Welcome back! Let’s face it. 2020 sucked. Luckily, gamers had a silver lining because the video game industry released several amazing titles during the pandemic. Many industries and small businesses suffered immensely in 2020, including movie theaters, restaurants, concert halls, and others. So, I’m glad somebody made it through 2020 with positive results. Here’s my list of favorite games in 2020 by release date. Enjoy!
Resident Evil 3
Release Date: 4/3/20
-The perfect release for a real life pandemic! This remake is incredibly fun and scary with monsters around every corner. Resident Evil 3 is a little more generous with resources and combat than some of the recent survival horror games, but it’s still a nice challenge. This remake was somewhat controversial because it was shorter than the original release. Unlike most gamers, I don’t mind having a shorter length. After all, many of the bosses from the original Resident Evil 3 were unbelievably frustrating. Sorry guys, but I don’t miss the Gravedigger. Also, the protagonist is Jill Valentine and she kicks butt. Have fun!
Streets of Rage 4
Release Date: 4/30/20
-This long awaited sequel is a great throwback to retro gaming. It’s just like the original Streets of Rage series with 2D side scrolling and a simple beat’em up combat style. This game has most of the classic Streets of Rage characters and it feels like a blast from the past. Gamers will also face a number of amazing and brutal boss fights. Keep in mind, you might get frustrated because the combat is pretty intense. Don’t feel ashamed to knock down the difficulty level a notch.
The Last of Us Part II
Release Date: 6/19/20
-Personally, I believe The Last of Us Part II is a masterpiece and a worthy successor to the original release. However, this game is plagued by controversy ranging from story choices, gameplay, characters, development crunch, and all kinds of elements. The Last of Us Part II has a cinematic quality that should appeal to many modern gamers who enjoy good storytelling and an immersive experience. I have to admit, this game is quite bleak, but the first entry in the series was a downer too. Despite its dark tone, this game also has a remarkably beautiful environment in a post-apocalyptic way. Ignore the naysayers and check it out.
Ghost of Tsushima
Release Date: 7/17/20
-It’s been a long time since I’ve played a high quality game that takes place in Medieval Japan. Ghost of Tsushima chronicles a long battle between the Japanese Samurai and Mongolian invaders. It has a lush environment and a great blend of sword fighting with stealth mechanics. Players have a lot of choices. They can head directly into a battle or sneak up on their enemies for a quieter approach. The story can be slow sometimes, but it’s still a great experience.
Cat Quest and Cat Quest II: The Pawsome Pack
Release Date: 7/31/20
-Don’t judge me. The Cat Quest games are super cute and a lot of fun. It’s a 2D game that takes place in a Medieval fantasy land. Dog owners don’t have to feel left out. You can play as either a cat or dog in the second game. The player can switch around various weapons and costumes to combat enemies. That’s right. You can be a little dog or cat knight, wizard, etc. The Cat Quest series has a good amount of humor and they’re a little more challenging than some kids games. It’s also cheap, which is another perk.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
Release Date: 10/2/20
-I’ve been waiting an eternity for another Crash Bandicoot game! This installment retcons some of the past entries. As the title suggests, it’s the new canonical fourth game. This entry is insanely difficult, but it’s super addictive and a ton of fun. Fortunately, you have the luxury of infinite lives. You can play as either Crash or his sister Coco in most levels, but the game also selects other characters periodically. Dingodile is one my favorite side characters with his vacuum powered gun. Crash Bandicoot 4 feels like an authentic addition to the series with some new elements. I believe this game will appeal to fans who grew up with the franchise and younger players who are experiencing Crash Bandicoot for the first time.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope
Release Date: 10/30/20
-I simply love graphic adventures. Little Hope is a horror version of the choose-your-own-adventure format. A group of people become stranded in a ghost town and undergo a terrifying fight for survival. Your choices determine story outcomes and character deaths. This game is much better than its predecessor called Man of Medan. It has better controls, an interesting story, and a creepier atmosphere. Little Hope isn’t the most frightening game of 2020, but it’s pretty decent and a nice break from complex RPGs or first person shooters.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
Release Date: 11/10/20
-Don’t you want to be a Viking? Come on. You totally want to be a Viking. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla might not feel like a traditional entry in the franchise, but it’s still amazing with an immersive environment, fantastic combat, great characters, and plenty of variety. I wish the main story wasn’t so long, but the plot is interesting with an emphasis on Norse mythology and conflicts in 9th-Century England. Gamers have the option of following the main story or exploring the vast environment just for fun.Valhalla is a great choice if you enjoy action-adventure games and RPG systems.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Release Date: 11/12/21
-What a story! This side game in the Spider-Man series has a cinematic feel with great cutscenes, well developed characters, and fantastic gameplay. Like the first Spider-Man game, this one has a meager RPG system, but it doesn’t matter because the combat and exploration thrives anyway. Players can have a blast swinging through New York during the winter season. Some gamers might feel cheated because it’s quite a bit shorter than the first Spider-Man entry, but it’s more like a spinoff than a main installment. Miles Morales is very topical for today’s climate and it’s genuinely an entertaining game.
There you go! I really enjoyed several games from last year. What were your favorite games from 2020? Are you new to the gaming community? Many people tried out gaming for the first time during the pandemic. If gaming sounds interesting, you can always try it out this year too. Watch out for more posts. Pretty soon, I’ll write a post about notable movies that came out in 2020. I’m still waiting for a couple releases on VOD. Be careful and enjoy the three day weekend. Peace!
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