20 Best Video Games of 2020

As the year draws to a close, we’re looking back on the best video games of 2020. It’s true that this year was a dumpster fire. One that most of us would like to forget. But plenty of great games finally saw the light of day. Most of the heavy hitters did get delayed somewhat, but ultimately, the quality of games this year was as good as ever. Plus we scored a new generation of consoles to play them on (cue Kool & the Gang’s Celebration song).

Our list of the best games is a blend of those with the highest Metascore, those that were recognised at The Game Awards 2020, plus a few of our personal favourites. Whether you’re looking to reminisce on recent releases or want to check out what you may have missed this year, here’s our take on the 20 best video games of 2020:

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1. Resident Evil 3

21 years after its release, Resident Evil 3 was remade from the ground up to terrify a new generation of gamers and fans of the original. It’s arguably the best horror game of 2020 blending genuine scares with tense gameplay presented with an incredible level of polish. Let’s hope a remake of Resident Evil 4 is not too far away.

Available on: PC, PS4, XB1
Metascore: 84%
The Game Awards: Best Audio Design (nominee)
Developer: Capcom, Capcom Production Studio 3
Designer: Shinji Mikami, Kazuhiro Aoyama
Genre: Survival horror
Price: $19.79

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2. Final Fantasy VII Remake

Twenty-three years after its release, Final Fantasy VII was remade from the ground up to remind gamers why it is considered one of the greatest games of all time. Iconic characters returned to familiar locations with rich detail and a new combat system. The result is a solid Final fantasy that should satisfy legacy players and newcomers alike.

Available on: PC, PS4, XB1
Metascore: 87%
The Game Awards: Game of the Year (nominee), Best Game Direction (nominee), Best Narrative (nominee), Best Art Direction (nominee), Best Score and Music (Winner), Best Role Playing (Winner)
Developer: Square Enix, Square Enix First Development Division
Designer: Naoki Hamaguchi
Genre: Action role-playing
Price: $59.99

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3. DOOM Eternal

Fast, fluid and ultra-gory, DOOM Eternal is an absolute blast and should be played by everyone (18 years and older). The gameplay presented here blends old school level design with modern gunplay, with Mick Gordon’s synth-metal score providing an incredible soundtrack for the slaughter. This was easily the best first person shooter of 2020.

Available on: PC, PS4, XB1, Switch
Metascore: 88%
The Game Awards: Game of the Year (nominee), Best Score and Music (nominee), Best Audio Design (nominee), Best Action (nominee)
Developer: id Software
Genre: First-person shooter
Price: $19.79

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4. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

In a year when most of us were stuck at home, Animal Crossing: New Horizons provided a much-needed virtual escape and charming interactions for all ages. It’s a highly addictive life sim elevated by the real world celebrities who encouraged us to visit their islands – Brie Larson, Elijah Wood and Danny Trejo, to name a few.

Available on: Switch
Metascore: 88%
The Game Awards: Best Family Game (Winner), Best Multiplayer (nominee)
Developer: Nintendo, Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development
Genre: Social simulation
Price: $59.99

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5. Half-Life: Alyx

Fans had been craving a new Half-Life for over a decade and we finally got one in the form of a virtual reality shooter which set heaps of benchmarks for the immersive technology. It’s not Half-Life 3, but certainly the next best thing. The familiar headcrabs have never been so frightening.

Available on: PC (Oculus Rift, Valve Index, HTC Vive)
Metascore: 93%
The Game Awards: Best Game Direction (nominee), Best Audio Design (nominee), Best VR/AR (Winner), Best Action (nominee)
Developer: Valve Corporation
Designer: Half-Life: Robin Walker
Genre: First-person shooter
Price: $60

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6. The Last of Us Part II

The highly anticipated sequel wasn’t what we were expecting and wasn’t necessarily what we wanted. But there’s no denying that TLOUII delivered a memorable experience that will be analysed, dissected and critiqued for years to come. It lifted the medium to brutal new heights, and as a result, it cleaned up at The Game Awards 2020.

Available on: PS4
Metascore: 93%
The Game Awards: Game of the Year (Winner), Best Direction (Winner), Best Narrative (Winner), Best Art Direction (nominee), Best Score and Music (nominee), Best Audio Design (Winner), Best Performance (Winner), Innovation in Accessibility (Winner), Best Action/Adventure (Winner)
Developer: Naughty Dog
Designer: Emilia Schatz, Richard Cambier
Genre: Action-adventure
Price: $59.99

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7. Moving Out

Getting roped into moving furniture is a sure-fire way to ruin a weekend, yet this indie gem turns the world’s worst job into the ideal way to spend a few hours indoors. Get the family together, and it won’t take long to see why Moving Out made the list of the best video games of 2020.

Available on: PC, PS4, XB1, Switch
Metascore: 79%
Developer: DevM Games, SMG Studio
Genre: Puzzle, action
Price: $24.99

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8. F1 2020

In our review, we said F1 2020 has “broken new ground and given fans and newcomers alike a true reason to pick themselves up a copy. Hands down this is the best F1 game in the franchise so far, while it’s also one of the best racing games of any type ever made.”

Available on: PC, PS4, XB1
Metascore: 91%
The Game Awards: Best Sports/Racing (nominee)
Developer: Codemasters Birmingham
Genre: Racing
Price: $59.99

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9. Streets of Rage 4

Anyone who fondly remembers SEGA’s heyday will find a lot to like here. Streets of Rage 4 blends style, a killer soundtrack and gorgeous art with familiar and addictive gameplay. If this old school inspired game proves anything, it’s that the beat ‘em up formula is timeless.

Available on: PC, PS4, XB1, Switch
Metascore: 82%
The Game Awards: Best Action (nominee)
Developer: DotEmu, Lizardcube, Guard Crush
Designer: Jordi Asensio
Genre: Arcade, Action, Multiplayer, Fighting
Price: $24.99

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10. Ghost of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima is my personal pick for the best video game of 2020. First off, it’s gorgeous. Then there’s an incredible open-world for you to explore and liberate through stealth and Kurosawa-inspired swordplay. The story and acting is also top notch. If Japan isn’t on your list of potential holiday destinations, it will be after a few hours with this PlayStation exclusive.

Available on: PS4, PS5
Metascore: 83%
The Game Awards: Game of the Year (nominee), Best Game Direction (nominee), Best Narrative (nominee), Best Art Direction (Winner), Best Audio Design (nominee), Best Performance (nominee), Best Action/Adventure (nominee)
Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
Genre: Action-adventure, stealth
Price: $59.99

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11. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2

Two of the most iconic skateboarding games ever made were bundled together and rebuilt from the ground up in HD. Even with familiar skaters, locations and tunes, the new Tony Hawk’s offered so much more than nostalgia. It’s actually a quality competitive game that feels fresh despite originally releasing over two decades previous.

Available on: PC, PS4, XB1
Metascore: 89%
The Game Awards: Best Sports/Racing (Winner)
Developer: Vicarious Visions
Designer: Leo Zuniga
Genre: Sports, Simulation
Price: $39.99

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12. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

During the pandemic, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout raced to the top of the charts and became the most-watched game on Twitch. It’s an impressive feat for Mediatonic, the UK-based indie developer who set out to make a colourful and accessible game for people who typically don’t do multiplayer. And they succeeded.

Available on: PC, PS4, XB1
Metascore: 81%
The Game Awards: Best Indie (nominee), Best Community Support (Winner), Best Family Game (nominee), Best Multiplayer (nominee)
Developer: Mediatonic
Designer: Joseph Walsh
Genre: Battle royale, platformer
Price: $19.99

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13. Microsoft Flight Simulator

With 37 thousand airports, 2 million cities, 1.5 billion buildings, plus real mountains, roads, trees, rivers and more, Microsoft Flight Simulator provides that much needed hit of escapism that currently can’t be achieved elsewhere. Real-time atmospheric simulation and live weather are the icing on the cake. We hadn’t expected a simulator to become one of the best video games of 2020, but here we are.

Available on: PC
Metascore: 91%
The Game Awards: Best Sim/Strategy (Winner)
Developer: Asobo Studio
Designer: Damien Cuzacq
Genre: Amateur flight simulation
Price: $59.99

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14. Hades

This tough as nails indie gem offers a fresh take on the rogue-like genre with gorgeous hand drawn art and fast-paced gameplay. Technically, Hades launched in early access back in 2018, although the full launch came a few months ago. For those holding off, we can confirm Hades was worth the wait.

Available on: PC, Switch
Metascore: 93%
The Game Awards: Game of the Year (nominee), Best Game Direction (nominee), Best Narrative (nominee), Best Art Direction (nominee), Best Score and Music (nominee), Best Performance (nominee), Best Indie (Winner), Best Action (Winner)
Developer: Supergiant Games
Designer: Greg Kasavin, Amir Rao, Gavin Simon, Eduardo Gorinstein, Alice Lai
Genre: Roguelike, action role-playing
Price: $24.99

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15. Yakuza: Like a Dragon

If you’re open to the idea of turn-based combat against street flashers, sumos and Japanese mobsters, we suggest checking out this latest entry in the long-running Yakuza series. If this doesn’t sound appealing, we suggest you work on becoming more open-minded. Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a blast!

Available on: PC, PS4, XB1, XBX
Metascore: 84%
The Game Awards: Best Role Playing (nominee)
Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Designer: Takanori Naganuma
Genre: Role-playing
Price: $59.99

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16. Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Anyone who played 2018’s Spider-Man will feel right at home here. But then the experience is elevated with killer graphics and ray tracing, an inspiring soundtrack and a plethora of new web-slinging abilities. This sequel/spin-off is a lot shorter than its predecessor, but much more focused and overall, a slight step up when compared to the previous wall-crawler outing.

Available on: PS4, PS5
Metascore: 85%
The Game Awards: Best Performance (nominee), Best Action/Adventure (nominee)
Developer: Insomniac Games
Designer: Cameron Christian
Genre: Action-adventure
Price: from $49.99

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17. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Surprise, surprise, the latest Call of Duty is really good. Black Ops Cold War has one of the best COD campaigns in years with a solid story supported by impeccable presentation. Multiplayer shines, like always. Zombies is enhanced with faster gunplay and level progression. Overall, this year’s Call of Duty lives up to the franchise’s immense reputation.

Available on: PC, PS4, PS5, XB1, XBX
Metascore: 77%
Developer: Treyarch, Raven Software
Genre: First-person shooter
Price: from $59.99

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18. Star Wars: Squadrons

Star Wars fans are invited back to the cockpit for cinematic starfighter combat and an authentic piloting experience. Best of all, Squadrons can be played in VR. That’s the campaign and multiplayer, which are both quite impressive. All around we’re looking at the most immersive and one of the most visually impressive Star Wars games to date.

Available on: PC, PS4, XB1
Metascore: 79%
The Game Wards: Best VR/AR (nominee)
Developer: Motive Studios
Designer: James Clement
Genre: Space combat
Price: from $39.99

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19. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

What sets Valhalla apart from the 22 other Assassin’s Creed games is its engaging story and fleshed out characters that continued to impress across its lengthy campaign. Beyond that, there’s a vast open-world brimming with activities inspired by one of history’s most interesting and bloodthirsty periods. Enough said!

Available on: PC, PS4, PS5, XB1, XBX
Metascore: 80%
The Game Awards: Innovation in Accessibility (nominee), Best Action/Adventure (nominee)
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Designer: Yohan Cazuax
Genre: Action role-playing
Price: from $59.99

20. Cyberpunk 2077

Rounding out our list of the best video games of 2020 is a game that only arrived this month. It was seven or eight years in the making. But if that’s what it takes for a game like Cyberpunk 2077 to realise it’s full potential, then it was well worth the wait. I can confirm that this highly anticipated RPG does not disappoint. Expect it to consume your summer, and then life from here on out.

Available on: PC, PS4, XB1 (plays better on PS5, XBX)
Metascore: 89%
Developer: CD Projekt, CD Projekt RED
Designer: Mike Pondsmith, Konrad Tomaszkiewicz
Genre: Action role-playing
Price: $59.99

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FAQ

Who won best game of the year 2020?

The Last of Us Part II won Game of the Year along with Best Direction, Best Narrative and Best performance for Laura Bailey who played Abby.

What are the top 10 games of 2020?

Ten of the best games are The Last of Us Part II, DOOM Eternal, Ghost of Tsushima, Resident Evil 3, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Hades, F1 2020, Cyberpunk 2077, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2

What video games are coming out in 2021?

We're looking forward to Hitman 3, Resident Evil Village, Deathloop, Far Cry 6, Gotham Knights And many more.