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Who will win the title of best video game of 2019?

After a battle royale to celebrate Fortnite in 2018, the Pixels section of World decided to organize a game of goose, a tribute to the webbed star of the year, the feathered heroineUntitled Goose Game, to decide who will win the award for the best video game released in 2019. You will not read a more objective or more scientific ranking. (Spoiler: the complete classification is also available at the end of this article.)

“Shenmue III” in pole

The hundred participants take off and each roll the dice. There are eighteen who immediately score a 6. Among these, Outer Wilds, time travel game, which is sure to be the right one this time. But thanks to record-breaking crowdfunding – his fans gave him a second dice – this is the contemplative adventure game Shenmue III who does 5 + 2 and takes the lead.

Excellent! Thanks to a martial arts expert throw, “Shenmue III” is the first leader in our goose game. Shenmue III

Others are already dragging their feet. Luigi’s Mansion 3 and mobile gaming Dr. Mario World have been fighting over the dice for so long that they forgot to roll. Wolfenstein Youngblood, Uchronic shooting game in an eighties and fascist Paris, makes a modest 2.

In the second round, the very funny Untitled Goose Game makes a roll of 3. He arrives on the special space “Goose”. This indicates: “If you are a goose, go ten spaces forward. “ The best simulation of avian jokes cockroaches of joy: here it is propelled to the first place, only thirty-four squares from the final checkerboard.

The Untitled Goose Game Goose plays, so to speak, at home in this goose game.
The Untitled Goose Game Goose plays, so to speak, at home in this goose game. Untitled Goose Game

Trials of Mana, released in Japan in 1995, is less fortunate: it unfortunately falls on the box “Go back many more years that have separated your marketing in Japan and Europe”… He finds himself sixty-five boxes from the finish box, and even twenty-two from the start box.

False shortcuts and persuasion rolls

Thinking of taking a shortcut, Metro Exodus give it a 5 and rush into a box “Metro stop”. It will not come out again. The mountain hiking game At Short Hike, he rolls the dice as many times as he has gold feathers, and rolls a comfortable 18 which sends him far ahead. The Outer Worlds, the new game from the creators of fallout, tries to persuade, makes 6, decides he has won the game, but luckily no one is listening.

In “A Short Hike”, the clear bird collects golden feathers to climb a small mountain. It flies from several places. A Short Hike

Meanwhile, the wacky racing game in a Japan filled with dogs and lobsters, Nippon Marathon, unfortunately falls on the square ” Last judgement ” : all games located on an odd square are definitively eliminated. Apex Legends, the competitor of Fortnite, leaves the table grumbling that he would have done better to participate last year. Behind him, the puzzle game in four dimensions Manifold Garden do 7, jump over the edge of the board and disappear into the void. Bizarre.

Duel between a game of dice and a goose

Third round. The clever dice strategy game Dicey Dungeons cheat, and throw his own point cubes. Result: he suddenly advances twenty-one squares and takes the lead. To the avian amazement ofUntitled Goose Game, who cocks in vain, then leaves to steal a child's shovel to calm his nerves.

The clever game
The clever game “Dicey Dungeons” consists of using dice to fight, which is to say that he is at home on this board. Dicey Dungeons

Behind, the sympathetic German “point and click” based on time travel, Trüberbrook, returns to square one following a failed scientific experiment with the cube, while the Cro-Magnon simulation Ancestors tries to make a fire by rubbing two dice. Meanwhile, Zelda: Link’s Awakening left the table, in tears: “A bad bird stole my pretty shovel from me”sobs little Link, inconsolable.

We are now at the halfway point, and there … drama! One of the favorites, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, rolls a 5 and hits a square “Sudden death”, supposed to put him out of the game. But, as the name suggests, death is no obstacle for Sekiro, who gets up and goes on his way.

Sekiro has the right to die twice. That's how it is, it's in the title of the game, we can't argue.
Sekiro has the right to die twice. That's how it is, it's in the title of the game, we can't argue. Sekiro Shadows Die Twice

The revolutionary role-playing game Disco Elysium succeeds him, an impeccable 12, shouts “Critical success”, and put the handcuffs on PictoQuest caught in the act: this rebellious clone of Picross had fun coloring the boxes on the board. Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair falls on“Impossible Case”. To get by, he must get a hundred and six in a row. We will not see him again.

Eliminated for a Schrödinger die

New change at the head of the race. the vertiginous Baba is You, in which the player takes possession of any object on the screen to redefine the rules of the game, determines as a rule “Baba is Dé”. The dog – or rabbit (the debate remains whole) – which he uses as a hero turns into a six-sided cube. He thus makes a throw of 12.

In “Baba is You”, all objects can be transformed into any word on the screen. A formidable tip for gnawing at the game of the goose. Baba is You

Meanwhile, the wacky role-playing game Citizens of Space, inspired by Guide to the galactic traveler, is eliminated for throwing a Schrödinger die with eight tentacles. After an entanglement, the exciting game of pinball with saber Creature in the Well and the mischievous dice strategy game Dicey Dungeons grab each other and decide to settle their scores at “chessball”, a cross between table football and chess.

Under the approving gaze of postmodern minigolf What The Golf, leaping Pikuniku throws itself rather than throwing the dice, while the simian escape game Ape Out falls on a square ” Jail “, synonymous with returning to the zoo without going through square one.

Suddenly, the unthinkable happens: Manifold Garden, who had disappeared in the third round by jumping over the edge of the board, splits the skies and dives at full speed towards the last boxes. But, in his run, he hits the new game of Jenova Chen, the poetic Sky: Children of the Light. The two are forced to abandon.

In “Manifold Garden”, the levels exist endlessly, and you can fall from one to land on the same. It's complicated, but practical to get back on set. Manifold Garden

Serial withdrawals

Eighth round, the finish space is now about ten spaces away. Some seem to melt on it, like the aptly named action game centered on telekinesis, Control, whose dice lead to 6 suspects.

The heroine of the telekinesic action game
The heroine of the telekinesic action game “Control”, throwing dice by thought. Control

The surprising game of medicine and astrology Astrologaster on the other hand, badly anticipated Venus' trajectory: his roll of 2 sends him to the square “Giant hatch”, who ejects his pawn and that of all those behind him. Shenmue III tries a QTE to save himself: he must quickly press the buttons “Y”, “X”, then “B” and “A”, and make the handstand by reciting a Chinese nursery rhyme in verlan. What a shame, he can't do it.

There are only twenty left. Ion Fury FPS yet amazing, rolls 2 and stumbles for the ninth time on the square ” Bad taste “. He moves back thirty-two spaces. Death Stranding, from Hideo Kojima, roll a 3 and narrowly miss it. But his hero, the deliveryman Sam Porter, exhausted, puts down his arms and his bag, and decides to take a nap away from the final sprint.

Rare image of Sam Porter when he is tired of playing the goose game and decides to take a nap on his own.
Rare image of Sam Porter when he is tired of playing the goose game and decides to take a nap on his own. Death Stranding

Same thing for Mosaic, dreamy title on mass surveillance and the arduousness of work, which, tired of war, resigns. Noita also faces a wall: but that's okay with this underground exploration game, which shatters with a magic wand and rolls the dice again.

Five spaces from victory

The arrival box is there, that's it. They are ten to be able to reach it: it is the first to get a roll of 5 who will win the game. The survival game Oxygen Not Included play it carefully: thanks to a carefully developed machine, it gently drops the dice onto a 2. Noita is less far-sighted. His too powerful 6 makes him pass the end box, and start again at the start of the board! The hilarious Heave Ho undertakes him to tickle his opponents, and it works: the very dark Disco Elysium and Blasphemous, taken with a convulsive laughter, each throw their cube off track.

The sado-maso-gothic exploration game
The sado-maso-gothic exploration game “Blasphemous”, when he is laughing. Blasphemous

The fascinating game of linguistic archeology Heaven’s Vault and the fast paced spy strategy game Sigma Theory try to hide their game from each other: the first obtains a “Mayan hieroglyph”, the second an RGP encrypted key, but the referee disqualifies them for using unapproved dice.

Outer Wilds, exhilarating and poetic time loop in a miniature solar system, is confident: it falls on a 4 that nobody seems to be able to beat. No one except A Short Hike, short, happy and perfect miniature garden around a mountain to climb to gain self-confidence. Claire, his flying heroine, of a trembling wing, gets a 5! She advances her pawn the other way, finally falling on … on … But wait! Where is the finish box that was still there five minutes ago? She disappeared !

The final twist (yes, it's a goose game with a twist)

Baba is You launched a formula of which he has the secret: “Baba is arrival box. “ Immediately, according to the relentless logic of the game, Baba turned into an arrival box. Baba being the victory, shouldn't it be declared victorious? The judges are puzzled. “Not so fast, cut off the Estonian inquiry game in a hoarse voice Disco Elysium. If Baba is the finish box, the first one to hit Baba wins, right? “

Immediately, all start chasing him, the acrobatic and foufou Heave Ho first. In panic, Baba is You jump from the top of the board to escape. But the French trapeze artist rushes to try to grab him with one arm and hang on to the table on the other. Both are now falling.

“Heave Ho” launches into the void to catch up, and above all to touch, “Baba is You”, and thus gain victory. Heave Ho.

Victory seems promised to Heave Ho but, right when his arm catches the dizzying Finnish logic game, the latter whispers one last magic formula: Heave Ho is Trophy. “ Then Baba is You crashes softly on the tiles, exhausted, alone, broken, under the bewildered gaze of his 99 opponents, with, hanging on him as evidence, the trophy for the best game of the year. Outer Wilds, disgusted, relaunches its time loop and returns to the start of the game.

The final top 10:

10. Noita

9. Heaven’s Vault

8. Sigma Theory

7. Blasphemous

6. Disco Elysium

5. Oxygen Not Included

4. Outer Wilds

3. A Short Hike

2. Heave Ho

1. Baba is You

Baba, exhausted, rests next to Heave Ho, after transforming him into a victory trophy.
Baba, exhausted, rests next to Heave Ho, after transforming him into a victory trophy. Baba is You

The hundred best video games of the year 2019: the ranking of pixel journalists

100. Crowd city
99. Dr. Mario World
98. Identity
97. Mini Motorways
96. Cricket Through the Ages
95. Color Bump 3D
94. Super Mario Maker 2
93. Wolfenstein Youngblood
92. Astral chain
91. Luigi’s Mansion 3
90. My Friend Pedro
89. At the Gates
88. For the King
87. Picross S3
86. Trials of Mana
85. Virtua Racing Sega Ages
84. ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove!
83. Rage 2

82. Trover Saves the Universe
1. Days Gone
80. Golf Club: Wasteland
79. Lie in My Heart
78. The Outer Worlds
77. Metro Exodus
76. Sword Pokémon and Shield Pokémon
75. Rayman run
74. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
73. Blazing Chrome
72. Apex Legends
71. Outward
70. Trüberbrook
69. Ancestors
68. Crying Suns
67. Hot lava
66. Pilgrims
65. Super Impossible Road
64. Bleak Sword
63. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
62. Beat Saber
61. Superliminal
60. Night call
59. GreedFall
58. Micro Mages
57. Nippon Marathon
56. PictoQuest
55. Inmost
54. Nintendo Labo VR
53. Dragon Quest Builders 2
52. Streets of Rogue
51. Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
50. Pikuniku
49. Amid Evil
48. Assemble with Care
47. Borderlands 3
46. Citizens of Space
45. Creature in the Well
44. Dicey Dungeons
43. Katana Zero
42. The Sinking City
41. A Plague Tale
40. WarGroove
39. We. The Revolution
38. Wilmot’s Warehouse
37. Untitled Goose Game
36. Ape Out
35. Observation
34. Manifold Garden
33. The Eternal Castle [REMASTERED]

32. Sky: Children of the Light
31. Slay the Spire
30. Resident Evil 2
29. Concrete Genie
28. Telling Lies
27. Shenmue III
26. Cadence of Hyrule
25. Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order
24. Astroneer
23. Lonely Mountains: Downhill
22. Tetris 99
21. Astrologaster
20. What Remains
19. Clam man
18. Ion Fury
17. What the Golf
16. AI Dungeon 2
15. Sayonara Wild Hearts
14. Control
13. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
12. Mosaic
11. Death Stranding
10. Noita
9. Heaven’s Vault
8. Sigma Theory
7. Blasphemous
6. Disco Elysium
5. Oxygen Not Included
4. Outer Wilds
3. A Short Hike
2. Heave Ho
1. Baba is You

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