To wrap up our annual award period, which recognizes the year’s best games across many different categories, we now arrive at the best of the best. Voted on by Twinfinite’s editorial staff, these were our top five favorite games of 2020. Starting with a couple of honorable mentions and runner-ups, we are now ready to reveal our overall Game of the Year for 2020.
Note: This article does not contain any explicit spoilers, but in some entries, it does mention elements of the plot when relevant that someone that wanted a completely blind experience may want to avoid. We suggest skipping over any section you want to remain totally blind on.
Game of the Year 2020
Honorable Mention: Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Deputy Guides Editor Tom Hopkins: Animal Crossing: New Horizons‘ early 2020 launch was timely; just as COVID-19 stay-at-home measures were rolling out, it offered the perfect escape for many — their own tropical island, where they could do anything from fishing to building up their little community.
As such a lighthearted game with a near endless stream of things to manage, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is an incredibly easy game to get lost in. Working in real-time, your virtual world is constantly changing and evolving, with much of the advancements down to the time you invest.
Turn up every day to collect free items and tend to your crops and you’ll quickly earn the money needed to repay your loans. Even just checking in on your new neighbors became part of daily routines.
Every cute interaction puts a smile on your face, making Animal Crossing New Horizons the perfect game to take your mind off the real world.
There’s a deep game here too as well, however. With certain items and creatures only available at specific times and in strict quantities, a lot of planning has to go into getting the most of Nintendo’s game, and that’s before getting to the turnips investment meta-game that turned a Twinfinite slack channel into an off-shoot of Wall Street for a month or so.
To this day, nearly a year since its release, it’s constantly being updated with new content to match the time of year, adding reasons to continue logging in every day.
Even if you’re not going to get lost in the minutia of everything, though, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is still an adorable game that you’ll find hard to put down, just like millions of other players have already found out.