This Year in Gaming A year nobody could have predicted

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Jordan Smith

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As many of you reading this will know, Sunday is a day for reflection here at 3Bit, where we look at the last seven days of gaming, but as this is the last Sunday for 2020, we thought we should do something a little different, and look at the last year in gaming, from recent news to some of the years biggest releases and surprise announcements we thought we would take you on a journey through gaming's most incredible stories of 2020. January At the start of the year, 3Bit was not an idea, but that didn't mean that gaming news wasn't there. The start of 2020 was nothing but positivity. There was no major worry about the pandemic. People were excited for what the year had to offer, including some highly anticipated releases such as Warcraft 3 Reforged. This game could have served as a herald for 2020 with its poor reception. The remake took away features from the original game and in many ways played a lot worse than the 2002 original, which is slated to be one of the best RTS games of all time. Warcraft 3 wasn't the only game that was released during January of 2020 as we also saw the release of Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, Kentucky Route Zero and the incredible Icebourne DLC for Monster Hunter World. February Things started to get weird in February 2020 as the real world began to catch up with that of the gaming world the COVID 19 pandemic as beginning to spread worldwide, but at the time that didn't stop the last gaming event to take place before digital events took over. PAX East took place on the last days of February and into the Start of March, unfortunately, due to the state of the world Sony, Square Enix and many other major companies all pulled out of the event. However the rest of the gaming world did not stop and never stopped as we saw even more great releases such as Zombie Army 4, and the Nintendo Switch release of one of my favourite video games, Devil May Cry 3. Unfortunately, February was brought to a tragic close too, as Kazuhisa Hashimoto, creator of the legendary Konami code, died at 61 on February 25th.

March In March things began to get a bit heavier thanks to the release of DOOM Eternal, but its release was surrounded in musical controversy, as Mick Gordon the legendary composer of the DOOM 2016 soundtrack was forced to leave the project prior to its release. DOOM Eternal released alongside one of this year's greatest games Animal Crossing: New Horizons that brought joy to thousands of households over the Spring and Summer of 2020 when we were all being advised and eventually forced to stay indoors. March was when we also began to see many events in the real world move to virtual ones, with the Games Developer Conference being held virtually. Major sporting events also turned to video games, including the Formula 1, which saw E-Sport racers, F1 Winners and celebrities alike racing for teams across the world on F1 2019, live to thousands of fans. April April was another great month for releases, many of which exceeded expectations, such as Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Resident Evil 3 Remake, Gears Tactics, Streets of Rage 4 and Cloud Punk, whilst others not so much, but still gathered themselves as enjoyable games for some, much like XCOM Chimera Squad, and Predator Hunting Grounds. As a fun 3Bit fact, April was when we first started to turn 3Bit from an idea into reality. May This is the month 3Bit first went live! Our social media pages went live at the start of May, and since then, our passion project has grown into what we have today, and we have you our incredible readers to thank for that! In other news for May, a small game called Minecraft Dungeons released worldwide along with the definitive editions of Mafia 2 and 3 which were announced earlier that same month along with a remake of the original Mafia game which released later in the year. We also saw Maneater's release in May, which brought us hours of entertainment here at 3Bit as we took on the role of a giant shark in a small pool.

June This is where 2020 began to get interesting, as Sony Showcased our first look at the PlayStation 5. The Giant Modem wowed audiences across the world as they watched the reveal online and got to see some of the incredible announcements for games coming to the console including launch titles such as Spider-Man Miles Morales and Bugsnax and upcoming titles such as Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart and Destruction All-stars. June also saw the release of this years Game of the Year, The Last of Us Part 2, which in its own right saw a lot of controversy from its unique story that shook fans and changed the formula of traditional storytelling. July Xbox took an opportunity to strike back in July, but it, unfortunately, fell short. Halo Infinite was shown off during a special Xbox event, however, due to the incomplete nature of the game, the Spartan hero for Microsoft did not wow like it was expecting to and in fact left fans with an internet meme (Clive the Brute) in place of feelings of excitement. As a result, 343 Industries the makers of Halo Infinite delayed the game's release and in their recent December update (which you can check out here on 3Bit have improved on the original designs a lot. July also marked the release of other great games such as Ghost of Tsushima and Paper Mario the origami King. We also saw a lot of fantastic indie games release such as Creaks, Super-Hot: Mind Control Delete, Carrion and Othercide. August As the weather began to turn up the heat, so did video game publishers around the world. We saw an incredible slew of titles released in August this year including Fall Guys Ultimate Knockout, Horizon Zero Dawn on PC, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Battle Toads, Project Cars 3, Risk of Rain 2, Hyperscape (Ubisoft's debut into the world of battle royale) and A Total War Saga: Troy, which went free for its launch day only on the Epic Games Store. Whilst all these games were being released Fortnite was delisted from the Apple and Google app stores, as their microtransactions were being paid through the game rather than through the mobile device stores. The result which led to lawsuits and ultimately Apple, who led the charge against Epic were forced to reduce its cut from in-app purchases from all of its games.

September September saw Super Mario turn 35, the celebrations took place online, and several new and old Mario games were announced for the Nintendo switch during the festivities. This Included a limited digital and physical run of 3 Mario games in Super Mario 3D Allstars. The games included in this bundle are Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Mario Galaxy. The games are available to purchase until March 2021. September also saw the release of even more great games including one of my personal favourites from the PlayStation1 Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1+2 Remastered and what quickly became 2 of 3Bits favourite indie titles, Gone Viral, by Skullbot Games which went into Early Access in September Spinch, by Queen Bee Games which launched on PC and Nintendo Switch. But September also saw the downfall of a few games including the Marvel Avengers game which was incredibly hyped up by everybody including ourselves, it had the makings of a great series, but unfortunately, its live service format did not hold out and instead the game has failed to turn a profit even to this day. September also saw pre-orders for both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 4 go live, but many places in the world were beaten to the punch by scalpers, resulting in some punishing price hikes for the consoles if you were not lucky to get one straight away and were too eager to wait for more to come. October October truly was the calm before the storm, with no major events taking place as fans awaited the release of their next-gen console of choice. Still, we did see even more highly anticipated releases, including Star Wars Squadrons, Crash 4: It's About Time, Remothered: Broken Porcelain and Watch Dogs Legion. We also saw some rather questionable games release in October including an all-new Leisure suite Larry, Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga continues and Mario Kart Home Circuit, which integrated your Nintendo Switch with RC Cars, creating an AR race track in your home. November Last month came and went like a hurricane as PlayStation 5s and Xbox Series X's were sent about all over the county. Unfortunately however what was expected to be many people highlight to the year was snatched away from them, as many PlayStation 5's went missing or were replaced with kitchen utensils and toys before arriving at their homes. Fortunately for many, the situation is now resolved, and the companies involved are being investigated in one way or another. November saw some great releases, not just as launch titles for Xbox and PlayStation, such as Assassins Creed Valhalla and Demon's Souls but also for other platforms, as Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity released on Nintendo Switch and World of Warcraft Shadowlands finally released for the popular MMO on PC.

December Finally, we bring ourselves to the present month and more importantly this week. Earlier this month we saw Cyberpunk 2077 release on all platforms. However, many fans have been experiencing issues with the game, ranging from graphical glitches to game-breaking bugs and constant crashes. Since its release, CD Projekt Red management has taken fault of this, and the development team are working very hard to bring out patches to make the game as playable as possible to as many people as possible as quickly as they can, with the latest patch releasing just before the holidays this week. But Cyberpunk was not the only game released over December and this week alone we have seen two incredible releases from the indie community. The first being Super Meat Boy Forever, by Team Meat which launched on Nintendo Switch and the Epic Games Store on the 23rd. The Second game is a thrilling little adventure on PC called Omori by a new indie Developer called Omocat, which released on Christmas day (December 25th). And with that, you are caught up with our highlights for 2020. Did your favourite game this year make it into our brief catch up of the year? Let us know in the comments of our social media pages which you can find and follow below. We at 3Bit hope you all enjoy the rest of this Holiday Season and wish you all a happy new year as we move into 2021 with even more fantastic gaming news, reviews and much more! Finally from me, I would like to say thank you to everybody who has read, watched or even got involved with 3Bit since we started this exciting journey, 2020 has definitely been a weird year for us all. It has been my personal highlight of 2020 to bring you some of this year's most exciting gaming news and to get involved in bringing original content of our own to you, and I cannot wait to continue in 2021.

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