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Game of the Year 2020

Well it's been a year eh? Having spent all of it jobless and indoors I've had more time than usual to play games. At least we get another list out of it right? :)

Honorable Mentions:

  • Doom WADs: I don't remember what set off my 90s first person shooter kick, but I've been enjoying playing DOOM 1/2/64, Chex Quest, Heretic, and Hexen.
  • Among Us: Not a 2020 game, but it lives up to the hype. I had a great time playing it with the GB_P4A irc crew.
  • Phantasy Star Online 2: It's a real game and it got released in North America!
  • Command and Conquer Remaster: This remake is super slick!

Might have made the list if I had gotten around to playing them:

  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
  • Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling
  • Yakuza 7
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator
  • Deadly Premonition 2

List items

  • An incredible brawler that kept me coming back time after time. I can not overstate how much I played this game. I think I probably would have preferred a pixel art style, but the comic one we got is fine. I played almost exclusively single player, but the four player support and online is a welcome bonus.

  • Unlike the Secret of Mana remake from a few years back which stuck to the basics in the game play department the Trials remake is more ambitious. The updated combat style is a lot of fun and doesn't betray the spirit of the original. On top of that the UE4 powered graphics look terrific and the soundtrack is amazing.

  • A small but welcome update to Under Night which is still one of my favorite fighters of all time. Keep'em coming. Actually make a new Melty Blood!

  • The first Bloodstained CotM was a love letter to Castlevania 3. This time around the new slate of characters pushes the boundaries of game play with and invincible spike breaking dog and a wall jumping man with a gun among others. It's still a lot of fun!

  • I like a good rouge like. I like a good action RPG. I'm not a super giant super fan, but they nailed this one so on the list you go.

  • Novel, addicting, infuriating. While classic Mario game play doesn't fit the "battle royal" formula as well as Tetris managed to it's still a good time. Now to see if they really delist this in Spring 2021.

  • Sunset Riders was an amazing arcade game with a terrific SNES port. It's great to see the arcade version available on consoles too now. You get the usual Hamster trimmings here including choices between different ROM versions, button mapping, turbo fire, etc.

  • Love letters to 90s arcade racing have been popping up lately and with good reason. The racing market is over saturated with simulation and open world racers. Hotshot's claim to fame is not only reviving the classic game play of early 3D arcade racers, but their flat shaded 3D graphics. Textures may be on vacation, but fun isn't!

  • A no frills remake of the original Panzer Dragoon. In a good way though.

  • I've enjoyed the few hours I've put into FF7R so far. It's been great to see a presentation of that world with modern graphics and voice acting. I understand there's a lot of controversy around the story, but my biggest gripe so far is with the battle system. The real time combat system isn't bad per say, but I don't think it's as fun as Trials of Mana's and I would have preferred classic ATB.