Tag: 2020 Top 5

Top 5 Games of 2020

Finally, on January 2, 2021, I’ve finished writing about my favorite games of 2020. And once again, I wrote way too much for even a very patient person to read. So for the regular people who probably aren’t looking to dive into each of my longer-form pieces, here are my short, punchy summaries. 5. Hades…


GOTY 2020 #1. Umurangi Generation

Few games find ways to elegantly blend their environmental storytelling with their actual gameplay. Great environment design and art direction can tell a story in the margins of an experience, but calling attention to those details is a delicate art. Immersive sims like Bioshock or Prey often use audio logs, documents, and other threads of…


GOTY 2020 #2. Paradise Killer

Paradise Killer feels like a natural extension of lovably bizarre series like Danganronpa and Zero Escape. It has plenty of familiar pieces: a cast of over-the-top characters, a tangle of mysteries to solve, and a surreal world to explore. It has the same brazen and self-assured strangeness, but brought to unprecedented new heights. Paradise Killer…


GOTY 2020 #3. Blaseball

Blaseball is a game about tracking stats, betting on games, and watching play by play live “games” as they unfold. These are not usually things I like to do. Blaseball is also, however, a procedural horror game about changing the rules, incinerating players, and even fighting gods. Many of the games on my list don’t…


GOTY 2020 #4. Signs of the Sojourner

Game mechanics — the rules that govern the way you interact with a game — can often be understood as metaphors. It’s easy to forget this sometimes. What begins with individual actions mapped to buttons becomes a set of verbs that represent something more complex, like a battle or a . Some game mechanics are…


GOTY 2020 #5. Hades

I’ve been a fan of Supergiant ever since Bastion. Their games have been trending in a direction that excited me. Bastion was an intriguing, but mostly familiar isometric action game. Transistor was similar, but added cool twists to the combat system. Pyre was downright weird, a mashup of visual novel, RPG, and sports game. But…