The Video Games WIRED Loved Most in 2020

Yakuza: Like a Dragon Sounds like a PlayStation 2 game, and I mean that in the best way possible. In our next-next-gen age of multimillion-dollar marketing plans, microtrans, and “live service” the demand for connectivity, a game with straightforward combat mechanics, a relatively small map, and abundance of tangent minigames can seem bizarre. .

Instead, Like a dragon Is growing rapidly. It is brilliant. this is absurd. its GTA Meets Dragon Quest Meets crazy Taxi. The premise is incisive: A fresh-out-of-prison ex-Jacob thinks of the world as an RPG because he has never learned adult coping skills. From there, Like a dragon Takes a crunchy crime story and infects it with an old-school psychedelic parody Dragon Quest And Final dream sport.

Party members’ jobs, usually something like a knight or a warlock, are virtually blue-collar jobs: the foreman of a construction company that produces a huge war hammer and can summon a parade of workers to drive away the enemy . A bartender can use an ice bucket to freeze enemies, while a riot police officer can use his shield in a tank.

Summons only in the East. I can say chicken for laying an MP-restoring egg or a biker to burn rubber on the faces of my enemies. I can call an adult person a diaper fetish, his hidden cry reduces the attack and defense of my enemies. From there, I can call in an orbital strike from a satellite because Ichiban, in addition to being a heebo, also owns a billion-dollar dessert group.

But the most astonishing surprise was that earnest in the side quest was the sharpest political moment of reality. Here, the game replaced zany humor with earnest discussions of homelessness, anti-immigrant sentiment, and sex workers’ performances in Japan. The “job” function is not unlocked until Ichiban & Co. resolves the chain of obtaining protection from a shadowy temporary agency.

Maybe I’m getting old now, but I’m less interested in games that ignore reality and more in games that taunt and refract, the strangeness of the world we live in And highlight unfairness. I was definitely not expecting that. A game in which the protagonist dresses like a member of a bee.

—Cidney Fussell

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Two dots

I know that we are all surviving our 2020 nightmares. Really it is Two dots For me the game on my iPhone is my relief from anxiety. It is completely goofy and pairs perfectly with Ambient TV or a fun podcast that is not at all news-related. Connecting colored dots and working through puzzles involving ladybugs and fruit-eating monkeys, while completely absorbing the plot of my latest Netflix binge is absolutely no place for anything else in my mind.

The game would probably be an excellent friend on an airplane, as well. If you ever have to travel, I will let you know.

—Lenna Lacey

Over WIRED’s Year in Review