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Best VR Game of 2020

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Best VR Game of 2020

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Lee Mehr
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December 31st 2019 was a special date for me.  Before Plague Inc. became a reality for the globe, I was doing the usual rounds for New Year’s Eve: social drinking and lighting off fireworks with friends.  This year would be different because one friend brought over his Oculus Quest.  The previous time I had any sort of experience with VR was the Virtual Boy and perhaps a few unique arcade cabinets.  All it took were a few janky Quest mini-games to solidify a newfound respect for the technology as a whole.  But the nominees for this award are not mere distractions; they’re full experiences that are not only treated as exemplars of a genre but of an entire medium.

 

The Shortlist:

 

Paper Beast

   

Dreams VR

 

Half-Life: Alyx

 

Star Wars: Squadrons

  

  

   

 

The Winner:

  

Half-Life: Alyx

Runner-up: Star Wars: Squadrons

Out of all the games not reviewed by our staff, Half-Life: Alyx may be the most discussed 2020 game across the site.  With the incredibly high cost of a Valve Index (considered “the best way to play it”) or other high-quality VR sets, the barrier to entry is too high for a plethora of consumers.  But for the well-to-do VR enthusiast, Valve’s latest game is another venerated example of fundamentally innovating the medium and permanently changing expectations going forward.  Not too shabby for a studio that can’t count to three.

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