Shacknews Top 10 Games of the Year 2020

The time has finally come to count down the very best games to be released in 2020. Please take a look at the Shacknews Top 10 Games of the Year 2020.


#1 Game of the Year 2020 - Half-Life: Alyx

A lot of Half-Life fans had given up hope that we would ever see a new game ever again. Like many Valve franchises, the intellectual property had been left sitting on the shelf so long that it really seemed like we would never get to revisit City 17 again. Last year, Valve confirmed a new Half-Life game. Sure, it wasn't the much-anticipated Half-Life 3, but instead the developers brought us into the shoes of NPC Alyx Vance in a brand new adventure.

Half-Life: Alyx requires a VR headset to be enjoyed, but that does not make it any less of a game. One could even argue that the experience achieved by the game was impossible on a flatscreen experience. Playing as Alyx in the Half-Life universe is amazing, and the developers put in an insane amount of effort to make the world as immersive as possible.

Every aspect of this game is impressive. Graphics, audio design, gameplay, and narrative design are all perfectly balanced in a way that only few developers are capable of doing.

It's not just the best VR game released in 2020, it's the best VR game ever to be released. The innovations and best practices in Half-Life: Alyx will push all game design forward for the next decade, and it sits at the top of this amazing list of games released in this banner year for the video game medium. It is not just the best VR game of 2020, it's our Shacknews Game of the Year 2020. Praise Gaben.

Check out our Shacknews Game of the Year 2020 - Half-Life: Alyx article for more!

That's the Shacknews Top 10 Games of the Year 2020. Which games did you feel we left off or should have ranked higher? Let us know in the Shacknews Chatty comments section below. Be sure to check out all of The Shacknews Awards 2020. Congratulations to all of the games that made our list this year! 

Shack Staff stories are a collective effort with multiple staff members contributing. Many of our lists often involve entires from several editors, and our weekly Shack Chat is something we all contribute to as a group. 

From The Chatty
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    December 31, 2020 2:00 PM

    Shack Staff posted a new article, Shacknews Top 10 Games of the Year 2020

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      December 31, 2020 2:03 PM

      PGA 2K21 was robbed.

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        December 31, 2020 2:07 PM

        Again, not even the best golf game to come out this year.

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          December 31, 2020 2:10 PM

          You need friends to play your dumb game. Checkmate, atheists.

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            December 31, 2020 2:54 PM

            Golf With Friends has been out! Oh. technically I have played a 2020 game. GOLF WITH YOUR FRIENDS DEFAULT GOTY 2020.

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              December 31, 2020 3:11 PM

              It went 1.0 this year, so it was totally eligible.

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                December 31, 2020 3:49 PM

                Oh. That doesn't change my rankings, but it was one of the highlight games of the quarantine for our group.

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      December 31, 2020 2:50 PM

      Needs more pages. I don’t think I clicked “next” enough.

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        December 31, 2020 2:58 PM

        I kinda like it. It's way too easy to just look at a list and disregard the nuances.

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        December 31, 2020 3:01 PM

        Sorry, it is the one time a year that we use pagination.

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        December 31, 2020 3:46 PM

        I liked it because you had to scroll down past the article to click next page. So you might as well read the article!

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      December 31, 2020 3:43 PM

      For the Chatty crowd,

      YOUR Top 10 influenced this Top 10 quite a bit. It wound up bumping up Hades, The Last of Us: Part II, Ghost of Tsushima, and Cyberpunk 2077 to higher spots on this list.

      Chatty's GOTY vote for Half-Life: Alyx basically cemented it for #1 overall on our list.

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        January 1, 2021 4:08 AM

        That's pretty awesome, thank you

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        January 4, 2021 6:29 AM

        I hadn't been following SoR4 so I didn't realize it was actually as good as it was and thought that maybe we had trashed the list but I feel like, as far as Shacknews goes at least, this is a startlingly accurate list for this year.

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      December 31, 2020 3:55 PM

      I really gotta play Alyx. lol

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      December 31, 2020 9:53 PM


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      December 31, 2020 9:58 PM

      Great list

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      January 1, 2021 4:08 AM

      So good.

      What I would give for a sequel or expansion without having to wait 10 years.

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