AAA Game of the Year Awards 2019

AAA Game of the Year Awards 2019

Time for the big ones

A.J. Maciejewski

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It's been one heck of a year for video games so here are the best AAA games of 2019 across 13 distinct categories.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown screenshot
Shooting down enemy planes in Ace Combat 7 is oh so satisfying

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Action Game of the Year

Although I wasn't necessarily expecting it, Ace Combat 7 completely blew me away with its intense aerial dogfights. The sense of tension that its visuals and sound portray is nothing short of impressive and its tight and challenging gameplay will keep you on the edge of your seat. Throw in an awe-inspiring VR mode and online multiplayer and you're left with an amazing action-packed experience.

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Action-adventure Game of the Year

As a huge fan of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, I honestly didn't think Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night could come close to its epicness yet it exceeded my expectations. Uncovering the massive environments while fighting hordes of dastardly creatures is so enjoyable that this masterpiece easily beat out loads of other fantastic 2019 action-adventure games to win this award.

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Gears 5 Third-person Shooter of the Year

Upon starting Gears 5, I figured it would be like the previous Gears of War games and although the core gameplay is familiar, I didn't think it would be such a phenomenal departure for the franchise. Its combat is downright thrilling while the campaign contains loads of variety to help mix things up and it all comes together to craft one unforgettable journey.

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Luigi's Mansion 3 screenshot
Is there a GOTY award in there for Luigi? Yes, there is!

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Racing Game of the Year

With so many top-notch racers releasing this year, it's surprising that a remake of a kart racer would win this award yet Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is such a blast that it will appeal to hardcore and casual racing fans alike. If you've played the original, you'll know exactly what to expect here and the visual overhaul is a huge step up. This is how to remake a classic game!

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Dead or Alive 6 Fighting Game of the Year

Over the years, Dead or Alive has stood out for its unconventional reaction-based fighting system and Dead or Alive 6 makes the hand-to-hand combat even more visceral with its clever Break Gauge system. Plus, the graphics are superb complete with jaw-dropping stage designs and there are plenty of modes to sink your teeth into, too. If there's one fighter to get this year, it's this.

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Luigi's Mansion 3 Family-friendly Game of the Year

The previous Luigi's Mansion games are fantastic so when I played Luigi's Mansion 3, I was astounded at what a great job they did with modernizing the classic formula while creating one of the funniest games of the year. The over-exaggerated animations and quirky moments really elevate the experience to a whole new level and best of all; it can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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Dragon Quest Builders 2 screenshot
Dragon Quest Builders 2 is jam-packed full of fun times

Days Gone Survival Horror Game of the Year

If we had an Underrated Game of the Year award, it would probably go to Days Gone. From its immersive atmosphere to its rewarding gameplay, surviving the zombie apocalypse here is a lot more enjoyable than it should be. Also, unlocking upgrades while progressing through the campaign is handled exceptionally well in that you have to make every character growth decision count.

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Dragon Quest Builders 2 Sandbox Game of the Year

The original Dragon Quest Builders is simply one of the greatest sandbox games ever created so how could they top that? Well, Dragon Quest Builders 2 offers a variety of themed islands and plenty of cool new tools and abilities that can all be enjoyed at a leisurely pace which makes this one tough game to put down. Erdrick would be proud of this game for sure.

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Judgment Detective Game of the Year

Even though many gamers felt Judgment was a bit too slow of a burn, I fell in love with its gradual plot-unravelling which kept me intrigued throughout. Also, I've never played a game that made me feel like a detective as much as Judgment did. Tailing suspects, snapping photos of suspicious scenes, and even piloting a drone are incredibly fun sleuthy things to do.

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AI: The Somnium Files Story of the Year

There may have been a ton of Hollywood-style narratives told in gaming this year but without a doubt, the best Story of the Year goes to AI: The Somnium Files. For starters, its cast is full of memorable and layered characters and the situations that they find themselves in will keep you hooked, especially with the incredibly well-implemented branching storylines.

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Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered screenshot
Ni no Kuni's Oliver has one huge adventure ahead of him!

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered Port of the Year

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is one of the greatest RPGs ever made and this Remastered port makes for a great excuse to play it if you haven't already. The touching storyline, gorgeous visuals, and addictive monster recruiting aspect make it a near-perfect JRPG. Now that you can enjoy it on PlayStation 4 with Pro enhancements as well as Switch, it's better than ever.

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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne DLC of the Year

Choosing the winner of DLC of the Year couldn't have been easier in 2019. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is a massive expansion that makes diving back into the awesome Monster Hunter World again an absolute treat. The frozen lands are so filled with rewarding boss fights, weapons, and armour that you'll enjoy this add-on for dozens of hours and still have loads more to see and do.

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Control AAA Game of the Year

This was a tough decision but after all is said and done, Control is our overall AAA Game of the Year. From its strange and captivating world and its perfectly-paced story to its tight gameplay complete with oodles of optional content; Control is the complete package of what anyone would want in a video game. Excellent work, Remedy Entertainment! We can't wait to see what you make next.

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