Our picks from PC, console, and mobile

Credit score: Oliver Cragg / Android Authority

We’ve numerous players on workers right here at Android Authority, and this 12 months has been an fascinating one for video games. It not solely noticed the discharge of the long-awaited PlayStation 5 and Xbox Collection X and Xbox Collection S consoles, but it surely additionally left us with a bit extra time at residence to take pleasure in them (for higher or for worse).

To spherical off the 12 months, we’ve put collectively a listing of our favourite video video games launched (or re-released) in 2020 on any and all platforms. They run the gamut of free-to-play cell video games to console-exclusives to remakes of traditional titles. Notice that they’re in no specific order. Entries merely symbolize a single sport chosen by every workers member.

Since this 12 months was a little bit of a bust with delays, we’ve additionally included a number of video games that we’re trying ahead to subsequent 12 months on the finish. Let’s get to it!

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Genshin Affect (PC/PS4/Cellular)

We kick off the listing with this multi-platform launch from Chinese language developer miHoYo, picked by yours actually. Launched on cell, PC, and PS4 in late September, Genshin Affect was an immediate smash hit world wide, and for good motive. The action-adventure sport was closely hyped earlier than launch. It’s extraordinarily uncommon {that a} sport delivers on its promise so totally, particularly when it’s free-to-play.

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Genshin Affect drew criticism final 12 months for its obvious similarities to Breath of the Wild, however the result’s greater than able to standing by itself. Positive, it shares some exploration and stamina methods for climbing, but it surely additionally has a novel forged of characters and elemental reactions that add a brand new layer of complexity to fight. Granted, you’ll should put up with a gacha system to unlock the rarest and strongest characters. Nevertheless, you’ll be able to end all content material with free characters, too.

At launch, the sport featured two huge areas to discover, with a 3rd added in December. Yet one more full space is coming in early 2021. Finally this is among the greatest and most polished free-to-play experiences out yow will discover, cell or in any other case.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Change)

Subsequent up is Tristan Rayner’s decide: Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The moment-classic informal (or not-so-casual) Nintendo Change sport got here out in March of this 12 months. Frequent updates have stored it contemporary all through the change of seasons.

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Recruit new villagers, plant flowers, craft new furnishings, panorama your island, or simply relax and chill out on the seaside. New Horizons is an easy sport, however there’s at all times one thing to do!

It’s additionally a very healthful expertise that’s excellent for players of all kinds and ages. Though it was Tristan’s decide, he writes that it additionally “gave my girlfriend and her mates a lot pleasure through the pandemic!”

Resident Evil 3 (PC/PS4/Xbox One)

We depart behind the healthful world of New Horizons for the actually horrible one in all Resident Evil 3. I’ll let C. Scott Brown clarify why this 2020 remake is his prime decide in his personal phrases:

I’m a affected person gamer, so I need to admit I solely performed three 2020 video video games: Resident Evil 3, Paper Mario: The Origami King, and The Final of Us: Half II. I’ve a number of others on my listing (Doom Everlasting and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity for certain), however I gained’t get to them till 2021.

I’m choosing RE3 as my best choice simply because the sport solely upset me for one motive: it’s too quick. Nevertheless, each Origami King and TLOU2 felt means too lengthy (particularly TLOU2), and I noticed I might fairly have a sport be too quick than too lengthy. So RE3 is the winner. Don’t hearken to the flak it will get from Avid gamers™ on-line — it’s a terrific sport that does precisely what it got down to do and does it effectively.

Mission Wingman (PC)

Hadlee Simons chosen the indie arcade PC flight sim Mission Wingman as his favourite for 2020. The Aussie sport was funded by a Kickstarter marketing campaign a number of years again and at last got here out on December 1. Right here’s what he needed to say about it:

I backed this sport in 2018 and it lastly launched this month! For the uninitiated, it’s basically an Ace Fight clone. So anticipate a flight motion sport that usually leans in direction of the arcade-style, albeit with real-world plane. Anyway, between the acquainted gameplay, satisfying explosions, and single-player focus, it ticked loads of packing containers. Mission Wingman even has a roguelike Conquest mode in tow for these wanting somewhat extra single-player enjoyable.

In an entire breach of ballot protocol (he’s been reprimanded accordingly), Hadlee additionally picked Halo: The Grasp Chief Assortment on PC, which has slowly added extra Halo titles since hitting Steam on the finish of 2019. There’s nothing like reliving the Halo magic with the assistance of a mouse and keyboard.

Last Fantasy VII Remake (PS4)

Our resident app knowledgeable Joe Hindy tapped Last Fantasy VII Remake as his 2020 sport of the 12 months. Not like many others on the listing, it got here out on the PS4 again in March, so the world has had loads of time (perhaps an excessive amount of time) to spend with it all year long.

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The sport couldn’t have come at a greater time for Joe. He writes:

It introduced a wave of nostalgia in a 12 months the place consolation was appreciated. Plus, the sport didn’t have a ton of bugs, and there have been enhancements comprised of the unique that turned out very well.

Hades (PC/Change)

Hades was a favourite for many people at Android Authority, however the first to choose it was our Sound Guys colleague Sam Moore. The rogue-lite motion sport topped the listing at many publications across the net too, and rightfully so. It’s onerous to search out fault in Supergiant Video games’ newest launch, however I’ll let Sam take it from right here:

All the pieces from the writing to the music to the artwork is spot on. The gameplay strikes simply the best stability between being complicated and approachable. It was simple to lose nearly 100 hours (in just some weeks) enjoying this sport.

Persona 5 Royal (PS4)

The Persona collection is a family title for followers of Japanese RPGs. The 2020 re-release of Persona 5 caught the eye of our personal Oliver Cragg. Right here’s what he needed to say about it:

Atlus’ expanded re-release of among the finest RPGs ever made added new gameplay tweaks, memorable characters, contemporary music, and a complete new semester to spend with the Phantom Thieves. In some way, one of the best sport of 2017 (sure, higher than Breath of the Wild) bought even higher in 2020. Regardless of already sinking far an excessive amount of time into the unique model, it was a comforting pleasure to spend one other 100+ hours with Joker and co. in Tokyo and the Metaverse.

Seven Lethal Sins: Grand Cross (Cellular)

The one pure cell title on our listing of one of the best video video games of 2020 was picked by resident drone knowledgeable Jonathan Feist. I’ll let him do the speaking:

I put in 7DS on a whim, a Play Retailer advice. The primary half-hour of the sport impressed me very a lot, with decently seamless transitions between story scenes and gameplay. I used to be most impressed with the interactive cutscenes. This sport is VERY effectively animated.

It was after that that I realized the sport relies on an anime. Seven Lethal Sins borrows numerous cutscenes from the present and apparently follows the identical storyline. I suppose that might be an obstacle to a fan of the anime, but it surely’s all new to me.

A couple of months in, I’m having fun with the fixed movement of latest content material, the variety of characters, and the prolonged story that I could by no means end with my stage of informal play. Make no mistake, nevertheless, this can be a gacha sport. I’ve no ambition to maintain up with the Beeg Whales 🐳. The shop is stuffed with $40 and $80 packs. No thanks!

Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater 1+2 (PC/PS4/Xbox One)

Information editor and sk8r boi Jimmy Westenberg took a visit down reminiscence lane by choosing the re-released bundle of the primary two Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater video games. A real return to kind, it got here out on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One in September. It contains the entire nice ranges and skaters you bear in mind. The video games even retain many of the iconic soundtrack. Right here’s what Jimmy needed to say:

After among the nonsense Tony Hawk video games from current years, it’s so refreshing to return to fundamentals with Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater 1+2. The graphics are nice, the challenges are enjoyable, and I really like the combo of latest and previous skaters.

Video games we’re trying ahead to in 2021

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So many video games have been delayed this 12 months. 2021 will subsequently have a bumper crop of wonderful titles. Right here’s a fast listing of what we’re trying ahead to:

  • Bomb Rush Cyberfunk — When you’re somebody who grew up with the trendy skating strikes of the Jet Set collection, Bomb Rush Cyberfunk must be in your radar. We anticipate it to rail grind onto Steam someday in 2021.
  • Bravely Default II — The third installment (don’t ask) within the Bravely RPG collection is anticipated in early 2021. It would maintain what followers love in regards to the sport mechanics whereas including new characters. That ought to give it the contemporary begin it wants after the marginally iterative Bravely Second.
  • Breath of the Wild sequel — It ought to come as no shock that the Breath of the Wild sequel is one in all our most anticipated titles of 2021. If it’s even half the sport that BotW was, it will likely be yet one more defining sport for Nintendo’s pint-sized console.
  • Cyberpunk 2077 — This one technically got here out in 2020, however let’s be trustworthy, it’s nonetheless somewhat undercooked. Patches and updates in 2021 ought to assist Cyberpunk 2077 obtain its full potential, particularly on last-gen consoles.
  • Dying Mild 2 — Introduced at E3 2018, the sequel to 2015’s Dying Mild is about to come back out quickly for PC and present/next-gen consoles. C. Scott Brown is trying ahead to it sufficient to attend till 2022. At the least if that stops one other Cyberpunk 2077-esque fiasco at launch.
  • Far Cry 6 — The sixth main installment in Ubisoft’s open-world despot-battler takes place on an island within the Caribbean. The sport guarantees to be greater than ever. With Giancarlo Esposito (of Breaking Unhealthy) set to painting the dictator Antón Castillo, it ought to permit for hours and hours of sick stunts and dumb enjoyable.
  • Halo Infinite — The quintessential Xbox Collection X launch title that by no means was, Halo Infinite stays one in all our most anticipated video games. The truth that it will likely be included on Xbox Recreation Cross on day one is simply icing on the (quickly to be) cake.
  • Overwatch 2 — The follow-up to Blizzard’s esport-focused hero shooter will add story missions and new maps. Nevertheless, it’s going to maintain all new PvP content material out there for many who bought the primary sport. It’d land in 2021 or later, but it surely ought to make a giant splash when it does.
  • Psychonauts 2 — The sequel to 2005’s Psychonauts was introduced greater than 5 years in the past, and has been a very long time coming. Regardless of being revealed by Xbox Recreation Studios, it will likely be out there on PlayStation consoles, as effectively.

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