The start of the new year is always an exciting time for video game fans looking ahead to what we’ll be playing for the next 12 months. And 2020 will be more exciting than most with the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X later this year.

Probably the biggest game of the year (that we know of so far anyway) is “The Last of Us Part II,” scheduled to release May 29 on the PlayStation 4.

“The Last of Us” is one of the best video game experiences I’ve ever had. It was the perfect marriage of gameplay and storytelling coming together to give you an experience that no other form of entertainment can give you.

The sequel will continue the story of Joel and Ellie and their struggles to survive in a post-apocalyptic world infested with zombie-like creatures and other humans who are sometimes worse than the monsters.

Another big game coming this year is “Cyberpunk 2077” from CD Projekt RED, the developers of the popular Witcher games. “Cyberpunk 2077″ will be an action role playing game where you can develop your character, called V, any way you want. Want to be an action hero and tackle missions guns blazing? Not a problem. Want to tailor your character to be a computer hacker and slice your way through the story? You can do that too.

Plus it has Keanu Reeves, and who doesn’t love that guy right now?

Three other games I’m looking forward to this year are “LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga,” which will retell the story of the nine-film Skywalker Saga with a cute LEGO charm; “Marvel’s The Avengers,” which will be a new take on Earth’s mightiest heroes not connected to the films; and “Ghost of Tsushima,” a Samurai story set in 1274 Japan after it’s been invaded by Mongols and you have to free your people.

These are the games I’m already excited for and we don’t know hardly anything that’s officially coming to the next gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles yet other than “Halo Infinite” and “Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II” for Xbox and “Godfall” for PS5.

This year is going to be an exciting one for sure.

Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached at dricketts@thedestinlog.com.