Top 15 New Single Player Games Of 2020

#10 Marvel’s Avengers

  • Developer: Crystal Dynamics
  • Publisher: Eidos Montreal
  • Platforms: Square Enix
  • Release: May 15, 2020
  • Co-op: Online
  • Competitive Multiplayer: TBA

The Marvel’s Avengers video game was anticipated for quite some as Square Enix and the development team over at Crystal Dynamics have kept a tight lid on what players could expect. Thankfully we got our first look at the game during E3 2019 where we learned that this is a new unique storyline that will feature quite the plethora of Marvel characters and can be enjoyed at your own pace rather than working with friends. Before we get too ahead of ourselves, Marvel’s Avengers take on a story that begins on A-Day, a moment in history that was meant to be celebratory. Earth’s mightiest heroes were unveiling their new headquarters in San Francisco but after a catastrophic incident leaves the city destroyed and Captain America, the government takes it into their own hands to outlaw superheroes. 

The Avengers have disbanded and years pass by but a new threat on Earth appears leaving the Avengers to join back together and start their quest to not only save humanity but find out the culprit that may have caused the original incident to occur. As mentioned, there is a number of characters in the game which you can take the role of but it’s worth noting that new characters and content is already planned for free alongside paid DLC for the game. Likewise, this game is available to be played offline as a single-player experience, but there is always the option to join in with four other players at certain points of the game. 

#9 Half-Life: Alyx

  • Developer: Valve
  • Publisher: Valve
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: March 23, 2020
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Half-Life: Alyx may not be the Half-Life 3 that most of us have been waiting for, but we did get a new installment in the Half-Life universe. The video game follows after the events of Half-Life but before Half-Life 2 where players take on the role of Alyx Vance. With the aid of her father, Eli Vance, Alyx is on a mission to fight back against the Combine. It’s also a unique take to the Half-Life franchise as well since the game is VR-based only.

Valve developed Half-Life: Alyx to be a virtual reality game so those of you who were wanting a traditional Half-Life game may be disappointed, but the gameplay shown so far may sway you towards picking up a copy. Of course, with that said, you will need a PC compatible VR headset like the Oculus Rift along with having a PC capable of running VR video game titles. With that said, you’ll also find that the game will retain a lot of the same components from the franchise such as exploration, action, and puzzle-solving.

#8 Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Developer: Square Enix Business Division 1
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: 2020
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

One of the biggest Final Fantasy titles to have released is finally getting its much-deserved remake. Final Fantasy VII has been rumored to be remastered, rebooted and remade for years. Fans have been pleading for Square Enix to return and give the game a proper facelift after its initial release on the PlayStation, but it’s only now with the PlayStation 4 that we’re finally going to see that remake become a reality.

Square Enix had unveiled that this remake would also see the return of key members of the original production. Likewise, there would be some changes such as making gameplay more of an action RPG rather than the standard turn-based RPG we’ve seen from the original title.

While the story will retell the original narrative, the remake will be released episodically. According to reports, the decision to go with an episodic release was simply due to the fact that developers would not be forced to make any cuts. Furthermore, the studio decided to drop the turn-based RPG component for a more fast-paced action RPG experience.

#7 Doom Eternal 

  • Developer: id Software
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS, Google Stadia
  • Release: March 20, 2020
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: Yes 

If you haven’t already, we highly suggest looking at Doom, the 2016 remake as it was a solid single-player experience that follows an action-focused game between a space marine known as Doom Slayer, battling against an assortment of demonic forces in space. It’s quite the beloved game and in 2020, developers id Software is giving some more action for players to go through with Doom Eternal. While it was originally slated to launch in 2019, Doom Eternal ended up being pushed back until March of 2020 to bring out a solid gameplay experience. This should come as some welcome news as it means there could be less of a chance you’ll encounter some game-breaking bug.

Regardless, players will be taking on the role of Doom Slayer who is not done slaughtering demons. After a demonic invasion hits Earth, Doom Slayer may be humanity’s last hope of survival. You’ll be back on Earth taking out any baddies you come across and best of all, it’s a single-player experience. With that said, there are multiplayer game modes with one that will easily stick out. Development studio id Software is calling it Invasion, a game mode in which another player can join into your campaign as a demon to fight against you at any given moment. This will add some randomness to your gameplay as you may encounter a more skilled enemy though it’s worth mentioning that this game mode can be turned off.

#6 Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: March 20, 2020
  • Co-op: Online, Local
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

There’s a big fan base for Animal Crossing and with each new installment comes a flock of players looking to pick up a copy. Animal Crossing: New Horizons was a game that was originally slated to launch in 2019 but has since been pushed back for 2020. The title acts similar to the past installments, where players are building up a community and living day-to-day life. However, there are some new mechanics such as crafting your own tools through the resources you gather. Likewise, this game is set on an island that you’ll have to clean up and manage. Once you have everything in order you’ll slowly build up a community to interact with. This game series has mainly retained the same mechanics and goals, but with this latest installment, there does appear to be some influence from the Harvest Moon franchise.