Shacknews Top 10 Games of the Year 2019

The time has come to count down the very best games of 2019. Here's the Shacknews Top 10 Games of the Year 2019.


#4 Game of the Year 2019 - Disco Elysium

Every now and then a game crosses my plate not because of hype or reviews, but simple word of mouth and people telling stories about their experiences. This was Disco Elysium for me. I kept hearing over and over just how great this indie RPG was. Although our own Sam Chandler did a fantastic job in his Disco Elysium review for Shacknews, it was the enthusiasm people showed for this experience that put it on my must-play list.

As I began playing Disco Elysium and creating my character, I opted to create something close to myself as much as possible. I’ve got a back injury, so I kept my mobility low. I’m persuasive and physically strong, so I leaned into that a bit. I wanted to see what it would be like to try and play myself, and did I ever get a glimpse into my own soul. I was not at all prepared for how emotionally taxing Disco Elysium would be on me. Due to my physical limitations in the game, there were certain things I just couldn’t do. They were right there. I knew what I needed to do, but my body wouldn’t budge. This was a very raw reality check for my current physical state and, although not always easy to come face to face with, I appreciated how connected I felt to the main character in certain ways.

Disco Elysium landed itself at #4 in our Shacknews Game of the Year 2019 voting, but I don’t think you’ll find a single staff member that wouldn’t recommend you give it a shot. If you’re looking for quality writing, acting, and a good mystery wrapped up in one of the best RPGs going, Disco Elysium has you covered.

-Bill Lavoy, Managing Editor

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