The Kotaku Australia Readers’ Favourite Game Of 2020

The Kotaku Australia Readers’ Favourite Game Of 2020

We asked and you answered. Now it’s time to find out what the Kotaku Australia readers’ favourite games of 2020 are.

Yesterday we unveiled the most disappointing games of 2020 as voted by Kotaku readers. So on the flip side of that, it’s now time to reveal the results of your favourite games from this year.

In a year full of so many great games, it was always going to be a tough decision. Not every game could crack the top 3, so honourable mentions must go to Hades, Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Cyberpunk 2077, which missed out by only a few votes.

The winner of the #1 favourite game this year won by a huge mile. But the margin between second and third was very close. Coming in third was…

Ghost of Tsushima

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Sucker Punch’s latest open-world adventure offered the cinematic journey of a samurai fighting to protect his homeland. Ghost of Tsushima was an excellent swan-song for the PS4, taking advantage of every technical proficiency the console had available, with a riveting story to match. Plus you can pet the foxes, which is clearly the game’s winning feature.

Ghost of Tsushima’s timing couldn’t have been better. Diving into the stunning word of feudal Japan was the perfect way to escape the bleakness of everything going on outside.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

final fantasy 7 remake upgrade

Final Fantasy 7 Remake is an example of how remakes should be done. Those who loved the original Final Fantasy 7 had nothing to fear, this was a worthy remake of the beloved classic. The game blended nostalgia with a visual makeover that made the story just as enjoyable to experience now as it was all those years ago.

Sometimes there’s nothing better than diving back into a favourite game and for a lot of fans that was what Final Fantasy 7 Remake was all about.

Onto the winner of the favourite game of 2020. Winning by an absolute landslide was…

The Last of Us 2

Image: The Last of Us Part II
Image: The Last of Us Part II

Despite also featuring on this year’s most disappointing game list, there’s no doubt that The Last of Us 2 was the clear winner here. It garnered nearly 60% of all votes, blowing everything else out of the water.

The Last of Us 2 may have been an incredibly polarising game in a very bleak year. But it also gave us an incredibly unique gameplay experience.

It’s not often a game can make you feel bad about the carnage you create whilst playing. But The Last of Us 2 attempts to truly immerse players into its story, forcing you through the uncomfortable, exhausting and heart-racing moments as if you were living it.

There’s no doubt The Last of Us 2 is one of those games that doesn’t come around very often.

As always, thanks to everyone who voted this year. Now relax, pick up your favourite game (whether it made this list or not) and enjoy your holidays!


  • Ghost of Tsushima, easily. I was laid up in bed for over a week due to an operation I’d had when it was released. So glad I had that game to keep me company, I just couldn’t put it down! Utterly enthralling.

    • (Ergh, It hit sent before i finished the 2nd line)
      But the aussie readers too? As ive said in previous articles. LOU2 Fanboys are weird.

      • Oh, I started writing that before you posted that second one.

        I guess when something hits you right it’s easy to ignore the flaws.

          • And I still say FO1/2 are orders of magnitude better than all those upstart sequels from Bethesda, by any sane measure one might choose to employ (assuming you were out of nappies when the first two came out of course).

          • I was, but could never afford a (gaming) pc until i was in my mid 20’s. So by the time i came around to being able to play them. Their game style is so far removed from what i find enjoyable to play, that i have never really(more tnan half an hour) played them, and most likely never will.

  • Are there any real (i.e. PC) GOTY awards out there any more? 🙂

    You could combine whack-a-mole with broken glass + pure alcohol in their underwear and console players would play it & find it intellectually stimulating lol! TLOU2 is just the LGBTABCXYZ virtue signal of choice for 2020 of the PC/SJW crowd. A *great* game by all accounts it ain’t & should not have made any goty list, period. Being a sequel also rubs salt into the wounds for so many innovative & more deserving indy devs/games, such as Hades, Disco Elysium & Ori, to name a few.

  • Thought I was reading the Betoota Advocate for a second there. Ghost was definitely my game of the year followed by FF7 Remake. Third would probably go to… actually I can’t even think of anything else memorable I played that came out this year. Felt like an overall slow year for gaming for me.

  • Last of Us 2 is the most popular and the second most disappointing game?… at the same time?????…….. it all seems like some kind of rouse to me…..

  • TLOU2 was brilliant because it was horrible. None of the characters were good, the line between good and evil was completely blurred, perspectives were questioned and their was very little to feel good about. This approach will always be polarising, like art or movie that disturb, make you uncomfortable or question beliefs. TLOU2 is a unique terrible experience, not everyone is going to enjoy it, and considering the success of the last game it does not surprise me that a lot of people bought it and hated it. It is not my game of the year, but I am glad I got to experience it.

  • FF7 Remake (dat OST) and Ghost of Tsushima I can see, but how the hell did TLOU2 or anything else beat Animal Crossing? Heresy!

  • Well deserved. My game of the generation as well as game of the year.

    That said, I haven’t played Ghost of Tsushima yet, so I guess there’s still the potential for it to knock TLOU2 off the perch.

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