Were you one of the lucky few who managed to grab one of the latest generation consoles or did you prefer to take the train of the previous generation, now that PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are available at much lower prices? Unwrapped a Switch on Christmas Eve or received a new computer and are you looking forward to seeing how far the machine takes you without sinning in performance? If one of these four scenarios portrays your last Christmas, there are at least two certainties that should be taken into account: there is a new video game platform in your life and they all give you access to an immense library of titles that make it difficult to decide choose one where to start.
For those who received a PlayStation 5 or an Xbox Series X, the exercise is simpler. It is true that both consoles are backwards compatible with most games of the past generation, but it is also true that there are already some titles optimized to achieve superior performance on these systems. Maybe that’s why they are more attractive, especially for players looking for an updated visual experience.
On the Xbox Series X, you can achieve this with Cyberpunk 2077, for example. Although the game is not recommended for Xbox One (nor for PS4), where gameplay is fraught with problems of various kinds, the truth remains that this remains one of the best titles of 2020. On PC, as well as new Microsoft and Sony consoles, the game stands out. CD Projekt Red remains dedicated to repairing the jerks that are being identified, which means that the game will certainly be better over time, but the criticism is practically unanimous in the evaluation of the last project of the Polish studio, since the scores that were attributed to it in evaluation are very positive.
If you’re not a fan of open world games and prefer a classic, you can start with the biggest exclusive of the Xbox ecosystem: Halo.
On the PC, there are currently a series of hits that bring together a large community of players. The biggest of them all is Among Us, which, according to a study by Nielsen, is the most popular game ever, after reaching almost 500 million active users in November.
There is another active community around Valorant. This game was released in 2020 and is a first-person shooter that takes place in matches of five against five, where you can choose heroes with special abilities.
2020 was also the year in which some well-known titles moved from consoles to PC. One such case was Horizon: Zero Dawn, which can now be played on a computer, before the release of the sequel, which is scheduled for next year.
PlayStation opened the life cycle of its new console with Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and the remake of Demon’s Souls, but it is with Astro’s Playroom that you can experience the full potential of DualSense, Sony’s new controller. the game is already installed on the console, but while everyone was waiting for a simple performance demo, the company ended up giving us a complete platform game that not only serves as a gateway for users who have just arrived on PS5, but offers a first experience quality game.
Astro’s Playroom is a PS5 exclusive, which is not the case with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla or Ghost of Tsushima, which can also be played on PS4. Ghost of Tsushima was, moreover, the winner of the Player’s Voice Award 2020, awarded at the last ceremony of the Game Awards thanks to the popular vote.
2020 was also positive for Nintendo Switch, which continued to add acclaimed titles to its portfolio. Hades is one of the best examples. The game has been nominated for several Game of the Year awards in the past few weeks and has even been declared as such by various media outlets, so there won’t be many arguments higher than this that can help you decide which title to start with.
If you are looking for a more familiar game, you can choose Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The game, which this year has become a kind of virtual haven, was, according to Nintendo’s president, “far beyond expectations” that the company had, both for sales and for the importance it acquired due to the pandemic. In an interview with Polygon, Doug Bowser said he saw “people celebrating the graduation; having birthday parties; even weddings – virtually, through the game itself”, so there is already a kind of Earth 2.0 to discover in this universe virtual.
Regardless of the game you choose to start your journey, know that the digital stores of all these consoles, as well as Epic Games or Steam, in the case of the PC, are full of proposals of all genres and prices, so most The difficulty should not be to find a title that fills your measurements, but to choose among the several that can do it.