Game of the Year 2020
What a year, huh? We have almost made it through it, and 2021 might not start much better, there's still a chance that it'll be a better year. As the year ends a bit bleak here in Denmark, with the country back in lockdown mode, at least the summer and early fall was nice around these parts. I know many other countries around the globe sufferede much more than we did. This New Year's eve my thoughts are definitely with those people who lost so much more than I did this year. One thing we all still had to find some safety and comfort in is video games. Sure, Corona also delayed a bunch of games but we still saw a decent amount of new releases. Even new consoles came out.....well sort of. Of course neither Microsoft or Sony were able to meet demand, and painful flashbacks from the horrible PS2 launch in 2000 came to mind. It's fair to say Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 didn't really launch for real in 2020, and 2021 is where we'll truly start to see what these shiny new boxes has to offer.
My list this year is not necessarily the 10 best games that came out. There were a lot of games that came and went. Some I enjoyed but I just wasn't in the mood for or somehow just fell off from. DOOM Eternal is one of those games, although I can definitely say I don't like it as much as the 2016 DOOM. I understand why they wanted to try and expand on the gameplay, but I prefer the superfocused and simple old school style they nailed in DOOM. Crash Bandicoot 4, Maneater, Ghost of Tsushima, Gears Tactics and many more are games I hope to return to in 2021. Luckily 2021 will start off slowly (besides Hitman III) so there should be plenty of time to dive into the backlog.
This year I seemed to get drawn back to what I knew and loved already. A lot of sequels and remakes makes up my playtime during the year. Games like Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered and eFootball PES 2021 Season Update falls into this category. Also more coop-gaming with friends this year. There were some benefits with everyone having to stay home and it almost felt like being home from school again. Those good old days where work, kids and adult life didn't make things more complicated. Golf with your Friends and Totally Reliable Delivery Service were some of the games that I played with friends.
Of course I should mention the games that disappointed me as well. Honestly I don't feel like I played a lot of bad games in 2020. I can only think of one, but that was indeed a bad game. Fast & Furious Crossroads wasn't excatly the game I had envisioned. Developed by Slightly Mad Studios, there was hope. Finally a developer with some proven skills from the Project Cars franchise, would take on Fast and Furious franchise. I would love to know what happened. It should have been so much better.
Then of course there's Cyberpunk 2077, but I think everyone else has said what needs to be said about that game. Hopefully it will good once it's actually out of the beta stage it seems to be in at the moment. Instead let's leave the negativity behind, and look at the 10 games I enjoyed the most in 2020.