I typically begin these posts by talking briefly about anything but games, providing small details about my life or the events of the year that may have had an impact on me. This year, as you probably know, isn’t one most of us will look back on in the future with any kind of fondness. Instead of dwelling on that, I want to try to keep this focused on the games I really loved and thankfully 2020 still had some fantastic games to play even if it wasn’t the most jam-packed year.

To avoid making this as long as my…


My life is about as uneventful as it gets and I do my best to keep it that way, but moving into a new house and then leaving my place of employment after five years to start a whole new job was more than enough excitement for me. This happened all while I struggled with depression more than I have in recent memory, which put a huge damper on what could have been a great year. I want to start these write-ups more positively, I really do, but I’m so tired.

All while that was happening, I still found plenty…


I don’t write about games as often as I used to. I would like to say that’s due to a lack of free time, but it’s mostly because of a lack of motivation. I used to love writing, especially about games, but over the past two years something inside of me shifted and I no longer feel as passionately about it. …


I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t pick only ten games from 2017 that meant something to me. Honestly, even after completing this list, I still had a solid 5–10 that I could see making it that just missed the cut. This has been single-handedly my favorite year in games and it delivered many titles I will remember fondly for years to come.

In a year that was nightmarish on a near daily basis, I found myself diving more into these worlds, finding games that both allowed me to escape from reality and also see new perspectives that I so rarely…


Like 2015 before it, 2016 was an amazing year for video games. I’m just making sure to emphasize how great it was for games specifically; 2016 has otherwise been a nightmare. But let’s not dwell on that! This year has brought us a handful of stand-out innovations, franchises that still managed to surprise, and a surplus of fantastic games from the continually growing indie scene. No matter what kind of games you are into, there is undoubtedly a handful of titles that had an impact on you this year.

Unlike 2015, I found it difficult to narrow my list down…


You never quite know what to expect when you play a game that has made it through a long development cycle. Final Fantasy XV is one such title, attempting to balance the establishment of a brand new setting and gameplay style for the massive franchise while also staying true to the elements we come to expect. Where it succeeds, it feels distinct, refreshing even, but when it falters, it feels weighed down by its expectations as the next story in the ever-popular Final Fantasy saga.

I don’t envy the team at Square Enix that had to pick up the remains…


Despite this being one of the strongest years for video games in recent memory, I didn’t find myself struggling to make this list the same way I had in years past. It’s not due to the lack of games that resonated with me; in fact, it’s the opposite.

Each game on this list represents everything I loved about this past year in gaming, and while I did enjoy more than the titles I cover here, these ten perfectly encapsulate the year in gaming for me. Of course, I can’t go on until I mentioned a few other games I enjoyed…

Andrew Passafiume

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