We look at the top ten best games of 2020 which provided us the ultimate escape from reality we desperately needed in a year of uncertainty.
2020 was a challenging year for people around the globe. For a year of uncertainty and everyone trying to stay safe from the comfort of their home, gaming found a way to flourish more than ever. Gaming is known as one of the best of the best coping mechanisms for an individual. As a means of escape from real-life problems, people needed it more than ever.
We saw releases of some exceptional games in 2020 and some disappointing ones *looking at you CAPCOM & CDPR* but rest assured, it was another great chapter added to the golden age of gaming.
We rank the Top Ten games we found to be better than the rest. But some things to note first:
-Remastered games do not count as they are enhanced versions of games that may have been released before 2020.
-Remakes DO count as entries as they are new games made from the scratch
Now, let’s dive into the list:
10. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Platform(s): Playstation 4, Playstation 5
Insomniac Games hit it out of the ballpark with their critically acclaimed game of Marvel’s Spider-Man in 2018. But Peter Parker isn’t the only wall-crawler swinging across the skyline of New York City. Steps in, Miles Morales, his apprentice, takes on the mantle of our favorite webhead in the absence of his mentor.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales received critical acclaim, with critics praising its visuals, combat, story, and take on Miles’ character. Some mechanics like web-swinging received minor tweaks to suit Miles’ power and aesthetics.
We sure had fun playing this game, and it is a must one for every Spidey fan out there!
9. Call of Duty: Warzone
Platform(s): Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, XBOX One, XBOX Series X/S
The free-to-play Battle Royale genre popularized by PlayerUnknownBattlegrounds and Fortnite became nothing less than a cultural phenomenon. Many companies start to initiate their take on the genre, and it was only a matter of time that the most popular First Person Shooter franchise, Call of Duty, hopped on the bandwagon.
Hence, their answer came in with Call Of Duty: Warzone, an expansion of 2019’s game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. It was no surprise that it rose among the popularity compared to its competition in the genre, with over 100 Million active users.
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, macOS, Microsoft Windows
Stunningly crafted with beautiful art designs, Supergiant Games’ HADES exceeded all expectations. This action RPG dungeon crawler game uses hack & slash combat mechanics as players control Zagreus, the son of Greek God Hades. Players control him to fight through the wave of monsters to escape from beneath to Underworld and reach Mount Olympus.
Hades received critical acclaim for its narrative, art design, and contextual storytelling. It is also the recipient of the Game of The Year title from IGN & BAFTA and has truly earned its place on our list.
7. Ghost of Tsushima
Platform(s): Playstation 4
If this were a list of the most beautiful & aesthetically pleasing looking games of 2020, then Ghost of Tsushima would easily take the number 1 spot. Sucker Punch’s take on the Samurai genre is one of this generation’s most stunning-looking games. Set on the Island of Tsushima during the Mongol invasion of Japan, the player controls Jin Sakai, an honorable Samurai, they fight to liberate the island from the strong enemies.
The combat system of Ghost of Tsushima would test the player’s reflexes as the game provides a complete samurai experience for the players. Although, you might end up spending more time exploring the surroundings and using photo mode than playing the story.
6. DOOM ETERNAL
Platform(s): Microsoft Windows, Google Stadia, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch
Doom Eternal is the fifth installment of iD Software’s longstanding first-person shooter franchise, DOOM. The fast-paced action shooter occurs in a fictional world of planet Earth being consumed by Hell. You control Doomguy to kill demons and try to save humanity from extermination.
The game’s environment and the setting are nothing less than gorgeous, and you are accompanied by kick-ass music as you go on a demon-killing spree. The single-player campaign submerges you into its world as there’s not a single dull moment in the entire playthrough.
5. Among Us
Platform: Android, IOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, XBOX One, XBOX Series X/S
“SUS!” You may have heard that term somewhere across social media channels. Short for “Suspect,” this short-abbreviation slang was popularized by Innersloth’s game, Among Us. Although it initially launched in 2018, the game didn’t pick up in popularity until 2020 during COVID Pandemic.
The gameplay is as simple as it gets. The setting takes place in space; the players take on two roles: either a Crewmate or an Imposter. The goal of crewmates is to complete given tasks, and the imposter’s goal is to kill each of them before they finish it. A player suspected of being an Imposter can get ejected via a plurality vote initiated by calling an emergency meeting upon discovering a dead crewmate. Crewmates win if they complete their given tasks or all Imposters get expelled, and Imposters win if there are an equal number of Crewmates & Imposters.
The game is an enjoyable one to play with your friends and a favorite for murder/mystery genre fans.
4. THE LAST OF US PART II
Platform(s): Playstation 4, Playstation 5
Naughty Dog’s sequel to their 2013’s survival/horror game, The Last of Us, was shredded in controversy even before its launch. A lot of players were premeditatedly upset upon plot revelations, and the game was review-bombed on release.
Regardless, putting aside the controversies, when you eventually start to play the game, it submerges you into its environment, scenery, plot, and most crucial factor of any game; the gameplay.
Ellie’s journey continues in a quest comprising of forgiveness, the cycle of hatred & how there are two sides to every story. You are forced to look at each situation from a different perspective in a test of the character’s morality. When you finish the game, you will realize the world of The Last of Us doesn’t consist of light & darkness anymore, it is simply a grey world.
It was more than just a game; it makes you empathize with characters and feel their emotions. Angry or sad, the game perfectly achieves its goal in some way or another.
3. ANIMAL CROSSINGS: NEW HORIZONS
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
Who doesn’t love life simulation games? The feel of a grand escape to a world where you can customize it according to your will is a thought everyone has had at least once in their lifetime.
Assuringly, that is the premise of Nintendo’s new Animal Crossings game. Upon receiving a getaway package, the player moves to a deserted island and starts to customize it to create a community of their own. It captures the vision and creativity of the player as they try to create an island standing different in comparison to other islands in the community.
New Horizon’s simple gameplay provides the ultimate experience of escape from reality people around the world so desperately needed in the COVID pandemic.
2. FALL GUYS: ULTIMATE KNOCKOUT
Platform(s): Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4, Android, IOS, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch
Most of us grew up with game shows like Takeshi’s Castle & Wipeout. That is what Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout takes its inspiration. Fall Guys is also one of the best multiplayer games you could play and enjoy with your friends.
An online Battle Royale game where you compete with other players to finishing challenging but fun obstacles. 40-60 players can participate in one turn, with several players getting eliminated in each round and the rest advancing onto the next stage.
There’s a diverse number of obstacles to choose from for each round. The surviving players then advance to the final round, where they compete against each other to crown the last man standing as the winner. Fall Guys is a type of heartwarming game that is all about having fun where very few would feel like a loser if they don’t win.
And our best game for the year 2020 is….
1. FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE
Platform(s): Playstation 4, Playstation 5
Yes, SquareEnix’s remake of 1997’s popular action-RPG game, Final Fantasy VII, is our pick for Game of The Year 2020. To see original characters Cloud, Tifa, Aerith, Barrett & Sephiroth return in re-designed models raises the emotion of nostalgia to the highest level. Midgar also looks more beautiful than ever.
The amalgamation of stunning graphics, visuals, story, characters & hack and slash combat mechanics submerged in a campaign lasting around 35-40 hours makes sure the gamer gets his money worth ultimately. You also have a pleasing & haunting soundtrack to accompany you on your campaign journey.
The boss battles are challenging but fun. Each boss requires different strategies to fight, and You also have various team members in your party to assist you in battle. How you use their abilities and skills is strictly up to you. The game, although having some open-world elements, follows a linear narrative which drew some criticism. Rest assured, the pros of FFVII overwhelmingly outweigh the cons, and it is one game you don’t want to miss out on playing!