DualShockers Game of the Year 2019: Vote for Readers Choice & GOTY Nominations

DualShockers Game of the Year 2019: Vote for Readers Choice & GOTY Nominations

DualShockers' Game of the Year 2019 is upon us. Check our nominations and vote for your favorite games in 2019.

Welcome back, everyone! This is resident DualShockers Editor-in-Chief, Lou Contaldi, and it is time for the annual bloodbath… err– celebrating the best and the brightest of gaming in 2019!

While it is tradition to hold a separate poll for Readers’ Choice for both Game of the Year 2019 and Most Anticipated Game of 2020, we are spicing things up with a few new ways this year: announcing our nominations for each category and giving you a way to participate in the DS staff polls.


Vote for Readers’ Choice 2019 Awards:

Without question, our community is the best part of DualShockers, so we (and the developers and publishers we chat to) know that the Reader’s Choice Award is one of the best annual honors to win. And, as always we are looking for your help in making that selection in one of gaming’s busiest years.

You’re given the ability to change your vote at any time before the cutoff time, which will be December 22nd, at 11:59:59 PM Pacific Time. People change their mind all the time, so we don’t see a reason why you wouldn’t be able to change your vote here.

Below, you’ll find a form to vote for your favorite game (you can find it here if you are on mobile). In order to limit spam and vote manipulation, you’ll be asked to log in to a google account if you aren’t already. If you don’t have one, making it is pretty easy and very quick.

In order to be eligible for Game of the Year, a game needs to have been released for the first time (unless it’s a remaster/remake) between December 10th, 2018 and December 15th, 2019. Expansions are not eligible. Early Access games that have moved out of early access this year (for instance Dead Cells) are considered 2019 releases.

While we love Japanese games, only releases in the West are eligible (to avoid games appearing for two years in a row). For instance. it wouldn’t make sense to ask you to vote for Persona 5: The Royal as Game of The Year, since most of you will play the Western version (Persona 5: Royal) in 2020. You’ll be able to vote for it in our Most Anticipated Game of 2020 – Reader’s Choice Award.

Asian market releases in English have been included where appropriate in case a western release is confirmed as not happening, or extremely unlikely.

As you’ll probably notice, the list is very long — though sorted alphabetically. While other outlets give you a narrowed down list for Game of the Year, we think it is better that all voices get heard — even niche games that may be ignored. If you notice a game is missing that you wanted to vote on, go ahead and let us know in the comment section and we will add it on.

You’ll also notice that there are plenty of games that didn’t review very well on the list. It’s not our place to tell you what you should or shouldn’t like. Yet, we apologize if we missed or forgot games that you might love. After all, we’re only human.

So, what are you waiting for? Get voting, and feel free to let us know your favorites in the comments:


DualShockers 2019 GotY Award Nominations and Vote

Now here comes the new part: not only will we be sharing our nominees for each category ahead of the vote, we want you all to be part of the decision-making.

Following a multi-week process of narrowing down on our nomination pool with both the DualShockers Staff and our Discord community, we have a tighter list of the games we are voting for in each category. Starting today, we will be tallying votes from both Staff and the Community. Each DualShockers Staff member will have one vote; comparatively, the Community will get a 10% stake in the final totals (at 3 points) for all of their leading contenders. No game will win without a clear majority (50.1%).

Voting cut-off for this initial vote is Wednesday, December 18 at 11:59:59 PM Pacific. In the instance that there is no clear majority (which will most certainly be the case), there will be a series of run-off elections happening exclusively on the DualShockers Discord! You can join those conversations by heading here: https://discord.gg/uKFUAxp

DualShockers Game of the Year

  1. Apex Legends
  2. Astral Chain
  3. Control
  4. Death Stranding
  5. Devil May Cry 5
  6. Disco Elysium
  7. Fire Emblem Three Houses
  8. Judgment
  9. Resident Evil 2
  10. Sayonara Wild Hearts
  11. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  12. The Outer Worlds
  13. The Walking Dead: The Final Season

Most Anticipated Game of 2020

  1. Cyberpunk 2077
  2. Doom Eternal
  3. Final Fantasy VII Remake
  4. Halo Infinite
  5. The Last of Us: Part II

Hardware of the Year

  1. Google Stadia
  2. Nintendo Switch Lite
  3. Razer Blade 15
  4. Xbox Elite Controller 2

Indie Game of the Year

  1. Disco Elysium
  2. Gris
  3. Katana Zero
  4. Outer Wilds
  5. Sayonara Wild Hearts
  6. Untitled Goose Game

Best Developer

  1. Capcom (Devil May Cry 5, Onimusha: Warlords, Resident Evil 2, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations)
  2. Nintendo (New Super Mario. U Deluxe, Nintendo Labo – Toy-Con 04: VR Kit, Ring Fit Adventure, Super Mario Maker 2)
  3. Respawn Entertainment (Apex Legends, Star Wars: Fallen Order)
  4. Still Not Bitten (The Walking Dead: The Final Season)
  5. ZA/UM (Disco Elysium)

Best Publisher

  1. Annapurna Interactive (Outer Wilds, Journey, Telling Lies, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Wattam)
  2. Capcom (Devil May Cry 5, Onimusha: Warlords, Resident Evil 2, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations)
  3. Devolver Digital (Serious Sam Classics, Heave Ho, Metal Wolf Chaos, Gorn, My Friend Pedro, Devolver Bootleg, Gato Roboto, Obervation, Katana Zero, Weedcraft Inc., Ape Out, Pikuniku)
  4. Nintendo (Astral Chain, BoxBoy! + BoxGirl!, Daemon X Machina, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, NSMBU Deluxe, Labo VR Kit, Ring Fit Adventure, The Stretchers, Super Kirby Clash, Super Mario Maker 2, Tetris 99, Yoshi’s Crafted World)
  5. Sega (Football Manager, SolSeraph, Citizens of Space, Total War: THREE KINGDOMS, Team Sonic racing, Yakuza Kiwami 2, Love Thyself – A Horatio Stari, Yakuza Kiwami, Catherine Classic , Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz, Catherine Full Body, Judgement)

Best in Big Categories

Best First-Party Game

  1. Dreams
  2. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  3. Gears 5
  4. Super Mario Maker 2

Best PS4 Game

  1. Concrete Genie
  2. Days Gone
  3. Death Stranding
  4. Judgment

Best Xbox One Game

  1. A Plague Tale: Innocence
  2. Crackdown 3
  3. Gears 5
  4. The Outer Worlds

Best Nintendo Switch Game

  1. Astral Chain
  2. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  3. Luigi’s Mansion 3
  4. Pokemon Sword and Shield

Best PC Game

  1. Apex Legends
  2. Disco Elysium
  3. Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
  4. The Outer Worlds

Best Mobile Game

  1. Call of Duty: Mobile
  2. Pokemon Masters
  3. Sayonara Wild Hearts
  4. What The Golf!?

Best in Genre

Best Action-Adventure Game

  1. Astral Chain
  2. Control
  3. Death Stranding
  4. Devil May Cry 5
  5. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Best Battle Royale Game:

  1. Apex Legends
  2. Ghost Recon Breakpoint: Mercenaries
  3. Mordhau
  4. Planetside Arena
  5. Tetris 99

Best Competitive Game

  1. Apex Legends
  2. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
  3. Modern Warfare
  4. Mortal Kombat 11
  5. Tetris 99

Best Co-op Game

  1. Borderlands 3
  2. Gears 5
  3. Luigi’s Mansion 3
  4. The Division 2
  5. World War Z

Best DLC or Expansion

  1. Destiny 2: Shadowkeep
  2. Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
  3. Monster Hunter World – Iceborne
  4. Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Pass

Best Family Game

  1. Jackbox Party 6
  2. Luigi’s Mansion 3
  3. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3
  4. Super Mario Maker 2
  5. Untitled Goose Game

Best Fighting Game

  1. Dead or Alive 6
  2. Mortal Kombat 11
  3. Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  4. Samurai Shodown

Best Horror Game

  1. Blair Witch
  2. Gylt
  3. Resident Evil 2
  4. The Sinking City

Best Interactive Story Game

  1. Afterparty
  2. Erica
  3. Life is Strange 2
  4. The Walking Dead: The Final Season 

Best Metroidvania

  1. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  2. Control
  3. Indivisible
  4. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Best Multiplayer Game

  1. Apex Legends
  2. Gears 5
  3. Modern Warfare
  4. Tetris 99

Best Platformer

  1. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  2. Indivisible
  3. Super Mario Maker 2
  4. Trials Rising

Best Puzzle Game

  1. Baba is You
  2. Catherine: Full Body
  3. Tetris 99
  4. Untitled Goose Game

Best Racing Game

  1. Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled
  2. Dirt Rally 2.0
  3. GRID
  4. Team Sonic Racing

Best Remake or Remaster

  1. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition
  2. Resident Evil 2
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
  4. World of Warcraft Classic

Best Role-Playing Game

  1. Disco Elysium
  2. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  3. Kingdom Hearts III
  4. The Outer Worlds

Best Shooter

  1. Apex Legends
  2. Borderlands 3
  3. Call of Duty Modern Warfare
  4. Gears 5
  5. Metro Exodus

Best Sports Game

  1. Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
  2. MLB The Show 19
  3. NBA 2K20
  4. NHL 20

Best Strategy Game

  1. Civilization VI
  2. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  3. Slay the Spire
  4. Wargroove

Best Virtual Reality Game

  1. Asgard’s Wrath
  2. Beat Saber
  3. Blood & Truth
  4. Falcon Age
  5. Trover Saves the Universe

Technical Awards

Best Art Direction

  1. Control
  2. Death Stranding
  3. Gris
  4. Kingdom Hearts III
  5. Sayonara Wild Hearts

Best Audio Design

  1. Ape Out
  2. Call of Duty Modern Warfare
  3. Death Stranding
  4. Sayonara Wild Hearts

Best Character

  1. Casper Darling – Control
  2. Clementine – The Walking Dead: The Final Season
  3. Gooigi – Luigi’s Mansion 3
  4. Mr X – Resident Evil 2
  5. Parvati – The Outer Worlds

Best Graphics

  1. Astral Chain
  2. Death Stranding
  3. Devil May Cry 5
  4. Gears 5
  5. Resident Evil 2

Best Narrative

  1. Control
  2. Death Stranding
  3. Disco Elysium
  4. Judgment
  5. The Outer Worlds
  6. The Walking Dead: The Final Season

Best Open World

  1. Death Stranding
  2. Greedfall
  3. Judgment
  4. Shenmue 3
  5. The Outer Worlds

Best Ongoing Game

  1. Destiny 2
  2. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
  3. Fortnite
  4. Monster Hunter World
  5. Rocket League

Best Performance

  1. Ashly Burch as Parvarti – The Outer Worlds
  2. Jolene Andersen – Ada Wong – Resident Evil 2 Remake
  3. Mads Mikkelson as Cliff – Death Stranding
  4. Melissa Hutchison as Clementine – The Walking Dead: The Final Season
  5. Tommie Earl Jenkins as Die-Hardman – Death Stranding

Best Soundtrack

  1. Death Stranding
  2. Devil May Cry V
  3. Kingdom Hearts III
  4. Pokemon Sword and Shield
  5. Sayonara Wild Hearts