As the world came to a screeching halt in 2020, the gaming industry has adapted and has become one of the biggest years to date for the industry. Two major console launches and the latest installments of fan-favorite franchises had the big three service meals to gamers left and right.
So, with 2020 behind us, the question remains, which company was best for gamers in 2020? Come take a ride with us as we take a look at the biggest highlights from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo in 2020 to decide who was best for gamers in 2020!
The Last of Us Part II
In 2013, Naughty Dog released their swan song in the PS3 era with their modern masterpiece, The Last of Us. After the years since its release, fans have wondered if the game even needed to. ‘a sequel given its open ending. Well, co-directors Neil Druckmann and Haley Gross and the rest of the Naughty Dog crew had another story to tell and officially unveiled The Last of Us Part II at PSX 2016.
The Last of Us Part II is nothing short of an odyssey, spinning an interwoven narrative between two protagonists that culminates in one of the medium’s most heart-wrenching finals. The game not only made the majority of Games of the Year, it also won Game of the Year at numerous outlets, including our own Game of the Year 2020.
Ghost of Tsushima
As the last first-part exclusive to the PS4 era, Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima has closed the book with a bang. As a faltering samurai, Jin Sakai, players must defend the beautiful island of Tsushima from Mongol invaders. Ghost is packed with incredible characters, satisfying storytelling, and combat, all wrapped up in one of the most beautiful open worlds we’ve ever seen.
In the fall of 2020, Sucker Punch delivered a massive update in the form of Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, a cooperative multiplayer mode for the base game. For a free add-on, Legends is an incredibly rich multiplayer experience, full of unlockable and upgradable character classes, campaign missions, a variety of other multiplayer modes. So much the better, the base game and Legends received a generous PS5 upgrade which improved the experience far beyond what was capable on PS4. We’ve given Ghost of Tsushima a lot of thought, giving it a 4.5 / 5.
While there are certainly criticisms to be made about how Sony handled the launch of the PlayStation 5, the success the console has enjoyed cannot be overstated.
Yes, we are still seeing shortages due to the high demand and limitations of this COVID era. The console reveal could also have been handled a bit more gracefully, given that the console itself wasn’t revealed until mid-2020. Consumers have received little or no notice of when pre-orders will go live. Unless, of course, you’ve been listening to the oracle of the game we all love to call, Geoff keighley.
Once you got past the rocky launch stage, the PlayStation 5 had one of the strongest launches in Sony history. Exclusives like Demon’s Souls, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Sackboy: A Big Adventure have made a strong case for picking up Sony’s console over the competition. Best of all, Astro’s game room is widely regarded as one of the best platforms of 2020 and comes free with every console.
The DualSense, which Astro was designed to show off, is such a wonderful innovation over the DualShock that it’s worth considering when deciding between the two big ones.