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JPGAMES.DE: Keronas Games of the Year 2020

The year 2020 is drawing to a close and the JPGames.de team wants to present its games of the year for the sixth time this year. Every day until December 31st, some team members will present three favorites of 2020 as well as the most anticipated titles of the next year – today it is Kerona’s turn.

Keronas Games of the Year

3rd place: Rune Factory 4 Special

I played up and down the original title for Nintendo 3DS. The special edition for Switch was even able to get extra hours of play up my sleeve. For me, Rune Factory does everything right: In addition to the classic farming simulation, in which you manage a farm and maintain relationships with the villagers, there are exciting RPG elements and a gripping story. Even the parties go one better, because you are an active participant here and don’t just look stupidly from the side. The only drawback is the combat system, this could be improved a little in the next part so that the fights become a little more dynamic.

2nd place: Ghost of Tsushima

Jin Sakai absolutely loved it! But not only he, the island of Tsushima with its different areas has completely captivated me. If a title deserves a photo mode, it’s Ghost of Tsushima. The play of light, the beautiful fields of flowers, the rustling of leaves – during the war there is a lot to discover that distracts you from the bloody fight. But even the combat system is a successful achievement, so I enjoyed looking into the multiplayer legend mode even after the game was over. Here, too, due to the increasing degree of difficulty, you are trying to improve your equipment and complete one level after the other. The story doesn’t win an innovation award, but every death has carried me away and kept me busy for hours. A small highlight for me were the onsen visits. How so? Well Therefore.

1st place: Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Um … yes. My most anticipated title from 2019 surprisingly made it to number 1. Although I didn’t take the last festival around a certain turkey with me, I was still able to bridge the corona break with Animal Crossing. The game offers a lot of long-term motivation and brings the longed-for relaxation after a stressful day at work. So, in case you’re not keen on catching a particular fish or digging holes accurately. Animal Crossing: New Horizons quickly turns into a black hole in which I lose myself in my anger. But I forgive the game for that too, because the title is a step up on its predecessor in every respect. Maybe I’ll take a look at Toy Day again and decorate my city with colored lights, lush green Christmas trees and numerous gifts.

Most Wanted 2021

As a big fan of simulations in which you can either manage a farm / island or find the love of your life, there was a lot of game food for me this year. But somehow I couldn’t ONLY fill my top 3 with simulations, that’s why it did Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town did not make it into the ranking list. Even though I mentioned it in my Most Wanted 2020. Well, maybe it’ll make it Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town in my next top 3, wouldn’t it be there Rune Factory 5. But since 2020 was the year of the game postponement, there are actually countless titles that I’m already looking forward to. Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Stray and Hogwarts Legacy are just a few titles I’ll keep an eye on.

The entire JPGames team wishes you a Happy New Year 2021!

Images: Marvelous, Sony / Sucker Punch Productions, Nintendo

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