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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is news publication The Guardian’s game of 2020

UK news publication The Guardian have published their annual Game of the Year list and this year is no different. The picks were put together by veteran video games journalist Keza MacDonald and the rest of The Guardian Games team. It’s a solid list if you are a multiplatform owner and the game which came up trumps for 2020 was the adorable Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch. You can read their full thoughts on each pick in the feature here.

15. Spelunky 2
14. Among Us
13. Spiritfarer
12. If Found…
11. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
10. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
9. Doom Eternal
8. Yakuza: Like a Dragon
7. Microsoft Flight Simulator
6. Kentucky Route Zero
5. Ori and the Will of the Wisps
4. Demon’s Souls
3. The Last of Us Part II
2. Hades

1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The star game of lockdown, the deserted-island alternate-life simulator that provided an outlet for millions of players’ creativity, let us all hang out with our friends, and birthed a thousand memes. Animal Crossing has always been good but this version arrived at just the right time, offering us a soothing escape from a real world that was becoming scary and unpredictable. For many, 2020 will be remembered as the Animal Crossingyear as much as the pandemic year.

What we said: “The absence of noise and urgency on my little island has made it a vital sanctuary, and it looks as if it will be greatly needed in the weeks and months to come.”

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