With the end of the year just around the corner, it is time to begin thinking about the year 2020. Since we are all gamers here, I know what you think about when you think of a new year: new video games.
2019 was a great year for video games, but next year looks to be particularly stellar. From anticipated exclusives to brand new IPs, the video games of 2020 seem to be looking to impress.
Of course, it is not enough to simply mark our calendars and wait for all the newest releases. No, we must obsess over them, ensuring that they are always on our minds. So, here are some of the most anticipated video games of 2020 in no particular order.
Doom has always been an incredible franchise, but it also received a fantastic reboot with 2016’s Doom. The combat was more brutal than ever, the soundtrack was spectacularly aggressive, and the gameplay was quick and satisfying.
Doom Eternal promises to be that and more!
Everything that was excellent in the first game is here, but there are a few noteworthy additions. Doomguy can now climb, and he has access to weapons such as an arm blade, a grappling hook, and a flamethrower. As well, the game is set on an Earth that has been invaded by Hell. This is a promising setting, and everything we have seen of the game so far indicates that Doom Eternal is going to be a brutally good time.
Look for it on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch, PC, and Google Stadia on March 20, 2020.
With Marvel’s Spider-Man having kicked off the Marvel Gaming Universe, it was only natural that we wouldn’t have to wait long for another Marvel video game. Enter Crytal Dynamic’s Marvel’s Avengers, which promises an expansive, engaging single-player story as well as side missions that are playable with friends.
You will be able to play as many of Marvel’s heroes, including the less-popular but equally cool heroes, such as Kamala Khan. There is a well of customization options, abilities, and more that allow you to personalize your experience with each hero. The gameplay looks great, with each hero seeming to control in a unique way. Although there was some controversy regarding the way certain characters looked, the game still looks like it could be incredible. In any case, new Marvel properties are irresistible, and I know I am not the only one keeping my eye on this anticipated video game.
Get ready to suit up on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia on May 15, 2020.
Halo Infinite is ensuring that the Xbox One ends on a high note. Although Halo 5 was a great game, it wasn’t quite the Halo game Halo fans wanted. Infinite is aiming to set the record straight, returning to what makes the series strong in the first place. We haven’t seen much of the game so far, but what we have seen makes one thing certain: the game is freaking gorgeous.
The game is functioning on a brand new engine that is going to optimize the game for the current and next generation of consoles. With a game focusing on Master Chief’s story, basically gently rebooting the series, Halo Infinite seems to be the perfect way to end and begin a console generation.
Discover hope on Xbox One, Xbox Project Scarlett, and Microsoft Windows holiday, 2020.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Final Fantasy VII was a very big deal, and the game is carved into the memories of gamers who played it all the way back in 1997. Some consider it to be the best Final Fantasy game, and you can’t say they’re crazy for claiming that. The story was incredible, with some particularly powerful, heartbreaking moments changing the way many people viewed gaming narratives. The world, especially the steampunk city of Midgar, was unique, beautiful, and a joy to explore. The combat was pure RPG bliss, as you would expect from a Final Fantasy title.
The remake promises to be more of what you love but with some improvements. The graphics will be significantly improved, and there will be more cutscenes to enhance the narrative. Characters have new abilities to use in combat, which has also been amped up in order to feel like a more modern gaming experience. Essentially, that is what the Remake is doing: taking a classic video game and bringing it into the modern age. Final Fantasy VII was a joy then, and it will surely be a joy now, making is one of the most anticipated video games of 2020.
Revisit the experience on Playstation 4 on March 3, 2020.
The Last of Us: Part II
The Last of Us blew players away back in 2013 with an engaging plot, incredible acting, brutal gameplay, and beautiful environments. The story ended on a cliff-hanger that had players anxiously wondering what will happen next to our beloved characters. Well, The Last of Us: Part II seeks to set your mind at ease as we step into Ellie’s shoes for a sequel.
Supposedly much longer and larger than the previous game, The Last of Us: Part 2 is said to be Naughty Dog’s most ambitious project to date. NPC behavior is said to be improved, the gameplay is supposed to be more dynamic than ever, and the plot, as you might expect, is supposed to be just as gripping and engaging as before. The Last of Us is possibly the best PlayStation exclusive ever made, so Part II is one of the most anticipated games of 2020.
Play the continuation of Ellie’s story on PS4 on May 29, 2020.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an absolutely amazing game, but CD Projekt Red are switching things up with their latest title. Based off of the hit table-top role-playing game, Cyberpunk 2020, Cyberpunk 2077 takes place in a, you guessed it, cyberpunk, dystopian city.
The game is first-person, which is something that CD Projekt Red has never done before. However, the gameplay so far looks great, especially when considering the gameplay options given to the player. Your character is incredibly customizable, with many different attributes, such as a “cool” stat and your standard stats like strength, giving you a lot of options for combat (or for avoiding combat). As well, dialogue choices can push the game’s plot in vastly different directions. Supposedly, there will be entire, large sections of the game unplayable if you make certain choices.
So, get ready to choose carefully come April 16, 2020, on PS4, Xbox One, Google Stadia, and PC.
Dying Light 2
Another title focusing on choice, Dying Light 2 is seeking to shake up its formula a bit. Don’t get me wrong: the parkour, combat, and setting that made the first game special are still here. This time around, however, the developers are creating a world that will literally and figuratively change based on your choices.
Resources will become more scarce, certain groups will gain or lose power, or the populations of the living and the dead will increase or decrease based on how you play the game. With a world this dynamic, it makes sense that Techland is putting a greater emphasis on the story of the game. The game is aiming to be something much closer to an RPG than the first time around. In any case, if Techland can fulfill their promises of a stellar narrative in a dynamic, evolving world, while still maintaining the incredible gameplay of the first game, then we are in for a treat.
Prepare to jump, slash, and shoot your way through a city of your creation on PS4, Xbox One, and PC in Spring 2020.
Despite having just released the incredible Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, FromSoftware is already hard at work on a brand new IP. The project is the result of the dream-like collaboration between Game of Thrones author, George R.R. Martin, and FromSoftware. Both have created incredible worlds for readers, viewers, and players alike, and it is exciting to imagine what they have in store with Elden Ring.
We don’t know a whole lot about the game at this moment. The gameplay should be similar to that of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice or Dark Souls, but the game is set to be much larger than its brethren. This game is open-world in a more traditional sense than Dark Souls, which means there will be much to explore in Elden Ring. You will also be able to ride a horse, which will be a first for FromSoftware. Also, guess what? It’ll be hard.
Although there is no release window announced as of yet, the game is being listed on many retailer lists for a June 2020 release date. This, of course, may not be entirely accurate, but I would be ready to play FromSoftware’s latest title in 2020 on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
This game was basically just announced, and already it is one of the most anticipated video games of 2020. Now, it is no Half-Life 3 (I can still dream!), but this game is unique in one huge way: it’s VR. That’s right, Half-Life: Alyx is a AAA game, developed by Valve, that is only able to be played in VR. This limitation may seem dangerous for both the developer and the consumer, but it looks intriguing.
The game is set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, and I always appreciate more stories set in the fascinating Half-Life universe. The gameplay looks… normal, which is actually a great sign. See, most VR games look and play like tech demos, with the platform lacking a lot of expansive, full-length games, excluding lackluster ports of popular consoles and PC games. Half-Life: Alyx looks like it’s out to change that with a full-length Half-Life game but completely in VR.
Prepare to strap on your PC compatible headset come March 2020.
Watch Dogs: Legion
The Watch Dogs series has definitely had a hard time. The first game struggled to do anything unique to catch anyone’s attention, and the second game struggled to get the public’s attention after the lackluster performance of the first. Watch Dogs: Legion seeks to shake things up, make itself unique, by letting you play as any NPC in the game.
The game is set in post-Brexit London, and the story and cutscenes will change depending on who you are playing as. This is because there is no central protagonist, but you rather play as literally any person in the game. Each NPC has their own skills and talents, making some better to play as for certain situations than others. In any case, Legion is a game that has a good time in mind, not taking itself too seriously. There is an NPC whose special ability is to die randomly, which is hilarious, and you can also tase people as an old lady, which is also hilarious. Watch Dogs: Legion is ambitious, but that is why it is one of the most anticipated video games of 2020.
Prepare for chaos on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Project Scarlett, Google Stadia, and PC sometime in 2020.
And those are 10 of the most anticipated games of 2020! What are some of yours? I personally am excited for Hollow Knight: Silksong and Little Nightmares 2, two beautiful and incredible indie titles. So, although these are the most anticipated, biggest video games of 2020, there are a lot more coming out this next year. So, we want to hear from you. What games can you just not wait for? Wary of the hype for some of the games on this list? Let us know in the comments below!