We are almost at the end of 2020 and its time to take a look back at our choices for Game of the Year, and it is not Cyberpunk 2077.
We asked our volunteers to choose their top choices for games of 2020 and this is what they come back with you might be surprised.
Coming in from Adam is DOOM 64
You’re probably looking at me and wondering just how much crack I’m on. DOOM 64? A 23 year old game as my Game of The Year for 2020? Well yeah, yeah it is. DOOM 64 is, to me, the best version of DOOM ever made, the best DOOM game period (yeah DOOM 2016 was pretty good but this is better), and this remastered version of an already 10/10 game is even better. In a year sporting some brilliant remasters, DOOM 64 stands tall in that list to also show you how it should be done.
Originally DOOM 64 was a built from the grounds up version of DOOM for the N64, sporting a new story, new puzzle orientated maps, sprites and sounds. Its soundtrack, built out of ambient noises and almost no music, added a sense of implacable dread to an already atmospheric package. All of that, including the fast, no nonsense gunplay made it across in Nightdive’s remaster, along with an original new episode, fullscreen support, fullscreen Anti-aliasing and improved textures. But the heart of DOOM, the amazing gunplay, along with the new devious level design, still thrilled me today, more so than any other shooter released recently. I could praise this title all day, but you should just play it yourself.
Coming in from Paul we have The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV
I doubt I even need to introduce Nihon Falcom’s The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV as a potential contender for Game of the Year. Because if I’m being completely honest, Trails of Cold Steel, heck the entirety of The Legend of Heroes had always been highly praised for its sheer scale as well as its engaging adventures. So if you haven’t heard of any of these titles, that’s a mighty fine rock that you live in and I hope there’s room for two.
But all jokes aside, the greatest part of Trails of Cold Steel IV has to go with its extraordinary culmination of everything that happened since the very beginning of the series. From a group of ragtag military students that got thrown into the depths of conflict to the very adventure that shaped their bonds into unyielding camaraderie. This lengthy arc that mixes the supernatural with the rich history of Erebonia has not only given a deeper meaning to the JRPG genre but also spoiled whatever games are coming in the next couple of years. There’s a very impressive story here but also, its core gameplay is something that wouldn’t disappoint. So that’s mine, what’s yours?
Coming from Aidan we have Factorio and an Bring Me The Horizon – Post Human: Survival Horror album
Factorio – Steam 14th August 2020
Seeing a long Early Access period of 4 years, from 25th February 2016, Factorio is one of the few independent games that had both a skyrocketed fame as well as continued development. With a setup of crash landing on a hostile planet and the main aim of making a ship to leave it, you work to build factories to automate mining, smelting, as well as creation while making sure to defend against the alien life on the planet that hate the pollution you create.
Never being dropped and seeing continual updates throughout its 4 year early access cycle, Factorio delivered on many promises as well as innovated with its own systems. As one of the few games that I own that hit over a hundred hours, sitting at around 333 hours right now, I can wholeheartedly recommend this game in its full release state.
Purchase link: https://store.steampowered.com/app/427520/Factorio/
Bring Me The Horizon – Post Human: Survival Horror album
Sitting in well with avid fans of older titles, the new album by Bring Me The Horizon has several love letters for millennials and older. With songs containing whole scripts to minor references, the album relates to Resident Evil, Parasite Eve and Death Stranding. Aside from gaming influences, a few songs also pay tribute to Linkin Park, features Amy Lee from Evanescence and the band Babymetal.
For fans of alternative rock, BMTH has songs on the album of several genres and styles, from heavy screams to melancholic pianos and even a dance track. It is currently available for digital purchase, with a physical release set for 22nd January 2021
Purchase link: https://shop.bmthofficial.com/
From Sahil and Craig R comes Hades
Hades is my GOTY for 2020. If you haven’t already checked it out, be sure to head on over to my review over here. The team over at Supergiant Games have crafted a masterpiece of a game. Every single aspect of the game has been meticulously made with love and it shows. The art style, the gameplay itself and even the soundtrack is pure perfection. If you’re looking for a must-play game from 2020, Hades is it. Highly recommended and well deserving of the GOTY title for me.
There will be more added from other staff overtime, please keep an eye on this page as staff choose their games.
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