While my favorite game is almost certainly going to end up Spider-Man, I do want to throw out a nomination for Vampyr. I picked it up after being infected by Patrick’s enthusiasm about how interesting, even if flawed, it is and I have to say it’s ended up being one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had all year — especially playing in the dark. The investigation interactions (needing info before opening new lines of dialogue, etc.) were fun and unlike most things I’ve played, and I loved the atmosphere and most of the writing and voice acting. And I also thought it was surprisingly more political (and interestingly so) than I’d anticipated coming into it. I even found the combat to be not as bad as I’d expected from Patrick’s complaints (not that it’s a reason to suggest the game, but it didn’t drag down my opinion of the game as much for me as I think it did for him).
Probably going to nom Forza Horizon 4 as well just because of the pure joy (plus, it was my first Horizon game).