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By Andre Kongri | SEPT 27, 2020:
The gaming industry has witnessed exponential growth since the 2010s with the evolution of modern gaming consoles and smartphones.
Today, developing and bringing a video game to the market requires a multitude of skills as video games have evolved into an art form involving complex characters, intricate storylines, beautiful visuals and breathtaking sound design more akin to Hollywood Blockbusters.
For the younger generation, playing video games is more like a necessity and the best part is that video games fall into different genres based on gameplay and purpose.
As of 2018, video games generated sales of USD 134.9 billion annually worldwide. So, we can confidently say that, in today's world, the hype surrounding game releases is overwhelming even for a gamer.
This year has had its ups and downs, well, more of the downs than the ups. But that hasn't stopped most of our favourite game studios from releasing some of their best work.
Although we haven't quite reached the end of the year, here is TNT-The Northeast Today's list of the five best video games of 2020 so far.
Do keep in mind that this list is just our take on things and will most probably differ from all the other ones out there.
The Last of Us Part II
You've got to hand it the guys at Naughty Dog for coming up with something as masterful as The Last of Us Part II. This PlayStation 4 (PS4) exclusive is a grim, gritty and all-out violent affair that makes players question all the events in the previous game.
Although some die-hard fans weren't too happy with the game's plot, it did not stop the critics from praising the performances, characters, realistic visuals and gameplay.
Many also praised the game's narrative and representation of a transgender character though this also polarised both critics and players alike.
If you've got a PS4 lying around somewhere, you should give this game a shot and plough through the 25-hour experience.
2016's Doom was one of the biggest hits of the year with its amazingly fast-paced gameplay coupled with a soundtrack that just made players want to "rip and tear" through hordes of demons armed with an arsenal of weapons.
Doom Eternal is no different with id Software bringing back everything fans loved about the 2016 game along with a few more upgrades to boot.
It's rare to see a sequel do so well in the gaming world.
Running, gunning and hacking down enemies has never been more fun.
Doom Eternal is available on the PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Google Stadia and XBOX ONE.
Ghost of Tsushima
This latest offering by Sucker Punch Productions is an open-world extravaganza which follows a samurai's quest to protect Tsushima Island during the first Mongol invasion of Japan.
The gameplay is fast, fluid and fully immerses the player into its beautiful open-world design.
The game also allows players to select a more cinematic way to experience the 25-30 hour campaign. If you're planning to pull an allnighter, make sure to pick up Ghost of Tsushima on PS4.
Call of Duty: Mobile
Call of Duty: Mobile is one of 2020's most played First Person Shooter (FPS) games on android and IOS, allowing players to finally experience Call of Duty on the go.
The free-to-play game is developed by TiMi Studios and published by Activision and Garena.
Announced back in March 2019, the game saw one of the largest mobile game launches in history, generating over USD 327 million with 250 million downloads by June 2020.
The fact that the game has both an FPS online PvP mode along with a 100-player battle royale pits it against other games like PUBG Mobile.
Call of Duty: Mobile received positive reviews with IGN awarding the game 7.7 out of 10.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the fifth main entry into the Animal Crossing series and receiver universal acclaim upon release.
The life simulation game was released back in March by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch and became the second-highest selling game of all time in Japan, after Pokemon Red and Blue.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a great game, with its bright visuals and customisation options which keep players coming back for more.
If you're having a bad day and want to laze around, pick up a copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons and lose yourself in its fun-filled world.
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