Community Review: 2020 (So Far)

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Community Review: 2020 (So Far)

So we’re almost through the first quarter of the year. There hasn’t been any especially large releases, with delays to games like Last of Us Part 2 denying February of its usual AAA release. But if you’re a fan of smaller AA releases, there’s been plenty of those.

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It’s been a slow, but reliable start to the year. Most of the indies I’ve played in 2020 have been largely enjoyable, although I haven’t spent time with The White Door, the latest quirky mystery adventure from developers Rusty Lake. There’s been some big budget entrants with Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot and expansions for games like Total War: Three Kingdoms, but it’s largely been the indies that have stuck out, games like the Indonesian-made Coffee Talk or the Pokemon-esque Temtem. Runeterra went into a public beta as well, and that’s been received well, but it’ll be real interesting when that game comes to iOS/Android.

So, a couple of months in, how have you found 2020 for gaming compared to previous years?

Comments

  • I was thinking about this the other day. So far 2020 is looking like an even worse year than 2019. We’ve had all sorts of delays due to various reasons like crunch and COVID19. The AAA releases have been more or less non-existant compared to the big bang we had at the start of 2019.

    It’s given some of the smaller games a chance to shine through but overall I’ve been catching up on older games and my feelings on the lineup are a lot more “meh” than they were this time last year. We’ll see if that changes as things sort themselves out.

  • Despite all the days in 2020, I’m looking forward to the games coming out this year.

    The Resident Evil 3 remake, the Final Fantasy 7 remake, The Last of Us: Part II, Cyberpunk 2077, Dying Light 2… looks awesome. 🙂

  • March is where it’s at.

    Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Animal Crossing. Doom. Nioh 2. A new bloody Half-Life for Christ’s sake.

    Then early April has the remakes of Resident Evil 3 and Final Fantasy 7.

    Probably short of the actual GoTY (TLOU 2 and Cyperpunk are a bit later), we’re entering the most bonkers time of the year, bigger than most October/November gaming seasons.

  • I would think it has something to do with PS5/Xbox release toward the end of the year. But game release for the last few years has not exactly gotten better.

  • Coffee Talk is my favourite VA-11 HALL-A clone.
    I want to see more such clones.

    Hard to get excited about all the switch ports, though it is overall a neat thing.
    Iceborne hit PC and was revelatory, but I guess it already was on console..
    Temtem was passable, not super exciting. It’s kinda Ruby/Saphire?
    Wolcen’s showing some promise… though I refunded it pretty quickly, bookmarking it for a time when it gets its shit together.
    Warcraft 3 reforged was an embarrassingly runny shart trickling out the leg of Blizzard’s leotard, right when the spotlight was on them to do that one thing that was expected to win them back some credibility.

    Oh! Wasteland Remastered! On Gamepass!

    *cough*

    Can we ask this question again after more things actually worth playing have come out?

    • Speaking of clones in the barista type vein, I’m really looking forward to Necrobarista. Although I don’t know if it’s a clone or more Death Parade in a Coffee Shop.

  • My gigantic tower of shame, combined with a very recent rediscovery of board games means I have very little interest in anything that 2020 video gaming has offered so far. I’m interested in the new Ori, for the end of year steam sales maybe, and I’m waiting to hear the goss on Doom Eternal before I will commit to buying it (in the sales, eventually). Thought about getting a Switch but the price is too high (Hmmm, I think I’m beginning to see a trend here).

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