Gamers who have eaten the salt acid of the gaming industry, especially when it is handled as a business whose main target is always to collect the largest possible profit, seems to have understood that the high hype is not always directly proportional to the quality of the final version of the video game that is finally distributed to the market. Not least because of a situation like this, gamers have to meet with great disappointment because the final quality is not in accordance with the expectations that have been built so far. But interestingly, there are also many cases where the opposite happens – where unexpected games suddenly emerge with fantastic quality. An event which, of course, deserves a special appreciation.
In 2020, there were so many games that, at least in our eyes, managed to fulfill that category. That games that we never focused on at all, never expected to come with such high quality or be able to reach a special level of popularity, turned out to be charming. Meanwhile, for those of you reading this article, it can be a kind of reference for games that you may have missed for one reason or another.
So, of all the games released in 2020 yesterday, what games do we think managed to exceed expectations? Here is a list of our versions:
Trials of Mana Remake
Square Enix’s efforts to bring their old games back to a new platform through the Remaster and Remake project deserve to be welcomed with open arms. Although not all of them come with the desired quality, especially when it comes to old pixel-based games that are converted into a mobile game-style refinement format that is visible in several titles, anticipation remains strong when Trials of Mana Remake is announced. The decision to maintain the story, characters, and mechanical base that was carried, but now going through a fairly solid modernization process made us quite surprised by the experience that this Trials of Mana offered. It’s not perfect, but the story concept is taken from the perspective of the different characters that you have to choose to create a unique RPG experience that has an old taste.
Immortals: Fenyx Rising
When he was introduced to the public for the first time, the game, which initially carried the name “Gods & Monsters”, did feel like Ubisoft’s “cheap” attempt to follow the success of Nintendo’s Zelda: Breath of the Wild series while implementing some of the concepts they had offered in Assassin’s. Creed. But the end result was quite surprising. Comes with a light fantasy narrative and full of jokes, it offers a thick RPG action flavor with a super challenging and interesting puzzle side. You can see and feel that each of these puzzles is well thought out and doesn’t just end up looking for items or locations. There is a brain that plays in the middle of the rampage of various monsters who also need proper skill execution to be easily subdued. One thing that is unfortunate about this series is the release schedule designed by Ubisoft which makes it close to other big names such as AC Valhalla and WD Legion, which results in minimal attention for it.
There is no more precise reaction to explain the whole phenomenon involving the name Among Us in 2020 than the word “shocking”. That a game that almost died because of a dwindling community and never gained popularity can suddenly end up exploding. When we talk about “exploding”, we are talking on the scale of a blazing nuclear bomb. Among Us, which is available for PC and mobile, ended up being one of the most downloaded games in 2020, with a popularity that has even penetrated into the realm of ordinary people. In the world of Youtubers and Streamers, he also gave birth to so many collaborations that were never predicted before. The most fantastic part? The developer did not then struggle desperately to take advantage of this situation in the name of money and ended up creating a monetization strategy that seemed greedy. Among Us remains the same, both before and after he became popular.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
Full of support and hope are the right words to describe the hearts and souls of legacy Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater gamers when a project remake is announced. After the latest previous series which ended in disaster, the variety and the released trailers indicated that Vicarious Visions and Activision are indeed moving on the right path. What a relief when the final version of this game is released to the market with the quality that veteran gamers and newcomers really want. Not only do they retain many of the classic elements, they also inject some extra modernization features without changing the overall gaming experience. Wrapped with a selection of music that also comes from the original series, it comes like a long-awaited love letter.
Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions
One indisputable fact every time you talk about the anime adaptation game by Bandai Namco? That it can be counted on the fingers, the projects of the concept can be praised for their quality. Most of them come with standard or even substandard quality and only sell fan-service as the foundation of the business. We also felt this concern when we read for the first time the news about Captain Tsubasa’s return to the modern console market, amidst the dryness of football games with super abilities. Fortunately, doubts eroded from the first time we tasted it. Even though it can’t be called the perfect game, it has also succeeded in translating the concept of Tsubasa’s superpower-based football in the modern era. Beautiful animation, solid story execution and fantastic thrill when executing every super kick is available here.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
When it was first introduced as one of the “free” Playstation Plus games to accompany its release day, not many people paid attention to the game that was born under the Devolver Digital banner. But for those who gave him the opportunity, games with super cute characters turned out to be easy to trigger addiction. The gameplay concept in the style of Takeshi Fortress, the concept of “battle-royale” with minimal violence, and a stage design that does not always depend on the problem of luck have spawned a new phenomenon. Fall Guys was suddenly busy talking about with many giant brands trying to keep up with their popularity. Who would have thought that a game with a concept like this could end up being a product that is needed and enjoyed by many gamers in 2020 which are, in fact, not exactly friendly.
What do you think of when you hear a free to play game made by a Chinese developer? A game that at the beginning of its existence was accused of being a “Breath of the Wild clone”? So like most of you, we are also among the gamers who are quite skeptical about Genshin Impact itself. But giving him a chance was one of the best decisions we made in 2020 yesterday. It is clear that the developer – miHoYo is serious about building an action RPG game that is not only tempting because of the character design, but also wraps it up with a story and a solid gameplay mechanic. Despite the fact that the economy is gacha based, gamers who don’t want to spend any money can still enjoy it without any problems. With all these combinations, including in terms of presentation, Genshin Impact is not even difficult to beat the paid open-world action RPG games that are available on the market.
Above is a list of 7 games that we think managed to perform with a quality that exceeds expectations for the 2020 release yesterday. Exceeding expectations can mean two things: first, it is satisfying because expectations were low at the start and it turns out that it manages to look surprising through surpassing quality. Or second and best case scenario? That the anticipation for him was actually high enough at the start and the game came with such brilliant quality, that we ourselves felt we had little choice but to feel we had to adore it for the shock of such quality. Regardless of which scenario occurs, one thing is certain – the 10 games above turn out to be a product that deserves to be glanced at and enjoyed.
How about you? Of all the games released in 2020 yesterday, which games have ended up exceeding your expectations in terms of quality? Feel free to comment and expand the list!