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USG's Top 20 Games of 2020

From thirsty gods to avaricious raccoons, these were our favorite games in 2020.

Stardew Valley Just Got Beaches, Fish Tanks, Swimming Ducks, and a Whole Lot More

Nearly five years on, Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone just pushed what he says is Stardew's "biggest update yet."

The Top Stories That Shaped Video Games in 2020

There's a lot—good, bad, and everything in between—to look back on this year. I don't know about you, but I'm mostly feeling tired.

Among Us Sneaks Aboard Game Pass for PC Today, Will Ruin Xbox Friendships in 2021

Yet another way to play Among Us today and one more planned for next year.

Dicey Dungeons Had a Surprise Launch on Switch Last Night

Turns out Nintendo had another card up its sleeve. A card with, uh… with dice on it.

How Familiars.io's Creator Fit Multiplayer Monster-Taming Into a Single Tweet

Bless Twitter's Javascript embeds for letting this Pokemon-like flourish.

Among Us Vents Onto Nintendo Switch Today

The Switch just got sus.

Spelunky and Spelunky 2 Coming to Switch Next Summer

The classic roguelike platformer *and* the new hotness are finally coming to Nintendo.

Nintendo's Closing Out 2020 With Another Indie World Showcase

Break out your holiday wishlist and hope for some surprise releases.

The Last of Us Part 2 Takes Home Top Prize at The Game Awards: Here Are All the Winners

Hades, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and Among Us did get some well-earned love too.

Windjammers 2 Delayed To 2021 As Devs Explore Adding Rollback Netcode

In pursuit of a disc-flinging esports renaissance, Dotemu's leaving this sequel in the oven a bit longer.

Airplane Mode, a Purposefully Dull Air Travel Simulator, Gets In-Game Podcast About Itself

Pretend to be in a plane while listening to a podcast on recreating the experience you're pretending to have…

The Game Awards Is Putting on Another Limited-Time Demo Festival

More awards means another year of new demos.

Disco Elysium Studio Is Teasing Some News Coming Soon

Disco will never fade away.

Control Hits Xbox Game Pass Alongside a New $1 Intro Deal

Jesse Faden's bringing Haven, Va-11 Hall-A, and cheap three-month subscriptions with her.

Cuphead's Delicious Last Course Pushed Back Until It's Ready

The final sip will need to steep a while longer.

Former Dragon Age Director Opens Yellow Brick Games with BioWare, Ubisoft Veterans

The new Québec City team has some talent behind it.

The Last of Us Part 2 and Hades Lead 2020's Game Awards Nominees

Supergiant and Naughty Dog have racked up the nods at this year's Keighley-tastic show.

Sony Gifts PS5 to the Person Who Was First in Line for the PS4 and PS4 Pro

"Patience is a virtue" indeed.

Bugsnax Review: Stranded on an Island and Lovin' It

The makers of Octodad are serving up another charming oddity on PS4, PS5, and PC.

Bugsnax Will Be Free on PS5 at Launch Through PS Plus

If Astro's Playroom isn't up your alley, how about a trip to Snaktooth Island?

No Man's Sky Is Getting a Free, Hefty Upgrade for Next-Gen Consoles

Better visuals, higher resolutions, and bigger multiplayer sessions are coming at launch.

Amnesia: Rebirth Review: A Different Kind of Horror

Terror and catharsis intermingle in this superb sequel to a horror classic.

Ooblets Now Includes the Nullwhere, a Spooky Region Perfect for the Season

It's basically always Halloween in the Nullwhere.

Spelunky 2 Will Have Its First World Rebalanced in a Patch Coming Soon

Please, Derek, please do something about the moles and arrow traps.

Terraria’s New "Final Content Update" Launches Today

After "Journey's End" comes the actual ending, credits and all.

Nour's Creator Shares Its Recipe for Next-Gen Cuisine on PS5

We caught up with Tj Hughes to see what fresh surprises his playful food game has in store on PS5.

USG Game of the Month: Hades is Supergiant's Secret Blizzard Game

September's best game was a roguelite, but not the one we expected.

An Absurdly Long List of Every Game I've Played Since Quarantine Began

Caty embarks on a frankly stupid exercise through her game tracking spreadsheet.

Spelunky 2 Won't Have Online Support at Launch on PC, But Cross-Play Is on the Way

Yup, down the road you'll be able to go spelunking on PC with your PS4 friends.

Hades Roundtable: The Hottest Gods, Our Favorite Weapons, and More

A lot of us at USG are exploring the underworld in Hades, so we gathered around to discuss what we love about it.

Among Us Developers Abandon Sequel Plans and Commit to Updating the Original

The trust-eroding streaming sensation will live on, just not by way of a new release.

I Am Dead, a New Annapurna Game About the Afterlife, Launches This October

The great beyond is full of cute puzzles, it seems.

Tribeca Film Festival Enlists Hideo Kojima and Other Industry Figures for New Video Game Award

The advisory board also includes Kiki Wolfkill, Sam Lake, and more.

There's Never Been a Better Time to Be A Roguelite Fan

With Spelunky 2, Hades, Rogue Legacy 2, and more, it's clear we're in the golden age of roguelites.

The Game Awards Will Host Its 2020 Show From Three Remote Locations

Geoff Keighley's big year-end show will be broadcast from LA, London, and Tokyo.

No Man's Sky's Origins Update Adds Richer Planets and Some Really Big Worms

Hello Games has found a way to expand its universe without, y'know, starting it over.

Spelunky 2's Most Secret Challenge May Have Already Been Mastered

Remember the Eggplant run from the previous Spelunky? This is like that, but even weirder.

Hello Games Teases New No Man's Sky Update Called Origins

It'll be "the beginning of something new," studio founder Sean Murray says.

20 Current and Upcoming Games From People of Color That Should Be on Your Radar

From Treachery in Beatdown City to Evicted, these games reflect the diverse viewpoints of their creators.

Superbrothers Delay Jett: The Far Shore to 2021, Pushing Back Another PS5 Holiday Title

Before Jett lifts off, the Sword and Sorcery EP makers say they need more time.

The Second Player Goose in Untitled Goose Game Has a New Honk

There are also some subtle visual ways to tell the two naughty geese apart.

In A Monster's Expedition, Getting Stuck on a Puzzle Isn't the End of the World

A Monster's Expedition is a charming and freeing open-world puzzle adventure that we can't stop playing.

A Speedrunner Already Beat Spelunky 2 In Just 6 Minutes

C'mon man, it's only been out for a few hours!

Deltarune’s Next Chapter is Making “Healthy Progress,” Says Toby Fox

After some soul-searching with the engine, Chapter 2 is underway.

Risk of Rain 2 Studio Lays Out Plans For Future, Including Paid Expansions

Less incremental, more substantial.

Spelunky 2 Review: Whip it Good

A classic roguelike returns.

Hades Is Pushing Back Cross-Save Support to Make Its Launch Target

It's still planned for later this year, though.

Annapurna Interactive Is Releasing an Eight Game Box Set to Celebrate Its First Five Years

Five years of publishing some stellar indies.

Lab Zero Owner Lays Off Remaining Staff After Others Quit in Protest

The Skullgirls and Indivisible studio is all but shuttered.

Paradise Killer Review: Love Dies

An island murder mystery where discovery is intoxicating, even if the climax falls flat.

Toby Fox Teases “a Little Something” for Undertale’s Fifth Anniversary

Don't expect a surprise Deltarune drop, however.

Hello Games Hopes Its Next Big Launch Is Less Rocky Than No Man's Sky's

Founder Sean Murray says he "wouldn't want to put anyone through that again."

Vlambeer Bids Us All Farewell With a Sale and an Unfinished Prototype

After a decade of hit games, Vlambeer's saying goodbye and showing us FFFLOOD.

This Weekend's Indie Arena Booth Lets You Just Wander Showfloors Again

Get lost in a virtual sea of indies.

The Last Campfire, Hello Games' Next Project, Gets Surprise Drop Tomorrow

See what Hello Games has been up to besides No Man's Sky.

Fall Guys Takes the Crown For Most Downloaded PS Plus Game

Mediatonic has summited the PS Plus mountain.

Ooblets Makers Share Big Personal News and a Big Update Roadmap

The Ooblets family is about to get bigger.

I Am Dead Lets You Dissect Everything From a Couch to a Lighthouse

The new game from the developers behind Wilmot's Warehouse is shaping up to be just as charming.

Every Announcement From Today's Nintendo Indie World Showcase

One bad dad and two terrible geese.

Spiritfarer Review: Come Sail Away

Set sail for resources and hugs aplenty.

Untitled Goose Game Is Getting a Co-Op Mode That Supports Two Terrible Geese

It takes two to truly shatter a town's peace.

Sports Story, the Follow-Up to Golf Story, Has Been Delayed

The team needs more time to try and fully realize its ambitions.

A New Nintendo Indie World Showcase Arrives Tomorrow Morning

Nintendo will spotlight the cool indies coming to Switch.

Spelunky 2's PC Release Should Be "No Later Than a Few Weeks" After Its PS4 Launch

Derek Yu says it just needs some extra time to make sure it runs well.

Creative Europe Says It Wasn't Aware of Prior Allegations Against Weather Factory Developer

EU video game agency "reserves the right to re-evaluate the situation," but no sign of a move to rescind grant money.

Tomorrow's Fall Guys Update Will Add Another Level and Fix a Boatload of Issues

Less Royal Fumble = more royale fun.

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Review: Falling With Style

The latest viral hit is actually pretty fun—if you can weather its prolific server issues.

The New Bugsnax Gameplay Trailer Is Crawling With Secrets

Put on your tinfoil Grumpus caps now.

Spelunky 2 Is Out in September With Online Multiplayer

Cue the cacophonous applause from the Spelunky faithful.

Braid Is Getting a Remastered Anniversary Edition Next Year

Someone go tell Soulja Boy.

Weather Factory Awarded Grant Despite Abuse Allegations Against Co-Founder Alexis Kennedy

Kennedy, formerly of Failbetter Games, was accused of abusive and predatory behavior last year.

Fall Guys Is Out, And Its Servers Are Being Swarmed With Players

Connection issues are plaguing the incredibly popular new game.

There's a New Frog Fractions Inside the Steam Re-Release of the Original

DLC for a nearly decade-old Flash game? Seems suspicious.

The 10 Gaming Trends That Need to Die on Next-Gen Consoles

The USG team has come together to talk smack about the trends we can't stand as we look ahead to the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

USG Game of the Month: Necrobarista Is an Electric Story About Letting Go

Our Game of the Month for July 2020 is a moving tale at the edge of the afterlife.

Don't Call Fight Crab Another "Gag Game"

We chat with the developer behind Fight Crab, a crustacean-led, physics-heavy fighting game.

Fall Guys Accidentally Rockets Up the Twitch Viewer Charts During an Internal Test

Not a bad outcome for a developer slip-up.

Othercide Review: My Immortal

A tactics game that taps into our inner goth rock fan.

Necrobarista Will Get Free DLC Stories About Its Supporting Cast

With additional gameplay fixes and adjustments on the way.

Looks Like Cuphead's Coming to PS4 Very Soon [Update: It's Here!]

According to an appearance on the PSN Store.

USgamer Roundtable: Which Next-Gen Console Looks Stronger Right Now, PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X?

The USgamer team gathers round to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Xbox Series X and PS5.

Ubisoft Reflects an Industry-Wide Leadership Crisis

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | C-level execs don't need to be accused of wrongdoing to share the blame for toxic environments.

Xbox Games Showcase July 2020 Recap: Fable's Back, Halo Infinite Gameplay Revealed, and More

Today, we saw a slew of first-party Xbox Game Studios games, and then some.

Carrion Review: All-Consuming Carnage

It's the monster's time to shine.

Over 70 Demos Are Live For Xbox's Showcase Week—Here's the Lineup

There are a lot of cool games to check out this week.

Necrobarista Review: Death, Stranded

Is one life ever enough?

From Music to Programming, Olija Is Largely the Work of Just One Developer

Devolver Digital's latest surprise reveal has you wielding a harpoon in a Prince of Persia-inspired world.

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure Is a Medditeranean Getaway Tale From Monument Valley's Devs

Today's Summer Game Fest stream brought a reveal for this summer yarn.

Blightbound Devs Explain Why Developing for Xbox Series X and PS5 Would be "Kind of Tricky"

We talk to the developers of Awesomenauts about their upcoming dungeon crawler.

Weird West: Making an Immersive Sim From With a Distributed Team, and Without Chris Avellone

Former Arkane president Raphael Colantonio talks going indie, incorporating his band's music, and sheds light on how WolfEye is working on Weird West together, apart.

Rogue Legacy 2 Hits a Tiny Delay Just Ahead of its Early Access Launch

Cellar Door says it needs a few weeks to get to a point where it's "truly proud" of the roguelike sequel.

Ooblets Has Already Hooked Me

Part-Pokemon, part-Stardew Valley, all in its own personality.

Lake is a Chill Mail-Delivery Game Where You "Probably" Can't Run Anyone Over

We speak to Gamious co-founder Jos Bouman about Lake.

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