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The Fancies 2021: Dillon Skiffington Breaks the Rules Again

I’m going to go ahead and rip the Band-Aid off right now — my game of the year lists are always a bit strange. As a guide writer, I get far too into a couple of games per year (many of which never end) and spend five to ten hours…

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Hades Makes Video Game History as First Hugo Award Winner

Supergiant Games’ Hades is the first video game to win a Hugo Award, a prestigious literary achievement for science fiction works held annually. The roguelike took home the recognition of Best Video Game, securing the title over other nominees like Final Fantasy 7 Remake, The Last of Us Part 2,…

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NEWS

Modern Roguelikes Are Fixing Video Games’ Narrative Problem

Video games have historically had a tricky relationship with story. That might seem counterintuitive to anyone who has had their heartstrings tugged by big games like The Last of Us or God of War, but the delicate balance between story and gameplay is difficult to get right. Fundamentally, you have…

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The Top 7 Crossovers I Want to See in Monster Hunter Rise

Monster Hunter is no stranger to crossovers. World featured costumes from Capcom games like Street Fighter, Mega Man, and Devil May Cry, but also more elaborate tie-ins with other properties — Geralt from The Witcher falls through a portal and hangs out with the hunters for a while, and a Final Fantasy XIV boss features as a high-level…

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LISTS

Fanbyte’s Game of the Year 2020: It’s Hades, Babies

Hades is the antithesis of video games in 2020. It’s an affordable, polished, heartfelt, entirely single-player game with an intentionally inclusive cast, made with labor practices that prove better working conditions make better art. It stands in stark contrast to the increasingly unconcealable truth that AAA game development has become…

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Fanbyte’s Game of the Year 2020 Podcast Day 4: Games That Defined 2020

It’s Game of the year 2020 time. For real! Day four of our deliberations winds down the week with the closest thing we have to a main contender for GOTY 2020: the games that defined the year for us here on the staff. These are the titles that meant the…

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Niki Grayson’s Game of the Year List 2020

Aye. It’s Niki. I’m here to tell you about my favorite video games from the year of our lord 2020. Even though the year was an absolute fucking tire fire, Big Video Game™ managed to release some good video game products. This was also a big year for the website…

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Steven Strom’s Game of the Year 2020 List

2020 was full of a lot of awful shit I don’t want to talk about anymore. I’m going to shout out some great games instead! As is so often the case, video games have helped distract and instruct me through times good and bad. A few stood out in particular,…

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THE 2020 JORDIE AWARDS

Hello everyone, and welcome to the 46th annual 2020 Jordie Awards. I’m your host, the frog/whale mafia boss from Mirai Sentai Timeranger, and it is my genuine pleasure to be here with all of you tonight. Let’s begin. Best Live Game Winner: Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Honorable Mention: Destiny 2:…

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Natalie Flores’s Game of the Year 2020 List

As Samara once said in Mass Effect 2, “I am a ruined vessel of sorrow and regret, but I am free.” With this Game of the Year list, I will be free. Y’all, I am so very tired after 2020. This was a hellish year that was made so much…

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Fūnk-é Joseph’s Game of the Year 2020 List

We did it gamers. 2020 is almost over. I can’t believe it. And while it was definitely a wack year, I didn’t entirely hate it! The world has been exploding. We all made a shift towards a more online-centric way of life. It’s bittersweet; I like not having to walk through the snow…

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merritt k’s Game of the Year 2020 List

This year I realized I basically only like two kinds of games: live service/arcade titles with no clear ending that let me chill out with my friends online, and tightly-paced experiences that take a few hours max. The Last of Us Part 2? Cyberpunk 2077? Never heard of her! 10. Destiny 2: Beyond…

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Collin MacGregor’s Game of the Year List 2020

The job of a guide writer isn’t a particularly glamorous one. It skews your perception of video games, as you’re forced to constantly look at how to solve every problem offered in the easiest, most efficient manner. My job is to make everyone’s lives easier, which has the double-edged effect…

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John Warren’s Game of the Year 2020 List

I played a lot of games this year, which doesn’t sound like a huge accomplishment for someone who works at Video Game Website, but my role really changed at the tail end of 2019 and I wasn’t sure how much time I’d have. Still, you’ll notice that a lot of…

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2020 Was Hopefully the Cusp of the Overdue Momification of Games

Spoilers for The Last of Us Part II, Hades, and Tell Me Why to follow. I know I don’t speak only for myself when I say I’m tired of games centering on dads. The last decade in gaming saw the rise of the dadification of games. As male developers aged…

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Games of 2020 As Pokemon

The Pathless Final Fantasy VII Remake Hades Gears Tactics Ghost of Tsushima Paradise Killer Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War The Last of Us Part II Persona 5 Royal        Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

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Supergiant Games Highlights Developers In Ways More Studios Should Follow

Supergiant Games, the development studio behind Hades — which you will absolutely hear about in not just our game of the year discussions, but basically every publication across the industry — is doing what more game companies should do. It’s leading by example in highlighting its developers and the people…

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Hades Reminds Us That, Now More Than Ever, the World Needs Hunks

You’ve seen him. You’ve heard him. There’s a strong likelihood you’ve played as him. Prince Zagreus has been an unavoidable presence online ever since the game Hades was born (or, reborn, from a lengthy period in early access) back in September. People have a lot of time for the Prince…

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Hades Charon Boss Fight – How to Unlock the Secret Charon Boss Fight

There are a lot of things that want top kill you in developer Supergiant Games’ rogue-like, Hades. From floating gorgon heads to angry crystals to the very champions of Elysium, everyone wants to take a piece out of Zagreus. Thankfully, Zag doesn’t need to make the journey alone, as numerous…

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GUIDES

Zagreus: A Review

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