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The 10 Best Video Games

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The 10 Best Video Games
The 10 Best Video Games

Last year may not have gone down as one of the best years in gaming, but hey, at least we got Untitled Goose Game. The 2010s, however, represented a step forward for the industry, with titles like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the Batman: Arkham series. Now, we’re nearly through the first year of a new decade, and in a twilight year too. The PS4 and Xbox One were booted to the trash heap, as we wished them farewell to welcome in a super-powered generation of machines. The PS5 showcased heavy-duty tech that rivaled the guts of even the strongest PC tower, while the less-heralded Xbox Series X proved itself to be just as formidable, if lacking in launch titles.

But fret not, the old consoles went out with a bang in terms of new games. This year was stacked with titles spanning all audiences, from plenty of action-RPGs and first-person shooters, to some insanely narrative-driven games, to some equally artful and wacky indie projects. A new Animal Crossing (!!) and a sequel to The Last of Us proved that you can always rely on impressive triple-A outings. Same goes for the always-innovative indie community, with a gem like Fall Guys blessing our consoles.

The previous-gen consoles’ goodbye tour was bittersweet—doubly so for all those folks who couldn’t get their hands on a PS5—but with boundary-pushing titles like Dreams and Ghost of Tsushima, it has been a great year for gaming. After hours of research (a.k.a. playing games), these are Esquire’s 11 best video games of 2020. If you’re still unhappy with this gaming slate, don’t forget that we’ll be blessed by the divine god SkateBIRD in due time.

The Last of Us Part II

The Last of Us Part II

The Last of Us Part II

Platform: PS4

Ah, yes. The game with a story so good that I’ll never—and I mean, never—play it again. The Last of Us Part II hit right in the first few months of the pandemic, which meant all of us were already in a not-so-stable mood when we first got a chance to catch up with Ellie and Joel again. As a follow-up to the famous first title from Naughty Dog, it was daunting, reckless, and unexpected. (I won’t spoil anything here, but you can check out my review if you’d like to relive some of the trauma.)

It defied a lot of what made the previous title so good, and caused a bit of a riptide in the gaming community. But, although it may have isolated some fans who were hoping for more of the same, Naughty Dog deserves a lot of credit for having the courage to spend some time looking in the mirror and reassessing the modern action-adventure genre that the studio itself helped create. They wrote a story so challenging, so tortured, that it left many of us flat on our backs, afraid to ever press start again.

In the months since, I’ve wondered what a video game needs to do to be good, or great. I’m not sure a game needs a narrative as heartbreaking as this one. Hell, I’m not even sure if it was wise of me to play it during a time like this. But at the end of the year, the game that sticks with me the most is The Last of Us II. And I don’t anticipate forgetting it anytime soon. Oh god, that golf club.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Platform: PS4

This year we finally got to return to Midgar, and it was glorious. Sure, any game surrounded by this much hype was bound to have criticism heaped on it, but Final Fantasy VII Remake is a masterful reimagining of the title that redefined what an RPG could be. It takes the iconic story of the original and draws it out, but not in a shallow way.

Tetsuya Nomura and Square Enix fleshed out nearly everything in this world that could be fleshed out—like so many characters who appeared in FF7 but never got the time of day, save for roles as class fillers in the party—without making it drag. Remake also introduced an engaging style of action-RPG, melding the party balancing system from traditional RPGs with more fluid, flashy combat, and overturning the turned-based system.

It was revelatory as a longtime fan to dive back in and experience so much more of Midgar, all while digesting it in the way the original illustrators wanted our imaginations to see those primitive, blocky 3D characters more than 20 years ago. By no means does the Final Fantasy VII remake replace the original. It instead does something even better: It creates what feels like a truly new experience.

Demon’s Souls

Demon's Souls

Demon’s Souls

Platform: PS5

A game that started an entire subgenre of video games—and an overused delineation for difficulty—Demon’s Souls was fully remade this year as a launch title for the PS5, and it could not have turned out better.

Led by Bluepoint Studios, who remade Shadow of the Colossus back in 2018, this rebuild of the 2009 PS3 title seamlessly shows off just how much the PS5 can do. The textures, gameplay, lighting, and combat are the quintessential Souls experience while still feeling nothing like what I’ve ever experienced before from this caliber of game.

The demons and landscapes come to life in immense and remarkable detail, and everything from magic to armor has a unique glow or shine to it that’s just plain beautiful. Demon’s Souls is a hard game, that’s for sure, the darkest soul of Dark Souls, but with servers back up to summon blue phantoms for help, plus years and years of online guides, it’s more than manageable. This game is just too damn good for any PS5 owner to forgo playing for fear of intimidation.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Platform: Nintendo Switch

At this point, your island might be long forgotten, blanketed by a musty coat of weeds, weeping villagers everywhere, as your copy of Animal Crossing:

New Horizons sits untouched. Which… is okay, even if Henry the Frog and his sweet Virgo heart won’t ever recover from your absence. Just remember, please: Those cute animals were there for you during the early pandemic! Animal Crossing:

New Horizons blew up the scope of its predecessors, providing comfort to a whole damn planet in crisis. So, just know: When Tom Nook yelled at you and took your money, he really meant to take your mind away for a bit. Thank him. Thank him, Tommy, Timmy, and every fluffed creature in your pocket would for us all.

Ghost of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima

Platform: PS4, PS5

Ghost of Tsushima wasn’t on my radar nearly as much as it should have been before its launch (my bad), and now it’s all I can play. This game demonstrates precise action-RPG combat, where timely dodges and blocking are crucial, then blends it with so many different (and challenging) playstyles.

Are you going to be Jin, sticking to the samurai code and facing your enemies head-on, crowd-controlling larger groups? Or are you going to work like a ghost, emphasizing stealth? The best part is you can, and should, do both.

These extremely polished combat styles are mixed with a metric ton of tools and abilities, and now that there’s online multiplayer, which is out of this world (especially for a free update), it’s amazing to see just how differently everyone plays this game—and how any strategy, after being refined, seems to work.

A title with a combat system so deep that it can support never-ending options for tackling any given obstacle deserves a massive amount of respect. Beyond all of that, it’s just a damn fun, and damn beautiful, game. Ghost of Tsushima blends stunning and non-exhausting open-world adventuring, intensely thoughtful combat, gorgeous landscapes, and in-depth story, peppered with homages to classic samurai cinema. It was a perfect send-off for the PS4, really showing what that generation ultimately became by taking the tech to its absolute limit.

Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal

Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch

Kill! Kill! Kill! When the quarantine first started, when all of us buckled down and shuttered ourselves inside for the indefinite future, I found a lot of comfort from Doom Eternal. I’m not a first-person shooter guy; I have trouble enjoying the genre and its constant skull-fracturing.

Maybe it’s my pandemic brain speaking right now, but Doom Eternal felt like a cold shot of joyful relief straight to the ass cheek. God, this game fucking rocked, didn’t it? I’d spend the day reading the worst news imaginable, and then start my evening by popping demons like bubble wrap.

For a few weeks, hell was like the inside of my head—there was bad stuff inside it, and only the Doomslayer could root it out. I ripped, tore, and exploded every dead-eyed ghoul I could find, until I killed Satan himself in the end. Eternal may not have had the best (or most coherent) story, but hey, towards the end of the game you get a fucking sword. More games should end with you getting a sword.

Dreams

Dreams

Dreams

Platform: PS4, PS5

It’s easy to call Dreams one of the best games of the year. The tougher question is to pick which game within Dreams is the biggest contender.

Media Molecule’s game maker playground, which liberates the expensive and closed-off world of game development, allowing for anyone with a PlayStation to chase their loftiest video game dreams (heh), is absolutely stuffed to the brim with inventive and impressive indie mini-titles.

There are a few fan-made Sonic games that finally show Sega how the speedy blue guy could work in three dimensions. A cute and inventive kaiju rampage game called Ruckus earned a lot of attention earlier this summer. The list goes on, but the real highlight of Dreams, I think, is all the horror experiences that people have made.

You can really craft any sort of game that you want in Dreams, and it seems like, right now, people have some stunning—and scary—ideas (I can’t imagine what sort of trauma might have caused that…). Earlier this year I wrote about Sinfeld Chronicles, a spooky exploring title based in the Seinfeld universe. I still check back in with Sinfeld every few months just to see what’s going on with Jerry, Kramer, and their demon-infested apartment building.

That’s really the joy of Dreams. It’s not just a video game, it’s a living, breathing network, built by gamers, for gamers. And I have a hunch that Dreams is going to continue to grow and spark the fascination of aspiring developers for many, many years to come.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Oh, man, did the THPS remake arrive just when we needed it. Who knew ska could sound so good in 2020? This year really was a huge step forward for remakes and remasters—we had Demon’s Souls, Insomniac’s Spider-Man, Super Mario 3D All-Stars… the list goes on. In past years, the act of remaking an old game usually meant just getting the bones of it to stand up on a modern-day console.

In 2020, a remake looks like a precious love letter. Activision combined all the nostalgia from the first two entries in its skateboarding franchise with gorgeous, sun-soaked 4K graphics, and a roster featuring all of skating’s most beloved icons, old and new.

God, did it feel good to drop into the Warehouse again, or to grind the helicopter in Hangar. Now, after such an uproarious reception, it seems like the sky’s the limit for the revitalized THPS series. The Birdman flies again! Here’s hoping that the follow-up brings back New Jersey from Tony Hawk’s Underground.

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

Platforms: PS4, PC

I’d been saying it for months, or at least since Fall Guys was revealed: It is a genius game, and it will be my Game of the Year. I’m stubborn so I’ll hold to that, but honestly, Fall Guys is one of those games that took the internet by storm. It’s extremely accessible, allowing anyone and everyone who wants to play it an easy opportunity.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s challenging, but only because you all keep grabbing me and getting in my damn way. This game is designed to pit players against each other and environments, causing mass battle royale chaos. Additionally, the art direction is just about the cutest thing to come out of 2020, not that there was a lot of competition there.

You’re a little bean, and now you can even wear a wizard hat, or a Sonic costume, or a Goose Game costume, or other outfits that keep players incentivized to earn those crowns; the game has a massive amount of revolving content and some truly cool collaborations. Fall Guys is just about the perfect example of infuriating fun—the type of game that has you losing and immediately starting back up to try again, never so mad as to rage quit, but always on the edge of your seat.

Crash 4: It’s About Time

Crash 4: It's About Time

Crash 4: It’s About Time

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One

Crash Bandicoot is an emotion to me. It’s so damn nostalgic, and as goofy as this character is, there’s a reason he can come out of the woodwork years later with the same hardcore loyal following.

Crash 4 is the first main series game we’ve seen since 1998, and it picks up right where Crash 3 left off. What the folks at Activision and Toys for Bobs did is a true feat, as it feels new and exciting while still tapping into those old Bandicoot skills. The gameplay is just as hard and unforgiving as ever, but in a wonderful way that I personally have been missing from 3D platformers for a while now.

All this coupled with the beautiful designs and visuals makes for the perfect rebirth of the old Crash. Crash and some others on this list prove that gaming, at least this year, unlike Hollywood, knows how to revitalize old franchises in a respectful way. Crash 4 is a must play for anyone, and with a ton of new difficulty settings and some stellar multiplayer features, even if Crash is traditionally not for you, there’s plenty here to mess around with that’ll make it fun bordering on emotional.

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10 + Surprising Facts About Punjab, India

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Punjab is known for its one of a kind culture and custom. Being the old focus of the settlement in the Indian Subcontinent, Punjab is where the main development of South Asia thrived around 2500 BC. Because of its geological area, Punjab has been ravaged and governed by numerous trespassers from South Asia. After the fall of Mughal Empire, Sikh impact arose and overwhelmed the district. The state is well known for Punjabi cooking, farming, celebrations, gurudwaras, Punjabi society moves, and so on.

So here are 10 + Surprising Facts About Punjab, India!

Named After Five Rivers

Named After Five Rivers-Surprising Facts About Punjab, India

Named After Five Rivers-Surprising Facts About Punjab, India

The word Punjab is produced using two Persian words; ‘Panj’ signifies five and ‘aab’ signifies water. Five significant streams move through the state: Sutlej, Beas, Ravi, Chenab and Jhelum.

One State: Two Countries

One State: Two Countries-Surprising Facts About Punjab, India

One State: Two Countries-Surprising Facts About Punjab, India

Before the parcel of India in 1947, Punjab was an enormous state in British India. After Partition, Punjab isolated into two districts; Indian Punjab and Pakistani Punjab.

Support of Civilization

Support of Civilization-Surprising Facts About Punjab, India

Support of Civilization-Surprising Facts About Punjab, India

In the Indian and Pakistani Punjab, the Indus Valley Civilization thrived which is viewed as one of the antiquated developments. The civilization thrived around the Indus stream framework.

Brought forth Two New States

Brought forth Two New States-Surprising Facts About Punjab, India

Brought forth Two New States-Surprising Facts About Punjab, India

The advanced Indian Punjab appeared on 31 October 1966 when Himachal Pradesh and Haryana were cut out.

Sikhism Was Founded Here

Sikhism Was Founded Here-

Sikhism Was Founded Here-Surprising Facts About Punjab, India

In the late fifteenth 100 years, Guru Nanak Dev established the underpinning of Sikhism in Punjab. Punjab is the biggest condition of the Sikh populace.

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Focus of the Sikh Empire

Focus of the Sikh Empire-Surprising Facts About Punjab, India

Focus of the Sikh Empire-Surprising Facts About Punjab, India

In 1799, under the administration of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the Sikh Empire was framed. It was a mainstream domain situated in Punjab. It went on until 1849.

Populace and Are Share in India

Populace and Are Share in India-Surprising Facts About Punjab, India

Populace and Are Share in India-Surprising Facts About Punjab, India

The area of Punjab is 50,362 sq. km. It is the twentieth biggest state in India according to the area. Its populace is around 27 million; sixteenth biggest state according to populace in the country.

Spot of The Holiest Sikh Shrine

Spot of The Holiest Sikh Shrine-Surprising Facts About Punjab, India

Spot of The Holiest Sikh Shrine-Surprising Facts About Punjab, India

In the city of Amritsar, the Golden Temple or Shri Harmandir Sahib is found which is viewed as the holiest and most significant journey site of Sikhism. The sanctuary was planned by the fifth Guru Arjan Dev. The Gold was introduced over the Gurudwara by Raja Ranjit Singh.

Punjab Shares its Capital with Haryana

Punjab Shares its Capital with Haryana-Surprising Facts About Punjab, India

Punjab Shares its Capital with Haryana-Surprising Facts About Punjab, India

The capital of Punjab and Haryana is Chandigarh which is a Union region. There is likewise one normal High Court for the two states which is known as Punjab and Haryana High Court, arranged in the capital city of Chandigarh.

Famous Personalities

Famous Personalities-Surprising Facts About Punjab, India

Famous Personalities-Surprising Facts About Punjab, India

The dirt of Punjab has brought forth numerous legends in each field. In Punjab, individuals have the excitement to be a vocalist, entertainer, competitor, and so on. A few legends are Gurdas Maan (Singer), Sidhu Moose Wala (Singer), Akshay Kumar (Actor), Balbir Singh Sr. (Hockey Player), Kapil Sharma (Comedian), Udham Singh (Hockey Player), Zail Singh (seventh President of India) and some more.

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10 Astonishing Facts About The ISRO

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SCIENCE10 Astonishing Facts About The ISRO

 

ISRO’s complete name – Indian Space Research Organization which is the National Space Institute of India, whose fundamental occupation is to give India advances connected with space like satellites, launchers, ground frameworks with sounding rockets. It is constrained by the Department of Space which sends the report straightforwardly to the Prime Minister of India.

ISRO sent off its most memorable satellite on 19 April 1975. The Prime Minister of India around then was Mrs. Indira Gandhi. ISRO has a space place in a sum of 21 urban communities in India, since it was established by Vikram Sarabhai, consequently Vikram Sarabhai is likewise viewed as the “father” of the Indian space program.

So here are 10 Astonishing Facts About The ISRO!

Astonishing Facts About The ISRO

Astonishing Facts About The ISRO     

ISRO’s Full From is “Indian Space Research Organization”. Its base camp are in Bangalore, it is constrained by the Department of Space which sends a report straightforwardly to the Prime Minister of India. ISRO has a sum of 13 focuses in India.

Astonishing Facts About The ISRO

Astonishing Facts About The ISRO

ISRO was established by Dr. Vikram Sarabhai did freedom day in 1969. He is likewise viewed as the dad of the Indian space program. The SLV-3 was the first native satellite sent off by India and the head of this undertaking was Dr. A. P.J. Abdul Kalam.

Astonishing Facts About The ISRO

Astonishing Facts About The ISRO

Aside from sending off 86 satellites for India, ISRO has up to this point additionally sent off 79 satellites for 21 unique nations. ISRO’s spending plan is 0.34% of the focal government’s all out consumption and 0.08% of GDP. It doesn’t cost a lot.

Astonishing Facts About The ISRO

Astonishing Facts About The ISRO

ISRO’s most recent 40-year spending is equivalent to NASA’s a half year use. also, the hand NASA’s web speed is 91GBps and ISRO’s web speed is 2GBps. Pakistan likewise has a space office named SUPARCO. It was framed in 1961 while ISRO in 1969. ISRO has sent off 86 satellites for itself yet SUPARCO has sent off just 2 with the assistance of outside nations.

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Astonishing Facts About The ISRO

Astonishing Facts About The ISRO

At the hour of the send off of India’s most memorable rocket, Indian researchers used to board transports from Thiruvananthapuram consistently and have lunch from the railroad station. Portions of the main rocket were continued bikes.

Astonishing Facts About The ISRO

Astonishing Facts About The ISRO

Aryabhata was the principal satellite of ISRO which was sent off on 19 April 1975 with the assistance of Russia. In 1981 the APPLE Satellite was moved to bullock truck because of absence of assets.

Astonishing Facts About The ISRO

Astonishing Facts About The ISRO

The ANTRIX, ISRO’s business division takes our space innovation to different nations. ANTRIX’s directorate is two of the country’s greatest industrialists, Ratan Tata and Jamshed Godrej.

Astonishing Facts About The ISRO

Astonishing Facts About The ISRO

In 2008-09, ISRO sent off Chandrayaan-1, whose spending plan was Rs 350 crores while It was 8-9 times not as much as NASA. The fact that water was found makes it on this.

Astonishing Facts About The ISRO

Astonishing Facts About The ISRO

India (ISRO) is the main country to arrive at Mars in its most memorable endeavor. The United States of America was fruitless multiple times, and China and Russia were ineffective in their most memorable endeavor.

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