2020 is shaping up to be a blockbuster year for video games. This year brings us long-anticipated sequels to beloved properties, new IPs from some of gaming’s highest-regarded developers, and not to mention, the strong livelihood of the Playstation 5 dropping this holiday season! I decided to compile a list down below of 5 of my most anticipated games slated to drop this year!
HONORABLE MENTIONS: LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Sports Story (from the Golf Story team)
#5: Marvel’s Avengers
I don’t think this one needs much explanation. This will be the first true Avengers console game (I’m not counting LEGO Marvel’s Avengers here) since the birth of the MCU. While I’m admittedly disappointed the game won’t be open-world, I’m nonetheless stoked to be in Avenger in Crystal Dynamics’ first non-Tomb Raider project since 2005.
#4: DOOM Eternal
I know, I know, Bethesda is no longer as reputable as they once were, but I mean, come on. We’re getting a new DOOM game, guys. Remember how badass the series’ 2016 reboot was? Everything I’ve seen from its sequel Eternal has me extremely excited for what looks to be an equally-intense demon-slaying experience.
#3: Cyberpunk 2077
CD Projekt Red looks to be one-upping themselves in the content department following the massive The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. One of its producers David Borzymowski has said while Cyberpunk‘s open-world map might be slightly smaller than Wild Hunt‘s, it’ll be “far denser”. Cyberpunk 2077 looks to be the closest thing we’ve gotten (and may ever get) to a Blade Runner game – and Keanu freakin’ Reeves stars. How could I possibly not be pumped for its release in September?
#2: The Last of Us Part II
I’ve yet to find a game that has engrossed me in its story and its characters to the degree that the first The Last of Us did. I’m not exaggerating when I say I think it may be the greatest game I’ve ever played. Part II will be taking place five years following the events of the first game. I’m anxiously waiting to learn how Joel and Ellie have been surviving in the post-apocalyptic United States since we last saw them, though I dread the prospect of at least one of them not making it come game’s end.
#1: Animal Crossing: New Horizons
What could I possibly be anticipating more than the sequel to The Last of Us, you ask? Well, that’d be a new Animal Crossing title. The last full-fledged game in this series we got was New Leaf for the 3Ds in 2013 and speaking for myself, the wait to inhabit a new island and make new acquaintances with its friendly anthropomorphic animals has been painful. New Horizons‘ updated art design is absolutely beautiful and I’m very confident Nintendo will deliver villagers another charming experience that won’t collect much dust.