Content of the article: "My Belated patient 2020 games with mini reviews (No major Spoilers)"
I may be a few days late but 2020 for me was just a year where I worked on my backlogs compared to just buying multiple new games (tbh i only have an xbox, switch and PC so I couldn't play most of the big games last year as they where mainly PS exclusive). Im only including games I started and finished in 2020 but i may loosen up for my PGOTY since I started so many in 2020.
Control (2019): Even though my xbox one s struggled sometimes to run the game, Control is one of the most unique AAA games I have played, both visually and gameplay wise. First up the visuals are outstanding with the brutalist architecture of The Oldest House compared to the warped darkness of The Hiss as well as the integration of FMV elements with the various videos featuring Dr Casper Darling and the previous head of the FBC. The gameplay also seperates itself other third person shooters with less emphasis on taking cover and more on moving around and using various telekinetic ablities along with the shape-shifting Service weapon. While the story did take its time it fully set in for me, I was still hooked all the way through. 9/10
Resident Evil 2 Remake (2019) Wow, just Wow. This should be one the gold standards on how to remake an already classic game. Visually it is one of the best looking games I have played thanks to the stellar work Capcom did on the RE Engine (use this engine more Capcom, please) and it shows with the outstanding recreation of the Raccon Police station as well as the facial animations rivaling the work Naughty Dog does. The use of binural audio/Dolby Atmos is something I also appreciate as well as it enhances the forboding atmosphere and immersion. While for some the gameplay may be clunky, I thought it worked well in its favour as it enhances the tension. I also like the additions of the ghost survivor dlcs as it brings more context and story to the world and some intersting alternate story paths. Bravo Capcom, you made one of my favourite games of all time. 10/10
Dishonored 2 (2016) I played the hell out of the original Dishonored due to the amazing stealth gameplay and how the choices I had felt like I had serious impacts on the world. Its sequel is a very good if not as good follow up to my 2012 GOTY. I think visually it looks nice but I prefer the more painting like visuals of the original as it allows to have its own identity. Story wise its pretty good and I liked alot of the impacts I had made on my playthrough (low chaos). Voice acting could have been better despite the all star cast as they sound so deadpan and boring which makes me feel like i am playing as an even gruffer Ron Swanson. But the gameplay is what hooks me into the game as the non linear and open but contained level design allowed me to attack every mission the way I wanted. I also think some of the levels even exceed the original. Even with a few problems I enjoyed my time with this game. 8.5/10
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus (2017) Who knew the nazi killing B.J Blazkowicz had feelings and doubts. While this idea was demonstrated in the 2014 reboot "The New Order", for me its follow up exceeds it on many levels. Story wise it features some amazing sequences that feels like it was ripped from a rejected Quentin Tarantino script. The writing also should be commended with some amazing diaglogue and characters written for an FPS game. Though the stealth elements needed some more time to bake, the gameplay it very outstanding combining both retro and modern elements to deliver amazing gunplay and gameplay moments. I also like the various difficulty options even though I wanted to play on the easiest mode ( I wanted be Terror Billy, the man who grinds nazis into a fine red pulp). Outstanding work. 9/10
The Evil Within 2 (2017) Third Bethesda game in a row, last one I swear. I never got round to completing the first game but from what I played its follow up improves on its gameplay but could have been better with its story. The story is ok but feels a bit generic along with the cookie cutter protagonist but what I think it excels in with its story moments with the new enemy encounters featured throughout the game increasing the stakes for me. I also like the empahsis on stealth and the variety of weapons featured in the game. 7.5/10
Super Smash Bros Ultimate (2018) I don't think any other game can release with more content than Smash Ultimate does. Even if you haven't purchased fighter packs the roster is insane with every prior Super Smash Bros character being featured throughout the game. The gameplay is also good for those who may not be the best at fighting games but also features enough depth for experienced fighters who know every move and combo. The stages also look great and truly feels like the definitive nostalgia game for those who grew up playing the games along with featuring enough fan service for the super fans. 9/10
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015) This feels like the perfect Uncharted game for those who don't have a Playstation and feels like the best in the series. While similar to the last game where it gets a bit wacky with some weird fantasy elements. The gameplay and visuals look outstanding and is one of the best action-adventure games I have played. But my main problem would be its lack of advancement compared the 2013 reboot as it doesn't do alot to sperate from the reboot. But I enjoyed it regardless. 8/10
Hotline Miami (2012) While this game isn't for every one due to the games weird and vague storyline and the tough as nails top down shooter gameplay. I enjoyed it for those reasons as I wanted to find out the weird world Jacket lives in and the tough gameplay forcing me to think how I attack. 9/10
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015) Outstanding game but it acutally took me over 2 years to complete thanks to a bunch of other games taking up my time. Great game. 9.5/10
Games I have yet to complete so here is some thoughts:
Horizon Zero Dawn (2017) Very good open world Action RPGlite experience so far, I appreciate what Guerrilla Games have done to improve on the PC port. The Visuals are to die for and the gameplay mixes both Tomb Raider and Monster Hunter in the best way.
Death Stranding (2019) Very odd game but I commend it for its ambition and the unique multiplayer. The performances are very good so far but I am pretty early in the game.
Nioh (2017) My favourite Soulkirobourne game. The gameplay is my favourite part so far combining the challenging difficulty of the genre with Hack and Slash elements similar to Ninja Gaiden.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015) one of the best stealth game experiences I have played with its emphasis on allowing the player to infiltrate however they please.
Doom Eternal (2020) This game asks the question we had if Doom 2016 could be even more metal. Both the Gameplay and even the story have me hooked in.
Yakuza 0 (2017/2020 on xbox) Its the ultimate do anything game. You can play classic Sega arcade games, dance, sing karaoke, eat ramen, bowl, go to the batting range and there is a melodramatic crime story as well that balances wacky humour and serious mafia moments as well.
Bulletstorm (2011) A dumb crass FPS game that knows its a dumb crass FPS game
These are just a few of my favourite PGOTYS and yes I know I need to complete a lot of games, game pass has given me too many games to play. Edit: had to change some spelling mistakes
- Should I buy Breath of the Wild or Super Smash Bros Ultimate
- Just played threw all 5 of the main Fallout games for the first time
- WSIB for a Nintendo Switch
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