Tuesday, 2 Jun 2020

Best Games 2019: The Ultimate Christmas gift guide for gamers

The Game Awards is coming, and all eyes will be on the show in the early hours of Friday, December 13 (here in the UK). The show has been steadily gaining prestige since it took over from the Spike Video Game Awards that had run until 2012.

Last year's might have been the best show yet, with PlayStation-exclusive God of War winning the biggest honour of overall "Game of the Year" – surprising many who had expected Red Dead Redemption 2 to grab the gong.

Aside from the celebration of video games, there's also sure to be plenty of surprise announcements. Last year saw the announcements of Mortal Kombat 11, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled – some of our favourite games of the year.

Last month, host Geoff Keighley confirmed the nominees for each of the award categories, but with so many big games in one year, it can be tough to keep up with all of them. Thankfully, we've put together the best prices for all of the Game of the Year nominees – meaning you can catch up on some of the year's best and be a part of the conversation for less.

Control

Release Date August 27, 2019
Available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Remedy's latest title absolutely wowed critics this year, putting players in the shoes of Jesse Faden who is searching for her brother in The Oldest House – the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Control. This brutalist building is hiding plenty of spooky, supernatural entities, and as things unfold Jesse is able to wield all kinds of new powers – giving the game some of the best combat of the year. Check out Games Writer Ben Walker's review here.

Amazon – £44.99

Currys PC World -£28.97

GAME – £49.99

ShopTo – £39.85

TheGameCollection – £39.95

Death Stranding

Release Date: November 8, 2019
Available on PS4

It would be fair to say that Death Stranding launched with no small amount of intrigue and scepticism, but Hideo Kojima's first game since leaving Konami in acrimonious circumstances is something wholly unique. It's a game about reconnecting humanity's disparate survivors after what can only be described as a paranormal apocalypse – an objective achieved by lead character Sam Porter Bridges walking from one objective to another, dodging supernatural threats as he goes. It's bold and beautiful, and won't be for everyone, but you can read Games Writer Jordan Oloman's review for more, here.

Amazon – £49.99

Currys PC World – £49.99

GAME – £49.99

ShopTo – £49.85

TheGameCollection – £44.95

Resident Evil 2

Release Date: January 25, 2019
Available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Despite launching in January, Capcom's remake of the PS1 classic is still remembered fondly – and for good reason. This full reimagining packs two campaigns, both running concurrently, into an incredibly detailed Racoon City. Here, Leon and Claire have to battle their way through horrific monstrosities in order to escape the city. The entire game is dripping in atmosphere and offers plenty of tense moments where players debate fighting their way through zombies (and worse), or simply conserving ammunition. Check out Games Writer Rebecca Stow's review here.

Amazon – £19.12

Currys PC World -£19.99

GAME – £29.99

ShopTo – £16.85

TheGameCollection -£17.95

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Release Date: March 22, 2019
Available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

From Software's reputation for excellent, if tough, games continues with Sekiro. Leaving Dark Souls' gothic architecture and Bloodborne's Lovecraftian monstrosities behind, Sekiro is instead set in a fictionalised Sengoku period of feudal Japan. Think Samurai, warlords, and the occasional boss enemies like a giant snake – and they're all more than happy to kill you. Persevere through the urge to rage-quit, though, and Sekiro is one of the year's most rewarding games. Check out From Software expert Rebecca Stow's review here.

Amazon – £29.99

GAME – £49.99

ShopTo – £49.85

TheGameCollection – £24.95

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Release Date: December 7, 2018
Available on Nintendo Switch

No, that's not a typo – the latest game in the crossover series did land last December, but because of The Game Awards cut-off dates it missed last year's event. To be fair, it still made a splash at 2018's ceremony, as Nintendo announced Persona 5's Joker as the first DLC character included in the season pass. Since then, the superlative brawler has added Terry Bogard, Banjo & Kazooie, and the Hero from Dragon Quest – bolstering an already incredible package. Check out Senior Video Games Writer Dom Pepiatt's review here.

Amazon – £59.99

Currys PC World -£43.99

GAME – £47.99

ShopTo – £47.85

TheGameCollection – £44.95

The Outer Worlds

Release Date: October 25, 2019
Available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Handily filling the void left by Fallout's disastrous multiplayer entry, The Outer Worlds is a shorter, sweeter approximation of one of Bethesda's open-world epics from Obsidian Entertainment. The newly-purchased Xbox studio put together one of the year's most enjoyable RPGs, with the choice-driven gameplay of its forebears coupled with more accessible combat and some outstanding supporting characters – including Ashly Burch, who is nominated for a Game Award for "Best Performance" as Parvati Holcomb. Check out Games Writer Jonny Foster's review here.

Amazon – £30.99

Currys PC World – £30.99

GAME – £39.99

ShopTo – £36.85

TheGameCollection – £34.95

We can't wait for the event, both to celebrate the cream of the video game crop, and to get a glimpse at what's coming next.

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