Ho Boy…. Game of the year for 2020…This is going to be difficult. This year was unlike any other year any of us have seen… but I’m only talking about gaming. With this year, we finally got the first new consoles in the past seven years. Back in 2013, we got the PS4 and Xbox One, both of which were terribly underpowered even on launch day compared to PC counterparts. Especially with the Xbox One and its disastrous Online Only DRM that caused such an outrage, Microsoft completely backtraced, and rebuilt the OS to work offline in the months leading up to launch. It even couldn’t do 1080p, landing at 900p for games out of the gate. Still, most PS4 and Xbox One games only could do 30 frames per second still too.
The PS5 and Xbox Series X seem like much more complete and competent consoles out of the box compared to the last time, but sadly, they are so hard to come by, that I wasn’t able to get ahold of either of them through pre-orders, and now with them being out for a couple weeks, still unable to purchase them and it seems like it’ll be that way for a while. But that really isn’t even that big of a deal, as so many games this year were delayed to the next year, and the launch titles of both systems are extremely lacking, even compared to previous Console Launches. So even if I did have new consoles to play with, nothing really that spectacular is on them, so I don’t really feel as bummed out about missing out as I would have if it was like the Xbox 360 or PS3 or PS4 launch.
This year I played as many games that I could that actually came out this year, and with everything that happened, every major world event being canceled, and every major game receiving major delays, there really wasn’t that much to play. Here is the list of a very mediocre year in gaming for me, and out of the paltry sum of games to play, here are my favorites in reversed order from least favorite, to most favorite, with some Honorable Mentions sprinkled in at the beginning.