2019 Game of the Year
Few games this year grabbed me like Control did. It combines a lot of things I already liked (creepypasta, Lost, Remedy Games, The X-Files) and put it into this beautiful, dark package.
Runner Up: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
2019’s 2018 Game of the Year
Return of the Obra Dinn
What a unique adventure game. I was into it the minute it was announced as the next game from the maker of Papers, Please but it absolutely delivers as a tantalizing mystery and an experience that’s impossible for other media to replicate.
Runner Up: Timespinner
The “I Wish I Liked This More” Award for Games Everyone But Me Loved
The Outer Wilds
If you accused me of not giving The Outer Wilds a fair shake, you’d probably be right. I’ve played it long enough to figure out its “trick” but I haven’t gone back since. It’s obviously well loved by many, and I’m likely to go back and give it a real go someday this year, but I find myself challenged to start up a game that gives me such an easy stopping point.
Runner Up: Metro: Exodus
The “You Tried” Award for Games Punching Above Their Weight
Terminator: Resistance isn’t a great game. It’s a fairly basic FPS, only extraordinary for being a decent Terminator series game. But looking at this developer’s abysmal track record, Terminator: Resistance is easily the best game they’ve made and it’s a huge improvement over their past. This game could’ve been a Rambo: The Video Game level disaster, but it turned out pretty good.
Runner Up: A Plague Tale: Innocence
Movie of the Year – Us.
Runners Up: Shazam, Alita: Battle Angel.
Album of the Year – 1000 Gecs by 100 Gecs.
Runners Up: Young Enough by Charly Bliss, Fear Innoculum by Tool.
Book of the Year – Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes.
Runners Up: The Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee (I do not care if it came out in 2016, I just read it this year), One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence.