Top 5 Most Talked-About Video Games of Q1 & Q2 2020
We’re done with the first Quarter of 2020 and almost close to half of the year. Within that period, various developer and publishers have successfully released their games amid the COVID-19 outbreak. And since most of us are under community quarantine, we have no choice but to stay at home as much as we can. With this, at-home entertainment has been our saving grace to fight these lockdown blues.
And yes, video games are a big part of it. In fact, since this virus had circulated worldwide, a big jump on the percentage of gaming audience was seen. During these tough times, video games made it easier for everyone to cope up with the difficult situation.
Since there are new additions in the gaming community, more people have been engaged in the gaming industry. So, if you are wondering what are the most widely discussed video games of Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 of 2020, we have selected 5 of the most-talked-about console video games.
Check it all out below.
#5 – Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
Number 5 on our list of most-talked-about video games is Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. This game is based on one of the best selling Japanese media franchises, Dragon Ball. It was released in 1984 in manga and later adapted into animated series in 1986. Dragon Ball gained international popularity through various anime adaptations and video games. Its main protagonist Goku became one of the most iconic and recognizable characters in the world until today.
During E3 2019 Bandai Namco, revealed that the Dragon Ball Game: Project Z they are working on will be officially titled, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. The game made its successful release on January 16 & 17 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
A lot of Dragon Ball Z fans have been excited to play Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot as it covers the entire story of Dragon Ball Z. But, not only that. Since it is open-world RPG-style gameplay, this genre is commonly known for players to play as a single character only. But that’s not the case here. In Kakarot, players can select other playable characters besides Goku such as, Vegeta, Piccolo, Gotenks, Vegito, and more! What’s even more exciting is that this game features various side quests including hunting, fishing, cooking, collecting treasures, driving, and even socializing with the residents of the Dragon Ball world. The game gets even more interesting with its open-world gameplay.
#4 – Resident Evil 3 Remake
In November 2019, rumor has it that a remake of the famous survival horror game, Resident Evil 3 is in the works. This rumor has been spotted on YouTube via YouTuber SpawnWave. According to the YouTuber, we are going to see this remake sooner than we expected. But, he is quite doubtful that Capcom will release it in the first quarter or second quarter of 2020 as it is kind of too late for them because it’s already late of 2019 and they are still not making any announcements.
However, Capcom surprised everyone when they have officially announced Resident Evil 3 Remake during Sony’s State of Play stream. The publisher also confirmed that the remake is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC on April 3rd.
Yes, that date is indeed sooner than we all expected. On the side note, it is quite not surprising that Capcom released another remake of their long-time running franchise. Why? It’s because Resident Evil 2 Remake has been a successful release too.
#3 – Final Fantasy VII Remake
Final Fantasy VII Remake is one of the brightest stars of E3 2019. The action role-playing game by Square Enix was released in multiple parts. Producer Yoshinori Kitase took the stage and discussed tidbits of information about the game including its March 3, 2020, initial release date. However, things changed in January when Square Enix and the whole development team about the game’s delay. The whole team has to push back the game to April 10, 2020.
A couple of months after the game’s delay announcement, Square Enix encountered another circumstance that everyone didn’t see happening. And yes, it is the COVID-19 pandemic that affects the production of Final Fantasy VII Remake as well. Although they will push through the April 10 release of the game, another issue arises: shortage of physical copies of the game.
Furthermore, weeks before the game’s release Square Enix had to make another tough decision due to the global outbreak. Since the company is aiming for players to play Final Fantasy VII Remake on its launch, they decided to ship the game far earlier than usual to Europe and Australia.
Square Enix may have encountered a lot of hurdles before the game’s full release, it is pretty rewarding that they still made it successfully. In case you missed it, the game is a remake of the 1997 PlayStation title, Final Fantasy VII. The game follows the role of the mercenary Cloud Strife as he and eco-terrorist group AVALANCHE battle against the wicked Shinra megacorporation and the rogue former Shinra soldier Sephiroth. The gameplay is planned to combine real-time action and turn-based elements just like with Dissidia Final Fantasy.
#2 & #1 – DOOM Eternal and Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Our number 2 and number 1 on the list of our most-talked-about video games are quite connected to each other and you probably knew about this already. And yes, it’s DOOM Eternal and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. For some of you who may not know, it is pretty weird that a first-person-shooting game and island adventure game is connected. Who would have thought that two exact opposites can be best of friends? Well, Isabelle and Doomguy have just proved us that.
Doomguy is the tough Doom slayer in DOOM Eternal slaughtering monsters in Hell. Meanwhile, Isabelle is the adorable pooch of Animal Crossing that works as a secretary of the player in the village. Indeed sugar and spice, right?
Destiny brought Isabelle and Doomguy together when Bethesda has to push back the release date of DOOM Eternal to March 20, 2020, from its previously announced release date, late 2019. That’s the time when our folks in the gaming community realized that it will be released on the same launch day of Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Gamers then decided to make Isabelle and Doomguy as new best friends! How sweet. Since then, several fan arts of both characters circulate the internet.
So, if you still haven’t played one of these most-talked-about video games of 2020 yet, maybe you want to give it a try as all of it are looking absolutely interesting.
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