If you have a stack of leftover games from 2019, you better start finishing them soon, because 2020 is bringing several enormous new releases, despite all eyes being on the holiday season when the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X launch. New entries in long-running franchises will launch, including some that we haven’t seen in over a decade, and completely original games will also release from major studios. We suggest you start saving your money, because your wallet is in for some pain. These are our most anticipated games of 2020.
Marvel’s Iron Man VR (PS4 — July 3)
The first of two 2020 video games that will let you play as the legendary superhero Iron Man, Marvel’s Iron Man VR is the only one that will let you be Iron Man. The first-person virtual reality game puts you into his famous suit, with two PlayStation Move controllers used for flying through the air and utilizing his iconic gadgets and abilities. You’ll be able to fully upgrade your armor, and also learn more about Tony Stark the person rather than just the tech magnate and defender of Earth.
Ghost of Tsushima (PS4 — July 17)
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Nioh both offer very fantastical versions of feudal Japan and samurai combat, but Sucker Punch is taking a very different approach with Ghost of Tsushima. The film-like presentation of its action game is heavily inspired by director Akira Kurosawa, with gorgeous environments and stylized, quick sword strikes that have a “blink and you’ll miss it” quality. Very few studios can match the production quality of Sucker Punch. Review copies are already out in the wild — not much longer now.
Paper Mario: The Origami King (Nintendo Switch — July 17)
Nintendo surprised us all with the announcement of Paper Mario: The Origami King — especially with its oh-so soon release date of July 17. In this entry, you take on the role of Mario, as you and Bowser try to take down the evil King Olly from turning the world to origami. While it seems like it’ll follow the formula from previous installments, Origami King looks to have more of an emphasis on action.
Marvel’s Avengers (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Stadia — September 4)
An action-adventure game starring the Avengers, including Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Black Widow, Thor, and more, Marvel’s Avengers is set after a tragic event led to the organization being disbanded, but a new threat necessitates its revival. It will focus on linear, narrative-driven gameplay as part of the single-player component. Alongside traditional campaign content, there will also be a live service element that supports cooperative play.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC — September 4)
Reliving games from our childhoods is a new trend with video games, and the next one is a package many are excited for. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 will contain remakes of the two original games from the PS1 era, in one complete package. Somehow, Activision managed to secure most of the songs from the beloved games, as well as a full roster of skaters for us to enjoy.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time (PS4, Xbox One, PC — October 2)
Speaking of reliving our childhoods, Crash is back in an all-new sequel titled Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time. Considering the success of the N. Sane Trilogy and Nitro-Fueled, it was only a matter of time to see a proper follow-up like this one. It’s About Time sends players on a platforming adventure to prevent Cortex and company from causing chaos. It’s a story you’d expect, but there’s still massive hype for it, and we’ll get to play it later this year.
Star Wars: Squadrons (PS4, Xbox One, PC — October 2)
EA has had the Star Wars video game rights for some time now, but some might argue the company’s output has been lackluster. That might change with the upcoming Star Wars: Squadrons, as it looks to be an absolute blast. In it, we’ll get to enjoy a proper single-player campaign, in which you can play from the perspective of both the Empire and the Republic as you partake in thrilling dogfights in space. Then, once you’re ready, you can hop online to battle it out against real players. The entire game will be playable in VR, which is a huge selling point for many fans.
Cyberpunk 2077 (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Stadia — November 19)
Breathtaking? We’ll see! CD Projekt RED is best known for its Witcher trilogy of games, but it’s venturing into brand-new territory with Cyberpunk 2077. An adaptation of the Cyberpunk tabletop role-playing game, Cyberpunk 2077 shifts to a first-person perspective and throws us into a stunning futuristic world, loading with missions to complete and story choices to make. At your side is a digitized Keanu Reeves, but even without John Wick himself, we’re pretty sure we’d still be losing hundreds of hours in this one.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS5)
As revealed during Sony’s recent PS5 showcase, Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a stand-alone adventure that takes place in the same universe as 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man. While there’s a lot we don’t know about it, we do know it stars Miles Morales, who — in the comics — takes on the role of Spider-Man after being trained by Peter Parker. It’s supposed to be a smaller-scale release, akin to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and is due out this holiday, likely in time for the PS5’s release.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS, Stadia)
Ubisoft is usually on board for the launch of a new system — this time, coming out swinging with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. It will take place in the age of the Vikings and allow players to take on the role of a male or female, much like previous installments. Valhalla is reportedly less “bloated” than Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, though to what extent is unknown. It will still feature the action RPG mechanics from recent entries, but do so with a new theme and setting later this year.
Dying Light 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS5, Xbox Series X)
Techland’s Dying Light 2 looks drastically different from the original game, with a changing world and more sophisticated storytelling layered on top of its unique parkour-meets-zombie-killing gameplay. With an emphasis on player choices, Dying Light 2 is aiming for complexity, which might explain why its release date has been pushed back so many times. If the studio can pull it off, it could just be one of the best games of the entire year.
Halo Infinite (Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X)
343 Industries needs to revive Halo in a big way, with Halo 5: Guardians failing to reinvigorate a franchise that has been on the decline since original developer Bungie left it nearly a decade ago. With Halo Infinite, that just might be possible, as the studio is focusing on Master Chief in a large-scale science-fiction shooter adventure that seems to better grasp why players fell in love with Halo all those years ago. Cross-play support and a powerful new engine should also help to show off the next Xbox system’s technical prowess, as well.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Xbox One, PS4, Switch, PC)
The Star Wars films have been adapted into several video games over the years, but they’re split across multiple systems and some of them have not aged particularly well. With Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, every mainline film will be adapted into an enormous, sprawling video game that acts as a perfect companion piece to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It’s sure to keep the Lego series’ classic humor intact, however, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.
Psychonauts 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac)
Yes, Psychonauts 2 is real, and now that developer Double Fine Productions is owned by Microsoft, we don’t have to worry about the game getting canceled before release! Once again starring hero Raz and set in a world where psychic powers are real, it’s a game that players have been waiting to experience since the original cult hit launched in 2005. It certainly has a lot riding on it, but Psychonauts 2 looks to be a worthy successor.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Zombie-shooting action in a Tom Clancy game? That sounds like an odd fit, but it’s what Ubisoft is doing with the cooperative Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine. Rather than make a sequel to the competitive multiplayer game Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft’s latest shooter pits the world’s elite operatives against infected humans with alien parasites, so you’ll need to learn all-new tactics and strategies to take them down. It’s a far cry from the Rainbow Six of old, but it’s nothing if not surprising.
Watch Dogs: Legion (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Stadia, PS5, Xbox Series X)
Watch Dogs: Legion isn’t just a simple third game, but rather a full reimagining of what is possible in the Watch Dogs universe. Set in London, Legion doesn’t have a protagonist. Instead, you can play as literally anyone you meet in the open world, ranging from brawling street thugs to grandmothers with a knack for hacking. If they die once, they’re gone for good, and you then move on to play as a different character. This wildly ambitious concept is being led by director Clint Hocking, who has acclaimed games like Far Cry 2 and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory on his resume already.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon (PS4)
Yes, we got Shenmue III at long last in 2019, but Sega’s Yakuza series effectively replaced it with a better alternative years ago. In the latest game, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, the development team is taking a huge risk by switching the combat to a turn-based role-playing style, and despite it seeming like a weird fit in a series known for brawling, the goofiness and charm of Yakuza looks like it will still shine through completely. What won’t change are the great characters and storytelling we expect from Yakuza, and we expect a ton of bizarre mini-games, as always.
SkateBIRD (Switch, PC)
Move over Skate and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, because there is a new shredding expert on the scene. In SkateBIRD, you are a bored pet bird who must entertain themselves in your owner’s home with a variety of objects like straws and staplers. With your tiny, adorable skateboard, you can become the next extreme sports legend, and you can even attract your birds to visit your makeshift park. It’s all backed up by a bumping “bird-hop” soundtrack, and you can even collect little outfits for your bird to wear while they’re grinding the rails and doing manuals on kitchen tables.
Deathloop (PS5, PC)
From the talented team at Arkane Studios comes a new fast-paced shooter, Deathloop. Imagine if Groundhog Day, Dishonored, and Hotline Miami all had a baby. That’s Deathloop. In it, you’re stuck in a time loop with the goal of taking out your target however necessary. You’ll have access to an arsenal of weapons and will be able to run, jump, and attack enemies using stealth or approach things head-on using parkour. It’s a timed PS5 exclusive, though it’s unknown when it’ll come to other platforms.
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