While there are several heavy hitters with release dates in the latter half of 2019, there were a whole lot of amazing games from the first half of 2019 that could go the distance as Game of the Year contenders.

IGN ran a poll on our front page asking readers what their Game of the Year for 2019 is (so far), and with over 35,000 votes, we have some pretty clear frontrunners.

Check out the final results of the poll below.

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1) Resident Evil 2 (34.1%)

Coming in with over a third of the vote, the remake of Resident Evil 2 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One handily won most users’ pick for Game of the Year in the first half of 2019. Shipping over 3 million copies in its first week, it has ultimately sold over 4.2 million units to date. According to Capcom, it’s also the publisher’s 10th best-selling game of all time.

In our Resident Evil 2 review, we called the game “Amazing” saying “Resident Evil 2 expertly reanimates the horrifying atmosphere and moments of extreme tension that made the original so revered.”

2) Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (24.7%)

At just under a quarter of the vote is FromSoftware’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Though blisteringly difficult and not an easily accessible game, Sekiro managed to win the hearts of a large portion of IGN’s readers. Sekiro sold 2 million copies in just 10 days, managing to become the second best-selling game of March 2019.

In our Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice review, we called the game “Amazing” saying it’s a “stylish, focused stealth-action take on the FromSoftware formula that evolves in a different and refreshing direction.”

3) Mortal Kombat 11 (12.7%)

The perennially gory fighting series returned this year with a spine-rippingly good entry in Mortal Kombat 11. As of the most recent NPD report, Mortal Kombat 11 is currently the best-selling game of 2019 in the United States.

In our Mortal Kombat 11 review, we called the game “Amazing” saying “Mortal Kombat 11 is the best game in the 27-year-old series thanks to deep, methodical new mechanics and fun story.”

4) Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 (10.1%)

Garnering just over 10% of the vote, The Division 2 caught the attention of a whole lot of IGN’s readers this year. The best-selling game of March 2019 in the United States, The Division 2 brought a bleak post-apocalyptic D.C. to a whole lot of fans across the world.

In our Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 review, we called the game “Great” saying “The Division 2 is more than just a strong foundation for future updates: it’s a refined and intuitive shared-world shooter with many dozens of hours of great content and progression you can enjoy today.”

5) Apex Legends (9.8%)

At just under 10% of the vote, Apex Legends was a wild card battle royale that seemingly came out of nowhere this year when it was given a surprise release on February 4. As it’s a free-to-play title, its unit sales can’t be counted, but developer Respawn Entertainment said the game drew in over 10 million players in 3 days, and over 50 million in its first month.

In our Apex Legends review, we called the game “Amazing” saying “Apex Legends is squad-based battle royale done right, complete with cool heroes, a superb communication system, and polished mechanics.”

6) Days Gone (8.6%)

With the lowest amount of votes, the PS4 exclusive game Days Gone still managed to clock in as quite a few readers’ Game of the Year 2019 (so far). Though Days Gone launched with its fair share of issues, SIE Bend Studio continued to patch the game, ultimately adding in a weekly challenge mode and free survival mode difficulty DLC.

In our Days Gone review, we called the game “Okay” saying “Fun in small bursts, but Days Gone’s repetition, bland world, and meandering story make for an unremarkable ride.”

Naturally, we couldn’t include every game released in 2019 so far on the list, so major titles like Kingdom Hearts III, Devil May Cry 5 and more didn’t make the poll. If these or other games are your personal Game of the Year 2019 so far, let us know why in the comments below.


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Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.





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