The debate for the top game of 2019 was a fiery one, and KeenGamer’s readers were sure to have their say. Based on a poll provided on the site between late December and early January, we compiled what our readers believed to be the best of the best for the 2019 calendar year.
To make things more exciting, this article will list the top five results in bottom-to-top format. The full results will be available to peruse at the end.
5. Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order
The duel for the #4 spot on the list was a tight one, but with 161 votes, Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order fell just one vote short of its competitor, putting it at #5. It should feel proud, however, as the drought for a quality Star Wars-licensed video game has been eradicated through Jedi Fallen Order‘s recent success.
With a score of 80 on Metacritic and its commendable sales numbers, the game has become a beacon of the future for successful Star Wars titles. The expectations attached to it from its first trailers gave viewers a keen sense of change. Less bombastic and more Dark Souls-esque, it provides fulfilling combat coupled with an immersive storyline.
4. Devil May Cry 5
With 162 votes, Devil May Cry 5 landed at the #4 spot. The first game in the franchise in over a decade, the fifth iteration brought a lot of the devilish whimsy that fans of the series were stoked to get back to.
Devil May Cry‘s image has taken some pummeling in the past, particularly with Devil May Cry 2, which is infamous for being broken and laughably edgy. Despite this, the series had kept itself afloat throughout the ’00-09 decade with two other sequels, though its direction seemed to be waning. With the arrival of Devil May Cry 5 and its successful venture back into the fray, fans of the series may end up getting more than one game per decade.
For our thoughts, check out our Devil May Cry 5 review.
3. Borderlands 3
We missed the chance to put Devil May Cry 5 at #5, so the viewers were kind enough to put Borderlands 3 at #3. It seems fitting to put numbers parallel to the self, no?
212 votes easily puts Borderlands 3 up this high on the reader’s top games of 2019 list. A return to form for the franchise, it adds onto what the series is most known for and polishes it to absurd levels. Oodles of weapons, tons of quests, and looting to the heart’s content, the game was celebrated the moment it was announced for a reason.
For our thoughts, check out our Borderlands 3 review.
2. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
The power of From Software has catapulted their games to heights unheard of. Since the days of Dark Souls‘s release, the gaming industry has taken notice of its marketability and immersive qualities, crafting the “Souls-esque” subgenre. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the latest from the studio that has once again taken the community by storm, and that sentiment is shared by our readers.
Accumulating 222 votes, that’s good for #2 of the top games of 2019. It didn’t win Game of the Year at the 2019 Game Awards for nothing—Sekiro is a quality title worth playing for any hardcore player.
For our thoughts, check out our Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice review.
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be. Call of Duty is among the most played and recognizable video game franchises in the world. It’s never a shock to see it regarded as among the most popular games in any year.
With 239 votes, it only had 17 more votes than Sekiro and 27 more than Borderlands 3. It won, but not by an overwhelming margin, showing that the throne is not as overwhelming as it seems. Nevertheless, Modern Warfare seems to be a successful reboot that has continued to set the franchise apart, reportedly setting PC and PS4 sales records in its first three days on the market. With success like that, Call of Duty fans may never have to worry about the series going under.
For the full results of the reader’s poll for the top games of 2019, refer to the listing below:
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – 239 votes
- Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – 222 votes
- Borderlands 3 – 212 votes
- Devil May Cry 5 – 162 votes
- Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order – 161 votes
- Untitled Goose Game – 157 votes
- Metro Exodus – 153 votes
- The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – 130 votes
- Pokémon Sword & Shield – 108 votes
- Fire Emblem: Three Houses – 97 votes
- Apex Legends – 97 votes
- Resident Evil 2 – 89 votes
- The Outer Worlds – 83 votes
- Death Stranding – 80 votes
- Super Mario Maker 2 – 73 votes
- Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night – 64 votes
- Luigi’s Mansion 3 – 61 votes
- Control – 53 votes
- Kingdom Hearts III – 42 votes
- Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled – 12 votes
What do you think of the viewer feedback? Is there any game you feel was neglected? Comment below and tell us what you thought was the best game of 2019. And for our team’s list, check out KeenGamer’s Best Games of 2019!