Best 2020 Game Releases: 17 Games to Get Excited for in 2020

Choosing the best 2020 game releases is all about preference. Here are 17 games to look out for.
Choosing the best 2020 game releases is all about preference. Here are 17 games to look out for. / Photo courtesy of CD Projekt Red

Choosing the best 2020 game releases is all about preference. While some might be ecstatic about the release of Cyberpunk 2077, others are jumping for joy about Animal Crossing: New Horizons. With games being pushed back or releases falling short, our criteria will be based on excitement for things we know.

We can't control if the game turns out to be a flop, or completely different from what the developers promised. And we are not in control if these games get pushed back to 2021.

That being said, 2020 should be an excellent year for games. Here are 17 games to get excited for in 2020.

17. Marvel’s Avengers

One of the biggest appeals to the Marvel's Avengers is a new take on Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Instead of working out a famous theme from a comic book, this is an original story. Players will work to bring back the Avengers after superheroes were disbanded after a failed mission. Rebuild the team, upgrade your favorite heroes, and play your way in this third-person adventure game.

16. Empire of Sin

Set in the 1920s, Empire of Sin is a mashup of X-COM and Empire. The strategy game will allow you to create a mob empire while tactfully taking out your opponents and growing your illegal enterprise. You'll build your team, which all have unique abilities, and try to outsmart your opponents' next step. If you've always wanted to be a member of the mob, this is the game for you.

15. Rainbow Six Quarantine

Set five years in the future of the Rainbow Six world, Rainbow Six Quarantine will not be your typical PvP shooter made by Ubisoft. Instead, players will be tasked with hunting down parasites in a 3-player co-op shooter. It's Ubisoft's own version of zombies and I couldn't be more excited.

14. Dying Light 2

While zombies are a rather saturated market in every single medium, Dying Light still manages to do something unique. Focusing on the survival and parkour, players focus entirely on escaping their enemies instead of fighting. Some games will give players achievements for killing thousands of zombies. Dying Light 2 will be all about outsmarting and outmaneuvering the monsters to survive.

13. Gods and Monsters

Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: Fiscal 2020–2021 Year
Release Trailer

Ubisoft's take on an artistic adventure has serious Breath of the Wild vibes. Ubisoft has usually leaned toward realistic with games like Assassin's Creed being their flagship franchise, but Gods and Monsters is different. Set in the world of Ancient Greece, Gods and Monsters will be a sandbox full of adventure and triumph as you deal with gods and monsters.

12. Minecraft Dungeons

Minecraft could easily be nominated for game of the decade after the sheer amount of copies sold around the globe. While Mojang could sit on their butts, and do nothing but update Minecraft and everyone would be content, the studio wanted more. Minecraft Dungeons is looking like a Minecraft and Diablo crossover with a bit of Gauntlet thrown in the mix. The game can be played solo or with up to three friends. So get ready to jump back in the Minecraft universe.

11. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Release Date: Q4/2021
  • Release Trailer

It's not just small children who play Lego video games. Some of the most enjoyable games out there are the Lego series and the Lego Star War: The Skywalker Saga is bound to be the biggest adventure yet. Play through all nine movies in a humorous and enjoyable take on the iconic series.

10. New World

Despite the outcry over the overtones of explorers conquering the new world, New World does look fascinating. The idea of multiple civilizations throughout time falling prey to a curse in pursuit of power, leads to a dynamic story. On top of that, it's an MMO which is a dying genre. Seeing a new studio take their own creative take on a genre that's been stale for years now is exciting to many. Hopefully, it lives up to the hype.

9. Final Fantasy VII Remake

Fans of the Final Fantasy series can argue for days over which game reigns as the best in the series. Yet, everyone will agree Final Fantasy VII was one of the best. With companies in Japan remaking countless classics, it was only a matter of time before FF7 received the same treatment. Final Fantasy VII Remake is going to be a trip down memory lane and then some.

8. Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Ori and the Blind Forest tugged the heartstrings of everyone in attendance at E3 2014 and they never really stopped. After the success of the first one, Ori and the Will of the Wisps was teased as early as 2017, just to garner player excitement. After three long years, fans can once again dive into this magical world of puzzle-solving and platform hoping.

7. Doom Eternal

The classic shooter is returning in all of its blood and glory. Easily one of the most memorable and iconic franchises in history, Doom Eternal has brought back what people know and love, but also giving it a little polish. Don't worry, despite the game having somewhat of a storyline and some voice lines, it's still all about killing demons.

6. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

There might not be a more fervent fanbase than ones for Animal Crossing. While Stardew Valley has definitely found its own way in the world, Animal Crossing will forever be the original when it comes to a farming simulator. And the newest one is allowing fans to play with friends!

5. Ghost of Tsushima

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Release Date: Q2/Q3
  • Release Trailer

Ghost of Tsushima is an action-adventure game set in feudal Japan. You play as a samurai during the first Mongol invasion of Japan and the combat seems a bit reminiscent of Dark Souls. The art and story revealed so far has piqued the interest of many, and if the combat stays clean, Ghost of Tsushima is bound to be a winner.

4. Watch Dogs: Legion

Watch Dogs is another sandbox adventure following hackers as they take down corporate greed. Watch Dogs: Legion is looking to take it to the next level. Set in London, the game allows you to play multiple characters which can be permanently lost during the campaign. It's everything you know and love from Watch Dogs, but bigger.

3. Halo Infinite

The only bad thing for Halo Infinite is the fact we have no idea what it's going to be. The trailer at E3 2019 definitely hinted toward a classic shooter set in the world we all know and love. But it could be something different. If 343 Industries was going to change the status quo on Halo, now would be the time.

2. The Last of Us Part II

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 29
  • Release Trailer

The Last of Us was a masterpiece created by Naughty Dog and gave a new meaning to post-apocalyptic storytelling. Some choose it as the best plot and voice acting of any video game ever, and it's hard to deny the praise. While the gameplay and mechanics were fun, the story is what kept players engaged and that should continue with The Last of Us Part II.

1. Cyberpunk 2077

This shouldn't come as a surprise. After the massive success of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt which won dozens of awards including Game of the Year in 2015, the spiritual successor has a lot going for it. Dubbed as the biggest, most advanced open-world RPG we've seen, Cyberpunk 2077 has to be the most anticipated game of 2020. Plus, Keanu Reeves.