Gaming in 2020: July-September

ESPORTSREPORTER.COM / JOSHUA LEE – STAFF WRITER  / JANUARY 3RD, 2021 /

Welcome back to my 2020 game recap. It’s been a bumpy road so far, and it only gets worse from here, so let’s jump right in. Before we do though, you can check out January through March –> here, and April through June –> here.

Let’s get it.

July – It’s finally summer! COVID-19 cases are still rising and protests are happening all over the country, but look! Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2. That was a nice release. Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town got a remake which was cool, and Superhot: Mind Control Delete officially released which was pretty cool too. We got Paper Mario: The Origami King that was alright and then Sucker Punch happened. Ghost of Tsushima, however, became a Summer blockbuster. Now you too can weeb out against Mongol hordes in Kurosawa fashion with the exaggerated swagger of a Japanese man. Some cool indies came out like Carrion and Cuphead which was now on PS4. Destroy All Humans! got a remake. Oh and there was Among Us. This simple Mafia/Werewolf mobile/pc game that became one of the most popular titles to emerge this year, so much so that even celebrities and politicians were on it.  Funny enough, this game actually launched back in June 2018, but took the world by storm 2 entire years later. Overall July had some decent stuff. Still in a pandemic, but at least now I can kill my friends and lie about it.

August – More people dying and a massive explosion in Lebanon! Not a great time to be outside…oh look Fall Guys! Another battle royale with a twist, you have to pay for this game and it features an array of obstacle courses rather than just killing people like usual.. Well technically you can push people off stages in the game, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout was a pretty popular game for that month but unlike Among Us, Call of Duty, and Animal Crossing, who still plays Fall Guys? 

Horizon Zero Dawn was ported to PC, another Sony exclusive now shared. Risk of Rain 2 was now out of early access and absolutely rocked. There was Microsoft Flight Simulator, a game so demanding for the PC that it’s basically now the new Crysis. There were some misses like new indies like Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time releasing too late, No Straight Roads being too bland, and Surgeon Simulator 2. Oh and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition flopped. Hey Risk of Rain 2 though! Okay fine, there was Wasteland 3 which was a nice bonus.

Maybe they weren’t all complete misses.

Review: 'Fall Guys' is a party game for the coronavirus age

September – At this point, the death toll from the virus exceeded one million and you know what else was shockingly high? Microsoft purchased ZeniMax Media, a company that owns Bethesda Softworks, for $7.5 billion. Holy shit for both of those stats; and while one shows despair with a desperate glint of hope that there will be a brighter future, the other is big business as usual. Microsoft now owning two giants in the Western RPG market, Obsidian and Bethesda, wants to prove that they have a large share of the game market. 

Remember Beyond Good & Evil 2? Yeah, well the creator retired and there is still no word about that game to this day. At least strategy fans got Crusader Kings III and Iron Harvest. Now my brother can tell me in explicit detail how his character is a King with severe dementia who f***ed and married a horse or some animal while ruling the Carolingian Empire and outliving his descendants; guess which game I’m talking about. Oh and there was Marvel’s Avengers. Nobody liked that. But Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2?

YES! 

Absolutely wonderful. Turn up for some Superman by Goldfinger. 

The final episode of Tell Me Why was released by the team behind Life is Strange, the Xbox exclusive, and would later win the title of “Game for Impact” at the Game Awards. Spelunky 2 was a nice addition. Then there was a golden child: Hades. Hades, made by Supergiant Games, was finally finished after 2 years in early access. Supergiant Games reminds us that indies have the potential to be just as good as AAA games, if not better. Alongside Hades came Super Mario 3D All-Stars. It’s great that I can play the classics but absolutely sucks that they will make it a limited time release. JUST ADD N64 AND GAMECUBE GAMES TO SWITCH NINTENDO. WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO US?! 

Then there was Serious Sam 4 (um…sure) and Mafia: Definitive Edition. Nice remake; I wish I could say the same for Mafia 2: Definitive Edition…ugh. We also can’t forget the new trendsetter of the month, Genshin Impact. What looked like a Breath of the Wild clone was actually a free to play Breath of the Wild clone, anime, action, RPG, gachapon game. Remember when games just had content installed and available in the base game instead of requiring payment via gambling? Yeah, me too. But hey, I guess that’s why it’s free to play?

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