goty-2020

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Best of 2020: Wasteland 3, and James’ other GOTY picks

2020 was a good year for Fallout games.Oh ho ho, no, I’m not talking about Fallout 76 retconning its entire storyline to reanimate long-dead characters in what must be one of the biggest gaming u-turns ever.What? No NPCs? Nah, you’re thinking of Fallout 75; there’s always been a dive bar there. Fetch our robot a new butt, please.What do you mean the entire main quest used to be stoically listening to audio logs left behind by the Overseer? She’s right over thereeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…What I mean is that making “proper” Fallout games has become a whole genre of its own, and if…

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Best of 2020: Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and Alex’s other GOTY picks

I was one of those FF fans that didn’t even want a Final Fantasy 7 Remake to begin with – but there’s no denying that Square Enix nailed it. I never quite saw the point in a remake. Yeah, Cloud and his friends looked incredibly dated in the PS1 game, but as far as I could see it was a near-perfect product. More importantly, I reckon it’d be impossible to do the story of Final Fantasy 7 justice in the modern world with all the trappings of modern games: the detail, the voice acting, the sheer hours required to produce…

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Best of 2020: Ghost of Tsushima, and Sherif’s other GOTY picks

It’s probably beyond trite at this point to say that 2020 has been a wild and weird year. This goes for most of us, but for me, games often existed in their own sphere, away from whatever real-world disasters have befallen us that year. That is to say, I usually have a pretty good idea what my game of the year is each year, well before we write these.I can’t emphatically champion any of the games I played in 2020, which is rare for me. But I can tell you that I enjoyed my time the most with Ghost of…

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Best of 2020: Crusader Kings 3, and Lauren’s other GOTY picks

All this next-gen console nonsense is for nerds – The real MVP of 2020 is Crusader Kings 3. Why worry about lockdown boredom, buying a console from a scalper or 4K vs Performance mode when you can play the best grand strategy on the humble PC? Let me tell you why.First off, let’s get one thing straight: Crusader Kings 3 is better than its predecessor. Hundreds of hours of my life were spent playing Crusader Kings 2 but the latest iteration of the grand strategy behemoth is the best version going. Improved gameplay concepts aside, what I enjoyed the most…

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Best of 2020: Astro’s Playroom, and Tom’s other GOTY picks

I thought Astro’s Playroom was going to be a throwaway pack-in title. I was wrong.Given that the PS5 had big hitters Spider-Man Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls arrive alongside it, Astro’s Playroom being my favorite launch game is hugely surprising. I figured it would be a gimmick-fest: a few bleeps and bloops out of the DualSense speaker, turn the controller to move a robot’s head from side to side, kind of thing. What I got was a wonderful ode to PlayStation and the best example yet of what the future of video games could feel like.Astro’s Playroom is undoubtedly what…