VGChartz's Evan Norris: "In a normal year, simulation games take a backseat to "AAA" action/adventure games, high-octane shooters, and epic role-playing games. 2020 was no normal year. Those who had the luxury of playing video games wanted escapism, and that's precisely what they found in this slate of simulation nominees.
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town allowed players to experience life on a farm from the comfort of their homes. Spiritfarer, a deft mix of platforming, exploration, and crafting, helped put the beauty and fragility of life in perspective. Microsoft Flight Simulator, a technical masterpiece with astounding realism, became, in the words of aviation journalist Paul Sillers, "the safest way to fly this year". Then there was Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which transported beleaguered players to an idyllic island, perpetually safe and welcoming."