Gamer Declaimer: Staff favorites from 2019!

best of year 2019

Now that 2019 is over, we’re looking back at some staff favorites from the year!





dead cells

Our librarian Katie wants to recommend Dead Cells. “I poured way too many hours into this game this year, but the everchanging levels and weapons made every playthrough fun in its own unique way. A great choice for anyone who loves tough old-school Metroidvania games — also a great choice for the handheld mode for the Switch.”(Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch)


control Katie also has to throw in another recommendation for Control, because it’s probably the most fun she had playing any game this year. If you like supernatural games, games with a lot of story and lore to dig through, or if you just like levitating around and throwing furniture at people, this is the game for you! (Playstation 4, Xbox One)


borderlands 3Our librarian Sean wants to recommend Borderlands 3! “The best looter-shooter in the Six Galaxies is back!  With four Vault Hunters to play as with tons of customization options, more than a billion guns to find, an insane cult, corporate warfare, and several planets to discover and fight your way across, what more could you ask for?” (Playstation 4, Xbox One)


sekiro gameOur teen librarian Shelby wants to recommend Sekiro: Shadows die twice. “As a fan of the Souls series, going back to Demon Souls, I appreciated the evolution this game took on the typical fromSoftware brutality. Sure, the game was still immensely punishing, but the combat mechanics were substantially different. To top it all off, it had an actually comprehensible story-line and versatility to your movements. While I really enjoyed other games like Borderlands 3 this year, I appreciated how this game expanded my comfort zone and challenged me. 9/10, would-impale-all-of-the-shinobi-again.” (Playstation 4, Xbox One)

Our reference assistant Jeff wants to recommend the 2019 remake of Resident evil 2. “Just when you think you’ve seen everything the Survival Horror genre has to offer, Capcom throws down the gauntlet with Resident Evil 2 (2019). Capcom’s latest Resident Evil entry is a remake of the 1998 zombie apocalypse classic that helped define the horror genre in video gaming. With stunning graphics, updated combat mechanics and an ingenious usage of darkness and light, Resident Evil 2 creates a thrilling and terrifying experience within its profoundly creepy atmosphere.  So, if you suffer from an unhealthy amount of bravado, pick this game up, turn off the lights, slap on an EKG, and say goodbye to sleep. You’ve been warned!” (Playstation 4, Xbox One)

kingdom hearts 3Lastly, our intern Nick has a great recommendation for our younger gamers: Kingdom hearts III. “The game is graphically beautiful, has easy to learn controls, and is accessible for any age. This one’s a keeper for all!” (Playstation 4, Xbox One)