so you don’t miss something isn’t a good way to enjoy a game about discovery and experimentation. Sooo good.
- Red Dead Redemption 2 – Arthur Morgan is simply one of the best written and acted characters in gaming, full stop. I have lots of other issues with RDR2, more than I can get into here, but playing through Arthur’s story more than earns this spot on my list.
- Ashen – A late arrival to the list, for the 20 or so hour it lasts this is a fantastic Souls-like game with the dark of Dark Souls replaced with something nearing hope. It’s muted visuals and soft lighting create a distinct mood, and the music is some of the best of the year. It also deserves credit for getting me to go back to the original Dark Souls and helping me finally understand it.
- Just Shapes and Beats – A perfect marriage of rhythm gameplay and bullet hell dodge em ups, this game had me grinning from ear to ear from start to finish. Some of the visuals are just gorgeous and all achieved with a simple two color scheme and basic geometric shapes. Fantastic!
- Paratopic – If there’s one game on this list that I wish more people would have played, it’s this one. It takes 40ish minutes to get through but it’s a powerful mood piece and highlights why I love this medium so much when it’s not just guns and open worlds. Lynchian horror!
- No Man’s Sky – I was one of those people who actually enjoyed the original version of NMS, but like most checked out on the game before any of the subsequent patches hit. With the NEXT update though, I dove back in and had an amazing time. Closer than ever to the pulp sci-fi I want
- Marvel’s Spiderman – Everyone’s already said it, this game thrives on it’s traversal. I found everything else about it a good time as well but just swinging around the city was simply too much fun. And in a dark dark year, this kind of exuberiently hopeful and bright game was welcome.
- Yakuza 0 – I still need to go back and finish this now that I’ve given up doing a Let’s Play of it, but this game was something special and I’m glad it came to PC this year for me to check out.