2020 was a huge year for gaming. Not only did the next generation of consoles launch in November (I was lucky enough to buy a PS5), but we had a huge slew of incredible games to keep a lot of us sane during the pandemic. While I still have a couple of games from 2020 left to finish before I can make my ‘Top Ten List,’ I thought I’d look to the future and share a handful of games that I’m excited for this year. Let’s get started!
Bravely Default 2
Bravely Default, released back in 2012 on the 3DS, was a surprise hit that soon became one of my favourites on the the platform. While it did have some issues, particularly the huge repetition of its late game, it offered some fresh mechanics that helped it standout from the combat of other JRPGs. From what I’ve played of the demos, Bravely Default 2 is set to be another great experience to invest my time in. The art style and music, alongside the combat, appears as good as the original, if not better.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition
The Mass Effect series is one of my favourites of all time, with the original trilogy being particular standouts. The epic story, brilliant characters and fun gameplay, helped make those games memorable experiences that stuck with the players. People have been clamouring for a remastered trilogy for a while now, me included, So I cannot wait for this. Being able to re-experience these incredible games and all their dlc, with updated visuals, will be a real treat for the fans. This will also be a great way to get more people into the franchise that never played them the first time around.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Kena: Bridge of Spirits looks simply stunning. First impressions are always important and this blew me away with its reveal trailer. The game and its visuals remind me a lot of something Studio Ghibli would do, and that can only be a good thing. I think out of all the games I’m excited for this year, Kena stands out as being one of the most unique. This action-adventure title is looking to feature a ton of exploration, combat and emotional storytelling. I cannot wait to see more of what this impressive looking game has to offer.
Tales of Arise
I’ve played a few of the Tales games over the years. Tales of the Abyss, Vesperia and Berseria, were all great games. Tales of Arise was originally planned to release in 2020, but was delayed till this year. The new art style is gorgeous and the action-combat looks pretty fun. I’ll be interested to see what new aspects the combat can incorporate, since each game usually experiments with new features, despite the framework being pretty similar. This has been a game I’ve been looking forward to for a while now, hopefully it isn’t delayed anymore.
Horizon Forbidden West
I really enjoyed Horizon Zero Dawn. While it did suffer from repetition (fighting the same large machines got tiring) and it took a long while for me to like Aloy as a character, the game was visually stunning and the fun gameplay/varied weapons helped offset the repetitive nature of certain fights. The story and mystery was intriguing to follow, and the IP showed so much promise. It was inevitable that a sequel is being made, and Horizon Forbidden West looks to expand upon the gameplay of the original, hopefully allowing for more varied exploration, mechanics and enemy design. I can’t wait to dive into this game later this year.
God of War Ragnarok
You might not realise that before God of War (2018), I neither played, or was interested in this series at all. Despite my love for Greek Mythology, the earlier games just never resonated with me. The 2018 entry moved from Greek to Norse Mythology, whilst also changing up its tone and style. It was also one of the first games I played when I got my PS4. I simply adored it. The combat was so satisfying and visceral, while the story was incredibly gripping. While we know very little of the sequel, I’m hyped nonetheless. I really hope they expand upon the combat a bit more, potentially offering new types of weapons for Kratos that can help keep the gameplay fresh. They could potentially have some sections where you play as Atreus, who being more nimble, can play much differently and introduce new mechanics. Either way, this will be a huge game if it still releases in 2021.
It’s only been in the last few years that I got into the Halo series and for the most part, I have really enjoyed the various games. Infinite was initially supposed to be a launch title for the Series X/S and PC (also playable on Xbox One and X), but was delayed till Holiday 2021. From what has been shown so far, it looks to feature far more larger areas and open world design, alongside new mechanics like the grappling hook. While I may not be the biggest fan of Halo, they have always been fun to play, especially as a co-op game and in the multiplayer modes. I really hope they nail this entry and it delivers, as the franchise is one of the most iconic of all time in video games.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
The Lego games are just pure, simple fun and it was Lego Star Wars that started them all. While Lego Harry Potter remains my favourite, the Star Wars ones were close seconds. With Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, the original games are getting fully remade and will feature all 9 of the main films. While I’ll miss the times when these games had no dialogue, where the devs found more creative ways to tell the story and what the characters were saying, this will still be a very nostalgic experience for me and many others.
Some Wishful Thinking
Now I’d like to offer some titles that haven’t been announced or confirmed, but some that I think could happen. Firstly, I think it’s highly likely that we’ll see Switch ports of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and The Wind Waker HD games from the Wii U. These two are glaringly missing from the Wii U games already ported over to the incredibly popular, console-handheld hybrid. With it being Zelda’s 35th anniversary this year, it would perfect sense for them to bring these over, potentially in a double pack. It wouldn’t take much effort to simply port these over and would make easy money for Nintendo as well. Twilight Princess and Wind Waker are two of my favourites in the series, and after the big disappointment of Breath of the Wild, having these classics on the system to re-experience would be incredible.
Another big anniversary is Pokemon’s 25th. Similarly, Pokemon Sword & Shield were disappointments in the series for me personally, appearing rushed, smaller in scale, reusing animations from the 3DS games and just lacking content. A remake of one of the older and better games, namely Diamond and Pearl, is highly likely. Considering we have had remakes of the first three generations, it leads on logically to suggest that a generation IV remake is next. These entries, including Platinum, are some of my favourites in the series and I’ve mentioned this in my Ranked List. I really hope that this is the case.
Thank you so much for reading and let me know what some of your most anticipated games are in the comments below. I hope you’re all keeping well and stay safe.