TrueAchievements Game of the Year 2020 results

By Luke Albigés,
TA Game of the Year 2020 voting closed earlier this week, and we've been busying ourselves collating over 30,000 of your votes to see which games you have collectively declared 2020's finest. We gave you our own GOTY picks yesterday, with the TA team offering their top ten of 2020, but now it's time to see how your list compares to ours. And where better to start than right at the top, with the main event?

Game of the Year

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Things were incredibly close at the top this year, with the three most popular games separated by just a handful of votes. Ultimately, though, it was Doom Eternal that managed to slay its way to the top, picking up 6.7% of all votes to be declared the TA Game of the Year 2020. Following just a whisker behind was Assassin's Creed Valhalla with 6.4% of the vote, followed by Cyberpunk 2077, which pulled in 6.1% of votes. Looking across to GOTY polling on our sister site TrueTrophies, it's pretty interesting to note that two of these three games didn't even make the top ten among PlayStation players, with Cyberpunk and Doom having to settle for 11th and 12th respectively as console exclusives stole the show.

Going back to the Xbox data, you'll remember that we asked you for a ranked top five list of games for this category. Cyberpunk actually pulled in the most first place picks (but only just, getting a single additional top pick over Valhalla) so given that those are weighted more heavily in calculating rankings, we get a good look at just how polarising the game is — it seems like most of you either gave it top honours or didn't include it at all. Here are a few other interesting titbits of data:
  • 60% of the games in the top 50 are available with Xbox Game Pass.
  • Minecraft Dungeons takes home the Honourable Mention Award, claiming considerably more fourth and fifth place picks than any other game.
  • 35 games earned just a single point from one fifth choice pick, including such classics as My Universe — My Baby, Goosebumps: Dead of Night, and Car Mechanic Simulator Classic.
  • FIFA 21 managed to weasel its way into the top 100 without picking up a single first place pick from anybody.
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon achieved the best ratio of votes to tracked players, racking up 461 points to take 15th place despite being owned by less than 7,000 TA members.
  • Eight of you saw fit to declare Marvel's Avengers the very best game of 2020, which is eight more than we expected.
Your top ten list and ours have just five games in common, and only Valhalla appears in the same position. Still, the five other games we picked out were all very much in the running — Tetris Effect: Connected and Yakuza: Like a Dragon both only missed out on your top ten by a few votes and Warzone made the top 20, while Wasteland 3 and Microsoft Flight Simulator both came in just outside. Let's take a look at the full top ten games of 2020, according to your votes:

  1. Doom Eternal
  2. Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  3. Cyberpunk 2077
  4. Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  5. Gears Tactics
  6. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2
  7. Minecraft Dungeons
  8. Carrion
  9. Tell Me Why
  10. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Game Pass Addition of the Year

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Given that your top overall Game of the Year pick also happens to be on Xbox Game Pass, it stands to reason that Doom Eternal should also scoop the gong for being your favourite new Game Pass title of 2020. The latest entry in the classic shooter series was a clear winner here, but the race for silver was a hell of a lot closer, with just a couple of votes between Ori in second and Gears Tactics in third place.

ID@Xbox Game of the Year

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Another decisive victory in the indie category here, with Carrion earning almost twice as many nominations as the second place game. Carrion hits the perfect combo of being an amazing and unique game, being a quick and easy completion, having two achievement stacks, and being on Game Pass, so we're not surprised to see it devour the competition in this category. Golf With Your Friends and Streets of Rage 4 took the second and third spots respectively.

Best Update of the Year

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This is a weird one, since Forza Horizon 4's LEGO Speed Champions DLC actually launched in 2019, but an update last year (which added just two achievements) meant it was eligible. Still, it seems more likely that folks thought they were voting for the actual DLC rather than a tiny update, so Gears 5's Hivebusters update has got to feel a little robbed to only come away with second place.

Your Proudest Achievement of the Year

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The sheer number of great achievements out there made these next few categories extremely close, some almost too close to call. This is one such category, with the 'Got There' achievement from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 edging out 'Completionist All The Way!' from Valhalla and Ori's 'Immortal' deathless run achievement following close behind. 'Got There' is absolutely a deserving winner, since the Hard Get-There challenges require absolute mastery of the game.

Most Original Achievement of the Year

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As we reported earlier this week, Cyberpunk 2077 achievements did pretty well in the voting. 'Breathtaking' wasn't a runaway winner here but it still earned the top spot, even if there's nothing particularly original about the actual achievement requirements. Some of you are apparently just suckers for cultural references...

Most Enjoyable Achievement of the Year

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Another stupidly close category, with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's 'Seal the Deal' Zombies Easter egg achievement only just pipping Carrion's 'A Cerebral Feast,' which is earned by chowing down on the heads of your enemies. Shoutouts to the honest voters who put their tick next to '... I Did It for the Achievement' from Yakuza 0 to get that into third place — you're right, softcore porn is fun!

Best Achievement Name of the Year

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The second instance of one of the Cyberpunk 2077 achievements taking first place, although 'Breathtaking' is at least more worthy of this one than its previous win. You lot seemed to agree en masse as well, with a whopping 5% of all votes in this category going towards this reference to Keanu Reeves' E3 2019 ad lib. 5% may not sound particularly whopping, but when you bear in mind that over 200,00 achievements were eligible here, it's kinda wild that one in twenty votes went for this single one.

TA Playlist Game of the Year

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For those who might be unaware, TA Playlist is a monthly community playalong event where anyone can join a huge group of players to play, discuss, and complete a specific game. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was the featured game back in May and was a clear winner, with A Plague Tale: Innocence and The Outer Worlds a little way behind. Between them, these three games cleaned up nearly 40% of the overall vote, which is really quite impressive.

Best TA Community Event of the Year

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It's always a popular one, but 12 Days of Christmas once again gets the gift of being the TA event you enjoyed the most in 2020. We've got some fantastic events in the pipeline for 2021 and a few neat ideas along the same lines, so hopefully there'll be tons of exciting things to look forward to for anyone who enjoyed the dozen themed challenges of 12DoC. Perhaps a new event could even get to wear the paper crown next year? Only time will tell...

Most Anticipated Game of 2021

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Almost a quarter of you put your vote towards Halo Infinite in this category, which we found really quite surprising given the negativity that has followed in the wake of the game's turbulent development lately. Since the runner-up, Mass Effect Legendary Edition, only attracted 7.5% of the vote, it feels like ballots were split among a pretty huge number of different games here, just as we saw in the various achievements categories.

There you have it: your TA community Game of the Year winners! Massive thanks to the thousands of you who voted... how did your picks do? Did you back the wrong horse, or come away with the grand prize of the satisfaction of being right? Let us know below!
Luke Albigés
Written by Luke Albigés
Luke runs the TA news team, contributing where he can primarily with reviews and other long-form features — crafts he has honed across two decades of print and online gaming media experience, having worked with the likes of gamesTM, Eurogamer, Play, Retro Gamer, Edge, and many more. He loves all things Monster Hunter, enjoys a good D&D session, and has played way too much Destiny.
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