Top 10 Games I Played in 2020

Hey everyone, here are my top games of 2020 that I compile every year for Subpixel!

Also check out my holiday RimWorld video!

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1. RimWorld

The fun and magic of RimWorld immediately swept me off my feet. It’s not a better game than Dwarf Fortress per-se, but it has a great clean look and is way more accessible to the modern gamer than DF ever will be (Until the Steam release).

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2. Yakuza 0

I finally gave in to Ian’s incessant pestering that I play this game. I can’t publicly say he’s right about anything, but this may be the exception. Gripping story, fun gameplay, and great graphics. Yakuza 0 is a modern classic.

3. Animal Crossing is very near and dear to my heart. The simple joy I get from playing these games is like nothing else. And even despite some shortcomings the latest entry in the series is the best yet.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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4. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

My Metal Gear journey started all the way back in 2015 with Metal Gear for the MSX. Now seven games later I can finally say I’ve played Metal Gear. Also probably the best stealth game.

5. Dwarf Fortress

A game that I’ve been obsessed with for years and I finally play it! Dwarf Fortress is another game that is near and dear, but this year it also led me to an incredible realization, I like roguelikes...

6. Ghost of Tsushima

Never have I played a game that so perfectly nails the aesthetic it’s going for. Even if the story isn’t living up, just inhabiting the world is enough for me.

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7. Doom II: Hell on Earth

Not much to say here other than I played all the DOOM games and this is the best. So many good levels and so many good WADs.

8. System Shock 2

This game certainly shocked my system. Fantastic atmosphere, okay controls, and great design. I honestly wish I could forget the game just to replay it.

9. Deep Rock Galactic

ROCK AND STONE! Karen and I love playing this game together. The dwarves rule, the missions are fun, and lots of good unlockables.

10. ELEX

I spent the last year really getting into games I normally wouldn’t and it’s helped to expand my tastes a lot. ELEX isn’t going to win any awards, but it has some great systems and world building that are certainly worth the time.

If you'd like to see EVERY game I played in 2020 check out this list: Games Played 2020

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Top 10 Games I Played in 2019

Hi there! This is my list I tweeted out for Subpixel!

I played 73 games this year, but these are the cream of the crop. Here are my “Top 10 Games I Played in 2019”.

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10. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

A very late entry to the list, as I just beat it last night. This was originally the spot Super Mario Maker 2 took, but I think SotN deserves this more.

9. Crackdown 3

A lot of the games I play these days are just so I have something to do while I listen to podcasts or watch @giantbomb content. Crackdown 3 was one of these games, and it was really good.

8. Death Stranding

The gameplay lived up to all my expectations even though the story was atrocious. I enjoyed my time with it, but for now I’m just looking forward to the next iteration.

7. Void Bastards

Comedy doesn’t often nail it in video games, it can seem childish or too raunchy. Void Bastards really nailed the comedy of interstellar space, and the fun of boarding spaceships.

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6. Untitled Goose Game

Fun scenarios, fun graphics, and great music. Although it was a little short for my liking, the game had its own identity and really stood out. Looking forward to what the studio does next.

5. Control

It's been a while since a game has made me stop and read every single note I pick up. I loved the story, the lore, the powers, and the gameplay. I want that Alan Wake DLC now!

4. Return of the Obra Dinn

This would probably of been my 2018 GOTY if I had played it in time. So it made it far on my 2019 list and it is well deserved. The visual style is 10/10 and the storytelling blew me away. It even had me going back and playing Papers, Please. I’m on board for anything he does next.

3. Resident Evil 2 Remake

I really like Resident Evil from a distance. I’ve played through 1, most of 5, and some of 7, but none of it has stuck with me. This remake grabbed me and didn’t let go until the end. Here’s hoping Nemesis will live up to the hype.

2. Outer Wilds

My 2019 number one. The sense of wonder and discovery I got while playing Outer Wilds compares to nothing else I have ever played. The only thing you gain in this game is knowledge and that is fascinating to me.

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1. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

This. Game. Is. So. Good. I don’t know what compelled me to finally play it this year, but I did and I LOVED it. Running through the streets Gran Soren jumping and swinging my big ass sword, murdering griffins, and trading my pawns like Pokemon cards.

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