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Best Action Game of 2020 - Article

by Paul Broussard , posted 5 days ago / 2,587 Views

Welcome to the first in our series of Game of the Year articles for 2020! The winner was determined by a combination of community and staff voting. Before you proceed, note that the banner image for all of our articles does not indicate the winner; it will be an image or artwork from one of the shortlisted titles but not necessarily the winning one. Enjoy!

 

After a deluge of high profile AAA titles in 2019, 2020 was something of a quiet year for the action genre. Nevertheless, several games still stood, especially in the indie sphere. So who benefitted the most from the relative lack of competition?

  

The Shortlist:

  

Hades

  

Streets of Rage 4

  

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

  

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

  

  

  

  

The Winner:

Hades

Runner-up: Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

While producing excellent story-driven isometric titles is nothing new for Supergiant Games, jumping into a primarily action-focused game is a step outside the developer's usual comfort zone. In trying something new, however, it delivered one of the most engaging games of 2020; creating a title that blended action, roguelike, and RPG elements into a seamless harmony while still providing an engaging narrative and set of characters.


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12 Comments
Mnementh (5 days ago)

My applause to Hades, a deserving winner. Supergiant Games show that even without crunch and massive budget you can create an outstanding game.

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OTBWY (5 days ago)

Hades is definitely the winner for me as well. Such a good game.

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Darwinianevolution (5 days ago)

I'm really confused as to how Fall Guys couts as an action title.

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It's hard to categorise - it's part racing, part platformer, part action, all battle-royale (but we don't have a genre award for that). Each game can only be listed for one genre award though.

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Didn't we have a party game category?

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Nope. Don't think we've ever had a Party Game award.

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Are there enough notable party games released in a year for that to be a proper reward?

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This year we had a couple. Among Us, Fall Guys, Momotaru Dentetsu, Clubhouse Games 51, Just Dance... It's a small list, but there were still enough to make a list.

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The_Liquid_Laser (4 days ago)

I need to try out Hades sometime just to see what all of the fuss is about.

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TruckOSaurus (4 days ago)

Great pick! My personal GOTY.

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Fuchigole (4 days ago)

I voted Age of Calamity, but I haven't played Hades. I'm going to try it out. I've heard only good things about it.

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