Games at the end of a console generation are meant to demonstrate the true power of outgoing systems – the culmination of years of developer practice and technical expertise. But I guess sometimes that doesn’t work, and studios just need to push whatever they have to the door so they can start working on better things. That was clearly the case in 2020, which gave us a really disappointing barrage of mediocre titles. Of course, that doesn’t stop some people from saying they’re awesome – which is why I’m here to correctly call the so-called ‘worst’ games of the year.
Astro Games Room
We don’t see a lot of traditional 3D rigs anymore, and Astro’s game room shows us why. It uses a late ’90s design pattern based purely on collecting doo-dads, but then adds a bunch of cheap gadgets to show off what the DualSense controller can do (it vibrates). Has anyone told Sony that this game will come preinstalled on every PlayStation 5? Because I feel like Astro’s game room is really trying to sell me something that I have already bought.
Yakuza: like a dragon
Imagine that an evil wizard holds you captive in a tower, and every day for many years you are fed nothing but bread and water. Then, one day, the evil wizard gives you bread and apple juice instead. After doing the same boring thing for so long, does this evil wizard deserve your praise and gratitude for finally turning things around a bit? No, but the players are too stupid to see that. Instead, they like Like a Dragon because it has a new hero, a new city, and a new combat system. In other words, he’s finally trying something slightly different after more than a decade of delivering the same old slop.
Final Fantasy VII remake
Oh look, I got the secret pitch for Final Fantasy VII Remake. He says, “We need a doomed remake to exist in the shadow of its original form from 20 years ago. But here’s the twist: We’ll only be recounting the first four hours of this game, stretched and padded beyond recognition to justify the full retail price. Then we can ruin the story at the very end after people have already played the whole game. ”Okay, I lied. This is not the real presentation document. But things don’t have to be real be true, you know?
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
After so many years of iteration, I can’t even make out the Assassin’s Creed games anymore. Each of them is more like an album of the greatest hits from an old band, mixing and matching previous hits instead of creating something new. Let’s face it, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla could just as easily be called “The Essential Assassin’s Creed Compilation”. You have to build a base from one entrance, navigate from another, then borrow lightweight RPG systems to keep it all together. Sure, it has a new Viking setting, but it’s basically the video game equivalent of “lovingly remastered tracks” anyway.
Ghost of Tsushima
A lot of people are complaining that all open world games feel the same now, just giving players a bunch of different icons to hunt on a large map. Ghost of Tsushima proves them wrong, because this time the map is in JAPAN. This obviously makes a huge difference, as chasing mute foxes and unleashing countless indistinguishable farms suddenly becomes awesome and fun when you do it with a katana… apparently.
I hate being a stickler here (not really), but Among Us doesn’t qualify to be one of the best games of 2020. I ask you to stop enjoying it immediately. I don’t care how much fun it is to play. I don’t care how much the development team supported him. The point is this: Among Us was released in 2018, so it may not be a good game you played in 2020. Sorry, but that’s just pure math.
Okay, full disclosure: I haven’t even played Hades. I just know I won’t like it because people who like it are so boring online. From what I can understand, Hades is a dating simulator about hooking up with hot gods, and maybe he has a combat system. Either way, I’m comfortable saying Hades is an overrated trash can, because people use the word “roguelike” to describe it, so I automatically know everything I need. Basically, I’ve already finished the game without playing a single second, and it left me disappointed.
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
Ugh, can everyone stop talking about 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim already !? I’m not sure what kind of conspiracy or media bias is at work here, but it looks like everywhere I look this game is receiving another award or being released by a prominent influencer or congressman. Granted, 13 Sentinels has a smart narrative with cool sci-fi inspirations – but how many people are going to see through the hype and see it for what it is? This is a classic case of consumer overexposure creating too much noise and unrealistic expectations.
The Last of Us Part II
One thing happened in this story that I didn’t want to happen, which makes it one of the worst games ever made.
Animal Crossing: New horizons
Playing video games is meant to be an escape – something people can do when they are tired of paying off loans, pulling out the weeds, and dealing with growing insecurities from their friends. Animal Crossing: New Horizons wants to steal this from you. This insidious Nintendo ploy is designed to turn your entertainment into work and replace your real anxieties with virtual analogues. Everyone blames the global pandemic for how horrible 2020 has been, but I’m just saying: things only really got really bad around the same time Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released.