This year has been total garbage but a silverlining was my ability to play through a lot of games this year due to being in quarantine. This includes games that were released before 2020. I enjoyed a lot of games this year but these were my favorites. I'm just going to include a short blerb on why I enjoyed them.
Btw, there's a lot of games I never had the time or mood to get into that I'm sure I would love too. I'll def check them out next year.
Ghost of Tsushima (Platinum)
A fantastic game from beginning to end with lots of great quiet moments mixed with drama and cool moments. Combat never gets old and the world is a joy to explore. Absolutely gorgeous visuals and lots of great characters. The Legends mode added a fun coop mode that is worth checking out if you needed more. This game just made me happy from beginning to the end. Never felt frustrated or annoyed.
Final Fantasy VII Remake (Platinum)
An amazing "remake" with fantastic reworked versions of the character we all know and love. Lots of surprises and some truly touching moments. This might be one of the best English localizations/dubs I've played this year. Fun combat and an INSANE OST. The remixes were godlike. I'm looking forward to a possible definitive/complete edition. Seems ripe for it.
Hades (In progress)
Is this what it's like to smoke crack? One of the most addictive games I played this year. I could not stop playing it. The combat is super fun and the way the story is told is just genius. The amount of recorded lines is insane and I still haven't heard any repeats after 50 hours. Gorgeous art, amazing VO and wonderful OST. I'm still enjoying it and will not stop until I've collected and unlocked everything.
13 Sentinels (Platinum)
Amazing story with twists and turns you will never expect. The characters were great and the music was awesome. I really enjoyed the mix of 2D adventure game with the tactical combat. Incredible hand drawn art and a great English dub. Truly one of the greatest stories ever told.
Persona 5 Royal (Platinum)
A much improved version over the original. I really liked all the changes to the combat and the new content made the game have better pacing and was actually more fun. There was way more to do. The new story content fleshed out the existing characters really well and the new characters fit in quite nicely. The new tracks were also great. If you haven't played the vanilla yet, skip that and just go for this version.
Dragon Quest XIS (Completed)
What an epic adventure with a great cast of characters. The story definitely surprised me in many ways. The orchestral score is a must and the QoL changes and extra content make this a must play even if you played the vanilla. I never touched the vanilla but my only gripe with this version were the downgraded graphics. But still, I thoroughly enjoyed my entire time with it and it's probably the longest RPG I played this year.
Ai: The Somnium Files (Completed)
Really loved the story and characters. This might be one of the funniest games I ever played. I legit laughed pretty hard at all the lewd jokes and dumb puns. The English dub really sold it and just worked for me. I had a hard time enjoying it in JPN because the English was just so darn well done. Game is also pretty dark and has a great mystery. The twists and turns were crazy. I truly loved it.
The Last of Us Part 2 (Completed)
A brutal follow up to original. The characters were just as interesting and the story was quite engaging. Combat and stealth were significantly improved and the visuals were incredibly detailed. I enjoyed the first game's story more but this game's story was also great. Felt like I watched two seasons of a TV show by the end.
Demon's Souls (Platinum)
A really great remake for one of my fave games of all time. They kept it as close to the original as possible with some QoL changes. The visuals and audio were incredible and is definitely one of the prettiest games on the PS5. While I had mixed reactions to some of the NPC/enemy redesigns, I applaud the devs for keeping the majority of the gameplay intact so it felt like the old game but had none of the negatives. Even if you're a DS vet, this is worth playing.
Doom Eternal (Completed)
A bigger and badder sequel to Doom 2016. I enjoyed all the improvements to combat. It was much faster and tighter. The game also felt much tougher with some pretty insane level designs. Story is better and the music was just as incredible as the first. I still haven't touched the DLC but I will soon once the second part comes out so I can binge them back to back.
Astro's Playroom (Completed)
What a delightful surprise. Very cute and charming. Fun levels and fantastic OST. This is also an insanely great tech demo for the DualSense controller. If you got a PS5, you MUST play this. It's basically Sony's answer to what Nintendo does with their franchises. I really hope there's a sequel or follow-up.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Completed)
Great follow up to Spider-Man PS4. Combat and missions are more refined and focused. I really liked Miles and all the side characters. Story was good and there were some pretty epic moments. The game looks insane in Fidelity mode and is pretty insane in Performance mode as well. It's just a very cool game and I can't wait for the sequel which will probably include both Spideys. It is inevitable.
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