2020 is the year that many people would like to end quickly, considering the many things that have happened so far. But not all of them are bad, especially if you are a gamer since the year also saw the release of many anticipated video games. Though not all of them delivered as expected, a few games have met expectations, and some even exceeded it. However, the year is not yet done, which means there are still more video games coming out.
Now, out of all the games that were already released, which among them is considered the best? Which game lived up to critics and/or players’ expectations, or even exceeded it? In this article, we will look at the 7 best video games so far that were released in 2020 and why they are considered the best.
The 7 Best Video Games of 2020
As of this writing, these are the games that have met or exceeded the expectations of both critics and players alike. Now, they won’t be arranged according to who is the best since these are all clearly great games, and you won’t really regret playing either one of them. Instead, they are just arranged in alphabetical order.
Without further ado, here are the 7 best video games that came out in 2020.
1. Animal Crossings: New Horizons
If you own a Nintendo Switch and you don’t have Animal Crossings: New Horizons yet, then you better get one because you are clearly missing out. It’s a life simulation game where you’re on a deserted island and you try to build your own paradise. What’s great about this game is the fact that it introduced people to something normal, allowing them to escape the dire situation that plagued the entire world.
The game basically allows them to create their own world and build it in a way that they want. It also helps that everything in the game—from the characters, animals, up to the house, and the environment—all look cute. So, people can really get lost in their make-believe world and just play for hours.
This is a game that is made for people who love to create things. Built for the PS4, Dreams is a game where you can create your own game for other players to play. It provides you with many different tools that you will need to create the kind of game that you want the main character, Wario, to be in. Do you want Wario to be in an accident? How about going to a restaurant? Or maybe making Wario go on an adventure? You have the freedom to create whatever mini-game that you want in Dreams.
What’s great about this game is that you don’t have to be a creator to play it. You can just go in and try the myriad of games that others have already created and enjoyed playing. It’s a great game where you can exercise your creativity or just have fun playing the many different games created by others.
3. Fall Guys
Looking at this game, you might think that this is something that only kids would play. But don’t let the cute and silly-looking characters and environment fool you. Fall Guys is more than just a kid’s game. It’s a competitive and challenging, yet fun game. Your objective of the game is to be the first one to finish the race. However, doing so won’t be that easy as you will have to race against other players on different levels that contain various obstacles and challenges.
Each level will have different obstacles to complete and will only allow a certain number of players to qualify for the next round. So, you have to move fast. However, you also have to be careful not to fall over as you will either go back to your last location or be instantly eliminated from the race. It’s a challenging but fun game to play, with the added cuteness of the entire environment that makes it more engaging and enjoyable.
4. Final Fantasy VII: Remake
This is one of the most anticipated games to be released on PS4 since it was announced, and it successfully delivered to its expectation. Some even say that it exceeded it. The Final Fantasy VII Remake has successfully reimagined the 1997 classic role-playing game—improving its graphic quality greatly, and updating the overall gameplay, especially during battles.
However, the developers didn’t stop there. They also added more depth to the game’s story and even added some major changes. This had fans anticipating that maybe this remake will have a different yet better story altogether than the original Final Fantasy VII released in 1997. If you haven’t played this game yet, you should, especially if you are a big Final Fantasy fan and you’ve played the original Final Fantasy 7 game. If you’re not a fan, it’s still worth playing if you are a gamer.
5. Ghost of Tsushima
One of the best, if not the best, open-world games you can play on PS4 is Ghost of Tsushima. The game successfully blends in great graphic quality, a compelling and in-depth story, awesome combat, and even a great history that pays homage to classic samurais. Moreover, it has really pushed the limits and showed what a PS4 can do. It’s an exclusive game to the PS4 and it’s likely going to be one of the last great games that the console will get.
If it will be the last, then Sony is getting a great send-off for a wonderful console. The Ghost of Tsushima game is really one of the best video games available that you can play right now, especially if you are a PS4 owner.
6. The Last of Us Part 2
This is another highly anticipated game following the success and acclaim of The Last of Us. Though the initial reaction to the game was mixed, following a stormy launch, which includes dealing with delays because of the pandemic and some plot leaks, the game actually delivered on the success of the first game. It’s not without faults, as there are some aspects that could be improved.
Overall, The Last of Us Part 2 has succeeded in providing a sequel to the beloved The Last of Us. The game continues with the story of Elle and the many more heartbreaks that she will experience. Ultimately, it’s a great game that will provide you with an unforgettable experience after playing it.
The Last of Us Part 2 is an exclusive game for the PS4.
7. Wasteland 3
Lastly on this list, and certainly not the least, is Wasteland 3 for both PC and PS4. This is the 3rd installment of the series. The story continues where Wasteland 2 ended. And just like the prequels, Wasteland 3 is just as bloody and gory with a great turn-based role-playing game system. The developers also made great use of characters, which can either make you love them or hate them.
If you’re new to the series, no need to worry. Wasteland 3 also provides a great balance between diehard fans of the series to the newcomers. So, you won’t feel lost when you play the game, even if you are new to the series.