This year’s disappointment
Warcraft III: Reforged
Format: Mac, pc
2020 can very well be classified as the year of disappointments, even in the gaming sphere. This list was by far the longest when we at the M3 editorial office listed this year’s events. Here we found everything from Square Enix’s live service venture Marvel’s Avengers and the total lack of new hardware to EA Sports’ annual game updates and the delay of Halo Infinite. What let us down the most, though, was Blizzard’s reinterpretation of Warcraft III: Reforged. Although the game is based on one of the most beloved games in the genre, the developers did not go all the way with the project. There is an uneven mess left that shows how difficult it can really be to revive a classic completely painlessly.
Hardware of the year
Product type: Game console
This year offered a real cavalcade of hardware launches from all major players. And the race was really even, but in the end, Nvidia’s RTX 3000 series and Microsoft’s Xbox Series consoles were defeated by Sony’s Playstation 5. Where the others improve gaming with technical upgrades, Sony has also taken the opportunity to innovate our way of play on. Dual Sense really takes the experience to a new level, and we sincerely hope that third-party developers do not overlook this feature in the future.
This year’s racing game
Developer: Codemasters Cheshire
Format: Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, Stadiums, pc
In Dirt 5, Codemasters throws all simulator tanks into the woods and instead offers wonderfully thunderous arcade racing, signed by the developer behind Driveclub and Motorstorm. Extra plus for the Playstation5 version thanks to the smart use of the Dual Sense control, which lifts the feeling one more level.
This year’s platform game
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Developer: Moon Studios
Format: Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, Switch, pc
Last year’s platform offering has been one of the very best in a long time. Among other things, Paper Mario made a grand comeback, and the former Sony mascot Crash Bandicoot showed that he is still a hero to be reckoned with. But it was Moon Studio’s excellent Ori and the Will of the Wisps that impressed us the most. The fabulous environments look absolutely fantastic regardless of format and the super tight control never fails. A contemporary platform classic, quite simply.
This year’s first person shooter game
Developer: Id Software
Format: Playstation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadiums, pc
Id Software’s action party Doom Eternal succeeded with the difficult task of topping its predecessor, Doom 2016. This by offering an even bigger world, more mobility to everyone’s our “Doom Slayer” and hordes of brutal enemies. Doom Eternal shows that fps games do not have to be ultra-realistic or multiplayer based to be engaging.
This year’s action game
Developer: Supergiant Games
Format: Switch, Mac, pc
The Bastion gang has released a real superbest in Hades. In this top-down action role-playing game, we shoulder the mantle of the offspring of the god of death, Hades, Zagreus, who felt sorry for his surly and controlling father and decided to slaughter himself out of the realm of the dead. A world-class control scheme, best soundtrack of the year and drifts of charming characters from Greek mythology line the journey to sunlight. Each replay does not have to take more than three-quarters, but the experience becomes just as unique each time as you tailor your abilities with the help of different divine forces and come up with new exciting “builds”. Addictive!
This year’s adventure / role play
Developer: CD Projekt Red
Format: Playstation 4, Xbox One, Stadiums, pc
The tours around Cyberpunk 2077’s bug-filled launch continue But that does not prevent the fact that CD Projekt Red’s future epic is a well-written and empathetic story where we ourselves are involved and choose the path our character walks. Moral dilemmas, hundreds of weapons and augmentations as well as a handful of extra missions are just some of the reasons why we still glide around in Night City. We who play on PC and Stadia. Now it’s up to the evidence for CD Projekt Red in terms of other versions, and we sincerely hope that they fix the remaining problems quickly.
This year’s strategy / puzzle game
Crusader Kings III
Format: Mac, PC (Windows, Linux)
2020 has not been a star-studded year for the strategy games, but a shining exception is Swedish Paradox’s new medieval simulator in the Crusader Kings series. Create your own regent, complete with unique personality traits and target images, and navigate the political corridors of a bygone Europe with finesse, cunning and violence. This is a time thief of rank and exactly what many needed during the disaster year 2020. The sales figures broke the million barrier already after two months and the game was praised by critics.
This year’s fighting game
Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath
Format: Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, Stadiums, pc
In the absence of new, great fighting titles, the upgrade of last year’s already eminent Mortal Kombat 11. The Anno 2020 version, Aftermath, really only gives us more of the good. In the case of Mortal Kombat, it means even more ultra-violent fights and a completely new story for those who must justify their reasons for bumping into the resistance. But Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath actually won already when it made possible the battle of the century: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator against Sylvester Stallones Rambo.
Sports game of the year
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
Developer: Vicarious Vision
Format: Playstation 4, Xbox One, pc
The hawk is back again where he belongs – at the top. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 shows that some concepts are already perfect from the start. It does not need to be updated with innovations such as an open world or downloadable content. Just like in Tony Hawk’s heyday, all that is needed is phenomenal track design and an intuitive control system that is easy to grasp but difficult to master. And Goldfinger’s Superman tune at the highest volume.
Simulator of the year
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Developer: Asobo Studio
For many who had to cancel their itineraries this summer, Flight Simulator came with perfect timing. It gives you the whole planet to fly around on, with a dazzling realism that has not been possible before. Lift from 37,000 airports, sniff over the Amazon, pilot a private jet between world metropolises, or crash-land a Dreamliner on your own balcony. The world is yours.
This year’s party game
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
Format: Playstation 4, pc
Who would have thought that such a simple concept as Fall Guys would become one of the most addictive titles this year? Whether we play alone or with a bunch of friends online, the game always manages to entertain us a lot with its easy-going, but still really competitive range of small mini-games. Fall Guys has all the prerequisites to grow into one of the really great online games, only they introduce crossplay and convert it to more formats.
Game of the year 2020
The Last of Us Part II
Developer: Naughty Dog
Format: Playstation 4
Naughty Dog’s sequel to the masterpiece The Last of Us is a dizzying journey that never ceases to touch. In the midst of the white eye of the apocalypse are the most unpleasant sides of humanity, and we are forced to take a stand on issues that have no clear winners. Ellie’s and Abby’s respective stories are two of the most intricate and emotional in this medium. Anyone who claims that games can not convey emotions in the same way as movies should definitely take a look at The Last of Us Part 2. It is like nothing else. It also takes that extra step to comment on topics that are extremely important in our time. And that without losing the action-oriented core. That’s why The Last of Us Part 2 is the best game this year, and also Naughty Dog’s finest work to date.
Bubbler: Hades, Cyberpunk 2077, Animal Crossing: New Horizons