The Best Games Shown in the 2020 PC Gaming Show

So many games, so little time. We narrow the conference down to a few captivating picks.

The PC Gaming Show, which took place earlier today as part of the Guerrilla Collective, was over two hours long. That’s a long time for a lot of games, and if you wanted to know all of them, you’d just watch the whole stream that I’ll link below.

But we know you probably don’t want to do that if you missed the entire conference, especially since there’s also all the content shown in the Paradox Insider and the Future Games Show. So, here’s a list of the best games that stood out from the extensive conference.

Persona 4 Golden

The widely beloved RPG has made its way onto Steam. Arguably the most beloved entry in the Persona series, Persona 4 Golden is to Persona 4 what Persona 5 Royal is to Persona 5. It’s a version of the original enhanced in many ways, from extra content in the main story to additional features. The Steam port includes the English and original Japanese audio. This is an absolute classic for many fans of the JRPG genre, so if that’s one of your favorite genres and you somehow haven’t played this (or want to replay it), you can head over on Steam and do so now. For an extensive look at how it looks on PC, you can watch this video.

Godfall

Set in a new high-fantasy universe filled with heroic knights, arcane magic, and forbidden realms, Godfall is shaping up beautifully despite still very much being in development. The world is split into the four elemental realms of earth, water, fire, and air (and everything changed when the fire nation att—I’m kidding). You play as a legendary knight on a quest to ultimately defeat a mad god. One of the armors is really hot, to be honest. Like I want to step out of my house while wearing the pretty red armor with the cloth down the middle and the helmet with wings.

Interestingly, the development team hopes it’s the beginning of a new genre called the “looter slasher.” It will be available in the holiday season of 2020.

Carto

The visual style of this game captivated me immediately. Carto looks like a gorgeous children’s book and is instantly so, so eye-catching and charming. The colors manage to be bright and make me feel warm inside without being overly saturated; the music is endearing; the animals are adorable. It’s a short teaser, but it managed to capture my attention in its 30 seconds amidst a show filled with trailer after trailer.

Among Trees

Produced by a three-person team out of Sweden, Among Trees is an immediately gorgeous spectacle. While I loved Carto‘s bright colors that didn’t feel too saturated, I adore the vibrancy and contrast of colors here. It’s not just being under quarantine that’s making me look at the beautiful natural vistas in this trailer and feel wistful. It reminds me of one of my favorite games, Firewatch, except its visuals are on another level. With exploration, building, and fishing, Among Trees seems like the peaceful escape to nature many of us so desperately want right now. It’s currently available for Early Access on the Epic Games Store.

Paradise Killer

In this game, you get to play as Lady Love Dies, which I feel is compelling enough of a reason to check it out. I love the vibe of this, especially the funky music. The UI is colorful and stylish in a way that reminds me of Persona 5. I adore the character designs you get to see in this short trailer. Combined with the pitch of an “open world murder mystery,” and I’m curious enough to keep my eyes peeled for Paradise Killer.

Haven

One thing several of my friends and I wanted to get from this conference was a release date for this gorgeous game. I’ve adored Haven‘s look and concept — two lovers escaping to a lost planet just to stay together — since the first moment I saw it, and that still holds true. You get to make narrative choices and it’s an RPG… basically, it’s catered to me and my tastes. I’m sad we still don’t have a release date for this game, but I’m happy to remain patient for as long as necessary for this one.

Cris Tales

An indie letter to classic RPGs that lets you experience the past, present, and future simultaneously? Sign me up. I’ve had my eye on this one for a while because of the beautiful and unique art style, and I keep wanting to see more of it. Thankfully, I won’t have to wait long since Cris Tales will arrive on Nov. 17, 2020, for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia. It’s also slated for release on next-generation consoles.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town

Oh no. I thought this was only coming out on the Nintendo Switch, but it’s also coming out on PC, which means I’m going to lose my life to this game. Harvest Moon was an essential part of my childhood, and I am so happy to see such a charming and fresh return to the series. I especially love that now I can marry girls in a Harvest Moon game for the first time. I had already decided on getting this one, but knowing it’s coming to my preferred platform makes me even more excited than I was before. Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town will be released on July 14, 2020.

Twin Mirror

I’ve established that I adore Dontnod Entertainment games, it’s true. While I really hoped to see Tell Me Why at the PC Gaming Show, getting an update on Twin Mirror was great enough. If there’s one studio that can get me interested in playing as a man in a story game, it’s Dontnod Entertainment. The psychological thriller follows investigative journalist Sam, who returns to his hometown in West Virginia. It interestingly seems to be exclusive to the Epic Games Store and looks to have gone through some changes. Whatever it is now, my interest is already piqued and will remain that way.

Red Sails

An intriguing narrative adventure in which you rescue people while looking for your clan and…sailing in the desert instead of the water. It’s not a high-definition visual spectacle, but there’s something about its art style that is immediately captivating. The tranquil vastness, combined with the relaxing background music, stood out to me despite the shortness of the trailer. You can wishlist it now on Steam.

Surgeon Simulator 2

I’m a weird person who has never played the first Surgeon Simulator (I’m bad with surgical things in general, even when they’re portrayed as comedically as they are here). Notable new features for this sequel are: being able to walk around and actually do stuff instead of just operating; building your own operating room and theater; snapping to wake up a patient, and tickling an unconscious patient. Chaotic Physics Gameplay sounds super fun and the presentation made me chuckle. I can tell this one is one so many people should be looking forward to. It’ll be released in Aug. 2020 on the Epic Games Store.

The Last Campfire

The Last Campfire is the next project for Hello Games, the creators of No Man’s Sky. Compared to the infinite procedurally generated universe of the latter, the former is a more “intimate” and “hand-crafted” affair, which sounds more up my alley. It’s an adventure game of a lost ember searching for meaning and a way home. The art style, music, and visuals are beautiful and make me Feel Something, especially since the little critter you play as is so adorable. I’m interested in seeing more of this one, which should be very soon since it’ll be released in the summer on the Epic Games Store.

Outlast Trials

I don’t bat an eye with horror movies, but I’m an utter baby when it comes to horror games — and Outlast? That game hit all the right horror buttons for me, yet is still the only horror game I’ve finished (with friends, of course). So I’ve got a soft spot for it. Outlast but multiplayer? Being able to play with my friends instead of passing the controller to them when I’m too scared? Trying to escape a creepy medical facility with them? It’s a bit of a dream come true, to be honest. I’m a dedicated fan of the asymmetrical horror genre and I really hope this turns out to be a fun and terrifying game for my friends and me to play. I’ll have to wait until 2021, but it’s not a problem considering there are so many lovely games to look forward to this year.

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Natalie Flores

Natalie is Fanbyte's weekend writer. She's also a contributor at Paste Magazine with bylines at other Gaming™ websites. She loves few things more than Final Fantasy, BioWare games, Yennefer of Vengerberg, and K-Pop.

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