In addition to the staff who were named this year’s Game of Awards, each of our authors has created their own personal lists, covering the top five PlayStation 5 and PS4 titles in 2020. Today, it’s retro specialist Jamie O ‘ Neill coming.
My favorite part of Spider-Man: Miles Morales is the beauty of Christmas winter time. It’s a nostalgia factor for me. In 2018, Insomniac Games had already succeeded with a modern impression of the PS2 Spider-Man 2̵
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 is the funniest thing I’ve played a Tony Hawk game since Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3 in 2001. Vicarious Visions’ remake was accomplished through its fidelity to the flow and sense of Neversoft’s original controls. If you told me at the beginning of the PS4 generation that Activision would release two of my favorite recordings – the other being Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, which also featured Beenox’s development capabilities – I would not have believed you. So bail with a 100,000+ point combination, you groms, because Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 + 2 is sick on PS4, and I can not wait to hear me shout it.
In addition to Hotshot Racing as a retro modern release in 2020, developer Guard Crush Games can be praised for Streets of Rage 4 as a PS4 warrior that feels authentic to the game design of classic 1990s SEGA. When it was announced, I originally wanted Streets of Rage 4 to incorporate traditional sprites and pixel art, but in a similar way to Lizardcube’s Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, Streets of Rage 4’s brilliantly hand-drawn images exceeded my expectations. I loved the details, secrets and nods of the retro games, as well as the absurdity of the final boss fight. I appreciated later balancing improvements like the 1.03 update that improved Axel’s speed of movement.
Before reading Christian Kobza’s 10/10 scoring Push Square review, I was thrilled by his subtitle praising the PS5 Demon’s Souls as “PlayStation’s Best Ever Launch Game”. Bluepoint Games is known through work on such as the PS4 Shadow of the Colossus as masters of remaster, so Demon’s Souls is a real graphic showcase for PS5. The fast load times and 60 frames per second performance mode are happy to experience. If you’ve unsure of difficulties, you can also read Sammy Barker’s Soapbox, for anyone lucky enough to own a launch PS5 should not miss a game that is in Push Square’s rare ‘Outstanding’ score club.
Not only do I consider The Last of Us: Part II to be the best game of 2020, it’s also my personal favorite PS4 game of the eighth generation. With the opening lyric of Pearl Jam’s song Future Days declaring “If I were ever to lose you, I would surely lose myself” still ringing in my ears, this feeling depicted a running theme throughout the Naughty Dogs series. Similarly, the PS3 expansion’s idea of being ‘Left Behind’ after losing a loved one, continues in The Last of Us: Part II’s heartbreaking story, which unfortunately became reflective of 2020 as a heartbreaking year for me.
So those are Jamie’s five favorite games from 2020. Do you agree with his choices? Have your say in the comments section below.