Best Multi-Platform Xbox Exclusive
Enter Gears Tactics. Like Halo Wars, it's takes all the atmosphere, enemy types, and equipment you know and love from the main series, but sets it into a slower-paced, more cerebral format. The results are a satisfying new alternative to the visceral action we've all become accustomed to. While the lack of a multiplayer element may be regrettable, Gears Tactics was still undeniably one of the best Xbox experiences to come out in 2020.
Best Multi-Platform PlayStation Exclusive
While the game may technically be a spin-off as opposed to an official sequel (and by a different developer, no less), A Big Adventure is every bit as charmingly entertaining as the series proper. Clearly taking inspiration from the fantastic Wii U title (and soon to be Switch port), Super Mario 3D World, the game kind of feels like a mash-up between that and LittleBigPlanet, and is simply all the better for it. With local and online multiplayer for up to 4 people, Sackboy: A Big Adventure is well-crafted lighthearted fun that the whole family can enjoy.
Best Multi-Platform Game
Best PlayStation 4 Exclusive
It's no real surprise then that their 2020 sequel, The Last of Us (part) II is yet another veritable gaming masterpiece. An emotional roller coaster that is equal parts beautiful, heartwarming, soul-crushing, and terrifying. There's no other experience out there quite like The Last of Us because nobody else out there can tell a story quite like Naughty Dog. While The Last of Us II may not be a game for everyone, you'd kind of have to be brain-dead to let it pass you by.
Best Switch Exclusive, Game of the Year
Did we also mention that it's addictive? We mean it. You don't just lose hours in this game, you lose whole days at a time. And in a year when people were forced to stay home and come up with creative ways to keep themselves entertained, Animal Crossing: New Horizons was like a gift from the sky. Not only did Nintendo not miss the mark with this game, they hit the nail on the head with the seasoned experience of a master craftsman.