As we head into the new year, we’ve rounded up some of the best and not-so-best games that came out in 2019. And now, we’re looking ahead, moving forward, and bringing you some of our most anticipated games that’ll be releasing for PC gamers in 2020.
This’ll be a mixed bag of games across various genres and play styles, so we’ve made sure to pick out the games we’re looking forward to most! A PC gamer but not quite sure what you’re gonna need for the latest and greatest of next year’s lineup? Don’t worry, we’ve researched and the exact specifications that you should have to best enjoy these games with!
Well, we tried to anyway, but some games haven’t really given us much details, so we’ll have to make
do. Do note that we did add in some games that were released on other platforms, but are coming for PC next year, as well as games that released late 2019 because to be frank, you could still play these games into the New Year. So do check out our lineup, and let us know what you think of the list, or what should’ve been there instead!
That being said, let’s get to the games!
#4. Watch Dogs: Legion
While Ubisoft may have bigger and more popular franchises under their belt, like the Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry series, there is no denying the futuristic appeal that Watch Dogs have as their main mechanics and setting. While Watch Dogs 1 and 2 have since become sleeper hits and cult classics, it seems that Watch Dogs: Legion is setting itself up to be a must-have game for everyone.
Set in a cyberpunk version of modern-day London, the world of Watch Dogs allows our heroes to access any form of technology, allowing the player to hack into mainframes, security cameras, cars and a whole lot more. What sets Legion aside from the previous two entries is the mechanic which allows players to hack into non-playable characters, creating a whole army (or Legion if you will) of people to liberate the city from a fascist regime or do whatever your heart desires. Along the way, you’ll soak in the sights of London on foot, vehicles, and even the London underground tube.
The story takes place in a version of London that has turned into a surveillance state, straight out of literature classics like 1984 and Fahrenheit 451. You are a member of a hacker group known as DedSec, who are working to free the people of London from this authoritative way of living. While finding a way to liberate London, you’ll recruit people from all races and creed, from college students to grandmothers.
Once recruited, these characters can be assigned between three classes, combat, stealth, or hacking. When assigned to a mission, it’s up to you to use the right characters for the right job. Each character will also have their own personalities and backstories, making them more than just blank slates for you to control. There will also be an online component in Watch Dogs: Legion, allowing you to cooperate with up to 3 other players to complete missions and work towards saving London together.
Based on the trailers and videos that Ubisoft has released, Watch Dogs: Legion is looking to be quite the powerhouse in terms of graphical prowess. With its massive open- world and emphasis on controlling multiple characters across the map, we recommend packing your PC with nothing less than a ninth-generation i5 processor and an Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060 if you can. The game is slated for a March 3, 2020 release.
#3 Halo Infinite
In 2019, Halo made a grand return to PCs, with the Master Chief Collection gracing Steam with 6 of the best Halo games. In 2020, the next big step for the Halo franchise will be making its way to PC as well as the new Xbox console, Project Scarlet. Halo Infinite seems to be more than just the sixth installment of Microsoft’s flagship game, but it is also speculated to be a leap forward for the multiplayer content of Halo as well.
To see what kind of a leap Halo Infinite will be, then do check out the initial trailer for the game. It seems that graphically, it will be another major graphical leap for the franchise. Just like the major graphical jump that Halo 4 had compared to Halo 3. This is due to the new engine that developer 343 Industries is using for this new game, that being the Slip-space Engine. While we’re still in the dark on what this engine is capable of, one cannot expect anything less from Halo. Whether it’s a full-scale war between humans and aliens, to battles in deep-space, there is no limit on what Halo Infinite is able to achieve.
Story-wise, Halo Infinite will be third and final chapter on what is known as the “Re-claimer Saga”, which started in Halo 4 when Master Chief and Cortana unknowingly resurrect the Didact, the leader of the ancient Prometheans. The story continued in Halo 5: Guardians, with Master Chief going head-to-head against a new generation of Spartans, led by Locke. One thing that 343 Industries confirms is that split-screen is coming back for the campaign of Halo Infinite, after its omission for online co-op play on Halo 5.
While Halo Infinite is coming to the new Xbox if you already have the Master Chief Collection than it is definitely great to have the series as a whole all in one PC. That way, you can experience the entire story of Master Chief versus the Covenant without changing between systems. Besides, we don’t know what kind of hardware is backing the new Xbox, but we can guarantee that a ninth-generation Intel processor and a GeForce GTX 1070 and above is perfect for this new Halo.
Hopefully, since the tentative release date of the game being around Quarter 4 of 2020, we’ll get to experience a beta for Halo Infinite on PC sometime during E3 2020.