Every year I like to sit down and predict what my Top 10 is going to be at the end of the year. Looking at last year, I got one game right. Gears 5 did make my top 10 list.
A quick note on this list, Cyberpunk is not on my list because I didn’t like the Witcher 3 (or any of the Witcher games) and I’m not an immersive sim guy. I have a feeling Cyberpunk is going to be more in the vein of Bioshock, Deus Ex, Dishonored and those are not my types of games. So I don’t think Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be for me.
But it’s time to cut the crap and get into the list.
10. Resident Evil 3 Remake
I don’t know why but I have a feeling this game is going to click with me. I just played Resident Evil 2 and really enjoyed it and now I’m excited for Resident Evil 3. I think I might be becoming a Resident Evil fan.
9. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
I have never messed around with an Animal Crossing game and New Horizons seems like the perfect jumping-on point. I think I will end up liking this game because last year I really changed the way I play games. I no longer sit down and try to beat a game as quickly as I can. I now take my time, sit down and play an hour per day (I like to juggle multiple games at once). This seems like the right way to play Animal Crossing and I’m hoping this game hooks me.
8. Ghost of Tsushima
I am a Sony fanboy and I like games that Suckerpunch makes. It’s exciting to see this Studio trying something new and something a little more grounded which is a first for them. I’m a little worried about the combat and whether the game will be a little slower and more deliberate but I’m hopeful that I will like it.
7. Yakuza 7
This is my one bold prediction of 2020, Yakuza 7 will release in North America in 2020. I love the Yakuza franchise and I love what this studio does but I am starting to get burnt out on the Yakuza gameplay and specifically the combat. The exciting aspect of this game is, we’re getting something new with 7. New turn-based combat, a new protagonist and a new city.
6. Assassins Creed: Ragnarok
I’m a big fan of the direction that Assassin’s Creed has been going on. I liked Origins and really enjoyed Odyssey. This time, Assassin’s Creed will be during the time of the Vikings. An Assassins Creed game with Norse Mythology? Sign me up.
5. Gears Tactics
Gears of War is one of my favorite franchises in video games. There is something about that world and the gameplay that clicks with me. Gears Tactics is Gears of War meets Xcom another franchise that I’m a big fan of. It’s also nice because it’s been a couple of years since I played an Xcom game (or an Xcom clone), I’m ready for more Xcom.
4. Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2
In 2017, Hellblade was one of my top 3 games of the year. The story and the character clicked with me in a way that’s hard to describe. It just worked and I’m excited to see what next in this franchise because I walked away from the first Hellblade thinking it was a satisfying conclusion and I didn’t need more of it but I’m happy I am getting more of it.
3. The Last of Us Part II
Speaking of not really needing more of something, The Last of Us. I’m not one to be upset about sequels but this game seems a bit unnecessary but you could say the same thing about Uncharted 4 and Naughty Dog knocked that game out of the park. I have very little doubts that this will be one of the best-told stories of the year.
2. Ori and the Will of the Wisps
I’m a big fan of Metroidvanias and I think Ori and the Blind Forest might be my favorite of them all. The gameplay is so tight, the world is so beautiful and the soundtrack perfectly matches the art style. If the sequel plays as well as the original this is a lock for my top 10.
1. Doom Eternal
Doom, I love shooter and I love shooter campaigns. After Rage 2 disappointed me, Doom was supposed to be my Game of the Year in 2019 but then it was delayed. But that’s okay because now Doom can be my 2020 Game of the Year. It looks like they’re taking the 2016 Doom formula and ratcheting it up 11. This game is going to be bonkers.