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The Top 8 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2020: Cyberpunk 2077, Resident Evil 3, More

January 24, 2020 | Posted by Marc Morrison
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Welcome all to another edition of The 8 Ball! This week, I’m here to talk about my most anticipated games of the New Year. Some of these are huge games and obvious but some are a tad more obscure. Let’s begin:

#8: Watch Dogs: Legion

I’ll admit I am just slightly worried about this game. Not really for the setting or idea, but mainly the execution. I guess if I’ve heard right, you don’t play as a central character but alternate between other characters, so that if one gets arrested or killed, another is activated. That’s a novel idea, but I’m concerned about how you build an actual story about this idea? Like, the second game (and even the first) were really about the main characters trying to fight off the evil corporation. How do you build that type of story off 12 different characters, instead? Still, hacker granny seems alright in my book.

#7: Axiom Verge 2

I really loved the first Axiom Verge game. It was a really clever spin on Metroidvania-style games, specifically Super Metroid. One small problem of the game though was that the environments were fairly drab and boring. Hell, even Super Metroid let you get out of the various cave systems and such and have a few sequences that were outside. This second game looks to primarily be set outdoors, as you tangle with the twisted wildlife. It also looks to be a lot more melee focused, which is an interesting new hook for the game.

#6: Cyberpunk 2077

Honestly, it feels like this game is already out, given how long it’s been in development for. Don’t get me wrong, it all looks great and the Keanu stuff will probably be a laugh, but I’m almost feeling burnt-out on the game. It’ll still be a day one purchase for me, after all, exploring a big open futuristic city is an idea that few have managed to try (outside of Deus Ex, somewhat), but I just want the game to be out so I can finally get to it. I also can’t wait to see the scifi version of Gwent.

#5: Yakuza: Like a Dragon

MAN, this looks great. From a gameplay side, it looks like a meld between Yakuza and Persona. Combat is now turn-based RPG stuff, and you’ll have a variety of commands to dispatch foes, including special attacks and even summons. From a story perspective, I’m very glad that the focus is off Kiryu. He was a good character, but 7+ games with him was stretching it a bit. I’m glad that the Yakuza team is really trying something new here, and if people do want the more classic Yakuza experience, there is always Judgment.

#4: Resident Evil 3 Remake

I don’t have a ton of nostalgia with Resident Evil 3, compared to RE2. I did play/beat it, but outside of certain things, Nemesis, ammo crafting, curing Jill of the virus with Carlos, that’s kind of about it. So when Capcom has said that they will be changing more about this game than RE2, I kind of welcome it. I also remember RE3 being a very closed-off game. Like, most of the stores were just part of the environment, so if they do open the city up more and let you have more freedom, this game could be just as good as the RE2 Remake.

#3: Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Honestly, this will probably be the biggest game of the year. Anyone over about 25 will be getting it, just for nostalgia’s sake, and anyone under 10 will be getting it to see what the hell their parents have been talking about. I think the game looks amazing, really upping the ante from even Final Fantasy 15. It’ll be interesting how much more they expand Midgar, in the original game it was two sectors and the slums underneath. If this is supposed to be a full length game, it’s going to have to be expanded quite a bit. But yeah, I’m at least getting the medium-tier special edition of the game and can’t wait for it.

#2: Psychonauts 2

I really liked the first Psychonauts game. I think I played/finished it at least 2 or 3 times, first on original Xbox, then on PC, then on the 360. It was a delightful 3D platformer with a lot of humor and personality. Also, the psychic powers were really inventive, not everything worked (like Clairvoyance), but the combo of psychic secret agent mixed with a kids camp was such a great setting. The second game looks to lean more in the direction of being a secret agent but still retaining enough of the humor and platforming action of the first game.

#1: Persona 5 Royal/Persona 5 Scramble

I’m excited for both of these games. Royal is basically a director’s cut of Persona 5, which is still one of my favorite games of this generation. Adding another chapter, with new characters and new places to go, will keep me busy for a while. Scramble looks to be much more interesting though and the first Dynasty Warriors-style game I’ll actually really get into. It helps that it looks much more of an action game, with a lot of platforming action and RPG mechanics, than just territory control or filling the screen with as many enemies as possible. Both games are easy pick-ups for me this year, and should be for everyone else.

For comments, list which games you’re looking forward to in 2020 and why.

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