To Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment for being just damn cool and a reminder of how excellent Shovel Knight is.
To The Surge for making a solid effort at riffing on Souls gameplay and creating a unique (but very confusing) world.
To Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for being the best Mario Kart ever.
To Dirt 4 for being a really competent follow up to Dirt Rally that I still sunk a ton of time into but can’t justify in my top 10 because it’s kind of the same game.
To Lawbreakers (RIP) for being very fun to play and boldly (shortsightedly…?) going after a titan like Overwatch with lame character designs.
To Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice for being a fascinating experience that I hated playing.
To Xcom 2: War of the Chosen for drastically improving the already-excellent experience of rebelling against a totalitarian alien regime.
To Mario + Rabbids for surprising virtually All Human Beings on Planet Earth by making rabbids funny and turn based tactical Mario a ton of fun/something I didn't know I wanted.
To Steamworld Dig 2 for taking the very simple concept of digging for gems and crafting an enjoyable pathfinder adventure around it.
To Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus for having an easy mode.
To What Remains of Edith Finch for letting me roll down a hill as a shark (and for being pretty inventive in general).
To Evil Within 2 for being way better than all the people who didn’t buy it expected.
To Pyre’s soundtrack.
To Divinity OS 2 for being dense and beautiful and I’m sorry for not making time for you this year.
And lastly to all the other games this year I didn't have time to play and their developers for working hard to make this industry worth talking about day after day.