It’s already been a tough year inside and outside the gaming world, so we’ve been looking towards some of this year’s upcoming releases to get excited about instead. Thanks to the year of delays we have a bit longer to wait for some of them now, but that hasn’t made us any less excited about them. Now, without any further ado, here are the 7 PS4 games we’re most excited for in 2020!
When the first Nioh came out, a lot of people saw the tough bosses and unforgiving combat and assumed we had yet another Souls-like on our hands. However, speak to anyone who played enough of it and they’ll likely tell you how deep the combat it, utilising different stances and abilities to overcome your foes.
Nioh 2 looks to be more of the challenging game fans fell in love with in the original Nioh but already has suggestions of a far deeper experience. In this prequel set in Sengoku-era Japan, you will play as a half-human, half-supernatural Yōkai warrior. Team Ninja are reportedly revamping the combat system to create a new challenge, yet remain familiar to those who played the last game. As part of this, you will be able to transform into a full Yōkai and unleash your full spectral abilities when you face off against the game’s many terrifying Oni.
There isn’t too long to wait for this one either, arriving on PlayStation 4 on 13th March 2020.
Resident Evil 3 Remake
Capcom have already firmly stated their intent to remake and release a reasonable section of their back-catalogue. If these end up anything like last year’s Resident Evil 2 Remake, then we’re all in for a terrifying treat. The Resi 2 Remake showed us just what Capcom is capable of when it comes to rejuvenating it’s classics, and there is no reason to think they won’t do just as fantastic a job with the Nemesis.
One of the best aspects of these remakes is that, for a lot of people, this may be their first time playing that instalment in the series. Introducing a whole new generation to this tricky survival-horror juggernaut. Resident Evil 3 features the return of the original Resi’s Jill Valentine, as well an enemy so powerful and horrifying that it makes Mr. X look like he was just after a hug. There’s not too much more to say on this one, other than… STAAAARS.
Resident Evil 3 Remake creeps its way onto consoles on 3rd April 2020.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
It seems like there was never actually a time when we weren’t waiting for the Final Fantasy VII Remake to drop, or at least we can’t remember a time before it. Apparently it was first announced during E3 2015, but it definitely seems like longer to us.
The remake is already looking like a beautiful and painstaking recreation of the 1997 classic. It’s set to feature action-based combat more akin to Final Fantasy XV than the game it’s actually based on. Apart from drawing the chagrin a few purists, this decision seems to be a largely popular one, and from what we’ve seen, the combat looks mightily impressive. The purists needn’t be worried though, as Square Enix has already confirmed that the combat can be switched to “Classic Mode” for those wanting an experience closer to the original.
The only slightly scary thing, is that this is the first instalment, only covering a portion of the original game. If the process so far is any indication of their planned release schedule, we wouldn’t expect the next part anytime soon – so make the most of this part. That being said, it does look to be a huge game, regardless of how much of the original storyline it covers. Oh, and did we mention that it looks absolutely stunning?
Final Fantasy VII Remake FINALLY lands on 10th April 2020.
The Last of Us: Part II
Here we have yet another game that we’ve been waiting what seems like an eternity for. Now a few years on from its initial announcement (and having passed the original release date) there are now less than 100 days until we can play the follow up to the defining game of the PS3 generation.
It never seemed like a given that Naughty Dog would make a second part to their 2013 post-apocalyptic masterpiece. Now though, three (probably quite long) months from its release, we’re very glad they decided it was a choice worth making. Still following the trials and tribulations of Ellie and Joel, The Last of Us: Part II will pick up 5 years from when we last saw the pair. From what we’ve seen though, it’s not going to be any happier than the 2013 original. It looks like despite a new – and rather evil-looking – threat, the line of morality is going to be murkier than ever.
Enemies now call out the names of their fallen comrades, adding an extra level of humanity to the person you just set on fire, or shot through the neck. Not to mention Ellie will now be pitted against dogs, which we suspect will make for some very distressing combat choices. Speaking of which, combat looks more fluid than ever, picking up some elements from Uncharted 4 and Uncharted: Lost Legacy. As well as adding both a jump and crawl ability for Ellie, making her far more mobile than Joel ever was.
Other than Ellie’s desire for hate-fuelled vengeance, we don’t actually know a great deal about the story of TLoU: Part II. All that means, though, is that we’ll have plenty to discover for ourselves when the story continues on 29th May 2020.
Ghost of Tsushima
We’re not sure how much needs saying about this one, but here goes. The developers of the immensely fun Infamous series are creating an open-world samurai game. Oh, and it looks gorgeous.
It has already fast become one of the most visually stunning games due to come out this year. Leaves fall from trees so convincingly it almost climbs out of the uncanny valley, and we can honestly say it probably has the best looking sunsets we’ve seen in a game. From the brief snippets we’ve seen of the game it appears to be an ambitious and stylish one, focusing on the kind of stealth and tactical sword-play that will make you feel like a bona fide samurai.
The aforementioned sword-play looks closer to For Honor than that of Sekiro (which it will likely draw most comparisons from). The one “boss fight” we’ve seen so far featured stances, guarding, parries, swiping and so many back and forth moments that we’re sure any one-on-one has the potential to completely shred your nerves.
Ghost of Tsushima will release on PS4 sometime this summer.
Another title struck by the year of delays, Marvel’s Avengers is one of the more interesting propositions on this list, though not entirely for good reasons. It’s hard not to feel a little bit sorry for the team behind Avengers, due to the relatively lukewarm reaction to its first showing. It’s also worth remembering that its now delayed release date is still going to be less than 2 weeks before Cyberpunk‘s also revised release date.
Despite a rocky start to its coverage, Avengers is looking like a far more enticing proposition these days. Potentially filling a space in the market as a Marvel flavoured game-as-service. Instead of picking your style of Destiny guardian, you will instead pick your favourite member of the Avengers to play as.
Those that have played the game, outside of the initial tutorial level Square Enix was showing off initially, have reported that the game does actually have some serious depth. An important thing to remember is that if this is Destiny for the Marvel universe, there will be content for months, or even years, to come after the initial release.
We were actually relieved to hear about this delay, as it suggests a genuine and earnest attempt to make sure the game is crammed full of content when it releases. Regardless of whether they look like the MCU variants of the characters, we can’t wait to suit up as each unique Avenger.
Marvel’s Avengers (superhero) lands on 4th September 2020.
Talk about leaving the best until last. Although that’s not how this list is organised, you would have a hard time arguing that Cyberpunk 2077 doesn’t look like something incredibly special.
Coming straight off the back of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt Red has earned some serious good will with fans. Then add Keanu Reeves into the mix and you have a game that could excite even the most cynical gamer, and that’s before you even shown off any gameplay.
What we’ve seen of the sprawling, grungy, futuristic, metropolis of Night City so far is enough to make any RPG fan swoon. We’ve seen an intricate and beautifully crafted world, with CDPR’s signature style infused throughout. Even the little we’ve seen in regards to missions, and your choices for completing them, is making the wait until September even more unbearable. It’s choice that seems to be the key theme throughout the presentations CDPR have given. Whether that is through dialogue options, character customisation and builds, or the gameplay you opt for. Cyberpunk gives you the option of shooting your way out of any situation, becoming an expert hacker – or netrunner – to dispose of enemies, or even finishing the game without killing anyone.
One thing we would like to see more of is the fantastic writing that was so prevalent throughout The Witcher 3. With that in mind though, there is no doubt in our minds that what we have seen only scratches the surface of what this enormous game will have to offer.
You can jack into Cyberpunk 2077 on 17th September 2020.
Anything we’ve missed?
There you have it, a quick look into a few of the games we’re most excited to play on our PS4 this year. This is just our humble opinion though, definitely get in touch if there are any upcoming PS4 games we missed that you can’t wait for.
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