Top 10 New Upcoming Narrative Video Games Of 2020

#5 Watch Dogs: Legion
  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, Google Stadia
  • Release: March 6, 2020
  • Co-op: TBA
  • Competitive Multiplayer: TBA

A new installment to the Watch Dogs franchise is heading to the marketplace in 2020. Watch Dogs: Legion will mark as the third mainline installment to the franchise where Ubisoft is taking players to London. A new authoritarian regime has taken over and it’s up to Dedsec to free civilians from the overcoming power. With that said, Ubisoft is making a pretty big change to the video game, which is players will not follow a single protagonist character, but instead, a constantly rotating through a cast of Dedsec recruits. Displayed during E3 2019, Ubisoft showcased some gameplay footage in regards to recruiting players. 

For starters, in the game demo footage, we watch the protagonist seek out an expert who deals with drones. After successfully finding an expert drones hacker, the protagonist had to intervene a guard from arresting the individual. It was during this scuffle that our protagonist died, but instead of getting game over, the game swaps to another recruited member to track down the individual in hopes of convincing him to join Dedsec. It’s important to note that there is no game over screens, when someone dies in the game then they are dead for good in your game which means that you’ll constantly have to find new recruits to join your cause and play as. 

#4 Final Fantasy VII Remake

  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: March 3, 2020
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Final Fantasy has been around for ages and the developers at Square Enix are still bringing out new mainline installments, spin-offs and in this case a remake. One of the most cherished video game titles from the series is finally getting remade and that’s Final Fantasy VII. The game followed a man named Cloud with his band of friends as they attempt to stop an evil corporation. It’s the narrative journey that really pulled players in as they progressed through the title, but today the original game really could use a facelift. 

Square Enix is giving that facelift for fans with an episodic release of Final Fantasy VII Remake. We can expect the same overall game narrative, but it will feature a new action RPG mechanics rather than the standard turn-based combat we were used to when Final Fantasy VII first released into the market. We’re holding out hope that the game can really deliver after the hype and several years of requesting, fans are already holding this game to some pretty high standards.  

#3 Twin Mirror
  • Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2020
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Dontnod Entertainment has a new episodic adventure title for players to enjoy. The development studio may be best known for their Life is Strange series but the next episodic journey coming this year that’s not attached to the Life is Strange franchise is Twin Mirror. This is an upcoming psychological thriller which follows a protagonist named Sam who returns back to his old hometown to attend the funeral service of his best friend. Things take a turn for the worse when he awakens with no memories of the previous day while covered in blood.

One thing that Dontnod Entertainment takes care of when it comes to their video games is the narrative journey players will be embarking. Life is Strange was a critical hit and it sparked a huge following. Their follow-up title, Vampyr was also enjoyed from its narrative thanks to the various choices that came up in conversations along with the atmosphere. Both IPs have been considered for television series adaptations and as a result, a story-driven journey is something that we fully expect from their line of video games. Twin Mirror already has an enticing story from the little information we have received so far and knowing that Twin Mirror is another episodic game then it’s a safe bet that players will be left with cliffhanger endings.

#2 The Last of Us Part 2

  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: June 19, 2020
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Easily one of the most anticipated video game titles coming into 2020 is The Last of Us Part 2. Naughty Dog delivered a worldwide hit when they launched The Last of Us back in 2013 and once again in 2014 for the remastered PlayStation 4 edition. If by some chance you have yet to experience this game then you’re truly missing out. There’s a reason why this sequel is hyped up as fans cannot wait to dive back into the franchise featuring our favorite apocalyptic duo, Joel and Ellie. Of course, there have been several years that surpassed since we last left off in The Last of Us which could open up for some unique stories to help catch players up on what has happened since Joel and Ellie returned from their journey.

From the footage released so far, it looks like Ellie has settled down a bit in her life. There’s a sense of establishing her home with friends and loved ones, though something has triggered Ellie to channel some anger for her next venture. We’re not sure just what Ellie is planning to do but it’s clear that the odds are not stacked in her favor. After surviving one seemingly impossible adventure in the first game, can Ellie pull it off once again or will it cost her something? These are of course some questions we can’t wait to see answered.

Naughty Dog is known for delivering some incredible cinematic-like video game titles thanks to The Last of Us and Uncharted. We’re sure that this journey is going to have plenty of ups and downs, though how it ends could either leave us with a conclusion to this narrative, or perhaps it could set us up for a third installment. Either way, we’re sure that this is going to be a game highly talked about for years to come just like the initial installment.

#1 Cyberpunk 2077
  • Developer: CD Projekt Red
  • Publisher: CD Projekt
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: TBA
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: Post-Launch

Cyberpunk 2077 is one video game title that fans of CD Projekt have been waiting to hear more about since its initial announcement in 2012. This is an RPG that can be played in either a first-person or third-person mode. Set in 2077, the world has become drastically different, at least within the United States of America.

Civilians thrive if they are part of the elite social class structure where big corporations taking control of the nation. Now the lower class struggle to survive in the harsh environments that have become flooded with gangs leaving a barren shell of what used to be lovely cities.

Players take the role of a mercenary which are broken up into various classes as they explore and take on various quests. This is supposedly a video game set in a massive world as well, leaving plenty of areas to explore. Likewise, there also seems to be an emphasis on upgrades and augmentations.

CD Projekt became a household name for their epic adventures in The Witcher series and we’re hoping that their success bleeds over into the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 release.

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