My Most Anticipated Games Of 2020
Let’s be honest, 2020 has been a rollercoaster of a year so far and there are much bigger issues than video games. That being said though, games have provided people with some much-needed escapism during these difficult times and we are quickly approaching the time of year where developers and publishers reveal their upcoming plans.
The second half of 2020 was already shaping up to be a busy few months with the release of the next generation consoles but we then had a number of AAA games delayed until later in the year which has only increased expectations.
While many big releases will undoubtably be revealed in the coming months alongside the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, there are still plenty of games we know of to get excited about.
With that in mind here are ten games I am looking forward most to for the rest of 2020.
The Last of Us Part II (Spoiler Free)
Years of waiting, we are finally going to see the next chapter in Ellie and Joel’s story. What we have seen so far looks absolutely incredible and Naughty Dog have delayed the game several times to ensure that we get the best experience possible. This is surely going to be a front runner for Game of the Year come December and a must play for anyone that owns a PS4.
Word of warning. Sadly there are major story spoilers supposedly on the internet after details and cutscene were leaked. If you are interested in playing The Last of Us Part II I suggest muting words on twitter and avoiding forums to keep yourself spoiler free.
Ghost of Tsushima
After The Last of Us Park II we have another high profile PlayStation exclusive just around the corner. Ghost of Tsushima will see you take control of a samurai in a stunningly realised version of feudal Japan. Combat looks just as precise and engaging as you would expect from a samurai game to match the gorgeous visuals.
The developers have also got a great track record with open world games having previously worked on the inFamous series and so I’m sure we can expect a fleshed-out world for us to dive into.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has exploded over the past decade with Avengers Endgame even going on to be the most successful movie of all time at the box office. In Marvel’s Avengers you will get the chance to take control of your favourite Avengers across single player and co-op missions with content growing and evolving over time. While these aren’t the exact same versions of the Avengers you know from the movies, Square Enix have seemingly created faithful version of their comic counterparts while feeding in influences from the MCU too.
Expect this game to receive plenty of post release content as you grow and evolve your roster of superheroes while Marvel’s Avengers strives to create a shared open world similar to one seen in Destiny.
Arguably the most anticipated game of 2020, CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 is shaping up to be a monster of a game. Having previously developed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt are coming off the back of one of the most beloved games of this generation and are looking to once again move the needle of open world games this year. Cyberpunk 2077 has been the talk of the gaming world since its reveal with each new trailer giving fans a look at this crazy, futuristic world with some of the most incredible RPG detail I’ve seen in a game.
While it would have been incredible to have the game available at its original April release date, I have little doubt that CD Projekt have used this additional time to polish the game and I can’t wait to experience it in September.
The first game officially revealed for the PlayStation 5, Godfall is providing a new alternative on the looter-shooter genre that they are calling looter-slasher. While we still know little about the game the fact alone that it is confirmed to be one of the first PlayStation 5 games makes me extremely interested to check out and see what next gen has to offer.
If reports are to believed and we are getting a PlayStation 5 reveal event in May or early June, expect to see more of Godfall showcased alongside the console itself as Sony gears up for their holiday releases.
WWE 2K Battlegrounds
This one is absolutely not for everyone but as a long time WWE fan I am very interested to see how WWE 2K Battlegrounds turns out. This is especially due to the developers, Saber Interactive, having previously worked on the NBA 2K Playgrounds series which I have really enjoyed playing.
Many fans of the WWE games have been looking for an arcade take on the series in recent years and WWE 2K Battlegrounds might finally scratch that itch.
If you too are looking forward to WWE 2K Battlegrounds be sure to check out a breakdown of details revealed via the games ESRB ratings page.
Gods and Monsters
Coming from the developers of the acclaimed Assassins Creed Odyssey, Gods and Monsters is a cartoon take on Greek mythology in an open world game that seems to take inspiration from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Originally set for a February release, Gods and Monsters was one of a number of games that Ubisoft delayed. Hopefully this will just give the developers time to make the game as polished as possible as the visuals and setting are something that I am excited to get into.
What will also be interesting to see is how this game performs on the Nintendo Switch. With Breath of the Wild still the premier open world game on the platform it remains to be seen if Ubisoft can step up and match its design quality in both combat and its environments.
Watch Dogs: Legion
Watch Dogs: Legion is another of Ubisoft’s games that saw a delay from its initial March release date however we are yet to get confirmation of a new date beyond 2020 listed on the official website. Based on what we have seen so far though we are likely to get a game that pushes open world boundaries as we can seemingly control anyone within the world to help accomplish our missions.
Watch Dogs as a series has seen drastic improvement from its first entry and Watch Dogs 2 was criminally underplayed. The developers are likely to refine their hacking genre even further in this entry and I wouldn’t be surprised if this is in the Game of the Year conversations come December, as long as the game sees a release by then.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Lego games have been commonplace amongst in the gaming market for decades now but it was with TT Games that they almost became a genre all to themselves. Now TT Games are back with a brand new, built from the ‘brick’ up version of the game that started it all, Star Wars. This version will see a number of additions to make it the most comprehensive lego game to date including 45 missions (5 for each saga film), an open galaxy hub that will see you fly between planets and moons including random space encounter dog fights as well as a brand new combat system consisting of lightsaber combos and over the shoulder gunplay.
While we still have no confirmation on when the game is releasing, I would not be surprised if we get some new information on the upcoming ‘Star Wars day’, May the 4th, as the game has only received one new trailer since its June 2019 reveal.
When thinking about next gen games the one that everyone talks about is Halo Infinite despite it coming to current consoles too. Its promotional cycle has been intertwined with that of the Xbox Series X and Microsoft are positioning it as the crown jewel in the Series X launch line up to showcase what their console is capable of.
Expect the Series X version of the game to take full advantage of the custom SSD for load times as well as many other technical advancements over the Xbox One version.
Like Sony, Microsoft is rumoured to be showcasing the Series X as well as next gen games in the next month so prepare to see much more of Halo Infinite, with a potential gameplay blow out, very very soon.
That’s it for my ten most anticipated games coming in 2020 but what are yours? Let me know in the comments and in the meantime stay home and stay safe.