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TIME lists the 10 best games of 2020

Influential site TIME magazine has put together a list of their favourite video games that have been released so far this year. The No.1 spot may surprise you as it is indie title Hades which was developed and published by Supergiant Games. It is currently available on the Nintendo Switch system and is priced up at £22.49 if you have yet to give it a try. Nintendo’s top-selling Animal Crossing: New Horizons has made its mark in the top ten at No.5. Here are the top ten games that have won over TIME critics this year:

  1. Hades
  2. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  3. The Last of Us Part II
  4. Among Us
  5. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  6. Ori and The Will of The Wisps
  7. Call of Duty: Warzone
  8. Microsoft Flight Simulator
  9. Fall Guys
  10. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2

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  1. I’m not one for roguelike games, I need things to have endings. Maybe I’m misunderstanding or generalizing a genre I’m not familiar with. Either way I kinda have to play Hades with all the love it is getting.

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  2. The Last of Us 2 is on there but Ghost of Tsushima, Persona 5 Royal, or Final Fantasy VII Remake aren’t? This list is pretty suspect.

    At least they got Ori and the Will of the Wisps right but it should have been higher.

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  3. I keep hearing “Hades this” and “Hades that,” but like someone earlier said, can a rogue like really be that great?

    I’m usually not a fan.

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    1. I was the same way until I played Dead Cells. It’s awesome.

      I don’t know about Hades though. I’ll give it a try eventually.

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    2. Roguelike might not be for everyone, but obviously it’s got its audioence and obviously its big enough to elevate a game like Hades up on the Olymp (see what I did there?)

      I’m sceptical towards Roguelike for the same reasons but for instance went with Everspace on the Switch, more because it looked like the only serious take on space sim on the Switch and I really enjoyed the hell out of it. Its a reason why I might just buy Hades at some point sooner or later as hyped indie games most of the time absolutely deliver.

      The thing with Roguelike is the question, why play any game at all? a linear game goes from a to z and stops. There are quite some things to be said against this structure as well. And games like Breath of the Wild aren’t even so different to roguelikes in terms of how they’re played. The nice thing about Roguelikes is, that in some cases, they can really be very satisfying when you get killed as its part of the process and might enable you to immediately do some stuff you can only do when dying anyways. its a different way to approach a game but above all its still a more fresh one over the decades of playing pretty similar structures over and over again.

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  4. What a biased list. Just because Ghost of Tsushima and Nioh 2 have a Japanese setting they don’t get to be nominated by the western Time Magazine.

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  5. Hades is a great game. Glad to see it getting some love. I put a lot of time into it, and will continue to put a lot more time into it. Its really fun, and totally deserves the praise it gets.

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    1. in terms of the Gameawards youre right, but in this case you aren’t. Time isn’t like bound to only list games that have been released this year. They just list what moved the audience and industry in 2020 and Among Us is undeniably among…them.

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