With 2019 in the rearview and 2020 looking like another great year for gaming, here are my top 10 most anticipated games for the upcoming year.
If I’m being honest, I didn’t play as many games as I wanted too this year, which is why I’ll be skipping out on a top 10 for this year. However, the games I did play were a ton of fun. The ones I enjoyed the most were The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, The Outer Worlds, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Gears 5, Teamfight Tactics (League of Legends), and Apex Legends. Now, with 2020 on the horizon, the year is shaping up to be phenomenal. If all the games that I’m thinking will release actually do end up releasing, it’ll be one of the best years for gaming in recent memory (although 2018 was fantastic). Of course, it all depends if they live up to the hype. Regardless, let’s begin with the list, along with some honorable mentions. Keep in mind, some games in the honorable mentions would probably make my list if there was more information on them. But, the uncertainty surrounding them is why they didn’t make the cut.
10. Gods & Monsters (Feb. 25, 2020)
Since I first saw the trailer for this, it caught my eye simply because of the potential. Although I’m not the biggest fan of the Assassin’s Creed series, I do believe Ubisoft is a great developer and the team behind the recent games in that series have done a great job with the world building and the exploration. Throw in the Breath of the Wild-esque aesthetics along with the Greek mythology inspiration, and this may be a game to look out for in 2020. Unfortunately, no gameplay has been shown, which is odd considering the release date is around two months away. I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets delayed.
9. Resident Evil 3 (April 3, 2020)
Seeing the great job Capcom did with the Resident Evil 2 remake, it’s hard not to be excited for this one. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard was a pleasant surprise and since then, it seems the developer has finally gotten an idea on how to handle this series moving forward after the mixed receptions to the fifth and sixth installments. The announcement trailer was extremely fun to see and the game should be even more enjoyable. Plus, this only means a Resident Evil 4 remake is inevitable, which is, hands down, the best game in the series. For some, it’s one of the best games of all time.
8. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (March 20, 2020)
Once New Horizons releases, it’ll be almost eight years since the last main game in the series released (Animal Crossing: New Leaf in 2012). Granted, I was never into the Animal Crossing series when I was younger, but each time a new trailer releases for this, it definitely grows on me. It seems like a game where you don’t have to think much and you can simply play it and enjoy it. I could be wrong and ignorant to the fact that there’s a lot more to it than that. But, with the Switch being portable, I can see myself playing this on the go whenever I please and having a fun time with it.
7. Ghost of Tsushima (Q2/Q3 2020)
When Ghost of Tsushima was first revealed, I was immediately on board. I’ve always been a fan of these immersive worlds you can play through and, as of late, the PS4 is the console to play on for games of that caliber. It’s been a long wait for this one, but it seems I’ll finally be able to get my hands on this sometime next year. I love the Samurai open-world concept and it’s one I didn’t think would mesh very well. But, seeing it in action, it’s looking promising. I’m also loving the visuals, the cinematic cutscenes, and vibrant world I’ll be able to explore. Sucker Punch Productions has come a long way since its Sly Cooper days. With the PS5 looming, I’m looking forward to sending the PS4 off on a positive note with this one.
6. Halo Infinite (Q4 2020)
Halo 3 is one of the greatest first-person shooters of all time and one of my all-time favorites. It’s a shame the games that followed it haven’t been able to capture the same vibe or replicate the same greatness it was. I mean, Halo: Reach, Halo 4, and Halo 5: Guardians aren’t completely unplayable, but they just aren’t as good as Halo 3. Halo 3 was ahead of its time and I believe Halo Infinite will return the series to form in one way or another. I could be wrong, of course, but I’m hopeful developer 343 Industries has listened to the fans and will deliver. Details are still very minimal on the game, although with the new engine, the game does look gorgeous. There have been rumblings of a variety of things with a Battle Royale mode standing out the most. In my opinion, just keep things simple; give me a Battle Rifle, symmetrical and intelligently-made maps, a great story I can play with friends, and solid game mechanics, not new gimmicks no one is asking for. Everything else is extra.
5. Final Fantasy VII Remake (March 3, 2020)
I’d be even more excited for this game if it wasn’t coming in two parts. Apparently, the game’s story is simply too big and Square Enix couldn’t fit it all on one disc. That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard, if I’m being honest. I’m going to call their bluff and say it’s because the full game simply isn’t ready. I mean, I don’t mind, and maybe I’m just being spoiled since the game does look fantastic and the first part might be as big as they claim. So, we’ll see. Regardless, I’m really looking forward to this one, especially since the original version is widely considered the best Final Fantasy game ever made. Revisiting it in glorious HD with new gameplay mechanics is going to be a fresh, new experience. I just hope it’s filled with some nostalgia as well.
4. Beyond Good & Evil 2 (TBD)
I’m not getting my hopes up about this game possibly releasing in 2020. But, I have a good feeling it might since it’s been in development for quite sometime now. The original is one of my favorite games ever and I believe it’s criminally under-appreciated. It was way ahead of its time in terms of gameplay versatility and world exploration. This sequel (prequel) will not only explore the origins of the first game, but it’ll also expand on all the greatness the first one had to offer (at least I hope). If it sticks to great gameplay and an emotional story with great characters, everything other additional feature will be the icing on the cake. Of course, I’m fully aware this game can also be a massive failure, but I’m optimistic about its potential to be an incredible experience.
3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel (TBD)
This is yet another game where the release window is still unknown. I mean, let’s face it. If I knew the official release date, it would be the first choice on my list, no questions asked. However, I believe the game is still in development and there’s a chance we won’t see it for awhile. The way I see it though, the groundwork has already been laid for a sequel to this game thanks to the first one. If there was ever going to be a direct sequel to a Zelda game, it’s going to be for Breath of the Wild because of the massive world that was established in the game. I don’t see the developers changing much up for the sequel in terms of the world we play in. I would like to see some more traditional dungeons implemented to add more of the traditional feel, as well as a more interesting and engaging story. I won’t be surprised if the game is released late next year and, in fact, I’m pretty confident it will be. It has been almost three years since the first one released after all.
2. The Last of Us Part II (May 29, 2020)
The Last of Us is one of the greatest games ever made, without question. Naughty Dog has truly separated themselves from the pack and has placed themselves in a league of their own with this game. Plus, the similar Uncharted series is also incredible, which only adds more evidence to support my claim. The Last of Us plays more like a movie with its intense, cinematic storytelling, a grim, post-apocalyptic world to play, and the relatable characters you get attached to from the very beginning. I can only imagine what Part II will be like. With the technological advancements, the game is already looking visually improved. I’m sure it’ll be slightly longer too, which is a major positive since I’ll be able to spend even more time enjoying this game. Most importantly, I just want it to drive the narrative forward and answer all my questions while delivering yet another cinema-like experience.
1. Cyberpunk 2077 (April 19, 2020)
Well, this choice is pretty obvious. In my opinion, CD Projekt Red can do no wrong at this point. I consider The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to be a historic achievement in gaming history because of how it transcends the genre. It’s so much more than just an open-world game. It’s full of interesting side characters, intense encounters with savage beasts and monsters, and it’s simply breathtaking (pun intended) to look at. I can only expect the same from Cyberpunk 2077. Although it seems like a completely different game in terms of the gameplay and the setting, I still feel it’ll immerse you into a world you won’t want to leave. The gameplay I have seen is very impressive and although I was a bit iffy on the decision to make it a first-person shooter, I’ve been proved wrong time and time again every time a new gameplay video is released. This is the most anticipated game of 2020 and it’s not even close.
- Marvel’s Avengers (May 15, 2020)
- Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated (2020)
- Dragon Ball Z Kakarot (Jan. 17, 2020)
- Elden Ring (June 2020?)
- Metroid Prime 4 (TBD)
What games are you looking forward to the most in 2020? Feel free to comment and discuss down below!