• September 30, 2023

Best Games of 2020

Winners of the annual international exhibition of computer games Gamescom 2020

Let’s take a closer look at the games that won the Gamescom Awards.

GAMESCOM Awards 2020 winners

Best Action Adventure – Watch Dogs Legion

Watch dogs legion

This year, this title can “boast” Watch Dogs Legion. The developer is the French company Ubisoft. It is a sequel to Watch Dogs and Watch Dogs 2.

The plot of this game is as follows – ctOS arrived in London, and with her – the formation of the police regime. PMC Albion led by Nigel Cass captured the city, keeping everyone in tight hands. The only salvation is grouping Dedsec

This game is distinguished by the absence of a specific protagonist (you can play for almost every resident of London), as well as “permortality” (after death, the hero is not reborn). This allows you to choose a character for your style of play and act as carefully as possible so as not to lose him in battle.

#ff9900;”>Release date: October 29, 2020.

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Star Wars: Squadrons

Gamescom Action of the Year – Star Wars: SquadronsOnly it does not happen on earth, but in space… You will play as fighter pilots, of which there will be many – four on each side.

Important! For a better understanding of the story of the game Star Wars: Squadrons, it is worth watching the fourth episode of Star Wars, called “A New Hope.”

This game will have not only a story campaign, but also multiplayer, in which there are only two modes – Skirmish and Battle of Fleets.

The graphics are striking in detail, as can be seen in the example of the cockpits. The soundtrack is great and makes it much easier to immerse yourself in the game world.

Release date: October 2, 2020.

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Best Independent Game – Curious Expedition 2


400;”>Curious expedition 2 Is an indie project that became the best at Gamescom 2020. It is a representative of the Roguelike genre, which is quite popular among indie developers.

According to the plot, a discovery was made mystical islands to which expeditions are sent to search for treasures. You are the head of the next group that was sent there for the same purpose. The main task is to monitor its condition.

All game mechanics were carried over from the first part and subsequently improved. The world around us has become more “Alive”, graphics are nicer. There are many more traps. Moreover, each of them is unique in terms of its mechanics.

You can buy this game in Steam

Release date: unknown, as of September 5, 2020, the project is in early access.

Best Multiplayer Game – Operation: Tango


Operation: Tango is a pretty interesting multiplayer game, clearly geared towards co-op. In this she reminds A way outwhere there was the same system. She offers the passage of missions with a partner, whom you will not be able to see – only hear.

Unusual graphics and setting, as well as soundtrack – all this allows you to immerse yourself in the gameplay almost immediately, which is made quite simple and straightforward.

This game differs from many multiplayer projects quite modest system requirements, which will potentially increase the number of gamers who have a weak PC.

You can purchase this game at Steam

Release date: 2021.

Best Xbox Game – Tell Me Why

Tell Me Why is a new game from renowned French developers Dontnod (Remember me and Vampyr). The main characters are the twins Tyler and Alison Ronan. With their mysterious spiritual connection, they will try to find out everything connected with their troubled childhood – then events occurred that affected the fate of Tyler and the mother of the twins.

Episodic presentation of the plot, which is characteristic of Life is Strange, manifests itself here as well. So, according to the developers, the story of the main characters is better conveyed.

You can buy the game at Steam (PC) or in the app store for Xbox

Release date: August 27, 2020.

Best Nintendo Switch Game – Little Nightmares II


For the Switches, there have been quite a few noteworthy big projects outside of the Mario universe this year. It was all the easier at Gamescom to identify the main contender for victory – Little Nightmares II.

It should be noted right away that the genre of this game is rather unusual – platformer… However, it is he who ideally fits the portable Nintendo Switch console. This game also has quest and horror elements.

It is considered a continuation of the first part of the game. Many of the successful gameplay mechanics from Little Nightmares have been moved and improved… The graphics and audio are still good.

It is also worth highlighting the fact that several plot characters of the first part will be in the second. For instance, Sixth – the main character of Little Nightmares.

Release date: February 2021.

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Best Family Game – KeyWe


400;”>Family games are quite an interesting segment of computer entertainment. There are very few of them and they, as a rule, go to consoles (for example, on Nintendo Wii). But this time the winner was a project that was released on PC – a rather peculiar game called KeyWe. It belongs to the puzzle genre.

Controlling two kiwi birds, you will have to go through various levels that test your logic and intelligence. If you wish, you can play alone, controlling two birds at once, which somewhat complicates the gameplay itself. As in many games, there is the possibility of changing the appearance – thanks to this it will be possible to create unique characters.

You can buy the game at Steam

Release date: 2021.

Best Races – DIRT 5

This year there is a rather small selection of games in another genre – racing. Of course, we saw Ubisoft’s Trackmania, Project CARS 3 (which won another prize) and even one of the worst film projects – Fast & Furious Crossroads. The choice here was pretty obvious – DIRT 5, developed by the company Codemasters (creator F1, Operation Flashpoint, Overlord).

In the fifth part, the game became even more insane and stylish at the same time. The increased number of tracks, the higher the complexity of their passage. In addition, this part of DIRT has more realistic physics due to the use of its own engine (good optimization is noted both on consoles and on PC).

By the way, there is a well-implemented offline multiplayer here. We are talking about Split screen-mode, when the screen is divided into several parts, and on each of them the participant sees his own car.

Release date: November 6, 2020.

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Mafia: Definitive Edition

Many gamers know the first part of the Mafia (Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven) and have already gone the way of Tony Angelo from a simple taxi driver to a high-ranking member of the mafia. And Hangar 13 decided to please fans of such a classic with the release of a remake – Mafia: Definitive Edition.

In this part you will follow the same path again, but with improved graphics. The plot has been expanded so that you can see additional details of the story that were not covered in the original.

It is worth highlighting separately use of 3D motion capture technologies for more realistic faces of characters.

The gameplay mechanics are somewhat similar to the third part. This makes sense since Mafia: Definitive Edition is based on a modified engine for this game.

Release date: September 25, 2020.

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Best Simulator – Project CARS 3

Project CARS 3

As mentioned earlier, there were not so many racing simulators in 2020, so the choice was limited. Won the race DIRT five, and in simulators, another project won – Project CARS 3.

The first thing this game has to offer is a new career mode in which you are an aspiring racer with a dream to become a legend. To achieve the goal, the player is given the opportunity to use a large fleet of 200 cars, among which there are not only racing, but also road car models.

Also in this game there are familiar to racing trials… You can take them every day and get not only pleasure, but also rewards.

For the “liveliness” of the game, the developers offer improved AI, graphics, and a constant change of weather, day and night.

You can buy the game at Steam

Release date: August 28, 2020.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2

And again a remake. Only here is no longer a shooter, but a sports game. This is not a car or motorcycle race, but a game with a more unusual vehicle – skateboard

Everything is great here: legendary songs, heroes that have become an icon of skateboarding, as well as a control system like in the original game. Beyond the legend Tony Hawke, you can play as other famous skateboarders. Moreover, you can create your own unique character.

There are two types of multiplayer – online sessions with two modes, as well as local offline skating with a split screen Split-screen technique.

You can buy the game at EGS

Release date: September 4, 2020.

Best Strategy – Humankind


There are more strategies this year: at least at Gamescom 2020 there were plenty to choose from. Humankind’s uniqueness is a legitimate reason for winning the nomination “Best Strategy”

Quite an ambitious and promising project, if you look at the statements of the game developer – Amplitude Studios. The gameplay mechanics here are about the same as those of the mastodons of this genre: Age of empires and Civilizations.

The developers offer to go through an unusual experience in the form of developing your own civilization, participating in historical events and the opportunity to make your people great. For example, from Ancient Egypt to come to the moment when the flag with the eye of the god Ra on it will be hoisted on the moon.

You can buy the game at Steam

Release date: 2021.

Best RPG – Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

This game has been eagerly awaited by hundreds of thousands of gamers since the announcement at E3 2018. The developer is the company CD Project RED… She became known primarily for a series of games Witcher… Best RPG, Best PS Game, Best PC Game and Most Anticipated Game – winning all of these nominations at the International Show Gamescom Awards 2020 won exactly the Cyberpunk 2077 project.

This is a new breath of air for the Polish company, as well as an opportunity to enjoy an original product for gamers. The graphics are as good as possible, but it’s worth using the maps to fully appreciate it NVidia 20th and 30th episodes. You don’t have to worry about the situation with English voice acting in combination with Russian text – the game is completely localized.

Buy a new project from CD Project RED is available in three digital stores at once: Steam, GOG, and the Epic Games Store.

Release date: November 19, 2020.

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Most Original Game – Voidtrain


Now about the most unusual project among all the others at Gamescom Awards 2020. Its originality is expressed in who the developer is – a little-known Russian indie company Nearga.

Her project Voidtrain invites the player to go to a place unknown to mankind, in which its own laws and rules apply. This is clearly emphasized in the gameplay of the game, where you need not only to move from point A to point B, but also to upgrade your only vehicle – the train.

Especially interesting is the ability to interact with the gravity of the terrain to make it easier for yourself and make it harder for enemies. Improving transport will allow drive faster and overcome various obstacles.

You can buy the game at Steam

Release date: 2021.

Each of the projects that was singled out and subsequently received an award for Gamescom Awardsdefinitely deserves attention. All games are interesting enough and will definitely find their connoisseurs.

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