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This year, the video game industry has found a second wind thanks to the pandemic, because many, due to self-isolation, have decided to turn to this particular type of entertainment. Metacritic, a website aggregator of reviews and ratings, has compiled a list of the best games of the outgoing year, which hit the taste of both critics and ordinary gamers.
People searched for a lot of new games titles in 2020, but some of them became famous for everyone. Bemorepanda collected all these famous games that were searched in 2020 for you. Of course we have some good information about all of them.
1) Among Us
Among Us is a multiplayer game in which players must find a traitor among the ranks of the spaceship team, whose goal is to kill everyone. The traitor needs to kill as many "teammates" as possible before being declassified. In fact, this game is an analogue of the tabletop "Mafia", where for successful subversion, players must mislead their opponents and do everything possible not to reveal themselves.
The game offers several different maps, support for a huge number of players and cross-play between platforms. On each map, players have different ways to get things done. For real crew members, this is a fight against traitors, while the latter have completely different methods of committing sabotage, which will destroy the entire crew together with the station or spacecraft.
2) Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a multiplayer game in which players will experience a mad obstacle race in which they must overtake 99 other participants and remain the only winner. The entire playing space is filled with various traps and obstacles that can prevent you from reaching the end at any time.
In fact, Fall Guys is a "royal battle" in which players should not shoot their opponents, but compete with them in agility, reaction speed and knowledge of cards. The game offers several different modes with completely different conditions. The main goal is to stay as high as possible than all other players, which will bring the crown and victory in the round.
Valorant is a multiplayer shooter from the creators of League of Legends, in which players are expected to face off against teams in a 5x5 format. The gameplay is familiar to everyone who has played Counter-Strike at least once - one team is trying to plant a bomb at a certain point, the second is trying to prevent it from doing so. The main difference between Valorant and CS is the unique characters-Agents, each of which has unique skills and abilities. "Spamming" with skills, however, will not work here - each skill has a certain amount of charges that must either be bought in the store or received for kills.
4) Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact is an open world action RPG inspired by The Legend of Zelda series. Players will find the fantasy world of Teivat, which is full of ruins of ancient cities, fortresses, magical forests and the like. The world of the game is completely open to exploration, and you can climb every mountain - if only the character has enough stamina. Players are not limited in their freedom in any way - except perhaps by the edge of the map, behind which lies a non-playing space.
Genshin Impact is a party game where you can switch between characters at any time of the battle. The very same characters can be obtained from the "gacha" - an in-game system, similar to loot boxes, where for a certain amount of special currency players get weapons and heroes. The composition of the group must be approached wisely, because the characters have different skills of different elements, the combination of which in battle is the key to victory. The game also has a co-op that allows four players to conquer the vastness of Teiwata at the same time.
5) Ghost of Tsushima
Ghost of Tsushima is an open-world action-adventure game set in the mid-13th century. In the center of the story is a samurai named Jin, who finds himself on the island of Tsushima in the midst of the first Mongol invasion of Japan. It is he who will have to stop the invasion of the Mongols into the territory of the Land of the Rising Sun. The game is based on real events, but the characters are created by the authors themselves.
The island of Tsushima in the game is an open world in which players can move freely in any direction, and in Ghost of Tsushima there are a minimum of different markers and pointers - you need to navigate the local world yourself. Players must not only explore the island, but also fight the Mongols, liberate castles and destroy military camps, and help civilians in trouble.
6) Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a life simulator and the fifth game in the Animal Crossing series that invites players to start a new life on a small desert island. While exploring the island in real time, players must collect resources, get food, and gradually transform the island into an inhabited settlement with anthropomorphic animals as inhabitants. As in all previous games in the series, real time and game time are synchronized with each other, so when the players have winter outside, the game will also have winter.
Players must settle down on their island, invite new inhabitants to it, and also improve and build it up in every possible way to their liking. New Horizons has both single player and multiplayer - up to four players in local mode and up to eight online can be on the same island at the same time. The game also supports Amiibo cards and figures.
7) Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Assassin's Creed: Valhalla is the next installment in the Assassin's Creed series, set in a completely new location for the series - on the shores of Norway and England during the ninth century AD. The protagonist of the game is a Viking named Eivor, who opposes the English king Alfred. Players will face battles for territories, the ability to capture the settlements and cities of opponents, as well as elements of Scandinavian mythology.
In "Valhalla" there is a large base-hub, where the protagonist will have to start all his adventures, the non-linearity of the passage and a large number of RPG elements - even more than in previous games in the series. In the Scandinavian edition, the developers have once again reworked the combat system, improved hunting and progression. Naval battles are a thing of the past - in Valhalla, ships are used for fast travel, not for battles.
8) The Last of Us 2
The Last of Us 2 is a sequel to the action adventure The Last of Us. The game takes place five years after the events of the original, and the protagonists of the original game, Joel and Ellie, again become the main characters. A completely different story awaits players, centered around hatred and revenge rather than love. The main character of the second part is not Joel, but Ellie.
The second part differs from the first one not only in the subject matter, but also in the changed and modified gameplay. The Last of Us 2 relies on stealth even more than the first one - so, the heroine can hide in the grass, bushes, in crevices between houses, under cars, and so on. However, depending on a number of factors, enemies may still notice it - and in this they are helped by improved artificial intelligence. It is worth noting that not only the human enemies have changed - the infected have also become much more dangerous.
9) Madden NFL 21
Madden NFL 21 is the latest addition to the popular American football series in development since 1997. As every year, the game features licensed teams and real, faithfully reproduced athletes that we can lead to victory in subsequent matches. This game is developed by EA Sports, which specializes in sports games.
Madden NFL 21 - American football simulator. The game allows you to play matches against real licensed American NFL teams. The developers focused on the realism of the game - they made sure that the virtual wrestling resembled as much as possible what we know from real sports.
New is a player control mechanic called Skill Stick, which allows you to perform a series of maneuvers both offensively (when you are in possession of the ball) and when defending - these are turns, jumps and slides, as well as passes that can be combined into complex combinations.
It's also worth noting that thanks to the updated Superstar X-Factor (2.0) system, individual stars have their own characteristic moves and games.
In Madden NFL 21, we can play alone or with others. The game offers the opportunity to play both single matches and tournaments - both with a live opponent and with AI-controlled athletes. In this game, we can also find the Madden Ultimate Team module and the Face of the Franchise: Rise of Fame mode, which the creators describe as a documentary career mode.
Madden NFL 21 has very nice 3D graphics. Both stadiums and player models have a high level of realism and detail.
The Jackbox Party Pack 7 is a vibrant and dynamic game designed for parties and a great time with friends. In total, this project includes five unique parts, each of which will not let you get bored even for a minute. The first part is designed for a team of three to eight players, where participants need to give answers to interesting, and sometimes even funny questions, gaining points and trying to snatch victory into their own hands. The second part is a kind of collaboration, where players have to go through the various difficulties of the life of ordinary people, going straight to hell. A team of three to eight people will have a great time here. As for the third part, it was performed in the style of a fighting game, where the player needs to make every effort and opportunity to defeat an insidious and equally strong opponent. In the fourth part, everything is rather strange, because the basis is laid in the conversation, whoever speaks more will win. The fifth part is a "guessing game", where from two to six players take part, and the main task is to guess the correct answer to a particular question.
In times of pandemic, each of us has played a game at least once. When you stay home in self-isolation you can spend more interactive time in front of a video game. Reddit made the top of the 5 games of 2020, which were the most played and asked.
Bemorepanda has collected information about each of them and is ready to share with you. How do you think the production games of 2020 were in these places? Or the typical games like Minecraft and Fortnite?
Let's see together what games aroused the interest of gamers in 2020, the year of the pandemic and the time spent at home.
Most Popular Video Games of 2020 by Community Activity
League of Legends, abbreviated as LoL, is a role-playing video game with elements of a real-time strategy (MOBA), developed and released by Riot Games on October 27, 2009 for Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh platforms. The game is distributed free-to-play. The game has a monthly audience of 100 million players worldwide (September 2016).
Similar to game sports, League of Legends is played in separate parties (sessions). To play the game in a certain mode, you must submit an application and wait for the automatic matchmaking for the next game. Selection is carried out taking into account the player's rating in the corresponding mode. A game session usually lasts 16-65 minutes, depending on the mode. Each game starts with a clean slate, that is, all players have the same lowest starting level, starting amount of resources.
The League of Legends player with his account is called the Summoner. Before the start of the game, through the summoner interface, the player selects a champion (playable character), adjusts his characteristics using runes and selects two additional skills common to all champions - the summoner spell.
The goal of most game modes is to consistently destroy all enemy structures protecting the main building at the base of the team - the nexus. The team that destroyed the nexus wins, and the other team is defeated. Towers and inhibitors are located on the approaches to the nexus. As defensive structures, towers fire at approaching enemy targets, giving priority to non-player characters - minions programmed to move along a certain line in the direction of the enemy nexus, etc., attacking champions in the last turn ; inhibitors summon waves of minions. Denying minions, neutral monsters in the forest, and destroying buildings brings the champion experience points, which increase the champion's level, and gold necessary to buy items that enhance his characteristics.
Each summoner has the ability to control only one champion (with some exceptions), but depending on the set of his skills, he can interact in a certain way with the characters of other players (heal, speed up, improve characteristics, attack, etc.). One of the important goals and components of the game is killing enemy champions, for the first blood (first kill) of a champion in the game is given more gold than for a regular kill. If a champion dies, after a while he comes to life at his starting base. Unlike real-time strategies, the player cannot control minions, and modifications to buildings are not provided.
By default, the movement of the champion in the game is controlled by the mouse, and the use of skills and items is by keyboard keys.
Minecraft is an indie sandbox computer game developed by Swedish programmer Markus Persson and published by his company Mojang AB. Persson published the initial version of the game in 2009; at the end of 2011, a stable version for Microsoft Windows PCs was released, which was distributed through the official website. In the following years, Minecraft was ported to Linux and macOS for personal computers; on Android, iOS and Windows Phone for mobile devices; for the PlayStation 4, Vita, VR, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, Switch and Wii U game consoles.In 2014, Microsoft acquired Mojang AB and the rights to Minecraft for $ 2.5 billion. 4J Studios ported the game to consoles, and Xbox Game Studios developed a multi-platform version of Minecraft and a special edition of the game for educational institutions.
Persson wrote Minecraft in Java using the LWJGL rendering library, drawing inspiration from games such as Dwarf Fortress, Dungeon Keeper, and Infiniminer. Minecraft provides the player with a procedurally generated and modifiable three-dimensional world, completely consisting of cubes - it can be freely rebuilt, creating complex structures from these cubes - this feature makes the game similar to the LEGO constructor. Minecraft does not set any specific goals for the player, but offers him freedom of action: for example, the player can explore the world, extract minerals, fight opponents, and much more. The game includes additional modes, for example, "survival", where the player needs to get resources himself, and "creativity", where the player has these resources in unlimited quantities. The mechanics of "redstone" allows you to create complex logic circuits in the game - thus the game can serve as a virtual constructor for programmers and engineers.
Minecraft has received widespread acclaim from the gaming press and numerous awards. Critics have highlighted such main advantages as replayability, minimalistic design, dynamic soundtrack and extraordinary creative freedom, limited only by the player's imagination; they considered the disadvantages of the presence of unfinished items and the difficulty of creating a network game, as well as the lack of a training mode in the game. The developers have eliminated these shortcomings in the following years. As of summer 2020, over 200 million copies were sold across all platforms, making Minecraft the best-selling game in history, with 132 million players launching the game at least once a month. User-generated content, including YouTube videos and many third-party modifications, have played a large role in the popularization and commercial success of Minecraft. A number of spin-off games have been released over the years, including Minecraft: Story Mode, Minecraft Earth, and Minecraft Dungeons.
Animal Crossing is a series of life simulation video games developed and published by the Japanese company Nintendo and created by Japanese game designer Katsuya Eguchi. In the games of the series, the player takes on the role of a human resident living in a village inhabited by anthropomorphic animals and engages in various activities, such as fishing, catching beetles and fossil mining. The series is known for lacking an end per se and for using real time from the console to simulate real time flow.
Five major Animal Crossing games have been released worldwide, one each for Nintendo 64 / iQue Player (enhanced version re-released on Nintendo GameCube), Nintendo DS, Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch. In addition, three spinoffs were released: the sandbox game Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for Nintendo 3DS, the board game Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival for Wii U and the life simulator Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp for mobile devices.
Fortnite is an online computer game developed by the American company Epic Games and released to Early Access in 2017. Fortnite offers players a choice of three separate modes: Fortnite: Save the World, an open-world cooperative survival simulator in which players are invited to work together to fight off zombie-like monsters with weapons and various buildings; Fortnite: Battle Royale is a competitive battle royale game where 100 players must battle each other until only one is left alive. and the Fortnite: Creative mode added in 2018, a sandbox mode in which players can create various structures of their own, like Minecraft. Fortnite: Save the World was released on Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms, and Fortnite: Battle Royale and Fortnite: Creative, in addition to the platforms listed, also on handheld devices - Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android. The game is distributed primarily through digital distribution on a free-to-play model; physical versions of the game are published by Gearbox Publishing.
While Fortnite: Save the World and Fortnite: Creative have also achieved commercial success, it is Fortnite: Battle Royale that has become extremely popular as a cultural phenomenon; in March 2019, the number of players in this mode reached 250 million. At the end of 2018, the game won the 22nd D.I.C.E. Awards - awards from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, winning the Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay category.
Destiny is a first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie and published by Activision. It was released in 2014 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Destiny is set in a sci-fi world. The player takes control of a playable character called the Guardian - the defender of the last safe city on Earth. According to the plot of the game, the Guardians possess a supernatural power called Light, which helps them defend the city from invasions of aggressive aliens.
Bungie has also released four expansion packs to expand the game's storyline, as well as new items, weapons, and missions. In the first year, two small expansions were released: The Dark Below in December 2014 and House of Wolves in May 2015. A larger expansion called The Taken King, which made significant changes to the gameplay, was released in September 2015. The latest expansion, Rise of Iron, was released. in September 2016.
In September 2017, Destiny 2 was released, a direct sequel to the game.
Cyberpunk 2077 is an Action RPG in which you will visit the dystopian metropolis of Night City. Money, power, big guns and top-end "chrome" rule the show here. Get used to the role of V - a mercenary looking for an implant that grants immortality. Install cyberimplants, acquire new skills, explore a huge open world and make a total destruction! All your actions and decisions affect the course of events and the world around you!
1.The quality of Cyberpunk 2077 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One was so low that both Sony and Microsoft agreed to refund disgruntled customers, and the Japanese corporation also removed the game from the PlayStation Store. One would assume that such a disaster hit CP2077 sales hard, but by the end of the first 10 days, the RPG circulation exceeded 13 million copies, even taking into account the returned copies. According to analysts, this figure is comparable to the starting figures for Red Dead Redemption 2 and the most successful Call of Duty titles.
2.On the release of Cyberpunk 2077, journalists and ordinary users drew attention to a funny detail: in the world of the game, dildos are too common - they can even be found in doorways, restaurants and workshops where people are taken apart. According to CP2077 Senior Quest Designer Philipp Weber, the authors simply wanted to show that the 2077 society is more relaxed and sexually open than ours. However, the frequency of dildos appearing in Night City has been reduced.
3.In one of the game bars, you can find a character clearly copied from Hideo Kojima, the eminent developer, creator of the Metal Gear series. In Cyberpunk 2077, a man with Kojima's appearance is named Oshima - he listens to ideas for films and says that he wants to convey pure emotions in his works.
4.The release of the game on the base PlayStation 4 and Xbox One turned out to be simply monstrous in technical terms - it turned out that Cyberpunk 2077 for the eighth generation platforms works in dynamic resolution, sagging to 720p, the frame rate in demanding scenes drops to 15-20 frames per second, and during free exploration of the world of action does not hesitate to hang, feverishly loading something. The situation was aggravated by the fact that CD Projekt RED until the last hid information about the deplorable state of these versions - pre-release videos were shot on more powerful consoles and PCs, and early copies for journalists were only computer. Under the pressure of dissatisfied reviews, the authors of the game apologized and promised a refund to everyone who did not want to wait for patches.
5.At the pre-order stage, the game was purchased approximately 8 million times. Of those 8 million, 59% of the copies came from the PC and 41% from the console. Thus, the initial circulation of the PC version was about 4.72 million copies, which made Cyberpunk 2077 the fastest-selling PC game in history - the Polish RPG broke the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands record (around 3.7 million copies on the first day), which was set in November 2020, just a couple of weeks before the launch of CP2077. The proceeds from Cyberpunk pre-orders covered the development and marketing costs of the project until the end of 2020.
6.On release, Cyberpunk 2077 attracted a huge number of players and viewers. So, in the Steam version alone, the peak online per day exceeded a million users; for the Valve site, this is a record among single games - earlier the leader was Fallout 4 with 472 thousand concurrent visitors. In addition, Cyberpunk amassed over a million concurrent viewers on Twitch.
7.Actor Doug Cockle, who voiced Geralt in the English-language version of the Witcher games, offered CD Projekt RED to give him a small cameo role in Cyberpunk 2077. However, the developers never invited Cockle to the project. In an interview with the press, the artist admitted that he was upset by this turn of events.
8.Cyberpunk 2077's music can be divided into two parts - original music and tracks from guest artists such as singer Grimes and punk rock band Refused. Composers Marcin Przybyłowicz, P. T. Adamczyk and Paul Leonard-Morgan were responsible for the original music. Together they wrote over 7.5 hours of melodies of various genres - from ambient to metal. When creating the tracks, not only modern instruments were used, but also the Soviet synthesizer "Polivoks".
9.The cyberpunk genre is traditionally associated with synthwave - melodic electronic music stylized as tracks from the 1980s. However, the composers of Cyberpunk 2077 have abandoned the use of synthwave - it, they say, sounds too beautiful and clean for such a dirty and gloomy place like Night City.
10.The director of the English-language adaptation of CP2077, Borys Pugacz-Muraszkiewicz, praised the collaboration with Keanu Reeves very positively. While Johnny Silverhand's role is comparable in scale to several feature film roles, Reeves managed in just a few motion capture sessions and 20+ voiceover changes.
11.Actor Keanu Reeves is present in the world of Cyberpunk 2077 not only as rocker Johnny Silverhand. According to CD Projekt RED, the game's universe has its own version of Keanu - an actor who looked so much like Johnny that Reeves was often mistaken for Silverhand after the musician disappeared.
12.Cyberpunk 2077 uses a facial expression generation system from JALI. The technology creates facial animation based on characters' lines - thanks to this system, the lips of the characters are synchronized with the speech in all RPG localizations.
13.To make the virtual cars sound believable, the developers recorded the sounds of more than 40 real cars, such as muscle cars, SUVs and drift cars. With the support of a team of rally mechanics, the sound specialists placed eight microphones in each car - two in the cabin, three near the engine and three in the exhaust area.
14.CD Projekt RED has admitted that it has shortened the main campaign of Cyberpunk 2077 so that it is not as long as in "The Witcher 3". According to CP2077 Senior Quest Designer Patrick Mills, many players have complained to the developers that the key storyline in The Witcher 3 is taking too long. According to CDPR, a huge number of users never completed the main questline in The Witcher 3.
15.The developers from CD Projekt RED knew that Keanu Reeves would appear in the game, more than a year before the actor presented the trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 at E3 2019. According to the authors, the fact that for more than a year not a single leak spoiled the surprise. - a real reason for pride.
16.In mid-2019, NVIDIA posted a screenshot from Cyberpunk 2077 showing a banner advertising the ChroManticure drink. There, curious users spotted a transgender (a man in a woman's outfit, but with a male genital organ) and the inscription: Mix It Up (something in the spirit of "Bring variety"). Minority advocates were immediately alarmed, believing that CD Projekt RED was mocking transgender people. However, a company spokeswoman explained: the world of CP2077 is a capitalist dystopia, where everything is bought and sold, so the image of a transgender person is used by marketers to promote goods.
17.According to John Mamais, at the production stage of Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt RED already had development kits for VR and the company even thought to introduce support for virtual reality headsets into the game. Mamais admitted that the idea was abandoned for financial reasons - VR, they say, is an experimental and niche thing, so it won't bring a lot of money.
18.According to the head of the Krakow studio CD Projekt RED John Mamais (John Mamais), if we compare Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3 in terms of technology, the Witcher is like a two-dimensional game. Since the world of CP2077 has fast cars and tall buildings with elevators, the authors have greatly reworked the resource loading system. Also, specifically for Cyberpunk, CDPR improved the development tools - some of the tasks were transferred to procedural generation.
19.For Cyberpunk 2077, the developers at CD Projekt RED actively consulted with Mike Pondsmith, the creator of the Cyberpunk 2020 board game. Here is just one example of collaboration - to make in-game protective gear more believable, Pondsmith bought a bulletproof backpack and carried it with yourself, studying your feelings and observing the reactions of passers-by.
20.The Swedish punk rock band Refused took part in the creation of the soundtrack for Cyberpunk 2077 - together with the composers of the game, the musicians recorded a mini-album with their songs. In the universe of the game, these tracks were composed by rock band SAMURAI, whose lead vocalist was Johnny Silverhand, played by Keanu Reeves.
21.The presentation of Cyberpunk 2077 at E3 2019, during which it was revealed that one of the roles in the game was played by the actor Keanu Reeves, was one of the highlights of the exhibition. After showing the trailer, Reeves took to the stage, enthralling the audience. When the artist described the thrilling feeling that the CP 2077 players would experience, one of the visitors couldn't help but shout, "You're thrilling!" This moment instantly became a meme, and CD Projekt RED even decided to give the "screamer" who turned out to be "youtuber" Peter Sark, a collector's edition of the game. Sark refused and instead asked CDPR to purchase a GO Kart video game rack for Children’s Hospital.
22.According to Quest Director of Cyberpunk 2077 Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz, when creating the game he was inspired by Deus Ex (especially the first part) and Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines. In Deus Ex, the author was impressed by the non-linearity that manifests itself not only in dialogues, but also in the way of completing tasks, and he called Bloodlines an ideal example of a first-person RPG.
23.On August 27, the gameplay premiered on the CD Projekt RED Twitch channel. As the resource GitHyp later calculated, at its peak, the demo was watched by 288 thousand people, which made Cyberpunk 2077 the most popular game of the entire day. Considering the restreams, the number was even more impressive - 459 thousand viewers. In addition, the cyberpunk action movie bypassed all competitors who started or were preparing to start at that time: the air on God of War was watched by a maximum of 283 thousand users, on Sea of Thieves - 259 thousand, and the debut of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 - 204 thousand.