In the lead-up to our Best of 2019 ceremony on March 7, OnlySP will be running through each of our Best Game nominees to discuss why each title deserves to win the highly coveted award. First up, Amy Davidson discusses why she believes Children of Morta deserves the win.
2019 was a great year for experimental takes on the roguelike genre, from the clever deck building of Slay the Spire to the third-person shooter style of Risk of Rain 2. The one most likely to devour hours of spare time, however, is Children of Morta, a stylish hack-and-slash loaded with polish and personality. Gameplay follows in the footsteps of Diablo, complete with hordes of enemies, slick moves on long cool-down timers, and epic boss encounters. Unlike other games in the genre, however, much of the unessential elements have been pared away. Dungeons are short, averaging twenty minutes a run, and loot is all but absent, only existing as temporary buffs to the player.
This cut back nature might seem like Children of Morta offers less than its contemporaries, but the laser focus on the core gameplay loop makes each play session of the game feel intense and rewarding. The difficulty is cranked up high, but even a terrible run is rewarded by some form of progression—a cutscene showing the family bonding, a slight buff to armour by visiting the blacksmith, or a better knowledge of a boss’s patterns before making a second attempt. Sporting stunningly smooth pixel animation and a narrator with a voice like liquid honey, Children of Morta is a thoroughly charming experience, and more than worthy of a top spot in our Best of 2019.
Check out the other nominees for Best Game here:
- Close to the Sun
- Death Stranding
- Disco Elysium
- Katana Zero
- Resident Evil 2
- Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
- The Outer Worlds
- Untitled Goose Game
And don’t forget to tune in to OnlySP’s Best of 2019 Awards ceremony at 3pm EST on March 7, 2020! Check out the full list of nominees here.
Which game are you hoping will win our award for Best Game? Let us know in the comments below, or make your case in our community Discord server with other fans of single-player games.