We have entered a bold new world for video games, with 2020 promising some of the industry's most anticipated titles yet, from Cyberpunk 2077 through to The Last Of Us Part II. We also have a brand new console generation to get excited for, but we need to take stock and reflect on the year just past.
Because 2019 was a bit of an odd year.
The conversation had been mostly focused on fantastic indie outings from the likes of Control, Outer Wilds and Disco Elysium, and for great reason.
These games pushed the boundaries of what games can be, and have left an indelible mark on the video game landscape. On the flip-side, you'd be forgiven for forgetting about some more talked about games, despite them being 2019's most anticipated releases.
Some of these forgotten titles may not necessarily be bad - some are actually incredibly fun - but whether through marketing missteps, a gross lack of content or just being sent out of the market to die, many of the year's hottest properties arrived with little to no fanfare.
10. Days Gone
Days Gone was not a bad game. The controls worked, it looked really good and when you did stumble into the much-advertised hoards of "freakers" it was an actually terrifying experience. The problem with Days Gone is that it didn't do anything new for either the post-apocalyptic zombie or open-world genre.
Both genres have acted as the bedrock for this last console generation, with varying degrees of success. For every The Last Of Us or Breathe Of The Wild, there have been countless other titles that have played out the old tropes poorly and to death. By the time Days Gone was released, players had already become tired of having to invest another significant amount of time on a new open world. Days Gone would have to do something special to entice players in. It did not.
The world, though pretty, was drab. The Mad Max inspired vehicle dependance was fine but unimaginative and the story of Deacon Lee St. John is just plain boring. Days Gone worked, but we as players have so much variety now that Days Gone needed to do more to fully get our attention.