Was 2020 the Best Year for PlayStation?

Published 12/31/2020, 7:22 AM EST
Living room with a Sony PlayStation 5 home video game console and DualSense controller alongside a television, taken on Novemebr 3, 2020. (Photo by Phil Barker/Future Publishing via Getty Images via Getty Images)


Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 has been an unusual year for the gaming industry. While developers had to push their limits to develop and test games from home, PlayStation and Xbox encountered similar issues with manufacturing their new-gen consoles.

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Game developing is a task that requires interaction and smooth sharing of ideas; however, 2020 severely affected this process. This further reduced the efficiency of developers; accordingly, several titles like Cyberpunk 2077 could not satisfy the hype around them.

Having said that, 2020 still had some brilliant games that mesmerized fans around the world. Interestingly, a majority of these games were PlayStation exclusives.

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A recent tweet by Shinobi, the manager at Wushu studios, appreciated Sony for ending the decade with a “massive bang”.

Benji-sales, on Twitter, added to the applause by claiming that this is Sony’s best year as a publisher. He says so because the tech giant published games across several genres that eventually bagged many nominations and awards.

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Best PlayStation exclusives in 2020

It is no surprise that PlayStation always had the upper hand in the console war, thanks to its exclusives. Unsurprisingly, a similar trend is evident even in the new generation of gaming that arrived with the PS5 and the Xbox Series X/S.

The Last of Us 2

Following the massive success of its prequel, fans had sky scraping expectations from The Last of Us 2. The game not only lived up to the expectations, but set new benchmarks for action-adventure games.

Including Game of The Year, The Last of Us 2 bagged a total of seven wins at the The Game Awards 2020.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

The friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, Miles Morales, gained an overwhelmingly positive response from the PlayStation community. Spider-Man is one of the, if not the most loved character in the Marvel comics and cinematic universe.

The prequel to the blockbuster game Marvel’s Spider-Man not only made a huge name for itself, but helped PlayStation by attracting millions of superhero fans towards the PS5.

Demon’s Souls(remake)

Along with Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Demon’s Souls was another exclusive available at the PlayStation 5’s launch. It won’t be an overstatement that Bluepoint games picked the original game apart and re-built it from scratch.

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While maintaining the authentic storyline from 2009 Demon’s Souls, the remake is truly next-gen with detailed graphics, a new sound design, and features like ray-tracing.

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Other games like Ghost of Tsushima, Sackboy, also have their fair share of making 2020 the best year for PlayStation. To say the least, the devotion and the hard work of the developers who made the aforementioned games in this pandemic is worth appreciation.

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Aakrit Sharma

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Aakrit Sharma is an eSports author at EssentiallySports, and has written over 600 articles for their eSports division. He is an undergradate student at Delhi University. From getting chased by The Dahaka while playing Prince of Persia Warrior Within, to sweating his way up in ranked Apex Legends matches, he developed his consuming passion for the massive world of gaming and now writes about it with the same enthusiasm.

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