Best action-adventure games of 2020
THEtaking stock of the past year and remembering all the video games that have left their mark is never easy. But this year has been particularly difficult when it comes to the Best Action-Adventure category. The vast array of experiences, from open worlds and platform games to hack and slash titles, was impressive. Who leaves with the first prize? Let’s take a look at the nominees. Slight spoilers for some titles so be warned.
NOTE: Nominees and winner were decided by internal vote organized by all GamingBolt staff.
The Last of Us Part 2
We always knew it wouldn’t be for the faint of heart but Naught Dog’s The Last of Us Part 2 strikes us in many ways. The revenge story of Ellie and Abbey seeking some sort of redemption complemented each other and indeed clashed with each other against the backdrop of a ruthless world. With strong gameplay improvements, incredible visuals and relentless brutality, The Last of Us Part 2 will leave you reeling.
Ghost of Tsushima
Sucker Punch’s samurai epic could have turned into another revenge story on PS4. Instead, he explores the conflict of Jin Sakai, a warrior at odds with his ideals. Production values ââare incredible all around, from the vast Tsushima plains to its perilous peaks, and the precise combat has made every encounter a joy. Add engaging secondary content through Tales and you’ve got an action adventure game that delivered its huge hype.
Paper Mario: the king of origami
The puzzle-based combat mechanics might not be for everyone in Paper Mario: the king of origami. However, the charm and aesthetics, accentuated by the excellent humor of the title, are still great. Between adventure, puzzle solving, and platforming, players will visit cafes, fill the world with confetti, drive shoes, and fight while standing still. It’s a quirky and ultimately fun moment for any Mario fan.
Hades catches your eye with its stunning aesthetic, whether it’s the environments or the character designs. But over time we are again exposed to the studio’s brilliant storytelling as the story of Zagreus, his family, and the Greek Pantheon unfolds across many tracks. Combat is a joy too, feeling incredibly responsive and offering plenty of ways to play while rogue-lite elements fuel race after race.
Cyberpunk 2077 (PC)
Even if you were not satisfied with the elements of the role-playing game and the bugs need to be fixed, Cyberpunk 2077 on PC still presents a strong story with great voice acting and great pacing. Gunplay is quite meaty; Cyberware offers all kinds of technical and destructive possibilities; and the overall visuals are crisp, presenting Night City as the magnificent dystopia of tomorrow. Again, improvements need to be made, but as an action-adventure experience, Cyberpunk 2077 stood out this year.
Ori and the will of the wisps
Five years after the launch of Ori and the Blind Forest, Moon Studios returned with Ori and the will of the wisps. Since its reveal, its stunning visuals have been the highlight, but the gameplay has also offered several improvements in terms of feel and progression. Whether you’re gazing at the scenery, battling a number of awesome bosses, or getting attached to the adorable cast, Ori and the will of the wisps is a stellar Metroidvania experience.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
While not a full-fledged sequel, it was still nice to go back to Insomniac’s Spider-Verse and take on the role of Miles Morales. As the new Spider-Man, Miles’ inner conflict made for a brief but memorable journey with great characters, jaw-dropping production values, and fun combat mechanics on top of the already excellent canvas. What comes next is to be guessed but Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is yet another great open world action adventure in Insomniac’s catalog.
Do you want a faster and more engaging cyberpunk experience? The one that features split-second fights, grappling hooks, dashing, wall runs and bullets? Ghostrunner from One More Level and Slipgate Ironworks is the ticket. As Jack, a ghostrunner, you navigate complex levels and survive against one hit attacks. With incredibly responsive controls and well-designed obstacles that link seamlessly together, Ghostrunner has embraced both the adventure and action enthusiast and the sprinter in all of us.
Giant Squid’s foray into the open world hasn’t gone beyond Breath of the wild design but The pathless always delivered stunning aesthetics and haunting environments. As a hunter venturing to a Cursed Island, players would fight bosses and solve puzzles, with linked moves rhythmically shooting crystals to increase speed. Despite its short lifespan, The pathless offered a rhythmic adventure full of emotions.
Watch dogs: Legion
The narration has been hit and miss in the previous ones Watch dogs titles so Watch dogs: Legion turns that around by challenging yourself to create your own memorable stories. Recruit anyone to join DedSec, infiltrating the strongholds of Albion and the Kelley clan to liberate London. Or take a stroll through the wonderful city of the near future, discover illegal combat circles and shop for wacky clothes while forming a motley group of rebels. The choice is ultimately yours and it has worked out pretty well.
Immortals Fenyx Rising
Ubisoft’s latest open world title takes a look at the Greek mythology of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey while ‘borrowing’ endurance, climbing and exploring The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The comedy may be hit and miss to some, but there’s no denying the intense combat or the well-crafted puzzles and challenges. He will not earn points for originality but Immortals Fenyx Rising is always nice.
Destroy All Humans Remake
In a year of good and bad remakes, Destroy all humans remake ultimately stuck to what made the original work. Its B-grade humor and premise is largely intact, and the sheer joy of erasing humans with alien weapons remains appealing. Yes, it’s technically limited and also a bit repetitive, but respecting its basic principle, Destroy all humans shone once more.
Mafia Definitive Edition
After the disappointments that were mafia 2 and 3 final edition, concerns have increased Mafia Definitive Edition. Fortunately, as a full-fledged remake, it offers dramatically improved visuals, lending more dramatic weight to the events of the original story. With additional footage, revamped cutscenes, and changes to the overall flow of the open world, Mafia Definitive Edition in fact, it’s worth revisiting the 1930s.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
Time travel? Time travel. But in the case of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, this is not necessarily a bad thing as players are going through pre-Great Calamity events. As a Musou title, combat is more complex with various playable characters – including Zelda – having different combos, special attacks, and runes to take down enemies. Breath of the Wild 2 may be far but Age of Calamity is still a big reserve until its release.
Ori and the will of the wisps
Moon Studios’ latest addition isn’t just a sequel – it’s a labor of love, born out of thousands of iterations and years of obsessive polish, which can be seen in the backgrounds and integration. of 3D characters. The show’s theme of love and loss continues to hold true while the platform and combat remains just as responsive and rewarding as ever. World design, boss fights, soundtrack, and storytelling all combine seamlessly into one masterful experience. To this end, Ori and the will of the wisps is our pick for the best action-adventure game of 2020.