At a time when electronic sports are gaining more and more space, games to play alone (single-player games) are not a step backward. With several highly recognized titles, these games maintain their legion of fans and continue, each year, offering innovative experiences. If you are one of those who like to start a solo campaign and play for hours and hours, check out our list of the 20 best games to play alone in 2020 below!
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The Witcher 3
At this point in the championship, The Witcher 3 almost needs no introduction. The game is the third title in a series inspired by a series of books that received its own series on Netflix. The story revolves around Geralt, a genetically modified and over-trained wizard to deal with monsters.
Like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, The Witcher is an action RPG in a gigantic open world. The full gameplay is estimated to take about 200 hours if the player decides to do all the main and side missions.
One of the great differentials of The Witcher 3 is the artificial intelligence of the characters and the dynamic time system in which day and night pass in a very realistic way, affecting the performance of some monsters on the map.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 has an open world as big as that of GTA V. The most beloved western of video games has quickly established itself as one of the best single-player games today due to its incredible graphics, passionate photography and storyline, diverse innovative mechanics, and a captivating charm for any bang-bang fan.
Grand Theft Auto V
A masterpiece. GTA V raised the bar on a franchise that was already a huge phenomenon. With all the classic elements of the series, the fifth title innovated bringing 3 playable characters, each with their own story, skills, and missions that intersect in a story full of crimes, violence, betrayals, and everything expected from GTA.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is yet another masterpiece by Hideo Kojima. This time, the difference is the immense freedom with which players can choose how to complete the missions. With an incredibly advanced Artificial Intelligence, the game allows you to be very creative when it comes to manipulating the elements of the scenario, attracting enemies to traps, creating chain reactions, etc.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Another very famous game. Skyrim, which also received several awards at the time of its release, is one of the best offline single-player RPGs out there. With a huge open world, the game allows you to explore different locations with their own characteristics such as economy, traditions and etc.
Regarding the character, Skyrim has an absurd content to be explored. In addition to the main skills, it is possible to learn countless others such as cooking, forging, opening locks, etc. None of them are mandatory, but upgrading them can unlock several secret missions and unexpected rewards.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Another award-winning title at The Game Awards 2019, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice won the Game of the Year and Best Action and Adventure game. The game is very reminiscent of games like God of War or Dark Souls and puts you in control of a badass ninja called Wolf (Wolf) in search of revenge.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice has everything an action adventure game can have. Breathtaking graphics and environments, electrifying battles full of special effects, gigantic monsters, weapons, ninja moves, and more.
The game also has some innovative elements. Instead of bars of HP, you need to break the stance of enemies to land a fatal blow. In addition, despite being an RPG, you do not pass the level, just improve your equipment and your skill tree.
Dark Souls III
Following the big names, Dark Souls III is among the top action RPGs of all time. With gameplay marked by a high level of difficulty, the game has intense combats and extremely challenging bosses even for experienced players.
The big winner of The 2019 Game Awards, Disco Elysium won the categories of Best Narrative, Best Independent Game, Best RPG Game, and Best Independent Debut. The game is an open-world RPG that follows the story of an alcoholic detective charged with investigating a murder.
The game also innovates in many ways. Combat is not the focus of the game and is fought in the form of dialogue trees in which the player only needs to choose what actions to take. Your character’s traits also have very interesting consequences. For example, if he is very dramatic, he can easily lie, but he can also become paranoid.
Disco Elysium has an extremely engaging plot that mixes drama, comedy and tragedy in a unique way. The dialogues are always very captivating, as are all the characters.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is considered by many to be the best game in the franchise. Returning to the times of Ancient Greece, the game has an open world that is breathtaking, with several scenarios full of life and details to explore. With the possibility of playing with a male character or better, the story can be affected by your choices, which can either unlock side quests or kill important characters in the plot, thus modifying the end of the game.
The most recent title of one of the most diabolical and violent franchises of all time, Doom Eternal continues to offer frantic battles full of blood, disturbing demons, and an arsenal of overwhelming weapons. This time, however, the game adds a little more strategy to the gameplay and requires you to think a little more about your own steps and observe more the behavior of enemies. The game also has some interesting mechanics that give the campaign more replayability.
Resident Evil 2 (Remake)
The remake of one of the greatest horror games of all time, Resident Evil 2 enhanced the experience offered by the original game. The story is still exactly the same, but the new title bet on a perspective in 3rd person in the style “over the shoulder”, instead of the fixed camera of old.
The current graphics also offer a much darker and macabre look than the old game and, without a doubt, make it look like a completely different game. Regarding the story, we can still play with both Leon Kennnedy and Claire Redfield, and it is only after we finish the game with both that we find the true end of the game.
Resident Evil 3 (Remake)
There is no way to suggest Resident Evil 2 and not put 3 together. Despite some occasional changes in the scenarios, gameplay, and even some details in the story, Resident Evil 3 Remake still conveys the same feeling already known by fans of the first game. With the constant tension caused by Nemesis, the fighting now has state-of-the-art graphics that offer much more immersion to the game.
Hollow Knight is a Metroidvania that can very well be described as a Dark Souls 2D since it has the same action and dark theme. Other similarities are the combat mechanics, the difficult bosses and the equipment and skills system, and the fact that there are so-called “souls”, which are kept in jars.
Hollow Knight does not follow in a linear fashion. The gigantic map can be accessed in any way you want, and this directly affects the order of the bosses you encounter, the equipment and skills you have, the upgrades, etc.
Hollow Knight’s main differentiator is its content. The main campaign has about 30 hours of gameplay, which is a LOT for an independent game. This value increases a lot, of course, if you go back to explore all the available scenarios.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Most Wanted is one of the most successful titles in the Need for Speed franchise. Innovating racing with police chases, the game allows you to choose between being an illegal racing driver or a police officer. No matter which side you choose, each has its own missions that involve a lot of speed and adrenaline.
Cuphead is a style game run and gun all hand-drawn and inspired by the cartoons of the 1930s. Despite the cute look, the game is EXTREMELY difficult and, even if limited to classic mechanics of platform games (jump, run, shoot, etc.), the game is focused for a more hardcore audience looking for levels and bosses that require a lot of skill and patience.
Stardew Valley is an RPG / farming simulator. With minimalist Zelda-style graphics from Nintendo, the game offers a very captivating experience that makes it one of the most acclaimed indie games of all time. In addition to taking care of a farm inherited from his grandfather, much of the gameplay revolves around developing his relationships with neighboring NPCs, whether making friends and knowing their stories or even arranging romantic couples.
Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Arkham City was one of those responsible for taking superhero games to a new level. With a vast open-world and countless missions that you can complete non-linearly, the game has immense content that explores the universe of Batman very well, whether it includes famous characters or known locations in Gotham.
Terraria is famous for being a kind of 2D Minecraft. Even though it is a platform game, it offers a huge scenario to explore both above and below the ground. With gigantic content, the game has numerous options for craft and mobs to kill. You can also build and expand your own village, attracting several different NPCs to gain access to more and more content.
Portal 2 is a puzzle game in the first person. Here you need to use a portal weapon to solve countless puzzles and be able to complete each of the different levels. The game requires a lot of spatial notion so that you can position each portal in the right place and, thus, interact with the elements of the scenario and find solutions. In addition to the totally original puzzles, the game also has a charismatic storyline that keeps the gameplay even more fun.
Undertale deserves a place on that list for the simplicity and originality of the gameplay. The game is an RPG in which you don’t have to kill anyone if you don’t want to. Many players describe it more as an interactive story in which their choices have totally changed the course of the game. Most interesting of all, everything you do and choose is irreversible, even if you leave without saving the game.