The Top 3 Video Game Titles of 2020

Published 12/16/2020, 10:20 AM EST

2020 has been a crazy year, but video games have saved us all from endless boredom. The ongoing pandemic has forced everyone to stay indoors. Coincidentally, this year also saw the launch of some exquisite video game titles that have blown our minds away.

Titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Ghost of Tsushima among several others released this year. These titles have not only transformed how players perceive gaming but have also set a benchmark for other titles to come.

This year also saw the release of Sony’s and Microsoft’s new-gen consoles. Both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X had a magnificent launch month despite several issues. The old consoles took a bow with some of the finest titles against their names. The exit was bittersweet, more so for players who haven’t had the fortune of landing a new-gen console.


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Despite all the hurdles, 2020 has been an exceptional year for gaming. The following is a list of titles that have appeared this year and pushed boundaries.

Top 3 Video Game Titles of 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

This game has been one of the finest entries in this year’s list of titles. It became the best-selling game in the franchise, the best-selling Nintendo Switch exclusive, the second best-selling game on the Nintendo Switch, and the second-highest selling game of all time in Japan.

The success of the title has partially been attributed to the popularity it gained when everyone was restricted within the four walls of their homes.

The premise of the game resembles the previous entries in the franchise.  Its USP, however, is that New Horizons exposes players to an environment that reflects virtual reality, thus enabling them to create an island of their dreams.

The game won Game of the Year at the Japan Game Awards because of its worldwide acclaim. The title also received three nominations at the Game Awards 2020, including Game of the Year. Ultimately, it won Best Family Game.

The Last of Us II

The Last of Us II was the most anticipated game this summer. Amidst all the controversy regarding the portrayal of violence in the game, Naughty Dog created a visual masterpiece. The game has received a lot of praise for its storyline, gameplay, and mind-bending visuals.

Having sold over four million copies in its release weekend, the game became the fastest-selling PS4 exclusive, surpassing triple-A titles like Marvel’s Spider-Man and God of War.

Following the success of its predecessor that came out in 2013, The Last of Us II had some big shoes to fill. Evidently, it didn’t fail to meet the expected standards.

As expected, Naughty Dogs’ The Last of Us II bagged the highest praise, Game of the Year, at The Game Awards this year. The post-apocalyptic game entered the show as a favorite to bag the title, but also won awards in seven other categories.

Not only did the game upend traditional notions of a video game character, but it has also been the frontrunner in attaining accessibility for all, which is an essential step for the video game industry.

Ghost of Tsushima

With the advanced technology of today, even the virtual world has the power to represent reality. What will be more relatable? Just another graphical experience of your surroundings or an immersive experience that guides you through a phase of linear progression?

From the beating of drums to the grass rustling by your side, Ghost of Tsushima drenches your mind in an open-world of beauty while showcasing just how big a part sound effects can play in video games.

The game takes us into a beautiful world with a perfect amalgamation of resplendent weather effects, winds with dry orange leaves, and bush green hills with beautiful sunsets. It’s like a painter’s palette where the colors have just come alive.

Ghost of Tsushima is a masterpiece with open-world gameplay. The interaction of the character with its surroundings nurtures movement and makes the quests astonishingly realistic. You won’t just play this game, you will live in its guided reality.

To nobody’s surprise, Ghost of Tsushima took home the award for Best Art Direction at The Game Awards this year.


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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War deserved an honorable mention in the top video game list

Any list of top video games is incomplete without a CoD title. Black Ops Cold War was one of the most awaited titles for the new-gen consoles. An intense campaign storyline bundled with next-gen features made the players truly euphoric.


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Additionally, PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller, combined with its enhanced haptics and adaptive triggers, delivers a magnificent gaming experience. The PS4 version of the title sold  84,475 physical copies within its first week of sale in Japan, making it the bestselling retail game of the week in the country.

Let us know if you want us to include any other title on the list!



Nakul Ahuja

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Nakul Ahuja is an Esports author at EssentiallySports. He has spent 11 years doing theatre and is currently preparing for his Master's degree in Journalism. Along the way, he hopes to rake in money as Ninja does.