Ayanna's Top Picks: 2021 Video Game Releases
2020 was many things, but it was definitely a year of gaming. Everyone being locked up in their homes meant there was a huge amount of downtime that no one was used to. In my case, this meant going through our library of video games. I was able to dive into new releases like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but I also replayed Skyrim (on the Switch Lite this time!) The future is unclear as we step into 2021, but it doesn't seem likely there will be a dip in enthusiasm for gaming, so I've decided to talk about some 2021 releases that I’m really itching to play!
UNTITLED GOD OF WAR SEQUEL
(No) thanks to the teaser released back in September 2020, I have so many questions. What will we get in the new God of War? Ragnarok, I get that much, but I want more! Will Atreus have his story told? Who will Kratos fight this time?
Image credit to Sony Corporation
Perhaps more than the storyline, I’m looking forward to the visual aspect of it. I mean, God of War is beautiful on the PS4. The design of the world you get to delve into and explore is magical, mysterious, and fun to discover! Kratos’ character design (Daddy Kratos, as the internet so fondly calls him), and how well he meshes with Atreus brings me to believe we can expect even bigger *gasps* of surprise. Without a concrete release date, there's still time for another play-through.
Available on PS5 (and maybe PS4?)
NEW POKÉMON SNAP
A rail shooter style Pokémon game? It will definitely be interesting, and more than likely, cute as hell. Adding to the cuteness of it is the fact that you get to be a Pokémon photographer who travels and takes snapshots of little monsters! I played Pokémon Sword during quarantine, which got me back into the depths of this expansive world and reminded me of my love for the best Pokémon there is: Snorlax.
Image credit to Nintendo Company
But seriously, I’m excited for another Pokémon game on the Nintendo Switch – any chance I get to play games on it is a win in my book, and who doesn't love catching, er... photographing them all? Check out the trailer here.
Available on Nintendo Switch on April 30
SENUA’S SAGA: HELLBLADE II
I’m sorry, can I just take a moment for this? I loved Senua’s Sacrifice SO MUCH that I recommended it to anyone who would listen, managed to convince a few people to play it (by literally shoving my copy of it into their hands), and still cannot get over how much I enjoyed it.
Image credit to Xbox Game Studios
Senua’s Sacrifice is a relatively short game compared to my usual play-throughs (I'm pretty thorough), so being able to fully complete a game in one weekend was a nice change. As for the sequel, I’m not sure where it’s going to take us. The first game's conclusion definitely leaves things open as to Senua’s future, but with Hellblade II actually continuing the main storyline of Sacrifice? It's hard to say what we can expect. I’m thinking Senua will go after those who killed Dillion and enact her revenge. For now, you can watch the trailer here, but when we finally get an official release date, know I’ll be playing this the day it comes out.
Available on Xbox Series X/S, PC
Alrighty, Batman’s dead. In Gotham Knights, we get to focus on the characters from his stories that are actually fun and interesting (yeah, I said it). I don’t know about you, but I’ll definitely be playing as Batgirl. Not only do I love the character, but seeing as this game takes place after Commissioner Gordon’s death, playing as his daughter could add some interesting story.
Image credit to WB Games
As someone who really enjoys the DC universe, I’m just happy to finally get a chance to focus on someone other than Batman and the big-name Justice Leaguers. I like the fact that in Gotham Knights we’ll be able to delve more into the world of the sidekicks. If that idea intrigues you too, check out the trailer here.
Available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC
WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT COMPLETE EDITION
Okay, I know, I know. This isn’t technically a new game release, it’s a port for the game onto the new consoles, the PS5 and Xbox Series X. But it will include all the DLC! And at least with this one, we already know what to expect. Good news for PC gamers, if you already own Witcher 3, all you have to do is download the DLC content at no extra cost.
Image credit to CD Projekt Red
Might I add… seeing Geralt in the new visual specs for the PS5 and Xbox Series X? Seeing this, but better? *swoon*
ALL THE REST
What games are you looking forward to in 2021? Can we expect the next Dragon Age? An Elder Scrolls announcement? Who can say! We know this will be a good year for gamers, though.