There have been hundreds of games released this year, while it’s far from over. Selecting just five of all the 2020 new games, is a hard mission. Quarantine and social distancing boosted the gaming industry, fostering development and promotion.
Making our choices, we willingly excluded all addons, remasters, and remakes (sorry, Final Fantasy VII or Resident Evil 3). We also didn’t mention upcoming games, focusing on those already available. Still, we’re sure that many of you would offer an alternative Top 5; but nevertheless.
One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows
One of the most famous recent manga and anime series now becomes a game. The One-Punch Man world is the place to meet the most absurd superheroes and the most parodical villains, the strangest situations and the funniest dialogs in anime. That’s why this game is worth a try even if you’re unfamiliar with the original (and if you’re a fan, you must already have it).
That recompense for a rather typical fighting arena and RPG element. Take it as an interactive version of the original manga, and the game will look way better. But we’d rather you read it first.
It’s yet another DOOM, and if your heart didn’t miss a beat, skip it. Otherwise, it’s a must. This DOOM is as different from the first one as 2020 video games are different from those of 1993; looking like an AAA project of 2020 it actually is, DOOM Eternal preserves the gory, brutal spirit of the origin. Again, the Doom Slayer explores the corridors of hell on Mars and Earth, searching for three Hell Priests. The unique combination of mystics and hi-tech sci-fi has inspired many followers, but still, it’s the trademark of DOOM. Now the hell gets hotter than ever.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
If blood and gore and nonstop action of DOOM are not what you want from games, Animal Crossing is the one to look at. You take a vacation on an island inhabited by intelligent animals you make friends with. To make your perfect living there, you can craft tools and build your house, decorate it the way you want, wander around, or invite friends. Animal Crossing is an exclusive series for Nintendo devices, and for some, it’s quite a reason to switch.
Well, if you don’t mind buying devices for certain games, here’s the reason for a headset by HTC or Oculus. Finally, the VR world has its Half-Life. Technically, Alyx is set between the two original games. It follows the story of Alyx Vance, resisting the Combine after the Black Mesa – that is, the world against her. Talking of best new games for VR makes no sense now: there is Half-Life: Alyx and all the others.
Ghost of Tsushima
Loosely based on true events, the game invites you to Japan of the XIII century, invaded by the Mongols. Your character is a samurai opposing the invaders alone on the island he knows. It’s easy to predict there will be lots of stealth, archery, sword fighting, and all the samurai stuff. But the level of detail in reconstructing ancient Japan is stunning. Despite all the bloody events, Ghost of Tsushima is beautiful enough to make you want to live in it.
Games to Come
If we are to make the total Top 10 by the end of the year, chances are these five make it there. But there are many premieres ahead, including Cyberpunk 2077, Halo Infinite, Marvel’s Avengers, and more. Some undoubted hits like The Last of Us 2 or also deserve mentioning. Which game is your favorite of 2020?