Games of 2020 – The Long Road

It’s been quite a year, and quite the shitty one for so many. As this year comes to a close, it is time for my annual Game of the Year articles. This is going to be an unprecedented series, with six articles planned this year.

Yes. Six. I’m going to be half dead by the end of December.

So, why do I write this article now, and not in December? For one thing, I like showing off and preparing some hopeful hype. I’m planning on putting in a lot of work into these, and I want to set my goals for this year’s array of wacky thoughts.

I’ll be featuring some of these games on my twitch channel in the coming weeks.

https://www.twitch.tv/diabound111

Previous Years

For fun, let’s look back on the other years for my lists. These are not completely in sync with the articles of those years – they are with hindsight.

Top 10 from 2017:

  1. Divinity Original Sin 2
  2. Hat of Time
  3. Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  4. ELEX
  5. Assassins Creed Origins
  6. Total War: Warhammer 2
  7. Hollow Knight
  8. Spellforce 3
  9. West of Loathing
  10. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Top 10 from 2018:

  1. Rimworld
  2. Kingdom Come Deliverance
  3. Hitman 2
  4. Pathfinder: Kingmaker
  5. Kenshi
  6. Subnautica
  7. Two Point Hospital
  8. Red Dead Redemption 2
  9. BATTLETECH
  10. Crosscode

Top 10 from 2019:

  1. The Outer Wilds
  2. Pathologic 2
  3. Disco Elysium
  4. Enderal: Forgotten Stories
  5. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  6. Streets of Rogue
  7. Wildermyth
  8. Lost Ember
  9. Planet Zoo
  10. Outward

RULES

Yep, we’re back to the rules. I’m following a strict guideline because of the sheer number of games I’ve played this year.

1. Candidates have to be released in the year they are made, for any platform. I have to own the game and play it for a decent amount of time to count it.
An easy enough rule. GOTY Games for me are games released that year, rather than games I’ve played. So, stuff like Red Dead Redemption 2, Horizon Zero Dawn and Death Stranding, while PC releases and good games, cannot be part of my list.
2. Early Access Titles that are launched in 1.0 this year count, but only if they weren’t featured in previous years. Trying to keep this to a minumum for my Top 10! (1 Max)
I will give a little spoiler, there are two high profile games in this category that are in a battle for who gets to be on my Top 10. I wonder if anyone can guess what they are? There will only be one of these in the Top 10 this year, but it is such a strong game I had no choice. This rule is because of 2018, where several older games made the Top 10, with Rimworld winning outright.
3. Remasters or Remakes will be allowed if they add a good amount of new content.
A fair rule, exists to avoid too much clutter.
4. Early Access titles ARE allowed, but only with enough content to support my view. Only three games from these criteria are allowed in Top 10, which will be declared in “Best of Early Access.”
Again to avoid clutter, but this is going to be an extremely difficult discussion, so much so I’ll have at least one article dedicated to it. Indie Early Access has been huge this year, with several excellent titles that could be a challenge for the GOTY.

I will also say this outright, I will not be featuring Baldurs Gate 3. While Larian’s latest title has potential to be a giant killer, and despite me enjoying what I have played, it is just not in the amount of content/polish where I can justify putting more time into it. Perhaps 2021?

While I am allowing 3 titles to be in my Top 10, it’s just a guideline.
5. I need to be fair. You’ll see why. In other words, No games I worked on can be in my Top 10, even if I may think they deserve to be in my Top 10.
Yeah…you’ll hear me gushing to the heavens on media long before I mention the game. A simple rule, just for fairness, really.
6. No Ports.
Again, this is to avoid clutter.

Schedule

Because of health reasons, this schedule may not go 100% to plan, but here is the plan for this year.

Best of Early Access 2020 – Who goes Through? (Late November)
Probably the most difficult off the bat. I take you through 10 of my favourite games released in 2020 that are in Early Access, with two that will be allowed to move onto the Top 10. This might be a more difficult decision than picking my Top 10 games of the year outright! I will likely not announce them at the end of the article, but leave things as a surprise.
Honorable Mentions (Early December)
Like 2019, I will give you guys a rundown of games that, while not quite making the cut, are either great games that just missed out, or games who are let down by their flaws.
Top 10 – 10-6 (Early December)
Continuing on, I’ll be kicking off the official Top 10 outright with the first five.
Dropped the Ball (Mid December)
In a more critical segment, I’ll be discussing games that were held back by broken launches, missed the cut entirely or games that, while impressive, held back by other factors.
A Roundup of Other Games (Mid December)
In the final part before the Top 5 is revealed, I’ll be discussing some games in a quick-fire style, games that missed the cut, games I’ve not dedicated much time to, and so on.
The Top 5 of 2020 (Late December)
To finish off 2020, I’ll announce the Top 5 with reviews as well as the overall winner.

And that is the gist of things, really! I hope these will help people a little.

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