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It's been a weird year for me. I've often felt less motivated than ever before in the life, for many things and that includes games (don't worry, I'm fine!). That isn't to say I didn't play games this year - for my standards, it was actually quite productive so far - but just that I haven't felt a real excitement about the industry as a whole. In recent months, I've been thinking a lot more about what gaming gave me in terms of proper experiences and stories, and less about how good the gameplay is or isn't. In fact, I considered dropping multiplayer-centric games entirely from this year's list, because I find it hard to rank them among those games that offer you a journey, but, I'm keeping them in for now.

As a result of this, there's been more turmoil than usual in my list this year, with quite a few games seeing big drops, and a couple going up significantly too. It's still not too different though, but I feel like this year, more than ever, the list is really based on my current opinion and nothing more. So those games that kept making it in for their significance to a different time of my life, are mostly gone or in the honorable mentions. Anyways, here goes.

2020 Ranking

- HONORABLE MENTIONS -

Rank Title Platform(s) Developer Year YoY
#50 Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker's Memory Switch Media.Vision 2017 H.M.
#49 Biomutant PC Experiment 101 2021 New!
#48 Bayonetta Switch PlatinumGames 2009 New!
#47 Super Mario Odyssey Switch Nintendo 2017 -21
#46 Mass Effect PC BioWare 2007 Unr.
#45 Super Meat Boy PC Team Meat 2010 -11
#44 Hyper Light Drifter PC Heart Machine 2016 0
#43 Football Manager 2020 PC Sports Interactive 2019 -5
#42 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Switch Sora Ltd. / Bandai Namco 2018 H.M.
#41 Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Switch ArtPlay / Inti Creates 2019 +7
#40 Night in the Woods Switch Infinite Fall 2017 +7
#39 Persona 5 Strikers Switch Omega Force / Atlus 2020 New!
#38 Metroid: Zero Mission GBA Nintendo 2004 -1
#37 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask N64, 3DS Nintendo 2000 -8
#36 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night PS1 Konami 1997 0
#35 Persona 3 PS2 Atlus 2006 +8
#34 Cyberpunk 2077 PC CD Projekt Red 2020 New!
#33 Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 DS Game Freak 2012 -1
#32 Metroid: Samus Returns 3DS MercurySteam 2017 -5
#31 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess GC, Wii, Wii U Nintendo 2006 0
#30 Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Wii Retro Studios 2007 +3
#29 Portal PC Valve 2007 +1
#28 Splatoon 2 Switch Nintendo 2017 0
#27 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time N64, 3DS Nintendo 1998 -2
#26 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker GC, Wii U Nintendo 2002 -3
#25 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Wii U Sora Ltd. / Bandai Namco 2014 -5
#24 Thumper PS4, Switch Drool 2016 -8
#23 Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Wii U Retro Studios 2014 -10
#22 Star Fox 64 N64, 3DS Nintendo 1997 -8
#21 Metroid Prime 2: Echoes Wii Retro Studios 2004 +1
#20 Pokémon Gold & Silver GBC Game Freak 1999 -2
#19 Ori and the Blind Forest PC, Switch Moon Studios 2015 +5
#18 Metroid Fusion GBA Nintendo 2002 +1
#17 Nier: Automata PC PlatinumGames 2017 0
#16 Pokémon Black & White DS Game Freak 2010 -1
#15 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past SNES Nintendo 1991 -4
#14 Astral Chain Switch PlatinumGames 2019 +7
#13 Portal 2 X360, PC Valve 2011 -3
#12 Metroid Prime GC, Wii Retro Studios 2002 0
#11 Metroid Dread Switch MercurySteam 2021 New!
#10 Pokémon X & Y 3DS Game Freak 2013 -2
#9 Super Metroid SNES Nintendo 1994 0
#8 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Wii U, Switch Nintendo 2017 -1
#7 Hollow Knight Switch, PC Team Cherry 2017 -1
#6 Shadow of the Colossus PS2, PS3 Team ICO 2005 -2
#5 Persona 5 PS3, PS4 Atlus 2016 -2
#4 Ori and the Will of the Wisps Switch, PC Moon Studios 2020 +1
#3 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Wii Nintendo 2011 -1
#2 Ōkami Wii, Switch Clover Studio 2006 -1
#1 Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy PC Eidos-Montréal 2021 New!

STATISTICS

Last edited by mZuzek - on 01 January 2022


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