The gaming community is currently thriving off of new releases, old favorites, and reinvented classics on new platforms. Personally, I’m loving the communal interest in creative and competitive gaming. Ranked by my personal favorites, here are the hottest games in the gaming community recently.
1 — My absolute favorite game right now is a stealth game called Untitled Goose Game. In the game, you play a mischievous goose and wreak havoc in the village. The art style is simple but incredibly pretty. If you want to watch a good playthrough that showcases the chaos-potential of the game, then I’d recommend watching Call Me Kevin’s playthrough of it. The game is available on PC, Mac, and the Nintendo Switch for you to play yourself.
2- Despite never playing it myself, I’ve gotten really into the Minecraft revival recently. You may remember Minecraft being popular mostly from 2012 to 2015, but what I find interesting is that it never really fell out of popularity. Even in 2018, Minecraft had 91 million unique players log in every month compared to Fortnite’s 78 million in 2018. The whole reason it became popular in the first place is because of the freedom the game allows players to do whatever they want. There’s something hypnotizing about watching Minecraft playthroughs and seeing the endless amount of creativity people seem to have.
3- I know Mario Kart Tour is popular right now but honestly, I prefer the Nintendo Switch version. The controls on the phone are vastly inferior to the Switch and I don’t like how races only last two laps. However, the hype of the first week was pretty fun, especially sharing codes with friends and being able to play this iconic game basically whenever you want. One thing I’ve noticed about Nintendo apps is that they get unbelievingly popular the first few weeks and then fade out but maintain a sizeable amount of users. With apps such as Pokémon GO, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and now Mario Kart Tour, Nintendo makes its most iconic game series more accessible.
4- I was a bit hesitant to include I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator because I have a natural distrust of the personification of brands. If you don’t know, I Love You, Colonel Sanders is a dating game created by KFC as a marketing strategy. I ended up including this game anyway because it’s popular at the moment, and I think the art is pretty cool. The game follows the same structure as most dating games but with more images of steaming biscuits and fried chicken. It is good for a couple laughs, if not a total bastardization of a legitimate game genre. It kind of irks me because it makes that whole genre of games look cheap but whatever, I guess.
5- Magic: The Gathering Arena, is a collectible card strategy game published by Wizards of the Coast. One of the reasons why it’s so popular is because it’s free to download on PC. It’s also gained popularity recently due to increased marketing on platforms like YouTube. The game creators have taken it upon themselves to sponsor popular YouTubers to promote their game as well as spreading more ads. Out of all the games on this list, this one is the most niche. Magic: The Gathering is mainly for people who are super interested in fantasy elements like magic and mystical creatures.
All in all, 2019 was a great year for gaming with new games coming out as well as old games becoming popular again. The rest of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 also look promising, especially for Nintendo games. Games like Pokémon Sword and Shield coming out November 15 this year, Animal Crossing: New Horizons coming out in March of next year, and the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild coming out god knows when. Overall, I’m hyped about all the new games coming out recently and all the upcoming games.