The Games We’re Most Looking Forward to in 2020

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2019 was a great year for games, but 2020 seems like it may be even better.

Next-gen consoles are on the horizon, and that usually means that current gen releases die down a little. Perhaps thanks to backwards compatibility and no doubt the possibility of a next-gen upgrade patch or two, however, developers aren’t shying away from releasing their big titles in 2020.

From games pushed back from 2019 such as DOOM Eternal, to remakes of beloved titles such as Final Fantasy VII and Resident Evil 3, here are the games we’re most looking forward to in 2020. And there are bound to be more we don’t even know about yet…

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DOOM Eternal

Expected release date: 20th March
Formats: PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC

We gave 2016’s reboot of DOOM a full 10/10 because we enjoyed it so much. The good news is, DOOM Eternal seems to be even better. We played some of it a short while ago, and not only did its visuals blow our minds, but the action is faster paced and more violent than ever. Along with new traversal mechanics and revamped multiplayer, we think DOOM Eternal will be something special when it releases this March.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake

Expected release date: 3rd March
Formats: PS4

If you ask any of us what our favourite games of all time are, chances are Final Fantasy VII will get a mention. It’s understandable, then, that we’re all very excited about Final Fantasy VII Remake. Seemingly exclusive to PS4 for a year, we just can’t wait to once again take control of Cloud and assist AVALANCHE in its Midgar operations. We were worried that Final Fantasy VII Remake wouldn’t live up to our expectations originally, but everything we’ve seen of it suggests it’s going to make us very happy indeed.

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Streets of Rage 4

Expected release date: ?
Formats: PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC

Streets of Rage 2 is the best side-scrolling beat ’em up of all time. After playing Streets of Rage 4 for just minutes, however, we can confidently say that it is probably going to steal its crown. Streets of Rage 4 feels like Streets of Rage 2. It has a purposeful pace that makes movement very strategic. On top of that, the combat is better then ever thanks to the inclusion of new moves and mechanics such as being able to juggle your enemies. Throw in astounding 2D visuals and what should be a brilliant soundtrack, and you have a game that we literally can’t wait to play more of.

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Watch Dogs Legion

Expected release date: ?
Formats: PS4, Xbox One and PC

While the original Watch Dogs disappointed many, we absolutely adored it. We liked Watch Dogs 2, too, but it didn’t grab us quite like the original did due to its more zany nature and more stealth-orientated gameplay. With Watch Dogs Legion, Ubisoft is switching up the formula yet again. This time, there are no NPCs. And no, that doesn’t mean that its world is going to be empty, it means you can take control of absolutely anyone. It’s ambitious, but if Ubisoft can pull it off, Watch Dogs Legion should be something very special indeed. We have faith.

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Zombie Army 4: Dead War

Expected release date: 4th February
Formats: PS4, Xbox One and PC

Shooting zombies is one of our favourite pastimes, and so is playing in co-op. Put them both together and you have gaming bliss. With Zombie Army Trilogy, Rebellion caught our attention. Then, with Strange Brigade, it entertained us to no end. Zombie Army 4: Dead War seems to amalgamate the two into the ultimate co-op zombie-killing adventure. Once again there are hordes of zombies to kill but this time it doesn’t have a whiff of last-gen about it. The visuals are stellar, and there are new features such as traps and weapon upgrades to make use of. If you love co-op, you’re going to love Zombie Army 4: Dead War. It’s as simple as that.

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Gods and Monsters

Expected release date: ?
Formats: PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC

Honestly, we don’t know all that much about Gods and Monsters. What we do know, however, is that it’s from the creators of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, involves players fighting mythical creatures, and it looks a bit like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. With that said, we can’t wait to play it. God and Monsters was originally scheduled to release early this year, but now its release date is up in the air. Hopefully it won’t get pushed back into 2021.

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Expected release date: 11th March
Formats: Xbox One and PC

Ori and the Blind Forest is simply magnificent. As metroidvanias go, it’s one of the best there is. It should come as no surprise, then, that we’re excited about its follow-up, Ori and the Will of the Wisps. One again placing players in control of the little Ori, those picking up Ori and the Will of the Wisps should expect a new heartwarming story that takes Ori to new environments. And of course, there’ll be new gameplay features and a raft of other changes.

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Resident Evil 3

Expected release date: 3rd April
Formats: PS4, Xbox One and PC

The remake of Resident Evil 2 was one of 2019’s best games. It took the original game, beautified it, and made it a whole lot better to play. This year’s remake of Resident Evil 3 aims to do the same, entertaining players while also playing on their nostalgia. As a bonus, Resident Evil 3 will also include Resident Evil Resistance, a one-versus-four multiplayer experience that looks very promising indeed. Needless to say, it’s probably going to be a sensational package.

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Cyberpunk 2077

Expected release date: 16th April
Formats: PS4, Xbox One and PC

It’s safe to say that CD Projekt’s Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most anticipated games of the last couple of years – perhaps even of all time. And last year’s reveal that Keanu Reeves makes an appearance only sent the internet into an even greater frenzy. We’ve seen plenty of footage, both cinematic and gameplay, and every new video released just makes us more eager to step into the dystopian world of neon and body modifications. It’s been a long time coming, too: the game was first announced way back in 2012, with its first teaser trailer airing in 2013 – albeit one that didn’t give very much away. It’s almost within reach now, being just a few short months away, and we can’t wait.

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Maneater

Expected release date: 22nd May
Formats: PS4, Xbox One and PC

A game where you play as a shark, and your goal is to eat people? Sign us up. Seriously, what more do you need to know? Developed by Tripwire Interactive, Maneater looks absolutely ridiculous, but that’s entirely part of its charm. We’ve not seen a great deal of gameplay yet though, so exactly how fun Maneater turns out being is completely dependent on how well it actually plays. On paper though, it’s already one of our favourite games of the year.

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The Last of Us Part II

Expected release date: 29th May
Formats: PS4

As great as The Last of Us was, it wasn’t a game we expected to ever see a sequel of. We’re very glad we are, mind, because more of Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic epic can only be a good thing. This time, it seems Ellie is our main protagonist, though previews have revealed that Joel will play a part too – you can’t have one of the famous duo without the other, after all. Ellie’s much more grown up this time, and is more than capable of looking after herself. And with a whole new set of threats to face, it seems her weapon skills are going to come in handy. Whether or not The Last of Us Part II will live up to its predecessor remains to be seen, but Naughty Dog has one hell of a track record, so either way there’s no doubt it’s still going to be something special.

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Ghost of Tsushima

Expected release date: Summer
Formats: PS4

When Ghost of Tsushima was shown off during 2018’s E3 conference, we thought there was no way we’d be seeing the title on current-gen hardware. Turns out we were wrong: Sucker Punch’s Japanese-inspired action adventure title will indeed be releasing on PS4, although we’ll be surprised if a souped-up PS5 release doesn’t also follow. The game is set in the 13th century, taking place on the Japanese island of Tsushima with a story that revolved around the last samurai during the first Mongol invasion of Japan. Expect samurai swords, visceral combat and some fantastic environments. It’s from the development team that brought us the Infamous series, so we’re expecting great things.

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Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2

Expected release date: ?
Formats: PS4, Xbox One and PC

Released back in 2004, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines was a phenomenal action RPG. It was buggy, sure, but its writing was some of the best around, and it immersed players in an engrossing world of warring vampire clans. Sales were poor though, and shortly after its release developer Troika closed down. Against all odds, the game is now getting a sequel. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 hopes to satiate the cult following that the original game has now amassed. And we really hope that it does.

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Half-Life: Alyx

Expected release date: March
Formats: PC (VR)

The recently-announced Half-Life: Alyx might not exactly be the true Half-Life 2 sequel the internet has been pining over for the last decade, but it’s something. And at this point, any Half-Life title is worth getting excited about – even if it is a VR-only experience. Yep, that’s right: unless you’ve got a VR headset connected to your PC, you’re not going to be able to enjoy Half-Life: Alyx. The game promises physics-based combat, puzzles and exploration, so if you’re a fan of the series maybe it’s time to consider investing in virtual reality? Or at least borrow a headset from a mate for a few days come March…

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No More Heroes 3

Expected release date: ?
Formats: Switch

If you like your games batshit crazy then you’ve no doubt played the No More Heroes series. If you haven’t, do so now. You can thank us later. Thanks to the success of Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes in 2019, Travis Touchdown is set to return again in 2020 with the third proper entry in the No More Heroes series. If it does materialise this year, expect crude humour, lots of violence and some of the most unpredictable boss fights. If only No More Heroes and its sequel were also available on Switch…

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Dying Light 2

Expected release date: ?
Formats: PS4, Xbox One and PC

While Dying Light 2 doesn’t have a firm release date, there’s good reason to believe we’ll see it this year – or at least, we hope so, since it’s been in development for a number of years now. From Techland, it’s the long-awaited sequel to 2015’s Dying Light, a game that fused open world parkour exploration with zombie survival to great effect. Even if it’s more of the same we’ll be relatively happy. Wall-running and killing zombies: what’s not to love about that combination?

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Marvel’s Avengers

Expected release date: 15th May
Formats: PS4, Xbox One and PC

With the success of Spider-Man in 2018, you can’t blame Marvel for wanting to double down on games. We admittedly haven’t seen a great deal about Marvel’s Avengers just yet aside from some gameplay footage last summer, but we’re suitably excited to get to play as Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow et al in an action-adventure title. It’s being developed by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal, the studios that brought us Tomb Raider, so it’s in suitably good hands.

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