So 2020 is almost finished and it has been one hell of a year, and not in a good way. However, as always, video games helped me get through it and their stories gave me the escape I desperately needed from the world. So here’s what I played in 2020 and some quick thoughts about them!
When the first lockdown was announced, little did I know that I would get through the strange events by moving to a desert island inhabited by cute little animals. As you have probably already guessed, Animal Crossing: New Horizons was that game and between measuring the weeks by the appearance of Daisy-Mae and gathering enough twigs to pay off my constant loans, quarantine became a lot more bearable. I had played Animal Crossing as a child so delving back into that world as well as visiting friends from all over the world was exactly what I and a lot of people needed.
The next few months saw me battling with my mental health so diving into some multiplayer and BRs was a therapy for me. For me, Apex stands out amongst the few I tried and it became a goal of mine to improve each time I played. I also found Wattson during this time, and after finding out there are hints she’s on the Autistic Spectrum like me, I knew I had to main her. As well as Apex, I decided to uninstall every other game from my PS4 to make room for Call of Duty: Warzone (it’s a big game) and spent some time running around a war zone (get it) with my friend. After eventually working out that parachutes do save your life, I had a lot of fun with this game, even more so when I was winning.
Then, of course, June rolled around and that month saw me majorly dehydrated due to 1) sweating in the intense Summer heat and 2) sobbing uncontrollably over The Last of Us II. If you know me or have spoken to me for at least 0.5 seconds, you know how much this series means to me and despite all the controversy surrounding it, I loved it. That doesn’t mean that I don’t think some things should have been different, both within the game and the company itself, but when a game and its story means as much to you as it does to me, you can’t help but allow it into your heart.
September saw me running around a ship, murdering my friends and then using my amazing acting skills to lie about it. Among Us burst onto the scene and became the game of the moment and I can see why. Time spent playing that game was full of laughter and even though a lot of us almost lost friendships because of it, I think it’s clear why it became such a popular game this year. What better way to combat not being able to see friends in real life than inviting them all to get murdered by you virtually? Recommend getting this one out during the festive season.
In between crying about not getting a PS5 in November, I managed to pick up Spider-Man: Miles Morales during November on PS4. Although I didn’t get to experience how it feels on next-gen, I still had an amazing time. Between swinging through Harlem, stuffing cats into my backpack and spending half an hour picking which suit to wear: I had a blast. If you want to hear some more of my thoughts about this game, I reviewed it here and it’s spoiler-free!
To finish off my gaming year, I delved back into the world of Destiny 2. I had played and loved the first instalment but never picked up the sequel. So I donned my armour, picked up my throwing knives and got back into it. My only gripe is all the DLCs I have to buy to progress with some of the storylines but I know I’ll enjoy them when I eventually get them. Destiny isn’t a groundbreaking game by any means but it is a lot of fun and I never get tired of the beautiful designs of the solar system.
Overall, my gaming year worked out perfectly for me and at the time of writing this, I am playing Spiritfarer. Let me tell you, alongside The Last of Us II, it’s my game of the year. Next, I plan on delving into Hades and finally installing my copy of Assassins Creed: Valhalla. If I’m brave enough, I may even try Cyberpunk.
How was your gaming year? What was your favourite game of 2020?