With the year ending, I decided now was a good time to look back at all the games I played in 2019 and reflect. This was a great year for gaming.


So here are my top 5 favorite new games of 2019.


5. Friday the 13th: The Game — This one is kind of a cheat. “Friday the 13th” originally released on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One in May 2017. But in August of this year, the game was ported to the Nintendo Switch, and that’s the version I’m writing about.


While some games ported from more powerful systems have struggled to run well on the Switch’s less powerful hardware, “Friday” performs great with just a minor visual downgrade.


4. Luigi’s Mansion 3 — The Luigi’s Mansion series has been Nintendo’s quirky spin-off to the Super Mario franchise. Like the other games in the series, Part 3 has Luigi trying to rescue his brother Mario and their friends while capturing ghosts with his trusty vacuum, the Poltergust. It’s cute, it’s funny, the puzzles are clever and the whole game is playable with a friend in co-op.


3. Resident Evil 2 — Back in the ’90s, “Resident Evil 2” was one of my favorite games on the original PlayStation console. It improved on the original in every way. This year, we received an incredible remake of that classic horror game. The game keeps the scares and tense atmosphere of the original while showing off some of the best graphics ever seen in a video game.


2. Return of the Obra Din — This is the most original game I have played not only in 2019 but in a long time. The game has you playing as an insurance adjuster in the early 1800s who has to go aboard the recently discovered East India Company ghost ship the Obra Din and discover what happened to the ship and its crew.


Although the graphics are 3D, they’re designed to look like the monochromatic graphics from the old games on the Macintosh computers.


1. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — I did a full column with my reactions to this game. In short, this is one of the best Star Wars stories to be told since Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012 and it has the gameplay to match.


Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached at dricketts@thedestinlog.com. He is currently playing "Star Wars Battlefront 2" and “Return of the Obra Din.” You can find him to play online through his PlayStation Network ID: DustRAG316.