Top 10 Video Games To Play Right Now: 2020

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We all know that video games are great. They are extremely popular, universal and played by every gender and age group. Video games have expanded individual story worlds and have made them more immersive for fans. 

There are so many video games to choose from. There’s something for everyone. Whether you are wanting to relax after a long day, on a long commute and want to fill some time, just play for something to do in the evening or it’s a fixation for you, there is something that will keep you interested. Video games can be even more addictive than movies and TV box sets, but ultimately need more patience and time to complete. There have been many games which have intrigued us such as Crash Bandicoot and Super Mario Bro. Inc.

Video games are great for when you want to simply kill some time or want a distraction from reality. From puzzlers like mahjong and Tetris to hardcore games like Minecraft and Fortnite, there’s a game for everyone to enjoy no matter who you are.

Not sure what the best games to play this year are? No need to look anywhere else because I have compiled a list of what I think is the best 10 games to play in 2020.

1. God of War

A series that consists of 8 games across multiple platforms. Based in ancient mythology, this instalment of the God of War series is rooted in Norse Mythology. Players follow the characters of Kratos and his son Atreus who go on a quest to scatter his wife’s ashes on the highest peak of the nine realms. However, his son is unaware of his father’s past and the true identity of his divine nature.  See his secrets unravel on this journey as well as meeting monsters and gods of the Norse World.

Genre(s)‎: ‎Action-adventure‎, ‎hack and slash

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Mode: Single-player

Platform: PlayStation 4

2. Final Fantasy VII Remake

A retelling of one of the all-time great video game experiences. It is a game perfect for sci-fi lovers and is set in the dystopian cyberpunk metropolis of Midgar. Taking the role of a character named Cloud Strife, who becomes Part of AVALANCHE, an eco-terrorist group, players must navigate through the game to try and stop megacorporation Shinra from stealing the planets life essence and using it as an energy source.

Genre(s)‎: Action role-playing

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Mode: Single-player

Platform: PlayStation 4

3. Slay the Spire

A Roguelike game where the player, as one of 4 characters, attempts to climb a spire of multiple floors. Players battle through enemies and bosses, while the combat takes place through a collectable card game-based system where players gain new cards as rewards. 

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Genre(s)‎: Roguelike, Deck-building game

Mode: Single-player

Platform: Nintendo Switch, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh operating systems, Linux, Classic Mac OS 

4. Frostpunk 

For this game imagine a world like Ice Age or think back to Narnia covered in snow. The game is based within an alternative history within the late 19th century. The game setting is a frozen world where players have to build and look after a city during a volcanic winter. Players will take on the role of a leader who has to make choices on how to survive and explore the world outside for more survivors. The game has several different situations to play which each has its own story and challenge to play.

Genre(s)‎: City-building game, Survival game

Mode: Single-player

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

5. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The success of the game may have been contributed to by the fact that its release was during the COVID-19 pandemic where players seek escapism during a worldwide lockdown. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a life simulation game where players are a customisable character who can move around a deserted island. Explore the island, gather and craft items to use and help develop the island into a community.

Genre(s)‎: Social simulation

Mode: Single-player, Multiplayer

Platform: Nintendo Switch

6. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

A video game which allows up to 60 players to compete in matches. Represented as a jelly bean player move around a three-dimensional playing field. All you have to do is win each round by completing randomly selected mini-games. You earn Kudos by completing matches and earning Crowns’ by winning, which can be used to get cosmetics and to show off Within the game.

Genre(s)‎: Platform, Battle Royale

Mode: Multiplayer

Platform: Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows

7. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Another instalment for the Elder Scrolls series which is set 201 years after the events of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Set in an open world environment made up of dungeons, cafe’s, cities, towns, fortresses and villages, players are transformed into a customisable character, called a Dragonborn (a mortal with the souls and power of a dragon). Players freely roam over the land of Skyrim. Navigate Skyrim by riding horses, paying for a ride from a city stable or by warping to various locations. However, you can ignore or postpone the main storyline indefinitely, after the first stage is completed.

Genre(s)‎: Action role-playing

Mode: Single-player, Multiplayer

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows

8. Paradise Killer

A first-person open-world exploration game set on an island, where the players investigate a mass murder. Players examine relics to learn more about the world’s mysterious history. They must piece together clues and form their arguments for the end game trial. As part of the game, players will discover the truth that they have shaped and crafted. 

Genre(s)‎: Adventure, Detective, Investigation

Mode: Single-player

Platform: Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, macOS 

9. Paper Mario: The Origami King

Part of the Paper Mario series and a sequel to Paper Mario: Colour Splash (2016). Follow Mario and his companions as they try to stop the Mushroom Kingdom from being turned into origami. In this version, players control a paper version of Mario where they can explore the world to collect coins and items. Come across NCPs, solve several puzzles, fight and defeat enemies. I’m sure with this game you will TrueType be entertained and will never be bored.

Genre(s)‎: Action-Adventure, Role-playing, Puzzle

Mode: Single-player

Platform: Nintendo Switch

10. Moving Out

A simulation game where players move objects from houses into a moving van. Players are movers who have a time limit to move marked furniture and appliances from a house into a moving truck. It won’t be easy as you will have to navigate your way around obstacles like ice, rakes and ghosts. Heavy objects may need two people to move, or they could be fragile and easily broken.

Genre(s)‎: Action game, Puzzle video game, Simulation video game

Mode: Single-player, Multiplayer

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows

This article was written by guest contributor Zahra Arshad.

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