Game of the Year: Boss Rush Games Top 25 Games of 2020

In a year full of bad, the year in gaming was pretty great.

It’s that time of year again, the time where everyone scrambles to make lists of the best games the year had to offer. There’s always a rush to deliver something great, there’s a lot of deleting, rearranging depending on what mood we’re in, and banging your head against the desk trying to be different from everyone else. I decided to try an experiment this year since the Boss Rush Games crew is so large. I asked everyone to send me their top five games of the year. Each position was assigned a point value (first place is five points, second place is four points, etc.) and added those points to come up with a winner. Looking at all of the lists, it’s wonderful to see everyone’s various tastes. Even though we all enjoy this hobby, we all enjoy it in incredibly different ways. So, without further ado, here are what Boss Rush Games deemed the best twenty five video games of 2020.

25: Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
Mediatonic | PlayStation 4, PC

Fall Guys | Developer: Mediatonic | PlayStation 4, PC

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout flings hordes of contestants together online in a mad dash through round after round of escalating chaos until one victor remains! Battle bizarre obstacles, shove through unruly competitors, and overcome the unbending laws of physics as you stumble towards greatness. | 3 Points |

24: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2
Vicarious Visions | PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2 | Developer: Vicarious Visions | Activision | PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Drop back in with the most iconic skateboarding games ever made. Play the fully-remastered Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™ & Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™ 2 games in one epic collection, rebuilt from the ground up in incredible HD. Break skateboarding boundaries, show off your own style, and be part of the next generation of skaters and creators with Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™ 1 + 2.

23: Gears Tactics
The Coalition + Splash Damage | PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S

Gears Tactics | The Coalition + Splash Damage | PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X

Gears Tactics is the fast-paced, turn-based strategy game from one of the most-acclaimed video game franchises – Gears of War. Outnumbered and fighting for survival, recruit and command your squad to hunt down an evil mastermind who makes monsters.

22: Doom Eternal
id Software | Bethesda | PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

Doom Eternal | Developed by id Software | Published by Bethesda | PC, Xbox One, PlayStation

Hell’s armies have invaded Earth. Become the Slayer in an epic single-player campaign to conquer demons across dimensions and stop the final destruction of humanity. The only thing they fear is you. Experience the ultimate combination of speed and power in DOOM Eternal – the next leap in push-forward, first-person combat. Discover the Slayer’s origins and his enduring mission to RAZE HELL.

21: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Ubisoft Montreal | Ubisoft | PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla | Ubisoft Montreal | Ubisoft | PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

Become Eivor, a mighty Viking raider and lead your clan from the harsh shores of Norway to a new home amid the lush farmlands of ninth-century England. Explore a beautiful, mysterious open world where you’ll face brutal enemies, raid fortresses, build your clan’s new settlement, and forge alliances to win glory and earn a place in Valhalla. England in the age of the Vikings is a fractured nation of petty lords and warring kingdoms. Beneath the chaos lies a rich and untamed land waiting for a new conqueror. Will it be you?

20: Twin Breaker: A Sacred Symbols Adventure
Lilymo Games + Colin’s Last Stand | East Asia Soft | PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita

Twin Breaker: A Sacred Symbols Adventure | Lilymo Games + Colin’s Last Stand | East Asia Soft | PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita

Twin Breaker: A Sacred Symbols Adventure is a story-driven brick breaking game molded in the style of ‘80s arcade classics like Arkanoid and Breakout, but with a plot, characters, and meaning! In the early 2300s, Earth is still recovering from a decades-long World War that engulfed most of the planet, except for an isolationist United States that used its power and prestige not to fight, but to reach for the stars. But when NASA’s generation ships disappear in interstellar space, only two pilots are capable of figuring out why.

19: Mortal Shell
Cold Symmetry | PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Mortal Shell | Cold Symmetry | PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Mortal Shell is a deep action-RPG that tests your sanity and resilience in a shattered world. As the remains of humanity wither and rot, zealous foes fester in the ruins. They spare no mercy, with survival demanding superior awareness, precision and instincts. Track down hidden sanctums of devout followers and discover your true purpose.

18: Fortnite Chapter 2
Epic Games | PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Mobile

Fortnite Chapter 2 – Epic Games | PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Mobile

A new season that revamped the game’s mechanics and introduced a new map following the destruction of the old map from the black hole at the end of Chapter 1 Season X. This also introduced multiple new mechanics, such as picking up downed teammates (or enemies) and either carrying them to different locations or throwing them, and also the ability to swim and fish for loot. Boats were also added to the game, which increased mobility in water. 

17: Wasteland 3
inXile | Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC

17: Wasteland 3 – inXile | Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC

Wasteland 3 is a squad-based RPG from inXile entertainment, featuring challenging tactical turn-based combat and a deep, reactive story full of twists, turns, and brutal ethical decisions that will keep you hooked whether you’re a Wasteland veteran or new to the series.

16: Super Meat Boy Forever
Team Meat | PC, Nintendo Switch

16: Super Meat Boy Forever – Team Meat | PC, Nintendo Switch

The challenge of Super Meat Boy returns in Super Meat Boy Forever. Levels are brutal, death is inevitable, and players will get that sweet feeling of accomplishment after beating a level. Players will run, jump, punch and kick their way through familiar settings and totally new worlds.

15: Tell Me Why
dontnod | Xbox Game Studios | Xbox One, PC

15: Tell Me Why – dontnod | Xbox Game Studios | Xbox One, PC

Tell Me Why is the latest narrative adventure game from DONTNOD Entertainment, the studio behind the beloved franchise, Life Is Strange. In this intimate mystery, reunited twins Tyler and Alyson Ronan use their special bond to unravel the memories of their loving but troubled childhood.

14: Murdered By Numbers
Mediatonic | Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

14: Murdered By Numbers – Mediatonic | Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Los Angeles, 1996. Honor Mizrahi was just an actress on a hit TV detective show. But when her boss ends up dead just minutes after he fires her,she finds herself starring in her own murder mystery. Teaming up with SCOUT, a reconnaissance robot thrown away after a mysterious incident, she sets out to clear her name – and a new detective duo is born!

13: Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Moon Studios | Xbox Game Studios | Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch

13: Ori and the Will of the Wisps – Moon Studios | Xbox Game Studios | Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a platform-adventure Metroidvania video game developed by Moon Studios and published by Xbox Game Studios for Microsoft Windows, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S, and by Iam8bit for Nintendo Switch. … The game maintains narrative continuity with Blind Forest and introduces new melee combat.

12: Call of Duty: Warzone / Black Ops Cold War
Raven Software + Treyarch | Activision | Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC

12: Call of Duty: Warzone / Black Ops Cold War – Raven Software + Treyarch | Activision | Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC

Call of DutyWarzone is a free-to-play battle royale for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. The game features both cross-platform play and cross-platform progression between three games. The game features two main modes: Plunder and Battle Royale.

11: Paper Mario: The Origami King
Intelligent Systems | Nintendo | Nintendo Switch

11: Paper Mario: The Origami King – Intelligent Systems | Nintendo | Nintendo Switch

The kingdom has been ravaged by an origami menace! Join Mario and his new partner, Olivia, as they battle evil Folded Soldiers, repair the damaged landscape, and try to free Princess Peach’s castle from the clutches of King Olly in this comedy-filled adventure, only on the Nintendo Switch system.

10: Watchdogs Legion
Ubisoft Toronto | Ubisoft | Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC

10: Watchdogs Legion – Ubisoft Toronto | Ubisoft | Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC

In Watch Dogs: Legion, near future London is facing its downfall… unless you do something about it. Build a resistance, fight back, and give the city back to the people. It’s time to rise up.

9: Cyberpunk 2077
CD Projekt Red | PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

9: Cyberpunk 2077 – CD Projekt Red | PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world, action-adventure story set in Night City, a megalopolis
obsessed with power, glamour and body modification. You play as V, a mercenary outlaw going after a one-of-a-kind implant that is the key to immortality. You can customize your character’s cyberware, skillset and playstyle, and explore a vast city where the choices you make shape the story and the world around you.

8: Coffee Talk
Toge Productions | Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC

8: Coffee Talk – Toge Productions | Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC

Coffee Talk is a game about listening to people’s problems and helping them by serving up a warm drink out of the ingredients you have in stock. It is a game that depicts lives as humanly as possible, while having a cast that is more than just humans. Immerse yourself in the stories of alternative-Seattle inhabitants, ranging from a dramatic love story between an elf and a succubus, an alien trying to understand humans’ lives, and many others modern readers will find strongly echo the world around them.

7: Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
Omega Force + Koei Techmo | Nintendo | Nintendo Switch

7: Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity – Omega Force + Koei Techmo | Nintendo | Nintendo Switch

Join the struggle that brought Hyrule to its knees. Learn more about Zelda, the four Champions, the King of Hyrule and more through dramatic cutscenes as they try to save the kingdom from Calamity. The Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity game is the only way to see firsthand what happened 100 years ago.

6: Ghost of Tsushima
Sucker Punch | PlayStation Studios | PlayStation 4

6: Ghost of Tsushima – Sucker Punch | PlayStation Studios | PlayStation 4

In the late 13th century, the Mongol empire has laid waste to entire nations along their campaign to conquer the East. Tsushima Island is all that stands between mainland Japan and a massive Mongol invasion fleet led by the ruthless and cunning general, Khotun Khan.

5: Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Insomniac Games | PlayStation Studios | PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4

5: Spider-Man: Miles Morales – Insomniac Games | PlayStation Studios | PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4

In the latest adventure in the Marvel’s Spider-Man universe, teenager Miles Morales is adjusting to his new home while following in the footsteps of his mentor, Peter Parker, as a new Spider-Man. But when a fierce power struggle threatens to destroy his new home, the aspiring hero realizes that with great power, there must also come great responsibility. To save all of Marvel’s New York, Miles must take up the mantle of Spider-Man and own it.

4: Destiny 2: Beyond Light
Bungie | Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC

4: Destiny 2: Beyond Light – Bungie | Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC

The frontier of Europa holds many lost secrets from the past, including the dark power of Stasis. Work with the mysterious Exo Stranger to harness this new power before Eramis, the Kell of Darkness, bestows it on her Fallen forces. Grow your arsenal, command Stasis, and go beyond the Light.

3: Animal Crossing New Horizons
Nintendo | Nintendo Switch

3: Animal Crossing New Horizons – Nintendo | Nintendo Switch

Show off your island utopia to family and friends—or pack your bags and visit theirs. Whether playing online* or with others beside you**, island living is even better when you can share it. Even without hopping on a flight, you’ll meet a cast of charming animal residents bursting with personality. Friendly faces like Tom Nook and Isabelle will lend their services and happily help you grow your budding community. Escape to your island getaway—however, whenever, and wherever you want.

2: Final Fantasy VII Remake
Square-Enix | PlayStation 4

2: Final Fantasy VII Remake – Square-Enix | PlayStation 4

The world has fallen under the control of the Shinra Electric Power Company, a shadowy corporation controlling the planet’s very life force as mako energy. In the sprawling city of Midgar, an anti-Shinra organization calling themselves Avalanche have stepped up their resistance. Cloud Strife, a former member of Shinra’s elite SOLDIER unit now turned mercenary, lends his aid to the group, unaware of the epic consequences that await him. The story of this first, standalone game in the FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE project covers up to the party’s escape from Midgar, and goes deeper into the events occurring in Midgar than the original FINAL FANTASY VII.

Boss Rush Games Game of the Year – 1: Hades
SuperGiant Games | PC, Nintendo Switch

1: Hades – SuperGiant Games | PC, Nintendo Switch

As the immortal Prince of the Underworld, you’ll wield the powers and mythic weapons of Olympus to break free from the clutches of the god of the dead himself, while growing stronger and unraveling more of the story with each unique escape attempt.

And there you have it. These are the top twenty five games voted on by Boss Rush Games. Congratulations to Hades and Supergiant Games for their massive success of the game. We hope you enjoyed our list! Let us know what your personal game of the year was in the comments!

Author: Corey H. Dirrig

Cofounder, producer, editor, and host at Boss Rush Games. Formerly of The DNA Network and Nerds Gone Rogue.

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