It's the PlayStation 4's last year in the spotlight, but to say it's going down fighting would feel like an understatement. A seemingly incredible line-up of titles is set to land on Sony's system before it heads to a retirement home as the next-generation PlayStation 5 takes over, meaning we've got a whole lot to look forward to across 2020. However, which games are the Push Square editorial team and pool of contributors excited about the most? These are our most anticipated PS4 titles of the year.
Sammy Barker, Editor
As the editor of Push Square, it means I have the luxury of mentioning Cyberpunk 2077 before you all start rolling your eyes. Expectations are absurdly high for this neon-soaked role-playing release, and I’m not sure CD Projekt RED has proven with any of the PS4 title’s pre-release material that it’s quite ready to top The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's writing yet. But if it can replicate what it achieved with its critically acclaimed 2015 fantasy outing, then this will undoubtedly be one of the generation’s defining games.
I’m not expecting quite as much from Resident Evil 3; honestly, I’ll be more than satisfied with an engrossing action adventure romp – after all, Capcom’s previous attempt was enough to scoop our coveted Game of the Year award. And then there’s Ghost of Tsushima: it’s such an unknown quantity at the time of writing that it intrigues me from that perspective. I feel like all of Sony’s studios have evolved over the past decade or so, and this looks to be the turning point for inFAMOUS developer Sucker Punch – assuming, of course, it delivers.
Robert Ramsey, Deputy Editor
What a year for gaming 2020 is shaping up to be. For me, things really kick off at the beginning of March with Final Fantasy VII Remake. It still feels surreal to even write about this game, and I imagine that my mind will be blown when it comes to actually playing it.
But would you believe that there's a game I'm somehow even more excited about than a remake of Final Fantasy VII? I am, of course, referring to Cyberpunk 2077. After the years of top quality entertainment that The Witcher 3 has provided, I'm expecting another mature role-playing masterclass from CD Projekt Red. I simply can't wait to soak up Night City.
Last but not least, I'm really looking forward to Ghost of Tsushima. While I'm not a massive fan of Sucker Punch's inFAMOUS series, Ghost should be right up my alley. I'm hoping it captures the feel of those old samurai movies, complete with tense duels and spurts of blood that go shooting up the walls. Even if it just boils down to Assassin's Creed set in feudal Japan, I'll be more than happy.
Stephen Tailby, Associate Editor
I’m going to be that guy who only talks about PS4 exclusives. The fact is that Sony’s spate of first-party titles releasing in 2020 all look stellar, and I honestly can’t think of any other games I’m looking forward to playing more. The first is Dreams, which will finally get its full release on Valentine’s Day. I’ve technically already played it, but saying I’ve already played Dreams is like saying I’ve already watched YouTube; this is a title that will keep on providing fresh experiences long after launch, and I am totally on board. Bring on the weird.
When it comes to something a little more structured, I’m of course aching to play The Last of Us: Part II. Though the sequel is kind of a known quantity, I can’t wait to see what happens to Ellie, Joel, and everyone else in Naughty Dog’s brutally bleak world. From all we’ve seen, it’s looking excellent — much like my third choice, Ghost of Tsushima. Sucker Punch is another consistently good developer, and I trust this will be another banger. We don’t know a whole lot just yet, but combine the team’s signature slick gameplay with an ancient Japan adventure, and you surely can’t go wrong.
Liam Croft, Senior Staff Writer
Instead of picking the obvious ones, I've decided to highlight three games which may be sinking under people's radars. I can already safely assume that Cyberpunk 2077, The Last of Us: Part II, and Final Fantasy VII Remake will all be incredible, so here are three games I'm genuinely excited to play.
Have you heard about a little title called Dying Light 2? The sequel to one of my favourite PS4 games is an incredibly ambitious one, packed full of narrative changing events which impact what parts of the city you can and can't access. Combined with parkour-based gameplay which will surely be expanded and improved upon, this is a dark horse for Game of the Year if it manages to pull off what it's promising.
Resident Evil 3 is up next -- the remake of a game which formed a major part of my childhood. When I wasn't allowed to escape the confines of Raccoon City as Jill Valentine because my parents forbid it, I would simply watch the introductory cutscene on repeat. Great stuff. And then there's Disco Elysium. It's an RPG I'm not even sure I'll like, but the chatter following its PC release has me very intrigued.
Graham Banas, Reviewer
Far and away the game I’m most looking forward to in 2020 is the release of Kentucky Route Zero. I’ve been pretty much obsessed with the game for the last seven years, and the conclusion will finally be releasing this year alongside the console port, and I couldn’t be more excited for this if I tried! Not to be outdone though, I’m also excited for some bigger stuff. CD Projekt Red made the pinnacle of the RPG genre a few years back with a little game called The Witcher 3 and I’m, if anything, more excited for Cyberpunk 2077. The setting is more to my taste, and I love the dev, so bring it on.
Then finally I’m incredibly excited for the Resident Evil 3 remake. The remake of 2 is one of the best horror games I’ve ever played, and I’ve actually never played 3 before, so I’m curious about it beyond it merely being a remake. Resident Evil is a series I have a weird relationship with, but Capcom has been killing it lately, and I have faith this remake is going to be great.
Jacob Hull, Reviewer
Limiting my choices here has got to be some kind of punishment because 2020 is looking like a hell of a year. Ignoring the excitement of next-gen for a moment, the first six months are looking outrageously good for PS4.
Not only are we getting the long-awaited remake of my favourite game of all time in Final Fantasy VII (which surely needs no introduction), we’re also getting a title that offers the potential to be a game of the generation in Cyberpunk 2077. In all honesty, it’s not often I get excited about open-world games, but CD Projekt Red has earned my trust in recent years as one of the best developers in the industry. If it can deliver the same narrative quality, variety, and direction as it did with The Witcher 3 but in a fully fleshed out futuristic dystopian setting, then we’re in for a treat.
But maybe I’m getting ahead of myself because it may even struggle to hit Game of the Year if Naughty Dog has anything to say about it. With The Last of Us Part II, we’re getting the direct sequel to what many believe is the best game of the last generation -- myself included. No other studio can match Naughty Dog’s ability to tell a sombre tale with tender moments in a true survival action setting. Let the cannibalism commence!
Jamie O'Neill, Reviewer
I can't help but look to the past when thinking about the future, so I glanced back at the twilight of the PlayStation 3's life when Push Square's team chose our Games of the Generation in 2013, to consider how 2020 will be the next handover between generations.
This not only made me digress about looking forward to Vanquish's 10th anniversary remaster's release two days after my birthday next month, but since The Last of Us is one of my favourite PS3 games, my most anticipated PS4 game of 2020 is without hesitation The Last of Us: Part II.
Similarly, I've repeatedly mentioned how I reminisce about the impact of the three big nostalgic announcements that made Sony's E3 2015 press conference so memorable, and I was ultimately satisfied with both The Last Guardian and Shenmue III, so my second pick is unsurprisingly Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Finally, regardless of whether I would've preferred more traditional sprites and pixel art, the retro gamer in me can't help but be excited about Streets of Rage 4. Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games have brawled their way into my top three choices, through an appreciation of the mechanics of a 16-bit beat-'em-up, combined with the legacy of a pumping Yuzo Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima soundtrack.
Lloyd Coombes, Reviewer
As a huge fan of Final Fantasy VII, dystopian RPGs, Marvel comics, Dragon Ball Z, and Naughty Dog, 2020 might be the biggest year of the generation for me -- talk about a strong finish! Of all of them, though, I simply cannot wait for Cyberpunk 2077. I can't wait to see how my character build affects my playthrough in fresh and exciting ways, and I hope that the underlying story is just as nuanced.
Swinging the Buster Sword like it's 1997 again is a dream come true, after constant rumours and false-starts surrounding FF7 Remake, and while the episodic nature could make for a truncated experience, I can't wait to head back to Midgar. Finally, Marvel's Avengers looks... fine? It's a definite "wait and see" for me, marrying the power climb of a title like Destiny with some of entertainment's most recognisable characters. I can't wait to see how Crystal Dynamics make a more grounded character like Black Widow as exciting to play as a more fantastical hero like Thor.
Those are our most anticipated PS4 games of 2020, but what are yours? Share your list in the comments below.