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What To Play: The Best Video Games Of 2020 (So Far)

Because of the pandemic, the gaming industry has experienced an unexpected increase in both sales and player base. So in any case, here are some of the best games this year has to offer if you ever want to dip your toes in playing yourself.

The Best 2020 Games (So Far)

We’ve officially gone through the very chaotic first half of the year, which means that we still have another six months to go before 2020 is over. Unfortunately, when living under a virus pandemic, six months is a long time, especially when we’re expected to stay inside our houses in order to stay safe.

Fortunately, video games will always be here to keep us distracted and entertained. This 2020 is also no different when it comes to offering independent and triple-A titles that are revolutionary in their own way. As such, here are some of the best games 2020 has to offer... so far:

Half-Life: Alyx

We know it’s not “Half-Life 3,” but it might actually be one of Valve’s best games to date. Representing a new chapter in the “Half-Life” universe, the game’s focus on VR makes it one of the most immersive video game experiences ever, at least in this generation.

Doom Eternal

Frustrated? Anxious? Then pop on “Doom Eternal,” pick up a shotgun and spend hours literally ripping demons apart in id Software’s follow-up to the 2016 reimagining of the classic “Doom” series. Filled with beautiful environments (in an apocalyptic and chaotic way), the game is one high-octane adventure from start to finish and we won’t be surprised if you start it again after the credits roll.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

A huge contrast to “Doom Eternal” and released on the same day, AC:NH is for those who want a relaxing experience with no stakes at all, if you can even call the in-game loans you owe Tom Nook that. Instead of shooting demons, you catch butterflies. Instead of running around chasing whatever hellspawn the game throws at you, you simply fish, a lot. Perfect for those who just want something easy and slow-paced.

The Last of Us Part II

This might be a controversial take since the story itself makes a few choices that you might not agree with, especially if you played the first game. But make no mistake, TLOUII is still a marvel in gaming, improving all of the game mechanics from the first to enhance the gameplay. Expect a story that will test your resolve and a gameplay that is even more intense (but creative) than the last.

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