The world of video gaming is one that is constantly evolving and growing. With new technologies and platforms emerging all the time, there are always new experiences to be had. And 2020 is shaping up to be a big year for gaming, with some truly incredible games already released or set to release in the coming months. We all remember watching those Minecraft videos from your favorite Dream SMP members, but let’s now take a look at 10 games that are already making waves in 2020.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Released in March 2020, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the latest installment in the much-loved Animal Crossing series. The game has been a huge success, with critics and fans alike praising its charming aesthetic, relaxing gameplay, and wealth of content.
Doom Eternal is the long-awaited sequel to 2016’s Doom, and it does not disappoint.
The fast-paced first-person shooter features all the gore and violence that fans of the series have come to expect, along with a whole host of new enemies and environments to explore.
Half-Life: Alyx is a prequel to the much-acclaimed Half-Life 2, and it is set before the events of that game. The game puts you in the shoes of Alyx Vance as she fights against the Combine forces in a desperate attempt to save humanity.
Resident Evil 3
The latest entry in the long-running Resident Evil series, Resident Evil 3 is a remake of the original game that was released back in 1999. The game features updated graphics and gameplay, as well as a brand new character in the form of Jill Valentine.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Final Fantasy VII Remake is a reimagining of the classic 1997 game, and was one of the most hotly anticipated games of 2020. The game features updated graphics and gameplay, as well as an expanded story that focuses on the character of Cloud Strife.
Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world action RPG set in the dystopian world of Night City. The game follows the story of V, a mercenary who is looking for a way to escape the city.
The Last of Us Part II
The Last of Us Part II is the long-awaited sequel to 2013’s The Last of Us.
The game follows Ellie as she sets out on a journey of revenge against those who have wronged her.
Ghost of Tsushima
Ghost of Tsushima is an open-world action-adventure game set in Feudal Japan. The game follows the story of Jin Sakai, a samurai warrior who must fight against the invading Mongols.
Dreams is a unique game that allows players to create their own levels and games. The game features a wealth of tools and assets that can be used to create anything from simple platformers to complex RPGs.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an action-adventure game set in the Star Wars universe. The game follows the story of Cal Kestis, a young Jedi Padawan who must go into hiding after the destruction of the Jedi Order.
Trends That Marked the World of Video Games in the 2020s
Let’s now take a look at some of the trends that are already shaping the world of video gaming in the 2020s.
The Rise of Indie Games
With the increasing popularity of digital distribution platforms such as Steam, itch.io, and GOG, indie games have never been more accessible. And with the current global pandemic forcing many people to stay at home, there has never been a better time to discover all the amazing indie games that are out there.
The Popularity of Battle Royale Games
The battle royale genre exploded in popularity in 2018 with the release of Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). Since then, many other games have tried to cash in on the craze, with varying degrees of success. But it’s clear that the battle royale genre is here to stay, and we can only expect it to grow in popularity in the years to come.
The Rise of Mobile Gaming
Mobile gaming has been on the rise for a few years now, and it shows no signs of slowing down. With the release of powerful smartphones and tablets, gaming on the go has never been easier or more popular. This trend is only going to continue in the 2020s, as more and more people adopt mobile devices as their primary way of gaming.
The Growth of Esports
Esports have been around for a while now, but they have really started to take off in recent years. With the rise of live streaming platforms such as Twitch and YouTube Gaming, anyone can watch or even compete in esports tournaments. This has led to a rapid growth in the popularity of esports, and we can only expect this trend to continue in the 2020s.
The Decline of Console Gaming
With the rise of mobile gaming and the popularity of digital distribution platforms, console gaming is on the decline. Many people are now opting to game on their smartphones or PCs instead of dedicating a console to their living room. This trend is likely to continue in the 2020s, as more and more people abandon consoles in favor of other gaming platforms.
The Growth of Cloud Gaming
Cloud gaming is a relatively new technology that allows players to stream games from remote servers. This means that you can play games without having to download or install them on your own device.
This technology is still in its early stages, but it has already shown a lot of promise. We can only expect cloud gaming to grow in popularity in the years to come.
The Rise of Virtual Reality Gaming
Virtual reality gaming is another relatively new technology that is starting to gain traction. With the release of affordable VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, more and more people are getting interested in VR gaming. And with the development of new and improved VR hardware, we can only expect VR gaming to become more popular in the years to come.