Video games have always been a way to escape from everyday life to join virtual worlds with overflowing imagination. This has never been truer than in this year 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic has been synonymous with confinement for long months between four walls. Exploration games in vast virtual territories have therefore carved out the lion’s share by transporting players to enchanted or frightening worlds.
Video: “What are we playing?”, The best of the year 2020
“The Last of Us Part II”: the scariest
How to survive a mysterious plague? The survivors of a world where nature is beginning to take back its rights over civilization have no hope of waiting for a possible vaccine. It is therefore the law of the strongest that acts as a proof of survival. The sublime graphics and a very advanced gameplay make it one of the games of the year 2020. Developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony, The Last of Us Part II has also won the palm of the best game of the year at the Game Awards, the equivalent of the Oscars of video games. To test on PS4.
“Final Fantasy VII Remake”: the most transgenerational
When you hear the word “remake”, there is often the fear of being disappointed, of eating old recipes without a single truly new ingredient except a handful of bland things out of the freezer. It’s the opposite for this last opus of the very long sequel Final fantasy. The game’s creators weren’t content with just a trivial update. The graphics, storyline and gameplay have been extensively reworked to offer fans a nugget to chew on. Available on PS4.
“Microsoft flight simulator”: the most realistic
What could have looked during the first versions to a very realistic piloting simulation, but a little arid, became in 2020 a very beautiful object of virtual exploration, while still being very focused on navigation to seduce fans. The benchmark website Metacritic gave it an outstanding rating of 91/100.
Petit cocorico, it is the Bordeaux studio Asobo who developed this 2020 version of Microsoft flight simulator. The game takes advantage of the power of Microsoft tools with satellite images from Bing Maps and data taken from OpenStreetMap. This virtual world includes more than two million cities and more than 37,000 airports, of which around 40 were edited by hand by the Asobo teams.
The game was released in August 2020 on PC. A release on Xbox One and Xbox Series is also scheduled for early 2021.
“Animal Crossing New Horizons”: the most popular
Best launch in Switch history, Animal Crossing New Horizons was released right at the start of the first containment in spring 2020. While the French painfully discovered the exit certificates and social distancing, this life simulation video game had it all with a concept of childish simplicity, but endless possibilities . Sent to a desert island, the player must develop his own piece of land by taking advantage of his artisanal productions which he resells to the now famous character Tom Nook. Professional retraining has never been more numerous than at the end of the great confinement and Animal Crossing may have given ideas to some … Available on Nintendo Switch.
“Super Mario 3D All-Stars” and “Mario Kart Live Home Circuit”: the most familiar
Nintendo spoiled Mario lovers. For the 35th birthday of the most famous plumber, the Japanese manufacturer brought out of its box an HD compilation with three of Mario’s most famous 3D platform games: Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super mario galaxy. A nugget for the most nostalgic. And to play with others, the thinking heads of the Kyoto studio have proposed a nice technological innovation with Mario Kart Live Home Circuit, a Mario Kart in augmented reality: a kart driven by the Switch that the player can drive in his living room, while observing his progress on the screen thanks to an on-board camera. At the top for parties with family or friends. Available on Nintendo Switch.
“Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales”: The Most Beautiful
Sony has stepped up to the plate to give gamers a good reason to buy the PS5 for Christmas. The game Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales get the most out of power of the PS5 by offering graphics of incredible beauty. The story is classic and in the continuity of Marvel’s Spider-Man where Miles Morales is bitten by a genetically improved spider allowing him to obtain powers similar to those of Peter Parker, the historical character of the series. New hero in Marvel’s sequel, 17-year-old Miles Morales becomes New York’s only Spider-Man, as Peter Parker leaves town. Also available on PS4, the game unleashed its full potential on Sony’s latest generation console.
“Cyberpunk 2077” : the biggest failure
It was one of the most anticipated games of the year. But the game’s many flaws drew heavy criticism from gamers when it released. Cyberpunk 2077 December 10. Then, a huge stop for its creators, Sony announced the withdrawal of the game on December 18 from its online platform PlayStation Store worldwide in order to preserve the “customer satisfaction”. At the moment, no date has been announced by Sony for the reinstatement of Cyberpunk 2077 on the PlayStation Store, but the Polish studio CD Projekt Red has announced fixes for January or February.
As we explained in an article, this “blockbuster”, with an estimated budget of 270 million euros is singled out for its many bugs, disappointing graphics especially on PS4, and an omnipresence of sex objects that leaves players speechless.
The scenario of Cyberpunk 2077 opposes the main character some pretty frightening humanoid robots and a chaotic city called Night City where you have to make your way by taming vehicles and over-powered weapons. “If you have to burn it down, then do it”, advises one of the characters of the game. It is rather the Polish studio which reduced to ashes the immense hopes of the players. Released December 10 on PC, PS4, PS5, X Box One, X Box Series.
“Watch Dogs Legion”: the most connected
Any resemblance to the real world is to be avoided … or almost. Available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, the story of Watch Dogs Legion takes place in an ultra-connected post-Brexit city of London where citizens live under widespread surveillance. One would almost believe that the writers had anticipated a year 2020, which saw the technological tools of communication make a huge leap forward with the development of teleworking, but where, more bleakly, the individual surveillance of each citizen has still increased in some countries like China, at the time of Covid-19. The jeuxvideo.com site awarded a fine score of 16/20 to this game in which you have the possibility of taking possession of another player by hacking him.
“F1 2020”: the sportiest
With its very successful behind-the-scenes series of Formula 1, Netflix has rekindled interest in the premier discipline of motorsport among young audiences. For the first time in years, TV audiences are on the rise and pilots have become more human thanks to the American giant’s cameras plunging into their lives away from the circuits. The very slick driving simulation game F1 2020 comes out at the right time, especially since it is a real success. It is even a “must-play” according to Metacritic which gave it its best rating on Xbox One. Big novelty of the game: for the first time players can create their own F1 team by choosing their sponsor, recruiting a driver and his engineer … on the model of the career mode of the famous football simulation game FIFA. Available on PC, PS4 and X Box One.
“Assassin’s Creed Valhalla”: the most historic
The series developed by Ubisoft had already taken us to the Italian Renaissance, antiquity or the American revolution. This time, the Animus, a machine capable of reading the genetic memory of a human to send it into the skin of one of his ancestors in the past, sends the hero to the time of the Vikings, (read our review) . In this open world, vYou play as Eivor, a viking of your chosen sex who left Norway to find fortune and fame in England. The graphics and gameplay once again approach perfection. Available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series.