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5 For 20: The Games We Can’t Wait To Play This Year

A new year is always exciting. It’s a time of spiritual rebirth, where we all get a chance to start things on the right foot and work towards bringing or lives closer to what we want it to be. Maybe you want to really focus on school and get better grades. Maybe you want to focus on work and get that promotion. Maybe you want to focus on your love life and find that special someone.

Us? We want to focus on games and really leave butt-shaped indents on our couches. And lucky for us, the year of 2020 – which sounds like the future but is actually here – has so many games coming that will keep our tuchases firmly planted in front of out TVs and computers.

But what games are we most excited about, you ask? Well, just for you, we’ve put together this sweet sweet look at the five games we’re most looking forward to! Check it out!

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

The sequel to the award-winning Ori and the Blind Forest, we’ve been looking forward to this one since it was announced way back in 2017. Moon Studios has a lot to live up to in both gameplay and story, and based on what we’ve seen, they’ve pulled it off. Ori and the Will of the Wisps will once again have you play as Ori, a white guardian spirit, as he travels into the world that lies beyond the forest of Nibel to discover the truths of the lost ones, and learn his true destiny.

This sequel has done away with the soul links saving system of the first game and replaced it with an autosave feature, which will make many fans happy. The upgrade system has also been changed from a sequential system to a shard system not unlike Hollow Knight

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is set to be released on March 11.

Empire of Sin

Now that we’re in the ’20s again, it’s the perfect time for a game set in the ’20s, right? Thankfully, Romero Games is all set to help us live out the roaring ’20s of the last century with Empire of Sin. Set in Chicago during the days of Prohibition, this strategy game lets you build up your own underground – aka not very legal – empire over the course of thirteen years.

Empire of Sin doesn’t have a definitive release date, but it is expected to hit consoles and PC in the second quarter of the year, so practice your James Cagney impression and get ready to run your own speakeasies, brothels, and casinos!

Cyberpunk 2077

How about we leave the past and head to the future with one of the most anticipated games of the year, Cyberpunk 2077.

Developed by CD Projekt Red, best known for the Witcher game series, Cyberpunk 2077 is based on the much loved Cyberpunk 2020 tabletop roleplaying game (which was first released in 1990, when the year 2020 seemed insanely far away) with a look that owes some love to Blade Runner, Ghost in the Shell, and Akira. The game will give you all the fun RPG stuff we love, including spending hours designing your character and figuring out their stats. You can choose to be a NetRunner (hacker), Techie (mechanic), or Solo (fighter), and these skills will help set up how you play the game.

As if playing an open-world RPG with fun dystopian future style isn’t enough to make sure you plop down your $60, the game will also give you the chance to hang out with everyone’s favorite dog-loving assassin, Keanu Reeves! Word on the street is that Keanu is the most important character in the game outside of the one you create, with more dialog than any other NPC. Whoa!

Cyberpunk 2077 will be out on April 16.

Half-Life: Alyx

Half-Life 2 came out in 2004, and the world has been begging Gabe Newell for another dose of gravity gun fun. Sure, we got Half-Life 2 Episodes 1 and 2, which Gabe has said is basically Half-Life 3, but the third and final episode never came out, leaving us all with a lot of anxiety.

Well, the good news is we have a new Half-Life game coming! The… well, it isn’t bad news, but it sure isn’t what any Half-Life fans were expecting so we’ll just call it other news, I guess? The other news is that the new Half-Life game isn’t about Gordon Freeman. In Half-Life: Alyx, you’ll play as – if the title didn’t give it away – Alyx Vance in a story set before the return of Gordon in Half-Life 2. The game will follow the story of Alyx and her dad Eli as they fight the Combine through a series of puzzles, exploration and combat. Designer David Speyrer has gone on record saying that the gameplay of Half-Life: Alyx is as long as Half-Life 2, which makes us all kinds of giddy.

Now, the real bit of news that has fans divided, Half-Life: Alyx is a VR only game. There’s a lot of rumbling online that this is Valve looking to boost sales of their own VR headset, Valve Index, but the game will play with any VR headset that works with Steam, including the Oculus and Vive.

Whatever the case, being able to play more Half-Life is a good thing, and we can’t wait. Currently, Half-Life: Alyx is set for a March release.

The Last Of Us Part II

I mean, you knew this would be on here, right? The Last Of Us is one of the most loved games of the current console generation, if not one of the most loved games of all time. The sequel has been anticipated since the second someone completed the first game, and now it looks like the wait is almost over.

We say almost because, sadly, The Last Of Us Part II has been delayed from the original release date of February 21 to May 29 and we fear another delay could happen. Hopefully, there won’t be one.

The Last Of Us Part II picks up five years after the events of the first game, with a now 19-year-old Ellie and middle-aged Joel living the quiet life in Jackson County, Wyoming. Obviously, that quiet life won’t be quiet for much longer, and we can’t wait to see what goes down! The Last Of Us series is very story heavy, so we’re doing out best to keep away from spoilers! May can’t come soon enough!

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