In addition to our awards voted for Game of the Year by the staff, each of our writers has created their own personal lists that cover the five best PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 titles of 2020. Today it is the turn of reviewer Jade Sayers.
The perfect game for the PS5 era. Astros Playroom is just the right mix of nostalgia and groundbreaking innovation to instantly bind me to the new generation console and remind me how far the PlayStation brand has come. It’s a great platformer, bundled up with an incredible soundtrack, and it really doesn’t have any right to be that good for a free game.
I loved Marvel’s Spider-Man So on PS4 there was only one choice when it came time to buy my first “real” PS5 game – Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. There is nothing more satisfying than swinging the streets of New York and saving innocent bystanders from criminal organizations or rescuing a cat from a sewer. A really stunning game that really showed me how far the PS5 can go when this is the early stage. While the plot may be brief, there is so much to do in Spider-Man’s New York that it doesn’t matter. It’s a perfect sequel too, and got me so excited for a Peter and Miles reunion and all that will entail in a future game.
Trails of Cold Steel is undoubtedly one of my favorite series. The fourth and final installment is almost perfect, and had it not been for a couple of sticking points, it would probably have moved higher on my list. Offering a largely satisfying ending to an incredible saga, Trails of Cold Steel IV is one of the most ambitious JRPGs I’ve played in terms of size. It was a real pleasure to hang out with some of my favorite characters one last time, and it felt good to bring the series to a close.
I was a little dubious about playing Persona 5 Royal at first after immersing myself in the vanilla game for 100 hours. I wasn’t sure how much more I could get out of it, but boy was I wrong? Persona 5 Royal has added everything I loved about the first game with new mechanics, additional social link events, and new characters. Another 100 hours and I can honestly say that Persona 5 Royal is one of the most perfect JRPGs I have ever played. It’s so stylish and has an incredible number of adorable characters to be happy to spend 200 hours with.
I got to Final Fantasy VII Remake without playing the original game (fixed soon, don’t worry!). I didn’t have many expectations as my own experiences with Final Fantasy are hit and miss, but I was blown away. The game’s graphics are mostly spectacular and I loved the story. I immediately fell in love with all the characters (Sephiroth) and the game just checked every box possible for me. When I think of games I played in 2020, Final Fantasy VII Remake was definitely the one that had the most impact on me, and the one that I still think about most often seven months after graduation. I feel incredibly lucky that I can experience future games and even go back and play the original. Final Fantasy VII Remake also taught me that I need to break away from turn-based combat and that I’m not as bad at action JRPGs as I think!
That’s what Jade thinks of the 2020 Games. Do you agree with your top 5? Let us know in the comments below.