Most anticipated games of 2020
When it comes to gaming, 2020 is going to be an interesting year. There is plenty to look forward to, and also one or two games that are real ‘events’.
We think this one really does count as an ‘event’ game. When it was introduced at E3 2019 by none other than Keanu Reeves (who is in the game, as far as we can tell), it became major gaming news. If anything, there is a huge amount of hype behind the game, and the preview video (while mainly cutscene stuff) was as exciting as any major title should be.
We don’t think the game could disappoint, and that is because the guys behind it, Projekt Red, made a certain little game series called The Witcher. But even if the experience is bad, or even just okay, it can’t disappoint on the excitement front. Expect the same kind of hysteria that caused people to buy Battlefront II weeks before it was released. Yes, there was no need to, but the hype was huge…
Many would argue that the Halo franchise died a death when Bungee jumped ship as the developer. However, there is a good feeling about this latest iteration of the game that arguably made the XBOX console what it is today. Halo is legendary stuff, and the thought of a kind of reboot is almost too exciting to consider.
This new version is by 343 Industries, and it looks like it is a genuine attempt to bring Halo back to the top of news feeds. We think it has a solid chance, too. The main character, Master Chief, is back in this game, and it is a large game too, by all accounts. If this one takes off, it could well be the reboot the Halo story needs.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine
The Rainbow Six story has been a very successful one. While it doesn’t have quite the frenetic twitch gameplay that Call of Duty has, it comes pretty close at times. Add to this some serious strategic play, and you have a shooter series that is for thinkers as well as shooters. But this one in particular may come as a big surprise to both diehard Six fans as well as those who like their shooting action hectic and loud.
Basically, this version of Rainbow Six is like no other. And that’s not because it has new weaponry or a particularly interesting map. No, instead of all that, this one is all about shooting zombies. It keeps the whole thing kind of rooted in reality by making the ‘zombies’ humans who have become infected. This is not entirely unbelievable, and this is what makes the game an exciting Rainbow Six title. Pushing past that mild confusion, expect exciting and actually quite frightening gameplay. And you’ve got to respect Ubisoft for changing the game so dramatically.
Dying Light 2
More zombies, fewer guns. This game is all about avoiding contact with zombies,and is the much-anticipated follow up to the original Dying Light game. The emphasis is on gaining height in a city that is overrun with flesh-eating creatures, and you are meant to stay out of their way, using a variety of objects to help.
What’s getting people excited about this one is the city the game is based in. The whole thing is huge, and there is a real sense of height when you finally get to the right elevation to avoid the creeps. Essentially, it’s like playing Batman but without the high-tech arsenal to help you. It sounds intriguing, and should definitely be one to watch.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Yes, that’s the actual name of the game. One of the biggest games of all time (and a much-loved one at that) is having a full remake. The biggest thing that fans will notice immediately is the gorgeous graphics update. The game looks fantastic if early clips and stills are to be taken as true representation. This means that the game is already more fun to play.
The other huge change is the combat system. It looks like there will still be the turn-based system that fans are used to, but another innovation in the game seems to feature a real-time combat system too. This means that the title is truly innovative for Final Fantasy fans, and should be one that truly becomes a major game event in 2020. Oh, and to add even more anticipation to the game, it is being released in parts. Marketing at its best, we think.
This is an intriguing one. There isn’t a lot of information out there about this title right now, but what we have seen makes it one to keep an eye on. The first thing you’ll notice is the parkour aspect. It has a nice free-running feel to it, and it’s a pretty impressive rendering of what parkour must feel like (if you can do it).
Alongside that is a first-person fighting game, with swords as far as we can tell. Yes, you have parkour with swords, and it looks fantastic.
It probably hasn’t escaped your attention that there is a new Playstation console coming out in 2020, and Godfall is the game that is released along with the Playstation 5. Therefore it has plenty of expectations on its shoulders. First signs are that it could be a good game in it’s own right, rather than a game that comes with the console.
It’s an RPG, and the details, while a little sketchy, do mention the fact that the game is one that rewards skill rather than just grinding. While it won't be the first game to do this, it will certainly be one of the most attractive. The graphics (as in the graphics revealed so far around a still very secret console) are impressive, and there seems to be a real attempt to improve upon regular RPG titles.
Now, this is really interesting. Imagine that you have been shrunk down to the size of an insect and you suddenly find yourself in your garden. That’s the premise of Grounded and we have to admit it's a novel one. Your aim here is survival, and that includes staying alive when you face creepy crawlies.
Yes, it is intriguing, but what we like is the care and attention the game has put into the graphics. They’re gorgeous, and assuming the game doesn’t cause nightmares, expect to see this one developing plenty of buzz this year.
The Last of us Part 2
This is another biggie. The Last of Us was one of the greatest and most touching games of the past few years, and a sequel has been hotly anticipated. The character Ellie from the first game is in this one, and the other character Joel will be there too.
What makes this game intriguing for fans is that it is set five years after the events of the first one. Considering the incredibly moving and slightly frustrating end of that game, this one should be a real classic.
Minecraft may well be the world’s biggest-selling game, but it doesn’t initially feel like a game that could become any deeper. When you consider that the vast majority of the game hinges on people digging, and digging, and then digging some more, it seemed like MInecraft was done.
Not so. The new MInecraft installment involves crawling round dungeons like in Diablo. It seems to be a real attempt to enrich the Minecraft experience even further. You can gain XP, get drops from mobs, and everything else that you would expect to see in a dungeon crawler.
Will it work? It’s hard to say, simply because the original MInecraft experience is so deeply ingrained into the psyche of gamers. But it will most certainly be a big event.
For the first time ever (we think), we have a FPS title that positively expects you to be aggressive in your play style. Doom Eternal actively withholds power ups and materials unless you play like a psycho monster hunter. The more aggressive you play, the better the rewards.
This is, of course, an intriguing concept. Taking away a play style isn’t the natural first choice for improving a game. However, this shift will mean that you will have a true rollercoaster of a ride from one level to the next.
What do you do when you have the job of creating a game around some of the most iconic characters in cinema? You go all-out. Early comments from industry insiders seem to suggest that this is actually a very good game, and should be enticing enough for movie and comic book fans to guarantee a hefty sales outcome.
Of course, we will have to wait and see on how the game lives up to the hype. But we think it could well be the superhero game that everyone needs to play.
So that’s it. That’s our roundup of the most eagerly awaited games of the year ahead.
Strap in, it's going to be a bumpy ride.