The Complete List Of The Most Popular Video Games in 2020
If you have any access to the Internet, you surely must have heard of the term “video game”. It means an electronic game that requires interaction with an interface and then it will generate visual feedback to a video device that may be a computer monitor or a TV screen. Over the last few decades, video games have shown tremendous growth in commercial importance as an industry. As of 2015, video games had generated an incredible amount of sales that is USD $74 billion each year in the whole world. It also took up the third largest proportion of the U.S. entertainment revenues. Just seeing this incredible fact can give you a general idea of how popular the video game industry has become and how many fans it has.
The most powerful aspect of video games is the fact that with each year the number of games released will increase steadily. Thus, at the moment there is a humongous amount of video games available on the market, from vintage ones that have never lost their popularity like Mario, Pokemon, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City etc. to the more modern, state-of-the-art ones like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, God of War 4, Nier: Automata, etc. However, video games’ most powerful aspect is also what limits our option as there are just so many games on the market. Don’t worry though, I have done all the hard work for you and put together a list of the most popular video games of 2020.
Being the much-awaited fourth installment of the wildly successful and popular God of War series, God of War has managed to pull off a big win and not disappoint its humongous fan base in any shape or way. The game was developed by Santa Monica studio, published by Sony Interactive Entertainment on April 20, 2018, for only the PS4 console. It is described by Cory Barlog, the creative director, as a complete reimagining of the whole franchise. The game closely follows the steps of Kratos, the protagonist of the series who now primarily wields an ax instead of his trademarked double-chained blades, and his son Atreus, whose identity is a big spoiler twist.
The game received great reviews from even the most difficult critic's thanks to its great narrative, incredible art direction, graphic, combat system, and character developments. The game was so good it received lots of perfect scores, making it the highest rated God of War game in the whole series and selling five million copies in its first month alone.
Another powerful contender for the throne of the most popular game of 2019, Fornite Battle Royale started out as a different play mode of the co-op survival sandbox game Fortnite: Save the World. The idea for this game was brought up after Epic Games saw the surprisingly fast climb to the popularity that PUBG experienced. The game is played with 100 players for each match that is separated into solo, duos, or squad of up to four players. These players will be dropped into a battle arena that has a safe zone shrinking with time. The players will then try whatever they can to make it out as the one survivor by either killing all of the other players or pick a safe spot and wait for them killing each other.
The main draw of Fortnite is the fact that in the start there will be no advantage, everyone must scavenge for weapons and consumables to fight their opponents. In addition, there is also the construction of Fortnite: Save the World as players can break down almost all objects in the game world to gain resources that will be used to make makeshift buildings to serve their strategies. Furthermore, the game can be played across all the available platforms.
There is no way that this game does not appear in any list of the most popular games of 2019. In fact, it has been appearing in any list of the most popular games of every single year since its debut in 2013. This game is playable in either a first-person or a third person perspective. Players can navigate the game world either on foot or by vehicles. It features a unique three main protagonists setup that makes for a great experience. It was arguably one of the most marketed and anticipated games of this whole century and it did not disappoint in any shape or way. The games follow the three main characters: Michael Townley, Trevor Phillips, and Franklin Clinton.
Grand Theft Auto V is undoubtedly one of the most successful games of this decade, fulfilling every expectations fans and critic alike placed on it. It is currently the fastest selling entertainment product throughout the entire history of the medium, as it earned USD $800 million in the first day alone. By the time the third day since its debut ended, the game had already earned USD $1 billion. It received widespread critical acclaim with its genius use of the three protagonists gameplay and its vast open world.
An action role-playing game that was developed and published by Capcom, Monster Hunter: World is a part of the popular and well-loved Monster Hunter series. The game was released in Spring this year and it has never left the top spots of the popularity ranking ever since. The players play the game as a Hunter hunting down monsters that are roaming in the game’s several environmental spaces. The players will be rewarded with loots from the monster if they actually succeed in the hunt. The game is a grind at its core, as the players will continuously hunt strong monsters for resources to craft better gears, then they go for an even stronger monster and repeat the process.
Monster Hunter was an instantaneous success with many critics praising Capcom for finally being able to make the game more welcoming to the Western markets as well as new players. Consequently, the game had become the fastest selling game in the entire history of Capcom in just a few weeks. It then went on to become the best-selling Capcom game ever in August 2018.
This game is a real-time tactic and turn-based strategy game developed by Creative Assembly and published by Sega on September 28, 2017. It is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Total War: Warhammer and consequently a part of the Total War series. It is set in the Warhammer Fantasy universe and takes places in its five continents: Naggaroth, The Southlands, Ulthuan, Nehekhara, and Lustria. The games use real-time tactics and turn-based strategies just like the other installments of the Total War franchise. The players can control one of the five races of Tomb Kings, Dark Elves, Skaven, High Elves and Lizardmen. Each race will try their best to either destroy or save the Great Vortex over Ulthuan.
The game was received with generally positive reviews from most of the game critics. Thanks to its great gameplay, Total War: Warhammer II was able to win the 2017’s Best Strategy game and was even nominated for the Game of the Year award for 2017.
League of Legends had been the most popular games in the entire world from 2011 to 2017. It is a multiplayer online battle arena game that was developed and published by Riot Games in 2009. The company has estimated that the game has over 100 million active players each month in 2016. Since then, with the rise of other games like Overwatch, PUBG, Fortnite, the game’s player base may have become smaller, but it is still undoubtedly one of the most played games around the world, just not the single most played game anymore. League of Legends is one of the more technique-demanding games on this list, as it requires the players to be able to play as a team and simultaneously outplays their opponents in their lanes.
While the other games on this list are currently quite popular, League of Legends has transcended its status as a game and become a respected eSport, with its own tournament being held at the 2019 Asian Games, even though it is only as a demonstration sport. However, it has been confirmed that the 2022 Asian Games will make eSport an actual medal event and LoL is among the list of the potential games for that event.