2020 has truly been one of the most unpredictable years in history. With a global health crisis keeping everyone indoors, many have turned to video games to keep themselves occupied while having the ability to enter a completely new reality. Here’s a list of some of the most popular games that people have been playing throughout the past year:
Animal Crossing: New Horizons: If you own a Nintendo Switch, you definitely already know what this game is. The desert-island alternate-reality game has been one of the most popular Nintendo Games for years now. With the most recent version, New Horizons, being released right as the pandemic began, gamers flooded the Nintendo Store to get their hands on it and start building their island. Players create their own custom avatar and island, while taking care of their 10 animal villagers of various species.
Streets Of Rage 4: This game is available on a multitude of platforms such as PlayStation, Xbox, PC, Switch, and more. This is the fourth installment in Sega’s legendary Streets of Rage series, which hasn’t seen a reprise in nearly 25 years. Players enter Wook Oak City where they will join a slew of vigilante heroes and use a wide variety of weapons and battle moves to defeat massive waves of criminal masterminds trying to ruin the city.
Half Life: Alyx: Half_Life 3 has been widely anticipated from fans for over a decade now, so they were surprised when the virtual reality-exclusive prequel to the game was released instead. The game follows resistance leader Alyx Vance at the start of her fight against the alien Combine. This thrilling game is the exact type of VR excitement we all would want in the middle of a pandemic.
Ori And The Will Of The Wisps: This is the sequel to indie platform adventure game Ori and the Blind Forest. This game follows its predecessor, and players will experience the beautiful quality of the rich, sylvan landscapes and magical elements woven throughout the plot. The game is said to be extremely calming and melancholic when compared to other fighting games.
Kentucky Route Zero: After six long years, fans are finally getting their concluding chapter to this minimalist, and magical adventure game. The game has been regarded as one of the “defining games of the decade” thanks to its subtle and desolate painting of the universe. The atmosphere creates a calming atmosphere for the player through mystical characters and stories.
Coffee Talk: Basically, in this game players are hired as a barista working the night shift in a remote coffee shop located in Seattle. The twist? Your main customers are vampires and werewolves, all looking for a shoulder to cry on and someone to tell their story to. This leisure adventure game is regarded as being widely entertaining and quite funny.
Lair Of The Clockwork God: In this game friends Ben and Dan must work together to prevent the apocalypse from occurring. This comedy-adventure game offers a more classic style of gaming with simple point-and-click techniques while maintaining a certain modern edge to it.
Resident Evil 3 (Remake): After last year’s extremely successful launch of the remake of Resident Evil 2, creators knew they had to do the same for the third-installment of the game. The game itself keeps the same narrative and setting as the original Resident Evil 3, but this time certain controls and components have been tweaked to include a more entertaining experience.
SnowRunner: The gist of this game involves driving huge trucks through mud and snow to make deliveries. While this may sound like one of the most mundane games on the market today, it’s been reviewed as having an “unexpectedly hypnotic” effect on the player. The navigation is slow and steady, and the detailed settings offer a relaxing game play experience.
In Other Waters: In this exploration game about deep-sea diving on another planet, players become an AI robot installed in the explorers suit. The player is then reliant on the explorers text descriptions and sketches of alien life to map out what this planet actually looks like. The game is also regarded as being very relaxing and peaceful to play.
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.