The top 10 video games of 2019

2019 has seen many successful game launches across various consoles and platforms.

These range from sports games to open-world RPGs, and comprise brand-new IPs as well as new iterations from popular franchises.

2020 is expected to be the year that both Sony and Microsoft launch their next-generation PlayStation and Xbox consoles respectively – meaning that it is likely to be a year full of impressive games with improved graphics and features.

These are the top 10 video games of 2019 according to Metacritic.

10. Tetris Effect

Tetris Effect is named after the real phenomenon where players are so engrossed in Tetris that the blocks linger in their mind, vision, and dreams.

This is amplified in Tetris Effect, in which the Tetris game includes a 3D world that evolves based on how you play – including the music, backgrounds, sounds, and special effects.

Tetris Effect

9. Monster Hunter: World – Iceborne

Monster Hunter: World – Iceborne is a huge expansion for the popular Monster Hunter World. According to Metacritic, the expansion rivals the original in terms of the volume of gameplay.

Iceborne transports hunters into an icy region that that includes new monsters and a higher difficulty option while expanding upon the gameplay features that made the original game so popular.


8. Disco Elysium

Disco Elysium is an open-world RPG where the player is a detective with an entire city to interrogate and investigate.

Users can choose to be a good cop and solve cases, but can also do bad things such as take bribes – ensuring that the player has the agency to truly define their character.

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7. Nier: Automata

Join the battle between humans and the machines that have taken over Earth.

The human resistance sends a force of android soldiers, including you, to take on the invaders.

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6. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age

The eleventh instalment in the ever-popular Dragon Quest franchise features brand new characters, as well as an incredible story that will be enjoyable to series fans and new players alike.

Drago nQuest XI S Echoes of an Elusive Age

5. Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

The latest expansion to Final Fantasy XIV, Shadowbringers, includes new jobs, races, cities, trails, and tribes.

You can also join in the restoration of the Holy See of Ishgard in the aftermath of the Dragonsong War.

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4. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Japan in the late 1500s was a brutal and bloody place.

Directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a third-person action-adventure title set in this period that also offers RPG elements.

Play as Sekiro or ‘the one-armed wolf’ as you avenge your Lord, who was kidnapped by a samurai clan.


3. Red Dead Redemption 2

The critically-acclaimed open-world Western made its way to PC in 2019.

Red Dead Redemption 2 takes place in 1899 America and sees Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde attempt to evade federal agents and bounty hunters while simultaneously dealing with internal divisions.

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2. Resident Evil 2

Resident Evil 2 brings back the various gameplay elements that made the original series such a hit.

Join new character, police officer Leon Kennedy, as well as college student Claire Redfield in a fight against a zombie infestation.

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1. Divinity: Original Sin II

Divinity: Original Sin II is set a thousand years after the original game, and expands upon the gameplay of the previous title.

Play as a sourcerer who can summon void creatures. The Divine Order is fighting back against sourcerers, including you, which sees you captured and sent to Fort Joy to be “cured.”

However, secrets will be uncovered that undermine the Divine Order’s “holy mission”.

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Here are the top 10 lists for each popular console and platform:


  1. Red Dead Redemption 2
  2. Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
  3. Disco Elysium
  4. Tetris Effect
  5. Resident Evil 2
  6. Devil May Cry 5
  7. Slay the Spire
  8. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  9. Asgard’s Wrath
  10. Apex Legends

PlayStation 4

  1. Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
  2. NleR: Automata
  3. Resident Evil 2
  4. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  5. Monster Hunter: World – Iceborne
  6. Apex Legends
  7. Devil May Cry 5
  8. Slay the Spire
  9. Sid Meier’s Civilisation VI
  10. Frostpunk: Console Edition

Xbox One

  1. Resident Evil 2
  2. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  3. Monster Hunter: World – Iceborne
  4. F1 2019
  5. Apex Legends
  6. Devil May Cry 5
  7. Mortal Kombat 11
  8. NHL 20
  9. Guacamelee! 2
  10. The Outer Worlds

Nintendo Switch

  1. Divinity: Original Sin II
  2. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age
  3. Ori and the Blind Forest
  4. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  5. What Remains of Edith Finch
  6. Super Mario Makter 2
  7. Downwell
  8. Cuphead
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening
  10. Astral Chain

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