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AJ’s Picks: The 12 Best Games of 2020

It's so nice to be out of 2020. Between the pandemic and a multitude of various other reasons, it was surely a year most people would sooner forget. But that being said, 2020 wasn't actually a total loss. Despite several titles having to see their release dates pushed back due to the challenges of working through social distancing and quarantines, it was overall a pretty fantastic year for video games. Don't believe me? Well, just read on and see for yourself as I recap 12 of the very brightest spots in an otherwise pretty dark year.

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Hey everyone. WRUP time again. Soon there should be some actual content as well so don't give up on us yet.

I don't have much new to talk about this week, however. Have a quick look at this cool trailer for Wasteland 3. I also did read something about Cyberpunk 2077 having a slightly smaller map than Witcher 3, yet it will be much more dense. Which is awesome. Plus it makes sense. Everything I've seen suggests that we'll be able to explore virtually every floor on every structure. I would assume that means underground stuff like sewers and such as well. Read more


So the AIB partners are releasing the custom Navi GPU's this month and it seems they're not being light-handed about it. MSI is going to release four versions of both the 5700 and the XT making for eight total versions of two graphics cards. That's just one company. I really wish there was just one or two versions because all this research and study on behalf of the consumer to buy a GPU is getting to be a headache. The line-up is like this: 5700 Gaming X, the Mech OC, the Evoke OC and the Air Boost. The same line-up will be for the 5700XT. All will use much better and bigger fan coolers and at least the higher end of the line will take up 2.7 slots of your motherboard. They're going to start at $399, if I understand correctly, and they'll be out around the middle of the month. So if you've been holding out for a new middle range GPU this might be the time to check it out.

AMD has said they've got plans for the high end Navi cards to come along at some point as well. Speculation seems to point toward 2021. Seems like a ways off yet but who knows really, it's all just conjecture at this point. And Intel is getting into the market soonish with it's own GPU line. Starting with entry and mid level cards using HBM at a supposedly competitive price point. It could be an interesting thing to follow since that will bring Intel to a more similar position as AMD and start fighting the war on two fronts as they'll have to continue development in both CPU and GPU to stay on target. Nvidia will likely still come out as the winner in the graphics sector as, besides the Shield, they essentially only make GPU's. But adding another option to the mix can only be a good thing as it will provide us, consumers another separate choice. Read more

No New Content WRUP

Yeah we haven't written anything new since before last week. Hopefully Cody will write something about Tomb Raider, I know he's got that. I do think Greywolfe has something coming soon. I have nothing because I've stopped all spending on games in order to begin purchasing my new PC parts.

I just got my case yesterday. Fractal Design, Define R6 in gunmetal. Love it. Now I'm impatient and I really want to buy the rest of the list. But I have to be responsible and "pay bills" and "buy food" and other things less important than building a new PC, says my brain. But I'm keeping an eye on sales and it looks like I'll be able to save myself even more money as I go along. So I'm happy. Read more

WRUP Hunter

Well the PC release of Monster Hunter World has been a huge success driving sales to over ten million copies. And people say PC gaming is dying. I'll have a review of my experience with the beast brawler going up tomorrow morning.

It's been slow I think for most of us. Or maybe it was just those firefighters that Verizon throttled and made upgrade to a new, more expensive unlimited plan before they could make use of their wireless network during the Mendocino fire complex. Read more

For Honor is Free on Steam Right Now

Right now on the ol' Steam you can pick up the starter edition of Ubisoft's For Honor, 100% free. Best thing about this is that you're actually getting a product for free. This isn't going to suddenly make you pay for a full version down the line. You don't even have to install it if you don't want to. Just click the "install" button and Steam will register For Honor to your account so you can enjoy it whenever you like. Read more

Moday Ind-WRUP-endence

What a bad title for this WRUP...

Well I was out of town helping Yoda move to his new place. Trulegendkiller was also there for a bit and of course Yoda, with a freshly broken arm and no internet for a few days yet to come. So we couldn't post a WRUP. I don't know anyone else's excuse around here is for not getting one done. Eh, well I'm sorry on behalf of the crew for not living up to expectations.

But, here in the states it's a holiday weekend for lots of folks so maybe it's not too-too late. On the way home today I heard some statistics for fireworks related injury during this time of year. Just over 10,000 people nation wide end up in the hospital with various wounds from unsafe fireworks handling. The number seems low to me actually considering the tendency to consume alcohol while lighting hand held explosives. I agreed with the radio personality who made the comment that Florida alone should be like 50,000...

Have a safe fourth!

What has everyone played this weekend?

Greywolfe: child of light and shovel knight.

Scrooloose: Well I'm going to be out of town this weekend so probably no games for me. Sadly that means we get yet another Game Club delay but we'll make it up. More Vermintide and The Surge though when I get back and of course Galak-Z for Game Club.

Yoda: Gonna play the "Wait Six Weeks till my frail body can Move like a Human is supposed to Again Game"

Trulegendkiller: (You've been playing Steep, I know cause I was there) I'll be playing Galak-Z, and more Persona 5.

Andrew: Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure

He's been playing Road Rash AR (actual reality)

Truelegendkiller: ohhh sick burn brosefeno!

Yoda: -.- I'll start posting Road Rash pics you bastards!! Don't think I wont!!!