Alongside our staff-voted Game of the Year awards, each of our writers have crafted their own personal lists, covering their top five PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 titles of 2020. Today, it’s the turn of reviewer Jade Sayers.
The perfect game to see in the PS5 era with. Astro’s Playroom is exactly the right blend of nostalgia and game-changing innovation to get me instantly hooked on the new generation console, whilst remembering how far the PlayStation brand has come. It’s a great platformer, bundled with an incredible soundtrack, and really has no right being so good for a free game.
I loved Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4, so there was only one choice when it was time to buy my first “proper” PS5 game — Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. There’s nothing more satisfying than swinging through the streets of New York and saving innocent bystanders from criminal organisations, or rescuing a cat from a sewer. A truly breathtaking game which really showcased to me how far the PS5 can go if this is its early stage. Though the storyline may be short, there’s so much to do in Spider-Man’s New York it doesn’t matter. It also perfectly sets up a sequel, and has me so excited for a reunion between Peter and Miles, and all that will entail in a future game.
Trails of Cold Steel is hands down one of my favourite series ever. The fourth and final instalment is almost perfect, and had it not been for a few sticking points, would have probably taken a higher spot on my list. Trails of Cold Steel IV provides a mostly satisfying ending to an incredible saga, and is one of the most ambitious JRPGs I’ve played in terms of sheer scale. Getting to spend time with some of my favourite game characters one last time was a real delight, and it felt good to draw the series to its conclusion.
I was initially a bit dubious of playing Persona 5 Royal, having sunk 100 hours into the vanilla game. I wasn’t sure how much more I could get out of it, but boy, was I wrong. Persona 5 Royal took everything I loved about the first game and added to it, with new mechanics, extra social link events, and new characters. Another 100 hours in, and I can honestly say Persona 5 Royal is one of the most perfect JRPGs I’ve ever played. It’s so stylish, and features such an incredible cast of lovable characters who are a joy to spend 200 hours with.
I came to Final Fantasy VII Remake never having played the original game (soon to be rectified, don’t worry!). I didn’t have many expectations as my own experience with Final Fantasy is a bit hit and miss, but I was blown away. The visuals of the game are spectacular for the most part, and I loved the story. I instantly fell in love with all the characters (Sephiroth), and the game just ticked every box possible for me. When I think of games I played in 2020, Final Fantasy VII Remake is definitely the one that had the biggest impact on me and the one I still think about most frequently even seven months after finishing. I feel incredibly lucky that I get to experience future games, and can even go back and play the original. Final Fantasy VII Remake also taught me I need to branch out of turn-based combat, and that I’m not as bad at action JRPGs as I think I am!
That’s what Jade thinks of 2020’s games. Do you agree with her top five? Tell us in the comments section below.