2020 is coming to an end and, with it, we are also seeing the beginning of the end of a generation of consoles. While the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One still have firewood to burn, the platforms will, little by little, and as the price and stock drop, being replaced by the new Xbox Series X and S and PlayStation 5. An end that is marked by great titles, as it could not be otherwise.
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The list of best games this year, includes unusual options, small independent gems and titles that gained special importance during the pandemic. While we remain isolated in our homes, we look for new ways to connect with friends, travel around and explore fantastic worlds, while taking care of our health and the people that matter to us.
To select the list of the 10 best games of 2020, we turn to Metacritic, which gathers expert reviews on different titles and platforms, usually agreeing largely with other members of the specialized media, such as The Game Awards, for example. Know, then, the best games of the year and good options for yours, we hope, the coming break from work.
10. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Another game that gained a lot of strength due to the possibility of forming connections in a period of social isolation, Nintendo’s work did everything from exploring people’s ability in decoration to exploring economic strategies. After all, managing a home and an island is not easy, especially when the owner can get you out of the hot bed to collect the rent.
Jokes (and vexing collection tactics aside), the exclusive title is one that also brings together players of all ages and backgrounds. You can create a community, collect items and explore the scenarios in search of resources, while new residents arrive on the island and the whole place develops according to the user’s actions, which can range from fishing or hunting insects to speculating vegetables in the bag. .
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch.
9. Spelunky 2
2D Platform games are doing great, thanks, and this is one of the great examples of that. Using procedural systems that transform the scenarios with each round, making each one always different from the other, we embark on a journey in search of our missing parents on the Moon, while facing dark caves and dangerous enemies.
With new physical developments, such as better behavior for liquids and different layers that behave realistically according to the actions of the players, the title brings online multiplayer for four players and also cooperative and competitive missions. All of this, of course, alongside the single player gameplay that had already attracted so much attention in the original release of the series in 2008.
Spelunky 2 is available for PC and PS4.
8. F1 2020
Codemasters’ series of official and licensed titles is one that found the way forward very quickly. And with the solid foundations already established, it is time to just continue advancing towards new directions, such as the focus on eSports and the increasingly faithful reproduction of the layout of circuits and cars in the fastest category of motorsport.
With rice and beans already prepared, F1 2020 brings as a great highlight the addition of the My Team mode, which puts the player in the position of not only a driver but also a team manager, working behind the scenes to evolve cars, hire teammates and ensure the evolution from a starting team to a champion set.
F1 2020 is available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
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7. Microsoft Flight Simulator
In a pandemic that closed everyone at home, many people managed to travel, albeit virtually. In the return of the Microsoft simulator franchise, with all the power of the cloud and graphics that made a lot of computers suffer out there, we have a title that filled our eyes and brought all the good sides of flying.
Between discussions about being a game or a simulator, the truth is that Flight Simulator is both and, more than that, an accessible experience for anyone who wants and complex if someone wants to. Using Azure maps, cloud processing and incredibly realistic reproductions of aircraft and airports, the title drew attention, gaining prominence among renowned games and becoming one of the main proposals of 2020.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is only available for PCs, but is also expected to arrive on the Xbox Series X and S in 2021.
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6. Crusader Kings III
Another great name of the strategy to arrive at the hands of Paradox Interactive, this title marks the return of the franchise after eight years of absence. Controlling dynasties and the fate of the world is already traditional for fans of the saga, with a plot that begins in the 19th century and extends up to 600 years ahead, with all the palace intrigues, wars and betrayals that only a war for full power can bring .
The player must deal with the characters of the leaders, the candidates for the throne and the behavior of the kingdoms themselves, while making decisions that can be positive for some and incredibly negative for others. Still, it is necessary to take care of genetics, since the characteristics of parents can pass on to their children, and of religion and management, in order to keep everyone alive, healthy and, mainly, governing.
Crusader Kings III is exclusive to PCs.
5. Demon’s Souls
A remake that, for a long time, sounded unlikely, arrived to introduce a new generation to the dangers and difficulties of yesteryear. One of the classics from From Software and responsible for the creation of a whole genre, still on PlayStation 3, this is a game that, even if it has a few years on its back, has never been left behind by its loyal fan base.
Now, he returns at the hands of Bluepoint, which for years has been repeating, with Sony, a partnership that brings back classic titles from the past in ways that fill the eyes even more. It is one of the ways the manufacturer demonstrates all the graphics and processing power of the PlayStation 5, while giving new life to an absolutely challenging title.
Demon’s Souls is exclusive to PlayStation 5.
4. Ori and the Will of the Wisps
One of the most beautiful games of the year, without a doubt, and a playful narrative that talks about friendship, even between completely different individuals, and about overcoming obstacles to discover yourself. Everything packed with incredible lights, colors and graphics, as well as many secrets and different paths to unravel.
One of the great exponents of the Metroidvânia style, the title is incredible on the big screen, running from old or new generation consoles, and as good as in portable mode, with a light adventure to be taken anywhere, yet engaging enough to hold for hours. In control of the title character, we explored a new world in yet another great work by Moon Studios.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps is available for PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S, with presence on the Game Pass.
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3. Half-Life: Alyx
The return of one of the most anticipated franchises in the gaming world was not exactly as everyone expected, with a virtual reality title instead of the long-awaited number 3. But that does not mean that we have a bad title or made in cash. hands, on the contrary – this is one of those that show how technology can serve to create incredible and impactful experiences, like few seen around.
The title, whose story takes place before the events of the second game of the franchise, shows the struggle of Alyx and her father against the alien invaders of the planet. The plan is to steal a superweapon that is in the possession of the occupants and can be a way to turn the tide in this combat, which already uses the high technology seen in the franchise in the form of gloves that attract objects, allow puzzle solving and, of course, bring that taste of the past that many people have been waiting for.
Half-Life: Alyx is exclusive to computers and works with most headsets on the market, such as the Oculus Rift, Valve Index and HTC Vive.
Only the previous history of the game’s creators would be enough to demonstrate why it deserves your attention. After all, we are talking about Supergiant Games, works like Transistor and Bastion, which takes us on a journey from the underworld to Olympus, aided by powers and procedural gameplay that makes the user have to rely on luck, in addition to ability.
The roguelike action RPG drew attention wherever it went, being considered, for example, as the independent game of the year at the Brazil Game Awards and receiving two awards at the TGA, also as the best indie and action game. And he even competed with the big ones at GOTY, only lagging behind the first place in the list that gathers the average of specialized critics.
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1. The Last of Us Parte 2
The GOTY winner at The Game Awards could not be left out of the list. Developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony, the sequel to one of the most important titles in the PlayStation line appears with the level of shock and trauma expected, bringing a roster of new characters involved in difficult decisions and tragic consequences of their actions.
With a story that is divided between two central characters, like two sides of the same coin, The Last of Us Part 2 is a plot about the cycle of violence and how everything we do, however important it may seem, has consequences. Add to that, still, a great list of accessibility options that made the game accessible to everyone, an impressive soundtrack and beautiful graphics, which came to show the maximum potential of the PlayStation 4.
These are just some of the reasons to consider The Last of Us Part 2 as one of the main games of the year. The title is exclusive to PS4.
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Out of the list of 10 mentioned here, other games also deserve special mention and honorable mentions, such as the re-releases of big names such as Persona 5 Royal and Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition. We could never forget, too, other names like Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Ghost of Tsushima, Doom Eternal and, of course, the dream come true that was the remake of Final Fantasy VII, in addition to the return of the most beloved marsupial of games in Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 maneuvers and Streets of Rage 4 frank beating.
The truth is that we could stay here for a long time, talking about the highlights of 2020. So, what was left out? Leave your choices in the comments!