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 is editor Sammy Barker’s turn today.
5. 2077 Cyberpunk
I have always admired The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for the impact it had on the industry as a whole, but it wasn’t really my thing for me personally. I was captivated from the outset by Cyberpunk 2077 – and not only because of its unforgivable bugs. Honestly, this game should be higher on my list, but by pulling it out of the futuristic oven way too soon, CD Projekt RED somehow managed to undermine their own masterpiece. Nonetheless, with its compelling plot, multi-layered mission architecture, and likable characters, Night City has quickly become my second home.
4. Tsushima’s Ghost
Ghost of Tsushima is like anti-cyberpunk 2077: it’s much less ambitious than the open-world epic of CD Projekt RED, but it’s perfectly polished. Like the other first-party Sony games at Guerrilla Games, I think Sucker Punch has found its call with this foray into historic Japan.
There is a remarkably strong development of character here, but the entire experience is carried by gameplay that puts to shame similar open-world games such as Assassin’s Creed. Although the title does nothing to push the genre, there are few releases as polished as this one.
3. Dreams Over
Undoubtedly, the most groundbreaking game on this list, and, sadly, one that reviewers and customers alike criminally neglect. Dreams should be showered with awards, but I’m still not sure of how revolutionary it is that people really enjoy it.
It’s completely unparalleled as a content development and sharing platform, and I’m always shocked at what the group has cooked up. But even the campaign alone, which tells a down-on-his-luck bass player’s tale, is a masterpiece and an impressive example of the overall potential of the app.
2. Souls of The Devil
When it was first released on the PS3, I played Demon’s Souls for a few hours and really enjoyed it, but I reviewed just about everything at the time and just couldn’t give my full attention to the game. I was determined to play through the campaign to the end with this insanely beautiful PS5 reboot, and I had a blast doing it. I don’t always have the stamina for it, but if a game is very interesting, I’m willing to give it to myself, and so I’ve been a mess of wikis and YouTube strategies for about 10 days. I’m not afraid to admit that most of the bosses have cheesed me, but learning the tactics and developing my character in this gem would go down in history as one of my 2020 highlights.
The Ultimate of Us: Part II
The drama surrounding The Last of Us: Part II, like a clan of clickers, always shocked me absolutely.
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this is one of this generation’s most fascinating campaigns, not just because of the convincing plot, but also because of the structure and design of the battle scenarios. I believe it’s a testament to the characters created by Naughty Dog that people care so much for them, and that alone makes it a Game of the Year shoo-in. Personally, I considered the game to be very accurate, and I am always fascinated to this day by the sheer density of the environments.
This is, in my view, the pinnacle of first-party output from Sony. Each action frame is a nod to the developer, and a reminder of how far games have come over the years.
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