Top five games in 2019 so far

Top five games in 2019, so far

This year has seen so many excellent video game titles enter the market with more hotly-anticipated releases still on the horizon.

This list is compiled of titles which have already been released and stand out the most, though there are several notable games that have yet to be released. These titles include Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Borderlands 3, Death Stranding (which boasts Norman Reedus from The Walking Dead as its main character), The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and Monster Hunter: Iceborne. Any of these games pose a threat to the titles found in this list, but until they are released this is the top five games of 2019 so far.

Apex Legends

Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale game not too dissimilar from the massively popular Fornite, except it does not incorporate any building mechanics.

The game was an instant-hit, garnering millions of players within the first few months of its release. It was developed by Respawn – who made Titanfall and Titanfall 2 – and published by Electronic Arts (EA). It now features 10 legends which players can choose one per game in a squad of three. Each game is full of 60 players, meaning to win a match your team must outlive 19 other squads, or 57 players.

It has fallen under scrutiny throughout the year for its steep prices when it comes to microtransactions. However, any microtransactions only provide players with cosmetic items and do not affect gameplay. Despite the scrutiny, it is a free-to-play game which doesn’t require in-game purchases and its impact in the video gaming world throughout the year has been undeniable with its highly-addictive gameplay.

Devil May Cry 5

The latest instalment into the Devil May Cry series hit all gaming platforms with a storm, and is regarded as one of the best titles of the year, let alone one of the top five games in 2019.

It is the sixth instalment in the franchise and was developed by Capcom – the people behind the hugely popular Street Fighter franchise.

Devil May Cry is a hack and slash series with heavy emphasis on combat – something which does not go amiss in Devil May Cry 5, which arguably boasts the greatest combat system the series has seen to date.

It also does a remarkable job at balancing all three of the its main characters’ stories – a task which is never easy in any video game. Its pacing is strong enough to keep any player gripped.

As you would expect from a modern Japanese game, Devil May Cry 5 is brimming with flair in its all-out flashiness and viscerally-rich combat.

Resident Evil 2 (Remake)

The Resident Evil 2 remake was nothing shy of a superb horror experience, taking what was already there from its original release back in 1998 and expanding it into a modern-day great in the horror genre.

As such, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see this title in the top five games of 2019 so far.

Like the original, players can experience both Leon S Kennedy and Claire Redfield’s  ‘A’ and ‘B’ side story, with the latter versions only becoming available after beating the former versions with each protagonist.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the Resident Evil 2 remake is the current generation iteration of the classic villains in Tyrant and William Birkin.

The remake beautifully encapsulates what made the original so great and transposes it onto the current generation of console hardware. This entry sets the benchmark for remakes of classic titles.

Kingdom Hearts 3

The resolution of the Xehanort saga is nothing to be scoffed at and while the pacing might not be on the same level of Kingdom Hearts 2, it looks stunning.

Kingdom Hearts 3 runs in the Unreal Engine 4, which is an incredible update to the franchise in terms of graphics. For context, Kingdom Hearts 2 was released on the PlayStation 2.

A set of follow-up games were released for handheld consoles such as the PSP (Birth by Sleep) and the 3DS (Dream Drop Distance) but there was never one released on the PlayStation 3.

Based on this, Kingdom Hearts 3 was always going to look spectacular compared to any of its predecessors. Though, the overall look is not the only reason for Kingdom Hearts 3 ranking in the top five games of 2019 so far.

It is the culmination of a near 17 year story beginning back in 2002 with the release of Kingdom Hearts.

It sees the union of all previous protagonists from each iteration come together to fend away the franchise’s staple antagonists in an epic conclusion that has a lot of emotional weight.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a masterpiece of a game, and one that has perhaps the most engaging combat mechanics in a video game ever.

FromSoftware is renown for crafting combat mechanics that only it could produce, with the likes of Demon’s Souls, the Dark Souls trilogy and Bloodborne embodying this sentiment.

Sekiro is a standalone game and its combat is as brutal as it is visceral, requiring players to become genuinely good at the game to stand a chance of ever beating it.

Its boss fights – notably Genichirio, Isshin, the Sword Saint, and Owl (Father) – are some of the most challenging ever laid out by FromSoftware, and they are also some of the best.

Its setting in Feudal Japan might be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you like intense challenges, vague and ambiguous story lines packed full of lore and fast-paced action, this is a title you can’t afford to miss.

It’s only limitation lies in the fact it is a niche game, and one that can often put newcomers off through its challenge but nonetheless this title truly belongs in the list of the top five games of 2019 so far.

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