Play of the Year: The 2020 Stephen Top 5 PS5 and PS4 Titles


Each of our editors has produced their own list of the top five 2020 PlayStation 5 and PS4 releases, in addition to our staff’s picks for Games of the Year.

It’s now Associate Editor Stephen Tailby’s turn today.

Bugsnax 5.
When I saw this summer’s Bugsnax announcement teaser, I was immediately hooked. I enjoyed the game’s unique premise and sense of suspense, and the end result provided a memorable adventure. Sure, it’s not great, but in the PS5’s launch lineup it was a genuinely unique title. Catching all the animals and seeing the characters get along was a treat.

A goofy experience, but an entertaining one.


Game Space of Astro’s
Talking about the PS5 launch lineup: I haven’t had a chance to play many of the obvious games on the new console. However, the Astro Playroom has proved to be completely fantastic. I can’t recall any game this year that was so much fun from start to finish, from the moment the game starts to the unforgettable finale. It’s quite short, but it perfectly suits what’s here. It’s a good example of DualSense, but it’s an easily charming platformer as well. In the future, Sony will be nuts not to go for Astro – there’s plenty of hope here.

3. Tsushima’s Ghost
When it launched in July, I started playing this game, but then it got put on hold due to work, and I haven’t played it in a long time. I was actually waiting for the PS5 to turn up to get back into it, and I had a wonderful time.

It’s just breathtaking the world Sucker Punch has made, and I love exploring the map – it’s just beautiful. Fighting, though, for me, is the star. I find that actual fighting is much more exciting, despite all the resources you get for stealth.

The tale seems to be slowly progressing, but the Ghost of Tsushima has captured my attention and will not let go.


The Ultimate of Us: Part II
The Last of Us 2 would be at the top if this were a list of the most popular games of 2020.

This is an ugly game – it packs such an emotional punch, particularly if you’re an original fan like I am. I feel it is important to applaud Naughty Dog for taking something so beloved and getting the balls to turn it all on its head.

Just like the first chapter, the story leaves a lasting impression, and I won’t forget it anytime soon. I will also not forget the thrilling and intense fights, nor the amazing attention to detail.

An total explosion.

1. Dreams Over
If you know me, you know that this year, Dreams didn’t top anything for me. In this season of Game of the Year, Media Molecule’s PS4 exclusive title will pass under the radar for many, but what the studio has achieved here is to be celebrated. Here’s a piece of software that, with just a DualShock 4 and an idea, lets you create practically something. It’s extremely strong and gives people the instruments they need in fresh, exciting, and ever-evolving ways to express their imaginations. If you want to get the most out of Dreams, I’m not going to deny that there’s a learning curve here, but that’s true of anything – and you definitely don’t have to be an artistic prodigy to build something meaningful. It has infinite potential, delivers true creativity, and gives access to thousands of other users’ bizarre and brilliant creations. For me, Sony’s most off-the-wall game of 2020 is the best, too.

What do you think of the picks for Stephen? Are you in agreement with his top 5? In the comments below, share your thoughts.


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