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2019 has been a busy year for gamers and publishers all over the world. Several high-profile titles have hit the market this year, with long-awaited releases like Control and Doom Eternal still to come. There are also those in the 2020 spring gauntlet, including Dying Light 2, Cyberpunk 2077, Watch Dogs Legion and many others.

It’s evident that good times are coming in the foreseeable future, but it’s also worth to recount all the good times we’ve had this year. Here are the best games we’ve seen in 2019 – perhaps you’ve played some of the titles.

Heaven’s Vault

Heaven’s Vault has a few rough edges, but it’s no different than the Pennsylvania Lottery bonus code as it delivers a great action-oriented story in bits. You can sail around the Nebula while walking around several planets, enjoying different facets of the game. 

The game’s writing is great, telling the story of a reluctant archeologist who sets out in a surreal galaxy at her mentor’s behest. The archeologist visits strange places with even stranger people looking for a lost professor, giving the player the chance to piece together ancient civilization languages as you go. 

Resident Evil 2

While the 1998 original may not have made you a fan, Resident Evil 2 will finally make you a fan. After trying and failing for years, this year’s remake came with a well-written story and modern mechanics at a time when every gamer appreciates it. 

Resident Evil 2 is not only a nostalgia piece but also one of the best horror games in 2019. It has an entertaining story that sustains both Leon and Clare’s back-to-back playthroughs, with tweaks that update the original content without losing its spirit. That includes a color-coded map shows you when you’re done collecting rewards in each room and quality-of-life tweaks that show the evolution of games since the 90s.

Hypnospace Outlaw

A detective story set in the magical period of the 90s internet, Hypnospace Outlaw pays homage to an era that felt like anyone could make a website. As such, the game truly reflects AOL and GeoCities, with all the weird stuff that came with it. The game is wrapped in an enticing story of about Hypnos, with an operating system that functions when the player is asleep. 

You are a “Hypnospace Enforcer” working to stop illicit activities, whether its harassment, file-sharing, or malware distribution. The game is very fun, but nostalgia is the real hook. A huge function of your in-fiction job mainly involves trawling through a huge faux-‘90s webpages collection, adorned with eye-searing colors, dad-rock jingles, and ugly gifs.

Katana Zero

While most people avoid games that make you sweat and swear repetitively, we can all agree that Katana Zero is worth the hustle. This strategic action slash-em game comes with visual novel bookends, giving you very fulfilling gameplay. The game is stylish in both structure and substance, with enough narrative intrigue to draw you in at a breakneck speed.