Game Infinite's Most Anticipated Games of 2020 - Mid Year Update! (as of July)
Below is an updated article of my previous list of the beginning of the year. I wish I could easily go back and tell my past self what this year was going to look like, but I am not sure my past self would have believed me about 2020. All I can say is that half way through the year, and I am sure I speak for most of us when I say, I hope 2021 is kinder. It hasn't all been bad in the world of games. While every game under the sun seems to have seen COVID related delays, that hasn't stopped record breaking sales, and a host of amazing games. Many games on the original list have released, and many more have been announced as we have gone through the most unusual summer gaming news season, and as we approach Next-gen consoles. Below is an updated Top 25 most anticipated, and where some games have moved up or down in rankings with time and more information. I have deleted the many games originally on this list that have already released, and are adding in new games announced. I thought this mid year discussion would be interesting because at this point the list is so drastically different, so many games have released and been announced that only about 8 of the games remained unreleased from the original list , with the rest being all new.
This article has been a work in progress and written prior to Xbox's July Event, and only contains game announcements as of July 22, and we will be having a separate article with all the reveals and announcements at that event.
25. stray (New at #25)
So, "That PS5 Cat game" made my list because of its weirdness, art, and premise. One of the indie titles revealed to us during Playstation's Future of Gaming event, showed some really great indie games coming to PS5. Stray is about a cat living in a world populated by robots. That sentence alone got it on this list.
24. Code Syn (New at #24)
Tencent is trying to become the Disney of games as they slowly buy ownership of many major studios and most recently announced new AAA studios in the US. They got a little bit of flack by some for this trailer as some believed it to be a Cyberpunk 2077 ripoff, but honestly, I think that the artistic style of Cyberpunk has room for more games. I thought this game looked more fun than some other outlets initial impressions. I am always down for another good sci-fi RPG. This one let's you have a giant cybernetic pet bear. If that doesn't peak your interest, watch the trailer for yourself and see what you think.
23. solar ash (New at #23)
This game makes this list for one reason and one reason only. It is the first game I have seen that has the newly understood scientific realistic depiction of a black hole. Now there may be other good things about it but that's all I needed to see before I was sold. Thanks to mathematical models used to create the black hole in the movie Inception, and a confirmation of accuracy by the first image taken of a black hole, we now reasonable know what they look like. Now that we know, I want to see more depictions of them in entertainment media and pop culture, because not only are Black Holes mysterious and weird, they look cool as hell. Solar Ash has a black hole in it and that's all I needed to see from the trailer to make it a must play for me.
22. Kena Bridge of Spirits (New at #22)
Do you want your own pet Porgs? Well, you can't have one. This is the closest you may ever get as this is a game about living in some magical forest with a huge host of little black furry creatures as your pets. That may be all that most need to know about this game to make them interested...little furry cute things.
21. Lost Soul Aside (New at #21)
Apparently this game has been announced for like 3 years, and it completely skipped my radar. I want to thank my friend, former #GiFriends streamer, and fellow gaming news blogger REDXMAUDE for introducing me to this awesome game. It gives me some Final Fantasy, Code Vien vibes. It is a really cool looking open world jrpg, and it is now on my list. What is interesting is this started out as a one man developer, but interest picked up turning it into a larger team making the game.
20. Lego Star Wars Skywalker Sage (New at #20)
I have never really played a Lego game very much, as they always never seemed to really appeal to me. However, thanks to advances in visuals and now including voice acting, this collection of the full Skywalker saga actually looks interesting. Players will be able to play maps across all 9 movies, and a vast lineup of even the most obscure characters. Lego also seems to be the only platform we are going to get for any sequel era video games. I desperately want more stories and more video games set during the sequel era of Star Wars. This might be very early 2000's of me, but I wouldn't mind games that just play through the events of the sequels. The scope and quality of this Lego Star Wars games however, excites me to try it for the first time.
19. recompile (New at #19)
When it comes to third person indie games, the best kinds are the ones that strike you with their art style or colors. The main character being a glowing being of light is a nice touch and the trailer sold me on the game's premise. It is unique and beautiful looking indie games like this that really excite me.
18. Babylon's Fall
Well, we aren't getting Scalebound, and it doesn't seem like Bayonetta 3 is ever actually arriving. So while Xbox and Nintendo fans may be left disappointed, Playstation fans seem to be closer to a new game from Platinum Games than the rest. This game looks to be a highly stylized hack'n slash (surprise surprise) set in a medieval magical world.
17. Spider-man Miles Morales (New at #17)
Spider-man made for one of the best games on the PS4 generation, and one of the best super hero games ever made. Game Infinite in fact gave it a rare 10/10, as it was truly phenomenal. It wasn't just a great superhero game, it was a great game overall. When Playstation revealed the game during their PS5 game event, I was one of the first to question if this was a true sequel. Many reported this as a sequel, while others were in confusion calling it an expansion to the original. There was some confusion across gaming media until Sony came out with clarity. It is a "standalone expansion". It is not the full sequel continuing Peter Parker's story (obviously) from the first game, but it does not require the original game to play. Some examples of stand alone expansions include Call of Duty: Warzone, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, and Uncharted Lost Legacy. This will be a smaller spinoff title focused on Miles Morales.
16. Boundary (+1 from Rank 17)
(Update: We still are no closer to a release date, and with COVID I suspect the game will be further delayed. However, my excitement level for this space shooter has only increased. It is a lesser known more niche title, but it is one I am personally looking forward to)
I did not hate Call of Duty Ghosts as much as most of the fan base did. I enjoyed many aspects of the game from having a dog companion to fighting aliens in multiplayer. One of the things I loved most about Call of Duty Ghosts was the opening mission in ORBIT. The opening mission of Ghosts was super cool even to the biggest hater. Now, we get combat in space in other games but most often it feels super sci-fi like Halo. This put us in white astronaut suits floating around white space station-like areas with guns. It felt both sci-fi and realistic at the same time. Boundary is a multiplayer shooter game super reminiscent of that setting. Low earth orbit combat with astronaut suits and zero-g combat. Ever since coming across this title I have been super excited to play it.
15. Microsoft's Flight Simulator
I have never played a "Simulator" game and up until now I never thought I was missing out on anything. From a far they always looked so slow and boring to be honest. Who wants to sit on a virtual tractor and farm? It wasn't until I saw the demo and trailer for the new Microsoft's Flight Simulator that I changed my mind. It is freaking gorgeous. What makes this game special is that the world beneath you is powered by REAL satellite maps and cloud computing. It is going to give us beautiful photo-realistic visuals underneath powered by the actual planet. It is something where the technology behind it really makes it cool. Will this be a fast-paced game I stream on Twitch? No. However, a beautiful zen experience that promises to mimic real life flying? That's an experience I may never have known I would miss out on otherwise.
14. Bright Memory Infinite (New at #14)
Will Bright Memory Infinite be the game that forever ruins indie games for me? Normally I have a very different system of measurement and expectation for indie games than I have for AAA. There just is understandably a difference in what one person can do than what a team of 100 or more can do. Bright Memory Infinite however seeks to prove to forever change the game with the "if one man could do that..." effect. That's right, this gorgeous next-gen game is made by just one guy. That alone is why I am playing it. This looks like a AAA military shooter from a large team and it is made by ONE MAN. Early reports say it isn't very long, but who cares JUST LOOK AT IT! If this game is any good it will forever raise the bar for what I think will be possible by indie games.
13. Crossfire X (New at #13)
Crossfire X went from a blurb during Xbox's E3, where we saw a vague cinematic teaser for a military shooter. It was only really noteworthy for being a much needed Xbox console exclusive during a time when Xbox was struggling to deliver them. We have heard pretty much nothing about it since that reveal, and all of a sudden a open beta dropped. I had a blast in the game even though there was only one "modern' mode. The beta contained legacy modes from the old pc game. The legacy was an old ugly bland mode I largely skipped. The new modern polished mode was super fun. I am very excited for more competition in the modern military shooter genre.
12. Godfall (Up to Rank 12)
(*Update* We now know much about Godfall, the first PS5 game ever revealed. We have seen gameplay, and got more details. This has only increased the excitement level around this. The PS5 seems a little light on launch exclusives so far in the AAA category, less than we have come to expect from Sony. With games like Horizon 2, God of War 2, and the true Spider-man 2 all coming later down the road, the PS5 may leave some room to shine on these new IP's.)
We know almost nothing about Godfall yet. All we know is it supposed to be the next big new IP. Godfall is described as a "Looter-Slasher" think Destiny but with melee weapons. Will it be the next Destiny or will it be the next Anthem? We have had high promises before for the looter-genre so I am holding my breath and keeping my expectations in check until we see more. One interesting thing was technically this was the first game to officially be unveiled as coming to PS5 (even sporting the PS5 logo weeks before it's official unveiling at CES 2020).
11. Outriders (New at #11)
Honestly, I originally thought Outrides was trying to be the next Destiny. You'd be forgiven if like me you see the aesthetic similarities, and the original reveal was very vague. However, now that we are closer to the release, we now know the game will very different than Destiny. It is a third person sci-fi action adventure that reminds me more of Anthem (in the good way) than Destiny. But more importantly, it is not a live service, but a full complete game at launch. This is very interesting as this game really looks like it would attempt to be the next battle pass ridden, live service MMO. This being a full complete game with a focus on story is a breath of fresh air. What really sold me was the gameplay for the trickster in this trailer above.
10. Overwatch 2 (-7 in rank from Number 3)
(Updated: Overwatch 2 is becoming the Avatar 2 of games. I am not convinced it will ever actually come, and when it does, will we still care? It dropped several tiers because I haven't played Overwatch in quite some time because it seems to be in content limbo. Nothing new happens, and it is getting old. I have put enough hours of my life into it that I am happy to wait for OW2 to come, but will it be too little too late? This was an expansion that really needed to come out in early 2020 to keep it relevant. Blizzard has had multiple controversies in 2020 from Blitchung to the BLM Protest backlash, that they desperately could have used some positive press with this pseudo-sequel. Since we have heard almost nothing about it, I predict this being pushed to a 2021 title and by then the hype may have dropped too low)
Do I even really need to explain why Overwatch 2 is on my list? I am a huge Overwatch fan. I have put more hours in Overwatch than I think I have any other game. I love the characters, the lore, and everything. It almost, almost was my Game of the Decade beat out so slightly by Mass Effect 2. I am also excited because I think I have played enough of it for a while; I am ready for something new. Overwatch 2 is the only game on this list that hasn't been in some way announced or implied as coming out in 2020, but I highly suspect it will come out. I doubt Blizzard would announce this more than a year before release, and they will want to capitalize on the new console launch with Holiday 2020 promising to bring in some real money to the gaming industry.
More than just being a massive Overwatch fan, Overwatch 2 promises to redefine our expectations of what a "sequel" means. Overwatch is an example of what good looks like in the Live Service genre. In a genre where failure seems common, the few successful stories like Overwatch and Fortnite have their own problems. How do you make sequels to massively successful live services that entire business model revolves around people slowly hoarding loot and skins over long periods of time. These games are directly measured in player bases and twitch views. A sequel usually implies a completely restarted game, different player bases, and starting over on loot. With super successful live services games it could be disastrous to split player bases. It also could discourage