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.

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#10 Game of the Year 2020 - Streets of Rage 4

What an incredible year it was for games. There were strong contenders all about and it was no easy task to narrow it down to ten. But among so many graphically innovative titles and genre-defining games, Streets of Rage 4 stayed on folks' radar. And how could it not? This game is a once-in-a-generation brawler love letter masterpiece. It's got it all: Amazing hand-drawn sprites, an incredibly distinct art style, fantastic fighting mechanics on par with actual fighting games, secrets out the wazoo, and challenge systems that make it a blast to to pursue high scores and harder difficulties. It's also got a banger original soundtrack from top to bottom that incorporates classic franchise tunes into new electronica beats.

Streets of Rage 4 is both a modern masterpiece and relic of a bygone time. It's hard to imagine anyone will put this much tender loving care into another brawler for a long time, but if anyone does, we hope they treat their craft with as much passion, talent, and respect as DotEmu, Guard Crush Games, and Lizardcube poured into SoR4. We would also happily accept more Streets of Rage 4 in the form of Max Thunder, Estel, Shiva, and Roo DLC, please and thank you.

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

      Alyx and AC:NH, valid list

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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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