Game of the Year is a subjective thing, at the end of the day. This author thought The Last of Us: Part II was the best game of 2020; fellow Push Square editor Stephen Tailby felt it was Dreams. They’re both great games, it all comes down to a matter of opinion. Nevertheless, the general consensus is that Sony has been on a roll these past few years.
According to a popular blog called Game of the Year Picks, which collates all of the award winners across the globe, the Japanese giant has actually attracted the most gongs for a single title three years on the bounce now. The criteria of the website is that it only acknowledges professional publications with multiple editors. It also dismisses single format websites like Push Square and Nintendo Life.
However, according to the page, The Last of Us: Part II nabbed a total of 134 Game of the Year awards in 2020 – comfortably beating off its closest competitor, Hades, with 36. Ghost of Tsushima finished third with 20 total wins to its name. It’s the third year in a row a Sony published exclusive has been awarded the most gongs, following Death Stranding in 2019 and God of War in 2018.
Obviously, this speaks to the quality of not just PlayStation’s internal studios and partners, but also its management pipeline. Software like this doesn’t simply grow on trees, and Sony has become something a first-party publishing powerhouse in the past 10 years or so. With both Horizon Forbidden West and God of War: Ragnarok slated for 2021, it’ll be looking to make four in a row.