The Biggest Stories Of The Week (December 7-13, 2020)

The last major game of 2020 has finally arrived. This year saw the release of an entirely new console generation, as well as some strong contenders for the greatest game of all time. Few people will be sad to see the back of 2020, but video games were always present to give us solace during the great periods of isolation and loneliness that were required of many people throughout the year.

The biggest stories of December include the arrival and fallout of Cyberpunk 2077, Sephiroth descending into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, The Game Awards 2020 results and trailers, and Nintendo acting like jerks online.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Has Arrived, But It’s Full Of Glitches

After multiple delays, Cyberpunk 2077 arrived on multiple platforms. The response to the game has been mixed, due to a number of glitches and performance issues across each platform, as well as unmarked epilepsy triggers at launch. You can check out TheGamer’s review of Cyberpunk 2077 for more details about the game, but it’s clear that there is a lot of dissatisfaction with various elements of the experience. Maybe Cyberpunk 2077 would have benefited from another delay?

The bugs and controversies did little to slow the interest in Cyberpunk 2077 down, as it turned a profit on day one. The game quickly hit one million concurrent players on Steam, and those numbers have barely dipped. It’s clear that a lot of people are willing to give Cyberpunk 2077 a chance, even in its current state.

Sephiroth Is Coming To Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The first major announcement of the 2020 Game Awards was for the next DLC fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The third character in the second Fighters Pass will be Sephiroth from Final Fantasy 7. A mini-Direct focusing on Sephiroth will happen on December 17, and he’s due to be released sometime this month.

To say the Sephiroth announcement was a surprise is an understatement. Most people expected a Fortnite character to be added to the game. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate already has a Final Fantasy rep, so no one was expecting another one. Does this mean that Final Fantasy 7 Remake is coming to Nintendo Switch in the future? We’ll find out soon.

The Game Awards Announcements

The Game Awards featured a number of announcements and trailers for upcoming games. Ark II is on the way and it will feature Vin Diesel, which will be accompanied by its own animated series. The Perfect Dark franchise is being rebooted, but we don’t know anything about the game outside of a brief cinematic trailer. A trailer for the new Mass Effect game was shown, featuring an older Liara in the snow. An Evil Dead video game is in development, with Bruce Campbell returning to voice Ash. The show was a step-up from the previous year in terms of announcements, and it makes us excited for what’s to come next year.

The Game Awards Winners

Oh yeah, The Game Awards also had awards.

The big winner at the 2020 Game Awards was The Last of Us Part II, which took home seven awards, including Game of the Year. Final Fantasy 7 Remake won Best Score and Music and Best Role Playing, Ghost of Tsushima won Best Art Direction and Player’s Voice, Tell Me Why won Games for Impact, No Man’s Sky won Best Ongoing, Hades won Best Indie and Best Action, Among Us won Best Mobile Game and Best Multiplayer, Fall Guys won Best Community Support, Half-Life: Alyx won Best VR/AR, Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate Edition won Best Fighting, Animal Crossing: New Horizons won Best Family Game, Microsoft Flight Simulator won Best Sim/Strategy, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 won Best Sports/Racing, Phasmophobia won Best Debut Game, and Elden Ring won Most Anticipated Game.

Nintendo Has Been Acting Like Jerks

Nintendo has been pulling a lot of nasty moves lately. The company received backlash online when it sent a cease & desist to stop the release of custom Etika Joy-Cons. Desmond “Etika” Amofah was a popular YouTuber who tragically took his own life in 2019. The profits from the custom Etika Joy-Cons were intended for the JED Foundation, which is a mental health charity. The creator of the Etikons has since reworked its design and has been able to meet his funding goal.

Nintendo has also been hitting videos featuring music with copyright strikes. There was a time when it was almost impossible to review or stream Nintendo games on YouTube, but the company started to pull back when the Switch was released and become more lenient regarding its content. It seems that Nintendo is taking steps in the wrong direction, and it won’t be long until influencers decide that less litigious content creators are more their style.

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Scott has been writing for The Gamer since it launched in 2017 and also regularly contributes to Screen Rant. He has previously written gaming articles for websites like Cracked, Dorkly, Topless Robot, and TopTenz. He has been gaming since the days of the ZX Spectrum, when it used to take 40 minutes to load a game from a tape cassette player to a black and white TV set.

Scott thinks Chrono Trigger is the best video game of all time, followed closely by Final Fantasy Tactics and Baldur’s Gate 2. He pretends that sorcerer is his favorite Dungeons & Dragons class in public but he secretly loves bards.

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