Game of the Year
A1. Slay the Spire
"Completely out of nowhere, a hideously addictive deck building strategy game takes #1."
A2. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
"Sekiro was everything I'd hoped for, but it was just a bit too hard in places. Like the other From games I've played it was absolutely thrilling at times, but was overly long and outstayed its welcome"
A3. Cuphead (Switch)
"Should be #1 really, but given this is a port I feel it should really fall behind those newer games. A tremendous achievement and a true labour of love. I loved (almost) every minute."
"I've never played the original but enjoyed this a lot. Incredible sense of atmosphere and pleasingly short. Very much looking forward to 3 now. Remake of 4 with the evolution of this engine and next gen graphics please."
A5. Luigi's Mansion 3
"Outrageously charming throughout. I enjoyed it pretty much from start to finish."
Biggest Disappointment of the Year (game, hardware, or anything else)
Z1. No Pikmin 4 news
Z2. Link's Awakening frame rate issues. Seriously, what the fuck Nintendo? Just lock it in at 30/60 like you always used to.
Sound Design of the Year
Visual Design of the Year
V1. Luigi's Mansion 3
Writing of the Year
Gaming Format (System) of the Year
Publisher or Developer of the Year
Best Supported Game (released pre 2019) of the Year
B1. Gran Turismo Sport
Your game of the year that didn't come out this year (basically what is your favourite game you played this year that came out in 2018 or earlier)
X1. Super Smash Bros Ultimate
Best game character of the year
C1. Guardian Ape (Sekiro)
C2. Sculptor (Sekiro)
And the big one:
Game of the Decade
"A flawed masterpiece. It's a year since I've completed it and I've thought about it continually and longed to be back in that beautiful world. I loved almost all my time with this game, but like the other From games I've played, it was too long, and in places too opaque in its systems. But it is unlike any other experience I've had in gaming and it's one I'll return to for sure. More thoughts here:"
D2. Hollow Knight
"Dripping in atmosphere from start to finish. Such an incredible effort from a tiny team. The new holder of the Metroidvania crown"
D3. The Last of Us
"I've never really been one for story in games, but this really gripped me and held my attention throughout. An absolutely incredible achievement and a watershed moment in the progression of storytelling in games."
D4. Nex Machina
"A perfect mix of fast paced action gameplay, and what felt like puzzle solving at times. As my skills improved so did my ability to spot solutions to what initially seem like impossible situations. It gave an amazing sense of achievement as your combo and score quickly improved. And an incredible sense of flow once you got in the zone. I'm not sure I've ever been so addicted to a game before."
"Had the odd insane difficulty spike, but I'm not sure I've played a more all round beautiful creation. Wonderful mix of gameplay, visual and audio design."
D6. The Witness
"It's not going to be just about doing line puzzles I thought. There will be some deep hidden meaning I thought. Maybe there was, but I didn't pick up on it. But it was the most sublime puzzle game I've ever played. Perfectly realised in a beautiful interconnected world."
"The reinvention of the online shooter. Trust Nintendo to not only tear up the rulebook, but also get it so right first time. The paint/cover mechanic is just so incredibly clever."
D8. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
"I didn't really get the whole GOAT praise for this. It was really good, but it had massive flaws which must be corrected in future attempts. Still, an utterly sublime world and the new marker for true open world RPGs."
D9. Slay the Spire
"Having only finished the first character once, I've barely scratched the surface with this. I had to take a break for my own health. Absolute crack gaming. Ridiculously well balanced strategy game."
D10. Pikmin 3
"Mission mode, where you had an insanely hard objective to complete in a tight time limit, offered up some of the best gaming of the decade. Perfect controls with Wii pointer and touchpad/map. Nintendo on its A game."
Honourable mentions: Dark Souls, Super Mario 3D World, Super Mario 3D Land, Zelda Link Between Worlds, Dirt Rally, SOMA, Smash Bros Ultimate.