And so we get to the pointy end, the top 10 of our list of most wanted games for 2020. Well, that we know of, and that’s been a pretty big factor in deciding this list.
Had we set out our stall even a couple of weeks earlier, two of the games on this list would be nowhere to be seen, but with Sony’s State of Play and The Game Awards featuring trailer after trailer after trailer, Resident Evil 3 and Hellblade II jumped right into the top 10.
Below are games 10 to 6, but can you guess what made it into the top 5?
10 – Elden Ring
PS4, XBO, PC – TBC
A collaboration between George R. R. Martin and FromSoftware is almost a thing of dreams. One is known for creating plots that are intriguing and characters that are well fleshed out while the other creates worlds full of danger, in depth lore, and engaging combat. You could almost use those descriptors interchangeably. Elden Ring is the creation borne out of this collaboration though we don’t know much more about the project.
It has been described as the next evolution of the Soulsborne genre with player created characters roaming an open world filled with dungeons and ruins. Right now, FromSoftware is keeping its secrets close to its chest, but that isn’t stopping Souls fans from getting very, very excited.
9 – Resident Evil 3
PS4, XBO, PC – 3rd April 2020
Resident Evil 3’s announcement was a masterclass of subterfuge by Capcom. Though we’ve expected the publisher to turn its gaze to a remake of the series’ third game ever since the success of Resident Evil 2’s remake earlier this year, they threw us off the scent with the announcement of Resident Evil: Resistance. Its asymmetrical online multiplayer originally thought to be a standalone product, but it’s actually a part of a greater whole.
A retelling of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, the game puts you in control of Jill Valentine and picks up 24 hours before the events of Resident Evil 2 as she tries to escape the now thoroughly zombified city while being hunted by the Nemesis. Being built in the same RE Engine as was used for Resident Evil 7 and Resident Evil 2, it looks absolutely sublime with fantastic environments, lighting and character models.
Resident Evil: Resistance, on the other hand, has been developed by NeoBards Entertainment as a completely separate project. It sets four survivors trying to progress through a level and survive against a Mastermind who watches their every move and can actively hamper them by summoning and controlling zombies, even brutalising them with a Tyrant if they’re not lucky. It will be interesting to see how much traction it gets, as a bundled in part of Resi 3.
8 – Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II
XSX, PC – TBC
Alongside the Xbox Series X reveal at The Game Awards earlier this month, Microsoft also announced the first full next-gen exclusive for the company (Halo Infinite will be on Xbox One as well, remember?). Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II will continue the story of Senua from Ninja Theory’s critically acclaimed action adventure.
It’s clear that Senua continues to be haunted by psychosis as in the first game, with Ninja Theory having drawn plaudits for their diligent research into mental illness and how to represent it in game. We can’t wait to see how her continuing journey will unfold.
However, as important as that is, the real takeaway from the first trailer for the game was just how startlingly good it looks. Rendered in real time on the Xbox Series X, everything from the vast landscapes to the closeups of Senua’s face is startlingly realistic looking, thanks in large part to the new ray traced lighting that Ninja Theory are able to inject into the game on next gen hardware.
7 – Doom Eternal
PS4, XBO, Switch, Stadia, PC – 20th March 2020
It wasn’t until just six weeks before its intended release that Bethesda and id Software announced the delay of Doom Eternal until March 2020. What was meant to cap off the year with slick first person demon battling will have to try and let Bethesda end their financial year with a bang instead. Still, as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait.*
Doom Eternal takes the fight to Earth, with our home planet having been overrun by demons, before hoping across dimensions, from heaven and hell to the Sentinel home world and beyond. The gameplay is being taken to even further arcade shooter heights, with plenty of leaping around and slick movement accompanying the varied sci-fi weapons and gruesome finishing moves. It’s going to be a real assault on the senses with the heavy metal soundtrack blaring in your ears.
Alongside this will be two multiplayer modes. Ditching the SnapMap mode of 2016’s Doom, a new Invasion mechanic is being introduced into the main campaign (now set to be added in an update after launch) to spice things up as other players enter your game, while a new Battle Mode pits two demon players against one Doom Bringer. This, of course, comes alongside more traditional multiplayer modes.
*Switch owners will have to wait even longer, so they’ll obviously be due the best things.
6 – Watch Dogs: Legion
PS4, XBO, Stadia, PC – 2020
Watch Dogs: Legion’s vision of a future Britain is about as depressing as the fate we’re now seemingly destined to endure. After Brexit and IndyRef 2, the next decade or two sees what’s left of the once United Kingdom is carved up and oppressed by corporations, special interests and increasingly onerous technological surveillance. Surveillance by way of a chip that’s implanted into every citizen’s face. Lovely.
High time to, uh… take back control?
The unique hook for Watch Dogs: Legion compared to the first two games is that anyone and everyone can rise up. You don’t have a set hero to play as, but can recruit anyone to your cause and jump between the members of your DedSec as you take on jobs and fight to bring down the corrupt powers that be. That can be a cockney rhyming clan, a bunch of grandma hackers, or just someone who seems useful. Every NPC has a history and starting skills that you can take and augment, but they’re also a bit disposable. There’s always more people to recruit.
When we’ll get to play Legion is anyone’s guess right now. After an off-balance 2019 for Ubisoft that was capped by the miserable launch of Ghost Recon Breakpoint, the company delayed its entire slate of games for 2020, pushing Watch Dogs: Legion from its intended March release to some time in the 2020-21 financial year. We’d expect that the game’s just been given a few extra months to ensure it’s nicely polished, or it’ll end up in the awkward spot of being overshadowed by next-gen consoles.
We’re almost done with our list games for 2020. Come back tomorrow to find out what made it into our top 5!