All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Thankfully, Jack had a PlayStation console at the Overlook Hotel in 2019. Last year was a very good one for gamers. Between Devil May Cry, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Control, Borderlands 3, and a host of titles both big and small, there’s been no shortage of games to choose from.
The new year brings with it the releases of some of the most highly anticipated games in years – the most anticipated of which have been in development for over half a decade. There’s something for everyone, so let’s take a look.
> Doom Eternal
When id Software made Doom in 2016, few expected it would surpass the original 90s blockbuster hit – but it did. And now, we want more of it. The sequel, Doom Eternal, takes place on Earth and the portal to hell that first opened on Mars (thanks to humanity’s unending thirst for resources) is now unleashing an infernal army that’s invading the planet. Only one man can stop them – the Doom Slayer. That’s you.
More than just a new set of environments to play in, Doom Eternal ramps up the kinetic gameplay of the original with the introduction of all-new weapons, including shoulder-mounted rockets, a sword, and a grappling hook that lets you soar through the open maps, gunning down demons in midair. Just as the original reimagined how good the first-person shooter could be, it’s anyone’s guess how any other shooter can compete with the next one.
> Final Fantasy 7 Remake
With a terrific slate of games, Japan isn’t one to be left out of the new year. Between Nioh 2 (another one to look forward to) and Tekken X Street Fighter, Japanese developers have plenty in store. Square Enix’s latest entry in its long-running Final Fantasy franchise isn’t set in a new universe like all the others. Instead, it’s a reimagining of the game that made it as big as it is today – Final Fantasy 7.
More than just a simple remaster, Final Fantasy 7 Remake is basically an all-new game based on the characters, story and setting of the original. In addition to its state-of-the-art visuals and cinematic storytelling, there’s a new combat system that allows you to play it as an action game, and a “classic” option for everyone who grew up on the original. Not bad!
> The Last of Us: Part 2
Designed as an immersive, cinematic experience, the sequel to Naughty Dog’s zombie apocalypse game has been teased for years, and it looks like it was well worth the wait. Part 2 of The Last of Us takes place five years after the original game, with players now taking on the role of Ellie, who’s all grown up now and ready to tackle the world around her. The mission’s more personal this time around as Ellie’s out on a mission to avenge the brutal murder of her girlfriend.
Expect to run in to some old friends and make new enemies as you wade further into post-apocalyptic America overrun by brain-eating human husks and other survivors with ill intent.
> Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077 comes from the creators of The Witcher 3, which towers above every other action role-playing game ever made. Players are thrust into the dystopian Night City, a Californian city-state run by corporations.
This first-person shooter combines the kinetic action of Call of Duty with the strong role-playing elements developed by the makers of the best RPG of all time, all set in a vast city like GTA’s San Andreas – all with the aesthetic of Blade Runner. You can drive around in futuristic cars (inspired by the retrowave aesthetic of the 80s, of course), barter your humanity for cybernetic augmentations, and talk to Keanu Reeves, who lives in your head. Yes, really.