With 2019 (and the 2010s along with it) due soon to make way for a fresh new decade, the time for reflection is nigh.
Despite representing but a fraction of the current - soon to be retired - console generation, this year alone has been crammed with some of the best games money can buy. Resident Evil 2, Sekiro, an actual single-player Star Wars title: triple-A studios have been producing some of their most acclaimed work over the last 12 months, so much so that some stellar adventures, not backed by massive marketing campaigns, have slipped under the radar.
Indies like The Game Kitchen's incredible debut title Blasphemous is the poster child for such underrepresentation, of course, but even middleweights such as The Surge 2 and World War Z have struggled to make their voice heard.
With a mere few weeks of downtime until the triple-A onslaught begins anew, now's the time to check out some of these hidden gems.
9. Slay The Spire
What happens when you take two established genres with as much in common as chalk and cheese and smash them together?
An unappetising mess should be the correct answer but not so, for MegaCrit's first foray into digital entertainment. Blending the one-more-go gameplay loop of roguelikes with strategy-based deck building, Slay the Spire taps into the same 'create your own adventure' shtick that's kept pen and paper Dungeons & Dragons in business for a lifetime, only here, you don't need an imagination.
As you progress up the titular Spire one clutched victory at a time, your hand of powerful abilities and relics grows in tandem. MegaCrit leaves the choice of what cards to take and leave behind entirely up to player agency, making building that game-winning hand all the more euphoric, should one ever manage to triumph.
Joe is a freelance games journalist who, while not spending every waking minute selling himself to websites around the world, spends his free time writing. Most of it makes no sense, but when it does, he treats each article as if it were his Magnum Opus - with varying results.