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Game Informer's Top Scoring Reviews Of 2019

by Game Informer Staff on Jul 06, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Each year, Game Informer reviews a ton of games to help guide our readers in choosing what they should play next. While you can easily browse our reviews section to see all our most recent verdicts, we wanted to put together a handy list for those looking for the best of the best this year has to offer.

Despite hundreds of games coming across our desks each year, only a select few are able to obtain special commendations reserved for the highest scoring titles. Games that earn an 8.5 or 8.75 obtain a Game Informer Silver award, while a score ranging from 9 to 9.5 earns that game a Game Informer Gold award. While most of the best games of the year fall into that range, the most elite titles ascend to the next level to earn a Game Informer Platinum award (9.75 or 10 score).

To help you keep track of the best of the best, we've compiled all of the top scoring games of 2018 here. Check out the games we've thought are the best of the year so far, and if you want to learn more, you can read the full review with a simple click-through.

Gold

Resident Evil 2

Resident Evil 2 paves a brilliant path for the future of the franchise. Read review

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Kingdom Hearts III

The latest entry isn’t afraid to go big, but it also doesn’t forget what made fans fall in love in the first place. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
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Dreams

Dreams’ robust design and sharing tools offer endless possibilities to creators and a growing tidal wave of fun, hilarious, and moving gameplay experiences for players. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4
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Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Ambitious risk-taking makes Fire Emblem: Three Houses a must-play. Read review

Platforms: Switch
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Slay The Spire

Climb the deadly spire again and again. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Switch, PC
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Wargroove

Wargroove is a fantastic tactics game that builds and iterates on the genre in clever ways. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
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Apex Legends

Apex Legends is a masterful battle royale that raises the bar for the genre and free-to-play games Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds finds inspiring success despite some rough edges, much like the team of space-faring adventurers it follows. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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Disco Elysium

This investigative RPG surprises and delights with its complex world, fantastic dialogue, and ability to convey a constant struggle with the warring facets of one’s own mind. Read review

Platforms: PC
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World Of Warcraft

15 years later, the original World of Warcraft still has what it takes to captivate adventurers. Read review

Platforms: Mac
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The Division 2

Thrilling combat, a great loot loop, and a strong endgame elevate this Tom Clancy shooter to new heights. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC
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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

An intense, challenging realization of the ninja fantasy comes to life in From Software's latest offering. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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Observation

Challenging puzzles and a fantastic plot make this horror adventure an unmissable game for fans of the genre. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC
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Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

Fantastic attention to detail, wondrous environments, big bosses, and magnificent music make this one of the best Final Fantasy offerings. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC, Mac
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Dragon Quest Builders 2

Omega Force and Square Enix are back with a hefty sequel that improves virtually every aspect of that original blueprint. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Switch
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Ion Fury

This retro shooter lives beyond its nostalgic ambitions to become a fantastic, timeless FPS experience. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
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Telling Lies

Phenomenal acting and a deep central mystery make this voyeuristic adventure game something special. Read review

Platforms: PC, iOS
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Astral Chain

PlatinumGames delivers another must-play stylish-action game, this time for Switch. Read review

Platforms: Switch
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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

This remake beautifully captures the essence of the Game Boy original while adding some quality-of-life upgrades to bring it up to contemporary standards. Read review

Platforms: Switch
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Destiny 2: Shadowkeep

Bungie's latest release is a good expansion on its own, but the way it sets the stage for the future of the Destiny franchise is its most impressive feat. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC
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Silver

Sunless Skies

Sunless Skies is an awesome, immersive ride for lovers of imaginative fiction and horror-laden exploration. Read review

Platforms: PC
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Civilization VI: Gathering Storm

In Firaxis’ second expansion, players must endure mother nature’s temperamental streak. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Switch, PC, Mac, Linux
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Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus mostly succeeds in its ambitions, making it easy to recommend to both newcomers and series fans alike. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC
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Dirt Rally 2.0

Codemasters delivers another captivating rally title that will have you swearing in fear and delight. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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Super Mario Maker 2

Mario Maker 2 is not a radical reinvention of the original, but it earns the “2” in its title with a great story mode, worthwhile additions to the creation toolset, and co-op. Read review

Platforms: Switch
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F1 2019

Whether guiding your car, career, or league, F1 2019 has plenty of options to keep you covered and entertained. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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Dr. Mario World

Dr. Mario World is one of the most notable entries in the series to date. Read review

Platforms: iOS, Android
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Control

Your greatest weapon isn’t the one in your hand. It’s the one in your head. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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Magic: The Gathering Arena

Magic: The Gathering at its digital best. Read review

Platforms: PC
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Lonely Mountains: Downhill

This mountain biking game blends an idyllic nature aesthetic with tight arcade action to create a surprisingly thrilling adventure. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mac, Linux
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

This annualized series continues to pound out excitement, but this time in ways you may not expect. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

This port doesn't add a ton of new content, but it's still the best way to play an already fun platformer. Read review

Platforms: Switch
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Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey

The remake doesn't drastically change or improve Bowser's Inside Story, but that doesn't change the fact that it was always a great game. Read review

Platforms: 3DS
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Tetris 99

Tetris 99 is a pleasant surprise, and is my favorite content offered by the Nintendo Switch Online service to date. Read review

Platforms: Switch
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Devil May Cry 5

This entry has the series’ signature over-the-top style, but not all of the additions feel like steps forward. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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Hypnospace Outlaw

This offbeat adventure game cleverly captures the essence of the early internet. Read review

Platforms: PC
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MLB The Show 19

After a down year, Sony delivers exciting new content and a host of fixes. The series is back on track. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4
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Operencia: The Stolen Sun

Zen Studios updates a classic genre with clever puzzles and Hungarian folklore. Read review

Platforms: Xbox One, PC
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BoxBoy! + BoxGirl!

BoxBoy returns with a couch co-op friendly adventure filled with some of the most creative and diverse puzzles in the series. Read review

Platforms: Switch
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Mordhau

Mordhau balances brutal realism and goofy battlefield antics to great effect. Read review

Platforms: PC
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Total War: Three Kingdoms

A captivating dive into warfare and political intrigue. Read review

Platforms: PC
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Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth

Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth is the ultimate tribute to the series' last 13 years with Etrian Odyssey elements thrown in for good measure. Read review

Platforms: 3DS
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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Koji Igarashi's return to the Castlevania formula slowly but surely earns its place in a crowded genre. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
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Sky: Children Of The Light

The new game from the makers of Journey is a thoughtful contemplation on positive interactions with friends, strangers, and the wider world. Read review

Platforms: iOS
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Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Youngblood takes some new risks for the series that pay off handsomely. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC
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Remnant: From The Ashes

Strong systems and a satisfying gameplay loop give Remnant: From The Ashes a powerful foundation, even if the experience is mired by repetitive and uninteresting bosses. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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Wreckfest

Bugbear Entertainment's latest racing experience is all about aggressive driving and smashing cars to bits. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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NBA 2K20

The gameplay heart of the series is well intact, although some of the choices developer Visual Concepts makes with parts of the modes aren't the best. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
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Gears 5

The Coalition's second tour of duty with Gears of War is a success, delivering some of the series' best firefights. Read review

Platforms: Xbox One, PC
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The Surge 2

Deck13 Interactive's sequel showcases notable improvements and plenty of limb chopping. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

This great 2D platformer delivers a crowd-pleasing adventure regardless of when you started enjoying the genre. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
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Luigi's Mansion 3

Luigi's Mansion 3 is a fun ghost-hunting adventure regardless of your experience with the franchise. Read review

Platforms: Switch
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