Picked by jimmyb
Actually this is the worst game...
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Picked by VilkaTheWolf
Okay, so my pick for 2020 is Assassin's Creed Valhalla, out of my top three, Valhalla had the least glitches. I loved the return of the Hidden Blade and callbacks to Assassin's Creed III. The story was also more engaging than the previous entry in the series, as each member of the Order of the Ancients go their own death monologue, similar to previous titles. Hunting down the Order also feels less like a wild goose chase and more a serious hunt. I also enjoyed the continued expansion of the lore, with many more Norse/Gaelic deities revealed to be Isu. The combat also improved, feeling much more like Origins with some added brutality. Blocking and counterattacking is also much easier too. There are some issues timeline-wise, it's difficult to track when certain quests are occuring but with historical fact checking I worked out a rough basis. With this title being the newest in a long line of titles, it's obviously not recommended as an introduction to the series. At the very least - play Origins and Odyssey first.
Ghost of Tsushima
Picked by bergdoll
Out of the ten or so 2020 games I played this year Ghost of Tsushima would be my favorite. A gripping Kurosawa-inspired samurai tale set in 13th century Japan exploring the protagonists struggle to follow tradition vs effectively adapting to deal with a mongol invasion. The game plays like a well-made Ubisoft sandbox game, typical, but highly polished. Well-trodden world structure and inane side-activities aside, the combat is a highlight with fast paced, parry-centric swordplay and varied combat styles to deal with different enemy types. Another highlight is the cast which is properly fleshed out and given plenty of development. Lastly the Kurosawa-inspired cinematography presents the world and story beautifully. Highly recommended.
Picked by Veilor
This year have had a few great releases, but I have only played two of those games so my pick for Game of the Year was limited. But my choice went to DOOM Eternal. I loved the 2016 version of DOOM, I played it until completion, got everything maxed out and ran through the levels several times. When DOOM Eternal released I was ecstatic, I spent the next days only playing this game. And you guessed it, to completion. Right of the bat I have to say it is not better than the 2016 version. The game brings a few new enemies that will challenge you on your journey through the game and adapt the strategy used whenever a battle starts. The game introduces platforming and it's something that was recieved with mixed opinions amongst the playerbase. I personally think it works and is not overused as many others lead you to believe. The story itself needs no mention, you kill demons and try to save earth. I will mention however that in this game there's a hub (in space, Justice League style), between levels where you can train, look at collectibles and select missions. I will very much recommend people to play this game, but do play DOOM from 2016 before doing so.
Picked by Juliop
My Favorite Game of the Year goes to Hades, a rogue-like with a Greek mythology-based setting. Developed by Supergiant Games, which made a name for itself over the last decade with highly acclaimed titles: Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre. Hades feels like the culmination of what Supergiant has learned over the years, combining and improving the best aspects of their previous titles. It’s a game that does so many things so well - An epic soundtrack, thoughtful storytelling, beautiful art, charismatic characters, and a very engaging combat system. I like how there are a variety of weapons, each with different forms that change the way you can play, and the huge amount of abilities and modifiers that are gifted by the gods of Olympus. Despite the nature of the game, it does not feel repetitive even if you play over and over before returning to the underworld once you’ve been killed by one of Hades' powerful foes. That repetition builds the story itself. I highly recommend it, especially if you are new to rogue-likes.Written by jimmyb on December 31, 2020 @ 11:05 am
Awesome games! I'm lost in Hades myself right now. Is there a 2021 games challenge? I didn't care for 2020's layout but would love to try again.
We're taking a break with the game challenges this year. Another user opted to do the challenges from an earlier year, so you could do that if you want.