Games were more important to us this year than ever before. Stuck in our homes, stressed over the dozens of disasters 2020 threw our way, video games were always there for us, so let's celebrate the best of them - and talk smack about the rest.

The first annual Lusties take a look at the various aspects that go into creating a video game experience, from characters, to music, to representation, and beyond. Not only that, we reflect on the the industry as a whole, and all that it's gotten up to this year. Good and bad.

Without further ado, here's our nominees for the 2020 Lusties!

Best Story

Best Remake/Remaster

Biggest Disappointment

Best New IP

Ghost of Tsushima

  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Bugsnax
  • Hades
  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

Best Sequel

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Streets of Rage 4
  • The Last of Us Part II
  • Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon
  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Biggest Tearjerker

  • Persona 5 Royal
  • Neversong
  • The Last of Us Part II

Best Protagonist

  • Doom Eternal
  • Resident Evil 3
  • Mafia III: Definitive Edition
  • The Last of Us Part II
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Super Mario 3D All-Stars
  • Yakuza: Like A Dragon

Best Indie

Best Villain

  • Animal Crossing (Tom Nook)
  • Persona 5 Royal (Redacted)
  • Crash 4 (Dr. Neo Cortex)
  • Fall Guys (Yellow Team)
  • Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Nintendo)

Wildest Industry News

Most Anticipated

  • Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart
  • Hitman 3
  • Resident Evil 8
  • Fable
  • Avowed
  • Deathloop
  • Dragon Age 4
  • Octopath Traveler Sequel
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Outriders
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse: Earthblood
  • Returnal

Positive Impact Award

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Best Vibes

  • Tetris Effect Connected
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • SpongeBob Battle for Bikini Bottom
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Bugsnax
  • Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory

Best Diversity

Best Soundtrack

Game of the Year

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's Physical Sales Crown Taken By Assassin's Creed Valhalla

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Persona 5 Royal
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Ghost of Tsushima 
  • Hades
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon
  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla

The winners will be announced early December, but who do you think should take the crown? Do you think we've missed any? Let us know in the comments below!