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Game Informer's Top Scoring Reviews Of 2020

by Game Informer Staff on May 11, 2020 at 08:22 AM

The pandemic has led to a much lighter release schedule that we usually see in any given year, but 2020 has still delivered a number of fantastic games. Whether you are gaming on a PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, or PC, the Game Informer staff has reviewed most of the year's notable releases, and given them their proper critique. Was a highly anticipated blockbuster worth the wait? Are there any indie games that you didn't know about that are must plays?

This list gives you a rundown of 2020's best scoring games from the top scorer down. Any game that scores between a 10 and 8.5 makes the list. We also provide a notable quote that hopefully sizes up the game along with a link to the complete review. The year is just getting started, and we'll update this list whenever a new game fits the criteria. Happy gaming!

10

The Last of Us Part II

The Last of Us Part II

Naughty Dog's masterpiece is a sequel unlike any other, taking video game storytelling to new heights. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4
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9.5

Ghost of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima

Sucker Punch borrows from other open world games, but ultimately charts an original and creative course to craft a samurai epic of tremendous breadth and beauty. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4
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Ori And The Will Of The Wisps

Ori And The Will Of The Wisps

Developer Moon Studios has made a sequel that shines brighter in platforming and combat. Read review

Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release Date: March 11, 2020 (Xbox One, PC), 2020 (Xbox Series X/S), September 17, 2020 (Switch)

9.25

Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal

The slayer is in rare form in this sequel, wielding an expended arsenal and more acrobatic moves. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC
Release Date: March 20, 2020 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC), 2020 (Switch), TBA (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S)

Persona 5 Royal

Persona 5 Royal

Whether you're looking to replay Persona 5 or experience the Phantom Thieves' adventure for the first time, Royal is your best bet. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4
Release Date:

9

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Looking for a soothing staycation in these troubled times? Welcome home. Read review

Platforms: Switch
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Children Of Morta

Children Of Morta

Developer Dead Mage has created an action/RPG that succeeds in story, combat, leveling, and the bond formed in a family. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
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Half-Life: Alyx

Half-Life: Alyx

Valve ups the ante for virtual reality with a rich campaign and clever controls. Read review

Platforms: PC
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Monster Train

Monster Train

Get on the train, we're taking back hell! Read review

Platforms: PC
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Resident Evil 3

Resident Evil 3

A Relentless Terror. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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Spelunky 2

Spelunky 2

Spelunky 2 is an addictive and chaotic experience that builds on the already exciting formula of the original. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC
Release Date: September 15, 2020 (PlayStation 4), September 29, 2020 (PC)

8.75

Call of Duty: Warzone

Call of Duty: Warzone

Infinity Ward's take on the battle royale is all about the action. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

Little beans bring big amounts of fun. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC
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Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake

This remake of a legendary RPG finds an impressive equilibrium between its past and its present, crafting a distinctive world and exciting combat system that feel modern. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4
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Marvel's Avengers

Marvel's Avengers

Crystal Dynamics delivers a fun brawler that hones in on each of the heroes' unique abilities. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC
Release Date: September 4, 2020 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC), November 10, 2020 (Xbox Series X/S), November 12, 2020 (PlayStation 5)

MLB The Show 20

MLB The Show 20

Another good outing for the series, complete with additions across the board and gameplay that emphasizes skill. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4
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Superhot: Mind Control Delete

Superhot: Mind Control Delete

By introducing a ton of exciting elements to the innovative formula, Superhot: Mind Control Delete elevates beyond the original title. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux
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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 And 2

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 And 2

This bundle of two of the most beloved skateboarding games of all time effectively recaptures the magic of the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater franchise. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date:

8.5

Bloodroots

Bloodroots

This unique action game is all about precision and making huge chains of kills. It's a riot. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Switch, PC
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Deep Rock Galactic

Deep Rock Galactic

Tightly balanced between resource gathering and fierce shooting exchanges, this dwarven mining expedition is a great time – especially with friends. Read review

Platforms: Xbox One, PC
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EA Sports UFC 4

EA Sports UFC 4

By carrying forward the best elements of past games while revamping and overhauling other parts of the package, UFC 4 delivers a strong new entry for the franchise. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
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Fury Unleashed

Fury Unleashed

Mowing down enemies for rewards that stick with you is a lot of fun, especially when it plays this well. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
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Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics

Smart mechanics, aggressive battles, and tight storytelling make this a strong new contender in the genre, even if the campaign's pacing sometimes misses the mark. Read review

Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: April 28, 2020 (PC), November 10, 2020 (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One)

Hades

Hades

Supergiant has crafted another beautiful game, this time a story-laden roguelite that demands dozens of hours to fully experience. Read review

Platforms: Switch, PC
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Kentucky Route Zero

Kentucky Route Zero

Kentucky Route Zero is delightfully weird. It is focused intently on ideas rather than traditional puzzles or obstacles – but as a piece of interactive art, it’s poignant and enthralling. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
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Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath delivers a fun story to play through and three unique characters, making this a strong package for fans of the latest iteration of the bloody franchise. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC
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Nioh 2

Nioh 2

Nioh 2 adds some cool new features to a familiar experience. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4
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The Room VR: A Dark Matter

The Room VR: A Dark Matter

With A Dark Matter, Fireproof takes its mobile series into the bold new world of virtual reality, and the haunting journey translates perfectly. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation VR, Rift, Vive
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Valorant

Valorant

Riot's free-to-play shooter turns up the tactics. Read review

Platforms: PC
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Wasteland 3

Wasteland 3

Wasteland 3 serves up a satisfying and highly customizable RPG experience. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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For more of our top reviews from recent years, head to the links below.