SA Gamer Awards 2020: Game Of The Year

So, it has come to this; A year that we will likely remember for all the wrong reasons is finally drawing to an end. And while there will be too many bad memories this year – at least video games occasionally gave us some respite. A little smile to hold us over. And over the last few days, we’ve been celebrating those by revealing some of our picks for the best games of the year. Now, it’s finally time to reveal the big kahuna: The SA Gamer Game Of The Year 2020. So without further ado, the 2020 GOTY is…

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

So how did a game like Animal Crossing: New Horizons beat out the ridiculous competition of Final Fantasy VII Remake, The Last Of Us Part II, Ghost Of Tsushima and Hades to mention but a few of the highest-scoring titles this year? Games that in some ways were “objectively better”? Well, mostly because the year in question was 2020. And in a year that will forever be remembered for some of the worst the world has to offer, and especially for the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent widespread lockdown, Animal Crossing became the worldwide balm to soothe many an isolated soul. A big, beautiful, bright and friendly world filled with a community of good smiling friends and a ridiculously unstable turnip economy took the globe by storm. And while we couldn’t often get out of our homes – we could venture out to this unique island daily and partake of an almost planetary-sized shared social event. And for those reasons – only one game could be the GOTY 2020 and that game is Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Check out our review here.

Honourable mentions: The Last Of Us Part II, Ghost Of Tsushima, Nioh 2, Hades, Final Fantasy VII Remake

The SA Gamer team’s personal Top 5

And if you were wondering what each member of the SA Gamer team had as their own unique Top 5 for 2020… Look no further:


  • RimWorld
  • The Last of Us 2
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons


  • World of Warcraft Shadowlands
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • The Last of Us 2
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Factorio


  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Nioh 2
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • DOOM Eternal
  • Fall Guys


  • Animal Crossing
  • Ghost Of Tsushima
  • Spiritfarer
  • Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity
  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore


  • Dreams
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King
  • Fall Guys
  • Crash 4: It’s About Time
  • Tony Hawk: Pro Skater 1 + 2


  • Hades
  • Going Under
  • Legends Of Runeterra
  • Animal Crossing
  • Röki
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