Virtual event, join for free on our social media channels on 24th, 25th & 26th November Those within the shortlist were selected by our panel of judges from the entrants received for The Riga Games Industry Awards and therefore are all subject to the terms and conditions outlined for entries to The Riga Games Industry Awards.
Esports Awards has been showcasing top class innovation from players, teams, games and media since 2016. There are a total of 8 finalists in this category, from battle royale shooters to strategy games.
With 2020 in the rearview mirror (something we all surely wanted), it’s time to look ahead at 2021 and a new generation of games to play. However, before we completely closed the book on 2020, there was still some discussion to be had on the best games that we played last year, with the whole conversation unfolding for your viewing pleasure.
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Among Us Animal Crossing: New Horizons Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Crusader Kings 3 Desperado 3 DOOM Eternal Final Fantasy VII Remake Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Ghost of Sushi Hades Half-Life: Alex The Last of Us Part II ORI and the Will of the Wisps Persona 5 Royal Spiritual Star Renegades Trails of Cold Steel 4 Wasteland 3 Yakuza: Like a Dragon As we head into 2021, we’ll likely use this format again to discuss our favorite games throughout the year, but feel free to let us know if you have any suggestions or feedback in the comments ahead of our next Got Awards.
For a recap of our staff conversations on our favorite games from 2020, you can check out our previous discussions below: It’s an affordable, polished, heartfelt, entirely single-player game with an intentionally inclusive cast, made with labor practices that prove better working conditions make better art.
It stands in stark contrast to the increasingly concealable truth that AAA game development has become unsustainable. Fan art, fanfic, and fan conversations about getting into the approachable rogue like (a first foray into the genre for many folks) were instantly recognizable on social media in the same vein as Fire Emblem the year before.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons exploded into the public consciousness and sales charts thanks to pandemic lockdown. But its pastoral escapism petered out for all but the most die-hard Cross-Heads just in time for Hades to hold up its Mirror of Night to our own inescapable hell.
Don’t you just want to go ape shit, raise a boner to Primordial Chaos, and kill your dad? Hades is a game for the queers, the thirsty, the hardcore gamers, the fans just there for the story (thanks to God Mode difficulty adjustment), shippers, streamers, and anyone looking to get into rogue likes.
It captures the abrupt frustration of its genre and the slow satisfaction of grinding progress. Beyond the holistic experience, Hades knows how to make each run through the underworld feel unique.
Though seeing Artemis get all flustered around our hero Agrees like she does might sand your brain right back down into a smooth little marble. Characters like her (and the stories behind them) are an unparalleled carrot on the end of Theseus and the Minotaur’s big stick.
Hades weaves a richer world around four zones and a couple dozen NPCs than any county-sized open-world game this year. It’s a richness often reserved for RPGs, condensed down into a game that makes any brain, whatever its size and shape, go border.