2020 was a memorable year for most of us and was a banner year for games. With the end of the year approaching like a speeding train, we wanted to take a look back at the top 10 games on Xbox this year as determined by perennial favorite rating site, Metacritic. See what games topped the charts in 2020 according to both professional and player reviews.
According to Metacritic, Planet Coaster – Console Edition for Xbox One sits at a comfortable 80% between professionals and players.
Surprise and delight crowds as you build the coaster park of your dreams and manage a truly living world with unparalleled attention to detail. Whatever your skill level, bring your ideas to life. Take advantage of Blueprints to quickly place over 700 pre-made objects, including coasters, facilities, and scenery; build from the ground up with detailed piece-by-piece construction, or transform the ground itself with terrain-altering tools.
#9 – Huntdown
Professionals rate Huntdown a sweet 87% on Metacritic, though players don’t think quite so highly and give it a 54%. Regardless, it sold well and ranked in the top 10.
Crime doesn’t pay – Unless you’re a bounty hunter! In the mayhem-filled streets of the future where criminal gangs rule and cops fear to tread, only the bounty hunters can free the city from the corrupt fist of a felony. Lay waste to the criminal underworld and make a killing in this hard-boiled action-comedy arcade shooter.
Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition is another game ranking in the near 90% bracket. Professionals handed it a sweet 87% average to place it squarely in the top 10.
KENTUCKY ROUTE ZERO: TV EDITION is a magical realist adventure game in five acts, featuring a haunting electronic score, and a suite of hymns and bluegrass standards recorded by The Bedquilt Ramblers. Rendered in a striking visual style that draws as much from theater, film, and experimental electronic art as it does from the history of videogames, this is a story of unpayable debts, abandoned futures, and the human drive to find community.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 was one of the most keenly anticipated games of 2020 with players ready to head off on a great retro trip down memory lane. Reviewers had a lot of good things to say about it as it averaged 88% in scores.
Drop back in with the most iconic skateboarding games ever made. Play Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™ & Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™ 2 in one epic collection, rebuilt from the ground up in incredible HD. All the pro skaters, levels, and tricks are back and fully-remastered, plus more.
#6 – DOOM Eternal
The DOOM series is a fan favorite and has been for years. DOOM Eternal is no exception as it stormed Metacritic with a sweet 88% rating.
Hell’s armies have invaded Earth. Become the Slayer in an epic single-player campaign to conquer demons across dimensions and stop the final destruction of humanity. The only thing they fear… is you. Experience the ultimate combination of speed and power in DOOM Eternal – the next leap in push-forward, first-person combat.
Yakuza is another long-running series that is beloved by fans. As we dip into the year’s top 5 games, we start with Yakuza: Like a Dragon sitting at a comfortable 89%.
Ichiban Kasuga, a low-ranking grunt of a low-ranking yakuza family in Tokyo, faces an 18-year prison sentence after taking the fall for a crime he didn’t commit. Never losing faith, he loyally serves his time and returns to society to discover that no one was waiting for him on the outside, and his clan has been destroyed by the man he respected most. Confused and alone, he embarks on a mission to discover the truth behind his family’s betrayal and take his life back, becoming an unlikely hero for the city’s outcasts on his journey.
#4 Yakuza 0
Another Yakuza game makes the cut in the year’s top 10, this time Yakuza 0, an 80s trip to the pas and a fan-favorite. Sitting at a comfy 90%, the game was a huge hit on Xbox.
Play as Kazuma Kiryu and discover how he finds himself in a world of trouble when a simple debt collection goes wrong and his mark winds up murdered. Then, step into the silver-toed shoes of Goro Majima and explore his “normal” life as the proprietor of a cabaret club. Switch between three different fighting styles instantaneously and beat up all manner of goons, thugs, hoodlums, and lowlifes. Take combat up a notch by using environmental objects such as bicycles, signposts, and car doors for bone-crunching combos and savage take-downs.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a game that most wouldn’t have expected to enter the top 10, let alone the top 3! The surprise hit of the year has scored an impressive 90% rating on Metacritic and well-deserved!
The little spirit Ori is no stranger to peril, but when a fateful flight puts the owlet Ku in harm’s way, it will take more than bravery to bring a family back together, heal a broken land, and discover Ori’s true destiny. From the creators of the acclaimed action-platformer Ori and the Blind Forest comes an adventure through a beautiful world filled with friends and foes that come to life in stunning, hand-painted artwork. Set to a fully orchestrated original score, Ori and the Will of the Wisps continues the Moon Studios tradition of tightly crafted platforming action and deeply emotional storytelling.
#2 – F1 2020
Sports fans attend! F1 2020 is the runner up to this year’s top-ranked game sitting on Metacritic at 91%.
F1® 2020 is the most comprehensive F1® game yet, putting players firmly in the driving seat as they race against the best drivers in the world. For the first time, players can create their own F1® team by creating a driver, then choosing a sponsor, an engine supplier, hiring a teammate, and competing as the 11th team on the grid. Build facilities, develop the team over time, and drive to the top.
This year’s top game for Xbox probably comes as no surprise to fans of the Dragon Quest series. With a super-impressive professional Metacritic score of 91%, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition is 2020’s winner by the skin of its teeth (see F1 2020 above).
The ultimate edition of the latest major entry in the legendary RPG series! Embark upon an epic adventure as The Luminary: the chosen one in a world that vows to hunt him down. The Luminary and his unique band of loyal companions work together to survive an onslaught of ne’er-do-wells and overthrow the dark forces that plot to plunge the world of Erdrea into chaos. Explore the massive world of DRAGON QUEST and awaken your power in this can’t-miss adventure!
So here’s our question for you? Did your favorite Xbox game make the top 10 on Metacritic? Leave us your thoughts in the comments!