2020 is shaping up to be quite the year in terms of PC games. Are you as excited as we are? Here’s a closer look at six of the best that are due to drop in H1 of this year.
If you’re the sort of PC gamer who dotes on dispatching demons with a katana, Nioh 2 is right up your alley.
Nioh 2, a prequel to the celebrated Nioh, will continue to be set in the 1500s in Japan. It will build on the original game, but that being said, Team Ninja is up to take things forward. All indications point to more weapons available, more skills to be obtained, and more yokai – supernatural monsters and characters as well.
But one key difference between Nioh 2 and its predecessor is that players won’t be stuck playing as William the Irish samurai this time around. Players will create yokai spirits and use them as their characters. You’ll join another main character, Toukichiro, and play a pivotal role in unifying Japan.
Nioh 2 is first set to drop on PS4 in March this year and we expect Team Ninja to bring it to PC sometime soon afterwards. The PS4 version will be playable at the Taipei Game Show in early February, so we’ll be able to glean more details about the game then.
The original Doom captured the hearts and minds (and game money) of many gamers when it dropped, and id Software is looking to do much the same with Doom Eternal when it’s released on March 20.
Doom Eternal boasts that it will embody the next leap in push-forward first-person combat and we’re looking forward to trying this for ourselves. We’re also eagerly awaiting the new weapons and abilities this game will feature, including the DOOM Slayer’s Praetor Suit, upgraded guns and mods, and abilities like Double Dash to make you even more of an ace at slaughtering demons.
Plus there’s a new 2-on-1 multiplayer feature, Battlemode – which allows the DOOM Slayer to have it out against two player-controlled demons in a best-of-five round match. Take your pick from 5 handcrafted maps and 5 playable demons. This will be first-person combat galore.
We now go from from two new versions of beloved games to a new one.
Crafted by Ninja Theory (of DmC: Devil May Cry fame), Bleeding Edge is a multiplayer action game that allows four players to face off against one another in close combat. Pick your fighter from a selection of 12 distinctive characters and mix and match as you see fit.
But this isn’t going to be a white-knuckle brawler that involves wholesale slaughter and little else – each character has a unique set of abilities and roles. Some have the primary role of healing injured teammates, whereas others focus only on taking enemies out, and so on. To support this, skills you can employ include shield generation, locking your opponents in cages, and even taking control of a selected enemy character. Strategy and teamwork will count!
Bleeding Edge is set to drop in the last week of March 2020.
The eagerly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 is an RPG targeted at mature audiences.
Set in Night City, California, in the far future – in a world as tech-advanced as it is corrupt – where the heads of massive corporations pull strings from the top floors of their skyscraper headquarters, where drug running gangs, cyberenhanced tech hustlers, and other characters rule the streets, and where violent crime combined with pop culture and extreme poverty is a way of life, you’ll play V, a cyberpunk who’s about to take the first step to fame.
Plus you’ll also get to explore cybernetics. A significant component of Cyberpunk 2077’s gaming mechanics will involve how cybernetics can be integrated onto your character – we can’t wait to see where creativity will take us with this game. And we also hear that Night City is massive, chock-full of intriguing stories, fascinating places to visit, and content to absorb.
Cyberpunk 2077 is definitely a game to look forward to when it launches later in the year.
Half-Life: Alyx marks the triumphant return to the celebrated Half-Life series.
This game places the player in the key position of a fight to the death between humanity and the vicious alien race known as the Combine. You’ll play as Alyx Vance – humanity’s only chance for survival. Set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, Half-Life: Alyx will pick up the action at a time when the Combine’s control of Earth has only strengthened and they are corralling the remnants of humanity in cities. You’ll work in secret at the helm of a fledgling resistance as it does critical research and crafts tools for those brave (or foolhardy) enough to defy the Combine.
Players will immerse themselves in VR to interact deeply with their environment, solve puzzles, explore their world, and take on the Combine in combat.
Half-Life: Alyx will be available in March 2020.
Last up, we’ve got Marvel’s Avengers, the long-awaited game that lets players experience – and decide – what’s next for the Avengers.
It’s been known for a while that the storyline of Marvel’s Avengers won’t take place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Instead, the game’s story will start on celebratory A-Day and will take on a life of its own.
Explore the “definitive Avengers gaming experience,” in Marvel’s own words, through single-player and cooperative gameplay. Assemble your Avengers into teams of up to four players online. Get to know and master superhuman abilities while you customize and develop your roster of Avengers, and work to defend the Earth and humanity from any threats.
What’s more, you’ll be able to download regular content updates in order to enjoy a long-running journey delivered over multiple years.
We’re awaiting the arrival of Marvel’s Avengers later this year with bated breath.