The year 2020 has been very interesting for some, whereas with others nothing has really changed. There have been game remakes, new releases, and some games were even delayed. From all of this, we still had at least ten great single player games released. So keep scrolling down, and find out what our top ten single player picks are!
1. Final Fantasy VII Remake
Developed For: PlayStation 4
The remake that everyone was waiting for. After so many years it was finally released however, it’s only the first part of a multi-part series. Even though it could be considered the “first CD”, it was well worth the wait. It doesn’t follow the original game directly, but that could be a good thing. Character development is important, and this game proves that. I for one love getting to know my characters.
Other than great character development, I love that they let you choose between the old turn-based RPG game, and the new action-based RPG. Either way, it’s definitely fun times! I got to say though, I really love the look on how they implement materia onto the weapons and armors. If you enjoy the Final Fantasy series, make sure you take your shot at this one.
2. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
The latest and greatest of the Assassin’s Creed series. I haven’t seen anything negative about this game at all. Every review, feedback, video, etc. that I’ve seen had been nothing but high praises. One of my favorite features of the game is that you get to ride a “wolf mount”. I have wolf mount in quotes because it’s a HUGE wolf… a dire wolf!
But what else makes this game different from the rest? Great question! Let me start by saying that they seem to have kept a lot of great features from Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. I personally enjoy that they have the order to chase down still. I enjoy games that require me to “hunt” things. I didn’t think that they would be able to do better than Odyssey, but they definitely pulled it off.
Now let’s get to answering that question you just had. First of all, you have the main storyline which is about the Vikings invading Britain. For fighting, you can now duel wield any weapon and that definitely makes for fun times! Although duel wielding makes for fun and unique times, we can’t overlook that this time… every gear obtained is unique. What do I mean by that? Guess you’ll have to find out once you play it. Pick it up here.
3. The Last of Us Part II
Developed For: PlayStation 4
This one turned out pretty interesting. You get to control two different characters that end up running into each other while they each have their own paths to walk. While one seeks out revenge the other well is, a little bit more justified. Happy to say that even though COVID prevented delays on this game it was still very well done.
Like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, this one was accepted with high praise. If you enjoyed the first one, then you’ll definitely not want to miss out on this one. If you didn’t play the first one, then I’d still hit this up. You might miss a little info story-wise, but get your hands on it anyways. Grab it here.
4. Half-Life: Alyx
Ok hear me out on this one. It IS one of the better Half-Life games and one big reason is the fact that it’s on VR. Being immersed in a Half-Life game… there’s only one word for it, AWSOMESAUCE! Graphics are pretty good, gameplay seems to be smooth as well. If you like the feeling of being scared and have a VR system, this definitely will be right up your alley.
If I had to find a complaint about this game, it would be that at times it can move a little slow. However, that is because of all of the interactivity the game has to offer. If you like the Half-Life series, FPS games, and aliens, then you need to grab this one. Just make sure to watch out for the aliens that will remind you of the face huggers from the Alien series!
5. Immortals Fenyx Rising
This game reminds me of a mixture between The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. It’s like Zelda due to the open world, and graphic elements. On the Odyssey side, it’s due to the storyline and world component. In case you don’t already know, this game is inspired by Greek Mythology.
Even though this was released in the beginning December 2020, it quickly gained momentum in becoming a favorite amongst gamers. For quite a while it even became one of the top games on Twitch. While there have been many great games released in 2020, this is one you absolutely can’t miss out on. Pick it up here.
6. The Outer Worlds
Hands down this reminds me of the later Fallout series. Honestly because of this similarity, I thought it was developed by Bethesda. For those that don’t know though, it’s developed by Obsidian Entertainment. You may notice that in this game you can have companions follow along side you. Each companion is special in their own way, so you want to make sure you choose the one’s that work well with your skillset.
Your decisions can also influence the world around you as well. This feature has always been a favorite of mine in games due to the replay value that it offers. Among all of the skillsets, perks, and influence types that if offers, this game will definitely continue to stand out over the years. I suggest playing it sooner than later though! Buy it here.
7. Gears Tactics
A welcomed new gameplay attempt from the Gears of War series, this one takes place before the original Gears of War game. Same enemies for the most part, new characters, new gameplay, same ole’ Jack! At the time of this writing, it’s offered free as part of the Xbox Game Pass.
Strategy games can waver from ‘meh’ to ‘OMGEEE’ in my playbook. This one definitely goes toward the ‘OMGEEE’ feeling. I really enjoyed all of the customizations of the weapons and the characters that this game had to offer. You can literally edit the feel of the game to your own type of strategy.
An interesting thing that I found out is that even though the enemies will use the Overwatch ability, you can use it on them even if you’re within their AoE that they already set. Overwatch is an ability that if you step into an AoE within their eyesight, you will be damaged and your movements will be interrupted.
You’ll find lots of unique abilities other than Overwatch. Just be sure to play it, even if you miss it on the Xbox Game Pass.
8. Paper Mario: The Origami King
Developed For: Nintendo Switch
Yup that’s right, another Mario game! Even better…. another Paper Mario game!! While the others were pleasantly surprising, this one was no disappointment. I find the fighting system in here interesting though. Although you take turns attacking each other, there’s a new mechanic that has been added. It’s a ring that offers enhancements to the fight itself.
Another big introduction to this game in the series is the open world concept. Being the first in the series to do so made a big difference in how popular this game has become. Being one of the biggest selling games on the Nintendo Switch is nothing to scoff at. Look it up, buy it, play it!
9. Twin Mirror
Developed For: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
This game seems to have similarities to Until Dawn and Murdered: Soul Suspect. In other words, if you like story-based adventure games then this one would be right up your alley! Similar to the others, you’ll also find that there are multiple endings, so you’ll be able to play this game more than once without having to worry about receptiveness.
Another interesting feature is that the main character Sam, has an inner voice. That inner voice though can be good or bad, which means it can either help or hinder you. Makes you think about having that little devil on one shoulder and a little angel on the other.
As there are two different realities you’ll experience, this game has an interesting take on investigation games. The first reality being… well reality, while the other seems to be some type of mind space. The mind space is where you will experience your inner voice. I say follow your inner voice and pick this one up today!
Ever want to feel like you’re one bad mutha…. ninja? In that case you should play this last game on the list! It may be number ten, but that doesn’t mean it’s not as good as the rest. This isn’t like any other ninja games that you might have plan. Don’t get me wrong, the Ninja Gaiden series were awesome, but this game is unique in its own way.
Another game that could be comparatively similar would be Mirror’s Edge, so if you enjoyed that one then this should be added to your game list to play. As you level up and play Ghostrunner you will gain abilities that will help aid you in your journey. Be careful though! The enemies aren’t the only one’s that can be killed in a single hit.
Knowing that you or the enemies can only take one hit should tell you to be careful and not run straight into the battle all of the time. Be tactical and use what you have available to you. You may be one bad-A ninja, but you’re not invincible!
There were many games that could have also been on this list but tell me, which ones that made it here were your favorites? What games do you think should have been on this list? Let me know below in the comments and feel free to share this with others. There just may be a game on here that they are unaware of and they would find very enjoyable.