Game Reviews

The Second Annual Revvies: Best of the Year in Gaming | 2020 InReview Site Awards

InReview is pleased to announce its second annual Revvies Awards: Gaming Edition for 2020. The following awards have been selected by InReview’s editors and writers. To be eligible, all games had to have content published during the calendar year 2020.

Best individual scene in a video game

Nominees:

  • Defeating Hitler again in Zombie Army 4
  • Joker and Dr. Maruki’s last conflict, Persona 5 Royal
  • Eivor vs Kjotve the Cruel in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Standing off against old friends in Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War’s campaign
  • The Penetrator’s entrance in Demon’s Souls

Winner: The Penetrator’s entrance in Demon’s Souls

Analysis: This one just oozes with unbelievable epicenes. The classic throwing of a corpse at the player right before the battle, the entry of the Penetrator as he finally slays the annoying Fat Official who has spent so long trolling the player, and his bow and unsheathing of his sword before he approaches and attacks are just amazing theatrics. They are thankfully followed up by quite the entertaining fight, setting the stage for one of the most iconic boss fights in quite the renowned game. Overall, this category had arguably the most competition out of all of them, but it had to go to the amazingly stout Penetrator. After all, there’s a reason why players take two whole playthroughs and hours of grinding just to get his armor set for aesthetics…

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Best downloadable content in a video game

Nominees:

  • Minecraft elements added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Frontiers Pursuit added to Red Dead Online
  • Pokemon: Sword and Shield DLC revamping the game
  • Persona 5 Royal bringing powerful Personas to the game
  • Mega Evolution added to Pokemon GO

Winner: Mega Evolution added to Pokemon GO

Analysis: Adding Megas from mainstream Pokemon’s beloved sixth generation to the mobile phenomenon has been nothing but a rousing success. Doing so has opened up yet another dimension in the game and has made it much more accessible to newer or less experienced players. Megas are strong enough to make various high profile raid bosses much more beatable. Offering a ‘Mega boost’ to allied trainers also makes it so that even the lowest of low levels can meaningfully contribute in genuinely difficult raids. Giving more people a reason to come together and game amongst themselves is the flagship mission of the game after all, making Mega Evolution an undoubtedly great new mechanic for the game.

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Best mobile game

  • Among Us
  • Path of Exile Mobile
  • Genshin Impact
  • The Pathless

Winner: Genshin Impact

Analysis: While one could walk around with a Nintendo Switch and a copy of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you could also just as easily have your phone and Genshin Impact, which is quite close to the same thing! The latter is quite similar, gameplay, combat and overall quality wise to the former. Buy it and enjoy!

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Best indie game

  • Zombie Army 4: Dead War
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
  • The Pathless
  • GTFO
  • Spelunky 2

Winner: Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

Analysis: A family friendly, multiplayer game with funny minigames that’s playable for virtually anyone is just what some folks needed, sheltered in due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, to offer a nice source of family fun. Mediatonic really did themselves well with this one.

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Best narrative in a video game

  • Persona 5 Royal
  • Last of Us Part II
  • Watch Dogs Legion
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Winner: Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Analysis: It may seem weird to see a Call of Duty game win any sort of awards for a narrative, but Cold War’s campaign accomplishes exactly that. It is short, sweet, offers a choose-your-own-adventure, and the characters involved are surprisingly relatable. Considering how much we see campaign characters appear in Zombies, Multiplayer and Warzone modes, player attachment to them undoubtedly increases. With the ability to bring ruin to Russia, the American government or several countries across the world depending on player decision making, a lot of weight is placed into the narrative. Overall, very enjoyable, direct/to the point, and with lots of replay value.

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Best soundtrack in a video game

  • Persona 5 Royal
  • Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon DX
  • Doom Eternal

Winner: Persona 5 Royal

Analysis: Persona 5 Royal takes what “vanilla Persona 5” built, expands it, and doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel. From old favorites such as “Whims of Fate” and “When My Mother was There” to new goodies such as “I Believe” and “Throw Away Your Mask”. The game itself is already incredible, but even if you weren’t fan, the soundtrack would make sure you were in it to stay almost entirely by itself. No game made in 2020 even comes close, P5R did it perfectly.

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Best graphics in a video game

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Last of Us Part II
  • Doom Eternal
  • Watch Dogs Legion
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated

Winner: SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated

Analysis: This may not be the mid 2000s where games were closely evaluated for graphics, but THQ Nordic did standout work with this remake nevertheless. Each and every level and character in BFBB Rehydrated is absolutely stunning, from the blue, shiny skies of Jellyfish fields, to the green and relaxed Kelp Forests, all the way to the creepy Flying Dutchman’s Graveyard. THQ Nordic became modern day Michelangelo here, with a series of graphics anybody will enjoy.

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Game of the Year

  • DOOM Eternal
  • Last of Us Part II
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Watch Dogs Legion
  • Demon’s Souls Remastered

Winner: DOOM Eternal

Analysis: DOOM Eternal takes what its famous predecessors did, and expands on it. DOOM has long been a game boasting unbelievably fast paced, challenging and entertaining first person combat. It was essentially the pioneer of the first person shooter genre. DOOM Eternal is a must have for players who like to live on the edge; even the game’s easiest difficulty fills the player with exhilarating thrills. This iteration of the franchise places more emphasis on the player’s weapons, the complexion of the map layouts, the enemies, and even the storyline. The beauty of the game is sheerly how simple it is, yet how many different ways a player can approach it and playthrough the game. It could be played through casually, simply to experience the game at the player’s pace. It could be played on a particular difficulty setting to present a challenge. Most notably, this franchise boasts the world’s largest speedrunning community, so a player could decide to get involved in that capacity as well. Simply put, DOOM Eternal is a masterful game that players of all kinds will love and enjoy, more than worthy of InReview’s Game of the Year honors.

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