Cyberpunk 2077. Final Fantasy VII Remake. Ghost of Tsushima. The Last of Us: Part II. 2020 could be the best year of the PlayStation 4 generation thanks to those four games, but the best thing about the next set of 12 months is that there is so, so much more to be excited about. The battle for Game of the Year will never be more hotly contested, although it's the titles that you may not have on your radar just yet which could do the vast majority of the surprising. Video games that would normally warrant a great degree of anticipation are being left by the wayside simply due to how packed 2020 is, but that's not about to happen here at Push Square. These are the 10 PS4 games you need to be looking out for across 2020 which are currently slipping below the radar.
Released to rave reviews on PC which lead to a handful of Game of the Year wins last year, Disco Elysium is a computer RPG that takes place within a single city block. A murder has been committed and while it is your job to solve it, that premise is just the tip of the iceberg. A PS4 port has already been confirmed for 2020, bringing with it a huge amount of narrative paths, deep and meaningful dialogue options, and the ability to truly shape your character into what you see fit. On the other hand, you could always take that in the opposite direction as you fashion a truly awful persona. The game lets you take it either way and anywhere in-between.
Control their thoughts, political viewpoints, and outlooks on life to influence the people you meet and the world around you -- solving the murder as a detective in the process. Disco Elysium is already proven to be something rather special, so let's hope the console port doesn't take anything away from that with fiddly controls or unintuitive UI.
We've already said it a couple of times now, but if it can live up to the promises developer Techland is making then Dying Light 2 is a dark horse contender for Game of the Year 2020. Building off the intricate and dynamic gameplay of the 2015 original, this sequel is set to expand on its parkour and melee-focused action and marry it with a story which dramatically changes and evolves the world around you. The choices you make can uncover entirely new parts of the map and introduce new enemies in the process, or condemn one of the few communities left to a life without water.
Along with even more dangerous threats at night, hordes of the undead that are more ferocious than ever, and a whole host of new weaponry to take them out with, Dying Light 2 is primed to take the living world by storm. It is going to have to live up to those expectations in order to do that, but we have faith that it'll manage the feat and then some.
The age-old gangster lifestyle of the 1920s has been a little bit played out by now, and that's why we're looking forward to Brenda and John Romero's spin on the time period. Empire of Sin is a strategical title set in Chicago where recruiting criminals to do your bidding is the name of the game while the businesses you take over bring in the cash. It seems to play a lot like XCOM 2 -- character upgrades, movement grids and all.
It looks like you'll be working to gather an illegal line-up of mobsters within the criminal underbelly of the Illinois state, and that's something we're happy to be a part of. It's sizzling under the radar for now, but Empire of Sin could represent a welcome change from the 100-hour RPGs and emotional narratives 2020 is set to tell when all is said and done.
We can't quite believe that we're living in a world where what is basically the sequel to Persona 5 isn't getting anywhere near the attention it deserves. Our metrics prove that, although we're not entirely sure why this is the case. Sure, the turn-based battle system has been replaced with more action-heavy combat, but that doesn't take away from the fact that Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers really does get the whole band back together. Various trailers and two hours of gameplay footage has been enough to prove to us that this is so much more than a Dynasty Warriors-esque Musou game, so it looks like some folks haven't gotten the message just yet.
It's launching in Japan next month on PS4 with a western release date yet to be decided so the title still has more than enough time to convince Persona lovers in the US and Europe before it hits the market -- meaning the odds of mainstream success are still somewhat high. It's floating under the radar for now, but we reckon Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers will dominate the conversation when it finally heads west. It looks that good.
Besides Resident Evil 3, 2020 seems to be almost completely devoid of noteworthy horror games. Remothered: Broken Porcelain is the exception to that, however, and it looks like it'll build upon the promising original experience to deliver a sequel packed full of terror and frights. Playing similarly to the likes of Outlast and SOMA, you'll need to avoid the ghoulies making the bumps in the dark to solve environmental puzzles and work to unravel the tale developer Stormind Games has in store for us.
Its predecessor might feel slightly outdated less than three years since its release, but it provides a fantastic basis for what's to come should its mechanics be iterated upon alongside new ideas to make for an experience it can call its own. Remothered: Broken Porcelain most certainly shows potential and we have faith that it can deliver the goods.
You could say that the Tales of franchise has been getting slightly stale as of late. Despite every entry being of a fairly high quality, there's not that much to actually differentiate them. Then comes along Tales of Arise at E3 2019 sporting a wonderfully different art style and what looks like a spin on its combat system. It's a breath of fresh air for the series, and amongst a year seemingly lacking in JRPGs, one that warrants more attention than its currently getting.
A recent age rating in Korea could suggest that a release date is coming sooner rather than later, so let's hope that is accompanied by more gameplay. Should it impress then we're surely looking at one of 2020's best Japanese RPGs.
One of the biggest indie hits of the last decade is coming to PS4 this year so make sure to clear your schedule whenever it lands. Bringing with it new content and more endings, The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe will be a humourous distraction to the more serious titles planned for launch in 2020 that we honestly can't wait to play for ourselves. It's probably not going to hang quite as much as it did more than six years ago upon its official PC release, although that doesn't mean it won't be worth checking out.
The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe is a known quantity to those who have already played it on the personal computer, but there's nothing quite like it on consoles. Make sure you add it to your wishlist and let's celebrate the oddity when its PS4 launch rolls around.
Very little is known about Twin Mirror. Another project from Life Is Strange developer Dontnod Entertainment, it's one more episodic-based experience which tells the tale of a man who believes he might have committed a murder while drunk. It appears to very quickly give way to supernatural dealings, so hopefully, the plot does stay somewhat grounded in reality at the end of it all.
We can understand the lack of excitement for this one, we've seen quite literally nothing of the game ever since its E3 2018 announcement. However, that reveal trailer was a fascinating one indeed. Hopefully, once Twin Mirror decides to show its face again at some point in 2020, it'll look better than ever and turn some doubters into believers. Luckily, we're already in the court which considers itself interested.
A sequel 16 years in the making, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 is an RPG with a thirst for blood. As a vampire, you'll need to consistently satisfy that hunger while making deals and forging relationships with the clans of Seattle. Each comes with its own set of perks, traits, and bonuses which will aid you in a story said to fully react to your actions with different paths and conclusions shaping the narrative as you progress. It's an ambitious game indeed, and one that could surprise a lot of people should it manage to capitalise on what it's promising.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 remains unproven for now, we haven't seen too much gameplay following a delay to later in 2020. However, when it does choose to reveal itself once again, make sure you're aware of your surroundings. A human neck is a target for those seeking blood, and developer Hardsuit Labs could be about to drink fruitfully.
Besides its two-year-old announcement trailer and a grand total of 45 seconds of gameplay footage, we don't know a whole lot about Witchfire. It's the next game from The Vanishing of Ethan Carter developer The Astronauts and we're not even sure it'll make it to release in time for 2020, but it looks rather interesting all the same. If it does turn into a PlayStation 5 game, however, then we're only more excited.
It looks like you'll be set the task of taking on and defeating hordes of devilish monsters with outdated revolvers and one-shot carbine rifles. With various abilities to boot, some have theorized Witchfire to be more Destiny than DOOM, but that has yet to be proven. We're on board no matter which way it goes, making for one experience that'll warrant much more discussion as further footage makes its way online in the lead up to release -- whenever that may be.
These are the 10 PS4 games we think you need to be paying attention to as they sink below the radar. However, is there a title we missed? Which game do you think deserves to be talked about more in the lead up to its release? Share your hype in the comments below.