The Best Releases of 2020 for 2021!

As we launch ourselves into the 2021, it can be a chore waiting for the newest releases to come  out. Luckily, 2020 was a fantastic year for video games and there is a plethora of wonderful  games to choose from. Here are the best choices from 2020 to lead into 2021!  

1.) Hades by Supergiant Games  

As some may already know, Hades was declared GOTY by IGN, and was a nominee for several awards at the Game Awards last year. It won the award for Best Action game. Hades is an experience  like no other rogue-like video game that has been released so far. One of the most genius and  unique aspects of the game comes from that you are rewarded for dying and making your way  through the depths of hell trying to escape repeatedly with Zagreus, son of Hades. The art style, animations, and voice acting are all superb. It is up to the player whether they will escape from  Tartarus all the way to the surface while fighting hordes of enemies along the way while  uncovering the lore of Zagreus and his other fellow gods. Definitely a release you don’t want to  miss! 

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2.) Among Us by InnerSloth 

Among Us is the most popular multiplayer party game to date, even overtaking Fall Guys’ rise in popularity during the same year in just a few short months. It is one of the most versatile games  as you can play it on multiple systems including PC starting at $5 USD, and the mobile version  of the game is free! A new map along with new skins were announced during the Game Awards last year, and will also be releasing early 2021! Your meetings with your crewmates, memory, and game knowledge of your assigned tasks are crucial in snuffing out whoever is on board killing! This is  the go-to game when you have a group of friends and you all want to have a fun yet stressful party  game to play together. Just don’t be surprised if you lose a friend or two in the process. 

 

 

3.) Borderlands 3 by Gearbox Studios

The long-awaited sequel to Borderlands 2 made its debut last year in March 2020. Borderlands 3 innovates on almost everything from the previous installments. It’s difficult to go back to  because the gameplay in 3 is just so much better than its predecessors. With the addition of  mantling, sliding, and a complete overhaul of every gun manufacturer, the gameplay of  Borderlands 3 is much better than any other game. The new cast of vault hunters are also a lovely addition to the series. With the overhaul of the skill trees, and making the characters a combination of Borderlands 2’s  characters with other additions, it makes them the most fun to play.

 

 

4.) Fall Guys by Mediatonic

Released in February 2020, Fall Guys was THE party game king for months on end. Even with Among Us taking the crown, this does not mean Fall Guys still isn’t a great  time with friends and is just a charming and adorable game in general. Playing with 59 other  people in a race to the finish or a matching tile game is nerve-wracking, hilarious, and  competitive all at the same time. Your goal in Fall Guys is simple: best the other players in the multiple game modes the game offers you, and win the crown at the very end. If you end up  getting eliminated during a round and don’t make it to the next don’t worry. You can just exit  spectator mode in two clicks and jump right back into another match. 

 

 

5.) Persona 4 Golden by ATLUS 

Persona 4 Golden is a great starting point for anyone who is interested in the Persona series.  Golden was originally released way back on the PS Vita in 2012 and finally got a steam port in  2020. You play as the Investigaton Team trying to uncover the mysterious murders of Inaba  while your Personas aid you in the TV world battles. It sounds confusing but it makes sense once  you play the game. For an RPG, it’s very straightforward and the soundtrack blaring in the  background is always a joy to listen to whether you’re exploring Inaba or fighting Shadows in  the TV world. Each character is loveable and memorable and is one of the best RPG casts to  date. 

 

 

6.) Detroit: Become Human by Quantic Dream 

Detroit: Become Human is probably the game with the most replay value in our list. There is one  over-arching storyline with 3 different playable characters. Your choices in each route you play in can directly affect the other route in the story. Become Human has so many possible choices  you can make it is impossible to make them all during a first playthrough. It is crucial to pay attention to the little details in this game or a favorite character of yours may just wind-up dead. The hours of content, enjoyment, and narrative choices will keep the player on their toes until the very end.

 

 

7.) Phasmophobia by Kinetic Games 

Phasmophobia is a horror-based VR title is the definition of hunt or be hunted. You have one simple goal in  Phasmophobia: hunt down the ghosts plaguing the area with your other friends using the  numerous paranormal hunting equipment required. Like Among Us, communication in this game  is vital and it is truly terrifying when you happen to spot a ghost roaming. A VR headset is recommended when playing but all PC users can play the game normally as well.  

 

 

8.) Temtem by Humble Bundle 

Anyone who looks at Temtem will probably relate it to Pokémon as it draws certain inspirations from it. Most notably, the magic of raising and training different types of loveable creatures for  the purpose of battling with them. Where Temtem differs from Pokémon is that the battle system  is much more engaging. Instead of the traditional Power Point system Pokémon uses you have to  rely on the stamina of your Temtem, which is a breath of fresh air in new experiences with turn based Pokémon-esque battles.  Temtem is still an early  access title at the time of writing, so make sure to look out when the full game releases! 

 

9.) Death Stranding by Kojima Productions 

Right off the bat; Death Stranding is a game that is not for everyone. Few players would say that they played Death Stranding solely for gameplay. Carrying packages and shooting enemies is the most of what you do. The most interesting factor about  Death Stranding is the story. It involves revolves around Sam Porter Bridges carrying around a fetus. Above all else, Death stranding is one of the most interesting experiences out of the 2020  releases. 

10.) Left 4 Dead 2 by Valve 

If you didn’t know, Left 4 Dead 2 got one massive final update in late 2020 called The Last Stand. Involving a brand-new campaign, 30 brand new maps, new weapons, and even new steam achievements for the completionists. For all the Left 4 dead fans, it is highly recommended going back to Left 4 Dead 2 to check out the new available update that was  released. Valve released a statement that this will be the final update for the game, and they definitely made it count. 

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Ivonne Vazquez

Hi! I'm Ivonne and playing/reviewing video games is my passion. I hope to share my insights with the games and the gaming industry as a whole to better understand everything that goes into them.

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