Top 10 Best PlayStation Games of 2020

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Top 10 Best PlayStation Games of 2020

VOICE OVER: Riccardo Tucci WRITTEN BY: Caitlin Johnson
Some of the best games of the year came out on PlayStation! For this list, we're only looking at games that came to the PS4 and PS5 in 2020 that are either true or timed exclusives. Our countdown includes “Final Fantasy VII Remake” (2020), “Spider-Man: Miles Morales” (2020), “Demon's Souls” (2020), “The Last of Us Part II” (2020) and more!
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Script written by Caitlin Johnson

Top 10 PlayStation Games of 2020


Welcome to WatchMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 PlayStation games of 2020.

For this list, we’re only looking at games that came to the PS4 and PS5 in 2020. They can be either true exclusives that will never be on another platform or timed exclusives you’ll one day be able to play somewhere else.

Let us know in the comments which exclusive you can’t live without.

#10: “Sackboy: A Big Adventure” (2020)


It was a mystery why Sony decided to let the “LittleBigPlanet” IP gather dust since “LBP 3” in 2014, but we’re glad Sackboy made a grand return to star in a 2020 PS5 launch title. “A Big Adventure” may not have the level creation mechanic that made the mainline games so good, but it’s got plenty of the franchise’s trademark platforming – only now it’s moved into 3D. This opened up an entirely new avenue for Sumo Digital to explore, and Sackboy regained his rightful place as one of Sony’s best mascots. Check it out for a top-tier platformer with great visuals that people of all ages will love.

#9: “Bugsnax” (2020)


From the makers of “Octodad”, a game as bizarre as it is iconic, came “Bugsnax”, the very first free game for PS Plus subscribers on the PS5. This weird game sees you journey to the island of Snaktooth where you explore and study many of the titular “bugsnax”, which are just what they sound like: animals made of food. Along the way, you archive which bugsnax you’ve found in your “bugopedia” and witness the strange side effects that go along with eating the critters – namely that your body parts will turn into food. It’s a cross between playing “Pokémon” and visiting McDonald’s.


#8: “Dreams” (2020)


Media Molecule may not have made Sackboy’s latest outing, but they did put out “Dreams” in early 2020, which has plenty of user-generated-content potential on its own. “Dreams” isn’t just a game for people who love playing games, it’s for people who want to make them, giving you the tools of a first-party development studio in the comfort of your own home. And if you’re struggling to wrap your head around its wealth of mechanics, it’s got a lot of tutorials and a game built-in: “Art’s Dream”, a smorgasbord of genres to show you how much potential there really is here. If you can dream it, you can make it.

#7: “Nioh 2” (2020)


Not every “Soulslike” manages to stand on its own two feet, but “Nioh 2” has continued carving the path the first game set out to great effect. Its similarity not only to its predecessor but to the “Souls” games is only a strength, as players who love grueling but rewarding gameplay will feel right at home. But there are still lots of worthwhile additions, like weapons having a “Familiarity” stat that means the more you use them, the better you’ll be. It’s also got an immense amount of roleplaying options to switch up your build, not to mention more of the outstanding enemy and boss designs we’ve all come to expect.

#6: “Final Fantasy VII Remake” (2020)


In 1997, one of the most popular video games ever made was released on the PlayStation One. A lengthy, tear-jerking story spread across three whole discs – RPGs changed forever in the wake of “Final Fantasy VII”. In 2020, we finally got our hands on the much-awaited remake, a total ground-up recreation of the original game. It now has gorgeous graphics, an exciting new combat system, and most importantly, lots more time to spend developing the memorable cast of characters. Though there was a little filler here and there, it’s an otherwise perfect package; the only problem is that it was just part one!

#5: “Astro’s Playroom” (2020)


While Microsoft has stuck very closely to the controller designs of consoles past with the Xbox Series X, Sony launched the strangest PlayStation controller yet in the DualSense. With a stunning appearance and plenty of bells and whistles, they needed a game that would show people its potential, and that game is “Astro’s Playroom.” Pre-loaded onto all PS5s, you’ll be sorely missing out if you decide to ignore this 3D platformer. It’s a small and inherently charming game that really gives you a feel for everything the DualSense will be able to do if developers take advantage of the new hardware.

#4: “Spider-Man: Miles Morales” (2020)


At the end of 2018’s “Spider-Man”, Miles Morales finally got his powers after being bitten by a radioactive spider during the events of the game. Since then, all eyes have been on Insomniac, as we wait for them to make a sequel. “Spider-Man: Miles Morales” may not be a full sequel to the original game, clocking in at a tight eight hours or so, but there’s certainly been no reduction in quality. Now we get to play as Miles properly as he works under Peter Parker’s tutelage to become a Spider-Man in his own right. And if you didn’t get a chance to play the original main game, you can get a remastered version with the ultimate edition.

#3: “Demon’s Souls” (2020)


With more cross-gen games than ever before, the only offering in the 2020 holiday season exclusive to the PS5 was the much-awaited “Demon’s Souls” remake. A complete, ground-up remake of FromSoftware’s 2009 classic, “Demon’s Souls” is the main reason to upgrade from a PS4 ASAP. Though FromSoft themselves didn’t spearhead the remake, it didn’t lose any of its quality by moving to Bluepoint Games. And long-time “Souls” fans will be pleased to know that the game hasn’t sacrificed any of its famous difficulty – it’s just as hard now as it was a decade ago. Everything different, from the graphics to the music, are improvements you can’t help but enjoy.

#2: “The Last of Us Part II” (2020)


By a mile, “The Last of Us: Part II” is 2020’s most controversial release, with many players still reeling from the brutal death of a beloved character. But whether you thought the story was beautiful and profound, or you refused to play the game past the intro, it still succeeds in plenty of other ways. The graphics are best-in-class, as always, with a photorealistic rendition of post-apocalyptic Seattle overrun with greenery and zombies. The gameplay itself was a winner too, able to be fun and challenging from start to end. But most notable of all is the game’s wealth of accessibility options, proving that Naughty Dog cares about players of all varieties.

#1: “Ghost of Tsushima” (2020)


After the lackluster release of “Infamous Second Son” in 2014, Sucker Punch dropped off the map. But in 2020, they returned with a vengeance, making one of the most outstanding games of the entire PS4 era: “Ghost of Tsushima.” Though it was a first-party Sony release, nobody was quite expecting it to be as good as it was; everybody who played it at launch was blown away by the story, mechanics, and visuals. In a plot inspired by old Kurosawa movies, players took on the role of Jin Sakai, a samurai who needs to defend his home, Tsushima Island, from the Mongol invasion. It’s an incredible game that excels in every regard, and with the recent addition of the free multiplayer mode titled Legends, it’s sure to make a great lasting impression.
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