Fanbyte’s Game of the Year 2019 Awards

Join us to talk about video games as we jettison one more year directly into the sun.

Another difficult year in the world was met with another year’s worth of great games. Fanbyte’s Game of the Year 2019 awards are here to celebrate the ones that challenged us to think about that world, made us laugh, made us cry, or simply filled a void when we needed it most. And there was plenty to fit each of those bills in 2019! Join us as we round up the categories and close out one more year in games.

And remember, kids: Speed is sometimes a food.

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Best Weapon or Sports Game

  • The cat bombs from Void Bastards
  • Niki talking about NBA 2K20 on Fanwidth all year
  • The Mozambique from Apex Legends
  • The Poltergust G-00 from Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • Rats from Plague Tale
  • The Hunting Horn from Monster Hunter World

Most Agonizing Trend

  • Games that make you do a thing 100 times until you get right from Outer Wilds and Pokemon Sword and Shield
  • My cat hating it when I sit at my desk to work, nominated by Steven Strom
  • Companies acquiescing to fan outcry in the very specific cases of Apex Legends
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Best Ongoing Game

  • Monster Hunter World
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Warframe
  • Destiny 2
  • Fortnite
  • Dota 2
  • Teamfight Tactics
  • Dota Underlords
  • Magic the Gathering Arena
  • Path of Exile
  • Apex Legends

Best Character or Performance

  • Kim Kitsuragi, Disco Elysium
  • Dr. Casper Darling, Control
  • Emet-Selch, Final Fantasy XIV
  • Yagami, Judgment
  • Melissa McGamepass
  • Aiba, AI: The Somnium Files
  • Malroth, Dragon Quest Builders 2
  • Todd, Niki’s Togekiss, Pokemon Sword and Shield
  • Parvati & Junlei, The Outer Worlds

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Best Snack (Literal Food Not Hunk)

  • Seliana food, Monster Hunter World
  • Meol, Final Fantasy XIV
  • Rizzo’s Lemon Slapp, The Outer Worlds
  • Speed, Disco Elysium

Best Grind

  • Monster Hunter World
  • Warframe
  • Destiny 2
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Grindstone
  • Dota Underlords
  • Teamfight Tactics
  • Void Bastards

Best Small Detail

  • Themed elevator floor indicators, Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • High fiving your boyfriend after every goal, Dragon Quest Builders 2
  • Trees give you oxygen, Outer Wilds
  • The Seliana restaurant physically connects to the Gathering Hub dumbwaiter, Monster Hunter World
  • 2B’s outfit isn’t gender locked, Final Fantasy XIV
  • The “Dynamite” scene, Control
  • Massive location-establishing text, Control

Best Real Video Game as Defined By Parts Where You’re On an Elevator Fighting Waves of Goons

  • Destiny 2
  • Star Wars: Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Pokemon Sword and Shield
  • Gato Roboto

Best Interior Design

  • The Oldest House, Control
  • Spaceship interior, Outer Wilds
  • Your hostel room, Disco Elysium
  • The Hotel, Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • Villagers’ houses, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
  • Various levels, Mortal Kombat 11

Best New Mechanic

  • The Thought Cabinet, Disco Elysium
  • Rocking BB, Death Stranding
  • Slamming the shit out of ghosts, Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • Gooigi, Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • Emotional Color Wheel, Neo Cab
  • Quantum travel, Outer Wilds

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