Chris, Josh, and Joseph discuss the best games of 2020 and the recent Cyberpunk 2077 fiasco.

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DISCLAIMER: We received review codes of Crash Bandicoot 4, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, The Avengers, Yakuza: Like A Dragon, Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War, Journey to the Savage Planet, Coffee Talk, Mortal Shell, and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2. 

Music

Theme Song made by Novila. https://soundcloud.com/novila-edm

From Hades by Darren Korb & Supergiant Games

From The Last of Us Part 2 by Gustavo Santaolalla, Naughty Dog, & PlayStation

News

CD Projekt Red promises Cyberpunk 2077 refunds ‘out of our own pocket if necessary’

Nick Statt

https://www.theverge.com/2020/12/18/22189322/cyberpunk-2077-refund-cd-projekt-red-ps4-xbox-one

Best Storytelling

Winner: The Last of Us Part 2

Runner Up: Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Best Multiplayer/Ongoing Title:

Winner: Call of Duty: Warzone

Runner Up: Fortnite

Best Indie

Winner: Hades

Runner Up: Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 

An excellent game created from an independently run team that has outstanding gameplay design that moves the industry forward, a gorgeous art style, and/or an engrossing story.

Best Art Design

Winner: Hades

Runner Up: The Last of Us Part II

A game that shows exuberance within its environmental art, character designs, and animations. The art itself perfectly represents the theming and atmosphere the game is going for. 

Uplifting Game of the Year

Winner: Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time (review code provided)

Runner Up: Animal Crossing: New Horizons

A game that shows excellence in creativity and brings an insurmountable amount of charm through its humor, storyline, fun gameplay, nostalgia, or vibrant art. It should be a game that brings a smile to many. 

Game of the Year 

Winner: The Last of Us Part 2

Runner Up: Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Listener’s Award

Winner: The Last of Us Part 2

Runner Up: Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Listener Questions

Jerel

@jitrel

Talking to @LeBlancWes and @MrLuidon about how much I didn’t like the story of Last of Us Part 2, and talking to @PenwellWrites and @CamFinalMix about Kingdom Hearts on the HPCritical Podcast..

Connor Ewing

@connoerewing

Here’s a what come to mind:

– Ellie/Joel Museum sequence

– Ghost of Tsushima Title Card

– Finally beating Theseus and The Minotaur in Hades

– Miles Morales Classic suit creation montage

Wesley LeBlanc

@LeBlancWes

Well….one of my fav things was recording a show with the AQ crew a few months back

And if we’re talking actual games, nothing beats hearing the prelude theme that plays on the game’s main menu in FF7R for the first time. Instant chills

Stacin 

@PlayStacin

The fact that a SpongeBob game not only got an HD remake,  but the fact that it was built from the ground up and a beautiful game to look at. Battle for Bikini Bottom all day!

Andrew McMahon

@McMahon_BearPig

Beating Hades for the first time is so satisfying. The build up to it is fantastic. You try all these different approaches and some you think are perfect but sputter out because of one weakness, while another feels bad at the start but is great with a buff. It was so damn fun.

B.S. Byrley

@BrianByrley

Ellie’s birthday gift/scene 

The start screen for FF7R

#1 Turner & Hooch Fan

@TurnerandDouche

My favorite moment in gaming this year is probably when cyberpunk 2077 came out and I got to see the funniest montages of glitch clips in a game ever.

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph

  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Warzone

Chris

  • Observer: System Redux (review code provided)
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Winter Update

Josh

  • Grindstone
  • Fortnite

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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