As December is reserved for my favourite games of the year list, I’ll be taking a look back at the Most Anticipated Games of 2019 post I created in January. All the games on this list have either already been released or are scheduled for 2020, so I feel like this review wouldn’t turn out any different whether I did it now or next month.
11. Cyberpunk 2077
A release date wasn’t even scheduled for Cyberpunk 2077 at the time I write the original post, so it’s not really a surprise to find out it now has an April 2020 release. Although it’s not my typical game choice, I think it has some incredibly exciting things to offer and I can’t wait to see it come together.
10. Ace Attorney Trilogy
Ace Attorney was one of those games that I’d always heard praise for but never had means of accessing. I didn’t end up buying this game on release but I’m still definitely interested in picking this up in the future. At the time, I had just finished Steam Prison and I didn’t want to jump into another visual novel so soon. Even though Ace Attorney is a totally different type of visual novel, I felt like nothing could compare to how much I thoroughly enjoyed Steam Prison.
MediEvil is one of my most recent acquisitions. The visuals and sound design are fantastic, but I’m not a fan of the clunky controls as it makes it difficult to play. I have played a few levels, but I’ve mainly been enjoying watching my boyfriend play and we’re working towards our 2nd PS4 Platinum Trophy!
8. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Again, this is another game set for release in March 2020. I’m still really looking forward to Animal Crossing as I spent a crazy amount of time on Wild World (DS). Pocket Camp didn’t do it for me, but I’m beyond excited for this to arrive. Hopefully the release won’t be pushed back as it’s scheduled to come out 2 days before I travel to Japan – it would be awesome to play this on the plane!
7. Seven Days
Despite the estimated release date to be during Spring 2019, I’ve heard absolutely nothing more about Seven Days (to the point where I pretty much forgot about it). There are so many visual novels on my radar at the moment that I’m not over fussed about this one, but I’ll be subconsciously keeping my eye out for it.
6. WorldEnd Syndrome
I bought WorldEnd Syndrome on release, but I’m still yet to finish it even though I’ve heard great things. The visuals and sound design are super, but I think I was mainly put off by the first (very abrupt) ending. I felt like I was just getting into it, only for it to be cut short. Also, as a Switch / PS4 exclusive, I think it just keeps getting overlooked from games in my Steam library so I need to actively find time to finish it.
From my adoration of Skullgirls came my interest in Indivisible. I remember the Demo being pretty good, but I’m not usually a huge fan of turn based combat. I’m definitely keeping my eye on this game, but at the time of release there was just way too many other games I decided to buy instead. At the end of the day, I only have so much disposable income, so unfortunately Indivisible didn’t make the cut.
4. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
I’m still totally up for playing Sekiro! The reason I didn’t purchase this in the first place was due to my current (and extremely long) playthrough of Nioh. I thought the gameplay looked very similar so didn’t want to have two of these games active at once. I’m sure I’ll get round to playing Sekiro at somepoint, but going from my progress with Nioh, Nioh II will probably be out before we’ve even finished the first game!
3. Granblue Fantasy: Versus
After a quick Google, it’s come to light that Granblue Fantasy Versus will be released in Japan for February 2020 with the NA release coming later. Whether Europe is included or not, I don’t know. I think I’ll put this title to the back of my mind for now as it’s unlikely to be available anytime soon.
2. The Caligula Effect: Overdose
The Caligula Effect: Overdose is probably the main game I’ve played on this list. I bought it on release back in March and finished the game in May along with a full achievement collection. I did enjoy the game overall, but the achievement completion was pointless and made the game drag for no particular reason. The bonus Overdose content was probably the strongest section of the game, so I recommend going straight for this and not just sticking with the Go-Home Club. The highlight was definitely the music – what an OST! Check out my full review here.
1. Code Vein
I’d been looking forward to Code Vein for absolutely ages. Unfortunately, despite it reaching the top spot on my most anticipated game of the year list, I didn’t buy it. Why? Well, for a few reasons really – but the main one was the lack of multiplayer. I was planning to play this co-op with my boyfriend as we thought the gameplay style would be similar to that of Nioh considering the trailer showed two characters. I was disappointed to find this was not the case and I can’t imagine enjoying it as much by myself. Maybe in the future, but I feel a little let down.
Considering 4 of these games won’t be released until next year, and I actually only purchased 3 others, this was a pretty poor attempt. I probably won’t be making a sequel for 2020… That being said, I will be making a list of my favourite 2019 games in December!