The Year In Video Game Skies, 2019

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Year In ReviewYear In ReviewWe look back at the highs, lows, surprises, and standouts in and around video games this year.

Despite video games’ best efforts to make me spend my time staring down at the floor and picking up random junk, I keep looking up to the skies above and the stars beyond. 2019 was full of lovely depictions of both.

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This is the third annual collection of video game skies, and each year I’m amazed by just how many good ones there are. This year was no different, full of beautiful gradients, blazing sunsets, and trippy space-scapes. As this console generation comes in for a landing, the sky-tech is on full blast, in cutting edge blockbusters and indie games alike. But every year far more games come out than I could possible ever play, and even enlisting the help of my Kotaku colleagues, there are still plenty of games with dazzling sights that didn’t make it into this year’s roundup. So please dig through your screen cap archives and join me in the comments below to share some of your personal favorite skies from 2019.


The Long Dark

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Screenshot: Riley MacLeod (The Long Dark )
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The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr

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Screenshot: Joshua Rivera (The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr)

The Stillness Of The Wind

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Screenshot: Ethan Gach (The Stillness Of The Wind)
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The Division 2

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Screenshot: Ethan Gach (The Division 2)
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Anthem

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Screenshot: Ethan Gach (Anthem )
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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

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Screenshot: Natalie (Degraffinried)
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Days Gone

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Screenshot: Joshua Rivera (Days Gone)
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Life Is Strange 2

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Screenshot: Gita Jackson (Life Is Strange 2)
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Rage 2

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Outer Wilds

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Screenshot: Nathan Grayson (The Outer Wilds )
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198X

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Screenshot: Ethan Gach (198X)
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Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

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Screenshot: Heather Alexandra (Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers)
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Gears 5

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Screenshot: Ethan Gach (Gears 5)
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Control

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Screenshot: Ethan Gach (Control )
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Concrete Genie

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Borderlands 3

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Screenshot: Ethan Gach (Borderlands 3)
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Hitman 2

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Screenshot: Riley MacLeod (Hitman 2)
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The Outer Worlds

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Screenshot: Gita Jackson (The Outer Worlds )
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Destiny 2: Shadowkeep

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Screenshot: Ethan Gach (Destiny 2: Shadowkeep )
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Grand Theft Auto Online

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Screenshot: Zack Zwiezen (Grand Theft Auto V)
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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

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Screenshot: Ethan Gach (Star Wars Jedi: The Fallen Order)
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Death Stranding

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The Touryst

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Screenshot: Ethan Gach (Touryst)
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Shenmue III

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Screenshot: Heather Alexandra (Shenmue 3)
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Shovel Knight: King of Cards

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DISCUSSION

The best? You pretty much showed us them all there, I think :)

You only forgot Ace Combat 7 - arguably a game, that is actually, mostly about the skies :)