Shacknews Chatty Game of the Year 2020 - The Final Top 10!

Shacknews Chatty Game of the Year 2020 - The Final Top 10!

The votes have been counted! Here's Chatty's Top 10 Games for 2020!


Shacknews' Chatty community has voted! And they have decided on the community's Top 10 Games of 2020! This is not to be confused with the main Shacknews Top 10 Games of 2020, which is decided on by the staff*. This list is decided on purely by the posters in our Chatty forums.

(* - The Chatty's list does, however, count as one collective vote and is factored into the overall Shacknews Game of the Year list)

I've been revealing the Top 10 list over the course of the week and now it's time to wrap it all up and conclude with Chatty's Game of the Year for 2020! Here's your list, along with some words from the esteemed Chatty posters.

10. Call of Duty Warzone (65 points, 3 first place votes)

"It perfected Battle Royale while using the excellent and smooth Modern Warfare engine."

"Best most refined BR in terms of game play hands down."

9. Ori and the Will of the Wisps (71 points, 1 first place vote)

"Incredible aesthetics, loved the gameplay, great story/characters."
-Head Rush

8. Crusader Kings III (72 points, 2 first place votes)

"It's awesome and deep."

"Political intrigue, espionage, war, a sprinkling of inbreeding and incest. It's The Sims crossed with Downton Abbey."
-Argle Bargle

7. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (115 points, 5 first place votes)

"I love this site and i was not disappointed. It's relaxing and everyone makes you feel appreciated!"

"Got some quality gaming time in with the gf."

"My kids vanished in this game for 3 months"

6. Cyberpunk 2077 (189 points, 7 first place votes)

"Immersive and fun regardless of what gaming hiveminds say."

"Its slick aesthetic and combination of open world/tabletop RPG features were well done, plus the fact that its launch owned bones on PC. Every now and then it sucks to be a console gamer!"

"This is the Shadowrun game I have always wanted, minus magic and fantasy races. Feels like an infinite Deus Ex game that let's you stealth or go out guns blazing. Despite all the bugs, the writing, characters and animations, especially of the very polished main/companion side missions are excellent and rival anything I've seen in a first-person RPG before. Shame the broken open-world aspect is compared to GTA since it's nothing like it and not even meant to be. If you want to play boring coppers and robbers with really bland story missions go play GTA instead."
-Mad Brahmin Disease

"Overhyped, buggy, unpolished, unfinished; these are all accurate descriptions CD Projekt Red's much hyped Cyberpunk 2077 but despite all of that it manages to be an absolutely fantastic game where the great elements far outshine the its shortcomings."

5. Ghost of Tsushima (192 points, 8 first place votes)

"Gorgeous game and amazing technical feat on a console."

"Perfect combat, epic story. And multiplayer on top was just amazing."

4. DOOM Eternal (197 points, 9 first place votes)

"Improved on the combat and level design of the first time while filling in the gaps of its resupply system."

"An innovative and original advancement of the Doom formula. Your mileage may vary, but for me, this was firing on cylinders I did not know were in the engine. Expansion content solidified number 1 spot. (Had TLOU2 been a PC title, it would be in this slot for me)"

"Doom Eternal and The Ancient Gods Pt 1 are perhaps the best single player FPS id has ever made. It is certainly the most frenetic single player shooter I've played. Like Dark Souls and Celeste the game teaches you to GIT GUD, and boy is it satisfying when you can take on whatever insanity that id throws at you. Doom 2016 handed you the power fantasy on a silver platter while Doom Eternal makes you actually powerful. Also, this is a Quake site and I will do the needful."

"Big improvement over nuDoom and finishing on Nightmare difficulty felt like a real achievement."

"It was even better than Doom 2016. Everything improved."

"I'm not done ripping and tearing!"

"I got lost in a Doom game for the first time since the 90's. You literally rip and tear for dozens of hours at top shelf graphical fidelity and at 150+fps on a game that came out in 2020. And they give you a fucking sword! I don't know what everyon's problem is. Make this the Game of the Year."

3. The Last of Us: Part II (204 points, 12 first place votes)

"It's simply the whole package; great story, gameplay and graphics all rolled into one."

"The shit rocks bro. You can try to deny it but you'll just look fucking stupid in the process. Tell me I'm wrong, come at me."

"Huge fan of the original, and welcomed the sequel with open arms. Despite playing TLOU2 nearly three times through, I still found little character quirks, plot details I missed earlier, or just little moments of nuance in the characters and their interactions. Love it. Can't wait to play it with better visuals on the PS5 (I hope)."

"They managed to take everything good in TLOU1 and make it even better and add more amazing things. They top the storyline and make you actually feel incredible emotions. No other game has ever done it like that before. Beautiful, amazing, incredible game. Game of the generation."

2. Hades (306 points, 17 first place votes)

"Smooth gameplay with an addictive rogue-like loop that isn't punishing and actively progresses the story after 'failing.' Also incredible art and music."

"Great storyline for a rogue-like."

"A masterpiece in tight gameplay, voice acting, visuals, and storyline development."

"The way the game's story and mechanics worked in tandem were wonderful, and I couldn't get enough of the characters - all of them! The voice acting and music were sublime."

"It's one of the only games I played in 2020 that was actually released in 2020. The best game I played in 2020 was Hollow Knight. Hades was really good though, I played like 40+ hours of it and still do a run every few days. It's real good."

"A Rogue-lite that hooks you into doing more runs with actual engaging story as one of the main motivators on top of solid combat and item progression."

"It owns."

"Came for the gameplay, stayed for the writing."

"Come for the gameplay, stay for the story."

1. Half-Life: Alyx (322 points, 23 first place votes)

"Great story, amazing engrossing technology in the game but just the VR."

"This is the first VR game that I come wanting to play repeatedly and my desire to play was the same as other compelling games."

"Valve once again shows how it is able to push video gaming forward. Half Life innovated storytelling and interactivity in a unique fashion. Half Life 2 improved upon this, but introduced physics as a new method of interaction. Alyx utilizes the best of VR, while at the same time providing an experience that honestly cannot be replicated on a 2D screen. Every VR game I've placed since Alyx has to be held to the same bar, and to date, nothing has met that standard!"

"It owns."

"It broke new ground on bringing a AAA single player experience to VR and was stunning from front to back. I felt that Valve magic that you only get every so many years."

"Because ASIF won't stop talking about it."

"Valve makes good games, and this was revolutionary VR also."

"Amazing experience from start to finish."

"First connected VR experience I've seen beyond Hellblade; very good motion controller support."

"The most immersive VR experience ever. Plus its a new Half-Life game. How is it not GOTY?"

"True worldbuilding down to the wine bottle having liquid in it and innovation in VR."

"Full disclosure, I have not played it or seen many gameplay videos of it. I just know so deeply in my bones that once I play it, I'll regret not putting it in the top spot here. I know it belongs here. DON'T DISCOUNT MY VOTE, I KNOW IT BELONGS HERE!!!"

"Near perfection."

"It transported me to a different world and scared the shit out of me while amazing me at the same time."

"Reinvigorated VR gaming."

"Technical quantum leap in gaming."

And that's the Chatty Game of the Year for 2020! Congratulations, Chatty! You've all chosen wisely! Be sure to come back at 2PM PT for the end of the Shacknews Awards and see if the staff agrees with you! (And if your votes changed the outcome of our Top 10.)

From The Chatty
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    December 31, 2020 12:14 AM

    Chatty, this is your Top 10 Games of 2020!

    Read more: Shacknews Chatty Game of the Year 2020 - The Final Top 10!

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      December 31, 2020 12:49 AM

      No complaints on that Top 3.

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      December 31, 2020 1:10 AM

      Really shocking that more than 23 people here actually have VR and played Alyx.

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        December 31, 2020 1:18 AM

        lol one of the people who picked it for GOTY has not even played it

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          December 31, 2020 4:39 AM

          Awww it’s nillward. His old school righteous faith can be cut some slack. ;)

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        December 31, 2020 4:14 AM

        I have an Index running off a 3080 and Alyx was nowhere near my top lol.

        Either way the list clearly shows what a 1%er bias this place has from a hardware standpoint. So many people talk about what is viable or has longevity for gaming but we're dealing with a niche of a niche of a niche.

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          December 31, 2020 4:52 AM

          You sure you played half-life Alyx and not half-time Alyx the half-time show RTS?

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        December 31, 2020 6:21 AM

        The worst part is that I have VR and Alyx but still haven't played it. :P

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        December 31, 2020 12:38 PM

        Guess it goes to show that vr is becoming less niche

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      December 31, 2020 1:29 AM

      Surprised that TLOU2 has so few 1st place votes! It was my GOTY by a huge margin.

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        December 31, 2020 3:24 AM

        It got robbed! I haven’t played Alyx, though, but it looks fun

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          December 31, 2020 7:34 AM

          Waiting for PC port

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        December 31, 2020 12:46 PM


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        December 31, 2020 2:03 PM

        Lots of 2nd place votes I assume

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          December 31, 2020 2:19 PM

          I know that it being on PlayStation means a lot of people didn’t play. A shame, naughty dog games should be made available to all gamers, keeping them exclusive to a single platform is criminal.

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            December 31, 2020 2:56 PM

            I don't like their games in general but I thought TLOU2 was exceptional

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              December 31, 2020 3:16 PM

              You didn’t like uncharted 4? I know the gameplay could be annoying but I loved the storytelling in those games.

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                December 31, 2020 3:22 PM

                I hated Uncharted 4 lmao. Its story was such a disappointment after TLOU1

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                  December 31, 2020 5:04 PM

                  I thought it was a lot of fun, basically Indiana Jones - The Video Game. Lots of fun but not exactly deep, but that’s ok.

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                  December 31, 2020 6:07 PM

                  Did you play Lost Legacy? I think I liked it better than U4

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          December 31, 2020 3:04 PM

          It was mine, yup.

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      December 31, 2020 3:16 AM

      TIL way more Shackers than I thought have VR headsets.

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      December 31, 2020 4:04 AM

      Hades #2 :/ oh wait Alyx #1, balance is restored all is well.

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      December 31, 2020 4:20 AM

      Wouldn't have chosen Alyx and Doom, but good otherwise.

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      December 31, 2020 4:49 AM

      "Great story, amazing engrossing technology in the game but just the VR."

      What the fuck was I trying to say? Maybe not just the VR?

      And of course it's the first quote under the number 1 game.

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      December 31, 2020 5:26 AM


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      December 31, 2020 6:18 AM


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      December 31, 2020 8:47 AM


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      December 31, 2020 9:01 AM

      Dang. Hades got pretty close!

      322 to 306, next highest score was 204 for LoU2.

      Impressive as hell for an indie to climb that high.

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      December 31, 2020 9:56 AM

      Cool! My comment was featured! Not worded the best but nice!

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      December 31, 2020 10:07 AM

      I'm assuming that Factorio was #11?

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        December 31, 2020 10:34 AM

        Can't beleive Factorio didn't make it :[ I voted for Kentucky Route Zero for #1 just because it took a thousand years to finish, but Factorio is a better game.

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        December 31, 2020 6:04 PM

        I voted for factorio

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      December 31, 2020 10:10 AM

      Yes!! Good list, impressive votes for first spot

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      December 31, 2020 10:31 AM

      Wow, I imagine a lot of people who voted for #1 didn’t play it. Just based on ownership of the required hardware. Not that playing it was a requirement.

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        December 31, 2020 12:23 PM

        The percentage is deceptive and we're a hardcore PC/tech crowd so a lot of us have played it.

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        December 31, 2020 12:44 PM

        Are you saying it's a rigged vote?

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        December 31, 2020 1:43 PM

        playing a Half-Life game in VR is the coolest experience ever! also; never actually worn a VR headset.

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        December 31, 2020 1:45 PM

        I think it’s more that anyone who played it made it their #1. It’s just that special

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        December 31, 2020 3:20 PM

        I'm sure some number of people just wanted to reward and encourage the idea of more Half-Life games.

        And as much as I hate that I'm not in a position to play it right now, I can't say I have a problem with that notion.

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        December 31, 2020 5:06 PM

        I own it but barely played it.

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      December 31, 2020 2:33 PM


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      December 31, 2020 3:18 PM

      Chatty once again gets it right. Cheers

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      December 31, 2020 4:04 PM

      Wonderful list.

      It does appear that if you had a VR headset this year, you were among the chosen few that got an absolutely amazing experience.

      I am looking forward to checking this out eventually.

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