My most hyped games of 2020

My most hyped games of 2020

Philipp Rüegg
Philipp Rüegg
Zurich, on 13.01.2020
Translation: Patrik Stainbrook
Twelve months packed with new games and two brand new consoles. 2020 looks to be a very promising time. Here's my list of games I'm most excited for.

When checking out which games are set to come out in 2020, I always wonder: who's supposed to play all of this? Hopefully you and I, because the following games are must-play. When selecting my highlights I limited myself to titles that have a realistic release date. And of course, they have to be games I'm just burning to play.

«Half-Life: Alyx»

Although I'm not the biggest VR fan, I won't miss a new Half-Life. A universe with eerie Combine, City 17 and of course the bright Alyx as a new playable main character are incentive enough for me to sweat under my VR glasses.

Release: March for PC

«Cyberpunk 2077»

What more is there to say? «The Witcher 3» is one of my absolute favourite games and «Cyberpunk 2077» seems to push the open world game principle even further. The dystopian future setting and the many paths that are open to you in the densely populated Night City promise to be a very special treat.

Release: available on the 16. of April on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

«Empire of Sin»

The legendary «Doom» developer John Romero is working with his wife Brenda on an extremely promising gangster simulator. Set during prohibition, you have to build an empire by smuggling alcohol, extorting or running brothels. The game is based on a mixture of business simulation, role-playing and turn-based combat. Time to get the still going.

Release: available in Spring on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

«Microsoft Flight Simulator»

You don't have to be a fan of aircraft to be impressed by the technology in «Microsoft Flight Simulator». Using maps from Bing, the entire world is realistically represented in 3D. Not every location is equally detailed, but what has been shown so far looks breathtaking. At the touch of a button you can teleport to any place on the globe and make your rounds there.

Release: sometime this year for PC

«Ooblets»

Attention all «Stardew Valley» fans: «Ooblets» is a cute farming game in which you grow colourful plants and fight pests while dancing. In addition, there's a splash of «The Sims» combined with the minimalistic graphic style of «Untitled Goose Game». I'm sold.

Release: sometime this year for PC

«Watch Dogs Legion»

Ubisoft has postponed the open world hacking game until the second half of 2020, but that can only be good for the game. Polish is important. Part two already perfectly combined humour, style and hacking. The threequel apparently adds loads to the mix and lets you control every inhabitant of a London ravaged by Brexit. I'm happy playing an old grandmother beating up passers-by who won't help me across the street with a cane.

Release: second half of the year for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

«System Shock»

In «System Shock», you explore an eerie space station. Your hacking skills will help you crack locks, manipulate robots or craft weapons. In the reboot of this 1994 sci-fi horror classic, you once again face the crazy AI Shodan. Numerous veteran developers of games such as «Fallout: New Vegas», «Mass Effect» or «Bioshock» are involved in the project. I'm cautiously optimistic.

Release: sometime this year for PC, PS4 and Xbox One

«Wasteland 3»

At last year's Gamescom, I was able to play a half-hour demo. What a blast. The predecessor had already completely convinced me, despite its dusty graphics. It's become much prettier thanks to a budget upgrade provided by the Microsoft takeover. You now have a lot more tactical options for surviving the brutal post-apocalyptic world. First and foremost, the new vehicle with which you can also knock over a opponents.

Release: 19 of May for PC, Xbox One and PS4

«The Last of Us Part 2»

Although «The Last of Us Part 1» definitely belongs to those games that wouldn't have needed a sequel, I'm happy to slip into the role of Ellie again. The story again promises to be wonderfully dark and what I saw of the enemy AI is also impressive. If they're really that clever, it'll be a nerve-racking trip through post-apocalyptic America.

Release: 29. of May for PS4

«Ghost of Tsushima»

I have to admit that the trailers so far have only really knocked my socks off visually. As a big «Infamous» fan, I trust developer Sucker Punch to conjure up something ingenious from the Samurai setting.

Release: this Summer for PS4

«Disintegration»

Just recently, I heard about this game for the first time, and it looks very promising. «Disintegration» is being developed by V1 Interactive, a studio co-founded by «Halo» co-creator Marcus Lehto. The game combines first-person action with real-time strategy. You maneuver a Mech with all kinds of futuristic weapons. At the same time, you command your own troop of soldiers. If you still know «Hawken», you'll experience déjà vu.

Release: mid-year for PC, PS4 and Xbox One

«12 Minutes»

«12 Minutes» is definitely longer than 12 minutes. The game has been in development for quite some time, and is finally scheduled for release in 2020. There's something claustrophobic about the concept. The game takes place in different rooms that you look at from a bird's eye view, kind of like a spy. The developers describe this interactive thriller as a mixture of «The Shining», «Memento» and «Rear Window».

Release: 2020 for PC and Xbox One

«Ghostrunner»

«Ghostrunner» focuses on a similar dirty cyberpunk world as «Blade Runner» or even «Cyberpunk 2077». The game principle, however, puts the focus more on fast-paced action. You sprint along walls, swing over abysses and split enemies in two out of the air with your sword. «Ghostrunner» promises to be a bloody action spectacle.

Release: available in 2020 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

«Griflands»

«Griflands» is a role-playing game in which you fight battles, but also verbal disputes with cards. If you want to persuade someone, the persuasion takes place in the form of a card duel. The iconic graphic style of Studio Klei Entertainment combined with the tactical possibilities that come with the many cards are killer.

Release: sometime in 2020 for PC

«Humankind»

«Civilization» is getting competition. «Humankind» is a new addition to the genre of turn-based strategy games to be released this year. Visually, the two titles look very similar. The main difference concerns the development of your civilizations. Beginning in the Bronze Age, you choose a new culture when you enter a new era. This results in extremely interesting combinations. Because unlike in «Civilization», in «Humankind» the Romans can easily develop into Vikings.

Release: sometime in 2020 for PC

«Spiritfarer»

You are the ferryman of the dead. You expand your ship using your imagination so that everyone has space. Imagine, for example, a wooden cruise ship with a tree garden and bell tower. In «Spiritfarer», there's a lot to discover and many lovingly drawn figures to get to know. It promises to be an eerily beautiful adventure.

Release: sometime in 2020 for PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch

«Dead Static Drive»

The world is heading towards doom and giant worms are shooting out of the ground. In this post-apocalyptic scenario, you'll have to try and survive. Collect resources, find new companions and race your muscle car through the super-stylish low-poly world.

Release: sometime in 2020 for PC

«Maneater»

Every time I watch a trailer for the game, I fall in love. What is wrong with the quote «It's like GTA, but you play a shark»? That's how one of the developers described «Maneater». As an insatiable shark, you develop from a small sardine-eater to a destroyer of boats, including a titanium bite or new bone armour. I'm hyped.

Release: available on 22. of May for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

I could make the list a lot longer, but then I'd never get off work. «Settlers of Catan»? Yeah, baby. «Resident Evil 3»? That's a must-try. «Warcraft 3 Reforged»? Absolutely. «Doom Eternal»? Hell yeah! But I have to draw the line somewhere.

What games are you looking forward to the most?

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Philipp Rüegg
Philipp Rüegg
Senior Editor, Zurich
Being the game and gadget geek that I am, working at digitec and Galaxus makes me feel like a kid in a candy shop – but it does take its toll on my wallet. I enjoy tinkering with my PC in Tim Taylor fashion and talking about games on my podcast . To satisfy my need for speed, I get on my full suspension mountain bike and set out to find some nice trails. My thirst for culture is quenched by deep conversations over a couple of cold ones at the mostly frustrating games of FC Winterthur.

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