That's surprising, what other games have you played this year if I might ask.
Fire Emblem, Dragon Quest Builders 2, Resident Evil 2, Sekiro.. maybe a few others that I cannot recall. RE2 is my runner-up, just amazing game. I hated Sekiro and is my most disappointing game of the year, maybe all time.
The thing with Astral (at least for me) is every chapter gets better and better, with the last chapter being amazing. So the game just builds an epic feeling.