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Letters from the Front

2019 has been a fun year all across the board, most importantly, it has been the end of the decade; a decade that saw great change in the gaming industry, one that is as historic as the previous decade had been for videogames. In the 2000’s, we had games that broke the barrier and broke glass ceilings, in this decade, we had the same.

Below is some of the year’s best games that won an award by me, a complete nobody, an award that acknowledges that it is the best of the best and one that should be played by all. The end of the decade has been a really great year for gaming all around, we shall begin and celebrate the end of the 2010s. Celebrate Game of the Year with me on December 28th and the decade’s best games as we enter 2020.

Best Action Game: Gears 5

Gears 5 represents new ground in the Gears franchise, it is one of the best games in the entire series and for good reason: it did something new and took the beloved Gears formula and flipped on its head, it was the only way to do it without the franchise becoming stale and boring which it already was down the path of becoming.

The Coalition took what was best of Gears of War and flipped on its head, creating something that was seen as future proofing and experimentation on the franchise. Gears 5 is a technical achievement, gracefully hitting native 4K and 60FPS on the Xbox One X across all the modes and the art direction was on point from the sands of the UIR to Mount Kadar to the Research Facility at the depths of Mount Kadar are absolutely jaw dropping and the story was the right choice for the franchise. The story is truly the best story since Gears of War 2 and Gears 3 with moments that flip the lore on its head and changes everything you knew about certain moments, certain characters, certain factions on their head and moments that are truly emotional.

Best Multiplayer: Battlefield V: The Pacific

Battlefield V has had a really rough year, 2019 was the worst year for the franchise and for the game: this game has hit multiple bumps on the road and it has not been easy but DICE and EA needed a win and it came in the form of the Pacific expansion for Battlefield V.

The Pacific expansion is the return of classic Battlefield and the return to what Battlefield does best which is open ended gameplay and making you feel like you’re in the midst of it. From storming the black sand beaches of Iwo Jima to fighting across Wake Island, The Pacific encompasses the best of Battlefield and returns us to the iconic fighting locations across the Pacific in one fashion: epicness. Seeing corsairs and landing crafts together as tanks unload from the ships and begin their assault gives me goosebumps and that feeling is something that Battlefield can only achieve if done right.

Battlefield V may not be a proper WW2 game and it is certainly one of the worst WW2 games I have ever played but this was done right and it is what we needed. I just only hope this road towards success and building upon Battlefield V continues because it is what DICE needs and what this franchise needs and the Pacific has been a homerun. Let’s continue this advance, Marines!

Best Setting: A Plague Tale: Innocence

A Plague Tale: Innocence is a really unique game, one of the generation’s and decade’s best games. Set at a unique time in European history, you play as Amelie whose life is destroyed as the Inquisition comes to her doorstep to take her brother away and kill her family; she and her brother, Hugo, flees into the French countryside where they undertake an epic adventure.

Set in the midst of the Black Plague, A Plague Tale is an awesome historical game showcasing a setting that we have never seen before. From ruined battlefields to creepy catholic churches in the middle of the French countryside, A Plague Tale’s setting is very beautiful and jaw dropping. Definitely one of the best settings that I have ever seen.

Best Story: Gears 5

Under the Coalition, Gears is in good hands and is in a good position for the future. Gears 4 was a game that was tied down by the past and it was clear to see, it was a game that was too safe as it stayed true to its roots but for Gears 5, the Coalition surprised all of us.

Gears 5 is a step in the right direction and is a complete step up for the franchise. The story began right on the heels of Gears 4 as the tension escalates into borderline war, the story opens up very traditionally and then opens up with a bang that transforms Gears. The story becomes one of the best stories in the franchise since Gears 2 and 3, it flips everything that we know of the Gears lore on its head.

Game of the Year 2019

Stay tuned for the Game of the Year 2019 coming tomorrow.

And that wraps up this year and this decade’s final Game of the Year awards. What is your favorite Game of the year and what did you like about them? Please let me know in the comments down below!

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