2020 is almost here, so we’ve asked GameSpot’s staff to share which games they’re looking forward to most in the new year. New consoles are going to dominate the headlines, but at the end of the day it’s all about the games, and there are a ton of exciting ones to look forward to. When you’re done reading this entry, follow along with all of our other end-of-the-year coverage collected in our Best of 2019 hub and our Most Anticipated of 2020 hub.
I love it when I can get my hands on a fantastic cyberpunk-themed RPG. Deus Ex: Human Revolution was a game that was pretty much that, and I absolutely adored it. And even though its sequel Mankind Divided was lackluster, it was still a world I enjoyed because it exhibited those sweet Cyberpunk qualities. I bring all of this up because CD Projekt Red’s upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 seems like an all-new experience that–as to be expected–totally caters to my love for all things cyberpunk. As a first-person RPG set in a futuristic society where you’re given freedom in the ways you choose to play, it embodies what I’ve desired in a game since I finished Mankind Divided a few years back.
I love the game’s adherence to the classic sci-fi subgenre’s aesthetic and themes, with cybernetics playing a routine part in people’s lives, which inevitably leaves us all to ask what it all means to be a human. One of the most significant parts of Cyberpunk 2077’s gameplay mechanics is how you implement these cybernetics onto your character. I can’t wait to find out all creative ways you’ll be able to apply them utilizing the various ripperdocs who install them, as well as which enemies you’ll encounter who’ve cyborg’d up themselves.
The prestige behind Cyberpunk 2077 also had me excited. After all, Witcher developers CD Projekt Red is handling development, and that alone has me sold on the game. While The Witcher games are based on the fantastic fantasy novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, much of their world-building was unique to CD Projekt Red. As such, I can’t wait to see how the studio handles world-building with the popular Cyberpunk tabletop RPG series, and how that transfers into your time spent exploring the world of Night City.’
From watching various trailers, moving through the world, whether on foot, a bike, or a car, feels like something straight out of Blade Runner with massive corporate skyscrapers and dense slums. I can’t wait to see where in Night City all the various main quests and sidequests take you. The latter is something I’m particularly excited about purely due to CD Projekt Red’s talent for creating some of the most fulfilling and well-written sidequests in an RPG.
There’s so much about Cyberpunk 2077 that has me excited. With a release date of April 16, 2020, the game literally can’t come soon enough. The next few months are going to be quite the grueling wait. For more information about Cyberpunk 2077, including its multiplayer, microtransactions, and more, be sure to check out our extensive feature detailing everything we know about the game so far.