2020 Top 10+ (Work in Progress)

Start of a new generation (PS5, XBOX Series)

and possibly...THE BEST YEAR EVER ?!?!?

Final mighty breath of the 8th generation

Cross-gen bonanza

Year of the Samurai

Great year for VR

Many great Free-to-play offerings

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  • Positives:

    + The story is an intense rollercoaster ride of emotions. I personally really enjoyed the direction they went with and thought it was bold and far more ambitious then the first game's plot. I cried, I felt angry, felt elated, this was an experience that stayed with me far after the game was done. Made me curious about a potential Part 3.

    + It was great seeing some of the older characters again, but I also enjoyed most of the new cast.

    + Lengthy campaign

    + Visual showpiece for the PS4

    + Level of polish and detail

    + Gripping and well made/well acted cutscenes

    + Great performances from nearly everyone . Some of the best in the biz.

    + Powerful Soundtrack that elevates and enforces the experience

    + Gameplay feels great and is a big step up from the first game.

    + Hauntingly beautiful environments

    + Great atmosphere

    + Level design is also really good with more larger spaces to move though and explore

    + Lots of accessibility features for those who need them.

    + Platinum trophy isn't tied to Very Hard Difficulty modes

    Negatives:

    - Accidentally progressing and not being able to backtrack to certain areas is a bit frustrating. Especially since it's not easy to tell sometimes what's the intended path and what's optional.

    - Stealth kills could have used a few more different animations considering how often you will do them. Stealth in general could have used a few more options.

    - A bit sad this one didn't launch with multiplayer as in the first one it was really fun and was a big surprise. Will launch later as a stand alone game apparently,

  • Positives:

    + One of the most consistently gorgeous games I have ever played. Must have said "Wow" dozens of times. Amazing looking world and environments. Serene mood.

    + Combat is good. Yes, it makes you feel like a badass samurai or deadly ninja.

    + The soundtrack is as good as you would expect and want.

    + Sound design is also good

    + The "guiding wind" is one of the coolest new mechanics in an open world game.

    + The world in general feels very alive and animated (grass and trees sway with the wind, leaves and other particles constantly fly around)

    + The acting is solid

    + Great characters

    + Great story

    + Good side-quests

    + Loved the various armors and other customization options.

    + Non-intrusive User Interface

    + Free Multiplayer DLC

    + Kurosawa mode is neat. Also glad they provided dual audio (Japanese and English)

    + Incredibly short load times for a game like this. A small taste of next gen maybe.

    Negatives:

    - Even though it makes great strides in fully immersing the player in it's world, it can still end up feeling very checklisty and repetitive at times (though not as bad as Assassin's creed)

    - The character's lipsync isn't as good as it could be. Also the Japanese acting is synced to the english mouth movement which is weird as it should be the other way around to create that old samurai cinema feel.

    - Some minor annoyances with jumping or navigating certain terrain.

    - Some story moments don't hit as hard as they could have or are quite predictable

  • Positives:

    + People have been waiting for this game to happen for years and here it is. And It didn't suck.

    + Graphics are borderline CGI, most times.

    + The soundtrack is GOD tier.

    + Great looking character models

    + Some amazing looking backdrops and environments

    + Some of the best use of lighting in a game this gen.

    + Solid voice acting and performances across the board

    + Interesting take on a remake, makes me excited for the future of this series.

    + Game is lengthy and well made, stands on it's own despite being just one section of the first game.

    + Expanding the Midgar section was a great opportunity and I feel they delivered.

    + Some nice surprises along side classic moments from the original.

    + Probably the best incarnation of the modern non-tuned based combat system in the FF series.

    + Each character having their own playstyle and feel.

    + The whole end stretch is probably the highlight of the game.

    Negatives:

    - Not the full FF VII experience, just part 1 (I feel like they needed to specify that more)

    - Plenty of low detail texture problems, the game can look real rough at times. Overall it is very inconsistent visually.

    - Quite linear and confined. But makes sense given the section it's covering. Hope PART II is more open though.

    - Might take quite a good couple of years to get the whole FF VII Remake people were promised. Hope you are patient.

    - Some story bits, especially regarding the newly added elements, weren't executed as well as they could have been.

    - Side quests aren't very great or exciting

    - Not all chapters are great.

  • Positives:

    + Seems to improve and add in every single area over the original, which was an already good game.

    + Some of the best gameplay in a game of this type, or maybe even in action games in general.

    + Lots of weapon types to try out, each with pretty different moves and playstyles

    + Loads of loot to get. Different armors pieces, weapons designs etc.

    + Souls Cores are a neat new addition that lets you harness some of the powers of fallen enemies.

    + Yokai form is also a nice evolution over what you had in the first game.

    + Character creation is pretty extensive and custom characters usually turn out pretty

    + Nice variety of enemies, environments and bosses

    + The ability to summon help from strangers (AI and Real Players) to get over tougher situations is a god send in a game like this.

    + The choice of an 60 fps mode is welcome

    + Fast loading

    Negatives:

    - Still think an easy mode wouldn't have hurt.

    - Plays it very safe copying and pasting much from the first title.

    - Tech wise it isn't the most amazing looking game out there (especially since you will want to runt it on performance mode)

    - Similar to Doom Eternal, it can get a bit overwhelming with the amount of things you have to keep track of.

  • Positives:

    + Gameplay is smooth and meaty (one of the best feeling FPS's of the gen)

    + Looks really good, and runs well.

    + Great audio

    + Soundtrack kicks ass once again

    + Combat forces you to be much more tactical

    + More environmental variety

    + First person platforming to break up the combat.

    + Enemy variety

    + Secrets and collectibles

    + Fortress of Doom

    Negatives:

    - Too many separate things to upgrade and keep track of. Keep it simple people, especially for a game like Doom.

    - Misses some of the elegance of Doom 2016

    - No Multiplayer is a bit of a bummer for me, it was pretty solid in the first one.

    - The story..um well...exists.

    - The Marauder is not very fun to fight

    - Some of the platforming can be frustrating

  • Positives:

    + So much potential.

    + An accessible way of letting people become game developers or artists in general.

    + Great way to uncover and recruit new talent for the industry

    + Great tool to incubate and try out new ideas

    + Love the overall visual style and various styles that are possible.

    + Surfing dreamverse and checking all the creations available.

    + Fast loading. Making it easy to get in and out of creations.

    + Motion control

    + Great value

    Negatives:

    - If you're a fan of long in-depth experiences (Outside of learning and mastering the tools that is), you won't find many at the moment. Including the content from Mm.

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    Positives:

    + If this is your first time experiencing Persona 5, congrats on experiencing the superior version.

    + Despite the annoyance, it is pretty nice that they went back and improved Persona 5's legacy. With all the new additions this version is one of the best JRPG's of all time.

    Negatives:

    - The fact that this wasn't some sort of upgrade or DLC to the original, making you buy the same game twice. It's no short game either, having to dump another 100+ hrs just to see all the new stuff is a crazy ask for most people.

    - Creates a precedent where it's harder to buy a new Persona game at launch, just wait for the "complete" edition.

  • Positives:

    + Story was quite intriguing

    + Liked the characters

    + Dogfights are a blast

    + Multiplayer is exhilarating

    + No micro transactions or other bullshit

    + Like the look of the cockpits and the various trinkets you can add to it.

    + Diverting power to the various functions is a cool idea and adds to the strategy

    + Sound design

    + Soundtrack

    + Visuals

    + Accessible

    Negatives:

    - Feels like the game had a dialogue tree option but was taken out last second

  • (Unfinished)

  • Positives:

    + The beginning of the campaign is pretty good.

    + Kamala Khan is a nice protagonist

    + Some environments and some character models can look pretty good

    + Each avenger has their own diverse moveset and playstyle.

    + Combat's deeper then you'd think. Enjoyed leveling up my character and learning new moves.

    + Pretty impressive having 4 superheroes on screen at the same time going wild with their powers against a bunch of of enemies on a pretty sizable map (if only the framerate would keep up all the time)

    + The AI does a pretty good job supporting you when going in solo. It's nice that they also keep all your equipped gear and stuff.

    Negatives:

    - Framerate is all over the place on the Pro, on high performance mode mind you.

    - Feels quite janky and buggy. Doesn't have the same level of polish and quality as Marvel's Spider-Man.

    - Some character designs are pretty generic.

    - The portrayal of the characters, while good on it's own, just feels off compared to the real Avengers. The writing also doesn't help. Except for Kamala and MODOK which don't have big screen representatives yet.

    - Repetitive mission design

    - Falls short of it's own ambitions at multiple points

    - Long Loading screens

    - End game doesn't seem that enticing

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    Positives:

    + More accessible then Wasteland 2

    + Full voice acting is always really impressive and a god-send in these kind of games

    + Combat is X-COM lite, making it fun to get into and play

    + Like the premise and overall story

    + Love the special close up shots of some of the characters (wish it happened all the time or more often)

    + Some nice use of licensed tracks

    + Doesn't take itself too serious all the time and has some nice humor

    Negatives:

    - Very buggy

    - Graphics don't impress much

    - Long loading screens when going to new areas is always a bummer (though not as bad as PoE Deadfire)

  • Positives:

    + It's free

    + Fun and replayable

    + Appealing art style

    Negatives:

    - Bit slim on content at the moment

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    + It's free

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    Positives:

    + Authentic graphical style

    + Good crash course into the DBZ world, characters and 4 of the major story arcs

    + Voice acting seems to be true to the show and is usually goofy and good

    + Some of the cinematics are really well made, wish there were more of them

    + Battles are tough and make you want to get stronger/better

    + Big areas to fly around in filled with easter eggs for fans

    Negatives:

    - Sometimes enemies can be a bit too "spongy" and battles can end in frustration

    - Some objectives are clearly filler and tedious

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  • Positives:

    + It's free

    + Doesn't feel cheap or lazy. Quite competently made

    + Appealing visuals overall

    + Closest thing to a Breath of the Wild for non-switch owners

    + Competent voice acting

    Negatives:

    - A bit too Anime for some

    - Some stutters on PS4 Pro. Performance isn't all the time crisp

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    + Being the Predator is cool

    + Playing as the Fireteam isn't a terrible alternative either, I liked being hunted by the Predator.

    + Looks fine and plays ok

    + Fun and replayable

    + Dutch tapes were a neat little inclusion, if you like hearing Arnold speaking.

    Negatives:

    - Finding a match as the Predator takes too long most of the time.

    - Feels like there isn't much content to speak of (as of now)

    - Could use a bit more variety in it's environments.

  • Positives:

    + It's free

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    + Appealing visuals

    + Goofy casual harmless fun, felt needed this year.

    + Good palate cleanser

    + Neat idea and pretty good execution

    Negatives:

    - Should just have been free forever

    - Not all stages are great

    - Bit slim on content at the moment

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