Up For Debate - What's your favorite game of 2020 so far?

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, May 3, 2020 6:54 PM
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Are you an RPG fan? A shooter fan? A strategy fan? Whatever you are a fan of, there’s already been a good selection of genres to choose from this year. Whether that's traversing the animated universe of DBZ in Dragon Ball Z Kakarot, or shooting some demons from hell in DOOM Eternal, or surviving the zombie horde in the Resident Evil 3 Remake, we want to know which game is your favorite of 2020 so far!

We’re nearly halfway through the year, and 2020 has seen some pretty incredible games come out already. Is this a good year for gaming? Have we seen some real gems come out already? Or has this not been a good year so far for PC gaming? Let’s debate!

The full list is down below so vote for your favorite one and we’ll see which one will be crowned the audience’s favorite of 2020! Maybe you finally got to stream a game using a service like Nvidia’s GeForce Now which put a game in a brand new light for you. Or maybe you just downloaded it through one of the many PC games pass subscriptions to choose from. Or maybe you just saved up for one title in particular.

We’re not making the rules here, it’s all personal opinions of which game has been your favorite of 2020 so far, so feel free to judge that based on whatever way you want! Like which one did you log the most hours in? Which one did you have more of a reaction to? Maybe your favorite game has special meaning because it opened you up to a whole new genre, or culture, or fan fiction? Whatever it is, let us know!

Now as much as I would like to include some console games, we are strictly talking about PC games here (sorry fans of the Final Fantasy VII Remake and Animal Crossing: New Horizons!). Plus only full games are allowed, that means no Early Access or Betas I’m afraid, these are full games that have been released up until now since the start of the year.

If I’ve missed any here for some reason then why not vote for it in the comments below? There’s been a lot of indie games out already so maybe one of them has been your personal favorite! Either way, we still want to hear it (or maybe we’ll do this again soon, specifically for some indie games that you mention in the comments).

So which game has been your favorite of 2020 so far? Vote in the poll below!

So what's your favorite game of 2020 so far?

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20:51 May-05-2020

Really can not choose


But most played games til now


The Division 2
FIFA 20
BFV

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15:49 May-05-2020

DOOM Eternal, of course!


The rest are either remakes, crap or mods... bar Alyx, I guess, but I'm not that invested in HL, unlike one of my friends who wouldn't shut up about it...

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23:48 May-04-2020

In my opinion, definitely, PREDATOR:HUNTING GROUNDS so far. Still didn't realize how they managed to pull that of so nicely! Sure it has its mistakes, but its miles ahead of what we expected, plus they just started.. looking forward for updates.

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22:20 May-04-2020

For 2020 games... Only one I remotely like was Doom Eternal. But even there I didn't like the change to more strategic management playstyle of Eternal, I actually prefer more run, gun and be badass style of 2016. Not constantly out of ammo, forced to play it the right way with chainsaw, constantly at low health, and nerfed punches that do nothing,style of Eternal.Sorry,I want to love it but can't.

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22:24 May-04-2020

And don't get me wrong, looking at it as neutrally as I can, Eternal is great game, but just not exactly game for me. Still, it still tops the chart for 2020... I guess I can't wait for what is yet to come. But till then, I will hang at huge pile of never played games I have on Steam.

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15:51 May-05-2020

2016 was magic. I was really shocked by the change in gameplay style too. But you get used to it and it's fine. The chainsaw auto-refills and keeps you going anyway.

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09:11 May-04-2020

Without a Doubt, Doom Eternal. It is just... Perfect

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13:53 May-04-2020

What made you like it? I need some positives

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14:57 May-04-2020

Bruh it's better in every way than doom 2016, it's faster, it's harder, levels are fun to explore, every level has unique vibe, it has story and looks better

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17:23 May-04-2020

My issue was the constant running out of ammo, and the controls got to be a bit much. I liked 2016's simplicity. Maybe one day I can learn to appreciate it. I know iD went to great lengths to get this game looking and running its best.

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15:53 May-05-2020

id*


The chainsaw auto-refills, that's all you need to know. The constant running out of ammo pissed me off too until I discovered that little nugget of info.


I do, however, preferred the simplicity of 2016 too! Super Shotgun + gauss = fun :)

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16:20 May-05-2020

I heard plenty of complaints about running out of ammo but never had those issues myself. Chainsaw auto refills and there always are low level demons to hack through for ammo. Dash also is fantastic. Playing back through 2016 feels so sluggish and slow in comparison without it, and that game is anything but that. And all gadgets and additions quickly became second nature to me. I didn't struggle much with more controls.

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16:24 May-05-2020

I also really appreciate the fact that different weapons are more useful in different situations, makes all the engagements a bit more strategic but not enough to take away the fun of it. My primary nitpick with Doom 2016 was that I just defaulted to 2 weapons for basically the whole game, which is a shame considering I find every weapon in both games to be a blast to use so being in low key way forced to switch is a positive in my opinion.

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16:29 May-05-2020

What I did not like with Doom Eternal is third person cutscenes. It kinda takes away from you being the Doom Slayer to you just being around him. I think they could've done it without it and I believe the story would also flow a bit better too. And the Marauder. I really don't like the "one way to defeat an enemy" kind of enemy. Fighting him is just a pain. It isn't hard but it gets boring as there's only one strategy involved in defeating him and you can't deviate.

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16:33 May-05-2020

I can't just chainsaw through him. I can't just lock on to him with my launcher and F him off. I have to run around him waiting for his eyes to turn green so I could pump a super shotgun round in his face, rinse and repeat. It's a real low point in enemy design as most others are really great.
All this said, I stand by my opinion thinking that this game is a great improvement over Doom 2016, and I would really love to see more of it.

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17:50 May-05-2020

The marauder becomes a joke when you figure out you can ballista>rocket>SSG/BloodPunch him in about 2 turns.
Lore-wise I understand why he's like that, because he's essentially a fallen slayer, so they are MEANT to be tough. But that toughness comes in a different form than I'd prefer. I'd rather him be fast and aggressive, but not artificially resistant to even the BFG or the Unmaykr until his eyes glow green, which is really just ridiculous.

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17:53 May-05-2020

As for the changes since 2016 - mixed bag for me. I did actually like defaulting to my SSG+Gauss in 2016 and becoming good at it. It took away the "thinking" aspect and made the game just pure "mindless fun" as I call it. Nothing wrong with that. Eternal really felt forced in that regard - you end up playing more or less how the devs intended, not how YOU want to, which isn't always a good thing - it would work for a narrative-driven game, not so much an action game like DOOM.

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17:58 May-05-2020

While the 3rd person cutscenes did feature in DOOM3 - DOOM 2016 really worked well. You felt like the Slayer didn't give a crap about instructions and did things his way - no face or words needed, the fists, guns and boots did the talking well in 1st person.
It was weird hearing the Slayer talk. The voice didn't really make sense to me (not deep enough to capture my imagination of the masculine force of destruction), kinda ruined the magic. DOOM Guy is "the silent protagonist", as he was described in the Quake Champions lore - I prefer it that way.

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18:54 May-05-2020

I agree completely about the Marauder. Make him be challenging but not invulnerable. It misses the mark and really slows down the game. I'll try to remember that combination next time I'm playing Eternal though.
I also have nothing against maining a weapon or two for example. I'm fairly certain my opinion on this topic is probably in the minority. Whenever I play any game, I tend to default towards efficiency, and occasionally I drift so far away that it ruins the fun.

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18:54 May-05-2020

That's the issue that I had with Doom 2016, weirdly enough. It was still my game of the year next to Xcom 2 and Hitman though.
So basically, for apparently entirely selfish reasons, I do like the fact that I am somewhat forced into switching weapons. I'm well aware it's more limiting that way than 2016 was, but I had so much more fun playing this game that it didn't really matter to me. It got rid of that efficiency and made me kinda relax and just have fun.

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18:55 May-05-2020

As for the story, I'm with you. I think it's a definite step down from 2016. Third person cinematics mess with immersion, and Doom Slayer speaking makes him more human, which is really kinda, disappointing?! It makes him less a force of mindless destruction and more of a troubled man with superpowers. Which he is, in the lore, but he shouldn't feel like it. He's way past human. His mindless rage in 2016 was done exceptionally well, and that's how it should've been here too.

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07:12 May-04-2020

Have 70 hrs in Snowrunner since it's 28th april release, really enjoying it, had some bugs too, but man, that game is addictive

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06:00 May-04-2020

Well, it is amazing how i can agree with the disappointment on Doom but for opposite reason.

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13:50 May-04-2020

What's your reason? Would love to hear it.

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04:17 May-04-2020

Bannerlord all day

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03:47 May-04-2020

Been on MHW Iceborne the past few weeks with my mates, we keep dying at Raging Brachidyos, but worth it

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01:07 May-04-2020

I have not played any single game of the poll, but i can say my best game that i have played in 2020 is hands down RDR2, im 80+ hours and still i have not finished the main story.

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00:20 May-04-2020

There's really only 2 games I am looking forward to this year: Tales of Arise and Cyberpunk 2077.


I really do want Doom Eternal though!

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22:30 May-03-2020

The only game I have purchased this year is Bannerlord, which has been eating up a lot of time. Looks like my next game purchase will be Cyberpunk 2077.

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22:48 May-03-2020

Really looking forward to cyberpunk. It’s a pity that I’m having technical issues with Bannerlord, would have been fun.

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22:22 May-03-2020

SnowRunner and Ori gets my vote. Something about Doom Eternal just didn't click. In Doom 2016 you basically just head-first and constantly fight, while in Doom Eternal it's the opposite. It feels like you're basically being penalized for fighting, which doesn't feel like a Doom game but more like an RPG with platforming, flashy graphics and level ups.

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15:00 May-04-2020

Penalized, how?

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22:07 May-03-2020

I play only Rainbow Six Siege now.

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21:28 May-03-2020

It's Doom. It's brilliant. It's everything I needed from a sequel and much, much more. I just love these fast moving shooters a lot. Couldn't really find many complaints about this game apart from a few nitpicks, and, oddly enough, music. It's missing something Doom 2016 had, and since the recent controversy around it, I now know what. That's a real shame, but the game still sounds and plays fantastically, although it could've sounded better.

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21:31 May-03-2020

I've also been planing on trying Gears Tactics, but Xcom Chimera Squad kinda stopped me for a bit there. It's a great and fun spinoff of new Xcom games with interesting mechanics added to differentiate the gameplay a bit. But it's really janky and can be pretty buggy occasionally, which is something I never appreciate with a fully released game, so it earns a bunch of negative points.

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21:27 May-03-2020

FF7. Even though the ending was divisive , i rarely feel the emotions that i did from a game as i did with this one.

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21:23 May-03-2020

Off topic but...is it just me that most these new games doesn't feel like fun anymore? Only few newer games manage to keep my interest for a longer period of time, like RDR2, witcher 3, Metro. And other repetitive games like shadow of war, Nier, Hitman, even Doom Eternal kinda gets boring pretty soon. Not saying they're bad, just can get into them really..

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21:32 May-03-2020

Games like RDR2, witcher 3 are more like journeys and experiences you embark with a character. Especially one with a gripping story, it really makes you feel like you are living in that world. The other ones just give you a sense of ephemeral excitement and it diminishes quickly. I wish more games prioritized deep story experiences.

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22:26 May-03-2020

Yep, I agree. Maybe u know some other games like that? I really would like to experience another great SP game with immersive storyline.


EDIT: even some repetitive games like Metal Gear Solid 5 can be entertaining, because story keeps you going most of the time.

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22:44 May-03-2020

Ironically it’s been mostly console games that hit the mark for me like god of war. Recently ff7r, looking forward to ghost of Tsushima. Persona 5 was also one my fav this gen. Unfortunately these games are too few and far in between. Wish there were more on the pc side that catered to great narrative direction

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22:57 May-03-2020

What about Horizon Zero Dawn have you played it? It's coming out on PC soon, wondering if it's worth getting?

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08:19 May-04-2020

Yes thats worth playinh especially since part 2 will be out for next gen.

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22:35 May-03-2020

i think that its more bec you are veteran, and whenever new game gets out you try to play it but it seems like something you already played before, thats my problem at least like even if game is good it still will feel boring to me bec i already played something similar

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01:09 May-04-2020

I really enojoyed shadow of war, even if it got repetitive at times, i was not bored.

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20:37 May-03-2020

I was really looking forward to playing DooM Eternal. Then I played it. After an hour I was disappointed and got a refund. Back to DooM 2016 for me, with no regrets. Maybe at some point I can pick up for a discount, but for now I just can't justify the 60 dollar price tag. Just wasn't for me.

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20:40 May-03-2020

completly understand you somehow doom 2016 feel and plays much better for me

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01:11 May-04-2020

I got the new DOOM, but still have not played because im still playing RDR2 (bough the game about a month ago).

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20:37 May-03-2020

Streets Of Rage 4 because it's the only 2020 release I've bought and played. I'm sure Ghost of Tsushima will be my favorite game of 2020. Honestly, wasn't a fan of the Doom meets Serious Sam revival in 2016 and that's why I didn't buy Eternal. I might buy Animal Crossing: New Horizons at some point. Final Fantasy VII, when it arrives on PC. Ori, when I finish the first game.

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19:46 May-03-2020

to watch or to play?
to play none was anything special so far this year and to watch Predator: Hunting Grounds i rly like how game looks/feels and how is it played but seems extremly boring if you are solo

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