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If there’s anything constant in the gaming landscape, it’s that new games will always arrive in the market – and really, that’s what keeps players glued to their screens. Some of these games tend to be new IPs with promising concepts, and others much-awaited continuations and remakes of popular franchises. Either way, all of these games try to make a mark in the industry and more often than not pique the interest of gamers across all demographics.
And now that we’re in 2020, we’re working with the same idea – but this time, it seems game devs and game publishers seem quite prepared to give us the surprise of the decade with their upcoming titles. Here are some upcoming video games you should watch out for:
Resident Evil 3 Remake brings back the terror of Nemesis to modern consoles.
If we’re going to talk about the horror game that defined a console generation, that’s likely Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. The sequel rode the Resident Evil hype train and brought it to new lengths, this time with a single female protagonist (Jill, from the first game), an ever-present threatened (Nemesis), and taking full advantage of the graphical prowess of the PS1 at the time. Jill has to find a way to escape Raccoon City… but not if Nemesis finds her first. The classic game retained the classic Resident Evil persistent camera angle, and pressures players into conserving resources (even limited saves) despite facing hordes of zombies. The upcoming remake takes all of this, but this time with full camera controls and better graphics. Are you scared? We are.
- Resident Evil 3 Remake is, well, a remake of RE 3: Nemesis, arguably one of the best games in the RE franchise. Compared to its previous iteration, RE 3 Remake will be a third-person shooter, similar to the RE 2 Remake.
- The Remake won’t just feature the main game, though. It’ll have Resident Evil: Resistance, a four-person cooperative multiplayer mode where players have to face off a “mastermind” that can create environmental hazards such as enemies and traps in a constantly-evolving environment.
- Resident Evil 3 Remake will be released in April 2020 for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
Cyberpunk 2077 teases a revolutionary take on an old tabletop RPG.
Hardcore tabletop RPG fans will likely remember Cyberpunk, a tabletop title where players come into the role of citizens trying to survive in a society littered with cyborgs and cybernetic enhancements. The Witcher makers CD Projekt Red makes ado with the pen, paper, and dice and instead takes cyberpunk action into modern consoles. The acclaimed success of The Witcher franchise made gamers confident in the beauty of Cyberpunk 2077, and so far we’re getting what we need, too – amazing visuals, seamless CGI cutscenes and gameplay, futuristic setups, and unique game features. Top that with a premise that lets you have a rather personalized story tailored to your character building and you’re pretty much all set.
- Players take on the role of V, a protagonist with features players can completely customize. In this FPS, players can upgrade and increase statistics in a huge stat pool that will depend based on player progress and their chosen class. As a cyberpunk game, Cyberpunk 2077 features various classes such as Solo (combat), Techie (machines), and NetRunner (hacking). Perhaps what makes Cyberpunk 2077 amazing is the fact that players can also have cybernetic upgrades that increase their skills, while at the same time use futuristic weapons to their advantage.
- Fans of open-world games will love Cyberpunk 2077, especially considering its Night City, California region has six (!) huge roamable zones, each with unique locales and quests for players.
- Cyberpunk 2077 will be released this April 2020 for the PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and the Google Stadia.
The Last of Us 2 shows it’s not over yet for Ellie and Troy.
Folks and gamers have been in awe after the emotional and masterful ending of the first The Last of Us title, with Ellie and Troy surviving together as the Cordyceps Brain Infection continued to ravage the planet. In recent teasers, TLOU2 takes place years after the first game, with an older Ellie seemingly prepared to take the fight to her own hands. Fans of the first entry to the series are likely both excited and nervous to see Ellie’s transformation, as the events leading to TLOU seemed to have hardened Ellie’s resolve through the years. Will she still make it this time?
- TLOU 2 is a third-person survival horror game where Ellie has to use stealth, improvised weapons, and firearms to defend herself from Cordyceps-infected humans, hostile survivors, and other challenges along the way. TLOU 2 also expanded a lot of gameplay mechanics from the first game, such as being able to climb and jump and even crawl to avoid and evade enemies.
- The game has a skill tree with Stealth, Crafting, and Survival components. These allow Ellie to do things such as create stun and smoke bombs, have weapon and skill upgrades, and even increase her survivability with more skills.
- The Last of Us 2 will be a PlayStation 4 exclusive and set to be released this May 2020.
The Square Enix Avengers game may combine heavy action with a compelling narrative.
If there’s anything Square Enix is known for, it’s its immersive game worlds and impressive narratives in the form of the powerhouse Final Fantasy series. And with the recent release of the much-awaited Disney-Square Enix Kingdom Hearts 3, we know the publisher is capable of dishing out action-packed games as well. So when the company teased an Avengers game, fans of both Final Fantasy and Marvel were wild with excitement. And if there’s anything recent game footage reveals, the concept of a Square Enix Avengers game actually shows promise.
- The Avengers title will feature the titular Avengers, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Ms. Marvel, and Hawkeye. These heroes will fight various villains throughout the game, such as Taskmaster and the Abomination. The game is set in a fictional future where a tragedy called A-Day results in much of San Francisco being destroyed. Kamala Khan, Ms. Marvel, will be assembling the Avengers five years after A-Day.
- The Avengers game will feature both a single-player and multiplayer experience, where players can team up in squads of four to complete missions. It seems the game also has a ton of abilities and costumes, all of which can be customized and upgraded via skill trees. Square touts costumes and content have been sourced from all over the Marvel universe, which players can apparently unlock by buying DLCs. While this again makes the idea of microtransactions a bit sketchy, it’s still something interesting to see.
- The game will be released on May 2020 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Google Stadia. As one of the first Stadia games, it’s interesting to see how this title plays out in the new console.
Stay tuned for your free online games! When we talk about video games, we don’t necessarily just mean video games in popular and mainstream platforms. Free online game deserves recognition in their own right, especially now that game development and programming software have become more accessible, open-source, and affordable for aspiring developers and creators. This means the realm of free online video games will soon showcase titles with an impressive take on graphics and gameplay despite software and budget limitations. And to be honest, it’s quite exciting to see what gamers can do with new tech that’s available to them.
Video Games En Route: Things To Be Excited About
Who says gaming will stop surprising us once we’ve witnessed the turn of a new decade? If anything, more developers and publishers have been teasing remakes left and right, as well as new material gamers, should be waiting for. Hopefully, the above points have established that more games to be coming soon to entertain gamers across all demographics.
Moreover, let’s hope these games that are being teased will meet gamer expectations. After all, a lot of the games mentioned above actually ride the nostalgia of fans, and hitting marks regarding the nature of microtransactions, and marketing services.
John Salazar is a certified techie-at-heart, but he shares a love for all things science and technology, health and wellness, and even a bit of music on the side. As a creative writer, John makes sure to write both informative and entertaining pieces. He loves writing, and he plays the guitar when he has free time.