Congrats to RE2. I've enjoyed it, visually is not only technically impressive but also nails the mood. But I'm not a big fan of RE or the genre, so I couldn't place it higher.
Sekiro is a fknig brilliant game. Exhilarating and nerve wrecking! From the From Soft games it was the most rewarding to explore and the most precise to control. The sound design is superb, the feedback from consecutive parries is so damn rewarding.
It has a great trollish sense of humor. The moment when I was about to fight the Drunkard and his crew, sneaked to the NPC nearby to talk with him and he pulls a "Leeroy Jenkins" moment ruining my stealthy plans, made me laugh so hard. The Guardian Ape fight, also a terribly funny and trollish moment.
I think Sekiro does a better job in subverting expectations than other From Soft games. And also some boss fights against other human characters are among the best they've done so far. It's cool to fight giant demons and all, but at least for me it's psychologically more rewarding when you meet another human that matches you.
The one thing that took me some time to get over it was the lost mechanic of recovering your lost souls. The moments that rise from there in previous games, when you constantly have to make a risk assessment, and then having to recover them and sometimes taking enormous losses due to a silly mistake or over confidence, are missed here.
Unlike many others I don't think this game is lesser than Souls or Bloodborne. It's different enough but at the same time it delivered the same thrills I want from a From Soft game. And how it rates for me it depends on the day. Some days it's my least favourite, other days my top one.
My complete 2019 list:
2 Outer Wilds
4 Void Bastards
5 Outer Worlds
6 The Touryst
7 Gears 5
8 Death Stranding
9 Metro Exodus
10 Plague Tale
11 Astral Chain
12 Untilled Goose Game
13 Ace Combat
14 Resident Evil 2
15 Blasphemous (This one is a bit of a cheat since I've only played it in 2020.)
16 Mario Maker 2
17 Creature in the Well
18 Zelda Links Awakening
20 Devil May Cry 5
21 Gato Roboto
22 Totaly Accurate Battle Simulator
23 Crackdown 3
24 Ring Fit Adventure
27 Night Call
28 Baba is You
- Blair Witch
2019 was a brilliant year for me. We didn't have those games with $50m marketing campaigns shouting in our ears to play it but there was a pletora of fantastic titles. I might been forgetting a title or two but at least from the 30 2019 games I've played I enjoyed them all, except Blair Witch. Shootout to Void Bastards (my #4) for some of the most fun I had playing a game this year. Hilarious game with a cool and well executed concept, fantastic sound design and music and cool art style. Also to Creature in the Well, just a tad short from being great.
And a special mention to Dreams. While I had fun with it, I hope it gets released on PC. Interface is 70% of any creation tool and I find it atrocious to interact with. I know people have created impressive stuff, but people create impressive stuff using matchsticks too, doesn't mean it's an ideal material. But I'll give it some more hours, as I've seen they made improvements on the controls.
Edit: I forgot about Blair Witch, really didn't liked that one.
Edit 2: I also forgot Untitled Goose Game!! Had a great time with it playing with my GF.