2020 is gearing up to give gamers everything they would ever want – revivals of treasured classics, continued stories of their current favorites, and Keanu Reeves (because who wouldn’t love that dude? He’s awesome). With this comfort of familiarity comes an exhilarating rush of innovation. Microsoft and Sony are reinventing the consoles we know and love, while Google is working on something completely different with the announcement of the Google Stadia. There’s more acclaimed titles, anticipated sequels, and bonafide masterpieces rumored to come out. However, they’re absent from this list because while we assume they’ll be out next year, there’s no confirmed date for their respective releases. Here’s what you can be guaranteed to look forward to in 2020:
Old Favorites, Revisited
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
March 2 / Nintendo SwitchFinally, an Animal Crossing game is coming to Switch! This new tropical paradise is craft-focused, using the usual means of collection (gather wood, flowers, rocks, etc) to create tools and furniture.Instructions can be found in your Nook phone, a new feature in the game. You can use the phone to call other islanders for help and track your steps with the Nook Miles program, giving the game more progression than ever before.Keeping players waiting since 2017 with their iPhone release, this new and equally cute release is welcomed warmly back to console gaming.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake
March 3 / PS4The first week of March will be a big one for nostalgia. Recreations of this 1997 RPG were first announced nearly 5 years ago at E3 2015. It will be released in instalments, the first taking place entirely in the capital city of Midgar. The game will differ quite a bit from the original, which was the franchise’s highest-grossing release with 11 million units sold. Story points are influenced by player decisions. The turn-based combat system has been changed to include real-time elements. Expectations for this remake are through the roof, and with critic rating scores nearing a perfect 10, the remake has much to live up to.
Winter / Xbox ScarlettIt’s been a long time coming for this reboot, with the last game having been released in 2015. What makes this release all the more exciting is it will be one of the latest Xbox Scarlett’s launch titles. Focusing on the Master Chief’s storyline, it will continue his saga from Halo 5.343 Industries’ head, Bonnie Ross, referred boldly to the game as a “spiritual reboot” in an interview with IGN, indicating the game could be reminiscent of its earlier instalments. “There has been a lot of introspective time to really reflect on what [we have] done as 343,” said Ross. “Where have we made mistakes? Where have we hit it right? What does Halo mean to all of us?”These are some big questions that will soon be answered in this much-anticipated release.
The Last of Us 2
February 21 / PS4One of the greater cinematic achievements in gaming is back for round 2. Sure the ending of the first game was pretty conclusive, but with so many critics regarding ‘The Last Of Us’ as a masterpiece, the reboot is no surprise – and we certainly aren’t mad about it.This time around, the gameplay is more ambitious than ever. Developers have made the story, environment, and infected enemies more responsive to further realize an already stunning world. For example, some infected are now able to emmit noxious clouds of acid that the player may have the option to burn and use to their advantage. All of the improvements mean that the game will now be delivered on two discs and that players will have more options for survival than ever before.While we wished this came out in 2019 as previously rumored, the emotional intensity and dramatic storyline this game promises seems to be worth the wait.
Brand Spankin’ New Stuff
Gods and Monsters
February 25 / PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PCFrom those responsible for ‘Assasin’s Creed Odyssey,’ this storybook adventure is reminiscent of Zelda in its style and differs from both completely in its storyline.Full of epic quests and battles, you’ll roam free in a lovely fantasy landscape where mythological gods aren’t your only foes. Ultimately you’ll have to fight Typhon, a grisly monster with hundreds of dragon heads from Greek mythology. While ‘Assasin’s Creed’ started strong, critics called the latest installment stale. Seeing the crew inject that creativity into a completely different world will be wonderful.
April 16 / Xbox One, PS4, PCPeople have been talking about this game ever since Keanu Reeves himself delivered the release date at this year’s E3 conference. Lo and behold he’s actually the star of the anticipated game from CD Projekt RED.The first-person shooter RPG has a few different modes. The “hardcore mode” allows players to challenge themselves by removing the UI from the screen or unlock the New Game Plus when your first go-around is done for some bonus aspects.The game is fast-past and angsty, tonally spoken in new song from the fictional band of Reeve’s character Johnny Silverhand. “Excellent,” as Ted Logan would say.
With Halloween looming not too far off, we’ve been thinking about the scariest video games we’ve ever played. Horror video games is one genre that has become frighteningly good as graphics have evolved so you can imagine that we have some great options not only on this list but in our store as well. Here are 5 of the best and scariest horror video games on the market.
We couldn’t decide whether to start off with a bang or end with the best so here we are reserving the coveted spot #1 for what is definitely the scariest game on this list and probably in the industry. If you played the original Outlast, you might have been a little bothered by the fact that your character’s only capabilities in the game were to run and hide from your attackers. Outlast 2 is so scary it’ll have you cowering in a corner after playing it because of the constant feelings of vulnerability and helplessness; there’s no action, there’s no humor, and there’s no respite which some gamers, probably those reading this article, will love while others will deem it unplayable and will avoid it at all costs. At the onset of the game, Journalist Blake Langermann and his wife, Lynn, go off to a remote part of Arizona trailing a story of a pregnant woman’s body that was found on the side of the road with an unknown cause of death. What starts as an investigation turns into a fight for survival as they attract the attention of a vicious backwoods group and a sex-crazed cult. Just like with its predecessor, Outlast 2 doesn’t allow you to defend yourself so your hiding and running skills have to be top-notch in order to keep Blake from suffering a brutal death. With a gripping storyline, a mixture of survival horror and psychological horror, and navigating through a horrifying scene with even more horrifying people, let’s just say Outlast 2 is not for squeamish gamers.
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil is one of the most popular series of survival horror games with some of the scariest moments you’ll come across in gaming. Resident Evil 2 begins just as its ancestor did: Leon Kennedy, a Rookie cop, and Claire Redfield, a college student, meet in Raccoon City as the unlikely pair are united by a chance encounter but then quickly separated by a terrible accident. Following these events is a fight for survival as both Claire and Leon do everything they can to escape the city alive. The game’s main setting is a police station which you might think would be a place of refuge for the duo, stockpiled with weapons and survival gear, making it the perfect place to be trapped during a zombie apocalypse. But, as this is a horror video game, things could not be that easy: the whole police force is either dead or zombified, there are no weapons or supplies, and the police station is covered in blood and filled with corpses, corpses that could be either dead or reanimated. The great thing about Resident Evil 2 is that it can be played multiple times because the creator of the game, Capcom, created distinct scenarios for Claire and Leon with different monsters, battles, and storylines. You’ll have to fight your way through a seemingly endless sea of zombies who want nothing more than to kill you and disturbingly mutated creatures in search of Claire’s brother and a way out of the city.
Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem
Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem is a psychological thriller that spent years in the development phase to bring gamers an experience where they travel through time and challenges through a dozen different characters. If you’re looking for a game that you can jump into and out of, this is not that game as it is a long journey filled with unexpected surprises and scares, and quite the sense of accomplishment when you’ve completed it all. The storyline follows Alexandra Roivas who finds out that her grandfather’s body was found in a dark mansion, bloodied, torn apart, and headless. When she finds out that the police have no clues into the murderer, she takes matters into her own hands.But there’s something you should know: the quests spans a period of 20 centuries and you’ll take on the role of 12 different players through the ages, from a Roman Centurion to a priest. Sounds fine, right? No fear there…Mmm, not so fast. This game plays on your sanity with hallucinations playing a major role throughout the game but if your sanity bar drops too low, very strange things will happen. So, we’ll leave that there and say it’s definitely a must-play.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a survival horror that will have you questioning your own sanity as you guide the protagonist, Daniel, through Brennenburg Castle in 19th century Prussia. As you might have guessed from the title, Daniel has a case of amnesia and the only clues you get as to how he made it to this castle in this condition is a letter that he wrote himself. This letter makes a few things clear: Daniel’s amnesia is self-inflicted, he is being followed by a shadow, and he must find Alexander of the castle and murder him. And so you must explore the dark halls of the castle without a shred of memory as to what you’re doing here, how you’re involved with him, why you’re there to murder him, and what exactly is following you around. The tricky part – as if all of this isn’t tricky enough – is that there is no way to fight the enemies in the game; just like in Outlast, your only gameplay mechanisms are to run and hide. It might sound like just a maniacal game of hide and seek but trust us when we say you’ll want to complete the game to recover both Daniel and your peace of mind.
Layers of Fear
Layers of Fear is a bit different from the others on this list because it’s a psychological horror that messes with your head in ways more vexing than any undead humans can. With unsettling imagery and elements that constantly have you questioning your sanity and your senses, this game is really quite artfully done. This eerie tale, set in the 1920s, is one of a struggling artist (but not in the way you might think) who’s clearly on the verge of a psychotic break after the loss of his wife. He begins working on his magnum opus but his work turns increasingly dark and demented along his cycle of mental deterioration. Ok, we’re not going to ruin the surprises from the game, just trust us when we say you’re in for a real scare.
Silent Hill 2
While Silent Hill doesn’t reinvent the wheel or transform the horror video game genre, it tells a dang good story and keeps you on your own till the game ends. Players interact as James Sunderland, a man who was once happily married but whose wife died three years ago from a terrible disease. James has not been able to pull it together ever since. Then he receives a letter signed by his dead wife Mary pleading for him to meet her in the town of Silent Hill. As you can imagine, James drives straight there defying all logic that tells him to do otherwise. You’re guaranteed a good scare with the whole Silent Hill series but Silent Hill 2 stands out to us because of the psychological distress it inflicts on the players with grotesque imagery of the monsters that inhabit the town in addition to his own personal demons. It’s full of surrealistic horror that’s just unnerving enough to reflect your subconscious fears and keep this game a classic.