We are finally here and are standing on the cliff on New Year’s Eve. And, as is customary around these parts, it means it’s time to reveal the overall winner at our Game of the Year Awards.
Celebrating hot new multiplayer games like Fall Guys, and outstanding big-budget VR games like Half-Life, as we defend the extraordinary Hades as the best independent game in the last few weeks. Until then, we’ve seen celebrating what we consider to be the best games: Alyx.
After all, it’s the most important overall winner for people, and I’m sure everyone has a particular favorite. Some games may feel like there are pre-determined games, while others are controversial or uncertain. In 2020, there was nothing, if not uncertain, controversial …
– Article continues below –
This year’s overall winner will pave the way for the future, looking to the past.
Few games have the fame of FINAL FANTASY VII. Despite the PS1 limitations, the 1997 Classic is a hallmark of what the game can achieve, both in terms of storytelling and cultural reach.
Not only was this a story of spectacular proportions spanning four discs, but it was really great throughout. An unlikely group of eco-terrorists working with dark merchants to save the planet from large corporations and in the process find mutual respect, admiration and friendship. It made you laugh, cry, and made Sony persistent for the remastering of two complete console cycles.
No one would be surprised if this was the most requested remake ever. This generally means that the final product can’t stand the hype. That is, look at the hype around Cyberpunk 2077 that has accumulated only in past console cycles.
When Square Enix finally announced the remake, enthusiastic fans were initially outraged to hear that the game was split and the first entry covered only the first disc, but when everyone got the game , This feeling soon disappeared. The graphics are sublime, and real-time combat is now tight, bringing new life to the little things fans love, like the Honey Bee Inn. This is not a timeless classic soulless re-release. This is a remake from scratch that takes a game loved by millions of people and somehow makes it even better. Everything is as good as you remember, but more.
The real test is to see if the final follow-up is just as watertight. We all hope you don’t have to wait for PS7 to get it …
– Nick B
Runner-up – The Last of Us Part II
At the beginning of 2020, many would have expected Naughty Dog’s long-awaited sequel to win the Game of the Year award, but in many cases it is. However, being one of the most anticipated and talked-about video games of the year is not enough to win automatically.
Even months after The Last of Us Part II was released exclusively on PlayStation 4, the Naughty Dog sequel continues to analyze stories, themes, and characters, resulting in enthusiastic fan debate. It is the center of. Some tasted the bold direction of Naughty Dog and loved it, while others left with dissatisfaction.
After all, The Last of Us: Part II is inseparable from its gritty, fascinating story, but it’s just one aspect that helped the game get very close to this year’s GOTY Summit. Its relentless despair, its overwhelming desire for revenge, pervades every aspect of Part II play, especially with some of the more intense stealth / combat encounters created so far. Naughty Dog has created one of the most important games of 2020, betting the story, intuitively refining and extending everything around it.
– Jim H
Runner-up – Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing: No game had an impact on 2020 like New Horizons. Those who arrived as the first wave of the pandemic worked from home if possible, furled if they couldn’t, and did nothing but go out. New Horizons has provided a small island of tranquility that allows players to regain a little control. Comfort yourself for everyday chores, look for fossils, fish, repay your mortgage, and finally start decorating and transforming the island to suit you.
It wasn’t just timing, it was a big step forward in the series, but it had a lot of Nintendo’s weirdness surrounding file storage and clumsy online and local multiplayer options. The game looks great. It is strange to visit and explore the museum full of discoveries. The way the experience changes when credits are rolled back is like being released and daunting when you see a magical island created by someone else. With newly discovered freedom.
Undoubtedly, the Game of the Year allows you to choose the most influential game, away from the notion that it means the “best” game (for the best value given). Animal Crossing New Horizons has defined a long period of 2020 for myself, my partner, my friends, some of the writers here at TSA, and millions of people.
Honorable Mention (alphabetical order)
- Ghost of Tsushima
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Here’s a handy list to catch up with the Game of the Year awards we handed out!
The Game of the Year 2020 Awards have ended! Who are you preparing for 2021?
– The page continues below –