2020 is finally over and has been a challenging year for everyone. Playing video games became a popular way to pass the time during quarantine. Below is a list of our favorite games CPL staff played last year. What games got you through 2020? What games are you looking forward to playing in 2021?

  • Animal Crossing was a great way to stay connected with friends while being stuck at home. AG
  • Animal Crossing allowed me to connect with people from a distance. AY
  • This was my quarantine mainstay; we couldn't go outside much this year, but Animal Crossing brings the fun of interacting with neighbors, decorating, and meeting friends into a digital space. SS
  • I started playing New Horizons during the spring quarantine, and I love it because it is such a fun and relaxing game that brings up fond childhood memories of playing earlier versions on the DS and Wii (Wild World and City Folk). It is a great game for all ages and is perfect to escape the craziness of the world for some bug catching, fishing, and crafting DIY recipes.  KM

Hellblade forced me to face my fears and overcome them through the character of Senua. I do not like scary games and I felt VERY accomplished by completing this game. AG

Also available for Playstation 4.

Below are the games with the most checkouts in 2020! What games did you check out from CPL this year?

The game with the most combined checkouts was SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY

The individual game with the most checkouts was MINECRAFT for NINTENDO SWITCH

How did Cyberpunk 2077 go from the most anticipated game of 2020 to the hot mess gamers received? Since Cyberpunk 2077's release on December 10th, the gaming community has experienced a much different game than promised from CD Projekt Red. Gamers are reporting several bugs, game crashes, and even being unplayable on base consoles. Epileptic gamers have reported seizure triggering gameplay as well. On December 14th, CD Projekt Red apologizes on Twitter and recommends unhappy players seek a refund from where they purchased the game. 

 

So what happened? CD Projekt Red kept promises high through trailers and official gameplay footage while keeping console footage hidden. The game was delayed 3 times this year even though CD Projekt Red claimed the game was playable. Reviewers only received a PC copy of Cyberpunk 2077 to review after signing a non-disclosure agreement not to show gameplay footage. This resulted in high reviews from gaming journalists including IGN. Hopes were high when players opened their brand new game, only to be disappointed with an unfinished project. 

 

What has been your experience playing Cyberpunk 2077? Do you think CD Projekt Red should have delayed the game again? Try out the game yourself by checking out one of our copies below. 

 

The Game Awards announced their winners for 2020. Did your favorite(s) make the list? What game helped you get through 2020?

  • Game of the Year
  • Best Game Direction
  • Best Narrative
  • Best Audio Design
  • Best Performance: Laura Bailey as Abby
  • Innovation in Accessibility
  • Best Action/Adventure
A blue house with four groups of families.

The season undoubtedly looks different this year, but the Canton Public Library is here to ensure that your family stays safe at home for the holidays! CPL Librarians have compiled some of the best library resources for you to enjoy while cozied up with your loved ones.

 

Below you'll find a special selection of games to play while staying home. You can challenge your friends with competitive games or hang out with friends on social games. Video games are also a great way to escape to other worlds and play through epic stories. Lastly, exercise games are a great way to safely work out from home. Check out one of our suggested games today!

Competitive Games With Friends

CPL Game Night

October: Jackbox Games

CPL Game Night is a 1 hour social program for players ages 10 - 17 with all gaming abilities. Participants will socialize with each other through Zoom while playing a video game together. On Thursday, October 21st, 6:00 - 7:00pm we will be playing Jackbox Games. Registration opens September 23rd.

Gaming Requirements:

  • To join a Zoom meeting players must have Zoom installed on their device. Microphone access is required, camera access is optional. 
  • To play Jackbox Games you need a device connected to the internet. Jackbox games can be challenging if you use your mobile phone for zoom AND the game. 

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, October 21 - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Online Jackbox Games Register

Looking for more books to read with a beach theme? Check out one of these titles below!

Informational Books

Ocean counting by Janet Lawler

The Assassin's Creed games take historical events and give them a fantasy twist. In Assassin's Creed Valhalla you play as a Viking raider looking for a new home in 9th Century England. Check out one of the following books below to learn the history behind the characters and stories you encounter in the game. 

The age of the Vikings by Anders Winroth

The Vikings maintain their grip on our imagination, but their image is too often distorted by myth. It is true that they pillaged, looted, and enslaved. But they also settled peacefully and traveled far from their homelands in swift and sturdy ships to explore. The Age of the Vikings tells the full story of this exciting period in history.

The Vikings : a history by 1948- Robert Ferguson

Presents a history of the Nordic warriors and explorers who plundered and traded their way across Europe, and discusses how their conquests helped spread and enhance accomplishments in the arts, culture, and government.

Video games are a great way to stay connected with friends and family while having fun! Competitive games have a clear winner and players compete by shooting, racing, or fighting. Cooperative games require players to work together to meet a goal. Social games have open environments for players to hang out and explore together. 

Competitive

Call of Duty is the classic first person shooter game to play online with friends. 

Also available for Xbox One

Playstation 5 system and controller. Both have a white body with black accents.

The next generation of systems are coming in November 2020! But what does that mean? Below is an overview of each system, the digital editions, backward compatibility, and new games. 

Playstation 5

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