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The 7 best games of 2020, July edition

Here are Inverse's highlights at the halfway point of the year.

7. Call of Duty: Warzone

Another case of right game at the right time, Activision's latest Call of Duty battle royale was surprise-released in March 2020 just as millions were forced indoors, and exciting gameplay with friends online keeps us enthralled.

6. Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal does what all sequels should: evolve a game's core mechanics without ever losing sight of what makes it all click. Bring on the mayhem, and read our review.

5. Half-Life: Alyx

Accessing Valve's VR-only entry in the beloved Half-Life franchise isn't all that easy (or cheap), but the critically acclaimed Alyx might be the best VR game of all time.

4. Persona 5 Royal

This enhanced and extended version of Atlus' critically acclaimed JRPG makes a near-perfect game even better, fuzing together an eclectic mix of social-sim and role-playing with supernatural combat. Read our review.

3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

In a vacuum, this latest entry in Nintendo's adorable life simulation video game might not have been as big, but its release in the early days of social distancing in America made it the perfect feel-good escape. Read our review.

2. The Last of Us Part II

Chock full of surprises that'll make fans of the first Last of Us squirm in horror, Naughty Dog's excellent sequel is equal parts brutal and brilliant, but it's heavier and longer than it needs to be. Read our review.

1. Final Fantasy VII Remake

For fans of the original, FF7 Remake feels like a dream fulfilled. Despite a few flaws, the engaging combat, charming characters, and thrilling story deliver a GOTY contender. Read our review.

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