20 Best Video Games Of 2020

2. The Last Of Us Part II

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Naughty Dog

A risky, powerful extrapolation on the need for revenge, and the exploration of why we give into hateful mentalities so easily. The Last of Us 2 is a sickening rivalry between Ellie and newcomer Abby, but it's also a masterpiece of narrative and game design as one.

Themes of hatred manifest through personal vengeance, but also through portrayals of post-apocalyptic military factions and religious doctrines. It allows Naughty Dog to explore the very idea of human conflict on the micro and macro scale simultaneously, building to a final fight that's genuinely sickening and confrontational in the most memorable way.

The Last of Us 2's subject matter and plot decisions are divisive for a reason. Naughty Dog really don't care about making sure you're comfortable with what's unfolding on screen, and it makes them an essential creative force in gaming overall.

Gaming Editor
Gaming Editor

WhatCulture's Head of Gaming.