Top PlayStation (PS4, PS5) Games of 2020
This year was an interesting year for gaming, with the release of a lot of legendary games and the coming of next-gen consoles. As usual, with the release of next-gen consoles come exclusive games that are built for the gamers that crave exclusivity.
The new PS5 and Xbox Series X’s complete strength and capabilities are still unknown, largely due to game developers still messing around with the consoles to better understand them. Even so, some pretty amazing games were released for the new consoles. As 2020 is a generational leap year, we also had some great PlayStation 4 games.
Alright, enough talking. Let’s get to it! Here are the best PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 games of the year in no particular order.
Editor’s Note: This article was written before December releases (such as Cyberpunk 2077) and so these haven’t been included in the list.
Ghost of Tsushima
There are some games that define a generation, and Ghost of Tsushima may be remembered as one. In an open-world filled with hundreds of things to do and no waypoints to show you the way, you’ll find yourself following the trails of cute little foxes and ancient ruins. Don’t get me wrong, Ghost of Tsushima is anything but cute and peaceful. It’s a story about war and revenge.
The design is very immersive, with a gripping story to complement it. The fighting scenes are rather fluid, and you will either fall in love with Jin Sakai’s elaborate fighting tactics or the game’s beautiful rendition of feudal Japan. The open-world looks semi-mythical as you travel around on your horse. Honestly, even the visuals are amazing enough to place this game on the list.
Ghost of Tsushima sold more than 5 million copies in the span of several months. The game received amazing scores from critics all around the world. If you are looking for an amazing Japanese game that will make you feel like a samurai, Ghost of Tsushima is the one for you.
The Last of Us Part II
If there’s a game that divided the gaming community this year, it’s The Last of Us Part II, with many comparing it unfavorably to the original. Few can deny, though, that its gameplay and storytelling holds up quite well against this year’s other releases.
The game’s narrative is like reading a twisted science fiction novel. The Last of Us Part II is on this list mainly due to its unpredictable storytelling, which included a twist that wildly caught the gaming community off guard. In terms of gameplay, players have the freedom to deal with enemies in a myriad of direct and stealthy ways. The voice acting too is unparalleled, and the graphics are hands down among the best we have ever seen in a PlayStation game.
The Last of Us Part II sold more than 4 million copies within a week of its release, beating top games like God of War. If you have yet to experience this rollercoaster of a game, what are you waiting for? Grab some PlayStation Gift Cards start questioning humanity and its moralities.
id Software created yet another gem with the latest iteration in the iconic DOOM series. In DOOM: Eternal, players once again take control of the Doom Slayer against demonic forces, this time in a fight to save Earth.
A completely brutal FPS that is guaranteed to give you an adrenaline rush, most people have reviewed DOOM: Eternal to be an extreme game: extreme in violence, extreme in speed, extreme in volume – you name it.
The game prides itself on high-intensity fight scenes, and the mixture of heavy metal music during these scenes just makes your heart race in anticipation. DOOM: Eternal also has a multiplayer mode where players can even become one of the demons. How metal is that? It is of no surprise that the game went on to earn several awards and is considered one of the best games of the last generation.
Demon’s Souls Remake (PS5 Exclusive)
We couldn’t have a list without including the Demon’s Souls Remake now, could we? That would be a crime. This action RPG was originally released for the PlayStation 3 back in 2009 and has now made a comeback for the release of the PlayStation 5.
If you’re looking for a challenge, Demon’s Souls would definitely satisfy your needs. Just be prepared to die a lot. The remake features omnidirectional rolling, new weapons, armor, and rings as well as “Grains,” which provide a temporary resistance towards certain effects like poison and burning.
A new feature called “Fractured World” flips the world, offering players a fresh, mirrored version of the original. There are even a few new secrets to uncover!
One thing’s for sure, Demon’s Souls is not for the weak!
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
If you’re looking for a game that can showcase the capabilities of your new PlayStation 5 console, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is the go-to. Miles Morales is a sequel to the well-received 2018 Marvel’s Spider-Man game.
The players take control of our new protagonist, Miles Morales, as he navigates his way into becoming the brand new Spider-Man of New York City. The game comes to PlayStation 5 with ray-tracing and fully utilizes its special custom SSD. You can even play the game at 4K 60 frames per second and make use of the DualSense Controller’s haptic feedback as you blast some bioelectrical attacks. Most people are rather disappointed with the game as the gameplay duration can be a bit short and it feels as though the game just flew by them.
Either way, if you are looking for a game to jump into on your next-gen PlayStation, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is definitely the first game you should try out!
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Vikings, check. Assassins, check. Excellent gameplay, check. What more could you possibly want from a game? Not to mention the inclusion of a gender-fluid Eivor, with players able to choose a female/male character as their main protagonist. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is doing a good job at crushing boundaries and enemies at the same time.
The story of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will take you way back to the dark ages of England. You will be playing as a Viking in this huge open-world game, setting out to build a settlement and a lifetime of adventure. An interesting concept applied in Valhalla is that players don’t have to shed blood in all conflicts, as some can be resolved by diplomatic means or flyting. In short, you can solve issues through timed rap battles that would increase your charisma.
No worries, assassination is still on the agenda. Aside from that, some cool Viking ships are available in the game, although there aren’t many naval battles. Honestly, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is an amazing entry if you are looking for a historical game with a surprise everywhere you look.
To Sum Up
All the games on this list have the potential to become classics for generations. Truth be told, the leap from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5 was amazing, with some really strong titles having already been released and others on the .
As we have said before, we will see the true power of the next-generation consoles in the future, as developers are still testing out their new features. Anyways, as the year comes to an end, we are happy to say that the games released this year were pretty amazing and we can’t wait to see what Sony has up its sleeves for 2021.