With a number of new installments and games announced in various video game conventions this 2019, it seems like 2020 is going to be a big year for video games. Admittedly, I still have a backlog of 2019 games that I have yet to play but here’s a quick list of titles that I’m really looking forward to this 2020.
1. Persona 5 Royal (PS4)
Essentially Persona 5 but with tons of additional content, P5R features new characters, new areas and additional plot. Generally speaking, we don’t know how different P5R will be from the original in terms of story. If anything, it will definitely be longer than the original game which already took me nearly a hundred hours to play. I, for one, am looking forward to playing with my favorite band of thieves again. Coming out with various money-grabbing editions, P5R hits the market on March 31.
2. The Last of Us II (PS4)
The long-awaited sequel to the 2013 hit game The Last of Us, TLOU II brings back Ellie and Joel along with a new cast of characters. Judging from the trailers, it seems like the game is going to be darker, grittier, and a bit more brutal than the original. Along with the Infected, it seems like Ellie will be tackling some personal demons and I personally cannot wait for it. TLOU II comes out on May 29.
3. Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4)
I’ve never played the original FFVII and with the revamped graphics and gameplay, the Remake is truly enticing. Unfortunately, it seems like the Remake is going to get the multi-game treatment like FFXIII so it will take a while for players to get the whole story. From what we know, the Remake will focus on Midgar and the gang’s adventures within the city. FFVII Remake releases on March 3.
4. Life is Strange 2 (PS4)
Okay, technically, this game has been out for a while but a physical edition of the game—which is currently only available via digital download—will be released coming February 4. Although it bears the same name, LiS 2 isn’t a direct sequel to Chloe and Max’ story. Instead, it focuses on Daniel and Sean, brothers who ran away from home. If it’s any similar to the first Life is Strange game, then this one will surely bring on the waterworks.
5. Trials of Mana (PS4/Switch)
I have never played a Mana game nor do I know what Trials of Mana is about. But I know that one, Mana is a big RPG franchise in Japan and two, the game looks really good. Trials of Mana comes out April 24.
There’s a LOT of games coming next year for all current platforms, some of them with no definite announcement dates yet. There’s the new Tales game, Watch Dogs: Legion, and Ghost of Tsushima—all of which look really intriguing. All in all, it looks like a pretty bountiful year for your console and definitely sad news for your bank accounts.