It’s so weird to think that it’s going to be 2020. I recently found out that this blog has been going for over 10 years. I started this back in 2009, when I was 20 years old. Over the years, my tastes in gaming have changed. No longer does the spectacle interest me, so much as the human aspect. My favorite games now are the ones with characters that I can get into, who feel like people I could know and like. I could have a drink with Chloe Price, or Ryoji Sakamoto, or Garrus Vakarian. 2019 was a pretty ho-hum year for gaming, with some surprise sleeper hits and some games that were built up and fell pretty flat in places where it mattered. However, as next year heralds a new console generation, there is some truly spectacular stuff on the horizon. Everything I’ve seen about what’s coming next year tells me that I’m in for some amazing stuff. Here is my list of games that I’m most excited for next year.
Have you ever wanted to take the role of the Xenomorph in Alien? Or the monster from John Carpenter’s horror masterpiece The Thing? Well, we have a Metroidvania game that is doing just that! And holy shit. After an incredible, but flawed demo that shows there are things for them to work out, this game is not making the waves it should be. Playing as a Lovecraftian monster that is basically just a massive pile of gore and claws and teeth, you get to be the creature enacting hell and death on the humans. I loved this game from the first trailer, and I cannot wait to play it in all it’s disgusting glory next year.
9. Resident Evil 3 (Remake)
Capcom really stuck gold when they did the absolutely incredible and visually breath-taking remake of Resident Evil 2 this year. Now that a trailer has officially dropped, we’ve gotten to see their next foray into remaking an old classic, and let me tell you, I am hooked! Jill Valentine has never looked better. Some people were annoyed that they put her in pants, but whatever. Those are the same people who don’t like Daniel Craig as James Bond just because he wasn’t upbeat and suave enough for them like the Bond they knew growing up. So long as they are true to the spirit of the original, some creative license is just fine. And Valentine clearly hasn’t let her situation slow her down one bit. The trailer that dropped made me think of when you were running from the Dhaka in Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within. Nemesis looks terrifying, and I cannot wait to see how this game plays.
8. The Wolf Among Us 2
Man, speaking of games that snuck up on us, I was genuinely surprised when this trailer dropped at the Game Awards the other day. I mean, Telltale has gone under, so where is this game coming from? Still, I am really hopeful for it. After all, I LOVED the first iteration of this game. The story of Bigby Wolf and the who-dun-it mystery of the original was fantastic. Sure, it had flaws, but the story was great, the characters were fun, and the noir art style was incredible. Maybe if a new studio has taken this license and is making it their own, they can clean up some of the rougher things inherent in Telltale games’ engine that made some of the fighting stuff awkward. Not sure where it’s coming from, but if we can pick up where I left off in the tale of Bigby, I’m more than happy to go down that road again.
7: DOOM: Eternal
You know what was awesome? The 2016 remake of DOOM. That game took everything we loved about the original and made it even better. Arena shooters are coming back, and I have no problem with this. Where DOOM 3 unsuccessfully tried to capitalize on the horror aspect of the franchise, the 2016 iteration took a much smarter tactic and took advantage of the fast pacing of the original, except with more verticality. A game where you constantly have to keep in motion, because if you stop moving, you die. A game where you have to take risks to do well, or be a total boss who can strafe around fire and never take a hit. However you play, it’s all about blowing up demons and never stopping. Every piece of gameplay for this title just makes me more excited to see what comes next. The story trailer hints of everything going to shit, and even the hint that angels might get into the mix. I’m stoked, and nothing I’ve seen has given me cause not to be.
6. Tales of Arise
For those who didn’t know, I love the Tales franchise. Not every game is a masterpiece, but the ones that hit the mark for me hit it so damn well. My personal favorite is Tales of the Abyss, so when I saw a new game was coming out where they are taking the old visual style and taking a big step further, you can imagine how excited I was. It looks amazing. The plot seems smaller than usual, focusing on just two people. There also appears to be some changes with combat, but this franchise was in need of something to shake things up, and I think we may have found just the thing. There’s more to learn, but it’s still exciting all the same.
5. Ghost of Tsushima
Here’s a game that came out big, had an AMAZING gameplay trailer back in 2018, but then kind of disappeared for a while. However, they just had a big trailer that dropped, showing that not only is it still here, but it’s coming in 2020. This game looks amazing. Taking some actual Japanese history, combining it with action that looks right out of Assassin’s Creed, with a healthy dose of the Arkham games focus on stealth. Everything I’ve seen says that this game is gonna be a visual marvel, a cultural piece, and so much fun! I loves me some stealth games, and having one in the vein of Sekiro, minus the absolutely punishing difficulty sounds like just what the doctor ordered. It’s a new IP, and one that seems to be in good hands with Sucker Punch.
4. Final Fantasy VII Remake
Boy howdy, I love what I’ve seen about this game, but part of me does have some major reservations. The person who worked on this is the same guy who did Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III. And both of those games has a SERIOUS flaw of feeling rushed and half-done. If it’s true that this game is releasing episodically, then I am absolutely going to wait until the complete version is released before buying it. However, even with all those misgivings, it still looks amazing, and it’s a remake of one of my favorite games. Cloud has never looked better, and the combat does seem fun. From what I’ve heard from those who played the demo, there is real strategy involved, and that’s pretty rad. It’s a bit of a wait and see thing, but assuming that it isn’t a mess, I will eventually be all over it.
3. The Last of Us: Part II
Naughty Dog certainly does seem to have a pedigree for creating some of the most visually impressive, detail-rich, and narratively compelling games of all time. When The Last of Us came out, I was in love with it. I still am. It was a masterful game that had two characters I loved with a growing relationship through it’s campaign. There was some amazing stealth action which filled me with an immense sense of joy being able to cleverly sneak around and kill my foes, along with occasionally find ways to use one group against another. Really hoping they expand on that. I’d love it if I could use the infected against the human enemies in this next iteration. Picking up years from where the previous version left off, we have Ellie now as a young woman, with a serious bone to pick with a group who seems to have murdered her girlfriend. Out for blood, it’s only natural that Joel would wind up back with her. I’m hearing rumors about him being much more nefarious, and part of me hopes that is false. Granted, he isn’t a good person, but given where their relationship left off, I’m REALLY hoping this game doesn’t just fuck with us and having him be unnecessarily evil. Or at least evil without a motivation. Neil Druckmann has shown that having an axe to grind with social justice doesn’t preclude you from writing good stories. Eager to see what this game is. It got delayed, which makes me even happier. I want a game that is ready, not rushed. Let Square Enix have that mantel. Something that stood out for me is that Ellie isn’t the open and honest girl some might hope. After all, she’s wearing a gas mask in a building infested with spores. We all know she doesn’t have to. So she’s hiding her immunity still. From her girlfriend. The plot thickens. Cannot wait to see where this goes.
2. Persona 5: Royal
Oh man, I cannot tell you all how excited I am. Persona 5 is EASILY the most perfect JRPG ever made. The characters are all amazing. I could be friends with each and every one of them. My favorite thing in the original game was spending time with my peeps, whether it was studying for exams, or going on adventures, or just having great conversations. It felt like having an amazing relationship with character who all could be friends. Forming relationships with them as well. Makoto is my favorite to form a bond with. She’s the kind of woman I find myself most drawn to. Socially isolated, uncomfortable in new scenarios, but wicked smart and trying to better herself. Say that I think of her as a waifu, but the reality is that that’s the kind of woman I like. I see a LOT of myself in her. Now we have a new version of the game coming out. One that takes the original amazing game, adding more of it. They are putting in the third semester that was cut from the first game, adding in a new playable character, and giving you a new stomping ground to explore. Hearing all of that just made me turn into a complete little girl. Taking something that’s perfect and giving me more of it is everything I could ask for. The contender for best game this year is gonna be heated.
And the game I’m most excited for this year is…
1. Cyberpunk 2077
Finally! After all these years of waiting, it’s finally happening! I cannot being to explain how excited I am to get my hands on this game. While I wasn’t all that able to get into The Witcher 3 due to the endless amount of backstory of two games that I found too verbose, here we have a new game that is its own thing. Sure, there is the tabletop game that preceded it, but no video games who I have to be somewhat familiar with to have a grasp of this one. The setting is amazing. Everything I’m seeing says that this game is gonna be like nothing else I’ve played. With shooting mechanics that borrow their damage style from Borderlands 2, some looting mechanics, a deep story, and relationships that you foster, I’m stoked. There is one thing that does give me pause – the romance stuff. Everything in this game is in first-person. So…this is gonna be awkward. Really, really fucking awkward. Genuinely trying to figure out how this would work. But it’s one of those things that I will have to wait and see. It’s been over five years since it was announced, now we got a release date. I’m stoked. Unimaginably stoked.
What about you? What games are you most excited for in 2020? Let me know down in the Comments.
Until next time, a quote,
“You really think they give a rat’s dick what you look like?” – Johnny Silverhand, Cyberpunk 2077