Here are 12 new games we can expect to see for the summer of 2020.
2020 has turned out to be a year that we won't forget anytime soon, with a global pandemic that has had an effect not seen in a century. Fortunately, when life gets too heavy, we can lose ourselves in video games, whether it be on consoles or a PC. Even with many countries experiencing a lockdown of some sort, game developers have been diligently working to make sure their products would launch timeously. Here are 12 of the best new came for the summer.
1. Valorant (PC)
Valorant is a precise and tactical first-person shooter set on near-future Earth and features a cast of characters, each with unique abilities. It's built by Riot Games, the guys who gave us League of Legends, so expect good things.
2. Command & Conquer Remastered (PC)
Command & Conquer Remastered is a real-time strategy game that has a history dating back to 1995. It has been completely remastered for 2020, rendered in 4K and has a new soundtrack.
3. Disintegration (PC, PS4, XBOX)
Another near-future Earth first-person shooter, Disintegration sees humanity on the brink of extinction. The only way to save it was to "preserve human brains in robotic armatures," called Integration. Now, those that are integrated are hunting those that are not, and have outlawed these rebels. You play and Integrated character who fights back in the hope of becoming human again.
4. Desperados 3 (PC, PS4, XBOX)
It's off to the Wild West for this "hardcore tactical stealth game", the follow up to the classic Desperados: Wanted Dear or Alive. This time, our protagonist, John Cooper, is on a quest for redemption with a crew of old and new characters. The game will require the team to combine their individual skills to survive each challenge presented to them.
5. The Last of Us Part II (PS4)
Set five years after the original ends, The Last of Us Part II follows 19-year-old Ellie as she conflicts with a mysterious cult. The gameplay is in the third-person perspective, and Ellie will have to survive elements of horror and dispute in post-apocalyptic America.
6. Skater XL (PC, PS4, XBOX, Switch)
Unlike the skater games that came before it, Skater XL uses built-in physics, as opposed to pre-programmed tricks written into the code, which allows players to learn on the fly. This is important because it delivers an experience much closer to the real thing. The studio also collaborated with both gamers and real skaters to create a multitude of skating maps, all set in Los Angeles, USA.
7. Ghost of Tsushima (PS4)
It's ancient Japan, and the Mongol empire is on a path of destruction as they attempt to conquer the East. A samurai warrior called Jin Sakai is all that stands in the way of the ruthless general Khotun Khan. He must evolve his warrior traditions to transform into the Ghost of Tsushima if he wants to win. This open-world adventure game will take you through diverse landscapes on this beautiful island, with impressive and astonishing ancient landmarks to explore.
8. Drake Hollow (PC, XBOX)
Drakes are living vegetables, and Drake Hollow is where they live. It is up to you to help build and defend their village. You've also got to collect Drakes from the surrounding forest and keep them alive and healthy. This adventure game is made up of various islands for you to explore, collecting charms as you interact with the humanoid vegetables, making regenerating your health easier after a conflict.
9. Destroy All Humans! (PX, PS4, XBOX)
This remake looks like it's going to tick all the boxes that made the original a hoot. Destroy All Humans is about an alien called Crypto who goes around... well... destroying all humans and collecting their brains. He's also got a rad flying saucer, and you can even beam up unsuspecting tanks, or cows if the need takes hold. This third-person adventure game allows Crypto to change skins, often hilariously, and they've even included a mission from the original for those feeling nostalgic.
10. New World (PC)
This massively multiplayer online game (MMOG, or more commonly, MMO) is a break from tradition. Instead of fighting in space, New World is set on Earth, with swords, guns, animals and monsters. It offers some elements, like territory capture, similar to games like EVE Online, but, it's not quite a survival game. There are plenty of ways to level up your experience and character, and it's easy to combine weapons for unique attacks.
11. Windbound (PC, XBOX, PS4, Switch)
Kara, a young warrior, finds herself shipwrecked and alone on a picturesque island paradise. She must now survive as she explores the mysteries of the Forbidden Islands. Kara will have to learn to hunt and build boats to sail the islands, fighting winds, waves and deadly sea creatures along the way. Each island holds a mysterious secret, along with their own landscape, animals and challenges. Windbound is an exciting third-person adventure game that takes the genre in a different direction.
12. Serious Sam 4 (PC)
Continuing the franchise in epic proportions, Serious Sam 4 takes battling monsters to another level. The game-makers have implemented new tech called the Legion System, which allows the developers to have more than 10,000 enemies on screen at a time. Which is perfect for our gun-toting hero as he demolishes every creature in his path. It's hi-paced action at its finest, delivering its most significant step forward in the franchise's history. Just what fans wanted. Nice!