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Most Anticipated Game of 2020

Most Anticipated Game of 2020 - Article

by Lee Mehr , posted on 05 January 2020 / 3,446 Views

When looking at 2020, we’re not only thinking in regard to a new year but also a new decade.  The 2010s are now in the rearview, along with the accompanying consoles that’ll subsequently join it (something that will take longer in respect to the Switch).  Who knows?  Perhaps gaming will have the equivalent of The Roaring 20s in a different context - new tech and broader markets could spurn an even more creative industry, regardless of team size.  And while none of the five nominees listed here are slated as 9th gen-only releases, each of these entries could act as a window into the design philosophies developers may pursue in the coming years. 

The Shortlist:

Resident Evil 3

Cyberpunk 2077

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Final Fantasy VII Remake

The Last of Us Part II


The Winner:

Cyberpunk 2077

I’ll be frank with you: this disappointing generation has had a habit of reining in my pre-release hype for a plethora of decked-out AAA games.  Cyberpunk 2077 is an exception.  Since that first official trailer dropped during Microsoft’s 2018 press conference, the excitement has not let up for me, VGC’s staff, the community, and millions of others.  Whether it’s of delay news, Keanu Reeves' involvement, near-hour-long gameplay presentations, or whatever else, the anticipation continues to build to its slated April release.

The cyberpunk genre has seen a rebirth in film and games since the incipient years of the 2010s and looks poised to continue.  Although Square Enix has shelved the titular Deus Ex series for the time being, we’re interested to see how Cyberpunk 2077 compares with respect to storytelling, role-playing, visual design, music, and so on.  Here’s to another year—and decade—of incredible titles from CD Projekt Red.

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shikamaru317 (on 05 January 2020)

Really glad to see Cyberpunk win this category, it is definitely my most anticipated game of 2020. Shame that Halo Infinite didn't at least get nominated though, VGC badly needs a larger Xbox fanbase.

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Random_Matt (on 05 January 2020)

Disappointing generation? Perhaps find a new hobby.

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coolbeans Random_Matt (on 05 January 2020)


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Machina Random_Matt (on 05 January 2020)

I agree you him, this generation has been very lacklustre.

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shikamaru317 Random_Matt (on 05 January 2020)

This gen has been disappointing overall though, I agree with him. Microsoft shot themselves in the foot at the beginning of the gen and were barely in competition, so they weren't really pushing Sony to try harder. MS also had underwhelming 1st/2nd party output for much of the gen. Both Sony and MS built underpowered consoles that handicapped game development all gen. Nintendo released the terrible Wii U at the beginning of the gen (though they did manage to redeem themselves by releasing the Switch mid-gen). Some of the best games of last gen either got disappointing sequels or didn't get sequels at all. Rockstar's output fell into the toilet, we only got 1 game from them in a 7 year generation in spite of them having over 2000 developers (sadly this is one that looks like it won't be fixed next gen either, if the most recent rumors are true we won't see GTA 6 until 2023 and it will be the only brand new R* game next-gen). The gen wasn't all bad, of course, but overall it was disappointing.

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Random_Matt Random_Matt (on 05 January 2020)

No such thing, some just better than others. If you have played several games then it is not disappointing.

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DialgaMarine Random_Matt (on 05 January 2020)

Not to be that guy, but the author may have only been playing on XB1 this gen

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coolbeans Random_Matt (on 05 January 2020)


Okay? What's one feeling someone may potentially have if they find the previous console gen better than this one? Disappointment. Seriously, I meant what I said and whatever arbitrary reason you conjure up to dispute that ("playing several games?") isn't really going to dissuade me.


Negative. Although these thoughts do come from a xbox-centric perspective, I own all of the early 8th-gen consoles (XOne, PS4, and WiiU), play on PC, and have played a few Switch titles (though don't own one yet). I will admit I've just recently crossed the VR threshold and I will admit that is one bright spot that I'm anxious to continue exploring.

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Ka-pi96 (on 05 January 2020)

A little disappointed that Dying Light 2 never even made the list, can't argue with the winner though. Cyberpunk looks fantastic so far!

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Azzanation (on 06 January 2020)

For me, it's Halo Infinite.

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CaptainExplosion (on 05 January 2020)

I hope the Resident Evil 3 remake makes Nemesis even more terrifying. ^^

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Keiji (on 05 January 2020)

Final Fantasy VII Remake should have won.

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Vertigo-X Keiji (on 05 January 2020)

Not really. I'm looking forward to it, but they're not doing anything so ground-breaking to win over Cyberpunk.

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khotboat (on 05 January 2020)

Animal crossing? Really. Would rather have seen ghost of tsushima, halo infinite or dying light 2 on the list

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Dulfite khotboat (on 05 January 2020)

That's what people voted for. Personally, I'm pumped for Animal Crossing. Been waiting for a new AC game for over 7 years. There are plenty of games like Ghost out there and we get Halo more often than AC and there are tons of games that fill the dying light genre. AC is a rare breed indeed and there isn't really any game like it out there.

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