This year, in particular, has been a landmark year for several franchises, developers and publishers. With brilliant titles being in great supply thanks to their hard work and dedication. So as fans, we have had a cavalcade of content to help us through this testing and uncertain time. With this in mind, we thought it would be fun to run through our top games of 2020 and give some opinions on the cream of the crop this year. Of course, this list will be subjective so be sure to give us your views in the comments section below. However, without further delay, here are our top ten games of 2020.
10. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
First up we have the PS Plus free downloadable content that took the gaming world by storm. This game asked you to complete a series of wacky tasks akin to Japanese gameshow Takeshi’s Castle, all the while aiming to keep your wobbly tic-tac character on two feet. The game has a vibrant art style, has had a great deal of content added since launch and still has a healthy player base and its easy to see why. It’s the perfect example of family fun, multiplayer mayhem and that’s why we have it in our top ten this year.
Making an E-sports worthy franchise can be a tricky one. You have to make the game is commercially popular, ensure the core mechanics, game balance and game modes are perfectly crafted and obviously, you have to make it look good and play well. For many, this task proves too much but for Valorant, this was a hurdle they would clear with ease. The game offers one of the finest competitive multiplayer experiences since Overwatch. The modes are fun, the community is booming and we only see this one growing as time goes on. If you haven’t tried this one, be sure to check it out.
8. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed has had a hard time in recent years, with a series of buggy titles marring the reputation of the series. However, in recent years, the series has changed it’s identity, offering some of the most awe inspiring open worlds on the market and these games like Oddessy and Origins have built a foundation for Ubisoft to create Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. This title has an incredible world to explore, a gripping narrative, impeccable visuals, especially on the next-gen version of this title and the time period this game explores is one of the most interesting in years. If you are sceptical whether this is a return to form for the series and whether you should invest your time and money, we say take the plunge, this game is the best Assassin’s Creed in years.
Media Molecule has always been known for their quirky approach to game development. Just take LittleBigPlanet or Tearaway: Unfolded as examples of that. However, even for them, Dreams seemed out of the box. In this title, you are given the tools to create anything you can think of. This sounds like hyperbole but in practice, the limit really is your skill with the building tools and your imagination. Players have created recreations of famous games, brand new IP’s of their own and there is even a strange meme culture within the community. It’s hard to do it justice without a controller in your hand but we assure you, this game is a real triumph.
6. Doom: Eternal
What can we say, if you liked Doom from 2016, then you’ll love this new and improved entry in the series. This one keeps the quintessential fast-paced, non-stop action that the series is known for. However, it adds more weapons, narrative, a focus on platforming and many other details that make this one much more than just a rehash of Doom 2016. The visuals are a step up from the last outing. Plus, the carnage you inflict is just as visceral and gory. So in short, it’s everything you would want from a Doom title. If you haven’t checked this one out, be sure to jump in and kill some demons for us.
5. Ghost of Tsushima
Samurai games have always been a mixed bag. Tenchu, Ninja Gaiden, Blood Will Tell and Ninjabread Man all culminate to tell you exactly what you need to know. However, Ghosts of Tsushima transcends this group, standing out in a league of its own. This one has arguably the most jaw dropping visuals on this list. Plus, the gameplay is meticulously put together to offer a harsh but fair difficulty akin to that of the Soulsborne series. Then on top of this, the story is one that is paced beautifully and will have the player invested from start to end. If you haven’t invested in this one, we urge you to do so, especially since this one is now co-op friendly too.
We love it when an indie title breaks from its shackles and challenges the big boys for accolades. Journey, Celeste and Undertale have done it in the past and this year was the turn of Hades. This intelligently made hack and slash title has you battle to escape from hell, deal with the gods of Greek mythology and treats you to some of the most refined and slick gameplay you’ll experience on the market today. Seeing as this title comes from the studio that made Bastion, Transistor and Pyre, we really shouldn’t be all that surprised that this game is such a world-beater. So if you haven’t checked out this indie masterpiece, be sure to grab this one soon.
3. Final Fantasy VII Remake
Ever since early 1997, we as gamers have been captivated by the Final Fantasy series thanks to this title. So it was only fitting that this game got the polish that it deserved. Remasters simply weren’t going to cut it and in the end, Square Enix produced a remake that captures all the magic of the initial title and drags it into the modern era. The combat is cleverly adapted to fit the RTS format, the story is familiar but not identical, offering some unexpected twists and turns. Then, of course, the visuals are simply breathtaking. So if you want to relive your childhood, there is no better way than playing this impeccable remake.
2. Half-Life: Alyx
Even as far back as a year ago, if we mentioned that a VR title would take second spot on a game of the year list, we would have been laughed out of town. However, thanks to Valve reviving their iconic Half Life series, VR finally has a game to champion. The title offers some of the most intricate, visually stunning and realistic gameplay you’ll find on the VR market. The way you move is true to reality, the story offers more exposition around the events between Half Life and Half Life 2 and overall, it’s a game that offers a certain validity to VR as a platform. So if you have a VR headset, this one is a no-brainer.
1. The Last of Us Part 2
Then lastly, we have the game of the year by the studio of the year, The Last of Us Part 2. This game had a wealth of controversies before and after launch, problems that would have probably ruined lesser titles. However, this game weathered the storm and produced one of the most gripping and visually stunning games of the year. The story is phenomenal as we have come to expect from Naughty Dog, the characters are all portrayed impeccably by the cast. The game sounds amazing, plays amazing, the new game mechanics added since the last title are amazing. We keep saying amazing and unapologetically so because this game truly lives up to the hype it created. If you somehow haven’t played this yet, we wholeheartedly urge you to do so.
So that’s our list of the top ten games of 2020. What do you think of this list? Do you agree with our picks? What games would you have included instead? Let us know in the comments section below and thank you for reading.