This party is still crazy
It’s a tale as old as time, eternally retold. Halfway through the year, it’s easy to look back on what we’ve played to date and possibly use it as a measuring stick against what we expect from the rest of the year. There are still major releases on the horizon like Doom: Eternal, Astral Chain, and… wait Shenmue III? Ok, whatever you say. I can say I’m excited for most of these games. But after Capcom’s huge success with Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry V, and even the taste of the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion, it’s hard not to already give those titles an early spot on my personal Game of the Year list.
Although two of the aforementioned Capcom games are definitely going on my list. (DMC V may even be close to the top for me.) I think it’d be interesting to see what other people think at this early stage of consideration. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice for example, didn’t really do much for me. It scored well for critics but I’m not really considering it for my top 10 at this point. Mortal Kombat 11 has been easy to enjoy and can only improve over time with the addition of new characters. I’m also absolutely in love with Samurai Shodown, which is a huge breath of fresh air as a high damage, footsie-heavy fighting game with little reliance on combos when compared to other EVO headliners like Dragon Ball FighterZ.
Sometimes I think about how much I enjoyed the earlier games of this year that I forget what’s still to come. Pokemon Sword and Shield are due out this fall although my interest playing it is in doubt. And last time I saw Shenmue III, I almost couldn’t believe this was the same game that had garnered so much attention for its legacy.
So what are your early contenders for your game of the year? Leave a comment down below. I think an argument can definitely be made for Devil May Cry V. I mean seriously, what an incredible entry to Capcom’s storied and legendary series.