Game of the Year 2019

From the grassy fields of Pokemon’s Wild Area to the catwalks and monster-ridden halls beneath the RPD in Resident Evil 2, 2019 was an excellent year to be surprised by some amazing games.

One game, however, captured our imaginations unlike any other, combining a fascinating world with top-tier telekinetic action.

IGN's Game of the Year 2019: Control

LoadingIf Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy and Second Sight made a porno together and asked Stanley Kubrick to direct it, the result would be Control. This story-driven, single-player third-person shooter packs all the firepower you’d expect from the minds behind Max Payne, but it’s the pairing of its gunplay with main character Jesse’s expanding suite of psychic powers that makes its combat encounters so spectacularly destructive and dynamic.LoadingControl’s ‘Oldest House’ office block setting is also a marvel of game world design, mundane at first glance but absolutely memorable by the end thanks to a shape-shifting structure that makes it consistently fascinating to explore and, additionally, its detail-rich settings a delight to destroy. Then there’s the story itself, a spellbinding slab of supernatural science fiction which starts out weird and only gets weirder, centered around an oddball cast of characters that are each eminently entertaining to interact with. Bombastic, bizarre, and beautiful, Control is more than just another day at the office.

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You can find the rest of our nominees for our 2019 Game of the Year award below. Even though Control was our top pick, every game on this list offers an exceptional gaming experience.

Game of the Year 2019 Nominees