You do not necessary It’s a great story for the game to be the best ever, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. This year, there are many games built around a deeply immersive story. Do you want to attract you by making decisions that change the way the story is told, or do you want to tell a story that lasts days or weeks after you’re done?
Our winner? Well, it’s one of the most anticipated games of the year …
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As soon as the Game of the Year 2020 discussion moved to the “Best Narrative” category, we all knew what was coming. Despite its incredible visceral combat, layered environmental design, and stunning visuals, it sticks to the game’s story months after The Last of Us Part II was released on PlayStation 4. There is still a divisive debate.
It’s really natural. The emotional journey through the apocalypse of Joel and Erie made The Last of Us such a landmark, and did not end with the protagonist running away cheerfully towards the setting sun.
We’ve always known that Naughty Dogs outperform themselves in The Last of Us Part II, but no one could have predicted that this would be the way they would go. The price of revenge is the most important theme here, and the studio cruelly portrays it for over 20 hours as Erie and Abbey pass through the squeezer. While certain characters and subplots are unfortunately underutilized, Naughty Dog has multiple perspectives, both past and future, without compromise in the name of quick and easy fan service. It is commendable for pursuing such a challenging story that we adopted.
– Jim H
Runner-up – 13 Sentinel
13 Sentinel features one of the most insanely ambitious stories of 2020, starring 13 fully developed protagonists and allowing you to choose which stories and scenes to play in any order. It still sounds silly and impossible to get together in the end, but it actually works!
It’s always intriguing, the character is constantly growing and revealing new layers. Telltale-style adventure gameplay keeps your pace fresh and always involved. This is a large, large-scale sci-fi epic that addresses the ideas that many other Western sci-fi stories have been working on for decades, but despite stupid human error, human patience. We’ve put them all together in a really exciting and uplifting story about power.
– Miguel M
Runner-up-Tell me why
After two acclaimed seasons of Life is Strange, 2020 was a year in which Don’t Nod moved away from the supernatural teen drama and explored the possibilities of graphic adventure games that tell nuanced and intimate stories.
Of particular note are the twin protagonists of the game. The story is about Tyler, a trans-gender man, being released from Jubby and reunited with his twin sister, Allison. He returned to Alaska’s hometown of Delos Crossing and unintentionally unearthed the traumatic events surrounding his mother’s death and Tyler’s career. There is still a bit of a supernatural element, the twins have a special bond that allows them to explore the memories of various events, but in reality it is the maturity of the story, the thoughtful expressions, and what makes this stand out. A way to explore family trauma and relationships.
Honorable Mention (alphabetical order)
- Call of the sea
- Immortal phoenix sizing
Here’s a handy list to keep up with the Game of the Year awards we’ve distributed so far!
The stories and how they are communicated and involved are always deep and personal. What do you think of the winners and runners-up we chose? What games will stand out to you in 2020?
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