It’s that time of the year when Game of the Year is about to be announced at The Game Awards. Although the nominees have already been announced, here’s the opinions that really matter… these are some of the best games this year, according to SockMonkey.
A lifelong fan of the Final Fantasy series, anybody who knows Em knows that it was a total no-brainer for what would be her game of the year.
“I’m a lifelong fan, made evident by my tattoo and my merch collection. The game is fun, yet ridiculous, I used to get called Cloud when I was in my 20s, and it was probably the first game to show me how games could also be used to tell branching narratives. So naturally, I was going to love it. Not only was the remake fresh, yet comforting and familiar, but it also gave me a chance to get to know these characters on an even deeper level – despite having known them for over twenty years! Also… the promise of part two has been keeping me going this year haha!”
“For me it was probably FF7 Remake, I was well aware of but had never played the original (great shame I know) so I was looking forward to a more modern experience. The gameplay, soundtrack and visuals were all just amazing!
Other than that Doom Eternal was great, because what’s not to love about gunning down demons to heavy metal.”
“For me, Astro’s Playroom is the definition of everything you’d want from a game. It’s fun, it’s charming and everything about it just puts a smile on your face. It’s a fresh new take on a nostalgic trip that shows off the power of Next-Gen, and as a developer it’s very inspiring.”
“I’m probably going to say Astro’s Playroom, because I didn’t expect it to be anywhere near as good as it was for a free game. It’s such an adorable platformer with loads of character and nostalgic easter eggs.
Animal Crossing probably would’ve been up there if I hadn’t stopped playing it in July and now my village is probably a mess...”
“Pikmin because it’s really satisfying to see how much you can get done in one day as possible. Also, because the Pikmin are really adorable, watching them die is heart-breaking which really amps up the tension. “
(Watching Brad play this in the office I can confirm that it is sad for Brad when the Pikmin die.)
“Maneater, it was the first game I played after having a baby mid-lockdown and was the perfect antidote to sleepless nights. Pick up and play, you can easily sit for an hour or five mins. The game itself is witty, challenging and a great mix of free roaming exploration. The gradual empowerment also makes it a hugely enjoyable experience.”
“Fall Guys, I hugely enjoyed that, and it’s definitely the game I’m most jealous of other people making!”
“Alright so the one that stands out in my head is a game called disc room. It’s exceptionally well designed and repeatedly gives you a feeling of accomplishment whilst ramping up the difficulty in a very interesting way It also has really nice game flow and cool cutscene style, never taking you out of the action for too long.”
“I’d probably say Hades is my favourite game this year, just a really well-made rouge-like with great art and an amazing soundtrack.”
Super Mario 3D All Stars
“Three Mario games, nostalgic.”
If you’ve read this far hoping to find out the SockMonkey Studios Community Manager’s favourite game of 2020, then click to read me blabbering on about how great Animal Crossing: New Horizons is… and be sure to get ahead of the 2021 awards by wishlisting the obvious winner, Fish Tanks, on Steam now.