Regardless of not having a significant flagship unique to pair with the launch of the Xbox Sequence X|S, there was nonetheless trigger for celebration on Microsoft’s console platform this 12 months.That is our decide for one of the best Xbox console unique* of 2020.
Name of the Sea harkens again to thriller tales of outdated, telling the story of a mysterious island, a lacking husband, a cursed illness, and a girl on a quest to attach all of them collectively. Not solely is the story compelling from begin to end, Name of the Sea’s logic puzzles are JUST robust sufficient to resolve with out beating your head towards a wall, however nonetheless really feel immensely satisfying – on the finish of most of them, you are feeling like a bonafide genius, but it surely’s all within the sport’s sly design. By the point you have completed this compact (however compelling) journey, you may simply need to begin it once more, hoping one thing of its ilk involves fill the void earlier than the black ooze takes over.
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Name of the Sea additionally gained IGN’s Individuals’s Selection for one of the best Xbox console-exclusive sport of the 12 months! For extra, take a look at our full Name of the Sea evaluate right here!
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Under are our different favourite Xbox console exclusives of 2020. Chances are you’ll discover that there have been solely 4 nominees on this class. After a prolonged inner debate, our editorial workforce felt there have been solely 4 really nice experiences on Xbox consoles this 12 months, and did not need to add something simply to spherical out the numbers.
The Greatest Xbox Console Exclusives of 2020
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The one factor extra shocking than the return of Uncommon’s long-dormant Battletoads is the truth that 2020’s revival is genuinely nice. The notoriously tough beat ‘em up returned after a 26-year hiatus with a compact 2D journey tuned for a contemporary viewers, because of extra accessible issue choices (although the limitless frustration of its predecessors is preserved in its most tough setting).
Battletoads’ biggest power, nevertheless, lies in its pleasant Saturday morning cartoon presentation and the unexpectedly participating, self-aware story of Rash, Zitz, and Pimple’s try to flee the depths of irrelevance and reclaim their ’90s fame.
For extra, take a look at our full Battletoads evaluate right here!
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In hindsight, it makes good sense, however the gritty, bloody world of Microsoft’s Gears sequence tailored surprisingly nicely to the turn-based tactical battles of Gears Techniques.
This great-looking riff on XCOM-style fight has some intelligent concepts that assist you to chain collectively your actions and assaults in the event you equip the fitting loot and assume a few strikes forward, and the outcomes of executing a well-planned flip are as devastating to the enemy as they’re satisfying to do.
For extra, take a look at our full Gears Techniques evaluate right here!
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Phantasy Star On-line 2 (NA Launch)
Xbox has by no means been identified for its lineup of Japanese video games or its MMORPGs, however Sega’s Phantasy Star On-line 2 was a giant stand-out shock for 2020. Initially launched in Japan nearly a decade in the past, this on-line motion RPG carries the torch of the Dreamcast/GameCube/PC authentic into daring new instructions.
Swapping the slow-paced targeting-based fight of most MMOs for one thing that feels extra impressed by Satan Might Cry, PSO2 is a jam-packed free-to-play sport that’s stacked to the brim with content material and character customization. It’s crossplay with PC as nicely so that you’ll by no means have to fret about discovering a gaggle of ARKs to journey with.
For extra, take a look at our full PSO2 2020 evaluate right here!
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There are many different awards past simply the Xbox console unique! Try all our platform, style, and design winners – and, after all, our picks for this 12 months’s GotY – beneath!
IGN’s Sport of the 12 months 2020
Greatest Video games by Platform
Greatest Video games by Style
Sport Growth and Craft Awards
Make sure to take a look at all of our different Sport of the 12 months award winners, in addition to our picks for one of the best motion pictures, TV exhibits, comics, and anime of 2020!*Observe: this class represents our decisions for one of the best video games completely on every console platform – whereas Gear Techniques is obtainable on PC, for instance, it’s an Xbox console unique.