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The Top 8 Games of 2020: Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Fall Guys, More

December 22, 2020 | Posted by Marc Morrison
Final Fantasy VII Remake

Welcome all to another edition of The 8 Ball! With the year closing soon I thought I’d get my Games of the Year list done now. The following is a list of games I either beat, or at least played in 2020. Some games I just didn’t get to in time, like Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and other games I played but didn’t enjoy much, Last of Us 2 springs to mind. As always, this is just my list. Enjoy:

#8: Cyberpunk 2077

Here’s the thing, Cyberpunk is janky. I’m playing it on a PS5 and the game generally crashes every 45 minutes to an hour. I could probably set a clock to it. I’ve had issues where enemies glitch out, cars float in mid-air, I’ve fallen through buildings once or twice (intentionally and not), among other stuff. With all that said, I still really like playing it. The city is intricately built, the combat is great, and you can have a lot of options in how you want to approach most situations. It’s really not perfect, and the bugs make it worse (aside from the infinite money, and one-hit kill bugs), but I’m still having a total blast playing the game. This is doubly so, when I’m watching Johnny Mnenomic.

#7: Snowrunner

Snowrunner is equal parts of a relaxing nature drive and a tense, seat-of-your-pants tightrope act. The relaxing bit comes into play when you are just traveling around the environments in your truck, the swampy Michigan area, frozen Alaska, or rustic Russia, and seeing how desolate the places, can make you feel alone in the world and find peace in solitude. The tense part comes when you’re tasked with hauling a trailer full of tools from one spot to another, with the road filled with puddles, debris and other hazards. It is some nail-biting action when you manage to haul a load up a mountain trail and you just pray that the road holds and you and your trailer don’t go tumbling off into the area below. Snowrunner does have a bit of a wonky mission structure but there is no better rally game around.

#6: Ghost of Tsushima

I think there is too much world in Tsushima. The last two Assassin’s Creed games suffer from this but I’m not a fan of bloated game worlds. If the game was like 25% smaller, I probably would enjoy it a lot more. Still, there is a lot to dig about the game, the combat is enjoyable, you can get some really fun upgrades and the game is frankly amazing to look at it on the PS4. I never really got tired of slicing up Mongol invaders in the game but just the sheer size of the world eventually put me off, because just finding another Fox Den or Haiku spot lost its enjoyment after a while.

#5: Fall Guys

Fall Guys ably mixes up the battle royal gimmick with that of an obstacle course TV show. You and 39 other players race through stages, or do battle against one another in mini-games, all in the hopes of you being the last one standing. Fall Guys has some finicky controls and physics but that’s probably intentional, to make it easy to initially pick up but hard to master. I love kind of the goofy and cheerful nature of this game, including the infectious starting song whenever a mini-game starts up. Now, just make a Nickelodeon GUTS spin-off please.

#4: Wasteland 3

I was really surprised I liked Wasteland 3 as much as I did. I tried Wasteland 2 and really didn’t get into it. It was too brown, too esoteric and just not fun to play. Wasteland 3 fixes a lot of the core problems of the second game by basically making it like Divinity: Original Sin by having you control two characters whose skills can align with one another. The writing, gameplay and sense of humor are all improved, and it’s just a lot more enjoyable to play overall. Also, while it’s a generally snowy area, there is a lot of variety in the different places you can go, which makes actually exploring fun to do.

#3: Hades

Hades is just a fantastic rogue-like game. Using different weapons, getting random skills, going through different rooms during each run means that no two runs are ever really the same. For me, I tried to stick with the trident and bow & arrow the most, as getting close to enemies usually spelled danger. But the control you have is as great as it was in Bastion with you having precise movements in every respect. My only slight knock against it is that I dislike how long it takes to rank up certain conversations with people. It can become a slog when the game says “Oh, talk to this person 13 more times in order to get to the next step with them.” But that is literally about the only minor issue with the game, overall.

#2: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed is such a weird franchise. I can think of no other franchise that comes up with and then casts off gameplay mechanics so many times than AC. Valhalla is actually a pretty good mixture between the recent (awful) mechanics of light/heavy attacks, gear systems, and leveling up mechanics while also bringing back systems from the past games, like having a settlement, the hidden blade being useful again, social stealth, etc. Honestly, this is one of the best Assassin’s Creed games in years and I am shocked that they were able to put it out and for it to be so great.

#1: Final Fantasy 7 Remake

I’m one of those people who doesn’t really evangelize the original Final Fantasy 7. It was decent at the time, but even back then I thought it had a lot of weird issues and the story was bad. I appreciate the way they basically remixed the story by having Sephiroth show up WAY earlier and how the timeline is in flux. The battle system is so good also, it’s an evolution of Final Fantasy 15’s but with more character switching and specific skills based on who you are actually using. It’ll be really interesting how they continue the story in part two, which given Square’s track record, will come out sometime in 2024.

For comments, list your best games of 2020 and why.

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