Here's what I voted for:
- The Last of Us Part II
- Final Fantasy 7 Remake
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Ghost of Tsushima
HM: Demon’s Souls
HM: Animal Crossing: New Horizons
HM: Marvel’s Avengers
FF7 Remake was probably the most fun I had playing a game last year. The combat system just resonated with me so well, a great mix of action but also a kind of turn-based strategy thing. I also really liked the way they were able to make Midgar interesting to explore and do everything there was despite it being more linear in nature. Plus, the music shift in the third phase of that dreamweaver fight? God-tier.
TLOU Part II on the other hand, just affected so deeply. Obviously there's all the technical stuff it excels at, it's an insanely good looking game, it's fun to attack every scenario differently and experiment (shoutout to the Rat King), but couldn't stop thinking about the story whenever I stopped playing. There were so many moments that I loved so much. Well, 'loved. is the wrong word, but appreciated how much they made me think and feel about everything.
I was hoping Avengers would crack the list, but I'm not surprised. Of course it has issues, especially at launch, but I honestly think people just continue to assume the game has been in the same rough shape since September, when they've really been on a roll since Kate Bishop. I think there's a ton of variety in the ways you can play each character, so much so that I've enjoyed putting together different builds for characters. They've also been really good about sticking to their roadmap and since they put it out around February or so. I think it's definitely worth people's time, especially with a bigger Black Panther expansion coming in August.