The Jimquisition Game Of The Year Awards 2019

The Jimquisition Game Of The Year Awards 2019

[VHS tape being loaded into a VCR] [static] There’s a very special time of year where we all come together in happiness, and merriment, where we forget our troubles and our cares, and no one ever brings up Rise of the Skywalker. That time is not now, Rise of the Skywalker was fucking absurd. Welcome to the Jimquisition Awaaaaaaaaaards! [magic tinkling] [static, chiptune music intro] Yes, it’s the Jimquisition Awards where we give out the awards for the best games what I’ve played and what I liked the most. It’s me, not you, me. These are MY ideas, okay? It’s a very simple process, we do this every year. We pick five games. Five Best of the Year. They’re all in equal standing. That’s how we do it here, we pick five games. Five. One, two, three, four, five. Five games. Five, and they are the best games of the year. They win the Jimquisition Awards. There’s five of them. So what is the first in the five of the ones that we’re doing? That’s right, it’s Resident Evil Twooooooo. [whoosh] Whoooossshhhh! Justin, when you edit this, can you have like a whoosh effect? And have the word or the logo go whoosh! …Winner! Whoosh! Resident E- Capcom has been on a tear in recent years, pumping out quality titles with minimal bullshit tacked on. Resident Evil 2 continues that tradition with style. A complete re-imagining of the classic PlayStation original that modernizes the gameplay while retaining the horror vibe in a way that makes it arguably far scarier than it ever was before. While it retells the story of Leon and Claire’s zombie-filled shenanigans, it raises the action quota with slick third-person shooting that provides an effective compromise between slow, panic-inducing survival horror and the more combat-focused efforts of Resident Evil 4 and beyond. Like an old school horror game, avoiding enemies is preferrable to kicking open doors and roaring in guns a-blazing as limited mobility, durable opponents, and scarce ammunition make protracted battle a bad idea. For the most part, this works to create some incredible tension. Though at times, the ability of the enemies to close distances and grab you with stunning precision can be more annoying than spooky. But for most part, Resident Evil 2 is just satisfyingly horrifying. The zombies look deliciously hideous and sound disturbing, backed up by amazing lighting and shadow effects that infuse everything with a remarkable intimidating atmosphere. And speaking of intimidating, the ever-present threat of Mr. X stalking the Raccoon City Police Station always on the lookout, provides some of the most thrilling paranoia since Alien: Isolation. Resident Evil 2 demonstrates that bad tank-like control schemes, awful environmental visibility, and barely-functional combat is not what makes old survival-horror games scary, contrary to popular belief. Even with gun in-hand and shooting mechanics to back it up, Capcom’s astounding re-imagining of RE2 is beautifully horrific as well as a complete treat to play. Wow, what a great award show this has been. I hear that Geoff Keighley’s kicking a dildo in jealousy as I speak. The next award goes to a very good game, what I like, which is why it’s here. It’s Disco Elysium! [whoosh] Whooooosshhh! Well I, do I have to keep doing the, I feel like I should, it feels good when I- Disco Elysium is the kind of game that comes along once in a blue moon. A unique rarity, this detective tale is unlike anything you will have encountered in the RPG space. You’re a cop who partied so hard you can’t remember your identity, but unlike your typical amnesia story, getting your memory back might not be all that important to you. In fact, it could be an opportunity to be who you want to be, to start over, become a superstar cop who busts perps with style, a slick, no-nonsense professional, a communist, why not? However, given the bleak nature of the world and the many pitfalls along the way, it’s more than likely that, whatever you want to be, you’ll end up a complete garbage fire of a human being. Kinda like real life! Most of the game is dialogue, as you attempt to solve a murder case with your no-nonsense partner, Kim Kitsuragi. An array of memorable and enjoyable characters can be interacted with, and you’ll rely on the outcome of dice rolls to succeed various skillchecks while talking. What makes Disco Elysium so enjoyable, is that even failed checks can be entertaining and propel the story forwards. Most famously, you may try and come off as suave and sexy when chatting up a woman, only to fall a roll and blurt out “I want to have fuck with you.” Disco Elysium is funny as hell but grimly serious when it needs to be, and consistently enthralling throughout. Various speech and action skillchecks pertain to a vast number of abilities that can be enhanced with skillpoints and clothing options. Things like Inland Empire, which governs one’s ability to introspect and have gut feelings, or Authority, which allows the player to assert dominance more often. The more one invests in these abilities, the more powerful the abilities themselves are at influencing the player character. In fact, you can end up in arguments with your own skills, and they debate each other as they chip in to offer advice, coax you into responses, or otherwise aid your success or orchestrate your downfall. Your abilities are just aspects of your persona, after all. You can also acquire and equip thoughts along the way. And if you equip these thoughts long enough, they’ll become ingrained ideas with permanent stat boosts and penalties. For example, if you keep referring to yourself as a superstar, you’ll gain the thought “some kind of superstar” which, when first equipped, reduces your logic because it’s not a rational thought. Equipped for long enough, it still inflicts a logic penalty, but your skillcaps for various other abilities increases. It’s a great way to flesh out your character’s beliefs and persona in a way that has a mechanical impact. Disco Elysium can feel like playing a pen and paper RPG with a person naturally responding to your decisions so deep and comprehensive is the writing. And while the game tells a story of murder and deceit with a sense of dark humor, it’s also highly politically charged, with lengthy examinations on the absurdity of “advanced race theory,” the nature of communism, and the relative ‘merits’ of centrist viewpoints, and it manages a few solid gut punches along the way. Ridiculously clever, brilliantly written, and always compelling, Disco Elysium is an absolute masterwork. [Off-screen voice muttering]
Yeah but I just think it’s like, if I don’t do it, I won’t know it’s there. (off-screen) Doesn’t matter, doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter, it’s fine. Up next, it’s… Fuck! I’ve forgot it. I’m not doing, that’s not a bit. That’s not a bit. I’ve forgot what it was. Bloodstained! [Whoosh] Ritual of the Night. Wh– I wasn’t gonna! [static] Bloodstained is the Castlevania we’ve waited for that Konami was too stubborn to provide. A true successor to the series that gave us Symphony of the Night, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is brimming with creative energy so obvious as to be palpable. A visually gorgeous action platformer with an absolutely incredible soundtrack delivering a Metroidvania experience that delights from beginning to end. While you could easily describe the game as “Symphony of the Night but a bit different,” that’s precisely why I love it. In the vacuum left by Castlevania’s absence, a number of indie games have swept in to fill it, but Bloodstained does so with an added level of authenticity and style that cannot be quite matched. With tons of weapons and gear, abilities stolen from each enemy in the game, and a shedload of fun secrets dotted around a large and inter-connected castle, Bloodstained is packed with content designed to encourage even less-obsessive players to go for 100% completion. There’s tons to uncover, and it’s loads of fun uncovering it all. I absolutely love the monster designs in this game as well as some of the extravagant environments. I also appreciate that while it can be challenging in the early goings, as you build up your character, you can become ridiculously powerful to the point where starting a new game+ is a hilarious curbstomp in your favor. Few games allow you to become truly devastating, but this is the kind of game where it absolutely works. It’s a vibrant, gorgeous, engrossing action-platform experience that takes a few well-aimed potshots at Konami to boot. I’m glad I backed it, and I’m eager to see more. This game’s bloody brilliant, mate. What’s the next award? It’s The Outer Wooooooorlds! [whoosh] Put that in your accolades trailer, this is prestigious these awards are prestigious. Hello? [static] The Outer Worlds, like Bloodstained, is a spiritual successor to a critically-acclaimed game that provides a familiar touch with a lot of added vigor. Obsidian’s unofficial follow-up to Fallout: New Vegas, The Outer Worlds is simply better than its predecessor, in every single way. Its combat mechanics are rock solid, its story is wonderful, it’s bright and colorful visual style is appealing as all heck, and the supporting companions are just too likable for their own good. I mean it really is Fallout: New Vegas but better. A first-person shooter RPG with an expanding list of side quests, lots of characters to interact with, loads of weapons and armor to find, mod, and upgrade, a metric fuckton of skills to invest in, and a wry sense of humor supporting a story that mercilessly parodies unchecked rampant capitalism. You can see why I like it. One of the very early moments in the game involves a worker breaking the law by committing suicide, thereby vandalizing company property. That’s the moment this game had my undivided attention and it didn’t let go until I finished the game and was sad there wasn’t any more. The overt space capitalism of The Outer Worlds provides a very bleak atmosphere, but the witty writing and wonderful characters frequently punctuate it to stop things getting too miserable. And then there’s Parvati. One of the most adorable and relatable characters ever. It’s hard not to love her. The Outer Worlds is the kind of rich, flavorful, consistently-rewarding, solo RPG that the mainstream seems all too afraid of publishing these days. It takes what people used to love about Bethesda’s games, and does all of it better. All of it. Better writing, better combat, better performance, it’s just better. Obsidian built better worlds, like Weyland-Yutani, except it’s good! Not like Weyland-Yutani. Which was bad. And last [laughs, keeps laughing] and by.. no means.. least.. It’s A Plague Tale: Innocence A Plague Tale: Innocence is one of the biggest revelations of the year for me. I expected a creepy, skin-crawling horror game about swarming rats, and while A Plague Tale provides plenty of that, it offers so much more on top. As Amicia de Rune, players spend much of the game engaged in tense stealth gameplay as they keep Amicia’s brother Hugo out of the hands of the Inquisition. Meanwhile, that plague of killer rats frequently pops up to provide environmental challenges and some really icky moments. Ueeeuuugh. The stealth is quite linear in this game, and some may find that a detriment, but I personally highly approve. There’s generally only one way to sneak past enemies, one set path. I find that the linearity only enhances the atmosphere, as it allows the game to pace things so that enemies are always juuust about to catch you and if you keep moving, you can juuust stay out of sight. It adds a level of nerve-wracking pressure that can be as frightening as any traditional horror. Meanwhile, the rat swarms are dealt with by using fire to clear them away, or corpses to distract them, corpses upon which they’ll gather with nightmarish speed and ferocity. I adore the main characters and the overall plot. Amicia is a previously rather privileged kid who barely knows her isolated brother, but needs to get over her impatience with Hugo and learn to grow up fast as they navigate a hostile and treacherous world. Some truly haunting imagery enhances the whole affair, with gruesome war-torn battlefields and pastures filled with piles of plague-ridden animal bodies providing a disgusting but unforgettable glimpse of an unforgiving, brutal medieval world. Peppered throughout the stealth and rat puzzling are some sling-based combat sequences and a few thrilling chase scenes that have stuck in my memory since I last experienced them months ago. A Plague Tale is an evocative, scary, and ultimately endearing game with a moody visual style, wonderful voice performances, and rats. Lots and lots of rats. A Plaque Tale has stuck with me ever since I played it, and I don’t think it’s going away any time soon. And that’s why it’s one of my Games of the Year! So there. Raaaaaaaaats. [vacuum noises] That’s like the.. I’m sucking the awards back in because I’ve done them. You got that. What a great awards show it’s been, everyone. We’ve given out our five awards to the five Best Games of the Year and we didn’t give on to Death Stranding. Because it was rubbi- [static] Speaking of rubbish, next week it is the one time of year that people really come to my channel for anymore, it’s the Top Ten Shittiest Games of 2019 We’re doing our top ten shittiest games of the year, and.. it’s gonna be a good one! Not for any of the games in it, because.. they’re bad. They’re almost as bad as Death S- [static] So anyway! That’s it from me, tatty bye. Have a good one. Byyyeeeee. Thank God for me, byyeeee. Support us on Patreon please, byyeee. You don’t have to but it would be nice, byyyeeee. (quietly) I hope you liked the awards, byyyee. (quietly) bye, bye, bye, bye… You’re shaking your head. Are you not gonna shrink me down with an effect? [static, chiptune music outtro]

Comments (100)

  1. Fallout 76 better win shittiest game of the year again.

  2. These were all meh.

  3. How many games are in your top five again . . . ?

  4. Ugh… Jim, you must have loved The Last Jedi in that case…

  5. Best. Intro. Ever.

  6. Have a Merry one, Sir, as I force my entire family to say two prayers over our festive dinner table – one that's traditional for whoever might care about religious rituals (paganistic in origin, but, again, whatever) and an entirely separate one – for which everyone stands up and puts a hand on their digital device, the other – on their hearts, and thanks all dieties from the currently regarded ones to yestermillenia's fresh hip god figures – thank them for you, naturally. None other beside myself in my entire family has any lthing to do with gaming but see if I care about that or not, "I dare ya, I DOUBLE DARE YA, m******cka, ask "Jim Who?" one more goddamn time!!! "
    But seriously, I hope you have joy, happiness and fullfilment in bundles upon bundles in life, Jim, and I sincerely thank YOU for you. The world I imagine would feel severely… well, WRONG in a parralel uni (not as in university, right, instead uni as in a universe – just a note for any younger readers of this here mighty decent comment section) where you don't exist (or do, but aren't YOU but rather a gereric wanker model of basicness).
    Thank you for you – cause I don't have to live in a universe like aforementioned one, but THE CORRECT one 🙂
    Sterling/Mani Calavera (post mortem) 2020 yall and I'm out.

  7. Personally DMC5 won me over this year and I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking for a blast. After an 11-year wait for a true Devil May Cry game it was far better and more satisfying than we ever could have imagined.

    Microtransactions? Gamer Guru has a three minute video on how to use one weapon in one level to farm infinite Red Orbs by holding down one button and doing nothing else, making the microtransaction for Red Orbs completely redundant. Talk about a developer sticking it to corporate heads in the most passive aggressive way possible.

  8. wait i thought jim didnt put things with microtransactions for goty awards?

  9. hey jim you forgot

  10. This list is LEGIT…………..and the true real GoTY

  11. I would actually love a VHS filter for RE2

  12. Capcom does minimal bullshit?

    yeah i love having to preorder the deluxe edition of a singleplayer game to get all of the stuff you should get included for free

    and red orbs ???

  13. The Outer world is not a follow up to New Vegas, it is absolutely nothing like it! Sure, it borrows the VATS style system from Fallout and the diaglogue trees but story wise it's nothing like NV whatsoever. Good game but Fallout it aint!

  14. Like the editing on this one

  15. I wish to have a rotating Sterling for my very own, any plans for one in a merch regard would be Golden.

  16. Imagine a Jimquisition without starring Jim Sterling?? Like "oh hey guys it's my show here Guru Larry!"

  17. Really great list this year

  18. Looking forward to Skeletor's picks next week

  19. Disco elysium is amazing and underrated by the general public. It needs to go to consoles asap

  20. Not a great year for games.

  21. Thank the Gods for Jim Sterling and his witty videos.

  22. F me, Jim Sterling, what's the matter with you? Why haven't you given a positive review to 'Fallout 76'?
    Just a middle finger? That is some Christmas present! I'm sure you broke Tod's heart.

    You are everything going wrong with this industry.

    Merry Fcking Christmas everyone.

  23. I like the interaction between you two. Y'all should do it more often.

  24. No Children of Morta? ☹️

  25. Jimmy is so chubba his hat even jiggles ? i love you Jim! You’re a quality human being ??❤️

  26. The Intro and Outro Song is the best thing on the internet, besides Jim himself, ofc.

  27. 11:00 I heard Outer Worlds is bad
    but I also heard it's fucking great – I heard that first

  28. Jim Sterling gave one of his top spots to the outer worlds? That makes me want to visit his patreon.

  29. Thank the Gods for Jim.

  30. Cant beleive he didnt get green day for his award ceremony

  31. fuck !, the outer worlds is one of those game,s i forgot i wanted and it,s to late for daddy christmas to bring it to me now , FUUUCK !!

  32. This is not an actual narrow screen. My spare crt monitor is sad and disappointed now 🙁

  33. I always check out your games of the year list to see if I missed anything. It's I how I found out about the Daniel Mullins games that blew me away. I'll check out Disco Elysium for sure.

    But, while Bloodstained is indeed a good game, it just felt rushed at the end, and they added way to many pieces of equipment that turned out to just be worthless. As far as Metroidvania games this past year I felt that Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom was a slum dunk.

  34. Jim, you gotta stop taking yourself so seriously. 😛

  35. Jeff Kinney? Dildo?

  36. It makes perfect sense to me that you suck the awards in again after you’re done with the list; you need those for next year. That’s the price of running a zero budget award show.

  37. That screen at the beginning made me nostalgia all over the inside of my trousers.

  38. I'm playing The Outer Worlds right now and I'm hooked… Excellent recommendations as always, Mr. Sterling…

  39. After seeing the opening presentation i believe Jim should go for the presidency.

  40. Happy xmas Jim – all the best for 2020

  41. I forgot Plague Tale even

  42. With music from Gadget Twins.

  43. With the amount of budget that went into this one video I'm expecting all of next year's videos to be shot at the side of the local Walmart.

  44. Oof, if i could rate how bad the games were this year, I'd give them a 8/10. Fallen Order is one of the only games I want this year, and even that is short AF.

  45. When is China going to make a plastic action figure of Jim Sterling?
    I'd buy one for my desk that's for sure!

  46. love the recent editing Jim, keep up the good work 🙂

  47. Thank you for remembering Plague Tale (Tail?). Most people forget games after the new shiny comes out. It's a masterful addition to the genre. Which is stealth puzzling. Or something. With some stat and ability buying. So an RPG kind of. Yea, we'll go with that.

  48. Parvati is best girl.

  49. Bloodstained was really good, but I ended up liking Timespinner more overall. Ah, Timespinner was 2018, it just only came to the Xbox One in 2019.

  50. no pathologic 2? like, really? wtf

  51. Hey Jim, can you do positive videos just a tad more frequently?

    I first discovered you when I saw his video "The Addictive Cost of Predatory Video Game Monetization." It was a huge eye-opener for me about just how unethical and just how intentionally malicious the loot box system was. I knew it was a bad game design trend, but since I don't play games that have them, I never realized that they were genuinely harmful to people. Prior to that video, I thought that loot boxes were kind of like Horse Armor or Day-1 DLC … bad game design, but not the sort of line-crossing and outright predatory conduct that you would expect from drug lords, not the video game industry.

    However, nearly every Jimquisition video I saw after that has been almost exclusively negative … negative … negative. The only truly positive Jimquisition I saw since then was "The Political Agenda of Dark Souls," where you analyzed what you consider to be left-wing symbolism behind the Dark Souls franchise. That's it. That's literally the only truly positive Jimquisition video you have released all year!

    The closest you get to another positive video was "Games that Embarass the AAA Gaming Industry." However, even that was still intended as an attack on the majority of AAA games today, just a slightly more jestful attack.

    Other than that, the only times you've ever said anything positive on your channel is when you're reporting bad guys and/or bad companies getting their just desserts, like that time you reported about the UK Parliament calling the loot box trend out on its bullshit. But even that's still starting out by reporting something depressing (the rise of loot boxes) before you can get to the positivity.

    Look, I can understand why you want to educate your audience about all the bad shit going on in the video game industry. People need to know about these things. Raising awareness of the problem is the only way it's going to get any better.

    But at the same time, don't you understand that you have to mix the sweet with the sour?

    Look at more conventional news. Sure, they cover things like political scandals and natural disasters and terrorist attacks and other super-depressing shit like that. But they also include things like sports coverage and charity events. They understand that you have to include some happy stories from time to time, because people don't like to see only constantly depressing news that merely tells us that we're living in a dystopia.

    I understand that you're not trying to depress the shit out of your audience, but that is nevertheless what is happening if you only focus on the negative and almost never on the positive.

    You've shown, with your political analysis of Dark Souls, that you are very much capable of doing some truly positive and uplifting video content. So why don't you make your channel a nice 50/50 split between the good and the bad?

  52. I got $70 of Steam dosh for Christmas, and I got Disco Elysium because Jim put it here.
    Best investment I've ever made

  53. Pretty sure I could/would watch that intro endlessly looped forever.

  54. 5 best games … is that all were getting …. FU jim

  55. Bloodstained freezes in its loading screen every time I die, and then i have to reboot it. Shame because it is a fun game.

  56. If the games are good, why isn't the title "The Jimpression Game Of The Year Awards"? I was expecting the 5 worst cases you did last year.

  57. Take a shot of acid everytime Jim says five

  58. Did you really just call the combat in outer worlds "superior"? I know I should respect that game for what it represents, but I certainly dont have to like it. And I dont. It makes no sense since one of my all time favorites is New Vegas. I wish I did, but the combat is so ass that I cant enjoy anything else about it.

  59. What a great list! ?

  60. The idea that Outer Worlds is getting DLC is something that fills me with legitimate excitement. I only recently played Dead Money, Honest Hearts, Old World Blues, and Lonesome Road, all DLCs for New Vegas that were varied, unique to each other, wacky to a degree that kept in line with their plots, and best of all, were connected when you discover all the tiny threads hidden in the world that weaved together an overarching narrative, and if the same geniuses that made those A+ DLC chapters for a spectacular game like New Vegas are working on DLC for Outer Worlds, then that is truly something to look forward to. I cannot wait to see what they come up with!

  61. The only thing I can say about your Game Awards is: Thank you Jim.

  62. Jim, you frequently bash AAA publishers and many AAA games and we all enjoy it, but one thing you seem to have not been talking about lately is your role as the Steam Cleaner.

    Now with so many bad games both from asset flippers and AAA live services, calling out the good indie stuff is more important than ever. People will still play crap if they don't know how much good stuff is out there.

    Nobody knows the ins and outs of what's great and not in the indie world better than the Steam Cleaner. Will he back on the Jimquisition any time soon? Because the world needs him!

  63. love the 80's aesthetic

  64. I wish Disco Elysium and Outer Worlds had been able to keep me playing but they were sadly disappointing. Glad to see someone likes them so much.

  65. Jim you have a copy cat online !

  66. i know it's late in the year now, but for 2020 you should really consider looking into day of dragons development hell
    hardcoding bans into the game code (blatantly against steam ToS), releasing a "game" made up entirely off purchased assets and nothing more…
    all the good stuff

  67. 5 games! Mua ha ha ha!

  68. He could have made the first line's rhyme.

  69. I loved the intro +_+

  70. I'd have to go with;
    Resident Evil 2
    Pathologic 2
    Death Stranding
    Disco Elysium

  71. Rise of THE Skywalker was absurd, BUT it is a Star Wars movie, ergo, ideo, it was awesome

  72. Death stranding. Fight me. Haha

  73. You know, it's funny. Despite the majority of Jim's career him being a game critic, I've gotten so used to him tearing the "AAA" industry apart that I sometimes forget how good of a critic of individual games he really is.

    This was a nice reminder!

  74. Just remember NOT to get bloodstained on switch …..

  75. Those cat moves and editing are next level of coolnes.

  76. You weren't lying, that's a very Jim Sterling top 5.
    None of these can even hold a candle to Sekiro or DMC5, far as I'm concerned.

  77. Best top five ever ???

  78. Excellent production value as always from the interwebby land. Agree with all your choices. Outer Worlds is my number one

  79. The Outter Worlds is Garbage, less content, freedom and even more stream lined than Fallout 4, also filled with a feminist, SJW agenda. Huge disappointment for me.

  80. Prediction for the worst games:
    -tony clancys breaking point
    -wwe 2k20
    -shenmue 3
    And maybe rage 2 because jim is a fuckhead ?

  81. 3:38 this is so much better than the VGA. Just because you actually focus on the games of the year and not focusing on marketing next year games.

    Also I love the your art work. I get that early save by the bell with cyberpunk feel

  82. Tech Noir intro maybe…

  83. This was the Star Wars Episode 1 of Jimquisitions.
    And you were JarJar Binks

  84. As someone with a wait-and-see approach toward buying games, imagine my surprise when I realized that I already owned 3 of the 5 Jim mentioned.

    As much as the business model for AAA games has generally sucked lately, 2019 truly was a great year for games if you know where to look, and there are some expected releases for 2020 that I'm also looking forward to.

    Of course, I think what we're all truly looking forward to is next week's Bethesda dance…

  85. Nice show Jim Sterling. Can't wait to enjoy your shittiest game list.

  86. That slap at CleanPrinceGaming though. Fuck his channel

  87. You are a massive fan of dynasty warriors of course you wouldn’t put DMCV on here.


  89. Lmao that death stranding burn

  90. The Outer Worlds??? Lol. Play "Days Gone" and don't believe the lies, people. Days Gone is the best game I played this year.

  91. Fash Art (derived from Fascisм), isn't it cool Jimmy.

  92. I'd have to disagree on the "Fallout new vegas but better" part tbh.

  93. Comic sans. You monsters 😛
    Also "merits" of centrism. That pause was great.

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