Ars Technica’s best games of 2020


Dec 4, 2020
When the world at large looks back at 2020, how much will video games figure into our memories? Frankly, humanity has a pretty massive bullet list of crazy, important, and scary moments that will likely outweigh the importance of, say, knocking out your dailies in an MMO.

But at Ars, we know that you've still been keenly interested in gaming articles this year—whether because you had questions about sold-out consoles and graphics cards, because you happened to be home near your gaming machines more often, or because your social life began revolving less around the local pub and more around a Discord channel. In an increasingly stressed out and homebound year, video games provided equal parts refuge and escape.

Thankfully, development studios quickly figured out the work-from-home thing well enough to finish and launch some incredible video games. (Well, some more than others.) Hence, we've again polled the Ars gaming braintrust to rank the games that provided the most comfort in a year where comfort was in seriously short supply.

20. Astro’s Playroom
19. The Last of Us Part II
18. The Longing
17. Streets of Rage 4
16. Spelunky 2
15. Cyberpunk 2077
14. Final Fantasy VII Remake
13. Demon's Souls
12. Ori and the Will of the Wisps
11. Carrion
10. Microsoft Flight Simulator
9. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
8. Yakuza: Like a Dragon
7. Valorant
6. Doom Eternal
5. Ghost of Tsushima
4. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
3. Fall Guys
2. Half-Life Alyx
1. Hades