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. For the final nominee, Rhain Radford-Burns talks about the joy of Untitled Goose Game, and why it is more than worthy of a win tomorrow.
Untitled Goose Game, despite its seemingly incomplete title, was somewhat of a landmark moment for video games. People who never play video games were suddenly interested. There’s no needlessly complicated control scheme, or deeply complex gameplay systems, or open world filled to the brim with monotonous collectibles—there is simply a Goose, his honk, and many angry villagers.
Untitled Goose Game is incredibly simplistic in its design, and it is all the better for it. The nearly-faceless villagers manage to convey their expressions perfectly, making the theft of their property even more enjoyable. The design of the environments is basic but incredibly effective, making each level an absolute joy to explore. And, despite only being made up of three colours, the Goose itself stands out in every level, its distinctive honk wreaking havoc wherever it goes.
Every element of Untitled Goose Game adds to its joy—from the responsive, child-like music, to the tip-taps of the Goose’s feet—and it is more than worthy of a spot among our Best Games of 2019.
Check out the other nominees for Best Game here:
- Children of Morta
- Close to the Sun
- Death Stranding
- Disco Elysium
- Katana Zero
- Resident Evil 2
- Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
- The Outer Worlds
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.