2020 has certainly been an interesting year for gaming. Not only has it seen significant change due to the impact of Coronavirus, but later this year will also mark the beginning of the next generation of consoles.
The launch of the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X are bound to debut some heavy hitters, but there are plenty of notable titles launching beforehand.
In this two-part series, we’ll be highlighting some of the biggest games yet to come this year. Check out the first five on our list.
The Last of Us Part II – June 19
The first game on the list could definitely stake a claim as the biggest title of all, and it’s releasing very soon. As a follow up to what is considered to be one of the greatest games of all time, The Last of Us Part II has some high expectations to meet.
Naughty Dog have introduced a string of new features to the game, including the ability to use a grappling hook, using enemies as a human shield, and so much more. For a full breakdown, I highly recommend you check out the State of Play video below.
Paper Mario: The Origami King – July 17
Much like TLOU 2, Paper Mario: The Origami King is releasing very soon. It feels like we’ve only just heard about the game recently, having been announced just a few weeks ago, but from what we’ve seen there’s plenty for fans of the series to get excited about.
Introducing a new threat, new abilities and the return of partners, Paper Mario: The Origami King looks to return the series to its former glory. If you’re interested in reading more, check out our recent preview on the game.
Marvel’s Avengers – September 4
Marvel’s Avengers has had an interesting development cycle. Initially receiving criticism for its character designs and a lukewarm reception to the early gameplay showings, it looks like fans are starting to get excited once again.
It’s a clear sign of the effort Crystal Dynamics are putting into the game, and after going quiet for the last few months they’re set to show off the game in an upcoming stream later next month. With online and single-player modes, customisation options and a large open world, the game certainly doesn’t look short on content. I’m eager to see a deeper dive into the game and hope next month’s stream provides exactly that.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+ 2 – September 4
Another recent announcement, these remakes are bound to bring excitement and a sense of nostalgia to long-time fans of the series, especially after the disaster that was Pro Skater 5.
Essentially being built from the ground up, Vicarious Visions have set out to make these remakes as close to the originals as possible, while also expanding on it in a few ways too. Some new additions include online multiplayer and character-based challenges for players to compete. Vicarious Visions did a stunning job with Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy, so I’ve got full confidence in them with this too.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – Holiday 2020
In the last few years, the Assassin’s Creed franchise has completely reinvented itself. Initially struggling in the early stages of the last console generation, the series took a break and returned with two amazing entries that saw a redefined combat experience, and introduced some fun RPG mechanics.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla looks to continue this success. Focusing on a long-rumoured and long-requested period, the game follows an alternative history to the Viking Invasion of Britain with players taking control of Eivor. Once again you’ll be able to pick the gender of the character, and you’ll be able to customise them too. You’ll also be able to dual wield weapons, and settlements return to the series, which players will develop as they continue to play the game.