The end of a console generation is usually when big game releases tend to wind down. Aside from a few swansong games here and there. This is definitely not the case for 2020. In the first half of the year alone we have what may be one of the most packed periods of game releases in the last few years. Xbox Game Studios are beginning to ramp up and developers across the industry are preparing for the lead up to a new generation. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the top 5 games I think will leave your wallet hurting in early 2020.
What’s cooler than a cyberpunk future aesthetic? The answer is not that much. And after creating one of the best games of the generation with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt Red has built up a following of gamers eager to see what they can pull off next. Based on a board game of the same name, Cyberpunk 2077 looks to place us in a detail-rich dystopian future. It boasts an in-depth character creation system and a gameplay system driven by player choices. From the gameplay, we’ve already seen that Cyberpunk 2077 is an action-RPG all about player decisions. Such as choosing between focusing on combat or stealth. Or using a variety of dialogue options that result in real consequences for both the gameplay and story. Being able to build your own character and shape the gameplay to your tastes may not be a new feature to games. But Cyberpunk 2077 could do it on a level we haven’t seen before.
Resident Evil 3
Hot off the heels of the incredible Resident Evil 2 remake earlier this year comes Resident Evil 3. While it may not have been a surprise, the fact that a sequel to one of this year’s biggest games is coming out in April is nothing short of fantastic. For many people, myself included, Capcom’s new remake is a chance to experience this story for the first time. RE3 follows protagonist Jill Valentine around the events of the Racoon city zombie outbreak seen in Resident Evil 2. After facing the horrors of zombies, lickers and Mr. X in Resident Evil 2, it’ll be a treat to see what monstrous enemies Capcom can remake for RE3. Especially with their fantastic animation. And for those that thought Mr. X was scary, there’s a lot of fear to come with RE3’s Nemesis. The game also promises to have a larger scope by letting us explore outdoor areas of the city this time around. Plus, it’s good to bear in mind this will be the 4th game to use the sublime RE engine. Capcom is once again sure to leave us in awe from both its intimidating environments and refined horror gameplay.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
The original Ori and the Blind Forest was a shining gem for Xbox One. It had a lot going for it such as gorgeous art, beautiful music, and some precise platforming gameplay. Based on what we’ve seen so far for Ori and the Will of the Wisps, it looks like Moon Studios is putting their all into one-upping themselves. In fact, Moon Studios have gone on record to say that they want to make the perfect Metroidvania. If we take them at their word, we could be in for something special. And it seems plausible too. Ori and the Will of the Wisps was originally revealed at Microsoft’s E3 2017 conference. Almost 3 years before the release of the game itself. Through a few delays, we know that Moon Studios is taking their time to make this one worth the wait. Each trailer for the game has only looked better and better. With some jaw-dropping artwork, satisfying mechanics and intense looking bosses, Ori and the Will of the Wisps could be a Metroidvania game for the ages.
Slaying demons never gets old. There really are few first-person shooters that feel the way the Doom series does. That 90s arcade feeling of non-stop action as you run-and-gun was absent for a long time. But with Doom (2016), id Software proved it could be just as fun today as it was in the past. Fundamentally, they understood what the essence of Doom should be. As opposed to Doom 3, Doom (2016) is all about momentum. The combination of running, platforming, shooting, and glory kills is a gameplay ‘dance’ unique to Doom. With Doom Eternal, we can look forward to an even more refined experience. In part thanks to leaving out the unwanted competitive multiplayer. But also by expanding upon the interesting story introduced in Doom (2016), while adding in even more weapons and mechanics to expand upon what makes the formula great. Doom Eternal’s marketing has already teased us with bigger bosses and a new slew of weapons such as the grappling hook shotgun. As well as gameplay modifiers such as power-ups and environmental hazards which all look to enhance the fantastic movement and gunplay of its predecessor. If this wasn’t enough, new additions like battle mode could add a fun Dark Souls-like twist to multiplayer.
Admittedly this is a wildcard. There is still a lot we don’t know about Marvel’s Avengers and a lot to speculate on. What’s not in doubt is that there is potential for a great game here. Crystal Dynamics has long been at the helm of the Tomb Raider series. Creating the fantastic reboot and its sequels. So we know that Marvel’s Avengers is in good hands. Taking control over a variety of distinct Marvel superheroes should be a great time in theory. Plus, having a new Avengers story with a talented voice cast could prove to be a refreshing new experience for the many of us that have been watching Marvel movies over the last decade. Perhaps the most promising aspect of Marvel’s Avengers is the main character we’ll get to play. By putting the player in the shoes of Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan), Crystal Dynamics has a chance to show us the Avengers in a whole new light. Ms. Marvel is a fangirl of the Avengers herself and hasn’t been featured anywhere near as much as traditional Marvel superheroes in games. By opening the doors to a potentially fresh new story and gameplay experience, Marvel’s Avengers could be one to watch out for.