Twenty video games to look for in 2020



In 2019, we saw several games which gained some serious ground in popularity. However, 2020 has already promised to be a big year as companies begin to release next-generation gaming systems. From new additions within long-term franchises to completely original games from top-name studios. Here are the video games to keep an eye out for in 2020.

Original Games: 




Summary: This “game” is actually a game creation system in which players are able to create and share their own games, as well as playing games made by others. This system allows the user to create their own video games, as well as access mechanics, assets, 3D sculptures, music, art and more. This content can then be shared or remixed to be used in other’s creations. Of course, there is also a campaign mode, in which players control an imp, which is used to interact with the game’s world, create new items and characters, and manipulate objects by grabbing and pulling them.

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Release Date: 14 February 2020


Gods and Monsters


Summary: From the creators of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey comes a new open world adventure set in Ancient Greece. You play as a forgotten hero, embarking on a journey to an island filled with vicious mythological creatures in an attempt to save the Greek Gods. The playstyle allows for a rewarding story throughout, full of puzzles, dungeons, and monsters.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Series X

Release Date: February 2020


Cyberpunk 2077


Summary: This futuristic roleplaying game brings new life to the old Cyberpunk franchise, which originated in 1988. The game features an open-world playstyle, in which players assume the role of a mercenary named V, who is customizable both in appearance, fighting style (melee or an arsenal of assault weapons), and skill trees. This game combines the choice based consequences of classic roleplaying games, while also combining the fast paced fighting of action games.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia, Microsoft Windows

Release Date: April 16, 2020


Iron Man VR


Summary: This spring, Marvel intends to finally release the long awaited Iron Man VR game. Originally meant to be published in 2019, the game has had its release date pushed back several times to be perfected. It is classified as an action-adventure, in which the player takes on the role of Tony Stark, fully equipped with his Iron Man suit (allowing the character to fly, shoot from their hands, etc.). In utilizing the VR, players will come face-to-face with iconic Marvel heroes and villains as you jet around the world.

Platforms: PlayStation VR Headset

Release Date: May 15, 2020


Marvel’s Avengers


Summary: This highly anticipated action-adventure game stars the Avengers (including Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Black Widow, Thor, and more). Marvel’s Avengers is set after a tragic event that leads to the organization being disbanded, but a new threat necessitates its revival. This single-player game allows the user to play as and customize a wide variety of characters from the Marvel Universe. Alongside traditional campaign content, there will also be a live service element and it supports cooperative play. 

Platforms:  PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia, Microsoft Windows

Release Date:  September 4, 2020




Summary: Since being bought by Microsoft, the game company Obsidian (known most famously for games like Fallout: New Vegas) has decided to take a turn with their latest game. This game will be a fairly rudimentary survival game in which the player must build a base, craft gear, gather resources, and hunt and cook food. However, where the game lacks in originality of playstyle, it hopes to make up for in design and environment, as the game takes place in a world reminiscent of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” This micro-sized twist on the classic survival game hopes to stand out from previous games.

Platforms: Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Release Date: Spring 2020


Tell Me Why


Summary: Tell Me Why is a choice-based adventure game which relies heavily on the storytelling aspect of a game. The game follows twins Alyson and Tyler who revisit their childhood home, allowing the player to view both twins recollections of their memories. Even more interesting is that Tyler is transgender (one of the first playable transgender characters from a major studio), and must face personal demons from before he has transitioned. From these experiences/memories, the player will be forced to make decisions which will impact the course of the game. 

Platforms: Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Release Date: Mid-2020




Summary: This fantasy adventure game is described by its developers as a “loot shooter” game, meaning it is mainly centered around questing and completing missions to upgrade your character using in-game “loot.” The game allows for a highly customizable adventure in which you are sorted into a class and advance using skill trees. This game is notable, as it is one of the first announced for the upcoming PlayStation 5. 

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Microsoft Windows

Release Date: Late 2020


The Artful Escape


Summary: This game stands out from the rest, as it is a platform game. Unlike most of the open-world RPG style games, this one keeps you somewhat confined. However, for being a platformer, the game has a rather unique concept due to its fantastical environment. The game centers on the character of Francis Vendetti, the nephew of a deceased folk-music legend. We follow Francis on his journey towards making a name for himself. The landscape is musically-infused, meaning that other than just running and jumping, Francis is able to use musical power-ups from his guitar. The concept is bold and different.

Platforms: Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, iOS

Release Date: 2020


Ghost of Tushishma


Summary: In league with recent games such as Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Nioh, this samurai action-adventure game takes a new spin on the portrayal of a feudal Japan. The story follows you, the last samurai, during the first Mongol invasion of Japan. With an open-world playstyle, this game’s strength has so far been shown through its artistry, featuring a gorgeous environment and quick-paced, stylized battle sequences.

Platforms: Playstation 4

Release Date: 2020



Watch Dogs: Legion


Summary: This game is the third within the iconic Watch Dogs series. As an open-world, action-adventure, this game has choice based consequences as the player takes on the role of multiple hackers, fighting against an authoritarian regime. The characters you play as can be lost/killed throughout the game, making decisions, skill, and attention to the story far more important.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Google Stadia, Xbox Series X, Microsoft Windows

Release Date: March 6, 2020


Animal Crossing: New Horizons


Summary: The Animal Crossing franchise has gained great popularity over recent years, both due to nostalgia and the games characteristic soothing nature. The series allows you to play as a customizable character who serves as the mayor of a town, which can be visited by cute anthropomorphic animal characters. Newer features include crafting abilities and several brand new characters that you can “collect” by having them visit your town.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Release Date: March 20, 2020


DOOM Eternal


Summary: This first-person shooter is a direct sequel to Doom (2016), and is the fifth main title in the Doom series. As with past games, the player will play as the Doom Slayer, an ancient demon slayer. Supposedly, this game differs not only story wise from the previous games, but also equips the player with new abilities and supposedly has twice as many demon-types as its predecessor.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Xbox One (+ Nintendo Switch version set for late release)

Release Date: March 20, 2020


Half Life: Alyx


Summary: This game takes place before the events of Half-Life 2, and is played using a VR headset, allowing the player to immerse themselves in the virtual world. The story follows characters Alyx and her father as they fight against an alien empire that has conquered Earth. Traditional Half-Life elements such as exploration, puzzles, combat, and story are to return.

Platforms: Windows

Release Date: March 23, 2020


Resident Evil 3


Summary: Be careful searching for updates on this outcoming game, as it’s a remake of the 1999 game Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. Unlike the original game, this mimics the more recent Resident Evil games as a third-person shooter, but it keeps continuity with the classic zombie apocalypse story of the Resident Evil franchise. This new game also includes an online multiplayer mode, Resident Evil: Resistance, which puts a team of four players against a “mastermind” who can create traps, enemies, and other hazards.

Platforms:  Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One

Release Date: April 3, 2020


Final Fantasy VII Remake


Summary: The Final Fantasy VII Remake  is a remake of the 1997 PlayStation game Final Fantasy VII. Developers added content and redesigned the characters to balance realism and stylization. Final Fantasy VII Remake retells the story of the original Final Fantasy VII. Players control Cloud Strife, a former Shinra soldier who joins the AVALANCHE eco-terrorist group as a mercenary to fight the Shinra Corporation, who have been draining the planet’s life energy. The game is a full remake with fully polygonal graphics, as opposed to the pre-rendered environments of the original. 

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Release Date: April 10, 2020


Minecraft Dungeons


Summary: Though it might not technically be a sequel, as the playstyle has completely shifted, this new Minecraft installment has gotten a lot of hype due to the recent resurgence of the original game. Unlike Minecraft, Minecraft Dungeons features no crafting or building, but rather is a “dungeon crawler” game, based around fighting monsters, solving puzzles, and gathering loot in randomly generated dungeons

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows 10, Xbox One

Release Date: April 2020


The Last of Us Part II


Summary: This continuation takes place five years after its predecessor, allowing the player to continue the story as nineteen-year-old Ellie. The game sticks to its post-apocalyptic plot, and features a third-person survival atmosphere. Much of this game’s play style will remain congruent with the original The Last of Us game, allowing the player to use firearms, sneaking, and a keen sense of hearing to try and stay alive.

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Release Date: May 29, 2020


Halo Infinite


Summary: The long awaited continuation of the Halo franchise, announced in 2018, is almost upon us. This game will be the sixth main game in the Halo series, and the third chapter of the “Reclaimer Saga.” Continuing Master Chief’s (our protagonist) story, this new installment of Halo hopes to be “much more human,” focusing more heavily on the character himself.

Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Microsoft Windows

Release Date: Late 2020


Dying Light 2


Summary: After five years, a sequel to this survival-horror game has finally been announced. The story takes place fifteen years after its predecessor, and is an open world first-person zombie apocalyptic-themed action role-playing game. As well as the ability to fight and obtain weapons, players now also take on the role of a new protagonist with parkour abilities, allowing them to run, jump, grapple, and paraglide through the city.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Release Date: 2020