The Man Cave
January 1, 2021
It’s safe to say that 2020 has been a total disaster, the political and natural, kind of disaster. The gaming industry however, has been thriving in these times of lockdown and perils, people have been playing more games than ever before, and it looks like the release of the next generation of consoles and technology in the industry is going to result in nothing but an increase in these numbers. 2021 is going to be a massive year for gaming, with so many new things happening in the industry, such as the release of next generation consoles, Microsoft’s acquisition of Zenimax and all its subsidiaries, Xbox Game Pass and Sony’s catalogue of exclusives. Here’s a list of the five most exciting looking games of 2021.
5. GOTHAM KNIGHTS
Gotham Knights is the upcoming installment in the Batman Arkham Franchise, helmed by WB Games Montreal division, the project is under the hands of the developers of Batman: Arkham Origins, so you can expect some awesome boss fights. Added that with a four person co-op, just expands the flavor of the game completely! The best thing about this game is, that it has all of the best things that were in Arkham Knight, but with playable characters from the Bat family, each of which play differently to the last and have their own set of weapons and unique abilities, a brand new story, along with a complete reimagining of Gotham City, with actual pedestrians in the streets this time around!
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4. HITMAN III
Agent 47 returns in the third installment of the reworked Hitman games, a redesign of the series that started from the incredibly popular Hitman 2016, which reworked the series in a brand new way and created new ways for players to enjoy Agent 47’s deadly and sneaky life. Hitman III brings developer IO Interactive and Square Enix Montreal together, on one project, with both of these companies focusing their assets and the Dubai trailer that we have already seen, Hitman III already looks like an exciting new adventure that I can’t wait to experience firsthand for myself!
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Developer Arkane Studios returns to roots with a brand new intellectual property in Deathloop, a game based on a Groundhog Day scenario where dying results in going back to where you started. You as Colt, hunt down 8 targets across Blackreef Island while the inhabitants try to stop you from ending the death loop, and then there’s Juliana, whose sole purpose is to stop Colt. The game is developed by the teams behind the incredible Dishonored games and Prey 2017. Added that with the signature Arkane Studios gameplay, is the fact that a friend can play as Juliana in the game and screw over your progress by killing you and making the experience more fun. There’s bound to be some exciting action I’m going to have with my friends in Deathloop!
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2. Far Cry 6
The Far Cry series has been a staple in the first person shooter genre ever since the release of Far Cry 2 back in 2008, the game was a technical marvel and ever since then, Far Cry has been on the rise with each installment, Far Cry 3’s south American island, or Far Cry 4’s Mountainous Nepal regions, or even Far Cry 5’s deeply fascist Montana all have unique locations. Far Cry 6 sends you to the fictional location of Yara, where you and your trusty band of rebel friends have to go up against an army to take down the fascist dictator, in true Far Cry fashion.
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1. Halo Infinite
Halo Infinite, Microsoft’s crown jewel, the game was originally set to release on November 10th with the release of the new generation Xbox consoles, but it has been stuck in somewhat of a development hell for the past few months, and is for now set to release in early to mid 2021. Halo has been one of the biggest franchises in gaming history period, with fans of Masterchief playing the series since its first installment, the latest entry in the Halo series is being considered as somewhat of a soft reboot to the franchise and leading it back into its roots, added with a larger world and more non-linear exploration and movement, Halo Infinite is set to be a game changer for the series, and we’ll definitely be picking it up.
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This is it for all of our top picks for the best upcoming games in 2021; some honorable mentions that we missed out are Hogwarts Legacy, Resident Evil Village and Horizon Forbidden West, but the ones we mentioned just deserved the spots on the list!