The best games of 2020 : Presenting the best games of 2020 is not an easy job. There are a lot of cool games that we enjoyed ourselves with, on different consoles. And right now there are more consoles than ever that you can play your games on. How about an Xbox One, Xbox One X, Xbox One S, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Slim, PlayStation 4 Pro, PlayStation 5 and of course the Nintendo Switch. Is your favorite title not listed? Let us know in a comment at the bottom of the article. Game on!
The best games of 2020 – Persona 5 Royal
Normally we don’t do it quickly: discussing a game that is not officially out at the time this article goes online. But for Persona 5: Royal, we’re making the only exception so far. This is a fantastic Japanese role playing game that should be played by every self-respecting RPG player. Yes, even if you have already played and played the first version years ago. Because Persona 5 Royal has unique parts that we did not encounter in the previous game.
The base is still rock solid. You are a new high school student and need to find your way in an environment you don’t know. You were sent there after being unjustly arrested for a crime. You can then give up or make something of it. While you’re on the road making friends, taking classes, and doing fun and exciting activities (all of which are gameplay options), you’ll also explore dungeons and deal with misbehaving adults.
The game has no qualms about tackling adult themes. We are not going to discuss all of those themes here, because then the surprise is a bit off. The story is important to the experience of Persona 5 Royal, as it effortlessly connects the completely different dungeons and deviating ones. Have you finished Persona 5 before? Then you can now look forward to a new main character (a woman this time), other relationships, new parts within existing dungeons and much more.
The best games of 2020 – Demon’s Souls
Demon’s Souls as one of the first titles on the new Playstation 5? From Software would not have thought that in 2009 when the original game was released on the Playstation 3. It was a modest hit, but mainly in Japan, and only available in Europe through importers. Now, years later, the successor series Dark Souls in particular has become a great success. Because of this, From Software and Sony have finally given the green light to the remake of Demon’s Souls. The Dutch Bluepoint Games, known for their remake of Shadow of the Colossus, has started working on it. And what a masterful work it has delivered.
Demon’s Souls is the founder of the brutal, hard-hitting action games known for their tough difficulty. The games can be unforgivable. Do you turn a corner a bit too carelessly, do you just think you can deliver that one blow with your sword or do you avoid an attack on a narrow bridge: danger lurks everywhere. The special thing about these games is that it forces you to think about your mistakes. Was I surrounded by three enemies? Shouldn’t I have used a healing herb first? Fortunately, you again have virtually endless options for tackling the hostile environments. Do you play as a knight with heavy armor and a huge ax, shoot flaming arrows with a bow or fire blue magic at your opponents?
Whatever you choose, the environments and battles are portrayed in a beautiful way. Supported by eerily detailed sound effects, you roar through crumbling castles while lightning illuminates everything for a short time. Your armor will crack, the stones crumble under your feet and your character will pant if you pick up too many things along the way. Ancient prisons and lakes made of lava look beautiful and terrifying at the same time. Bluepoint Games has done a wonderful job. Now that the popularity of the Souls series has skyrocketed and many have not played this original, now is the time to take on the adventure in all its splendor.
The best games of 2020 – Doom Eternal
If you played Doom on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2016, you actually owe it to yourself to continue with Doom Eternal now. Doom from 2016 was a foretaste of what Doom Eternal eventually became, but we still feel incredibly unprepared. This is one of the wildest rollercoaster rides you’ll be playing on your PlayStation or Xbox this spring (a Switch version will follow later). In between shooting and tearing, you also solve puzzles, while moving through the levels at lightning speed.
Doom Eternal uses the Doom game from 2016 as a basis and adds a lot of new and cool gameplay elements on top. You are again given the task of defeating demons in the most diverse locations. You shoot them, of course, but the game doesn’t stop when you run out of bullets. You can also work those hell spawns with a sword or with their own arms. Right. If you want to play nice and fast and are in a good flow, then tear off limb by limb while the demons pour themselves on you.
Furthermore, there is a lot of emphasis on completing puzzles and platforming (as in: walking, running and jumping through the levels), looking for valuable items and things with which to replenish your bullets or health. New in this game is the meathook (a meat hook attached to a shotgun) with which you fly through levels at lightning speed and with which you attract demons. The new items actually feel like a supplement and that’s perfectly fine, because that nice gameplay flow is still perfectly intact.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
A few years ago, Moon Studios made the world happy with Ori and the Blind Forest. The game was a big hit. Now the developer comes with the sequel to the Blind forest, Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Is the game as good as its predecessor? The story starts right where the first game left off. But this time, you’re helping to restore more than just a forest. Niwen’s land has fallen into darkness and decay, giving our beloved Ori plenty of reason to explore a new world and save it again.
After such a big hit you could of course make the same game with a new story, but the studio has made some changes. Where the first game mainly a platformer annex metroidvania there has been an increased focus on combat in the sequel. In Will of the Wisps, however, you stop more often to kill enemies. Not just because there are more (there are more enemies, but not overwhelming), but because you need the Spirit Light they drop to buy maps, weapons and upgrades. In addition, you will also encounter more boss fights than in the first game.
They felt a bit awkward in the beginning, but as you used more platform mechanics to beat the boss, it got better and better. The combinations between platform and combat works very well. The images are again downright stunning. As in Blind Forest, the environments of Will of the Wisps have all been painstakingly created to bring us a world that we can traverse and feel as if it were a living, breathing thing. In addition, the backgrounds are much more vivid than in the first game. Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a very good game and maybe even better than its predecessor. The game has everything to be a hit again.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
The recently released Skater XL made it painfully clear once again that skateboarding is not easy to convert into a video game. Developer EA has finally answered fans’ cries for a new part in their series, but it will be years before the new Skate comes out (until then we still have fun with Skate 3 from that publisher, you know). Fortunately, Activision has an appropriate answer: a re-release of the hugely successful first two parts of Tony Hawk Pro Skater.
The two wildly popular games from 1999 and 2000 put skateboarding on the map for the general public. Suddenly, everyone could shake up the most bizarre tricks, accompanied by smashing punk rock and stylish hip-hop. Many people know Tony Hawk, but you could get started with many more big names. Legendary skaters like Rodney Mullen, Eric Koston and Steve Caballero were smoothly guided as they slide, jump, flip and grind through accessible neighborhoods of New York, Venice Beach and more.
It is therefore special that this new version feels very familiar. Within a few rounds you make the most absurd combinations and you achieve one goal after another. In this completely rebuilt re-release, all levels from the first two games are playable. They have a much more detailed design and therefore look fresh yet recognizable. The nostalgic value is enormous, partly due to the largely returned soundtrack. To renew the whole thing, modern pro skaters, such as Nyjah Huston, have been added.
Also, you can now redeem your hard-earned points for new clothing, boards and tricks in the game store. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2 has remained incredibly faithful to the original games. The fact that it is then possible to give the game the same feeling, both in terms of atmosphere, the controls and the soundtrack, is a wonderful achievement. That the game is well received is shown by the fact that this re-release has become the fastest selling game of the entire Tony Hawk series. Now just hope that this is enough to give THPS 3 and 4 such a deserved remake.
2020 has of course brought many more cool games. We may have reviewed your favorite game there.