2020 has had a lot of lows but the video game industry has been soaring. With more people playing more than ever thanks to easier access to acclaimed titles. While obtaining a new-generation system has been near impossible by many, mostly due to retailers failing to implement prudent measures against scalpers, many were still able to enjoy the best games of 2020 thanks to companies like Microsoft offering more ways to play games with Game Pass. With that let us list the best games of 2020 from action-adventure to the game of the year of 2020.
Winner: Ghost of Tsushima
The tale of Jin Sakai as he abandons his samurai ideals taught to him since birth and takes on the identity of the Ghost is one not worth missing. Jin slowly takes on the role as he exercises stealth and poison to kill his enemies and eventually take down the Mongols led by Khotun Khan. A master tactician who uses his knowledge of the samurai code and taking over key areas to force the people in Tsushima to work for him for both security and food.
Winner: Ghost of Tsushima
The incredible landscape of Tsushima features a dense array of locations, both adding the environmental diversity and intensity of battle. It’s a glorious world full of rich landscapes made for photo mode and best of all Sucker Punch incorporated the visuals into the gameplay. Allowing Jin to navigate the world using the wind.
Winner: DOOM Eternal
A soundtrack so legendary that it has become a meme. DOOM Eternal’s soundtrack provides both a sense of nostalgia and modern hardcore action as the player rips and tears through hordes of demons because the only thing they fear is you.
Winner: No Straight Roads
No Straight Roads starts off as a simple game about overthrowing tyrants in a position of power but at the end highlights that brash actions can often lead to short-term results. Mayday and Zuke’s journey through Vinyl City offers an incredible array of musical scores and beautiful boss fights. Each one uniquely designed with complementary elements linked to their musical genre. Offering incredibly themed boss fights against a DJ, classical star, boy band, and more.
Final Fantasy XIV
Winner: Final Fantasy XIV
Final Fantasy XIV has come a long way since the failed versions. Revitalizing the game into A Realm Reborn Final Fantasy XIV has become one of the most played MMORPGs ever made. With over 20 million players and massive challenges, Final Fantasy XIV continues to grow with more expansions and new hurdles to overcome.
Winner: The Last of Us Part II
The Last of Us Part II offers the most options for playing the game. Ranging from those with hearing issues to colorblind gamers. The number of options available is staggering and Naughty Dog went above and beyond to ensure more people can play its game and Naughty Dog going as far as to share the accessibility knowledge with other studios. Regardless of your opinion on The Last of Us Part 2, it has made great technical leaps to ensure more people can enjoy video games.
Winner: DOOM Eternal
Ever wanted to know what the personification of cocaine would be? Well, DOOM Eternal is likely the closest you’ll get to it. A large action-pack adventure where a single soldier decides that an army of demons is no face for him. The Doom Slayer is here is to save humanity by any means, and I mean by any means. Don’t get in his way.
Winner: Final Fantasy VII Remake
A remake of one of the most acclaimed and legendary games in history Final Fantasy VII Remake takes a lot of risks. The biggest being the story that decides against the traditional remake structure and breaks fate. Deciding to take its own path from the original game and set off on its own journey. It’s a bold take that didn’t go over well for many gamers who grew up with this acclaimed title but most found the new direction refreshing. Showing that despite playing the original this new version will have something new to tell.
Winner: Persona 5 Royal
How do you update one of the best RPG games of all time, you add more characters and a brand new ending. One that complements the game’s original themes of rebellion. Persona 5 Royal does that and more, providing the player dozens of hours of new content. Exploring what true happiness could be and what’s the cost of it. This is still Persona 5 but even better, and yes the updated soundtrack is just as stellar.
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
Granblue Fantasy Versus
Kirby Fighters 2
Street Fighter V Champion Edition
My Hero: One’s Justice 2
Winner: Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
Mortal Kombat 11 was already a well-acclaimed game with dense combat mechanics, a massive roster, and an incredible single-player campaign. Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate provides the player with everything released after the game’s launch including the post-launch single-player campaign. It’s the ultimate fighting-game experience and even if you’re bad at fighting games, like me, the game’s robust tutorial system gives you the tools to learn and stand against the heavily competitive field.
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
XCOM: Chimera Squad
Winner: 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is a difficult game to explain. 13 characters where players dart between 1985, 1945, 2025, 2065, and 2105. All gearing towards humanity’s destruction and you trying to avoid it. Told in a non-linear format players prepare against this massive threat by obtaining a Sentinel, the only thing that saves them from the devastating future.
Winner: Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing: New Horizons isn’t about saving the world or trying to stop a great evil unless you’re talking about the debt held by Tom Nook. It’s an entire experience about building the perfect community based on personal taste. Collecting rare items, decorating homes, and showing them off to other players. A constant stream of communication among players seeking to complete a collection or gather exclusive items Animal Crossing: New Horizons is one of those rare games that brings everyone together from all corners of the world for nothing but good things. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a humbling experience where gamers of all ages can come together.
Winner: Persona 5 Royal
Persona 5 Royal is a JRPG from start to finish. A gripping tale of teenagers overcoming difficult emotional problems and real-world challenges ranging from sexual abuse to PTSD. The turn-based combat challenges the player’s tactical skills while the social systems make each decision important. Do you hang out with a friend to build up your relationship, finish their side story, and getting them more powerful or do you put more focus on building up Joker? It’s an extensive journey that always reminds you to “Take Your Time” and choose wisely which action to take. Leading up to 1 of many profound conclusions that will determine the fate of the world.