2020 was a good year for gameplay for me, thanks to Covid my backlog for the first time in my life went down not up. Thanks to folks who make computer games, some of whom are right on this forum, 2020 was less grim than it would have been without computer games.
Hearts of Iron IV for the first time in 3 years, HOIV was not at the top of my most played game list. I still got a few games of the Resistance expansion in.
My builder phase I was rather obsessed with building space colonies, in 2020. It seems like a good back up plan in case the Covid vaccine doesn’t work out. Oxygen Not Included, Surviving Mars Green Planet, Kerbal Space Program and my new favorite Rimworld with Royalty expansion.
Classics Reimagined Xcom Chimera a very nice and unexpected DLC
Summer Sales: Atlantic Fleet, beer and pretzel WWII surface ship combat, not bad. Dawn of Man, a rather unique take on a builder/survival game worth buying on sale.
Sometimes $5 is too much for a game dept. Adventure Capitalist, Evil Bank Manager, Stardew Valley.
Three strikes and your out . Stellaris, I so wanted to love you but the continuous four steps forward, there steps back development cycle was just too much. I gave it one more shoot in 2020.
Jon Shafer’s at the gate. It is hard but not impossible to make a game by yourself. I really feel for John, but ATG is example of how not to develop a game.
State of Decay II, I am sorry I didn’t understand why this is better than the original
Two strikes but still on my flash drive. Imperator Rome the new direction seems promising, but Old World is way better.
Red Dead Redemption II. I feel like I really making a mistake not playing this. I started in fall 2019. Got through most of the tutorial, had to stop playing for life reasons. Tried again in early 2020. I’ll give it one more shot in 2021 , but probably have to start from scratch.
The serious games of making business. Trevor Chan continues to release new updates and DLC to his classic Capitalism, I found myself firing it up several time in 2020. Thanks to the forum, I found Software Inc as a possible successor to Capitalism, it shows promise but as one person game, I’m waiting till it gets out of Early Access to play the game.
4X done right; Gladius Relics of War, I only play a few games of Gladius in 2020, but looking forward to getting the next expansion since Tom had such positive comments.
New Game of the Year. Old World, I had a blast playing it in early access. Looking forward to 1.0 being released. It is honestly ready now but @SorenJohnson and @Leyla_Johnson have higher standards than I do.
Finally a plea to developers please but your games on Steam. I know there are financial issues with putting games on other platforms. But a significant factor in me not playing games more (RDR II, and Old World, to name two) is I just forget them. I’m on Steam every other day and scan my steam library at least few times month.
Edit: Forget a bunch of games I just played a bit.
Anno 1800 (I guess just don’t like the franchise)
No Man’s Sky Pretty game, seems like I could get into it.
Age of Wonders Plantetfall. I played a lot of this game but mostly in 2019
Plague Evolved, I know see there is a find a cure for Covid opiton. I should checkthat out.