2020 has been a unique year for games, in many ways, because no one could’ve predicted it. The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic impacted the world across numerous fronts, and the games industry was no exception. Still, developers and companies managed to stay the course amid challenging times, meeting the demand of those quarantining with an abundance of fantastic games and exciting new hardware on which to play them. As you can imagine, the quality on display across this year’s finest games has made it difficult for us at GameSpot to choose what makes it into our Best of 2020 awards. But after spending numerous hours across multiple rigorous deliberations, we have finally narrowed down a list of 10 nominees for our Best Game of 2020.
Below you can find the game nominees we consider to be the most memorable and innovative games of the past year. Each nominee below is qualified to be considered our game of the year, but like all prestigious awards, there can only be one winner. On December 17, we will unveil which of these exceptional games takes home GameSpot’s coveted Best Game of 2020 award. But until then, we want to give each of the nominees a moment to shine and hear your thoughts on what we consider to be the best games of the past year.
Our nominees for this year’s game of the year isn’t the only thing we’ve prepared. In the lead up to our big reveal, we’ve also looked back at the best games on every major platform and weighed in on the performance of Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo this past console generation. To find all of our latest and upcoming content, check out our Best Games of 2020 hub. Though, if you’re keen to look to the future, you can also check out our Most Anticipated Games Of 2021 hub, which houses our features around some of the biggest games to play next year.