Top 10 Games Played in 2020

Published on December 17, 2020
Last updated on December 17, 2020
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2020 with lock-downs, forced online schooling and gym closures has left all of us with more free time than we know what to do with. On the plus side, it let's us take a chunk out our backlogs and complete some bounties. Here is a list of some games I played in 2020 that warrant your attention, new or otherwise.


SOMA

SOMA is a combination of interesting puzzles combined with a compelling story. While a horror game; SOMA is not cheap with its scares, nothing is gonna pop up on screen and scream at you, making it a very good introduction to the genre. Satisfying puzzles combined with an ending you'll probably cry to make SOMA a game everyone should experience.

System Shock 2

System Shock 2 stands as an all-time classic due to great level design, good writing and fantastic music. While complex none of the main mechanics are beyond comprehension if you're paying attention. Worth checking out if you're looking for an immersive game with a interestingly told story and surprisingly danceable music.

Dead Space (2008)

Dead Space does an excellent job changing up standard combat by forcing you to aim for limbs. This is satisfying and does a fantastic job ensuring combat variety. The horror atmosphere is perfect match for this action game and should be experienced by pretty much everyone.

Unreal

Classic FPS that may make you miss the older more open style of shooter level design. Unique weaponry with AI that continues to impress make this game worth checking out even 20+ years later. Level design can get a bit too complex at times but the wonderful music will prevent you from getting to frustrating if/ when you get lost.

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Phantasy Star Online 2

A new MMO with fantastic combat and wonderful community interaction. The mechanics are overly complex for sure but will reward the diligent player with crazy amounts of character/ gear customization.

Age of Mythology

An example of an RTS campaign done perfectly. Unique scenarios that teach you how to use every mechanic and civilization are exactly how RTS campaigns should be done. Pretty lengthy campaign that preps you for multiplayer make Age of Mythology an RTS that even non-fans of the genre should look into.

The Ultimate Doom

Not much to say here, satisfying gun-play, unique enemy encounters and level design that mostly holds up means that Doom continues to be a relevant experience. Certainly aged but still an absolute classic.

Super Mario Bros. 3

Another game that needs very little explanation. Tons of unique fantastic levels make for a damn fine experience that continues to hold up. Can be a bit unfair at times but since many levels can be skipped this problem can be mostly mitigated.

Vampyr

Vampyr is a classic example of amazing premise sullied by flawed execution, fortunately the premise of a vampire doctor that can feed on people at will (with consequences) is so amazing that flawed combat is a worthy price to pay to experience it.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Awesome open world immersive sim where every mission has a crazy amount of options on how to accomplish. Would be higher on the list but the PC port is flawed to the point of being damn-near broken. Might actually recommend playing this on a console, but will try the linux port at some point to see if it's more stable.


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