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JPGAMES.DE: Rubens 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 for 2020 and the most anticipated titles for next year – today it’s Ruben’s turn.

Preface: Last year I set myself the goal of diversifying my gaming habits this year: playing more short indie titles and focusing on what I really like. I was able to revive some old classics like Final Fantasy VII, VIII and XII with a lot of joy. But 2020 was also a good year for me in terms of new releases. I haven’t played everything from this year that interested me for a long time.

Rubens Games of the Year

3rd place: Yakuza: Like a Dragon

The breath of fresh air that I wanted for the series has finally come! And from the premise to the combat system to the locations, Yakuza: Like a Dragon really does a lot new. I’m especially fond of the party, especially the early bromance moments between Ichiban and Nanba. You hardly find such a dynamic in JRPGs and very rarely in video games. Exploring the huge Yokohama is also a highlight. The RPG mechanics are not fully developed yet, but I hope that Ryu ga Gotoku Studio will continue with this approach.

2nd place: A Short Hike

A Short Hike is a small, cute, wonderful, wonderful Indie game that oozes charm and brings relaxation and positive emotions in a unique way. The Switch release came at just the right time because it really is the perfect game for 2020. You really don’t do much in the game – you climb a mountain, collect things, talk to the residents. After an hour and a half, it’s over. But the enchanting and carefree atmosphere and the beautiful look make A Short Hike something very special.

1st place: Tell Me Why

Dontnod has never disappointed me (until Twin Mirror came along – but that’s a different topic) and Tell Me Why fits in seamlessly with the series of great narrative games. The snowy Alaska setting and the story about coming to terms with the past, remorse and forgiveness appealed to me incredibly. The transgender topic was also nicely integrated into the story and implemented sensitively. Lately, Dontnod has been extremely good at writing multi-faceted characters who can’t be forced into the stereotypes of “good”, “bad”, “likeable” or “unsympathetic”. Tell Me Why has again impressively demonstrated this. From a personal point of view, the game didn’t touch me as much as Life Is Strange 2. But definitely enough to be my game of the year. Please continue!

Honorable mentions

I would have 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Played for more than 1.5 hours, it would definitely be on the list – the same applies to Ori and the Will of the Wisp. Hades is another very promising title that I won’t tackle until next year. I also had a lot of fun with in April Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Not only did the game keep me on the screen much longer than expected, the community experience, as almost everyone was playing it at the time, was something very special that I last had when I released Pokémon Go.

Most Wanted 2021

Most of all, I’m looking forward to playing my favorite games Final Fantasy IX and X again next year after more than 10 years. Shin Megami Tensei V and Ys IX: Monstrosity Nox I also expect with great pleasure. With Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139 There is also a remake that I’m looking forward to. In the course of the year there will definitely be a lot of indie titles that I haven’t even seen on my screen yet. I will definitely not suffer from boredom!

That would be the last Games of the Year article. The entire JPGames team wishes you a Happy New Year 2021!

Images: Sega, Adamgryu, Dontnod / Xbox Game Studios

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