There aren’t enough epithets to describe how disastrous the year 2020 has been. Lockdown, human losses, injustice, delayed game releases... But, as the demand for in-home entertainment is higher than ever, we need to celebrate the titles that are coming out in such uneasy times.
That’s why we’ve gathered 10 games that came out on PC in the second quarter of this year that deserve your attention. We’ve got it all: from city building simulators and platformers to FPSs. What’s even better, you can compare prices for all these games on GG.delas.
Iratus: Lord of the Dead
Release Date: 23 April 2020
When speaking of this turn-based RPG strategy, it is impossible not to mention another indie game Darkest Dungeon as the resemblance is noticeable. Only with less management and more turn-based combat, which is a gem of this game. What makes it so exciting, as well as differentiates Iratus: Lord of the Dead from DD is the fact that you play for the baddies camp.
As an all-powerful necromancer willing to bring death to the living world, you progress through the game, gather and manage your undead minions of different castes for Slay the Spire-like battles. The decisions you make on stats increase and items update will affect the units' performance in later fights and cannot be undone, so better think through your strategy.
Release Date: 23 April 2020
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia
While car racing games are fighting for each potential player, the Italian game developer Milestone has been perfecting the niche it took - motorbike race. The technical aspect of MotoGP 20 continues improving on the previous parts: graphics are sharper, the sound is crisp, the physics is also on a good level.
The gameplay is realistic with its complexity and attention to the details. Cosmetic and performance hampering damage, fuel consumption and tyre wear - these things exist and will impact your performance (yup, just like in real life 😮). However, the managerial career mode is unforgiving to the rookie, as you’ll have staff, contracts, R&D to manage, but not enough guidance. Overall, a beautiful sports simulation worthy of your attention.
Release date: 8 May 2020
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
This roguelike action platformer is perfectly balanced in numerous ways. Awesome Games Studio took the best out of modern roguelike platformers like Dead Cells, drew inspiration from classical platformers such as Contra, Metal Slugs and put it together in hell of a fast-paced, dynamic gameplay with the elements of a shooter. The comics-like graphics, apart from looking just splendid, manages to be nostalgic and fresh, brand-new simultaneously.
In addition, Fury Unleashed makes your heart pound as the soundtrack matches the intensity of the gameplay as the crowd of enemies and mini-bosses start rushing at you. This action-packed platformer has it all to glue you to the monitor.
Release date: 26th May, 2020
Wildfire is a simple, quick, yet addictive stealth game. On your basic conquest of completing the levels and freeing the villagers, the gameplay is diversified with the elemental magic the main character possesses. The abilities to bend the environment play a major role as levelling them up allows you more options of dealing with the guards in more efficient, spectacular ways. But you gotta work your way up before you get to the most fun part. Other than that, a decent indie time killer with pretty pixel graphics, which can also be enjoyed with a friend in local co-op mode.
Release date: 14 June, 2020
“Another generic deck building card game?” Wrong! Griftlands has a very unique story of a game development, because originally it was supposed to be an open-world RPG. This might be the secret to it’s surprisingly detailed lore for a card game that unravels in front of your eyes with every new match. Even dialogues with the NPCs affecting the game found its place in this new format, making it a card-game with a plot. Add up even more unique gameplay features like cards XP, beautiful comics-like graphics and you’re getting a title that might challenge mastodons of the genre.
Release date: 20 May, 2020
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Neversong is one of those indie games with straightforward gameplay that mainly focus on an emotional narrative. The puzzles and combats of this platforming adventure game aren't exquisite and are in place to move forward the adventure of Peet. While on search for his disappeared girlfriend, you and the protagonist explore the topic of grief and loss of the dearest people. And the tasteful, gloomy 2D graphics help you dive in even deeper into the process.
It’s a short story with Brothers Grimm aesthetics that will leave you with bitter-sweet aftertaste. A piece of advice: if you want to explore the whole story, do talk to other characters and do not mindlessly skip the dialogues.
Trials of Mana
Release date: 24 April 2020
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
No betrayals of the Master Race, no emulators. You can experience one of the best JRPGs right now on your PC in a remake format. All of the features that made the original Seiken Densetsu 3 (the Japanese title) a timeless classic, such as fluid real time combats, numerous combinations for building your teams, atmospheric OST are wrapped up in modern cover. And this package delivers.
The transmission from 16-bit to refreshed 3D anime graphics most certainly went smoothly and, apart from some issues with the camera control, without major hiccups. The Trials of Mana will please the hard-core JRPG fans, as well as the gamers that are considering trying out this genre.
Someday You'll Return
Release Date: 5 May 2020
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
You can’t just apathetically walk past this psychological indie horror with puzzle elements, as many gamers struggle to name 5 horror games of recent years that aren't Resident Evil remakes. Someday You’ll Return is by no means a masterpiece, but it successfully delivers the atmosphere of fright and despair from gradual loss of sanity.
No wonder, as the main character, Daniel, who’s far from “father-of-the-year” title, finds himself in a mysterious, beautifully designed Czech forest in order to track down his daughter. And, as per usual, the adventure goes horribly wrong. The game developer promises 13 hours of gameplay, but trust us, orienteering in this maze is tricky and you can potentially spend more time bumping in the same rock five times.
Before We Leave
Release Date: 8 May 2020
In a mood for a non-demanding, meditative gaming experience? You can find it in this charming city building game. You’ll have no savages raids, cataclysms or any other kinds of obstacles that take your focus off your objectives. You just calmly return to the surface after a nuclear disaster, exploring the world in which you rebuild civilization and eventually expand it to other planets.
The simple, straightforward gameplay would better suit the newcomers of city building strategies than those who spent days in Civilization V. However, Before We Live can offer cute visuals and atmosphere, with its ‘peeps’ and space whales that effectively take your mind off real world’s worries.
Deep Rock Galactic
Release Date: 13 May 2020
Platforms: PC, Xbox One
If you’re looking for a new co-op FPS game to try out with your friends, then this gem belongs to your library. As the team-mates pick one of the four classes of space Dwarfes (Gunner, Driller, Scout and Enginer) you’re sent to mine the heck out of the place. All kinds of activities are waiting for you: gathering gold, drinking different kinds of beers, customising your character and his gear, shooting alien bugs, failing at shooting alien bugs, because you encountered them unprepared.
It’s truly easy to learn, hard to master type of gameplay. Moreover, Ghost Ship Games put their heart and soul to create this crazy bundle of joy and continue adding new content. Overall, fun for the whole squad guaranteed.