It’s that time of year again, where we roll out the red carpet and celebrate the best that 2020 has offered us. In a year that has otherwise been so terrible, the fact that we’ve had a steady stream of such excellent games to play has been nothing but a relief.
It really has been a great year for games, from the big blockbusters right down to the most humble of projects. We’ve had surprises that have come out of nowhere, and long-anticipated games that have managed to meet and exceed our expectations when we’ve finally got our hands on them.
This year, for the DDNet awards, we have 16 different categories to recognise, and as we always do. Today’s award is another completely new category, but we’ve realised over the years that what keeps us playing games is often those games that aren’t a known quantity; games you knew almost nothing about before playing, or perhaps had low expectations of before starting to play. Games that then surprised and delighted you and reminded you just how creative game developers can be when they’re unburdened of the need to give their massive fan-bases exactly what they’re expecting. Today we celebrate the nice surprises of 2020.
You wouldn’t think that Nintendo can surprise us any more, since this company has made a habit of taking the oddest ideas and turning them into magic. And yet, when Nintendo announced that it was going to do an AR Mario Kart, involving driving actual karts around a physical space, we were still hesitant on buying into the concept. Then the play set came out, proved to be a spectacular little toy that provides real joy to play, and, yep, Nintendo has managed to surprise and delight us yet again. Bravo, Nintendo.
Of course, we very much welcome your own picks for each category, so be sure to let us know your thoughts, and we’ll see you tomorrow for the next category!