2020 is going to be an absolutely insane year for gaming. What is supposedly being released in the first four months probably beats almost all of 2019. I already have 19 highly anticipated games for 2020. We are also going into a new console generation this year so you can be guaranteed a number of big name games are going to be announced at E3 2020 and released in the Fall.
That being said I am 99% sure that my 2020 Game of the Year is on this list and is probably inside those first four months. I would put betting money on either Cyberpunk 2077, Personal 5 Royal, the Final Fantasy VII Remake or Half-Life: Alyx but there are dark horses such as Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Ghost of Tsushima, Resident Evil 3 Remake or Watch Dogs: Legion that could take the crown.
2020 is going to be a fucking amazing year if you are a fan of video games.
1. Cyberpunk 2077
After The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt took third place for Game of the Year 2015 it solidified CD Projekt Red as one of my favourite developers, so I could not be more hyped for Cyberpunk 2077. I am going to build a brand new gaming PC with a Ryzen 3950X and at least one GeForce RTX 2080 Ti to ensure I experience this game in its full glory.
2. Persona 5 Royal
Persona 5 was my 2017 Game of the Year so you can imagine how stoked I am for the enhanced version, Persona 5 Royal.
3. Doom Eternal
Doom Eternal was actually on my most anticipated games of 2019 list but id Software let it cook in the fires of hell for a little longer and I am totally fine with that. There is no way they will miss their March 20th release date and I cannot wait to rip and tear again.
4. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
We finally got a name and release date for Animal Crossing: New Horizons which Elsie and I have been waiting for with baited breath. It will have been almost 7 years since the last release of an Animal Crossing game.
5. Final Fantasy VII Remake
I am still incredibly leery about the Final Fantasy VII Remake but since the original is one of my favourite games of all time I cannot help but be enthusiastic about the remake. The real-time combat still scares me but to see Cloud, Tifa, Barret and Aeris in such beautiful 3D melts my heart.
6. Half-Life: Alyx
OK here we go. Can Valve start another gaming revolution by proving that VR isn't just some gimmick or is Half-Life: Alyx going to be more of the same?
7. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
I came of age in the 90s and the Dragon Ball Z anime was the shit yo. I remember using Napster to download dubbed episodes because YTV wasn't airing them fast enough. I now hope you understand why I am psyched for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. All I want to do is play all 291 episodes of the anime and it looks like this game is going to deliver.
8. Yakuza: Like a Dragon
After playing Judgement I am completely on the Yakuza series hype train and am looking forward to playing Yakuza: Like a Dragon whenever they localize it.
9. Gears Tactics
I must play anything that looks remotely like XCOM. It is in my DNA.
10. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition
Another game that slipped from 2019 into 2020. I'll admit that nostalgia is mostly what has me excited for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition but that has worked for most Switch games so far so 🤷🏻♂️.
11. Ghost of Tsushima
A samurai game by Sucker Punch Productions? Color me intrigued. Ghost of Tsushima gets added to the list.
12. Trials of Mana
Another Switch game coasting by on nostalgia. I've never actually played any of the Mana games but I am a huge fan of SNES style JRPGs and Trials of Mana looks to be right up that alley.
13. Resident Evil 3 Remake
The only reason Resident Evil 3 isn't higher up on this list is because my least favourite parts of the Resident Evil 2 remake involved Mr. X and apparently that is the entirety of Resident Evil 3. I am still probably going to give it a shot since I loved Resident Evil 2 so much but my expectations are very tempered.
14. Babylon's Fall
Another game that fell from 2019 into 2020. I always say that PlatinumGames gets a free pass and Babylon's Fall is no exception. The combat looks amazing like you'd expect so the only question becomes will I be able to make time whenever it is released?
15. The Settlers
It has been over 20 years since I played The Settlers II: Veni, Vidi, Vici but it remains one of my favourite games of all time. Hell just writing that sentence made me go look up if I could buy it on GOG and low and behold I can.
All that nostalgia has me excited for The Settlers reboot from Ubisoft. It is almost guaranteed to be a flop but the optimistic and nostalgic side of me is going to continue to believe!
16. Watch Dogs: Legion
Ubisoft's promise that you can "play as anyone" has stoked my interest in Watch Dogs: Legion. But they've basically lied about every other Watch Dogs game so I'm cautiously optimistic.
17. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is a real dark horse. The only reason it is on this list is many people whose opinions I respect could not stop raving about the first game when the sequel was introduced. The developer has a pretty decent pedigree so I will keep an eye on this game.
18. Halo Infinite
As much as I hated Halo 4 and 5 I have so many amazing memories of the earlier games that I just can't let Halo Infinite slide. As a Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber Halo Infinite will be "free" so there is nothing to stop me from playing it.
19. Digimon Survive
A turn based strategy survival Digimon game where characters can straight up die? OK Digimon Survive you have my attention.