A fast glance at the latest 2021 release list shows that this might be another PlayStation good year – but which games are we most excited about? We gathered around the editorial team to send us their hottest picks for the coming year.
Editor, Sammy Barker
I can roll my Rs in real life, and you’d think that’s part of why I have selected Resident Evil Village and Returnal as my hottest 2021 names.
I didn’t pick Riders Republic either, thanks to your lucky stars, otherwise we would have had to call 999 and apply for an alliteration ambulance. I’m digressing.
Resident Evil 7: A few years ago, Biohazard was one of my biggest surprises: I’ve always been a big fan of Capcom’s survival horror series, but after the disappointing Resident Evil 6, the switch to a first-person viewpoint revived my interest. In essence, from the sequel, I expect the same: unforgettable worlds, bigger-than-life, pantomime monsters, and some nice jump-scares.
As for Returnal, I’m a longtime Housemarque admirer, and I’m fascinated by this combination of arcade bullet hell and cosmic horror Dead Space. I just know they’re going to play like a fantasy.
Speaking of which, my third choice is Gran Turismo 7; we all know this will be a winner on PS5 with the classic RPG-like campaign making a comeback.
Deputy Editor Robert Ramsey
All right, I’m a little tongue-in-cheek here, as Final Fantasy XVI doesn’t really have a release window for 2021, but it’s still my most awaited game by far. Although I don’t think Square Enix has handled its beloved franchise especially well over the past decade, considering the names behind it, XVI might be a game changer – the tie-in with Final Fantasy XIV Online is a major plus for me in particular. I can’t wait to see more, and if we’re especially lucky, the release of the game won’t be years away.
Guilty Gear Strive is next. Since Tekken 7, I haven’t been this excited about a fighting game – and that’s saying something. After the divine revelation trailer, I have been following Strive, and while I certainly need to brush up on my abilities before its release in April, I can’t imagine the game being anything but an absolute blast.
Over and over again, Arc System Works has shown that it is the king of style, and Strive looks absolutely breathtaking. In all fronts, let’s hope the team succeeds.
On this third and final selection, frequent readers will be shaking their heads, but I will use every excuse to play The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt again. A PS5 update of Geralt’s great adventure has been promised by CD Projekt Red, and if I can play the thing at 60 frames per second on Sony’s current-gen device, I will be satisfied. It will only be icing on the cake to allow other graphical changes and future gameplay tweaks. Bonus points if it helps me to get over Cyberpunk 2077’s crippling disappointment.
Stephen Tailby, co-publisher
Yeah, I stole most of the games from Sony, but they just keep doing cool things! The thing is: I would have loved to play the sequel straight away when God of War ended with that tantalizing teaser. Right away, I was on board. The sequel to 2021 has now been announced, and I can’t wait to return to PS5’s cold, harsh lands of Norse mythology. I’m not quite sure if this year’s God of War Ragnarok will be released, but for now, it’s nice to imagine playing this big, beautiful sequel in a couple of months. Is it reason enough to be pleased to see what Santa Monica Studio can do on the PS5, yet to reunite with Kratos and Atreus to continue their adventure? It’s a must-play here.
I’d say, just like Horizon Forbidden West.
In a beautiful open world, the first game offered seriously fun fighting against awesome robo-creatures. The way they expand on the tale is what intrigues me about the sequel. On Sony’s new console, we know it’s going to be a ridiculously good-looking title, and we know that the studio has gameplay down pat.
What made it so interesting to me is the mystery of the original, and the question is whether the tale will remain so compelling now that the secrets have been exposed. On day one, I’ll be there to find out.
Ratchet & Clank is equally compelling: Rift Apart. Ic