What are the best PC games of 2020? With half of the year now behind us, we've played and reviewed our fair share of titles, both large and small. But which ones are absolutely essential?
From Early Access games to long-awaited new entries in acclaimed series or unusual PC ports, our list of the best PC games of 2020 happens to be surprisingly varied, even prior to the busy release season scheduled for later in the year.
Going into the second half of 2020, we expect our list to grow even bigger, as new high profile releases and indie gems make their way on our screens.
The best PC games of 2020 also mark the end of an era. The new console generation that the video games industry will welcome later this year is set to inevitably pave the way towards increased fidelity and, hopefully, quality of games across the board.
The Best PC Games of 2020
- Death Stranding
- Beyond a Steel Sky
- Hardspace: Shipbreaker
- Doom Eternal
- Streets of Rage 4
- Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break
However, before planning your next hardware upgrade, these are the best PC games of 2020 that you shouldn't miss:
Hideo Kojima's divisive masterpiece has made its way to PC after eight months of waiting and it's positively glorious. Following protagonist Sam Bridges in his effort to reconnect a shattered world, Death Stranding mixes lengthy bouts of traversing expansive, beautiful wilds with a story that oozes Kojima's unique madness and combat sequences. What starts off as a walking simulator that tasks you with balancing cargo, quickly branches off in unexpected directions.
In our Death Stranding review, we called it "a masterpiece of game design which surpasses your every expectation", before awarding it the first and only 10 of 2020 thus far. If you want to dip into its world yourself, you can purchase Death Stranding from Humble Bundle.
Beyond a Steel Sky
Beyond a Steel Sky continues the story that started with '90s point-and-click adventure classic Beneath A Steel Sky while bringing the series up to modern standards. Set 10 years after the original, in a fully 3D-rendered world, the game sees protagonist Robert Forster heading to Union City in an effort to find two kidnapped children. Tapping into what made LucasArts and Telltale adventure games great, Beyond a Steel Sky doesn't overly rely on repeatedly sending the player on various errands. Instead, it leans on Forster's ability to convince others to help him while, at times, letting him skip over whole portions of quests as long as he spots the right details.
"A worthy 3D follow-up of one of the best 2D adventure games around", is how we described the game in our review. If you're looking for an adventure game to spend some time with, you can purchase Beyond a Steel Sky from Steam.
A game with a rather unique premise, Hardspace: Shipbkreaker puts you in the shoes of a blue-collar worker that disassembles ships in an effort to pay off a massive debt. What stands out the most is the necessity to approach dismantling ships very methodically, as cutting the wrong thing can easily result in a pretty, but deadly, explosion. The need to get used to your tools and learn what to cut and in which way makes for an engrossing experience, even in Early Access.
In our Hardspace: Shipbreaker review, we called it a "surprisingly polished game that’s as immersive and exciting as it is relaxing". If you'd like to get a taste of what cutting ships in space while being indebted feels like, grab Shipbreaker from the Humble Store.
Doom Eternal builds upon its predecessor's formula, expanding it in ways that make its demon-killing experience louder, more visceral but also varied. The rebooted series' excellent gunplay is more refined while its arsenal grows with new weapons and old ones that receive fresh modifications (looking at you, Super Shotgun with your Meat Hook). Additions like the shoulder-mounted flamethrower that engulfs enemies in flames while making them drop armor or the chainsaw that guarantees ammo with each kill require players to think more tactically in the middle of already-intense fights. With more verticality added to levels, a pounding soundtrack composed by Mick Gordon and gruesome, detailed executions, Doom Eternal is an adrenaline-fueled interplanetary journey that's not to be missed.
In our review, we said that "Doom Eternal’s combat encounters are, quite possibly, the best in the genre". If you'd like to show Hell's denizens what's what yourself, you'll find the game on Humble Bundle.
Streets of Rage 4
Streets of Rage 4 sees the popular beat’em up series triumphantly returning. This latest entry proves that moving to the right side of the screen while punching, kicking and slamming thugs into the ground to the sound of an awesome, electro-infused soundtrack has aged quite well. The fresh coat of paint makes its cartoonish character models easily stand out from its detailed backgrounds, while its short-but-sweet campaign doesn't overstay its welcome and can be also be played in co-op.
In our review, we called Streets of Rage 4 "a heartfelt throwback to the golden years of couch co-op" that caters to "both newcomers and Streets of Rage fanatics alike". Should you want a piece of the action for yourself, you'll find the game on Humble Bundle.
Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break
Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break is yet another great entry in developer Ace Team's strange and unique series that marries racing and tower defense. In it, players face off against various historical figures, the ultimate goal being that of breaking through the doors of their fortresses and squishing them under the weight of the giant rock that you control. To this effect, both you and the AI alternate between placing defensive units on the enemy's track and taking control of a massive boulder, making sure it reaches the other end intact. As hilarious as ever, the Monty Pythonesque cutscenes that mark the start of confrontations make a return, while the third entry in the series also comes with its own level editor, allowing players to create their own stages.
In our review, we called the game "ridiculous fun" and gave it an 8.5. If you're looking for a title that's quite different from anything else out there, you can purchase Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break from the Humble Store.
We'll update our list of the best PC games of 2020 with new entries throughout the year. Meanwhile, let us know in the comments which games made your list.
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