Friday, January 1, 2021

GOTY 2020

9. Panzer Dragoon Remake - I’m so happy to see Panzer Dragoon make a comeback! I love these on-rails shooters so much! Yeah, the Switch version’s graphics aren’t great, but it looks much better on PC, and it’s just such a great game. Fans of games like Star Fox, Sin & Punishment, and Rez should really check this out. I can’t wait to see Zwei!

8. Super Mario 3D All-Stars - This is a pretty barebones collection, but these games are just too good to pass up! Super Mario 64 and Galaxy especially are still a lot of fun, even with Mario 64’s wonky camera. They’ve also added some control options since I reviewed it. I think this is a must get for 3D Mario fans. Get it before it's gone!

7. Mega Man Zero/ZX Collection - This is one of the best collections I’ve seen in a while. It’s definitely higher quality than Konami’s Contra and Castlevania collections, Super Mario 3D All-Stars, and the previous mega Man Legacy Collections. There’s lots of art and music, great control, saving, and viewing options, and the games are really good too! This is a must get for MMX fans. I know many skipped these because they were on GBA and DS.

6. Shantae and the Seven Sirens - I had some problems with this game’s drab color scheme and Metroid-like map, but I still think it’s the 2nd best Shantae game after Pirate’s Curse. It’s definitely a lot of fun and worth checking out for metroidvania fans. I just prefer the more Wonder Boy-like layout and brighter colors of the previous games.

5. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 - I liked the first one’s structure and modes better, but the sequel is still really good. Eight characters, super challenging, and lots of great Classicvania style action. If you’re a fan of Castlevania III and Bloodlines, definitely check out the Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon games.

4. Tetris Effect Connected - I’m playing this right now and I love it. I’ve seen a lot of themed Tetris games over the years, and this might be the coolest one! It’s trippy Tetris! But not just trippy Tetris. It’s Mizuguchi style Tetris. It has that same kind of look and vibe as Rez and Lumines. It has great single player, co-op and VS multiplayer modes, awesome music, and amazing graphics. I just love this.

3. Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass: The Crown Tundra - The Crown Tundra expansion is just about the perfect way to cap off Pokemon Sword and Shield. This Legendary Pokemon hunting content is just what the game needed. I loved the old-school flavor of this expansion, the new story is really good, and the new Max Lairs are a lot of fun too. The Crown Tundra is much better than Isle of Armor and well worth the price of the Expansion Pass.

2. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne (PC) - This game got off on the wrong foot, but Capcom’s support has more than made up for it. They took a lot of the emphasis away from the Guiding Lands and put the focus back on event quests. Real holidays, made up holidays, Capcom game and Milla Jovovich movie tie-ins. There’s always something cool going on in MHW.

1. Animal Crossing New Horizons - This is the way. There really is no other choice. ACNH is far and away my #1 pick for 2020. I played the hell out of Animal Crossing. I have over 775 hours on my Switch’s activity log. That’s like 300 more hours than any other Switch game I have. Nintendo has done a great job keeping the game updated with new activities and stuff to collect, so I’ll keep coming back to this in 2021. ACNH is the best AC ever!