5. Cyberpunk 2077
My level of hype for 2077 never reached the level of actual enjoyment I’ve had playing this game. That is something I can say that's not true for most people. I’ve had none of the issues others have had playing this game. I’ve had virtually no graphic errors, skips, or glitches like others. The game runs well and smoothly and looks incredible on my machine. But the best part of Cyberpunk for me is the world and the story. I’ve loved being immersed in Night City, meeting its citizens, helping out hard up folks, and getting to know how this society operates. The game play mechanics are also a joy. I can’t wait to see where the story goes.
4. Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Flight Simulator is the first game I played on my new PC that really showed off what my graphics could do. That alone was awesome, but its the feat that Microsoft accomplished in Flight Simulator that has me marvel. MFS contains the entire planet Earth in a shocking amount of detail. Every registered airport is available to fly out of and into. The experience of flying and interacting with air traffic control is incredible. I loved learning the ins and outs of flying, trying new planes, finding world landmarks, and attempting challenging landings are all fun. I had a hard time finding my own house in the game, but I flew low over my hometown spotting landmarks, and found my daughter’s house in Maine with her by my side. But what tells me this game is remarkable is that flying a 4 hour flight over the Pacific ocean never seemed boring to me, it was relaxing and fun. What Microsoft accomplished in this game is incredible, and they keep adding detail. I can’t wait to keep flying in 2021.
3. Doki Doki Literature Club
Nothing surprised me this year like playing Doki Doki Literature Club. I’ve never experienced anything quite like it in a video game. It was shocking, emotional, and in some ways traumatic. It was just creepy enough, and brilliant in how it designed the creep factor in creative ways. My personal moment this year came from this game. I won’t say more so please, if you haven’t experienced Doki Doki Literature Club, set aside your skepticism and go give it a try.
2. Company of Heroes 2
This year I fell in love with Company of Heroes 2, my current favorite multiplayer game in existence. I actually play this game against computers more than anything, and could basically drop anything to play it at any time. The game has never gotten repetitive to me. Each battle is unique and challenging. At the beginning of 2020 I visited the National World War 2 museum. Afterward I dug into learning some World War 2 history, and my friends happened to get this game right around that time. I never knew how much I could enjoy playing a historical war game, but it immediately eclipsed all other RTS games for me personally. This is another game that I see myself playing for years to come.
1. The Sims 4
Sims 4 is hands down my personal game of the year. I played more Sims 4 than anything else by far. It gave me so much pleasure and joy during what was a very difficult year. In Sims 4 I did all of the things I couldn’t do in real life: hang out with friends, go to the gym, sing karaoke, have big parties, meet new people, go on dates, eat at restaurants, drink at bars, etc. I know Sims 4 has been around for years, but this was the first time I really got into the Sims. Every time I get a new expansion it is like discovering this game all over again. The only downside to Sims 4 is that it is a massive time sink and when I get into it, it is hard to do anything else, let alone play anything else. If I could have an extra day or two in my week to fit in Sims time, I would. Sims 4 is the game that helped me get through the tough year that was 2020 and for that I’m grateful!